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Peter Desmond

Peter Desmond (23 November 1926 in Cork, Ireland – July 1990) was an Irish footballer. Desmond played for several clubs in the League of Ireland and the English League. As an international, Desmond also played for Ireland.

Peter Desmond
Personal information
Full name Peter Desmond
Date of birth 23 November 1926
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Date of death July 1990
Playing position Forward
Youth career
194x Richmond Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1948 Waterford United
1948–1949 Shelbourne 14 (2)
1949–1950 Middlesbrough 2 (0)
1950–1951 Southport 12 (2)
1951–1952 York City 1 (0)
1952–1953 Stockton
1953–1954 Hartlepool United 1 (0)
National team
1949 Ireland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Desmond made all four appearances for Ireland while playing for Middlesbrough. He made his international debut in a 3-0 win against Finland on 8 September 1949 at Dalymount Park in a World Cup qualifier.

Desmond was also a member of the Ireland team that defeated England 2–0 at Goodison Park, becoming the first non-UK team to beat England at home. Ireland took the lead in the 33rd minute when Desmond, after collecting a pass from Tommy O'Connor, was brought down in the England penalty area; Con Martin then converted the subsequent penalty kick.

Desmond made just two more international appearances for Ireland. They came on 9 October 1949 in a 1-1 draw with Finland and on 13 November 1949 in 3-1 defeat to Sweden. Both these games were World Cup qualifiers.


  • The Boys In Green - The FAI International Story (1997): Sean Ryan [1]

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