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Scannell Thomas: NATIVE OF YOUGHAL. 1954 v Luxembourg (1 cap)

Formerly of the National Garrison at Kinsale and born in Youghal, Thomas became the second South End keeper to be capped by Ireland when gaining his only honour in place of Jimmy O’Neill in a 1-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Luxembourg in 1954.

Tommy first hit the headlines after a fantastic display for an FAI Selected against Glasgow Celtic in April 1953 at Dalymount Park. Ireland thrilled the large attendance with a deserved odd goal in five victory and newspaper reports credited Scannell with a share of the honours with Dave Noonan and Florrie Burke.

The Cork Examiner reported as follows on the ending of a great Scannell record "Burke was harshly penalised for hands and Bobby Collins scored with a fierce drive from the spot to end Scannell's great sequence of fourteen penalties saved." Afterwards most observers wanted to know about the Irish keeper. All that anyone knew of his past, was that the English based keeper began his soccer career with Kinsale in the Munster Junior League in 1946. Tommy’s son, Tony, was one of the stars of the TV series “The Bill”.


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