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Ireland's Dual Internationals :
Players that have Played for the Two Irish National Teams

A number of players have been dual internationals - capped by two separate countries - down through the years. On of the most famous was Alfredo Di Stefano who was capped six times by Argentina during 1947 and then went on to play for Spain on 31 occasions from 1957 to 1961.

Ireland's Partition Leads to Irish Dual Internationals

At least 37 Irish players have represented two national football teams. Of those 37 players, 36 played for Northern Ireland and one played for England. Up until June 1921 a single football team represented the island of Ireland. However following political partition Ireland was plunged into a bitter civil war.

The 1921 Irish cup final between Glentoran and Shelbourne had ended in a draw in Belfast. Convention meant that the replay should take place in Dublin but the Belfast-based IFA ruled that it would be safer to have the replay in Shelbourne because of the fighting in Dublin. Shels refused to replay in Belfast and within a year the clubs in the 26 counties had formed their own breakaway Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

This gave rise to a period when players could play for both Irish teams - and they did. Indeed there were occasions when a players played against the same opposition for both 'Irelands' within days of each other. Also some players, including Con Martin - father of Mick Martin, played for both in the same World Cup qualification tournament.

In the early 1950's FIFA moved to regularise this by ruling that players could only represent the team of their political origins. FIFA also ruled that the FAI team would be known as the Republic of Ireland and the IFA's team would be known as Northern Ireland.

Englishman John Reynolds Plays for Ireland

In the early 1890's, when there was a united Irish football team, John Reynolds won five caps for Ireland including a 9-1 defeat to England in which he scored the only Irish goal. Reynolds had been raised in County Antrim but had actually been born in Blackburn in England.

Following clarification of the matter Reynolds went on to play for England eight times scoring three goals. Leaving own goals aside, this gives John Reynolds the distinction of being the only player to score against, and for, the English national football team.

Of course many English-born players have played for Ireland through the Granny Rule, but John Reynolds remains the only player to represent the Irish and English senior international football teams.

Irish Players that have Played for Two Different International Teams

The following Irish footballers have played for two senior international football teams. The table outlines the number of caps won for each jurisdiction and the number of goals scored.

Footballer
Total Caps
Country
Caps
Goals
Country
Caps
Goals
Johnny Carey
36
Ireland
29 (1937-1952)
3
Northern Ireland
7 (1947-1949)
0
Con Martin
36
Ireland
30 (1946-1956)
5
Northern Ireland
6 (1947-1950)
0
Peter Farrell
35
Ireland
28 (1946-1957)
5
Northern Ireland
7 (1946-1949)
0
Thomas Eglington
30
Ireland
24 (1946-1955)
2
Northern Ireland
6 (1946-1948)
0
Davy Walsh
29
Ireland
20 (1946-1953)
5
Northern Ireland
9 (1947-1950)
0
Billy Lacey
26
Ireland
3 (1927-1930)
1
Northern Ireland
23 (1909-1924)
3
Alex Stevenson
24
Ireland
7 (1932-1948)
0
Northern Ireland
17 (1934-1948)
5
Jimmy Dunne
22
Ireland
15 (1930-1939)
13
Northern Ireland
7 (1928-1932)
4
Thomas Aherne
20
Ireland
16 (1946-1953)
0
Northern Ireland
4 (1947-1950)
0
Jackie Vernon
19
Ireland
17 (1946-1951)
0
Northern Ireland
2 (1946)
0
Bill Gorman
17
Ireland
13 (1936-1947)
0
Northern Ireland
4 (1947-1948)
0
Reg Ryan
17
Ireland
16 (1949-1955)
3
Northern Ireland
1 (1950)
0
Jimmy Kelly
15
Ireland
4 (1932-1936)
2
Northern Ireland
11 (1931-1936)
4
Tommy Breen
14
Ireland
5 (1937-1945)
0
Northern Ireland
9 (1935-1939)
0
Mick O'Brien
14
Ireland
4 (1927-1932)
0
Northern Ireland
10 (1921-1927)
0
Willie Walsh
14
Ireland
9 (1946-1950)
0
Northern Ireland
5 (1948-1949)
0
Harry Duggan
13
Ireland
5 (1927-1937)
1
Northern Ireland
8 (1929-1935)
0
John Reynolds
13
Ireland
5 (1890-1891)
1
England
8 (1892-1897)
3
Jackie Brown
12
Ireland
2 (1937)
1
Northern Ireland
10 (1935-1939)
1
Patsy Gallagher
12
Ireland
1 (1931)
0
Northern Ireland
11 (1919-1927)
0
Tom Faquharson
11
Ireland
4 (1929-1931)
0
Northern Ireland
7 (1923-1925)
0
Paddy Moore
10
Ireland
9 (1931-1936)
7
Northern Ireland
1 (1932)
0
Denis Hannon
8
Ireland
2 (1924)
0
Northern Ireland
6 (1908-1913)
1
Matt O'Mahoney
7
Ireland
6 (1938-1939)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1938)
0
Harry Chatton
6
Ireland
3 (1924-1925)
0
Northern Ireland
3 (1931-1934)
0
Billy Hayes
6
Ireland
2 (1946-1947)
0
Northern Ireland
4 (1938)
0
Jimmy McAlinden
6
Ireland
2 (1946)
0
Northern Ireland
4 (1937-1948)
0
Jackie O'Driscoll
6
Ireland
3 (1948-1949)
0
Northern Ireland
3 (1948-1949)
0
Tom Davis
5
Ireland
4 (1936-1938)
4
Northern Ireland
1 (1936)
1
Rory Keane
5
Ireland
4 (1949-1949)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1948)
0
Ned Weir
4
Ireland
3 (1939)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1939)
0
Paddy Farrell
3
Ireland
2 (1937)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1938)
0
Peter Kavanagh
3
Ireland
2 (1931)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1929)
0
Josuah Sloan
3
Ireland
2 (1946)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1947)
0
Frank Collins
2
Ireland
1(1927)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1922)
0
Owen Madden
2
Ireland
1 (1936)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1937)
0
Christy Martin
2
Ireland
1 (1927)
0
Northern Ireland
1 (1925)
0

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