Craig Gaughran

Craig Gaughran
Craig Gaughran
League 154
FAI Cup 41
City Cup 80
Leinster Cup 21
Totals 296
Total Appearances: 29
Total Goals: 6
Position: CF
Nationality: NI
Debut: 4-Nov-34, League, (H) v. Cork


The 1935 FAI Cup, when Bohemians defeated Dundalk 4-3, was renowned as the highest-scoring Cup final—but it also featured the highest number of illegal players, two, and both lined out with Dundalk. Playing on opposite wings were ‘Mills’ (real name Jim Mailey) and ‘Gaughran’ (real name Willy Craig), who were both registered with Irish League clubs.

Their arrival in November resulted in a major reshuffle of the forward line—Joey Donnelly moved from the left wing to inside forward, Billy O’Neill was switched from full back to centre forward and only Gerry McCourt at inside left held his place—which carried the club through to its second Leinster Cup final, losing on St Stephens’ Day to St James’s Gate (Gaughran scored for Dundalk) and its second FAI Cup final.

Not content with playing two illegal players in the final, Dundalk also fielded George Black of Portadown, playing under Mick Gernon’s name, in the first round tie against Shamrock Rovers, but a protest by Rovers failed for lack of evidence.


2 Runners Up: FAI Cup and Leinster Cup 1934-35.