Mick O'Flanagan

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Mick O'Flanagan
Personal information
Full name Michael O'Flanagan
Date of birth 29 September 1922
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Playing position Centre Forward (soccer)
Centre (rugby)
Youth career
Soccer
19xx Kenilworth
19xx Home Farm
19xx St. Patrick's CYMS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Soccer
1939–1949 Bohemians
1949 Belfast Celtic (guest)
Rugby union
19xx-19xx Lansdowne R.F.C.
National team
Soccer
1946 Ireland 1 (0)
Rugby union
1948 Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Mick O'Flanagan (born 29 September 1922 in Dublin) is a former Irish sportsman who represented his country at both soccer and rugby union. As a soccer player, O'Flanagan played for, among others, Home Farm, Bohemians and Belfast Celtic. His older brother, Kevin O'Flanagan, was also a notable sportsman who also represented his country at both sports and played soccer for Bohs and Arsenal. On 30 September 1946 Mick and Kevin also played international soccer together for Ireland against England. A third brother, Charlie O'Flanagan, also played for Bohs.

Bohemians[edit]

O'Flanagan played soccer as a youth with several clubs, most notably Home Farm, before joining Bohemians in 1939.[1] He quickly established himself in the first team and was top goalscorer in the League of Ireland for the 1940–41 season, scoring 19 league goals. He also scored 31 times in 31 appearances in all competitions that season.[2][3] In 1945 O'Flanagan, together with his brother Kevin, was a member of the Bohs team coached by Jimmy Dunne that won the Dublin and Belfast Intercity Cup.[4] He also scored the winning goal in the final against Belfast Celtic at Dalymount Park. In the 1946-47 Leinster Senior Cup final Mick would score an astonishing six goals in an 11-0 win for Bohemians over local neighbours Grangegorman F.C.[5]

Belfast Celtic[edit]

During the summer of 1949 O'Flanagan also guested for Belfast Celtic on their tour of North America. Other members of the touring party included Billy McMillan, Tom Aherne, Robin Lawler, Johnny Campbell and manager Elisha Scott. These were the last games Belfast Celtic played before the club disbanded. O'Flanagan scored twice during the tour. His first goal came on 12 May in 5–0 win against Ulster United and he scored again in a 4–0 win against Montreal All-Stars on 1 June. However the highlight of the 10 game tour came on 29 May when Celtic beat Scotland 2–0 at Triborough Stadium. .[6][7][8]

Irish international[edit]

Soccer[edit]

O'Flanagan made his only appearance for Ireland on 30 September 1946 in a 1–0 defeat against England at Dalymount Park. Among his team mates that day was his brother Kevin. Mick was only called up as a late replacement for the injured Davy Walsh and he had spent the previous night entertaining a party of English journalists at Templeogue tennis club. The following morning he went to work in his pub in Dublin and did not learn of his call up until just a few hours before the game was due to kick off.[9][10][11]

Rugby[edit]

In 1947 O'Flanagan began playing rugby union with Lansdowne R.F.C. and on 28 February 1948 he played for Ireland against Scotland in a 6–0 win at Lansdowne Road. This helped an Ireland team featuring Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle, win the Triple Crown, Grand Slam and the 1948 Five Nations Championship.[12][13]

Honours[edit]

Soccer Player

Bohemians

Rugby Player

Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Who's Who of Irish International Football, 1945–96 (1996):Stephen McGarrigle [1]
  2. ^ Bohemian FC match programme, Vol. 52, no. 24
  3. ^ Rsssf stats
  4. ^ Bohemians 1944–45 squad
  5. ^ Reid, Tony (1976) Bohemian AFC - Official club history 1890-1976
  6. ^ Belfast Celtic USA tour results
  7. ^ The Year in American Soccer – 1949
  8. ^ Paradise Lost and Found: The Story of Belfast Celtic (1999):Padraig Coyle [2]
  9. ^ Ireland soccer stats
  10. ^ England international results
  11. ^ The Boys In Green – The FAI International Story (1997): Sean Ryan
  12. ^ 1948 Five Nations
  13. ^ The Complete Who's Who of Irish International Football, 1945–96 (1996):Stephen McGarrigle [3]

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