12 February 2011

Frank Morteshed

Name: Francis Austin Morteshed (Mortishead)
Born: 21 April 1897, Summerhill, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Died: 1948 (age 51)
Height: 6.00+ ft
Position: Centre-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1927).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1926/27; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1925/26.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Brantwood
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Fortwilliam
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(Alliance Third Division)
Cliftonville
24/25-??/??
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Amateur
*/78
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TOTALS
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£0
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Biography:

In his day-job, Frank Mortished was a policeman of great courage. He was awarded a British Empire Medal for bravery after, at great personal risk, capturing a man who was subsequently hanged for murder.

On the field of Mortished, who stood well over six fee in height, also showed great pluck when leading the line. Described as awkward, but fast and his "occasional touches [showed] that the right idea [was] there." He could "drive a ball with punch and accuracy." His style was compared to that of a young Charlie Buchan, who had possessed a similarly gangly frame.

Previously with Brantwood and Fortwilliam, Mortished rose from Cliftonville Olympic to senior football during the 1924/25 season. His impact was immediate as the Reds' "scoring record went up in most striking fashion, much to the joy of the supporters of the virile club that flourishes at Solitude."

In 1926 Cliftonville claimed their first Co. Antrim Shield win since 1898, hammering Glentoran 5-1 in the final, and the following year they reached the Irish Cup final where, despite a Mortished goal they lost 3-2 to Ards. Mortished was honoured by Amateur Ireland for the only time in November 1927 when he led the line in a 1-1 draw against England at Blackpool.

PSNI FC

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
12-11-1927 England A D 1-1

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

Biographical details from an ISN article kindly supplied by Jim Murphy.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi JCD

A picture of Frank Mortished can be found here

http://www.bellsite.id.au/helen_tree/HTMLFiles/HTMLFiles_05/P4000.html


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jcd said...

Cheers!

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