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Jack McCarthy

Name: John O. McCarthy
Born: c.1898
Position: Left-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Amateur Caps (1920); Irish Free State: 6 Full Caps (1924-1930); League of Ireland: 1 Cap (1924).
Club Honours: (with Olympia) Irish Junior Cup Runner-Up 1917/18; Leinster Senior Cup Winner 1917/18; Leinster Junior Cup Winner 1917/18; (with Bohs) Free State League Champion; Free State Cup Winner 1927/28, Runner-Up 1928/29; League of Ireland Shield Winner.

Club Career:
FA Cup

Jack McCarthy came to the fore with Dublin junior club Olympia during the First World War. He was part of the Olympia side that completed a unique double by winning both the Leinster Junior and Senior Cups in the 1917/18 season, defeating Shelbourne in the latter.

McCarthy was awarded two Amateur caps by the Irish FA, including in their landmark trip to face France in Paris, the first time that an Irish side had travelled outside the British Isles for an international fixture. Following the "split" he was a fixture in the FAI's earliest sides, traveling to Paris again for the 1924 Olympic Games and remaining part of the Free State's international set-up through to 1930.

He also claimed League, Cup and Shield winner's medals with Bohemians.

Ireland Amateur Caps Details:
13-11-1920 England.... H L 0-4
08-02-1921 France..... A W 2-1 FR*

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

Irish Free State Cap Details:
28-05-1924 Bulgaria... N W 1-0 Ol*
02-06-1924 Netherlands N L 1-2 Ol*
04-06-1924 Estonia.... N W 3-1 FR*
21-03-1926 Italy...... A L 0-3 FR
12-02-1928 Belgium.... A W 4-2 FR
11-05-1930 Belgium.... A W 3-1 FR

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

* The status of all of these matches is disputed. The 1920 match against France is considered a Full international by FIFA but only meets the British Association's criteria for an Amateur international. The Irish Free State matches played at the 1924 Paris Olympics and the friendly against Estonia (also played in Paris) are usually ignored by the record books which consider them Amateur internationals as per the British rules. They have however been recognised as Full internationals by FIFA since 1999.