15 March 2010

James McClelland

Name: James Shanks McClelland
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Position: Inside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap / 2 Goals (1932).
Club Honours:

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Cliftonville
30/31-31/32
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Amateur
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Ballymena
32/33
-32
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34/7
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TOTALS
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£-
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* all games.

Biography:
Although perennial strugglers for much of their history, the all-amateur Cliftonville did regularly field some gifted players - two that formed an effective partnership were Norman McCaw and James McClelland who starred together on the left hand side of the forward line during the 1931/32 season. The pair formed a delightful partnership and on a single occasion they carried that form onto the international field as Ireland Amateurs tore their Scottish counterparts apart, McClelland claiming two goals and McCaw one in a 4-0 victory on their home turf of Solitude. McClelland actually graduated from junior football as a full-back, developing into a half-back with Cliftonville Olympic and it was in that role he initially played his senior football. It was after a season and a half as a back that he finally took to the forward line where he was "an enthusiastic and tireless worker" and possessor of a "splendid shooting boot". McClelland took his talents to Ballymena for the 1932/33 campaign.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
23-01-1932 Scotland H W 4-0 2 goals

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

Details from ISN profile kindly forwarded by Jim Murphy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

James McClelland's son, John McClelland ws the Captain of Glasgow Rangers and also Captain of Northern Ireland. John McClelland played as an amateur for Portadown Football Club.

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