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Jack Kirwan

Jack Kirwan

Clubs played for: Gaelic football, Dublin GAA, St. James Gaels, Soccer, Southport Central, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Clyde, Leyton Orient (1894-1910)

Born: 1878

Birthplace: Dunlavin, County Wicklow, Ireland

Position: Outside-left

Biography: The Outside-left joined the newly formed Chelsea for their first two seasons in the Football League and quickly became a crowd favourite. Forming an excellent left wing partnership with Jimmy Windridge, he only missed two games in the clubs first season and only three in their second campaign. Also won four Ireland caps while at the club. Kept his most prized possession, the ball from the 1901 FA Cup Final, with him until his death in Hendon, London, in January 1959 aged 80. He had settled back in London after becoming Ajax's first ever manager and coaching Livorno in Italy. Before taking up football he won a Gaelic All Ireland Championship with Dublin.

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