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Real Name: John Henry Kirwan
Normal Position: Midfielder
Died: 09/01/1959 (London)
Kirwan won a Gaelic Football All-Ireland medal with Dublin in 1894 while a member of the Young Irelands team, which was mainly, if not exclusively, comprised of rather large chaps who worked as coopers and other physically demanding jobs in Guinnesses.
Kirwan moved to England, converting to soccer with Southport Central. Whilst at Central he drew the attention of Everton and Blackburn Rovers before deciding to join Everton.
After just one season at Everton Kirwan joined Tottenham Hotspur and spent 6 successful years there scoring 97 goals in 347 games for the club and collecting an FA Cup Winners medal to boot. He went on to play for Chelsea, Clyde and Leyton Orient, as well as picking up 17 international caps for Ireland.

In September 1910 Kirwan moved to the Netherlands where he became the first professional manager at Ajax Amsterdam. In 1911 he led Ajax to the Dutch Second Class title and victory in a promotion play-off, thus guiding the club into the Dutch top flight for the first time. Kirwan returned to London after the outbreak of the First World War and was succeeded as Ajax coach by Jack Reynolds. Kirwan later coached Bohemians in his native country and A.S. Livorno in Italy for one season before settling in the London area.

John Kirwan was survived by his widow Edith, and daughters Eileen and Maureen. Many of his international caps and shirts are still in the family, although a lot of his more historical possessions were given to the Tottenham Hotspur museum including the 1901 FA Cup Ball.

NB: DOB Also reported elsewhere as 25/04/1872




Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1896/1897 000
1897/1898 1001
1898/1899 000
Total 10 0 1

Last 10 games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
05/02/1898 LeagueH MIDDLETON 1 - 2
01/01/1898 Abandoned/Void GamesH BACUP 3 - 1
27/12/1897 LeagueH WIGAN COUNTY 1 - 1
25/12/1897 LeagueH SOUTH SHORE 6 - 0
11/12/1897 LeagueA MIDDLETON 6 - 3
04/12/1897 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1H PRESTON NORTH END 0 - 4
20/11/1897 LeagueH CLITHEROE 3 - 1
13/11/1897 LeagueA CHORLEY 1 - 5
06/11/1897 LeagueA ASHTON NORTH END 0 - 1
30/10/1897 FriendlyH BURY 1 - 2

Last 10 games where player started

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
05/02/1898 LeagueH MIDDLETON 1 - 2
01/01/1898 Abandoned/Void GamesH BACUP 3 - 1
27/12/1897 LeagueH WIGAN COUNTY 1 - 1
25/12/1897 LeagueH SOUTH SHORE 6 - 0
11/12/1897 LeagueA MIDDLETON 6 - 3
04/12/1897 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1H PRESTON NORTH END 0 - 4
20/11/1897 LeagueH CLITHEROE 3 - 1
13/11/1897 LeagueA CHORLEY 1 - 5
06/11/1897 LeagueA ASHTON NORTH END 0 - 1
30/10/1897 FriendlyH BURY 1 - 2

Last 10 Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
05/02/1898LeagueH MIDDLETON 1 - 2
01/01/1898Abandoned/Void GamesH BACUP 3 - 1
16/10/1897FriendlyA ST HELENS RECREATION 2 - 0
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