1909 Ireland Versus Lanarkshire Football team.
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Do you recognise
any of the players? Or do you know what the ground they
were about to play in was called? If so contact us by
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Trevor Scott - Feb '08
Jean and Mike. This photo shows Tommy Shanks a relative
of mine also. Tommy was my grandmother's cousin. I
too would like an electronic version of the photo as
it is the only photo I have seen of Tommy who was one
of the greatest footballers of his age.
Mike Shanks - Feb '08
Jean, I think this photo shows a relative of mine. "Shanks" is
Tommy Shanks, the brother of my great gandfather. Further
details can be found in Wikepedia. If you do have a
better quality photo from Joseph, I would love to receive
an electronic copy. Also, if any of Tommy's realtives
see this, I would be pleased to hear from them too.
Jean Crawford - Feb '07
Hi Joseph, I'm so pleased that you have found this photograph
of your grandfather. That was my main reason for putting
the photo on here. As I am researching my own family
history I know how important photographs are, and wanted
to share it in the hope that others would recognise
their relatives. I'm really pleased for you- you have
made my day ! I would like to contact Joseph regarding
a better photograph.
Joseph Kingsberry Whiteside -
I cannot believe that I found this picture on the web.
"your place and mine" I am looking at my grandfather,
William Whiteside, Ulster Referee. (left hand side of
the picture, standing) Unfortunately, my grandfather
died in 1913. I remember seeing this picture hanging
on the wall in my granny Whiteside's house on Carlingford
St. in Belfast.
I am now living in Roseville, California,
It will have a place of honor on the wall. Thanks for
putting this picture on the web. I will be forever grateful.
Kevin, Seattle - April
Glad to be of help Jean.
Jean Crawford - May '05
Just an update on the location of the above match. Kevin
you were correct it is Celtic Park. I have just managed
to aquire a full report of the match as printed in the
Ulster Echo 1909. Well spotted Kevin! Jean Crawford.
Cavan McDonald - February
I do not know any of the players either but my Father,
Albert McDonald, who would have been 4 or 5 at this
time played in goal for Forth River, Linfield, Derry
and Cliftonville, if my memory is correct, in the early
20's. His father was I believe was John McDonald and
they lived in the North of Belfast on a farm long since
gone. I do not know if there is any connection but my
father's family consisted of four boys, Hector, Jack,
Albert & David and a girl, Ruby.
Jean Crawford - February
Hi there to anyone who was interested in this photograph.
I have just found out that the game was played in Lanarkshire
on Saturday October 9th 1909. As you can see it was
a Supplement to the Ulster Echo dated October 16th 1909,
so that solves the mystery. Also the name of the Mountpottinger
player is Bain. I'm happy to tell you that I was able
to send to the British Library and get a copy of the
photograph. I have only had one reply in regards to
the players. Dan Curran who now lives in America e-
mailed me to say the Curran who played for Portadown
was his grandfather. It was good to know that I had
brought joy to one family and who knows there might
be someone else out there who will spot a relation.
Jean Crawford ( nee McDonald )
Kevin, Seattle - September
Looks like it could possibly be the former Celtic Park,
with Divis Mountain in the background.
Robert McAdams - September
Don't know any of the players, but I am sure the ground
is now called Windsor Park, and is the home of Linfield
football club, and is used for all the Northern Iireland
home internationals, I used to live in sydney for 25
years, and am returning there this xmas, if i can be
of any more help, please let me know.