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While at Easter Road Patrick Farrell, who had been signed in 1935 from Bohemians, made two appearances for the Republic of Ireland against Switzerland and France in 1937 and a further representative appearance for Northern Ireland against Wales in 1938.
National team Ireland (FAI & IFA)
International debut 17th May 1937 (versus Switzerland)
Farrell began his career playing junior football with Home Farm before joining Bohemians. He was initially restricted to the reserves until coach Bill Lacey spotted a fault in his running style. Intensive coaching corrected the problem and Farrell subsequently played a prominent role in Bohs FAI Cup run during the 1934/35 season.
Farrell first scored in the 5-2 FAI Cup second round win against Waterford United. He also scored the winner in the semi-final replay against that seasons eventual League of Ireland champions, Dolphins. Farrell played in the final against Dundalk but had to go off injured with over 30 minutes remaining. Despite this, the remaining 10 men held on for a 4–3 win.
Farrell’s performances in the FAI Cup soon attracted the attention of Hibs. His mother initially had doubts about the move but was impressed with the terms offered. As well as an £800 signing on fee in 1935, Farrell was also to attend the University of Edinburgh where he would study dentistry with Hibs paying the fees and arranging training around his lectures.
When Farrell played international football between 1937 and 1938, there were in effect, two Ireland teams chosen by two rival associations. The IFA and the FAI both claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Ireland and selected players from the whole island. As a result, alongside several notable Irish players from this era, Patrick would play for both Ireland teams in his international career.
In 1937 Farrell made two appearances for the FAI XI. In May 1937 the FAI organised a European tour and Farrell made his debut for the FAI XI on 17th May in a 1–0 win against Switzerland. A week later, on 23rd May, he also helped the FAI XI defeat France 2–0. This would prove to be his last appearance for the FAI XI.
On 16th March 1938, Farrell made his only appearance for the IFA XI in a 1–0 win against Wales at Windsor Park.
Full name Patrick Farrell
Date of birth 1913
Place of birth Athlone, Ireland