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TOM BURKE of 1930's Cobh Fame

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 PLAYED for IRELAND V BELGIUM 1934

Tom Burke, an original Rambler, was one of several local players on the Cork FC senior panel at a time when the team management was maintaining the policy of their predecessors by importing overseas stars. Among the imports was Scottish defender John Kelso, who many assumed would be replacing Cobh born part-timer, Tom Burke, an employee of the Irish Steel Works.

Cork experimented and the switch of Burke to centre forward was not a success. Tom was restored to his left full position and Kelso got to wear the number nine jersey. Burke was consistency personified at full back,while Kelso got the vital goals in the two games needed to decide the 1934 FAI Cup semi final against Dundalk and the match winner against St James’ Gate in the final.

Tom Burke’s consistency wasn’t ignored by the International selectors and was called up for the International against Belgium in which three other Corkmen also made their debuts. Tom maintained his form for several years and after returning to Cobh Ramblers via Waterford FC, was one of three Internationals on the Munster Select team which played Motherwell at the Mardyke.

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