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.
|Full name||Peter Desmond|
|Date of birth||23 November 1926|
|Place of birth||Cork, Ireland|
|Date of death||July 1990|
|* 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