14 April 2008

Ned Kerr

Name: Edward Kerr
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 “Victory” Cap (1919).
Club Honours: (with Belfast Celtic) Irish League Champion; Irish Cup Runner-Up 1914/15; Belfast & District (War-Time) League Champion 1918/19.

Club Career:
Belfast Celtic

Biography:
Ned “Smiler” Kerr, a man who sported an almost permanent grin, was a superbly gifted footballer, described as “an artist whose canvas was the field”. He was famed for goading defenders, not content with beating them once he would often stop, allow them to catch up, and then beat them again.

With Belfast Celtic Kerr won League titles in both peace and war-time, starring on either wing. He also played in Irish Cup and Co. Antrim Shield finals during his time at Paradise, though never tasted success in either competition.

In April 1919 Kerr was selected at outside-left for the Victory International against Scotland, replacing Glentoran’s William Moore. In a tight match there was little attacking play as the 0-0 scoreline reflected. He was the only player selected for either of the 1919 “Victory” matches that never gained Full international recognition.

Victory Cap Details:
19-04-1919 Scotland H D 0-0 VI

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

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