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Dolway Bell Walkington


 

He was born on 25th January 1867 in Belfast the son of Dalway Bell Walkington and Anna Maria (nee Bell ). He was educated at Harrogate, Dulwich, & Methodist (B’fast) College’s and Dublin University . He played rugby for NIFC and Ulster .

His brother, Robert Walkington, was an Irish international player before him, and later became the President of the Irish Rugby Union. The brothers never represented Ireland together, Robert playing between 1875 and 1881, and Dolway from 1887 until 1891.

He married Maria Britten on 23rd August 1870 in Camberwell, London .

 

 

He played eight times for Ireland . Although captaining Ireland twice, he is more often remembered for his poor eyesight and the fact that he occasionally wore a monocle while playing, removing it when required to make a tackle. He scored Ireland ’s first ever drop goal against Wales in 1891. He captained Ireland against England and Scotland in 1891.

The matches he played for Ireland were

Date

Opposition

Venue

Attend

Result

Score (HT)

5th Feb 1887

England

Lansdowne Road , Dublin

 

Won

2G-0G

12th Mar 1887

Wales

Upper Park , Birkenhead

5,000

Lost

0G-1G

3rd Mar 1888

Wales

Lansdowne Road , Dublin

4,000

Won

2G-0G

1st Mar 1890

Wales

Lansdowne Road , Dublin

7,000

Draw

3(3)-3(0)

15th Mar 1890

England

Rectory Field, Blackheath

12,000

Lost

0(0)-3(2)

7th Feb 1891

England

Lansdowne Road , Dublin

 

Lost

0(0)-9(2)

21st Feb 1891

Scotland

Ballynafeigh, Belfast

 

Lost

0(0)-14(7)

7th Mar 1891

Wales

Stradey Park,Llanelli

10,000

Lost

4(1)-6(6)

 

Above the Ireland side that played and beat England on 5th February 1887. Standing (L-R): W.L.Stokes (President), J.S.Dick, C.B.Tillie, T.R.Lyle, H.J.Neill, V.C.Le Fanu, R.Stevenson. Seated: D.F.Rambaut, D.B.Walkington, J.Chambers, R.G.Warren (Captain), E.J.Walsh, J.H.McLaughlin, J.Johnston. On Ground: John Macaolay, R.S.Montgomery.

Dolway was the Ulster Branch President in 1893-’94.

He practiced as a Solicitor.

Walkington was described as "one of the best fullbacks produced by Ireland before the turn of the century", but only in bright conditions. His poor eyesight hindered him as the light failed when "his delicate sight tells terribly against him".

He died on 18th April 1926 in Belfast .

                                               

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© Patrick Casey, 2010
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