29 May 2011

John Lillie

Name: John Lillie
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Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Amateur Caps (1936).

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Willowfield
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Amateur
(Northern Amateur League)
Cliftonville
34/35-35/36
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Amateur
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Glentoran
36/37
1936
Amateur
*25/0
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TOTALS
£0
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* all games.

Biography:
"No safer pair of hands ever held a ball, and it will be an awkward shot indeed if Lillie does not take it as a matter of course and deal with it after the manner of a master."

Acclaimed for his coolness and anticipation, Lillie broke into the Cliftonville firstteam towards the end of the 1934/35 season and, although still comparatively young, established himself for the following campaign. He was rewarded with two Amateur caps as the season drew to a close.

Early in 1936/37 Lillie arrived at Glentoran who were suffering something of a goalkeeping crisis. Indeed, he was just one of four players who were tried between the sticks by the Glens as they slumped to a disappointing mid-table league position.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
15-02-1936 England. A L 0-5
22-04-1936 Scotland H L 3-5

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

With thanks to Jim Murphy for forwarding the photo and ISN article on which this profile is largely based.

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