25 August 2007

Matt O'Mahoney

Name: Matthew Augustine O’Mahoney
Born: 19 January 1913, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny
Died: 25 January 1992
Height:
Weight:
Position: Centre-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1938); Eire: 6 Full Caps (1938-1939).

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
War-Time
Other
Liverpool
33/34
1933
-
0/ 0
-
-
-
New Brighton
33/34
1933
-
0/ 0
-
-
-
Hoylake
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Southport
34/35
Apr-35
-
12/ 0
-
-
-
Wolverhampton.W.
35/36
May-35
-
0/ 0
-
-
-
Newport County
35/36
Mar-36
-
8/ 0
-
-
-
Bristol Rovers
36/37-38/39
May-36
-
101/ 6
4/0
-
3/0
Ipswich Town
39/40-48/49
Jul-39
-
61/ 4
6/0
39/3
-
Bristol Rovers
39/40
-
Guest
-
-
24/4
-
Bristol City
40/41
-
Guest
-
-
4/0
-
Rochdale
43/44
-
Guest
-
-
3/0
-
Aberaman Athletic
-
-
Guest
-
-
-
-
Tranmere Rovers
44/45
-
Guest
-
-
3/0
-
Yarmouth Town
-
Apr-49
-
-
-
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
182/10
10/0
73/7
3/0


Biography:
Kilkenny-born centre-half Matt O'Mahoney's earliest footballing days were spent on Merseyside. After struggling to make an impact with the likes of Liverpool and New Brighton he made the breakthrough with Division Three (North) team, Southport. His impressive form alerted several big clubs, but it was Wolves that claimed his signature in May 1935.

O'Mahoney spent a season at Molineux struggling with injuries and poor form and in March 1936 he moved to Newport County. After just two months at Somerton Park, O'Mahoney was on the move again, this time joining Bristol Rovers. O'Mahoney's consistency with an Arabs team struggling in the bottom half of Division Three (South) began to attract the attentions of the international selectors.

In May 1938 he was selected by the FAI to face Czechoslovakia and Poland during a tour of Eastern Europe. The following November he won his only cap in an IFA-selected side against Scotland at Windsor park and five days after that he was back in the FAI shirt to face Poland at Dalymount Park. A regular for the FAI up to the outbreak of the Second World War, O'Mahoney collect a total of six caps from the Dublin-based association.

In the summer of 1939 O'Mahoney transferred to Ipswich Town. Although his League career was put on hold following the outbreak of the War he was Ipswich's first-choice centre-half when League football resumed in 1946. Although he missed most of the 1947/48 season, O'Mahoney was back in the team for the following campaign and in good form. His career was ended by an injury collected against Norwich on 16th October 1948.

Pride of Anglia

Ireland Cap Details:
08-10-1938 Scotland...... H L 0-2 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Eire Cap Details:
18-05-1938 Czechoslovakia A D 2-2 FR
22-05-1938 Poland........ A L 0-6 FR
18-09-1938 Switzerland... H W 4-0 FR
13-11-1938 Poland........ H W 3-2 FR
18-05-1939 Hungary....... A D 2-2 FR
23-05-1939 Germany....... A D 1-1 FR

Summary: 6/0. Won 2, Drew 3, Lost 1.

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