23 February 2009

"Batty" Brennan

Name: Bartholomew James Brennan
Born: 2nd quarter 1890, Dublin
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Position: Centre-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Cap / 1 Goal (1912).
Club Honours: (with Bohemians) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1910/11; Leinster Senior Cup Winner 1909/10, 1910/11, 1911/12, 1914/15, 1915/16, Runner-Up 1912/13.

Club Career:
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Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Bohemians
09/10-17/18
-1909
Amateur
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Biography:
"Batty" Brennan established himself in the Bohemians team in 1909/10. A strong, resolute defender, he gained a silver medal in the Irish Cup when Bohemians were beaten 2-1 by Shelbourne in a replay on 26th May 1911.

Not noted for his goalscoring, (he scored only two goals in his career with Bohemians), it came as a surprise when Brennan scored for Ireland in the 3-2 defeat of Wales at Ninian Park on the 13th April 1912. Ireland were trailing Wales by 2-0 after half an hour when Bradford’s John McCandless scored in the 61st minute to make it 2-1. A few minutes later “Batty” raced through and equalised. With five minutes to go John McCandless was on target again and Ireland had a rare victory.

Brennan, a railway clerk by trade, served Bohemians well and was appointed club captain for the 1917/18 season.

Ireland Cap Details:
13-04-1912 Wales... A W 3-2 BC 1 Goal

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

By George Glass.

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