14 March 2010

Ernest Leckey

Name: Ernest Gordon Leckey
Born: c.1909, Cullybackey
Height:
Weight:
Position: Centre-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Amateur Caps (1934).
Club Honours:

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Summerfield
30/31
-1930
Amateur
-
-
-
Coleraine
30/31
-1931
Amateur
-
-
-
Kilrea
-
-1931
Amateur
(South.Derry.Summer.League)
Linfield Swifts
31/32
-1931
Amateur
(Intermediate League)
Coleraine
-
-1931
Amateur
-
-
-
Cliftonville
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-
TOTALS
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£
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Biography:
A "strong, hustling" back with "plenty of height and weight", Ernest Leckey was a whole-hearted player who gave "the impression that he enjoys every minute of the game."

Leckey first made his mark as right-half with the Ballymena-based Summerfield team where he gained the attentions of Coleraine for his "promising work". He was awarded an early trial with the Bannsiders, making his senior debut against Newry Town in the last game of the 1930/31 season. Having showed suitable "temperament and ability" Leckey was signed on by the Coleraine management. While waiting for another chance in the Irish League, Leckey turned out with Kilrea in summer football and Linfield Swifts until re-called by Coleraine following an injury to their regular right-half in September 1931. He grasped the opportunity with both hands: "ever a trier, and with commendable pluck will pit his skill against that of the cleverest wing." By the end of his first season as an Irish League regular he was being talked of as a potential amateur cap and one set for "higher honours". It was only after joining Cliftonville that Leckey was to make the step up to the amateur international scene, playing at centre-half in both of Ireland's games during 1934, scoring the final goal in a 4-1 win over Scotland having trailed at half-time.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
17-02-1934 England. A L 0-4
25-04-1934 Scotland H w 4-1 1 goal

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

Based on information from the ISN kindly forwarded by Jim Murphy.

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