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Jackie O'Driscoll

John Francis O'Driscoll (September 20, 1921 in Cork, Ireland – March 11, 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 September 20, 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 December 2, 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 2, 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 October 9, 1948 he made his international debut for the IFA XI in a 6-2 defeat against England. On November 17, 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 March 9, 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 December 5, 1948 in a 1-0 defeat in a friendly Switzerland at Dalymount Park. He also played for the FAI XI on April 24, 1949 in another friendly at Dalymount against Belgium. This time the FAI XI lost 2-0. He won his final FAI XI cap on June 2, 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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