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Tom Gordon

Name: Thomas Gordon
Born: 24 May 1867, Belfast
Died: 11 April 1916
Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1894-1895); Irish League: 1 Cap (1893).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion 1890/91, 1891/92, 1892/93, 1894/95 Irish Cup Winner 1890/91, 1891/92, 1892/93, 1894/95, Runner-Up 1893/94; City Cup Winner 1894/95.

Club Career:
FA Cup

The second of the three Gordon brothers to win international recognition, Tom also had the honour of being the first goalkeeper for an Irish League representative side, in a win over the Scottish League at Ulsterville in April 1893. His results in international football were not so impressive, as thirteen goals were conceded in his two matches for Ireland.

During a distinguished career Gordon, who had initially played at centre-forward in Linfield's first ever match, he also became the holder of two other notable firsts. On 29 August 1891 he was the first Irish League goalkeeper to face a penalty; and on 26 September 1891 he was the first 'keeper in the Irish League to score (against Oldpark).

Tom Gordon had a remarkable record in the Irish Cup, his total of 51 appearances only bettered by one other player in the nineteenth century, as well as four final wins from five appearances.

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Ireland Cap Details:
24-02-1894 Wales... A L 1-4 BC
09-03-1895 England. A L 0-9 BC

Summary: 2/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.

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