Owen Madden (footballer)

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Owen Madden
Personal information
Full name Owen Madden
Date of birth (1916-12-05)5 December 1916
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Date of death 20 January 1991(1991-01-20) (aged 74)
Place of death Cork, Ireland
Playing position Outside left / Inside left
Youth career
Cork High School
Cork Southern Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–1936 Cork F.C.
1936–1938 Norwich City 22 (1)
1938–1939 Birmingham 12 (1)
1938–1939 Cork City
1939–19?? Sligo Rovers (guest)
1939–1948 Cork United
1948–19?? Cork Athletic
National team
1936 Ireland (FAI) 1 (1)
1937 Ireland (IFA) 1 (0)
19?? League of Ireland XI 2 (?)
Teams managed
1953–19?? Cork Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Owen Madden (5 December 1916 – 20 January 1991) was an Irish footballer who played as a forward in the League of Ireland and the English Football League. Madden was a dual international who played for both Ireland teams – the FAI XI and the IFA XI.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Madden first came to prominence as a goalscorer with Cork F.C. and in 1936 he helped the club reach the final of the FAI Cup. However shortly afterwards he became embroiled in controversy when it emerged that, together with Jack O'Reilly, he had signed for Norwich City before playing in the cup final on 19 April. When Cork F.C., who received no fee, protested over the moves, both Madden and O'Reilly were suspended by the FAI for three years.[3] Despite this Madden failed to establish himself at either Norwich or Birmingham.[4] The only highlight of his time in England came when he scored twice for Birmingham in an FA Cup tie against Everton on 11 February 1939. This game attracted a record attendance of 66,844 at St Andrew's.

Madden returned to the League of Ireland to play for a very successful Cork United team during the Second World War. His United team mates included, among others, Jack O'Reilly, Florrie Burke, Bill Hayes, Jackie O'Driscoll, Frank O'Farrell and Tommy Moroney.[5] During the 1941–42 season he helped United to a League and Cup double, scoring 14 league goals in the process.

Irish international[edit]

When Madden began his international career in 1948 there were, in effect, two Ireland teams, chosen by two rival associations. Both associations, the Northern Ireland-based IFA and the Irish Free State-based FAI, claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Ireland and selected players from the whole island. As a result, several notable Irish players from this era, including Madden, played for both teams.[6]

FAI XI[edit]

While still a Cork F.C. player, Madden made his only appearance for the FAI XI during a European tour on 3 May 1936. He played in the opening game, a 3–3 draw with Hungary. Madden is credited by some sources with scoring the third Irish goal. However it has also been credited to Jimmy Dunne.[7][8][9] Madden was injured during the game and took no further part in the tour, returning to his new club, Norwich City, for treatment. After being suspended by the FAI for three years, Madden was recalled in 1939 to play against Hungary but he declined the offer.[3]

IFA XI[edit]

While playing for Norwich City, Madden made his one and only appearances for the IFA XI on 23 October 1937 in a 5–1 defeat against England at Windsor Park. His team mates that day included fellow dual internationalists Tommy Breen, Bill Hayes and Alex Stevenson.[10]


Cork/Cork City

Cork United


  1. ^ "Dual Internationalists". Nifootball.blogspot.com. 23 October 2006. 
  2. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "''The Boys in Green – The FAI International Story'' (1997): Sean Ryan". Amazon.ca. 
  4. ^ Birmingham City fansite
  5. ^ History of soccer in Cork Archived 4 May 2004 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Irish Dual Football". Soccer-ireland.com. 
  7. ^ "Ireland (FAI) stats". Soccerscene.ie. 27 November 2006. 
  8. ^ www.fai.ie Archived 19 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "www.kickinmagazine.ie". www.kickinmagazine.ie. 3 May 1936. 
  10. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/eng-intres30.html

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