25 January 2007

Jack Kirwan

Name: John Henry Kirwan
Born: 9 February 1878, Co. Wicklow
Died: 7 January 1959, Hendon, London
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 17 Full Caps/2 Goals (1900-1909).
Club Honours: (with Spurs) FA Cup Winner 1900/01; Southern League Champion 1899/1900; (with Chelsea) Football League Division Two Runner-Up 1906/07 (promoted).


Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Kirkdale
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-
-
-
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Southport Central
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-
-
-
(Lancashire League)
Everton
98/99
July-1898
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24/ 5
2/0
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Tottenham Hotspur
99/00-04/05
c/s-1999
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154/37
(Southern League)
Chelsea
05/06-07/08
May-1905
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73/17
3/1
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Clyde
08/09
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31/ 8
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Leyton
09/10
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37/ 6
(Southern League)
TOTALS
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£-
319/73
5/1
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Biography:
Full bio to follow.

With his playing days over, Kirwan moved to the Netherlands where he became Ajax’s first ever “manager” in September 1910. He led them to the Dutch top-flight for the first time in 1911, returning to the UK in 1915 after the outbreak of the First World War. Kirwan later had a spell as coach of Livorno in Italy (1923-1924), before settling in the London area. Amongst his many caps and medals, one of Kirwan’s most prized possessions was the ball used in the 1901 FA Cup Final, and he kept it until he died in 1959.

Ireland Cap Details: 

24-02-1900 Wales... A L 0-2 BC
22-02-1902 Wales... A W 3-0 BC
22-03-1902 England. H L 0-1 BC
14-02-1903 England. A L 0-4 BC
21-03-1903 Scotland A W 2-0 BC 1 Goal
28-03-1903 Wales... H W 2-0 BC
12-03-1904 England. H L 1-3 BC 1 Goal
21-03-1904 Wales... A W 1-0 BC
26-03-1904 Scotland H D 1-1 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
17-02-1906 England. H L 0-5 BC
17-03-1906 Scotland H L 0-1 BC
02-04-1906 Wales... A D 4-4 BC
23-02-1907 Wales... H L 2-3 BC
15-03-1909 Scotland A L 0-5 BC

Summary: 17/2. Won 4, Drew 4, Lost 9.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good website. John Kirwan was my grandfather and his two daughters, Eileen and Maureen are still alive. They are 94 and 90 respectively and still going strong. Good stock! Nice to read about him.

"Baile" said...

If anyone has any further information on John Kirwan, could they email me at bailemg@gmail.com - I am looking to do a project on him and his time at Ajax Amsterdam

Anonymous said...

my name is connor evans and john kirwan was my great great grandfather

Mike said...

Ajax Life, a magazine of the supporters club of Ajax Amsterdam, wants to write a story about Jack Kirwan. I would like the grand son of Kirwan to contact us, maybe he can give us more information about the character of his grand father.


Kindly regards,
Mike van Damme
Ajax Life
mjvandamme@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Jack Kirwan was my grandfathers brothers son. Please could anyone who has any info on the family please get in touch with me as trying to get info for my mum. My Mum was a Kirwan, her dad was Sam Kirwan and his father was Jacks uncle.(as far as I can make out, but would love to know more) Trying to trace family tree.
I can be contacted on barbaramk14@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Mentioned in IFA Finance Committee minute book 109-35 on 25th Aug 1924 that Jack obtained a grant of £10 from the IFA.

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