Louis Bookman

Louis Bookman

Football player infobox
playername= Louis Bookman

fullname = Louis James A. O. Buchalter
dateofbirth = birth date|1890|11|6
cityofbirth = Žagarė
dateofdeath = death date and age|1943|6|10|1890|11|6
countryofbirth = Lithuania
position= Outside Left
years =
clubs= Belfast Celtic
Bradford City
West Bromwich Albion
Luton Town
Port Vale
caps(goals) =
32 (2)
16 (1)
72 (4)
10 (0)
08 (2)
nationalyears = 1914–1921
nationalteam = Ireland
nationalcaps(goals) = 04 (0)

Louis Bookman (November 6 1890 – June 10 1943), also known as Louis Buckhalter or Louis Buchalter, was a Lithuanian-born footballer and cricketer who represented his adopted country, Ireland, at both sports. The Buchalter family emigrated from Lithuania to Ireland in the 1890s to escape anti-Semitism and subsequently changed their name to Bookman.


Club career

Bookman began his senior football career with Belfast Celtic before joining Bradford City in 1911. He failed to establish himself as a first team regular at City, making just 32 English League appearances in three seasons. In 1914 Bookman joined West Bromwich Albion but his football career was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. After the war Bookman played for Luton Town, where despite being over thirty, he enjoyed the most successful spell of his football career. After a brief spell at Port Vale, Bookman returned to Ireland and signed for Shelbourne.

Irish International

In 1911 while playing for Belfast Celtic, Bookman gained an Irish amateur cap. In 1914 Bookman, together with Val Harris, Patrick O’Connell, Billy Gillespie and Bill Lacey was a member of the Ireland team that won the British Home Championship. He won the first of four caps for Ireland in a 2-1 win against Wales on January 1. He won a further three caps in 1921 including an impressive 1-1 draw with England on October 22 at Windsor Park.


Infobox Old Cricketer

nationality = Irish
country = Ireland
country abbrev = Ire
picture = Cricket_no_pic.pngname = Louis Bookman
batting style = Left-handed batsman
bowling style = Slow left-arm orthodox
FCs = 9
FC runs = 342
FC bat avg = 20.11
FC 100s/50s = 0/1
FC top score = 53
FC balls = 348
FC wickets = 3
FC bowl avg = 63.00
FC 5s = 0
FC 10s = 0
FC best bowling = 2/32
FC catches/stumpings = 5/0
debut date = 22 July
debut year = 1920
last date = 6 July
last year = 1929
source = http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/26/26703/26703.html Cricket Archive

Bookman played cricket for the Railway Union Cricket Club, the Leinster Cricket Club and Bedfordshire. A left-handed batsman and left-arm spin bowler, Bookman made his debut for Ireland in a first-class match against Scotland in July 1920, and went onto play for Ireland on fourteen occasions. He played in eight more first-class matches, including a match against the West Indies. His last match was against Sir Julien Cahn's XI in July 1930.



*British Champions: 1

External links

* [http://nifootball.blogspot.com/2006/08/louis-bookman.html Northern Ireland’s Footballing Greats]
* [http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CSTATZ/irelandall/ire41.htm CricketEurope Stats Zone]
* [http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000018/001848.shtml CricketEurope article about Irish cricketers to have played international soccer]
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/26/26703/26703.html Cricket Archive]
* [http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/24322.html Cricinfo ]

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