The Scots Irish-Trail

On this SFGH site we normally confine our attentions to pre-World War II but Ireland is the one exception. Associations across the North Channel, particularly to the North of Ithe Emerald Isle have always been strong, and in both directions. In spite of the prohibition for much of our footballing history of players born outwith Scotland from taking the field for the national team two from Ireland have done so. At the same time several born here have won Irish caps, all but one legitimately, one not, but all in doing so transferring the unique qualities of the Scottish game to our closest Celtic cousins. In addition a number of Scots-born, Scottish internationals have simply by life been drawn to Ireland and have ended their days there, one in the South, the others in the North. And then there are those players through family or fate who are born in Ireland, would  play for it but again from childhoods and adolescence spent on our side of the water knew nothing but the Scottish game.   

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