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CURRENT SPORT. The Association football eleven got together by the English League for the match at Bolton, seemed likely to bo too strong for the Irish League's repre- sentatives, and so it proved, the Irishmen being beaten by 3—1. after a plucky fight, in which, however, they showed to advantage. Judging from re- ports from Ireland, and from what was seen in this Inter-League match, it is tolerably clear that there is in thislieaeon a further improvement in the style of Irish play—a fact to be noted in view of the Inter. national matches to be played in the Spring. In the League Championship on Saturday the First Division results were: Aston Villa drew with Wolverhampton Wanderers (no score), at Birming- ham Sheffield United drew with Burnley (no score), at Sheffield Newcastle United drew with Liverpool (one all), at Newcastle; Notts Forest beat Notts County (2—1), at Nottingham West Bromwich Albion beat Everton (3—1), at Everton Sunderland beat Blackburn Rovers (2—1), at Blackburn Derby County beat Stoke (2—0), at Derby; Bury beat Glossop (2-1), at Bury; and Manchester City beat Preston (3—1), at Manchester. Results in the Second Division of the League and in the Southern League were much in accordance with expectations. Sheffield Wednesday's fdefeat of Woolwich Arsenal (2—1) dropped the latter to twelfth place in the Second League, in which Shef- field and Leicester Fosse are still unbeaten. Burslem and Grimsby are gradually rising, and it is not im- probable that Leicester, Bolton Wanderers, and Small Heath will have to reckon seriously with them before the season is over. The Blackheath Rugby fifteen effected a genuine surprise at the Rectory Field on Saturday in beating Oxford University by a goal and three tries to nothing. So far as it had been possible to judge, the chances appeared to be slightly in favour of the Dark Blues. In their opening match of the season they had run the London Scottish to a try, wherfeas on the previous Saturday Blackheath had been well beaten by the Scotchmen. The luck was, perhaps, with Blackheath. They had the advantage, by no means an inconsiderable one, of playing with half a gale behind them in the first half, and they brought off most of their chances* Still, there could be no doubt as to the genuineness of their victory. It was gained by superior scrum- maging powers and more accurate combination among the backs. The Oxford forwards, who struck one as being lighter than usual, accomplished some capital work in the open, Swanston and Chadwick being particularly prominent, but they were some- what overpowered in the scrummage. The chief weakness of the side, however, was behind the scrummage. Owing Crabbie being injured and Thomas unable to play, Champain, who is one of the regular halves, had to go on the right wing of the three-quarter line, and the change doubtless affected the combination. Still, the Oxford attack generally broke down at centre three-quarter. Strand-Jones showed fair ability, but Luce, who only just missed his Blue last season, was frequently at fault. The Oxonians may be capable of better things than they displayed on Saturday, but at present they do not appear to possess much chance against Cambridge, whose forwards are stated u, be even better than those of last winter. If such is the case the outlook for Oxford is anything but rosy. Unwin, the Blackheath half, gave a really great dis- play on Saturday, and was largely instrumental in the scoring of two of the tries. If he maintains hit form he cannot well be left out of the South fifteen. The Edinburgh Wanderers had to make several changes in their team as advertised to meet Rich- mond at the Rugby game, and they had the worst of a game played in a high wind and a pitiless drenching rain. The Richmond fifteen may now have taken a turn for the better, and after their recent disaster everyone would be glad to see them show up a little. London Irish did well to run Rosslyn Park to a point- less draw, but the weather levelled science and strength. The London Scots were not very merciful with the Old Leysinns, and piled on 26 points to nil, whilst Lennox and Kensington, who are both below par this year, succumbed to Old Merchant Taylors and Coopers Hill, in each case by two seores to none. Park House and Streatham, and Sutton and Old Blues drew their matches, but Civil Service scored their seventh consecutive win, and Croydon had the better of a high-scoring tfame against the Woolwich Cadets. The pretensions of Newport to the leadership of Welsh football were the subject of so much criticism that it. was unlucky that they could not take tbeirfull side to Swansea. As a result, the all-white brigade ran up 21 points to six, and for the time, at any rate, claim supremacy. Cardiff visited Gloucester, and in very bad weather were successful by no more than a goal to nil, from which it seems that the best English and Welsh club teams are more evenly matched than usual this year. Albion won with ease against their local rivals of the Engineering College, but Leicester had little or nothing the better of their game with Keighley, and won only by goal kicking. The county matches were remarkable for the very easy victory of Yorkshire over Northumberland. The latter led at half-time by a couple of tries to nil, but the visitors at Newcastle in the second half won all the way, and will be hard to reckon with in the latter stages of the Championship. Cumberland beat Cheshire by a place-kick and Cornwall again played a strong game against Somerset, to be beaten in the end by a try, but neither of the winners in these last two games have any hope of the Championship. Cross-country foot-racers were very busy on Saturday. Fields were large, and interesting results were seen. The South London Harriers managed, by a single point, to beat the Hare and Hounds of Oxford University, over the seven miles course at Shotover. They also supplied, in C. E. Haydon, the first man home. He beat R. P. Marshall (Keble) by 60 yards, in 47min. 2sec. Scores: S.L.H., 27 points; Oxford (who were minus the services of several pro- mising freshers), 28. The Thames Hare and Hounds held a race for the short distance (4f miles) challenge cup, and H. G. Lloyd, the holder, won by 15yds. from I. B. Sharpe, in 29min.3sec. A mile and three-quarters new members race was won by the Old Rugby schoolboy runner, A. L. Buer. The Thames Valley Harriers had 23 competitors in their five miles invi- tation handicap at Twickenham. G. Starck, Herne- hill Harriers, lmin. 50sec. start, was the winner, in 30min. 33sec. F. J. Steadman, junior ex-champion, finished ninth from scratch. The Polytechnic Harriers brought off a three miles handicap at Wembley. H. H. Cooke, Qlin. 20sec. start, won in a field of 35. Time, 21min. 34sec. The Queen's Park Harriers had 42 starters in their three miles open handipap at Kensal-rise. The scratch man, J. Pratt, of the Highgate Harriers, could finish no nearer than 26th. Still, his 16min. 8sec. was the fastest time. F. Shelley, of the promoting club, with 2!min. start, won first prize. The Ashton Athletic Ground on Saturday was the scene of a four miles race on level terms between Len Hurst, of Edmonton, and Michael O'Neil, of Adare, Ireland (the Irish champion) for JE60 a side. The weather in the morning was wet and boisterous, and in the afternoon it blew a hurricane. The track was heavy and prevented anything like fast time being accomplished. There was a moderate attendance, and O'Neil started favourite at six to four on. The Irish champion led for the first two mile*, when Hurst went to the front. A quarter of a mile from home the Irishman again showed the way, until the last quarter of a mile, when Hurst rushed to the front. From this point an exciting race was witnessed, the men passing and repassing each other until within 80 yards from home, when O'Neil wore his man down, and won by 60 yards, Hurst easing up into a walk. Time, 26win. 45 4-5sec. Mr. Oliver C. Iselin, the principal owner of the yacht Columbia, the latest American Cup winner, announces that the yacht will start in March for Southampton. Columbia will be entered for the Clyde, Bangor, Dublin, and Cork Regattas. The final of the Oxford University Coxswainless Fours rowing competition, at Oxford, on Saturday, produced a disappointing race. The contestants were Corpus and Magdalen. The latter held the second station, and began to gain from the start. Corpus ran into the bank before reaching the gut, and Magdalen passed them, whilst along the green bank Corpus again fouled the bank. Magdalen took matters very easily after this, and eventually won by 100 yards.

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