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Tom Black

A young star of the Irish game at the turn of the last century, Tom Black's Irish League career was over at just 22...

Name: Thomas Black
Born: 17 March 1880, Albert Place, Belfast
Position: Outside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1901).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1899/00; (with Glentoran) Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1900/01.

Club Career:
FA Cup
* all games

Having picked up a Co. Antrim Shield winner's medal during his only season with Distillery in 1899/00 with a 2-0 final win over Linfield, outside-right Tom Black completed the much troden route across Belfast to join Glentoran for the following season, indeed he was one of four players to make the same move that summer.

Black made 21 appearances for Glentoran during the 1900/01 season, scoring five times. His goals included one on his debut in a 3-1 defeat back at Distillery, one in each of the matches it took to decide the Co. Antrim Shield semi-final and another in the 2-1 final win over Cliftonville. In March 1901 he played his only international match, a 1-0 defeat by England in Southampton, alongside Glens team-mates Bob Rea and Jimmy Connor.

The 1901/02 season began with Black scoring three times in Glentoran's first four games, but in all he played just six games that season before leaving Irish League Football behind having lost his place to the Scot, John Waddell. Ironically Waddell had signed for the Glens from Distillery.

Ireland Cap Details:
09-03-1901 England A L 0-3 British Championship

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


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