12 November 2009

Jackie Cummings

Name: John G. Cummings
Born: c.1937
Died: April 2008, Belfast
Height:
Weight:
Position: Half-Back

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 3 Amateur Caps (1957-1958).
Club Honours: (with Glenavon) Irish Cup Winner 1958/59

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Ards
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Amateur
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Glenavon
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c/s-58
Amateur
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Cliftonville
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-
Amateur
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Distillery
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-
Amateur
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TOTALS
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£-
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-
-

Biography:
Jackie Cummings was perhaps most familiar to Irish League fans as a BBC TV and radio commentator from the 1970s to the 2000s. Prior to this he was a coach of Northern Ireland's youth team and spent six years managing in Denmark; and even before this he played as left-half or left-back with Ards, Glenavon, Cliftonville and Distillery.

After finishing his playing career in 1970, Cummings took up a prior invite to work in Denmark. He spent two years in charge of Aarhus before taking over at B1903 Copenhagen. He returned to Northern Ireland in 1976 and took charge of the Northern Ireland's Youth team.

In the 1980s his lilting voice made him a popular voice behind the microphone. Following his death in 2008 BBC NI head of sport Mike Edgar paid tribute to Jackie’s career which spanned almost three decades describing him as “a charming, knowledgeable, witty and warm man”.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
28-09-1957 England. H L 0-3
18-01-1958 Wales... H W 3-1
22-02-1958 Scotland A W 3-1

Summary: 3/0. Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 1.

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