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On 4 March 1899, for the match against Wales, Mc Ateer included four Irish players based in England.
Amid these political upheavals, a rival football association, the Football Association of Ireland, emerged in Dublin in 1921 and organised a separate league and international team.
In 1884, Ireland competed in the inaugural British Home Championship and lost all three games.
Ireland did not win their first game until 19 February 1887, a 4–1 win over Wales in Belfast.
In 1953 FIFA ruled neither team could be referred to as Ireland, decreeing that the FAI team be officially designated as the Republic of Ireland, while the IFA team was to become Northern Ireland.
Until the 1950s, the major competition for Northern Ireland/Ireland was the British Home Championship.