Thursday, August 4, 2011

Olympic football notes

Two Northern Irish footballers who played for GB teams at the Olympics.

Robert Patrick “Bertie” Fulton (6 November 1906 – 5 May 1979) was an amateur footballer from Larne, Co Antrim,  who played as a left back.
Bertie Fulton
Fulton played club football in both Ireland and England for Larne, Belfast Celtic, London Caledonians and Dundalk.

Fulton earned 21 caps for Ireland between 1928 and 1938; he also earned 21 caps for the Ireland Amateur team between 1925 and 1938. Fulton, then aged 29,  also represented Great Britain at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
He played in both games, a 2-0 victory over China, and a 5-4 defeat by Poland (some sources crediting him with one of the goals). He could surely have won more representative honours had he not been restricted from featuring in more mid-week matches due to his teaching duties.

Hugh Forde (born 31 January 1936) is a Northern Irish former amateur footballer who played as a left half, representing Great Britain at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He played club football for Distillery, Ards and Glenavon, and is the younger brother of Tommy Forde. From Belfast.