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William Eames

Preceded by
Succeeded by
Name: William L'Estrange Eames CBE
Born: 18 July 1863, Neemuch (India)
Died: 26 October 1956, Sydney (Australia)
Position: Half-Back
Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1885).
Club Career:
William Eames was born in India where his father, a Church of Ireland minister, was a Senior Chaplain with the East India Company. The family returned to Ireland and Eames commenced studies at Dublin University on the 1st January 1882 and remained there for 4 years, graduating as an MB in 1886. He remained in practice for some time in Dublin at 28 Upper Leeson Street before migrating to Australia.

Eames captained the Dublin University team from half-back. On the 19th December 1885, he had the satisfaction of scoring a goal in the 7-0 defeat of Clifton Park in the third round of the Irish Cup adding three further goals in the 6-0 defeat of Banbridge in the next round. The University team stumbled at the penultimate Irish Cup hurdle, losing 4-0 to Distillery in the semi-final on the 13th February 1886.

Eames and Dublin University colleague Frederick Moorhead became the first Dublin-based players to be selected for Ireland when the pair took to the field for a Home Nations match against England in February 1885. It proved an inauspicious international debut, Eames scoring an own goal in a 4-0 defeat. He was capped three times in all, the latter two appearances as captain.

In Australia Eames became a Major General CB, CBE, VD, Royal Army Medical Corp. He served in both the Boer War and the First World War where he was mentioned in dispatches on a number of occasions.

Australian Dictionary of Biography
Boer War Memorial

Ireland Cap Details:
28-02-1885 England. A L 0-4 BC
14-03-1885 Scotland A L 2-8 BC
11-04-1885 Wales... H L 2-8 BC
Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.
Thanks to Chris Goodwin (of EnglandFootballOnline)/Kaye Aldous (Eames' great grandaughter) for information supplied, to Cris Freddi for supplying Eames' date of death and to George Glass for further details of his days at Dublin University.