4 August 2006

James Barron

Name: James Humphrey Barron
Born: 30 September 1874, Belfast
Died: 3 January 1939, Belfast
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 7 Full Caps/3 Goals (1894-1897); Irish League: 1 Cap/1 Goal (1894).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Winner 1896/97; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1894; Charity Cup Winner 1896/97.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Royal Academy
1887/88
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Youth
(Rugby)
Coleraine RFC
1891/92
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Amateur
(Rugby)
Cliftonville.Olympic
1892/83
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Amateur
-
-
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Cliftonville
1893/94-1896/97
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Amateur
* /17
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TOTALS
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£0
/17
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Biography:
A left-sided forward, normally to be found on the wing, James Barron's three goals in seven appearances helped Ireland to a level of respectability among the Home Nations. He was also given the honour of captaining Ireland against England in 1897.

An excellent outside left, able to cut in and score important goals, for Ireland Barron scored twice in a 3-2 win over Scotland in March 1896. Both goals were equalisers, setting the score at 1-1 and 2-2. Remarkably his third goal for Ireland came in the 4-3 defeat of Wales the following year, when his goal again equalised the score at 1-1.

On the way to winning the County Antrim Shield with Cliftonville in 1893/94 Barron scored 3 goals in defeating Distillery 8-3 in the semi-final. He managed an own-goal in the Charity Cup Final of 1894/95, going down 3-1 to Linfield. While he scored two of the goals in the 6-2 defeat of Distillery in the Charity Cup Final replay of 1896/97.

Ireland Cap Details:
24-02-1894 Wales... A L 1-4 (19 years, 147 days)
03-03-1894 England. H D 2-2
31-03-1894 Scotland H L 1-2
30-03-1895 Scotland A L 1-3
28-03-1895 Scotland H D 3-3 2 goals
20-02-1897 England. A L 0-6
06-03-1897 Wales... H W 4-3 1 goal

Summary: 7/3. Won 1, Drew 2, Lost 4.

By George Glass.

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