14 February 2010

Norman McCaw

Name: S. Norman McCaw
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Position: Outside-Left

Rpresentative Honours: Ireland: 9 Amateur Caps / 2 Goals (1930-1936).
Club Honours: (Broadway United) Steel & Sons Cup Winner 1929/30; (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1933/34.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Others
Park End
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(Combination)
Glenavon
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Amateur
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Linfield
28/29
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Amateur
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Broadway United
29/30
1929
Amateur
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Cliftonville
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1930
Amateur
*/115
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TOTALS
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£-
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* all games

Biography:
Norman McCaw began his career with a three-year spell with Combination side, Park End. He then had a brief spell with Glenavon before teaming up with his brother, Harold, at Linfield. Norman played mainly reserve-team football while at Windsor Park and moved on to Broadway United for the 1929/30 season. With Broadway he was part of the team that defeated Linfield Rangers 5-0 in the Steel & Sons Cup Final.

In 1930 McCaw moved on to Cliftonville, where he was to spend the lengthiest spell of his career. He was a regular for Ireland Amateurs during his spell at Solitude, winning nine caps and scoring twice. The second of those goals put Ireland 4-1 up against England before the Irish had to fight-off a spirited comeback to hold on for a 4-3 win.

The all-amateur Cliftonville seldom challenged for the major honours, but in 1934 they did qualify for the Irish Cup final, defeating Derry City and Glentoran along the way, only to lose out 5-0 to Linfield in the final at The Oval. McCaw was praised for his craft, speed and dangerous left-foot reminiscent of his more decorated brother's. However, he lacked his sibling's robust style and energy.

McCaw's tally of 35 goals for Cliftonville in the 1931/32 season remained a club record until surpassed by Liam Boyce in 2013 and his 115 career total for the Reds leaves him fifh on the club's all-time list as of 2016.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
20-09-1930 Scotland A L 0-2
15-11-1930 England. H W 3-1
14-11-1931 England. A L 2-3
23-01-1932 Scotland H W 4-0 1 Goal
28-01-1933 Scotland A L 1-5 (or 0-6)
18-02-1933 England. H W 4-3 1 Goal
17-02-1934 England. A L 0-4
16-02-1935 England. H L 2-4
22-04-1936 Scotland H L 3-5

Summary: 9/2. Won 3, Drew 0, Lost 6.

Details and picture kindly supplied by Jim Murphy.

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