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Sam Irving

Sam Irving

Clubs played for: Shildon Athletic, Galashiels United, Esh Winning, Bristol City, Dundee, Blyth Spartans, Shildon Athletic, Partick Thistle (loan), New York Centrals (guest), Cardiff City, Bristol Rovers (1913-1933)

Born: 1893

Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland

Position: Right-half/Inside right

Biography: Played for Cardiff in their FA Cup Final win over Arsenal and arrived at Stamford Bridge well into his 30's but it didn't stop him from playing a key role in the 1929-30 promotion winning campaign. Toured South America with the club and when the players had oranges thrown at them, his response was to pick one up, peel it and eat it. Was released by The Blues after his 38th birthday. Despite hailing from Belfast he returned to Dundee where he had two spells as a player and opened a billiard hall. Was involved in a takeover of Dundee United, where he had a spell as manager and director. He remained in the area until his death in December 1968 aged 75.

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