21 June 2011

Des Cathcart

Name: Desmond Cathcart
Born: c.1947
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Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 3 Amateur Caps (1968-1969); Irish League: 3 Caps (1968-1970).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion; Irish Cup Runner-Up 1967/68, 1972/73; Gold Cup Winner; City Cup Winner 1967/68; Ulster Cup Winner; Blaxnit Cup Winner 1970/71; (with Ards) Irish Cup Winner 1973/74; Gold Cup Winner 1973/74; Ulster Cup Winner 1973/74; Blaxnit Cup Winner 1973/74.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Europe
Other
Linfield
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Amateur
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7(1)/0
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Ards
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c/s-73
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2(0)/1
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TOTALS
£-
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9(1)/1
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Biography:
Dessie Cathcart was Linfield's regular outside-left through the late-60s and early-70s and was honoured a number of times at representative level. An entertaining player, dubbed as "the Blues' George Best", it was predicted that his trickery would earn him a move across the Irish Sea early in his career. He was one of two Linfield players to fail from the penalty spot in their 2-0 1968 Irish Cup final defeat by Crusaders.

Cathcart suffered another Irish Cup final reverse in 1973, and it was not until he joined Ards for the following season that he collected an Irish Cup winner's medal. In the same season he was part of Ards' greatest season, as they also picked up the Blaxnit Cup, Gold Cup and Ulster Cup.

"A talented footballer who has the knack of turning a game after seeming to be out of it. A beautiful kicker of a ball."

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
29-09-1968 England. A L 0-5
11-01-1969 Wales... A L 0-1
22-03-1969 Scotland H L 1-2

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.

Irish League Representative Appearance Details:
27-11-1968 Football League H L 0-1
09-04-1969 League of Ireland H L 1-2
23-09-1970 Football League A L 0-5

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.

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