Ned’s first season on the Lansdowne 1st XV was in 1926 at the age of 19 and he continued on unbroken run on the firsts for 9 seasons until 1934/35 when he captained the team. This was a golden era in the club history when the Leinster Senior Cp was won on 6 occasions, including 5 in a row. Some of the all time greats amongst Lansdowne players such as Davy, Arigho, Crowe, Bailey, Hogan et al, were his team mates during that period when the Bateman Cup was won on several occasions.
He was once described as having “almost irresistible, terminal, velocity and strength wear the line, a character in any side.” Ned won his first cap against France in 1931 which was lost 3-0 at Stade Colombes and he went on to win 11 consecutive caps up to and including Scotland in 1933.
He had the novel experience of playing for Ireland in 1931 against Scotland and Wales when the entire three quarter line consisted of Lansdowne players, Davy, Crowe, Arigho and Lightfoot. At the end of his playing career he continued to involve himself in the club activities as a supporter and in Committees and was President of the club in 1951/52
Date of Birth 19/11/1907
International Debut versus France
International Debut Date 01/01/1931
Last Test versus Scotland
Last Test Date 04/01/1933
Test Tries 3
Total Test Points 9