Bambrick goal sets Linfield on the path to Irish Cup final win on this date exactly 84 years ago

Posted : 14th April 2018 at 02:55:09

On this April 14 date, Linfieldfc.com celebrates an Irish Cup final (and League and Cup double) success exactly 84 years ago today, way back in 1934.

This anniversary article continues our series paying tribute to the playing career of the legendary "Head, heel or toe, slip it to Joe" - the goalscorer supreme, Joe Bambrick.

Joe scored in every round of the Irish Cup competition in that successful 1934 season.

Round 1 - he scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win away to Crusaders on January 13.

Round 2 - he scored once in a 2-0 home win against Portadown on February 10.

Semi-final - he scored once in a 7-0 win against Belfast Celtic at Solitude on March 10.

The scene was therefore set for the Irish Cup final against Cliftonville at the Oval on this April 14 date, exactly 84 years ago today, in 1934.

Linfield lined up as follows

Eckersley, Richmond, Richardson, Edwards, Jones, McCleery, Mackay, McCracken, Bambrick, Donnelly and Caiels.

Goals from Bambrick, Caiels, Mackay, Donnelly and McCracken sealed a 5-0 win for Linfield and Joe Bambrick picked up his second Irish Cup winners medal, to follow up the one he won in 1930.

Joe also helped Linfield to two other Cup final wins in that memorable and successful 1933/34 season.

Remarkably, he also scored in every round of both the County Antrim Shield and Charity Cup, to help Linfield win more silverware in his final full season at Windsor Park, before his transfer to Chelsea on Christmas Eve in 1934.

1934 County Antrim Shield

Round 1 - Joe scored twice in a 6-1 home win against Ballymena on January 31.

Round 2 - Joe scored 4 goals in a 5-1 home win against Glentoran on February 21.

Semi-final - Joe scored once in a 2-2 draw with Distillery at Celtic Park on March 21,

Semi-final replay - Joe scored once in a 3-1 win against Distillery at Celtic Park on March 26.

Final - Joe scored a hat-trick in a 7-1 win against Ards at Grosvenor Park on April 30.

1934 Charity Cup

Round 1 - Joe scored the only goal in a 1-0 win away to Cliftonville on May 9.

Semi-final - Joe scored twice in a 4-0 win against Glentoran at Grosvenor Park on May 12

Final - Joe scored twice in a 4-0 win against Distillery at Solitude on May 19.

As well as Winners medals in the Irish Cup, County Antrim Shield and Charity Cup, Joe also picked up an Irish League winners medal in that 1933/34 season.

Joe played in 24 of Linfield's 26 league games that season, scoring 35 goals in the process.

The highlights included a 5 goal haul in an 8-1 home win against Glenavon on January 27 and a 4 goal blast in a 5-0 home win against Ards on January 20.

He also recorded hat-tricks in a 6-0 win away to Cliftonville on August 23, a 4-1 away win against Ards on October 21, a 6-1 win away to Portadown on November 25 and a 4-2 win away to Ballymena on December 9.

Only the Gold Cup and City cup eluded Linfield in that successful season but Joe still managed a further 16 goals in the 12 out of 13 league style City Cup games he played in.

His City cup goal scoring highlights included

5 goals in an 8-1 home win against Newry Town on April 21.

Hat-tricks in a 5-1 home win against Glenavon on April 2 and a 6-2 win away to Larne on April 28.

One other notable fixture for Joe in that 1933/34 season was a 3-2 friendly home defeat by Chelsea on October 4, 1933. Joe scored one goal and over a year later, Joe signed for the Stamford Bridge club.

Linfield FC celebrates the 500 plus goals in the playing career in this club’s colours of the great Joe Bambrick. His place among the All -Time greats of this club is secure for ever more.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat

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