12 December 2007

Donald Martin

Preceded by
Succeeded by
1883
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Name: Donald Cargill Martin
Born: c.1859
Died: 31 August 1946, St Austell, Cornwall (England)
Position: Half-Back
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Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1883).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Winner 1882/83, Runner-Up 1880/81, 1881/82; Charity Cup Winner 1883/84.
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Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Others
Cliftonville
80/81-82/83
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Amateur
0/0
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TOTALS
£0
0/0
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Biography:
Don Cargill Martin was a member of the side that took to the field for Ireland's first ever international in February 1882. Indeed he played in Ireland's first three internationals, finishing on the end of a heavy drubbing on each occasion, and succeeded James McAlery as captain in his final International appearance.
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"A hard worker [and] hard tackler" Martin was "very fast and never tired" though he was criticised as he did "not place the ball often enough to his forwards" instead inclining "to too strong kicking".
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At club level Martin was a stalwart of Cliftonville's earliest successes, featuring in the first three Irish Cup Finals, winning just once. In the first Irish Cup campaign he scored an important goal in each match against Knock in the second Round (the 2-2 draw and 2-1 win) which enabled them to proceed to the Final. His final appearance for Cliftonville was on 3rd May 1884.
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In the summer of 1884 Martin took up residence in London to study to become a doctor, moving to Stroud in 1887, having qualified. As a young Doctor there it is reported that he attended a young boy dying from diphtheria. His throat was filled with mucous and at great risk to his own health, Dr Martin sucked the mucous out, allowing the boy to breathe and finally recover. He remained as a Doctor practicing in Worcester Lower in 1901 and then Cardiff by 1926, before retiring to Cornwall.

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Ireland Cap Details:
18-02-1882 England H L 0-13 FR
25-02-1882 Wales.. A L 1- 7 FR
24-02-1883 England A L 0- 7 FR
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Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.

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By George Glass.
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Some sources list Martin as having been with Knock at the time of his last international. This seems unlikely as he featured in Cliftonville's Irish Cup success on 5 May 1883, three months after his final cap.

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