The 1960 Football League side which lost
4-2 at Milan. Jimmy Mcllroy (Burnley) is front row, 2nd left.
STAFF at Lisburn Museum are keen to obtain as
much information as possible about two of the city's sporting
Soccer legend Jimmy Mcllroy grew up in Lambeg.
He started his football career with Glentoran and was just 18
when he received an offer from Burnley.
By the time the Lancashire side won the
League during the 1959/60 season he was a household name. He was
still with the team when they reached the 1962 FA Cup Final
against Spurs and played in a number of European competitions.
Jimmy transferred to Stoke City before going
into management. He is now retired and still lives in Burnley.
A century ago in 1908 London was the chosen
venue for the Olympic Games. A biography is currently being
prepared of Harry Mussen, a champion cyclist from Dunmurry who
competed in the Mens 100 kilometres event.
It was one of seven track cycling events and
covered the longest of the individual event distances. The time
limit for the race was three hours and 15 minutes. Of the 17
finalists, nine, including Harry, failed to finish.
The event was won by Charles Bartlett of GB
in 126.96.36.199 at an average speed of 42 kilometres per hour. His
success came just 20 years after 'penny farthing' cycles were
superseded by the type of machine still in use today.
"Sports and sportsmanship is very much in the
air with the recent spectacle of the Bejing Olympic Games and
the media discussions of the Games in London 2012. Here are two
local sporting characters we would like to know more about,"
said a spokesperson.
Lisburn Museum is interested in the memories
of local people who grew up in Lambeg/Ballyskeagh alongside
Jimmy Mcllroy during the 1930's and 40's as well as any
information available about Harry Mussen.
If you can help please give them a call on
92663377 or email: