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George McMaster

Name: George McMaster
Born: 1878
Died: 23 March 1931, Belfast (age 53)
Position: Left-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1887); Irish League: 4 Caps (1897-1899).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 1896/97, 1904/05; Irish Cup Runner-Up 1898/99; City Cup Winner 1896/97, 1898/99; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1900/01, 1901/02; Belfast Charity Cup Winner 1901/02.

Club Career:
FA Cup
* all games.

Courtesy of ForzaTV.

Born in 1878, George McMaster, a left-back or left-half, was with Glentoran for 13 seasons and made 174 appearances, scoring 3 [sic] goals. He made his debut in 1895-96 and was in the Charity Cup side which defeated Cliftonville 1-0 in the May final. The following season McMaster won both the Irish League and City Cup plus three international caps. Another Charity Cup, City Cup and two Co Antrim Shield medals were picked up over the next five seasons, with George McMaster a regular in the side. 1902-03, McMaster’s eighth season, saw him score his first goal. It came in an Irish League defeat (4-1) away to Derry Celtic. He scored twice more for Glentoran; against the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in the City Cup (03-04) and Shelbourne in the Irish League (04-05) when the club regained the League title. George McMaster finished his career with Glentoran in 1907-08. He died in Belfast on 23rd March 1931 aged 53.

McMaster captained Ireland on the occasion of his third and final cap.

Ireland Cap Details:
20-02-1897 England. A L 0-6 BC
06-03-1897 Wales... H W 4-3 BC
27-03-1897 Scotland A L 1-5 BC

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

With thanks to Cris Freddi.

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