23 March 2010

Jimmy Murdough

Name: James Murdough
Position: Right-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1920).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Gold Cup Winner 1919/20; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1918/19, 1919/20; (with Queen's Island) Irish League Champion 1923/24; Irish Cup Winner 1923/24; City Cup Winner.

Club Career:
Teams ........ --Seasons-- Signed League
Glenbank Corinthians ............ (Football Alliance)
Linfield Swifts
Distillery II
Distillery ... 17/18-20/21 ....... 70/ 1 (all games)
Queen's Island ........... Aug-21

Jimmy Murdough was a graduate of the 24th Boys' Brigade Company where he played alongside Davy Rollo and claimed the BB Cup. He began his career in junior circles prior to the outbreak of the Great War during which time he served with the 15th Irish Rifles and was taken prisoner. He made his debut for Distillery in April 1918 but it was the 1919/20 season before he became established as the Whites' regular left-half. Twice a Co. Antrim Shield winner with consecutive replay defeats of Belfast Celtic in 1919 and 1920, he also played in a 3-1 Gold Cup final win over Glentoran in 1920. Selected for Amateur Ireland's first post-war home match, a 4-0 defeat by England in November 1920, he played at right-half - a position he also occasionally filled at club level. In August 1921 Murdough joined Queen's Island and featured in some of their brief successes, including the Double in 1924.

Also a keen cricketer, Murdough's brothers George (Linfield Swifts) and Richard (Distillery) where also skilled footballers.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
13-11-1920 England. H L 0-4

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

Details and picture from "The Whites" by Dawson Simpson. Further details from ISN profile kindly forwarded by Jim Murphy.

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