10 April 2007

Jimmy McIlroy

The elegant play of Jimmy McIlroy is still talked about by those who saw him play. Unhurried, coolness personified - without his attributes would the team of ’58 have achieved so much?

Name: James McIlroy MBE
Born: 25 October 1931, Lambeg
Height: 5.09 ft
Weight: 12.01 st
Position: Inside-Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 55 Full Caps / 10 Goals (1951-1965); Football League: 2 Caps (1960); Great Britain (1955).
Club Honours: (with Burnley) Football League Champion 1959/60, Runner-Up 1961/62; FA Cup Runner-Up 1961/62; (with Stoke) Football League Division Two Champions 1962/63.

Awards: Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Hall of Fame 2012; English National Football Museum Hall of Fame 2014.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Other
Craigavil
-
-
Youth
-
-
-
-
-
Glentoran
48/49-49/50
-
Youth
*26(0)/  9
*
-
-
*
Burnley
50/51-62/63
Mar-50
£8,000
439(0)/116
50(0)/13
3(0)/1
4(0)/1
1(0)/0
Stoke City
62/63-65/66
Feb-63
£25,000
96(2)/ 16
7(0)/ 3
11(0)/0
-
-
Oldham.Athletic
65/66-67/68
-
-
35(4)/  1
1(0)/ 0
2(0)/0
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
596(6)/142
58(0)/16
16(0)/1
4(0)/1
1(0)/0
* all games.

Coaching Career:
Oldham Athletic. Manager.... Jan/66 – Aug/68
Stoke City...... Chief-Coach Aug/68
Bolton Wanderers Chief Coach Aug/70 – Sep/70

................ Manager.... Nov/70 

Biography:
"Quick, intelligent and an opportunist." (Empire News Who's Who, 1956)

Appointed President of Burnley FC in October 2011.

More to follow.

Wikipedia
Clarets Mad
Official Burnley Site
Jimmy McIlroy Books

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
06-10-1951 Scotland...... H L 0-3 BC
20-11-1951 England....... A L 0-2 BC
19-03-1952 Wales......... A L 0-3 BC

04-10-1952 England....... H D 2-2 BC
05-11-1952 Scotland...... A D 1-1 BC
15-04-1953 Wales......... H L 2-3 BC
03-10-1953 Scotland...... H L 1-3 WCQ
11-11-1953 England....... A L 1-3 WCQ
21-03-1954 Wales......... A W 2-1 WCQ
02-10-1954 England....... H L 0-2 BC
03-11-1954 Scotland...... A D 2-2 BC
20-04-1955 Wales......... H L 2-3 BC
08-10-1955 Scotland...... H W 2-1 BC
02-11-1955 England....... A L 0-3 BC
11-04-1956 Wales......... A D 1-1 BC
06-10-1956 England....... H D 1-1 BC 1 Goal
07-11-1956 Scotland...... A L 0-1 BC
16-01-1957 Portugal...... A D 1-1 WCQ
10-04-1957 Wales......... H D 0-0 BC
25-04-1957 Italy......... A L 0-1 WCQ
01-05-1957 Portugal...... H W 3-0 WCQ 1 Goal
05-10-1957 Scotland...... H D 1-1 BC
06-11-1957 England....... A W 3-2 BC 1 Goal
04-12-1957 Italy......... H D 2-2 FR
15-01-1958 Italy......... H W 2-1 WCQ 1 Goal
16-04-1958 Wales......... A D 1-1 BC
08-06-1958 Czechoslovakia N W 1-0 WCF
11-06-1958 Argentina..... N L 1-3 WCF
15-06-1958 West Germany.. N D 2-2 WCF
17-06-1958 Czechoslovakia N W 2-1 WCF
19-06-1958 France........ N L 0-4 WCF
04-10-1958 England....... H D 3-3 BC
15-10-1958 Spain......... A L 2-6 FR 1 Goal
05-11-1958 Scotland...... A D 2-2 BC 1 Goal
22-04-1959 Wales......... H W 4-1 BC 1 Goal
03-10-1959 Scotland...... H L 0-4 BC
18-11-1959 England....... A L 1-2 BC
06-04-1960 Wales......... A L 2-3 BC

08-10-1960 England....... H L 2-5 BC
26-10-1960 West Germany.. H L 3-4 WCQ
12-04-1961 Wales......... H L 1-5 BC
03-05-1961 Greece........ A L 1-2 WCQ 1 Goal
10-05-1961 West Germany.. A L 1-2 WCQ 1 Goal
07-10-1961 Scotland...... H L 1-6 BC
17-10-1961 Greece........ H W 2-0 WCQ
22-11-1961 England....... A D 1-1 BC. 1 Goal
09-05-1962 Netherlands... A L 0-4 FR
10-10-1962 Poland........ A W 2-0 ENC
20-10-1962 England....... H L 1-3 BC
07-11-1962 Scotland...... A L 1-5 BC
28-11-1962 Poland........ H W 2-0 ENC
03-04-1963 Wales......... H L 1-4 BC
02-10-1965 Scotland...... H W 3-2 BC
10-11-1965 England....... A L 1-2 BC
24-11-1965 Albania....... A D 1-1 WCQ


Summary: 55/10. Won 12, Drew 15, Lost 28.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

His last game for Northern Ireland at home was my first and that was the day the "bug" bit me. We beat Scotland 3-2 and the winning goal was scored with an overhead kick by Willie Irvine. It was into the Kop end and i was squeezed against the wall at the bottom of the terracing below the Gallaghers sign. I think Jimmy McIlroy was captain and he wore the number 10 jersey.

Anonymous said...

During 1960 I was a salesman covering East Lancashire. A good customer (Mr Hesmondalgh) who had a grocery in Clitheroe and ran a junior team in the town had difficulty finding a well known footballer to present cup medals. I suggested he contacted Burnley, about 25 miles away and ask Jimmy McIlroy. On returning a month later he told me he had taken my advice and as a result Jimmy agreed to do the honours. At the end of the evening, Mr Hesmondalgh asked what he owed Jimmy and was answered with "Nothing, you paid me the compliment of asking me to do something I thoroughly enjoyed.
IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED IN THOSE DAYS PLAYERS RECEIVED £30 PER WEEK !

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