7 July 2007

Jack McCandless

Name: John McCandless
Born: 31 March 1891, Belfast*
Died: 12 October 1940
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 5 Full Caps (1912-1920).
Club Honours: (with Bradford) Football League Division Two Runner-Up 1913/14 (promoted).

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Coleraine Alexandra
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-
-
-
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Belfast Celtic
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Feb-1911
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(Irish League)
Linfield
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Jun-1911
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(Irish League)
Bradford Park Avenue
11/12-22/23
Mar-1912
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190/21
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-
Accrington Stanley
23/24
Sep-1923
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2/0
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Barn
23/24
Jan-24
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(Irish League)
Mid-Rhondda.United
24/25
Jul-24
-
(Southern League)
Ebbw Vale
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Oct-24
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(Southern League)
TOTALS

£-
192/21
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Biography:
Goalscoring winger who's career spanned the Great War for both club and country.

McCandless took his first step into management with Ebbw Vale. Later he was manager of hometown club Coleraine at the time of their first ever trophy win - the Gold Cup in 1931/32 - and also ran a small shop.

McCandless died in 1940, leaving a wife and young family behind. It was noted that: "the Depression and the effects of a gas attack in the trenches bore down heavily on him."

More to follow.

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
13-04-1912 Wales... A W 3-2 BC 2 Goals
18-01-1913 Wales... H L 0-1 BC
14-02-1920 Wales... H D 2-2 BC 1 Goal
13-03-1920 Scotland A L 0-3 BC
23-10-1920 England. A L 0-2 BC

Summary: 5/3. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 3.


With thanks to Cris Freddi and Martin O'Connor.

* Listed in some sources as being born in Coleraine on 29th February, year unknown.

2 comments:

banntrout said...

the profile say's john was born in coleraine on 29th feb ,he was in fact born in belfast on 5th march 1891 to a coleraine family and 1891 was'nt a leap year so there was'nt 29 days in february

jcd said...

Thanks. That info had come from a source I wasn't overly comfortable with. Glad for something more concrete!

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