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Con Martin

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Position Left half
Born 20 Mar 1923, Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
Height 176 cm
Weight 72 kg
International Caps Republic of Ireland: 36 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Dec 1946 01 Oct 1948 49 1 £10000
Aston Villa 01 Oct 1948 01 Jul 1956 194 1  
Watford 01 Jul 1956        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1946 - 1947 8   1   0   0   0  
1947 - 1948 35 1 1   0   0   0  
1948 - 1949 4   0   0   0   0  
Total 47 1 2   0   0   0  

Jabba's Comments

Versatile Irishman who was capped for both the Republic (30 times) and Northern Ireland (6 times) and although he was nominally a centre half played in just about every outfield position and even played in goal for both Villa and the Republic. He had enjoyed some success in Ireland with Drumcondra and Glentoran before signing for Leeds after the war, but with Leeds in disarray both on and off the field, he soon moved on to enjoy a productive spell at Villa Park.

Peter Moore says: I well remember Con Martin, when he came to Leeds he coached our school soccer team, Beeston St Anthony's, that was in the mid to late 1940s, I being the goalkeeper was amazed at the power that he struck the ball at me at our first practice, but was pleased to have got everything behind it and held on, much to my and I may say his also, happy days.

Pat Wallace says: Con was my idol. First saw him play for Villa in March 1949. Never played at left half to my recollection - alway centre half with a short spell in goal round 51/52. His son played for Man U,WBA and Ireland in the 70,s.

Stephen and Bridget Murphy Patten say: My wife's uncle was nicknamed con after con martin. he too was a strong, versitle footballer at local level in Achill in the west of Ireland in the 1950s. We both have enjoyed looking at your web site.

John Kelly says: met Con on a golfing trip to Galway some years ago. What a character ! Among the stories he told the following is particularly amusing. Con played and scored one of the goals when Ireland became the first team to beat England on English soil. The match was played in Liverpool in 1949. As Con was playing his club football for Aston Villa at the time he got a lift back to Birmingham on the English team bus. It would'nt happen today.

Molly Davis says: I saw Con Martin play for Aston Villa when I was a child. Dad was a real Villa fan and he idolised Con Martin. We used to travel to and from the ground by train from Walsall and Dad and his friends used to discuss every move that had been made during the match.

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