Kevin McGarry

Kevin McGarry
Personal information
Full name John Kevin McGarry
Date of birth c. 1925
Date of death August 1995 (age 70)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946-1948 Belfast Celtic ? (5)
1948-1959 Cliftonville
1959-1960 Sligo Rovers 8 (2)
1960-1961 Dundalk 2 (0)
1961-1964 Cliftonville 3 (0)
1964-1965 Limerick 5 (4)
National team
1950-51 Northern Ireland 3 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dr John Kevin McGarry (c. 1925 – August 1995) was a Northern Ireland international footballer who played with Cliftonville from 1949. He played Gaelic football before being convinced to sign amateur forms with Belfast Celtic. He played a few first-team games for Celtic before signing with Cliftonville. At Solitude he was also a prolific goalscorer. He was named as the inaugural Ulster Footballer of the Year for the 1950/51 season.[1]

As a student at Queen's University, he was selected by Ireland for an amateur international against England in February 1948: a 5-0 defeat. He was then chosen for an Irish F.A. representative side which beat the United States 5-0, with McGarry scoring twice. In 1952, he was part of the Great Britain squad at the Helsinki Olympics.

He was selected for Ireland's 1950/51 Home Nations squad, making his full international debut against Scotland at Hampden Park, in which he scored in a 2-1 defeat. He earned two more caps, also playing in the match against Wales, and then in a friendly against France.

He represented the Irish League on numerous occasions, scoring a record 12 goals.


  1. M. Brodie (ed.), Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2009-2010, p. 102. Belfast:Ulster Tatler Publications
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