29 September 2007

Keiller McCullough

Name: Keiller McCullough
Born: 25 March 1905, Larne
Died:
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Position: Right-Half/Inside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 5 Full Caps (1935-1936); Irish League: 6 Caps / 1 Goal (1928-1935).
Club Honours: (with Belfast Celtic) Irish League Champion; Gold Cup Winner; City Cup Winner.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Newington Rangers
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-
-
(Intermediate League)
Belfast Celtic
27/28-35/36
Aug-27
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-
-
-
Manchester City
35/36-37/38
Nov-35
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17/1
1/0
-
Northampton Town
37/38-39/40
Mar-38
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38/1
-
5/1
TOTALS
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£-
65/2
1/0
5/1

Biography:

A calm head on the football field, Keiller McCullough was as adept as an attacking force as he was as a defender. He was noted for his effectiveness with his head and was one of the earliest examples of a defensive player “going up” for a corner kick, rising high above the opposing defence. When employed at inside-forward McCullough’s cleverness could change a game in a split-second.

Signed by Belfast Celtic from intermediate side Newington Rangers, McCullough made an immediate impact at Celtic Park, earning praise for the way he adapted to the big stage. In his eight seasons with Celtic he won countless honours, though the Irish Cup did elude him.

Transferred to Manchester City in November 1935, at Maine Road he added three caps to the two he won at Belfast Celtic. Despite this he was unable to make any significant impact, either at right-half or inside-right. He left after just eighteen appearances in two years, joining Division Three (South) Northampton Town. More usually used at wing-half, with the Cobblers McCullough also filled in as right-back before his Football League career was ended by the outbreak of World War Two.

Ireland Cap Details:
27-03-1935 Wales... A L 1-3 BC
19-10-1935 England. H L 1-3 BC
13-11-1935 Scotland A L 1-2 BC
31-10-1936 Scotland H L 1-3 BC
18-11-1936 England. A L 1-3 BC

Summary: 5/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 5.


Additional club career details courtesy of Martin O'Connor.

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