23 May 2011

Sam McIlveen

Name: Reverend Samuel J. McIlveen
Born: Kells, Co. Antrim
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Position: Left-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Caps (1939).
Club Honours: (with Larne Olympic) Steel & Sons Cup Winner 1941/42, 1942/43.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Other
Connor Boys’ Auxiliary
1931
(Ballymena Presbyterian Summer League)
Kells Olympic
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1932
(Braidwater Summer League)
Larne
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1933
Amateur
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TOTALS
£-
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Biography:
"A keen player, who enters wholeheartedly into the game, his tackles are well timed and his kicking strong and clean, with that method which makes the work the man behind of service to those in midfield. He is a bulwark in the Larne forces."
- Ireland's Saturday Night (14 December 1935)

After several seasons playing in junior football in and around his native Kells, Sam McIlveen stepped up to the Irish League with Larne at the start of the 1933/34 season. He remained a reliable and consistent fixture at left-back until the Co. Antrim team left senior football when the Irish League was suspended due to the Second World War.

McIlveen was ordained as minister at Ballywalter Presbyterian Church in 1944 where he served until his retirement in 1979.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
19-04-1939 Scotland A D 1-1

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

With thanks to Jim Murphy for supplying the photo and ISN article quoted above.

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