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Harold McCaw

Name: John Harold McCaw
Born: 17 March 1906
Died: 14 August 1982
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 6 Full Caps / 1 Goal (1927-1931); Irish League: 4 Caps / 1 Goal (1927-1930).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion; Irish Cup Winner 1929/30, 1930/31; City Cup Winner; Gold Cup Winner; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1927/28, 1929/30, 1931/32.

Club Career:
FA Cup

Harold McCaw spent eight glorious seasons with Linfield. In his time at Windsor the flying winger picked up every honour available. He was part of the famous Blues forward-line that read: Houston – McCracken – Bambrick – Matthews – McCaw, remaining life-long friend and goal partner to Billy Houston.

Capped six times by Ireland, McCaw scored his only goal against Scotland in 1930. That goal, direct from a corner-kick, was scant consolation for the Irish side who were outclassed 3-1 by a gifted Scottish eleven. He enjoyed no more luck in his four inter-league appearances. His only goal for the Irish League was a second-half consolation in a 9-1 hammering by the Football League in Newcastle.

Ireland Cap Details:

09-04-1927 Wales... A D 2-2 BC
21-02-1928 France.. A L 0-4 FR
22-02-1930 Scotland A L 1-3 BC 1 Goal
20-10-1930 England. A L 1-5 BC
21-02-1931 Scotland H D 0-0 BC
22-04-1931 Wales... A L 2-3 BC

Summary: 6/1. Won 0, Drew 2, Lost 4.

Images below courtesy of the Northern Ireland Football Museum Facebook page


Gordon McCaw said…
Harold's only international goal was one of only three goals scored direct from a corner kick in a home international, the others being Alec Cheyne and Charlie Tully.