10 April 2007

Olphie Stanfield

Name: Olphert Martin Stanfield
Born: 26 February 1869, Corcreaney, Hillsborough
Died: 13 March 1952
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Position: Centre-Forward/Inside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 30 Full Caps / 11 Goals (1887-1897); Irish League: 6 Caps / 1 Goal (1894-1897).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish League Champion 1895/96; Irish Cup Winner 1888/89, 1893/94, 1895/96, Runner-Up 1887/88; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1888/89, 1895/96, 1896/97.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Genoa
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Distillery
86/87-97/98
1886
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* 181/178
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# 115/62
TOTALS
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£-
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* All competitive matches; # friendly matches.

Biography:
For a long period Olphie Stanfield was regarded as the outstanding footballer in Ireland and his international record remained unsurpassed for decades - his total of 30 caps was a world record until surpassed by England's Vivian Woodward in 1909 and was not beaten by another Irishman until Elisha Scott won his 31st and final cap in 1936. His eleven strikes mean that he is still (Northern) Ireland's eighth top goalscorer. (more to follow)

(Distillery Team of the 1880s)
...was not yet a legendary figure. He joined from Genoa F.C. in 1886 and by the end of the decade had scored over 90 goals. In 1888/89 he scored hat-tricks in four consecutive games and collected medals in the Irish Cup and CAS. He was capped by Ireland 11 times in this period.

(Distillery of the 1890s)
....became a legend during this decade, making 147 competitive appearances and scoring at least 105 goals. He became the most capped Distillery international, finishing his career officially at the end of the 1897-98 season with a total of 30 caps for Ireland. He was a prolific, strong centre-forward who scored at least 7 hat-tricks during the decade and scored important winners in the 1893-94 Irish Cup Final and the 1895-96 League Championship Play-off.

Wikipedia

Ireland Cap Details:
05-02-1887 England. A L 0- 7 BC
18-02-1887 Scotland A L 1- 4 BC
12-03-1887 Wales... H W 4- 1 BC
1 Goal
03-03-1888 Wales... A L 0-11 BC
24-03-1888 Scotland H L 2-10 BC
07-04-1888 England. H L 1- 5 BC
02-03-1889 England. A L 1- 6 BC
09-03-1889 Scotland A L 0- 7 BC
27-04-1889 Wales... H L 1- 3 BC
15-03-1890 England. H L 1- 9 BC
29-03-1890 Scotland H L 1- 4 BC
07-02-1891 Wales... H W 7- 2 BC 4 Goals
07-03-1891 England. A L 1- 6 BC
28-03-1891 Scotland A L 1- 2 BC
1 Goal
27-02-1892 Wales... A D 1- 1 BC 1 Goal
05-03-1892 England. H L 0- 2 BC
18-03-1892 Scotland H L 2- 3 BC
25-02-1893 England. A L 1- 6 BC
08-04-1893 Wales... H W 4- 3 BC
24-02-1894 Wales... A L 1- 4 BC 1 Goal
03-03-1894 England. H D 2- 2 BC 1 Goal
31-03-1894 Scotland H L 1- 2 BC 1 Goal
09-03-1895 England. A L 0- 9 BC
30-03-1895 Scotland A L 1- 3 BC
29-02-1896 Wales... A L 1- 6 BC
07-03-1896 England. H L 0- 2 BC
28-03-1896 Scotland H D 3- 3 BC
20-02-1897 England. A L 0- 6 BC
06-03-1897 Wales... H W 4- 3 BC 1 Goal
27-03-1897 Scotland A L 1- 5 BC


Summary: 30/11. Won 4, Drew 3, Lost 23.


Photo supplied by Roy Cathcart.

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