22 January 2012

Norman McKay

Name: Norman V. McKay
Born: Belfast
Height:
Weight:
Position: Right-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1937).

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Other
Glentoran
35/36-36/37
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Amateur
*3/0
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Luton Town
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c/s-37
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0/0
-
TOTALS
£-
3/0
-
* all games.

Biography:
A product of Boys' Brigade football, where he played inter-Battalion representative games, Norman McKay progressed to the Old Boys' League before signing with Glentoran Seconds. He was a Seconds player during the 1935/36 season as they reached the semi-finals of the Irish Cup and he also enjoyed runs to the Intermediate Cup and Steel Cup finals.

Possessor of a touch of artistry, he was still an Irish League novice when included in the Amateur Ireland side that face Scotland in April 1937. Despite his inexperience he didn't look out of place, but still his future looked to lie away from The Oval and a move to Cliftonville was mooted.

Also capable in the forward line, McKay was most comfortable at right-half where his strength as a ball winner and ball carrier were greatly appreciated and his distribution was cool and effective. When he did leave the Glens behind it was for England, and a Luton Town side freshly promoted to the Second Division. In the end he never played a match in the Football League.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
21-04-1937 Scotland A L 0-3 

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

With thanks to Jim Murphy.

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