19 July 2008

Fred Horlacher

Name: Alfred F. Horlacher
Born: March 1910, Dún Laoire
Died: 17 March 1943, Dublin (age 33)
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Weight:
Position: Inside-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1931); Irish Free State: 7 Full Caps / 2 Goals (1930-1936); League of Ireland.

Club Honours: (with Bohemians) League of Ireland Champion; FAI Cup Winner 1934/35; League of Ireland Shield Winner.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Bohemians
27/28-36/37
-
Amateur
*
-
#
Sneinton
37/38
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Amateur
-
-
-
Bohemians
38/39-42/43
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Amateur
*193/85
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# /66
TOTALS
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£0
193/85
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/66
* all league games, both spells; # all other games, both spells.

Biography:
An ex-pupil of Wesley College Dublin, multi-talented sportsman, Fred Horlacher excelled at Gaelic football, water polo*, tennis, swimming and golf.

Initially a goalscoring inside-forward with Bohemians, his long career with the club saw him take the field in every position bar goalkeeper. His form won him selection for both the Free State and the IFA-run Ireland Amateur side. He played in a famous 3-1 win over England Amateurs in 1930, much to the chagrin of the FAI who suspended him for three months.

Bohemians top goalscorer during their amateur era, Horlacher died of pneumonia in 1943, just six weeks after announcing his retirement from playing.


Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
15-11-1930 England H W 3-1

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

Irish Free State Cap Details:
11-05-1930 Belgium.... A W 3-1 FR
13-12-1931 Spain...... H L 0-5 FR
08-05-1932 Netherlands A W 2-0 FR
08-04-1934 Netherlands A L 2-5 WCQ sub
16-12-1934 Hungary.... H L 2-4 FR
08-12-1935 Netherlands H L 3-5 FR. 2 Goals
17-03-1936 Switzerland H W 1-0 FR

Summary: 6(1)/2. Won 3, Drew 0, Lost 4.

* Horlacher may have represented Ireland in water polo at the Olympics. Clarification is required.

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