6 November 2009

Maurice Masters

Name: Maurice Masters
Born: c.1927
Died: 10 April 2012 (age 85)
Height: 5.08 ft
Weight: 11.02 st
Position: Inside-Right/Right-Half

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 8 Amateur Caps / 1 Goal (1948-1955)
Club Honours: (with Coleraine) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1947/48; (with Glenavon) Irish League Champion 1951/52, 1956/57, 1959/60; Irish Cup Winner 1958/59; Runner-Up 1954/55 ...

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Coleraine
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-
Bangor
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-
Glenavon
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-
Cliftonville
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-
TOTALS
-
£0
-
-
-

Biography:
Maurice Masters had a 23 year Irish League career, playing until he was 41.

Masters' earliest successes were with Coleraine who he helped to the Irish Cup final in 1948. En-route to the final the Bannsiders caused a major upset by defeating Belfast Celtic in the semis. The final against Linfield, played in front of 31,000 at Celtic Park, was clouded by controversy as a row surrounded the eligibility of a Blues player, Les Bardsley. With Bardsley in the line-up Linfield cruised to an easy 3-0 as all Coleraine protests were waved aside.

With Glenavon during the 1950s Masters tasted further Irish Cup ups-and-downs. In 1955 he played in a shock final defeat by Dundela, but he finally got his hands on a winner's medal in 1959. He came into the side for the final replay against Ballymena, replacing Derek Lawther in a 2-0 win.

Through the 1950s Masters was in-and-out of the Glenavon side, though he did retain a place in the Ireland Amateur team.

With his playing days over, Masters remained actively involved in football with Cliftonville and was the club's Vice President at the time of his death in April 2012.

(Northern) Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
07-02-1948 England... H L 0-5
15-08-1951 Gold Coast H W 5-2 1 Goal
02-02-1952 England... H L 1-3
12-04-1952 Scotland.. A L 1-2
31-01-1953 England... A L 1-4
14-02-1953 Scotland.. H W 1-0
10-04-1954 Scotland.. A D 0-0
18-09-1954 England... A L 0-5
12-02-1955 Scotland.. H W 2-1

Summary: 9/1. Won 3, Drew 1, Lost 5.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of the best.

Anonymous said...

RIP

Who was Northern Ireland's Greatest World Cup Player & Team? (select up to eleven players)

© NIFG 2006-2015