10 April 2007

Peter McParland

Always a prolific scorer from the wing ‘Packy’ McParland found his best form at the perfect time, netting five times at the 1958 World Cup Finals…

Name: Peter James McParland
Born: 25 April 1934, Newry
Height: 6.00 ft
Weight: 12.10 st
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 34 Full Caps / 10 Goals (1954-1962); Football League: 1 Cap / 1 Goal (1960).
Club Honours: (with Villa) FA Cup Winner 1956/57; Football League Cup Winner 1960/61; Football League Division Two Champion 1959/60; (with Atlanta) NPSL Champion 1967.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Other
Shamrock Rovers
(Newry)
-
Youth
-
-
-
-
-
Tandragee Rovers
-
-
Youth
-
-
-
-
-
Dundalk
50/51-52/53
-
Youth
14(0)/  2
-
-
-
9(0)/6
Aston Villa
52/53-61/62
-
£3,880
293(0)/ 97
36(0)/19
11(0)/3
-
1(0)/0
Wolverhampton.W.
61/62-62/63
-
-
21(0)/ 10
-
-
-
-
Plymouth Argyle
62/63-63/64
-
-
38(0)/ 15
1(0)/ 0
1(0)/0
-
-
Worcester City
64/65-66/67
-
-
*114(0)/ 37
(Southern League)
Toronto.Inter-Roma
1965
-
Guest
-
(Eastern Canada Soccer League)
Peterborough Utd
65/66
-
-
0(0)/  0
-
-
-
-
Atlanta Chiefs
1967 - 1968
-
-
54(-)/ 13
(NPSL / NASL)
4(0)/2
Glentoran
68/69-70/71
-
-
*17(1)/ 10
-
-
1(0)/0
-
TOTALS
-
£-
551(1)/184
37(0)/19
12(0)/3
1(0)/0
14(0)/8

*All domestic games.


Biography:
Built like a centre-forward, Peter McParland strength and power on the left-wing made him one of this most feared players of his generation - ask Manchester United's goalkeeper who was knocked out by a "Packie" challenge early in the 1957 FA Cup final!

A product of the Gaelic game in his native Newry, his early dalliances with soccer brought him the then mandatory life ban by the GAA. Still, he had few regrets as he joined English-giants Aston Villa while still a teenager. In a decade at Villa Park he claimed FA Cup and League Cup winner's medals.

McParland made an instant mark on the international stage too, scoring twice on his debut against Wales while still just nineteen. He went on to become one of Ireland's most prolific players, with ten goals in 34 appearances, enjoying a real purple-patch at the 1958 World Cup Finals where he a remarkable scored five in five!

McParland played out his Football League career with Wolves and Plymouth before winding down his career with spells in Canada, the USA and as player-manager at Glentoran.

More to follow.

Wikipedia

My First Hero
NASL Jerseys

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
21-03-1954 Wales......... A W 2-1 WCQ 2 Goals
02-10-1954 England....... H L 0-2 BC

03-11-1954 Scotland...... A D 2-2 BC
08-10-1955 Scotland...... H W 2-1 BC
02-11-1955 England....... A L 0-3 BC
06-10-1956 England....... H D 1-1 BC
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
05-10-1957 Scotland...... H D 1-1 BC
06-11-1957 England....... A W 3-2 BC
04-12-1957 Italy......... H D 2-2 FR
15-01-1958 Italy......... H W 2-1 WCQ
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 1 Goal
15-06-1958 West Germany.. N D 2-2 WCF 2 Goals
17-06-1958 Czechoslovakia N W 2-1 WCF 2 Goals
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
05-11-1958 Scotland...... A D 2-2 BC
22-04-1959 Wales......... H W 4-1 BC 2 Goals
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
09-11-1960 Scotland...... A L 2-5 BC 1 Goal
12-04-1961 Wales......... H L 1-5 BC
25-04-1961 Italy......... A L 2-3 FR
03-05-1961 Greece........ A L 1-2 WCQ
10-05-1961 West Germany.. A L 1-2 WCQ
09-05-1962 Netherlands... A L 0-4 FR


Summary: 34/10. Won 7, Drew 10, Lost 17.

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