|James 'Rusty' Russell|
|Debut:||08-Sep-48, City Cup, (A) v. Sligo Rovers|
Rusty Russell was a teammate of Terry Murray on the very successful Dublin Junior club St Pauls, winners in 1948 of both the Leinster and FAI Junior Cups and they joined a large crop of Dublin juniors who came to Oriel Park for the 1948-49 season. With virtually a full time squad, including a half dozen recruited from Scottish football, most of the juniors had to be content with reserve team football.
But those who performed well at the reserve level were ready-made substitutes for first team vacancies. Rusty became a utility player, standing in for Johnny Matthews at left half during the City Cup and for Peadar Walsh in the Shield. For the first round FAI Cup game against Drumcondra he replaced the injured Jim Wilson at inside right and in the drawn semi-final against Drumcondra he again took Wilson’s place.
The transfer of Eddie Hamilton to Barnsley saw Rusty back to first team action and he played in the last seven games, including the Inter City Cup campaign. He also featured in the two end-season friendly games against Everton and St Mirren. However, he was released in the clear out resulting from the financial disaster caused by the season’s high wage bill.
In the following season he was with Sligo Rovers and he spent a year with Drumcondra before returning to Dundalk in January 1953, making 7 League appearances before the season ended.
1 Runner Up: Inter City Cup 1948-49.