|Debut:||13-May-44, Inter City Cup, (A) v. Distillery|
Reserve team players, Tom Beattie and Frank McCourt, got their first taste of senior football in the Inter City Cup at the tail end of the 1943-44 season. It was the winter of 1946 before Tom Beattie got his second chance as the result of an injury to Jim Hearty. A reshuffled defence saw Tom at right-full with Paddy Durkan as his partner for the rest of the season.
He was a regular during the opening City Cup campaign for the following season, partnering newcomer Arthur Whelan, and collecting a runner-up medal when Dundalk lost out to Shamrock Rovers by a single point.
The return of Paddy Durkan, halfway through the Shield Campaign saw Tom back in the reserves. A tall and strong fullback, he had played with local junior club Bendigo and in the 1950s he managed their District League team. He worked in Clarkes Shoe Factory and was an excellent snooker player.
1 Runner Up City Cup 1947-48.