24 September 2006

Albert Campbell

Strong-tackling centre-half who's impressive form with unfashionable Crusaders brought him international recognition...

Name: Albert C. Campbell
Born: 4 January 1938, Belfast
Height: 6.00 ft
Weight: 12.04 st
Position: Centre-Half

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1963-1964), 1 'B' Cap (1959), Amateur Caps; Irish League: 11 Caps (1959-1966).
Club Honours: (with Crusaders) Irish Cup Winner 1966/67, 1967/68.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Europe
Other
Crusaders
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Amateur
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TOTALS
-
£0
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-
-
-

Biography:
"Big Albert" Campbell was a player on the fringe of the Northern Ireland team through the late-fifties and early-sixties. He came off the bench in a 1-1 'B' Interntaional draw with France in November 1959, and after being reserve in attendance for the a number of 'Full' internationals, he won his first cap in a 4-1 defeat by Wales at Windsor Park in 1963, adding a second in a Word Cup Qualifier defeat by Switzerland the following year. Campbell was the first Crusaders player to be honoured at Full international level, with Danny Trainor becoming only the second in 1967.

An outstanding player in the Irish League, Campbell helped Crusaders to wins in the Ulster Cup, Co. Antrim Shield, and their first Irish Cup successes in 1967 and 1968. Signed by the Seaview club as a seventeen year-old, Campbell was oft linked with moves away following his impressive performances in "taming" some of the Irish League's leading centre-forwards, including limiting Linfield's Jackie Milburn in the 1959 Ulster Cup Final. Perhaps the closest he came to leaving Seaview was when offered a player-coach position with Melbourne in Australia in 1965, but he turned it down to remain in Belfast.

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
03-04-1963 Wales...... H L 1-4 BC
14-11-1964 Switzerland A L 1-2 WCQ

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

Fred Browne

Name: Frederick William Joseph Browne
Born:
Died:
Height:
Weight:
Position: Full-Back / Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 5 Full Caps / 2 Goals (1887-1888).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Winner 1887/88; Runner-Up 1886/87.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Cliftonville
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Amateur
-
-
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TOTALS
-
£0
-
-
-

Biography:
Fred Browne was a full-back tried as a forward against Scotland in 1887, and found the net. A month later he scored another goal for Ireland against Wales, helping them to their first ever win.

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Ireland Cap Details:
05-02-1887 England. A L 0- 7 BC
18-02-1887 Scotland A L 1- 4 BC 1 goal
12-03-1887 Wales... H W 4- 1 BC 1 goal
24-03-1888 Scotland H L 2-10 BC
07-04-1888 England. H L 1- 5 BC

Summary: 5/2. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 4.

James Buckle

Name: James Buckle
Born: c.1854, Belfast
Died: 9 November 1884, Belfast
Position: Left-Wing

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1882).

Club Career:
Cliftonville 1880/81-1881/82
Ulster ..... 1882/83

Biography:
A founder member of Cliftonville, James Buckle was an Accountant at Methodist College, Belfast. He was unavailable to play in the trial match on the 11th February 1882 to select a team to represent Ireland against England and Wales on the 18th and 25th February. The left wing positions were to be filled by Alex Dill of Knock and John Waring of Cliftonville. However, as a result of a misdemeanour by Waring, James Buckle was named as his replacement. James duly played but had to withdraw from the Wales match due to work commitments. It is rumoured that he scored a goal in the England match which was disallowed.

Buckle tragically died from Typhoid Fever aged 30.

Ireland Cap Details:
18-02-1882 England (h) L 0-13 FR

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

By George Glass

Nat Brown

Name: Nathaniel McAuley Brown
Born: 21 October 1867, Limavady
Died:
Height:
Weight:
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1887); Co. Londonderry: 3 appearances (1888, 1889, 1890).
Club Honours: (with Limavady) North West Cup Winner 1887, 1888*, 1890, 1891, 1893, Runner-up 1892.
* also North West Cricket Cup Winner

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Limavady
1885/86-1892/93
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Amateur
0/0
/13
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Derry Olympic
1892/93
1892
Amateur
4/3
-
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TOTALS
-
£0
4/3
/13
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Biography:
Nat Brown was son of the Reverend Nathaniel McAuley Brown of Drumachose Presbyterian Church in Limavady. So as not to be confused with his father, he played under the alias of “McAuley” in 1885-6 and “Joe Brown” in 1888.


A forward, mainly left-wing or centre, Brown was part of the Limavady team which toured England in 1886, and famously defeated Everton 1-0, an appearance which meant they had played at Anfield before Liverpool did!

In 1887 Brown appeared on the left-wing as Ireland suffered a 7-0 defeat by England at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Although that proved his only international appearance, he did represent County Londonderry on three occasions between 1888 and 1890.

With Limavady Brown scored a record five goals in North West Cup Finals. In 1892/93 he played four games for with Derry Olympic, scoring three goals, in their brief Irish League sojourn [see note below]. Olympic proved unsuccessful and unpopular and folded after just six matches with the players returning full-time to their own teams.

In his senior footballing career, Brown scored an estimated 22 competitive goals, including thirteen in the Irish Cup. He also tasted success as a cricketer, being a member of Limavady Cricket Club's North West Senior Cup win in 1888.

Ireland Cap Details:

05-02-1887 England A L 0-7 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.


Note: Derry Olympic was an amalgamation of players from the various County Londonderry teams, formed for the purpose of competing in the Irish League Competition. Local clubs and the players themselves were not enthuastic at this arrangement as their own Club was being deprived of their services. When the Derry Olympic team was entered for the Irish Cup on 05/11/1892, this proved a bridge too far for the local clubs and the team was abandoned after only 6 League matches.

By George Glass

22 September 2006

Jack Campbell

Name: John Campbell
Born: Belfast
Died: 1921, USA
Height:
Weight:
Position: Half-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1896); Irish League: 3 Caps (1895-1896).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Winner 1896/97.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Cliftonville
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-
Amateur
-
-
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TOTALS
-
£0
-
-
-

Biography:
A member of the first Irish League representative side to face a club side, losing 5-1 to Liverpool at Anfield in November 1895. Won his only Ireland cap at left-half, though his other representative honours also saw Campbell utilised as a centre-half.

Brother of James Campbell (also of Cliftonville and Ireland), John Campbell emigrated to the USA, where he died in 1921.


Ireland Cap Details:
29-02-1896 Wales... A L 1-6

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

James Campbell

Usually to be found on the right-wing, James Campbell also starred for club and country leading the attack…

Name: James Caughley Campbell
Born: 5 September 1875, Belfast
Died: 20 April 1946
Height:
Weight:Position: Outside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 14 Full Caps / 1 Goal (1897-1904); Irish League: 4 Caps (1897-1902).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Winner 1896/97, 1899/1900, 1900/01.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Cliftonville
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-
Amateur
-
-
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TOTALS
-
£0
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-
-

Biography:
Scorer of the opening goal of Cliftonville’s 1897 Irish Cup final 3-1 victory over Sherwood Foresters, James Campbell would go on to win two further Irish Cup winner’s medals.

In his fourteen international appearances Campbell scored just once, a late consolation against England to make the score 2-12 – England forward Steve Bloomer promptly went up the field to make the scoreline a (more than) unlucky 13-2.

An accomplished cricketer as well as footballer, James Campbell was brother of Cliftonville teammate and fellow international, John Campbell.

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Ireland Cap Details:20/02/1897 A England. L 0- 6 BC
06/03/1897 H Wales... W 4- 3 BC
27/03/1897 A Scotland L 1- 5 BC
18/02/1898 A Wales... W 1- 0 BC
05/03/1898 H England. L 2- 3 BC
26/03/1898 H Scotland L 0- 3 BC
18/02/1899 A England. L 2-13 BC 1 goal
03/03/1900 H Scotland L 0- 3 BC
17/03/1900 H England. L 0- 2 BC
23/02/1901 A Scotland L 0- 1 BC
23/03/1901 H Wales... L 0- 1 BC
01/03/1902 H Scotland L 1- 3 BC
14/02/1903 A England. L 0- 4 BC
26/03/1904 H Scotland D 1- 1 BC

Summary: 14/1. Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 11.

20 September 2006

Ned Brooks

Name: Edward Alphonsus Brooks (Brookes)*
Born: 14 August 1891, Dublin
Died:
Height: 5.07 ft
Weight: 10.07 st
Position: Centre-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1920), 1 War Cap (1918); Irish League: 1 Cap (1919); Irish Free State: 1 Cap (1924); League of Ireland: 1 Cap (1927).
Club Honours: (with Shelbourne) Irish Cup Winner 1919/20; (with Linfield) Irish League Runner-Up 1918/19; (with Bohemians) League of Ireland Runner-Up 1924/25.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Bohemians
14/15-15/16
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/ 6
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Linfield
17/18-18/19
Apr-18
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8/ 2
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Shelbourne
19/20
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14/ 9
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Stockport County
20/21-21/22
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12/ 1
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Bohemians
22/23-24/25
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/19
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Athlone Town
25/26-26/27
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/24
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Brideville
27/28-28/29
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/20
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TOTALS
-
£-
/81
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-

Biography:
Ned Brooks, an inside or centre-forward, commenced his career with Bohemians in 1914/15 when Dublin teams still competed on an all-Ireland basis. He bagged a hattrick against Glenavon in a City Cup match on 3rd April 1915. In the 1915/16 Irish Cup Brooks managed goals in 4-0 and 3-0 wins over St James' Gate and Shelbourne respectively and in the 4-2 semi-final defeat by Glentoran. Nearing the end of the war period he found himself posted to the Belfast-area where he signed professional forms for Linfield. He made his Blues debut on the 27th April 1918 in the semi-final of the Belfast Charity Cup – a 1-0 win over Belfast United. He was unavailable for the Final but assisted Linfield to runners-up spot behind Belfast Celtic in the Irish League the following season. Between late-December 1918 and 4th January 1919 he was once again unable to play for Linfield, but prior to this he appeared for an Irish War team against an English War team in October 1918.
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For the 1919/20 season Brooks moved back to Dublin to sign for Shelbourne. He made 14 appearances for the Shels, scoring nine goals including three in an Irish League match against Distillery. In November 1919 he played for the Irish League against the Scottish League in a 2-0 defeat at Windsor Park. The following spring he was awarded a “full” international cap as Ireland suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Scotland at Parkhead. This proved to be his only cap, and consequently is the most recent instance of a Shelbourne player being awarded representative honours by the Irish FA. That same month he was awarded an Irish Cup winner's medal as part of the Shelbourne team that took the trophy by default - Glentoran and Belfast Celtic both having been dismissed from the competition following their semi-final match.
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Brooks then made 12 appearances for Stockport County in two seasons before returning to Ireland to complete his career in the newly formed League of Ireland with spells at Bohemians, Athlone Town and Brideville. He was leading goalscorer for his club most seasons in the League of Ireland with a total of 19 goals for Bohemians, 24 with Athlone and 20 with Brideville. On 14th June 1924 he appeared for an Irish Free State XI, scoring a hattrick against the USA in a post-Olympic Games friendly in what is now considered the FAI’s first “full” home international match. In March 1926 he was due to travel with the Free State squad for a match in Italy. He was unable to take the field as a week before the match his seven year-old son was knocked down by a car and died in hospital. A year later he appeared for the League of Ireland against the Welsh League.
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* While Ned is shown as Brookes on most occasions. He signed all professional forms as Brooks. His birth certificate and all documentation shows Brooks.
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Ireland Cap Details:
13-03-1920 Scotland (a) L 0-3 BIC
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Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.
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By George Glass.

19 September 2006

Jimmy Connor

Name: James Connor
Born: 22 September 1877, Downpatrick
Died: 28 November 1918, Downpatrick

Height:
Weight:Position: Centre-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 13 Full Caps (1901-1911); Irish League: 11 Caps (1900-1911).
Club Honours: (with Belfast Celtic) Irish League Champion 1899/00; (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 1904/05, Runner-Up 1903/04; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1900/01; Charity Cup Runner-Up 1902/03, 1903/04, 1904/05; (with Belfast Celtic) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1905/06; Gold Cup Winner 1911/12; City Cup Winner 1905/06, 1906/07; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1909/10; Charity Cup Winner 1911/12, Runner-Up 1909/10, 1910/11.

Club Career:

Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Downpatrick Celtic
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Rathkeltair
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(Downpatrick)
Belfast Celtic
98/99-99/00
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Glentoran
00/01
May-1900
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*21/1
*
*
Belfast Celtic
01/02
Jun-1901
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-
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Glentoran
02/03-04/05
Jun-1902
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*85/2
*
*
Belfast Celtic
05/06-12/12
May-1905
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-
-
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TOTALS
£-
-
-
-
* all games.

Biography:
Downpatrick-man Jimmy Connor began his top-class footballing career with Celtic in the late 1890s (the club wouldn’t officially take the “Belfast” prefix until 1901), and was the corner-stone at centre-half of the club’s first Irish League title success in 1900. He left immediately after that triumph, seeking fame and fortune with the more “professional” Glentoran.

Connor’s performances at the Oval were rapidly recognised with his first major representative honour, as a member of the Irish League team defeated 4-2 by their English counterparts at Solitude in November 1900. His first Ireland cap the following February proved an inauspicious start to a decade long international career, Scotland cruising to an 11-0 victory in Glasgow. The Irish FA’s selectors were obviously none-too-perturbed by the result, and Connor retained his place for the following month’s clash with England – this time a slightly more respectable 0-3 reverse was suffered. On the domestic front, Glentoran finished as runners-up in the Irish League and claimed the Co. Antrim Shield with a 2-1 victory over Cliftonville.

With the “reforming” of Belfast Celtic in 1901 as a Limited Company, the club managed to entice a number of ex-players to the newly built Celtic Park. Connor was one of those convinced that a move back across the city was right for him. It proved an all too brief return, and Connor was back at Glentoran for the 1902/03 campaign. Back at the Oval, he picked up his second Irish League Championship in 1904/05, and played in two Charities Cup final defeats.

In 1904/05 Connor regained his place in the Ireland team after a four year absence. His first game back in the Irish eleven brought the undoubted highlight of his international career, England held 1-1 at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough. After re-joining Belfast Celtic Connor played in his only Irish Cup Final in 1906, Celtic losing 2-0 to Shelbourne at Dalymount Park. Further winner’s medals did come his way in the form of the Co. Antrim Shield, Charity Cup and Gold Cup.

A character both on and off the field, Connor was famed for walking 22 miles from his Downpatrick home to Belfast for matches. The reasons for this were two-fold, it added to his fitness, and allowed him to spend his travel allowance in the pub! In June 1912 Celtic embarked on a European tour to Bohemia. Connor did his bit for cross-Europe relations, by educating some local students in how English should be spoke – the Downpatrick way.

Jimmy Connor retired in 1913. Five years later in his hometown of Downpatrick he caught influenza and died aged just 41.


Connor's 1905 Irish League winner's medal
Connor's 1905 Irish League winner's medal (reverse)
Connor's 1910 Charities Cup winner's medal
Connor's 1910 Charities Cup winner's medal (reverse)
Connor's 1912  Charities Cup winner's medal
Connor's 1912  Charities Cup winner's medal (reverse)
Unidentified medal believed to have belonged to Connor.
Please get in touch if you can help identify it.
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Ireland Cap Details:
23-02-1901 Scotland A L 0-11 BC
09-03-1901 England. A L 0- 3 BC
25-02-1905 England. A D 1- 1 BC
18-03-1905 Scotland A L 0- 4 BC
08-04-1905 Wales... H D 2- 2 BC
16-02-1907 England. A L 0- 1 BC
16-03-1907 Scotland A L 0- 3 BC
15-02-1908 England. H L 1- 3 BC
14-03-1908 Scotland H L 0- 5 BC
20-03-1909 Wales... H L 2- 3 BC
28-01-1911 Wales... H L 1- 2 BC
11-02-1911 England. A L 1- 2 BC
18-03-1911 Scotland A L 0- 2 BC

Summary: 13/0. Won 0, Drew 2, Lost 11.


Additions by George Glass.

Medal and Downpatrick Celtic photos courtesy of Joan Magee.

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