McIlvenny Patsy Image 1 Distillery 1924

McIlvenny Patsy Image 1 Distillery 1924


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Belfast born centre forward Patsy McIlvenny began his football career with Falls League club Highfield, from where he joined Irish League club Distillery in 1916, making his debut towards the end of the 1916-17 season while still a 16 year old. He scored 53 goals in 103 matches for Distillery and won The Belfast Charity Cup with The Whites in 1921. He also gained selection for Ireland, standing in for Everton’s Bobby Irvine in a 1-0 defeat by Wales at Windsor Park, Belfast in March 1924.

He was then signed by First Division club Cardiff City for £500, making his Football League debut against West Bromwich Albion that September, scoring twice in 5 matches for The Bluebirds before he moved on to Sheffield Wednesday in November 1925, but he played just once as The Owls claimed the Second Division title. He returned to Irish League football in the summer of 1927, joining Shelbourne, and had a season before a return to Football League action with Northampton Town in September 1928. He scored twice on his debut in a win at Newport County that October and played 8 matches through the new year for The Cobblers before moving to non league Boston Town in September 1929, later playing for Hinckley United in 1930 before his retirement.



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