29 June 2011

Dickie Sands

Name: Richard Sands
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Position: Left-Half

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 3 Amateur Caps (1964-1968).
Club Honours: (with Ards) Irish Cup Winner 1968/69.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Europe
Other
Bangor
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Amateur
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Crusaders
65/66
1965
Amateur
*23(0)/2
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Ards
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1966
Amateur
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0(2)/0
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TOTALS
£-
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9(1)/1
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* all domestic games.

Biography:
Bangor's regular left-half during the early 1960s, Dickie Sands' good form earned him selection for Northern Ireland Amateurs in 1964. After a season with Crusaders he joined Ards where he enjoyed the most successful period of his career. He was Player of the Year in 1966/67 and a member of the Ards team that won the 1969 Irish Cup - he came off the bench to help set-up Billy McAvoy's equaliser in a final replay 4-2 extra-time win over Distillery. The following season he was again substitute in both Cup Winners' Cup matches against Roma. During his time at Castlereagh Park Sands added two further Amateur caps to his collection.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
11-01-1964 Wales... H D 1-1
16-03-1968 Scotland A W 2-0
11-05-1968 Wales... H L 0-1

Summary: 3/0. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 1.

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