Walter Durkan R.I.P.
Everybody at Dundalk Football Club are saddened to learn of the death of Walter Durkan. Walter, who was born in Carrickmacross, played in goal for Dundalk when the club won the 1952 FAI Cup Final as well as picking up winner’s medals in the Leinster Senior Cup and President’s Cup.
One of the most famous incident’s from Walter’s career at Oriel Park was from the 1st Round match with St Patrick’s Athletic. With the game tied, St Pats scored but the English referee failed to see Walter retrieve the ball out of the Dundalk net, three feet over the line, waved play on and three minutes later Dundalk took the lead and never looked back!
Walter emigrated to the United States in the 1950s and became a very well known referee in the NASL. He remained in contact with Oriel Park over the years and was one of the main organisers of a 50th anniversary of the 1952 FAI Cup winning team in 2002.
Just last year, a friend of Walter’s, Ken Spratt, contacted Dundalk FC in order to give Walter a surprise gift. Dundalk FC sent over an autographed Dundalk FC Goalkeeper’s Jersey. He was thrilled and sent the club a wonderful email with some photographs with his New Jersey.
Everybody at Dundalk FC send our deepest condolences to Walter’s family and friends.
You can read Jim Murphy’s full entry for Walter at the DundalkFCWhosWho site here>>