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PADDY BARRY of SOCCER FAME

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PADDY BARRY MADE CORK SOCCER HISTORY In 1921

Fordsons left winger Paddy Barry shared the distinction with team-mate Jack O’Sullivan of being the first Cork born players to play for Ireland after the re-birth of the Association in 1921. They played on the side which beat Belgium 4-2 in Liege.

Paddy Barry played in his accustomed position of left half on the Fordsons side beaten by Athlone in the 1924 Cup final. For the 1926 campaign the Fordsons selectors made an inspired change when they switched him to the left wing. That proved to be the move which eventually won the Cup for Fordsons, for Barry not alone scored twice in the final, but got the winning goal in practically the last minute of an epic encounter with Shams.

Paddy was chosen in his favourite half-back role for the International in Liege. Ireland were two down at the interval, but a thunderstorm, which delayed the start of the second half, and continued for a while after the restart, seemed to help the Irish who ran the home team, ragged, eventually winning 4-2. Paddy was outstanding in Belgium and was one of only two players retained for the return leg in Dalymount which Ireland won 4-0.

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