16th September – Today In Our Footballing History

16/09/1933 Glasgow Scotland 2-1 David Martin (2)

Elisha Scott, Tommy Willighan, Bertie Fulton, John McMahon, Jack Jones, Billy Mitchell, Hugh Blair, Alec Stevenson, David Martin, Jackie Coulter, Jackie Mahood

Davy ‘Boy’ Martin marked his Ireland debut with a brace in a surprise 2-1 win at Parkhead against Scotland. Only two weeks later, in his first Irish League representative appearance he scored another two goals in a 3-0 win over the Scottish League at Windsor Park. To add insult to injury, his only other international goal came in another win over the Scots in 1934.

Davy had been a member of the Royal Ulster Rifles as a drummer boy prior to becoming successful in football, hence the nickname “Boy”.

Another debutant in this game was John (Johnny) McMahon who was awarded his only single full cap for Ireland, playing at right-half. He became the only player with an FAI affiliated club (Bohemian’s) to gain full international recognition from the IFA between 1921 and 1950. He is also the most recent Bohs player to have been capped by the IFA.

(Northern) Ireland became Unofficial Football World Champions after defeating current holders Scotland.

Author: Killultagh

Martin Scores Twice For Ireland


Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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