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James McAlinden

James McAlinden

Clubs played for: Glentoran, Belfast Celtic, Portsmouth, Belfast Celtic, Shamrock Rovers, Stoke City, Southend United, Glenavon (1934-1955)

Born: 1917

Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland

Position: Forward

Biography: Pompey broke their transfer record to capture Irish centre forward McAlinden from Belfast Celtic in 1938. Within six months of his arrival, he was the proud owner of an FA Cup winners' medal, a souvenir that he would later display in the pub he managed after the War. He went on to manage Glenavon, Distillery, Drogheda United ad worked as a scout for Coventry City. Subsequently guided a Distillery team that included a young Martin O'Neill to a win in the 1971 Irish Cup. He died in Belfast in December 1993.

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