1 January 2010

Charlie McIlroy

Name: Charles McIlroy
Born: Ballymena
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Position: Outside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1934).
Club Honours: (with Belfast Celtic) Irish League Champion; Irish Cup Winner 1936/37, 1937/38; Gold Cup Winner; City Cup Winner; Belfast Charity Cup Winner; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1938/39.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Summerfield
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Amateur
(Intermediate League)
Ballymena
32/33-33/34
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Amateur
*41/12
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Belfast Celtic
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TOTALS
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£-
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Biography:
Signed by Ballymena from their near-neighbours, Summerfield, Charlie McIlroy was greatly eulogised in the press. A profile in Ireland's Saturday Night noted:

“A quick-working brain and a pair of nimble feet, he can give any defender a lively afternoon. He is not the type of player with whom liberties can be taken. Possessed of a fine turn of speed, and excellent ball control, he takes a deal of stopping”.
Still a relative youngster when selected at outside-right for Amateur Ireland's trip to face England at Ilford in February 1934, McIlroy readily attracted the attentions of cross-channel scouts. Instead, in the fallout that followed Ballymena's expulsion from the Irish League and re-formation as Ballymena United, he joined Belfast Celtic. Just 21 years-old when he moved to Paradise, Mcilroy won all of the available honours through to the early 1940s, featuring mainly on the left-wing. He was one of the "other" scorers in a 13-0 win over Glenavon in January 1940, Peter O'Connor claiming eleven!

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
17-02-1934 England A L 0-4

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


Details and picture kindly supplied by Jim Murphy.

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