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Sam McCoy

Name: J. Samuel McCoy
Position: Half-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Caps (1896).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish League Champion 1895/96; Irish Cup 1895/96; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1895/96, 1896/97.

Club Career:

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A regular at right-half in Distillery’s multiple trophy winning sides of the late-1890s, Sam McCoy actually made his Whites debut as a centre-forward on 1 September 1894. Having shown his versatility by slotting in at eight different positions, he established himself in the Distillery side for the 1895/96 season.

That season Distillery finished equal top of a four team Irish League, defeating Cliftonville 2-1 in a test match at Solitude to claim their first title. The “double” was completed in March when Glentoran were defeated in the Irish Cup Final, and a “treble” was claimed when Linfield were crushed 5-0 in the Co. Antrim Shield Final.

In February of the historic season five Distillery players were selected to represent Ireland against Wales at Wrexham. Olphie Stanfield, Jack Ponsonby, John Peden and Giddy Baird joined McCoy on the field for a 6-1 defeat. The only other disappointment in McCoys season came in the City Cup play-off, when Linfield defeated Distillery 2-1 thanks to a second-half ‘scrimmage’.

The following season McCoy played in another trophy success as Linfield were defeated 3-1 in the Co. Antrim Shield Final replay. That same season he also played in the Belfast Charity Cup Final replay in which Distillery lost 6-2 to Cliftonville after an initial 1-1 draw.

Ireland Cap Details:
29-02-1896 Wales... A L 1-6 BC

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

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