James Harold A. Chatton (born April 23 1899, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh,
Ireland), commonly referred to as Harry
Chatton, was an Irish footballer who played for several clubs in
the Scottish League, the
American Soccer League and
the League of
Chatton was a dual internationalist
and played for both Ireland teams - the IFA XI
and the FAI XI
After playing with Dumbarton
in the Scottish League
, Chatton joined
of the American Soccer League
in 1926. At
the end of the 1926-27 season, he broke his contract with Flooring
and returned to Scotland to sign with Hearts
. The ASL, through the
Football Association, immediately contested Chatton's contract
with Hearts resulting in FIFA voiding the
As a result Chatton returned to Flooring, now
known as the New York
. Chatton subsequently helped the Nationals win the
1928 National Challenge
, beating Chicago's Bricklayers and Masons F.C.
on aggregate in the final.In 1929, the Nationals also won the Lewis
Cup, the ASL league cup, defeating the New Bedford Whalers
over three games.
That January, Hearts
attempted to induce Chatton to move to Scotland, but he declined
and played one more season in the ASL. On May 25 1930 at the
Grounds, Chatton played for the Nationals in a friendly
against Rangers, the reigning Scottish champions.
Nationals lost this game 5-4. Among Chattonâ€™s team mates at the
Nationals were Jimmy
, Jimmy Gallagher
and Robert Millar
. The former three all
played for the United States
the 1930 World Cup
Millar was the team coach. After four years in the ASL, Chatton
returned to Ireland and joined Shelbourne
, helping them win the League of Ireland
title in 1931.
He then had two further seasons with Dumbarton
before joining Cork F.C.
, who he helped win the FAI Cup
During the years Chatton played international football, there were,
in effect, two Ireland teams, chosen by two rival associations.
associations, the Northern Ireland - based IFA and the Irish Free State - based FAI claimed jurisdiction
over the whole of Ireland and selected
players from the whole island.
As a result several notable
Irish players from this era, including Chatton, played for both
Between 1924 and 1925, while playing for Partick Thistle
, Chatton played 3 times
for the IFA XI
his international debut on October 22, 1924 against England in 3-1 defeat at
Park. He won his second cap for the IFA, against
Scotland in 3-0
defeat on February 28, 1925 at Windsor Park.
He made his final appearance for the IFA XI
in a 0-0 draw with England on October 24, 1925, again at Windsor
Park. His team mates while playing for the IFA XI included, among
others, Tom Farquharson
, Mick O'Brien
, Bill Lacey
, Elisha Scott
and Billy Gillespie
Between 1931 and 1934 Chatton also played 3 times for the FAI XI
. He won each
of his three FAI caps while playing for three different clubs -
and Cork F.C.
. Chatton made his debut for the FAI XI
26, 1931. He helped a team that also included Tom Farquharson, Peter Kavanagh and
Paddy Moore, gain a respectable 1-1 draw
at the Montjuic Stadium in Barcelona. On December 13, 1931 at Dalymount Park he then captained the FAI XI in the return game
against Spain; this time, however, his team lost 5-0.
made his third and final appearance for the FAI XI against the
April 8, 1934 in a World Cup qualifier
ended in a 5-2 defeat.
New York Nationals