Name: William George McConnell
Representative Honours: Ireland: 6 Full Caps (1912-1914); Irish League: 3 Caps (1913).
Club Honours: (with Bohemians) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1910/11.
Bohemians (Irish League)
Ireland’s right-back for the entire Home Nations campaign of 1914, when they won the title outright for the first time, Bill McConnell had a remarkable record at international level. His first game, played at left-back against Wales in 1912, resulted in a 3-2 win. The following year, installed in his favoured right-back role, he played in a 2-1 victory over England at Windsor Park – Ireland’s first success against their largest neighbours.
In all his six caps he finished on the losing side just once; 1-2 against Scotland in 1913. In a hard-fought and crowd-troubled match at Dalymount Park, his home ground, McConnell put in an energetic performance, and only the mis-firing forward-line denied the Irish a more favourable result.
On the domestic front McConnell was playing for Bohemians at a time of ups-and-downs. In 1911 he played in the all-Dublin Irish Cup Final defeat by Shelbourne. That same year Bohs, having finished bottom, withdrew from the Irish League. A year later they returned and in autumn of 1913 McConnell represented the Irish League in three consecutive matches (defeats by the Football League, Southern League and Scottish League).
Ireland Cap Details:
13-04-1912 Wales... A W 3-2 BC
15-02-1913 England. H W 2-1 BC
15-03-1913 Scotland H L 1-2 BC
19-01-1914 Wales... A W 2-1 BC
14-02-1914 England. A W 3-0 BC
14-03-1914 Scotland H D 1-1 BC
Summary: 6/0. Won 4, Drew 1, Lost 1.