David Owen: An Irish team that deserves to be remembered

The island of Ireland is a place where history casts a particularly long shadow.

So perhaps I shouldn’t be as surprised as I am that so few people seem to know about a proud episode in the island’s footballing history that took place 99 years ago.

I first stumbled upon this years ago during one of my periodic trawls through the pages of an old Rothmans football yearbook.

With the centenary approaching, I decided a few months ago to try and find out more about it, with the aim of writing an article for The Blizzard, a new and unashamedly literary football quarterly based in Sunderland in north-east England.

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