Johnny Squires

Johnny Squires
Johnny Squires
League 71
Shield 50
Leinster Cup 11
Totals 132
Date Of Birth: June 1914
Place Of Birth: Dublin
Total Appearances: 13
Total Goals: 2
Position: IR
Nationality: IRE
Debut: 19-Sep-37, Shield, (H) v. Bray Unknowns


Johnny Squires was the first Irish player to score in an away fixture in the World Cup. He did so as a 20-year old in 1934, playing with Shelbourne, on his only International appearance, a 5-2 loss against Holland in Amsterdam. His arrival at Oriel Park in September 1937 brought the number of Internationals on the Dundalk squad to 6—Billy O’Neill, Mick Hoy, Joey Donnelly, Alf Rigby and Eddie Carroll—while Dicky Lunn would be capped 12 months later.

Alternating between the two inside-forward positions, he stayed until the end of December, by which time the club, in financial difficulties, sought a reduction in players’ wages. Johnny refused to take a cut and played with Drumcondra for the rest of the season. He had a war-time spell with Linfield. In the 1934-35 season he had been a teammate of Eddie Carroll on the Dolphin team that won the League of Ireland Championship.