12 April 2007

Ralph Lawther

Name: Ralph Lawther
Born: Co. Antrim, c.1867
Died:
Height:
Weight:

Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1888).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Belfast Charities Cup Runner-Up 1885/86.

Club Career:

Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Glentoran
85/86-87/88
-
-
0/0
-
-
Distillery
87/88
-1887
-
0/0
-
-
Glentoran
88/89-94/95
-1888
-
*21/0
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
-
-
-
* all competitive games from 1889/90 season on

Biography:
Twice capped goalkeeper Ralph Lawther made his international debut in a 10-2 defeat by Scotland in March 1888 at Solitude. Two weeks later, against England at the Ulster Ground (Ballynafeigh), he had twice as good a game, Ireland losing only 5-1!

Lawther is claimed as an internationalist by both Distillery and Glentoran. For the game against England he was listed in some papers as a Glentoran player and in others as being with Distillery but for the Scotland matches all papers appear to list him as being a Distillery player. Records do show that Lawther was a Distillery player prior to 11 February 1888 and a Glentoran player on 3 October 1888 so evidently he collected both his caps during a fairly brief spell with Distillery.


Lawther was vice-captain of Glentoran for the 1886/87 season and, after his return, captain for the 1888/89 season. In a Glens career spanning ten seasons he played in around forty competitive matches. He played in the club’s first final, a 5-1 Charity Cup defeat by Cliftonville, in 1886 and was their regular ‘keeper for the first Irish League season in 1890/91. Subsequent to that he made just a handful of appearances up to the 1894/95 campaign.

Ireland Cap Details:

24-03-1888 Scotland H L 2-10 BC
07-04-1888 England. H L 1- 5 BC

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


With thanks to Cris Freddi for clarification.

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