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Mick McCarthy of Blackrock Soccer Fame

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Blackrock Online SportsLife  Hall of Fame Induction

Inductee: MICK McCARTHY  Born Blackrock, Cork 1911  Died Dublin 21st May 1973 

Category: Soccer    Career Era: 1920's/30's/40's

Clubs: Blackrock Rovers; Cork Bohemians; Fordsons; Shamrock Rovers; Sheffield Utd. Brideville

Country: Ireland.. 2 caps comprising one full Irish cap 1932 and League of Ireland cap 1941


Blackrock Native and Sheffield United Goalkeeper

How It All Began: A former soccer player with Blackrock sporting connections was Michael Anthony McCarthy who started out his football career with Blackrock Rovers. Mick is one more former Blackrock player whose outstanding sportslife career we now recognise and preserve for current and future generations of Cork football fans.brought

The qualification of Mick as an inductee of Blackrock Online Hall of Fame Gallery is his former connection with the historic Blackrock Rovers Football Club where he won a junior cup medal in 1927. Also Mick’s birthplace was Blackrock on 22nd December 1911. A soccer goalkeeper extraordinary, before making his mark with the local soccer club, he played under age gaelic games also in the colours of the Rockies.

Career Disrupted By Injury: McCarthy’s football career traversed from Blackrock Rovers to Cork Bohemians, and starring with the Cork club, cross channel scouts kept a watching brief on his progress but it was Dublin’s Shamrock Rovers who captured his signature in 1931. At Rovers he made headlines as a key player as the club won the Treble of League, Cup and Shield.

Such stardom and success renewed cross channel interest again and in the seasons of 1932/33/34 he wore the famous Blades colours of Sheffield United and remarkably made his Blades debut against the mighty Manchester United. His career at United suffered a major thigh injury with medics declaring ‘He would never again play football’.


Back In Ireland: No longer capable of playing top level English football, the Blackrock footballer returned to Dublin and joined up with Brideville FC but his tenure there was short lived as former club, Shamrock Rovers again chased him down for season 1936/37 and Mick McCarthy’s prowess with the Milltown club earned him a League of Ireland cap to compliment a full Irish cap won in 1932 playing V Holland.

Honours: 3 League of Ireland Titles 1931/32; 1937/38; 1938/39

F.A.I. Cup: 1931/32; 1932/33; 1939/40

League of Ireland Shield: 1931/32; 1932/33; 1937/38

Leinster Senior Cup: 1932/33; 1937/38


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Editorial Comment!

  • For a district so immersed in the culture of galeic games, Blackrock and surrounding areas was the birthright of so many              legendary Cork soccer icons.
  • Blackrock Online Hall of Fame Online Gallery is a collection of sports icons who excelled in their associations with Blackrock sports clubs...all codes... and we trawl back the decades in our research.
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