25 December 2006

Jack Hastings

Name: John Hastings
Born: c.1858, Belfast
Died: March 1935, Belfast
Position: Half-Back
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Representative Honours: Ireland: 7 Full Caps (1882-1886).
Club Honours: (with Ulster) Irish Cup Winner 1886/87, Runner-Up 1882/83.
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Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
FA Cup
Other
Ulster
1879/80
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Amateur
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Knock
1880/81-1881/82
1880
Amateur
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Ulster
1882/83-1886/87
1882
Amateur
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TOTALS
£0
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Biography:
A member of Ireland's first international line-up, John Hastings would later captain the team on two occasions. In seven internationals he never finished on the winning side. His fourth appearance for Ireland was in the first ever British Championship match in which Scotland defeated Ireland 5-0 in Belfast on 26th January 1884.
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Having spent two seasons with Knock FC during which time he won his first two caps, Hastings re-joined the club where he had first played football, Ulster FC for the 1882/83 season. He helped them to that season's Irish Cup Final, where they lost 5-0 to Cliftonville at Bloomfield. Four years later the two clubs again met in the show-piece final, and revenge was gained as Ulster claimed a 3-1 victory at Distillery.

Noted as a “good tackler... very fast” who played “consistently through the game ... never [seeming] to flag”, Hastings also gave “the ball well to his forwards”. On the 3rd May 1884 he was given the honour of Umpiring the Charity Cup Final between Cliftonville and Distillery.

Hastings moved to Middlesex in 1901 as the Manager of a Printing Works, then to Liverpool. He later returned to Ireland and settled in Belfast.
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Ireland Cap Details:
18-02-1882 England. H L 0-13 FR
25-02-1882 Wales... A L 1- 7 FR
17-03-1883 Wales... H D 1- 1 FR
26-01-1884 Scotland H L 0- 5 BC
23-02-1884 England. H L 1- 8 BC
13-03-1886 England. H L 1- 6 BC
20-03-1886 Scotland H L 2- 7 BC

Summary: 7/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 6.
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Additions by George Glass.

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