Kevin McGarry

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Kevin McGarry
Personal information
Full name John Kevin McGarry
Date of birth c. 1925
Date of death August 1995 (aged 70)
Position(s) Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1948 Belfast Celtic ? (5)
1948–1959 Cliftonville
1959–1960 Sligo Rovers 8 (2)
1960–1961 Dundalk 2 (0)
1961–1964 Cliftonville 3 (0)
1964–1965 Limerick 5 (4)
International career
1948–1957 Northern Ireland Amateurs 15 (11)
1950–1951 Northern Ireland 3 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

John 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.[1]

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.[2] 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, but he did not play in any matches.[3]

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 2–1 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 occasions, scoring a record 12 goals.


  1. ^ M. Brodie (ed.), Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2009–2010, p. 102. Belfast:Ulster Tatler Publications
  2. ^ Jcd (3 February 2007). "Kevin McGarry". NIFG. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Kevin McGarry". Olympedia. Retrieved 12 November 2021.