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JACKIE O'DRISCOLL

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JACKIE O'DRISCOLL: REPRESENTED NORTH & SOUTH in INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

In the 1940's a whole crop of young stars throughout the country seemed to grow up together but war broke out in 1939 and the cross channel leagues were disbanded.

Consequently the young stars had to remain in Ireland, even though the English clubs were clamouring for their services. When peace was restored young and not so young soccer stars fulfilled dreams by signing for cross-channel clubs. One of the aspiring stars was Cork Utd. winger Jackie O’Driscoll, who won all that was available in Irish football and had been honoured by the Inter League selectors against the English League in April 1947.

One month later Jackie was transferred to Swansea for a four-figure fee. He won his first cap on the Irish team beaten by Switzerland in 1948 and was honoured twice more in matches versus Belgium and Sweden. Jackie was yet another of the elite band of players to be honoured by Associations North and South of the Border, when he was capped by the North in the Home Championship Tournament in 1948-49, when he played against England, Scotland and Wales.

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