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Charlie Dowdall
Personal information
Full name Charlie Dowdall
Date of birth April 7 1898
Place of birth    Ireland
Playing position Inside Right
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
c. 1928
c. 1929
c. 1930
c. 1931
St James's Gate
Swindon Town
St James's Gate
Cork F.C.
St James's Gate

8 (2)   
National team
1924-1931 Irish Free State 5 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Charlie Dowdall (born April 7, 1898, date of death unknown) was an Irish footballer. He played for several clubs in both the League of Ireland and the English League and was also capped at international level by the Irish Free State. He was born in Ireland.


Club career

In 1922 Dowdall was a member of the St James's Gate team that won the first ever League of Ireland title and the first ever FAI Cup. During the FAI Cup final against Shamrock Rovers, his skirmishes with Bob Fullam helped provoke post-match disturbances involving players and supporters. [1] Together with Paddy Duncan, Thomas Murphy, Ernest MacKay and Michael Farrell, Dowdall was one of five players from St James's Gate, included in the Irish Free State squad for the 1924 Olympics Games.

After a spell with Fordsons, Dowdall played for both Barnsley and Swindon Town in the English League. He made his debut for Swindon on March 1 1930, scoring in a 3-3 away draw with Northampton Town. However he only made 8 league appearances for the club. He scored again, against Watford in 3-1 home defeat on April 18, before making his final appearance on April 21 in 4-1 away defeat against the same opponents.[2]

Irish international

Between 1924 and 1931 Dowdall made 5 appearances for the Irish Free State. Although he was included in the squad that competed at the 1924 Olympics Games he did not get a game. However after the Irish were knocked out of the competition, they arranged to play a friendly with Estonia on June 3 at the Stade Olympique. Dowdall subsequently made his international debut in this 3-1 win. [3] On June 14 1924 he also played against the United States in another 3-1 win at Dalymount Park. [4] In March 1926 he travelled with the Irish squad to play Italy, but once again did not play. [5] He did, however, play twice against Belgium in 1928 and 1929 before winning his last cap on April 4 1931 in a 1-1 draw with Spain at the Montjuic Stadium. [6]


St James's Gate


  1. ^ Byrne, Peter (1996). Football Asssociation of Ireland: 75 years. Dublin: Sportsworld. pp. 27–31 passim. ISBN 1-900110-06-7. 
  2. ^ www.swindon-town
  3. ^
  4. ^ United States results at Rsssf
  5. ^ The Boys In Green - The FAI International Story (1997): Sean Ryan
  6. ^

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