First cap: v Wales, 1948
Total caps: 7
As captain: 0
Tries scored: 1
Total points scored: 3
|Name||John Christopher Daly||Born||12 Dec 1917 Cobh, Co Cork|
|Died||10th Nov. 1988 Chertsey, Yorkshire||Clubs||London-Irish 1934/39
Cork Constitution 1945/47
Huddersfield RL 1948/51
Featherstone Rovers RL 1951/52
|First International||France, 25/1/1947, Lansdowne Road||Last International||Wales, 13/3/1948 Ravenhill|
|Caps||7||Internationl Points||1T 3 points v Wales 1948.|
1947 F, E, S, W 1948 E, S, W
|Munster Senior Cup||
Championship winners 1948/49 Challenge Cup Runner-Up 1951/52
J C Daly was born in Cobh. He attended Presentation Brothers School, Cobh. He went to London and joined London-Irish in 1934, and played with them until 1939, when he joined the Royal Corps of Signals. He served in the African and Italian campaigns in the Second World War. He played for the British Army during the war against New Zealand and against Oxford University as a member of Major Stanley’s XV. He was tanned and fit when he returned to Ireland and played for Cork Constitution in 1945/46 season. That season they won a famous Munster Cup against Garryowen at the Mardyke with a last minute try scored by Tommy Riordan. His form had been noted by the Irish selectors and after just two Interprovincial matches for Munster, he was selected for the Irish Trial of 1946/47 after which he played all four internationals in 1947.
He was selected for the Barbarians in that season but his great moment of glory came the following season in the Triple Crown decider at Ravenhill against Wales. With the score at 3-3 in the second half he scored the try that won the Triple Crown. He was given a hero’s reception after the game and famously lost his shirt to enthusiastic supporters who carried him from the field. The sod of turf where he scored the try was even dug up by enthusiastic fans and, by some accounts, was sold off as a memento of his great feat.
In summer 1948 he signed for Huddersfield Rugby League club with whom he won the RL Championship in 1949. He played for the British Empire against France and also for ‘Other Nations’ against England, France and Wales in 1950. He joined Featherstone Rovers and played in the 1952 Challenge Cup final at Wembley in front of 72,000 spectators when they lost 10-18 to Workington Town.
Much respected in rugby circles, he was known variously as J C Daly, John Christopher Daly, Christy Daly, Paddy Daly (in the UK) and Dale. He subsequently worked in insurance and ran a family hotel business in Huddersfield. He visited the Cork Constitution club at Temple Hill in 1980. He died in Chertsey, Yorkshire 1988.