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Kevin McGarry

Personal information
Full nameJ. Kevin McGarry
Date of birthc. 1925
Date of deathAugust 1995 (age 70)
Playing positionInside forward

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Dr J. Kevin McGarry (c. 1925 - August 1995) was a Northern Ireland international footballer who played with Cliftonville from 1949. He played Gaelic football before being convinced to sign amateur forms with Belfast Celtic. He played a few first-team games for Celtic before signing with Cliftonville. At Solitude he was also a prolific goalscorer. He was named as the inaugural Ulster Footballer of the Year for the 1950/51 season.

As a student at Queen's University, he was selected by Ireland for an amateur international against England in February 1948: a 5-0 defeat. He was then chosen for an Irish F.A. representative side which beat the United States 5-0, with McGarry scoring twice. In 1952, he was part of the Great Britain squad at the Helsinki Olympics.

He was selected for Ireland's 1950/51 Home Nations squad, making his full international debut against Scotland at Hampden Park, in which he scored in a 1-2 defeat. He earned two more caps, also playing in the match against Wales, and then in a friendly against France.

He represented the Irish League on numerous occaions, scoring a record twelve goals.

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