20 January 2008

Tom McLean

Name: Thomas McLean
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1885); County Londonderry: 1 appearance (1889).
Club Honours: (with Limavady) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1884/85, 1885/86; North West Cup Winner 1886/87, 1887/88 (also Cricket Cup winner).

Clubs:Alexander/Limavady 1882/83-1888/89

Biography:
Originally a cricketer with the Alexander Cricket Club, Tom McLean took to football with Alexander for the 1882/83 with some success. He played for Limavady in two Irish Cup Finals, 3-0 and 1-0 defeats by Distillery in 1885 and 1886. In total he scored thirteen Irish Cup goals, including a hattrick against Kilrea during the 1886/87 season.

In 1885 McLean played for Ireland against Scotland in March 1885 in the same forward-line as Limavady teammate, Joe Sherrard. Having spent the first-half on the back-foot the Irish found themselves 4-0 down at the break. In the second-half however the Irish rallied and made two dents in the Hampden net, though the Scots still finished 8-2 winners.

Ireland Cap Details:
14-03-1885 Scotland A L 2-8 BC

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


Additional information and photo by George Glass.

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