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Jackie Mahood

Name: John Mahood
Born: 12 March 1898 (tbc), Banbridge
Died: 25 February 1984
Height: 5.05 ft
Weight: 10.0 st
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 9 Full Caps / 2 Goals (1926-1933), 2 Amateur Caps (1924-1925); Irish League: 8 Caps / 6 Goals (1925-1929).
Club Honours: (with Belfast Celtic) Irish League Champion 1925/26, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1928/29; Irish Cup Winner 1925/26, Runner-Up 1928/29; City Cup Winner.

Club Career:
FA Cup
Belfast Celtic
* all games.

Brothers Jackie and Stanley Mahood spent much of their careers together, both playing with Belfast Celtic, Ballymena, for Amateur Ireland and representing the Irish League. It was only the younger of the two, Jackie, that was to earn Full international recognition.

The Mahood family moved to the Lisburn Road area of Belfast, the heartland of Linfield, from Banbridge. Still Jackie, a plater at the shipyard, never played for the Windsor Park club and instead made his Irish League breakthrough with Glentoran, a move none-to popular with his neighbours. His Glens career included just a few incidents of note - his only goal was in a 2-0 win over Queen's Island in October 1922, and a month later he had to be carried off the field after being deliberately kicked by Distillery's Goodall.

If his signing at the Oval nonplussed the neighbourhood, Mahood's transfer to Belfast Celtic, after a spell with Bangor, led to a lifetime of abuse. The left-winger never regretted the move and in near a decade at Celtic Park wreaked havoc on Irish League defences, and played in four consecutive title winning sides. He also played in two Irish Cup Finals, a 3-2 win over Linfield in 1926 and he scored against Ballymena three years later only to finish on the losing side. On three occasions he finished as Celtic's topscorer.

Mahood had some great successes at representative level. He managed six goals in eight inter-league appearances, though finished on the winning side just once. For Ireland, after playing twice at amateur level, he won nine caps, scoring twice. He scored in a 2-0 win over England in 1927 and also played in two wins over Scotland and in the famous 7-0 win over Wales in which Joe Bambrick scored a double hattrick.

It was after his move to Ballymena (where he was joined by Stanley) that Jackie Mahood won his ninth and final cap, in a 2-1 win over Scotland in September 1933. A month later he suffered an horrific leg break in a match against Belfast Celtic and retired at the end of the season.

Later Mahood, who worked at the shipyard until his retirement in 1968, concentrated on golf, playing at Carnalea.

Ireland Cap Details:
27-02-1926 Scotland A L 0-4 BC
22-10-1927 England. H W 2-0 BC 1 Goal
04-02-1928 Wales... H L 1-2 BC
25-02-1928 Scotland A W 1-0 BC
22-10-1928 England. A L 1-2 BC
02-02-1929 Wales... A D 2-2 BC 1 Goal
23-02-1929 Scotland H L 3-7 BC
01-02-1930 Wales... H W 7-0 BC
16-09-1933 Scotland A W 2-1 BC

Summary: 9/2. Won 4, Drew 1, Lost 4.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
08-11-1924 England. H L 2-3
07-11-1925 England. A L 4-6

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

Picture kindly supplied by Roy Cathcart. 

Thanks to Arnie and Ralph Mahood for the additional information and to Neil Coleman (The Official History of Ballymena United FC).


Anonymous said…
can anyone name any family connections of this man apart from stanley
Ralph Mahood said…
Yes I can shed some light on this. I know Jack's son and 3 grandsons are still about. Contact me diectly if you need to discuss further. Regards
jcd said…
Hi S. If you can't get Ralph's email from the above link, email me at and I'll forward it on.

jcmahood said…
I am John Clifford Mahood grandson of the late Jackie Mahood. You can contact me on

jcmahood said…
I am John Clifford Mahood grandson of the late Jackie Mahood. You can contact me on kind regards.

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