Peter Kavanagh (Irish footballer)

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Peter Kavanagh
Personal information
Full name Peter J. Kavanagh
Date of birth 1910
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 15 February 1993(1993-02-15) (aged 82–83)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Outside left
Youth career
19xx–19xx Munster Boys (Drumcondra)
19xx–19xx Melrose Celtic of Fairview
192x–1927 Drumcondra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927–1929 Bohemians 46 (11)
1929–1932 Celtic 32 (5)
1932–1933 Northampton Town 1 (0)
1933 Guildford City
1934 Hibernian 9 (3)
1935–1936 Stranraer
1936–19xx Waterford United
19xx–19xx Babcock & Wilcox
National team
1928–1929 League of Ireland XI 2 (2)
1929 Ireland (IFA) 1 (0)
1931 Irish Free State (FAI) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Kavanagh (1910–15 February 1993) was an Irish footballer who played for, among others, Bohemians and Celtic. Kavanagh was a dual internationalist and played for both Ireland teams – the IFA XI and the FAI XI.[1] After leaving Celtic, Kavanagh had spells with several clubs before finishing his career with a works team prior to the Second World War. He eventually settled in Glasgow where he died on 15 February 1993.

Club career[edit]


Kavanagh played junior football in the Drumcondra area of Dublin before signing for Bohemians in 1927. Bohs manager, an ex-Rangers player, Bobby Parker, put the teenage Kavanagh straight into the first team. Together with Jack McCarthy, Harry Cannon, Jimmy White, Jimmy Bermingham, Jeremiah Robinson and Christy Robinson, he was a prominent member of the successful amateur Bohs team during the late 1920s. During the 1927–28 season they won a quartet of trophies including the League of Ireland title, the FAI Cup, the League of Ireland Shield and Leinster Senior Cup.[2] In April 1928 he also played in a prestige friendly for Bohs against Celtic. While at Bohs, Kavanagh also played twice for the League of Ireland XI. In October 1928 he scored twice as they defeated a Welsh League XI, 4–3 at Dalymount Park. Then in October 1929 he played against an Irish League XI, losing 2–1.


In April 1929 Kavanagh signed for Celtic and made his Scottish League debut in 2–1 win over Hearts on 10 August 1929. He then scored his first goal for the club two weeks later against Aberdeen. Despite an initial bright start at Celtic, Kavanagh subsequently lost his first team place and was released by the club in May 1932.

Irish international[edit]

When Kavanagh played international football between 1929 and 1930, 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 Kavanagh played for both teams.

IFA XI[edit]

On 19 October 1929 at Windsor Park, Kavanagh made his one and only appearance for the IFA XI in a 3–0 defeat to England. His team mates on the day included Elisha Scott and Joe Bambrick. In 1931 he turned down the offer of a second cap from IFA to play for the FAI XI against Spain.

FAI XI[edit]

In 1931 Kavanagh he also played twice for the FAI XI against Spain. On 26 April 1931 he helped an FAI XI that also included Tom Farquharson, Paddy Moore, Jeremiah Robinson, Harry Chatton and Charlie Dowdall gain a respectable 1–1 draw at the Montjuic Stadium in Barcelona. In the dying seconds of the game, Kavanagh almost won the game for the FAI XI. Just after Farquharson had saved a penalty, he kicked the ball out to Kavanagh, who then made a break down the wing. However, as the Spanish goalkeeper, Ricardo Zamora advanced, his shot hit the post and went wide. He made his second and last appearance for the FAI XI in the return game against Spain on 13 December 1931 at Dalymount Park. This time however, Spain easily won 5–0.




  1. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Bohemian FC match programme, Vol. 53, no. 17
  • The Boys in Green – The FAI International Story (1997): Sean Ryan [1]

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