All-Ireland United Cricket team at Phoenix Park, Dublin, ca. 1858

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All-Ireland United Cricket team at Phoenix Park, Dublin, ca. 1858, [attrib.], Lawrence - photographs and realia, State Library of New South Wales, PXA 956


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    • 21/Jul/2021 07:15:58

    See Phoenix Cricket Club - ... "In the centre of the photograph of the Irish XI that played against Birkenhead Park in Phoenix in 1858 stands Charles Lawrence, with black coat and beard. Lawrence was a cricket entrepreneur who had played for Surrey and Middlesex, and was responsible for setting up an All Ireland XI in 1855. From 1851 he was employed as the club pro by Phoenix, where he organised visits to the Park by major English clubs. He was a round-arm fast bowler who often reverted to underarm lobs later in an innings. As a young boy his models and heroes in London were the legendary Alfred Mynn and Fuller Pilch. His first job as a cricket pro was in Scotland at the Perth club. In 1849 he took all ten wickets, including Mynn’s, for Scotland against the wandering professional All England XI. This team was organised by William Clarke, the founder of Nottinghamshire’s home, Trent Bridge, and who was a driving force for professional cricket. It was Clarke who recommended Lawrence for the job in Phoenix. ... " Wiki - Charles Lawrence - "After the 1861–62 tour, Lawrence settled in Australia and was appointed Australia's first professional cricket coach for the Albert Cricket Club in Redfern, Sydney, to raise the standard of cricket in the state. ... "

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    • 21/Jul/2021 08:21:43

    From the catalogue blurb - "Nos. 6-7, 9 titled from : Christie's auction catalogue, 26 March 2002 Re photograph no. 6. The venue may be the Vice Regal Cricket Ground at Dublin established by Charles Lawrence for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The match could be The Gentlemen of Dublin v The Players of Dublin, 28 June 1855 - information supplied by Rex Harcourt, see ML 1063/74"

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    • 21/Jul/2021 09:07:52

    Same cricket ground (Phoenix Park) in Dublin ? -

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Jul/2021 09:19:15 Hello from Ireland! Thanks for pointing us to this wonderful photo.

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    John Spooner

    • 21/Jul/2021 10:05:37

    The match v Birkenhead Park as reported in Dublin Evening Post on Thursday 1 July 1858

    CRICKET. Birkenhead Park v. All Ireland. —The match between the Birkenhead Park Cricket Club and All Ireland was brought to a conclusion on Tuesday—the former winning an exciting match by 31 runs,. In the first innings of Birkenhead, Messrs. Horner, and Lockhart played remarkably well and on the part of Ireland Captain Coddington made some very fine leg hits. In the second innings of Birkenhead, Mr. Blackstock played the innings of the match ; he made one fine square leg hit out of the ground for six. Altogether, the batting was very steady, the total score being 116, or 133 for Ireland to get to win. The first two wickets fell for ten runs when Major Booth by and Doyle ran the score up to 67 before they were parted. Doyle played a very steady innings. Captain Coddington again made some very fine leg hits, and raised the hopes of Ireland, but it was not fated to be. There was a military band in attendance each day, and the match was honored by a visit from his Excellency, who seems to take great interest in the noble game. The following is the score Birkenhead Park—First innings 93; Second Innings,116. All Ireland— First Innings. 77 ; Second Innings, 101.

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    Minus van Baalen

    • 21/Jul/2021 23:14:03

    Only two men without a hat on their heads!

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    • 18/Sep/2021 09:50:12

    I think that young fellow in the horizontally striped jersey and boater might very well be Tom Wills. See the Charles Lawrence wiki page link above - "... In 1851 Lawrence played for the Phoenix Cricket Club in Dublin, and in 1856 he formed and captained the United All Ireland XI, where he became friends with Tom Wills who played for that team. ..." From - Tom Wills in the news currently in Australia, because of a recently rediscovered 1895 Chicago newspaper report he was involved in a massacre of aboriginal people. See -