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17 March 2020

Club News


17 March 2020

Town looks at former players capped by Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland

- Town looks back at Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland internationals
- Special piece on St. Patrick’s Day
- How many of these players could you have named?

On St. Patrick’s Day, Huddersfield Town have taken a look at those players who have been capped by Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Thanks to Club Statistician Alan Hogdson, has put a comprehensive list together of former players!

How many of these Northern Irish or Irish internationals that played for Town could you name?


Henry Baird – One cap

The midfielder played for Town between 1938 and 1940 making 19 appearances and scoring four goals.

During his time at the Club and as a professional, he was called up by the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but only earned a cap for the latter.

Laurie Cumming – Three caps

The forward scored six goals in 19 appearances as a Terrier during 1927 and 1929. During that time, he made three appearances for Northern Ireland.

Peter Doherty – Four caps

Doherty was a Terrier between 1946 and 1949, making 83 appearances and netting 33 goals.

The forward represented Northern Ireland on four occasions, scoring two goals before going on to manage them for over 10 years between 1951 and 1962.

He led them to their most successful achievement of reaching the Quarter-Finals of the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

Charles Gallogly – Two caps

The defender made 76 appearances for Town from 1949 and 1952. Halfway through his time at Town, he won two caps for Northern Ireland.

Charles Gallogly.jpg

Bill Hayes – Four caps

Hayes earned four caps for Northern Ireland and two for the Republic of Ireland.

The defender made 184 appearances and scored five goals for the Terriers either side of the Second World War. He also made 21 wartime appearances during the 1939/40 season.

Johnny McKenna – Seven caps

The midfielder played for Town between 1948 and 1953, making 134 appearances and scoring eight goals in his time at the Club. He gained seven caps for Northern Ireland between 1949 and 1951.

James Macauley – Six caps

The inside-forward bagged 32 goals in 95 appearances during his time with the Terriers from 1910 and 1914.

He made six appearances for Northern Ireland at international level and scored against England on 11 February 1911!

Jimmy Nicholson – 41 caps

The renowned Town midfielder made 281 appearances for Town between 1964 and 1973. He also scored 25 goals for the Club.

Nicholson earned 41 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring six goals in the process. He represented Northern Ireland on a number of different stages, earning three caps for the Schoolboys, four for Northern Ireland B and two caps for Northern Ireland Under-23s.

Jimmy Nicholson.jpg

Ollie Norwood – 57 caps

Norwood is currently Town’s most capped Ireland international.

Although representing England at Under-16 and Under-17 level, Norwood chose to represent Northern Ireland at every level from Under-19 upwards. He has appeared for the Northern Ireland Senior Team on 57 occasions, before retiring from international football in August 2019.

The 28-year-old was a Terrier between 2012 and 2014, scoring eight goals in 80 appearances. He now plays for Sheffield United.

Oliver Norwood.jpg

Martin Paterson – 23 caps

The 32-year=old was a Terrier from 2013 to 2015, making 25 appearances and bagging five goals in his time at the Club.

He represented Northern Ireland Under-21s twice in 2007, before moving up to the Senior Team and earning 23 caps and three goals.

Youth Internationals

Thomas Mooney - 1990

Amateur Internationals

James Wright - 1910

FA Representative Teams

Gerry Burrell - 1955


Bill Hayes – Two caps

As already mentioned, Hayes earned caps for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

He earned his Republic of Ireland caps in 1946-47 and was a member of the first ever Republic of Ireland starting XI to play against England.

Kevin Kilbane – 110 caps

Kilbane has earned 110 caps for the Republic of Ireland from 1997 to 2011 and bagged eight goals.

The versatile midfielder played for Huddersfield Town on loan from Hull City in 2011. In his season at the Club he scored two goals in 24 appearances.

Since retiring from football Kilbane has obtained a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting and can be seen across both the BBC and Ireland’s Newstalk.

Kevin Kilbane.jpg

Alan Lee - 10 caps

The forward joined Town in 2010, making 80 appearances and scoring 9 goals in his three seasons with the Club.

He earned 10 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 2003-2006, having also earned five caps for their Under-21 side.

Alan Lee.jpg

Mick Meagan – 17 caps

The defender was a Terrier between 1964 and 1968, making 119 appearances and scoring one goal.

He represented the Republic of Ireland on 17 occasions, and earned a cap for the Republic of Ireland B.

Meagan went on to manage the Republic of Ireland from 1969 to 1971. He also managed the amateur Republic of Ireland National Team in the qualifiers for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Kieran O'Regan - four caps

O'Regan made four appearances for the Republic of Ireland in 1984.

He played for the Terriers from 1988-1993, scoring 25 goals in his 199 appearances.

Pat Saward – 18 caps

Saward made 59 appearances and scored one goal in his time at Town during 1961 to 1963.

He earned 18 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Under-21 Internationals

James Hand - 2006
John McAliskey - 2007
Stephen Murphy - 2000
Derek O’Connor – 2000
Robbie Ryan - 2000
Sean Scannell - 2008-2012
Pat Scully - 1989-1991

Youth Internationals

James Berrett – 2006-2007
Brian Bryne - 1988
Jason Bryne - 1988
Michael Collins – 2003-2008
Dave Heagney - 2007
Thomas Heary – 1996-1997
Luke Malcher – 2005-2006
Dwayne Mattis –2002
Derek O’Connor – 1995-1997
Stephen Murphy – 1995-1997
Robbie Ryan - 1997

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