16 March 2009

Ralph Lynas

Name: Ralph John Langtrey Lynas
Born: 29 February 1904, Belfast
Position: Inside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1924), Amateur; Irish League: 1 Cap (1927).

Club Career:
Teams............ --Seasons-- Signed League FACup
Cliftonville................... 1921
Nottingham Forest 25/26-26/27 Jul-25 .20/ 2 .2/ 0
Ards ............ 27/28-28/29 May-27

Biography:
In September 1924, while an amateur with Cliftonville, Ralph Lynas was selected for the "experimental" Ireland that took part in their first home international against non-British opposition. The visiting South Africa side, in their first ever international match, ran out 2-1 victors.

Lynas was further honoured with selection for the Ireland Amateur side that hosted England at Solitude two months later. At the end of that season he played in a third representative match, lining out with the Amateur international team against the Irish League in a match played under the newly introduced off-side rules.

In the summer of 1925 Lynas transferred to England, signing for Second Division Nottingham Forest. Inevitably nicknamed "Paddy" at the City Ground, he made his debut in a 0-0 draw with Darlington on the opening day of the season, but struggled to hold down the inside-left berth. He scored just twice in Forest colours, both at home and both during April 1926, in a 1-0 win over Clapton Orient and in a 4-0 win over Hull City.

In 1927 Lynas returned to Ireland, signing with Irish Cup holders, Ards. Early good form, including a hattrick against Queen's Island, brought inter-league recognition and a season's total of 19 goals.

Ireland Cap Details:
24-09-1924 South Africa H L 1-2 FR

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

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
08-11-1924 England..... H L 2-3
11-05-1925 Irish League N D 2-2 1 Goal

Summary: 2/1. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Irish League Representative Match Details:
21-09-1927 Football League A L 1-9

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

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