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Peter O'Dowd

Chelsea FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 F 8: A 0
100% successful

1932-33

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
270

Profile

Full name James Peter O'Dowd
Born 26 February 1908 in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Halifax, June 1908].

Census Notes

Cannot be found on the 1911 census.
According to Passenger Lists, James Peter O'Dowd was one of eighteen footballers on an FA Tour, courtesy of Canadian Pacific Railway Company, had left the port of Liverpool on 11 May 1931, bound for Montreal, Canada, on the Duchess of Richmond. They returned from Quebec, arriving at Southampton on 23 July 1931, on board the Empress of Britain. He was living at 54 Raglan Street in Burnley.

Married to Ivy Richmond [registered in Burnley, June 1932].
Died 2 May 1964 at 'Brooklyn', 15 Portchester Road, Bournemouth, aged 56 years x days [registered as James P., in Bournemouth, June 1964]. He was living at 12 Derby Road in Bournemouth. He left £17297.
His death probate confirms O'Dowd died on 2nd May, not 8th.
Height/Weight 6' 0", 11st. 6lbs [1932].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Bradford before appearing in the Bradford League playing with Apperley Bridge FC. Joining Selby Town FC, as well as joining Bradford FC as an amateur in late 1926. But it was Blackburn Rovers FC that signed him as a professional in December 1926.  Burnley FC signed O'Dowd for a £3000 transfer fee in March 1930.  His performances prompted Chelsea FC to break the transfer record for a centre-half, £5250, in November 1931. In September 1935, he crossed the Channel when Valenciennes FC of the French League paid nearly £3000 for him. He returned in March 1937 when Torquay United FC signed him. He retired soon afterwards after he broke his leg during a trial match.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 568th players (570) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
First match No. 181, 9 April 1932, England 3 Scotland 0, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 24 years x days.
Last match No. 187, 20 May 1933, Switzerland 0 England 4, an end-of-season tour match at Sportplatz Neufeld, Neufeld, Bern, aged 25 years x days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1931-32, 1932-33;
Team honours British Championships winners 1931-32;
Individual honours FA Tour of Canada 1931;
Distinctions x

Beyond England

Among the most prominent of British players attracted to French football in the Thirties. Around the same time Peter had a drapery business in Weybridge. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.186.

 

Peter O'Dowd - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
4 3 2 270 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Peter O'Dowd - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 0 3 3.667 0.00 100.0 +3

 

Peter O'Dowd - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1931-32 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1932-33 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2

 

Peter O'Dowd - Match History
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 3 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 3 full capsx

Age 24
1 181 9 April 1932 - England 3 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start ch
2 182 17 October 1932 - England 1 Ireland 0, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool BC HW Start ch
Age 25
- 186 13 May 1933 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio NPNF, Roma tour AD reserve
3 187 20 May 1933 - Switzerland 0 England 4, Sportplatz Neufeld, Bern AW Start ch

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