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Jackie O'Driscoll

John Francis O'Driscoll (20 September 1921 in Cork, Ireland – 11 March 1988 in Swansea, Wales), commonly referred to as Jackie O'Driscoll, is a former Irish footballer who played as a winger for several teams in the League of Ireland. He also played for Swansea Town. O'Driscoll was a dual international and played for both Ireland teams - the FAI XI and the IFA XI.[1]

Jackie O'Driscoll
Personal information
Full name John Francis O'Driscoll
Date of birth 20 September 1921
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–1939 Cork City
194x–1942 Waterford United
1942–1943 Shelbourne
1943–1947 Cork United
1947–1952 Swansea Town 118 (109)
1952–19xx Llanelli
National team
1948–1949 Ireland (IFA) 3 (0)
1948–1949 Ireland (FAI) 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 December 2007


Irish internationalEdit

When O'Driscoll 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 Republic of Ireland-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 O'Driscoll, played for both teams.


Between 1948 and 1949 O'Driscoll made 3 appearances for the IFA XI . On 9 October 1948 he made his international debut for the IFA XI in a 6-2 defeat against England. On 17 November 1948 he made his second appearance for the IFA XI in a 3-2 defeat against Scotland. He made his last appearance for the IFA XI against Wales on 9 March 1949 in a 2-0 defeat.


Between 1948 and 1949 O'Driscoll also made 3 appearances for the FAI XI. He won his first cap on 5 December 1948 in a 1-0 defeat in a friendly Switzerland at Dalymount Park. He also played for the FAI XI on 24 April 1949 in another friendly at Dalymount against Belgium. This time the FAI XI lost 2-0. He won his final FAI XI cap on 2 June 1949 a in 3-1 away defeat against Sweden, a qualifier for the 1950 FIFA World Cup.




Cork United

Swansea Town


  • West Wales Senior Cup
    • Winners 1952-53: 1


  1. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Archived from the original on August 3, 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2014.

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