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Maurice John P. Daly


Maurice John P. Daly selected for Ireland (Right Wing) in 1938 while playing for Harlequins. His one and only cap in which he scored one of four Ireland tries. He played for Old Haberdashers RFC from 1932 to 1937 and then joined Harlequins. The second world war interrupted his career but he did continue to play for Harlequins after the war.


Career Record: P1, W0, D0, L1, Tries 1, Cons 0, Pen 0, DropG 0

12th Feb 1938 v England (Lansdowne Road, Dublin) (FN) L 14-36




Above programme cover from the Ireland v England match on 12th February 1938. Maurice Daly's only match for Ireland

Standing: FL Green, PC Frost, L Goldfield, MJ Jackman, GB Jamieson, JS Alexander, DA Blessley, PC Yarril. Middle Row: GAL Manton, HJ Tierney, SE Phillips, S Gaywood, DH Gooch. Bottom Row: LF Brown, AR Burton, MJ Daly

Above Old Haberdashers RFC 1932/33 with Maurice Daly.

Standing: DH Gooch, L Goldfield, MJ Jackman, GB Jamieson, GH Husband, RA Mallinson, S Gaywood, AM Ingram. Middle Row: AEP Nicoll, DA Blessley, HJ Tierney, SE Phillips, CF Hall, MJ Daly, FL Green. Bottom Row: AR Burton, JF Skeat

Above Old Haberdashers RFC 1934/35 with Maurice Daly.

Standing: JEG Moody (Hon. Secretary), JH Thorpe, L Goldfield, FL Ingram, MJ Jackman, GJ Whitfield, PC Yarrill, DG Knowles, H Melliar Smith (Referee). Middle Row: HJ Tierney, DH Gooch, GB Jamieson, MJ Daly, DA Blessley. Bottom Row: AEP Nicholl, AR Burton, WSM Gurney.

Above Old Haberdashers RFC 1935/36 with Maurice Daly.

Standing: AG Jenkins (Hon. Secretary), S Gaywood, RW Diggens, JH Thorpe, AR Grossman, MJ Jackman, K Blessley, FL Ingram, J Hardcastle (London Soc. R.U. Referees) Middle Row: HJ Tierney, DH Gooch, GB Jamieson, MJ Daly, DA Blessley Botom Row: AS Wilshire, AR Burton,WSM Gurney

Above Old Haberdashers RFC 1936/37 with Maurice Daly.

Top row: AR Burton, W Trevor Maddock (London Society of Referees), ND Chamberlain (Sidcup), WSM Gurney, DJ Snook (Bridgwater), AS Kirkwood (Old Rutlishians), JH Thorpe, GG Owen (KCS Old Boys), J Brassington, M Fulford (Old Blues), NR Parker, PN Cross-Brown (Old Millhillians) Middle Row: L Goldfield, JM Loder (University Vandals), AR Grossman, AGK Ferguson (Old Tauntonians), AS Wilshire, GH Ross-Goobey (Old Blues), K Blessley, G Stokoe (Westminster Bank), HJ Tierney, JA Fryer (KCS Old Boys), DH Gooch. Seated: MJ Daly, GG Newton (Old Tauntonians), S Gaywood, RAH Hope (Bank of England), GB Jamieson, Rev. FJ Kemp (President, OHRFC), Major General BA Hill (President of Rugby Football Union), AG Jenkins (Hon. Secretary), E Grellier (Westminster bank), MJ Jackman, JJ Redman (Old Blues)

Above the opening of the new ground at Elstree on Saturday, 18th September 1937. Old Haberdashers 1st XV v. A S Roncoroni's XV with Maurice Daly seated extreme left. This was his last game for Old Haberdashers, he had already joined Harlequins.

Back Row (L-R): Dr H.Emerson (Pres IRFU), M.J.Daly (Harlequins), L.McMahon (Blackrock Coll), J.W.S.Irwin (NIFC), J.Megaw (Richmond & Instonians), R.B.Mayne (Queens University), A.H.Bailey (UC Dublin), D.B.O'Loughlin (UC Cork). Middle Row: P.Crowe (Blackrock Coll), E.Ryan (Dolphin), G.J.Morgan (Capt) (Clontarf), S.Walker (Instonians), C.R.A,Graves (Wanderers), R.Alexander (NIFC). Front: G.E.Cromey (Queens University), V.J.Lyttle (Belfast Collegians & Bedford).

Above the Ireland side that played England on 12th Feb 1938 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin with Maurice Daly. England won 36-14. Ireland finished bottom of the 5 Nations. At half-time England were winning 23-0 but Ireland staged a mini recovery. Daly scored Irelands 4th try towards the end of the match.

He played for a combined Scotland and Ireland side v a combined England and Wales side on the 16th December 1939 in aid of The Red Cross at Richmond.

He played for a Rev. P. W. P. Brook's West of England XV against a British Empire XV on the 21st September 1940 at Clifton College. The Empire XV won 23-21. The attendance was 4,000 in aid of The Red Cross. The sides that played that day were

British Empire XV
H. Boughton (1) (England), I. Williams (2) (South Africa), S.F. Wheatley (3) (Durham), R.F. Hook (4) (Gloucestershire),
R.H. Horsley (5) (English Trial), E.W. Tindill (6) (Capt - New Zealand), J.W. Steel (7) (Harlequins), T. Mahoney (8) (Somerset), A.D. Carpenter (9) (England), N.C. Barrow (10) (Gloucester), M.H. Anderson (11) (Middlesex), J.M. Cook (12) (Sussex), J.G. A'Baer (13) (British Argentina XV), A.H. Hudson (14) (Gloucester), J.R.G. Higgs (15) (Clifton College).
Rev. P.W.P. Brook's West of England XV
K.G. Foss (L) (Somerset), C.R. Murphy (M) (English Trial), C.L. Smith (N) (Clifton), P.W.P Brook (O) (Capt - England)  , W.G. Jones (H) (Wales), W.H. Travers (I) (Wales), G.A. Reid (J) (Scottish Trial), A.T. Payne (K) (England), R.R. Morris (F) (Wales), W.H. Moreland (G) (Gloucester), M.J. Daly (B) (Ireland), L.J. Jeffries (C) (Bristol), R. Pearce (D) (Gloucestershire), S.G. Priddle (E) (Bristol), H. Isaacs (A) (Welsh Trial)
Ref: L.J. Corbett (England, Gloucestershire and Bristol)

He played for a British Empire XV against a L.J.Corbett's West of England XV at Bath on the 19th October 1940.

He played for a Rev. P. W. P. Brook's West of England XV against a Welsh Army XV on the 2nd November 1940 at Clifton College.

He played for a Voyce's XV against a Wakefield's XV on the 23rd November 1940 at Gloucester.

He played for a L.J.Corbett's West of England XV against a Police of South Wales XV at Taunton on the 14th December 1940.

He played for a Anti-Aircraft Command XV against Aldershot Services XV at Aldershot on the 1st March 1941.

He played for a L.J.Corbett's XV against a Police XV at Taunton on the 22nd March 1941.

He played for a Anti-Aircraft Command XV against a Scottish Services XV at Inverleith, Edinburgh on the 22nd January 1944.

Standing (L-R): ?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,? Seated: ?,?,Maurice Daly, Basil Napper (Captain),?,?,?

Above the Harlequins side of 1946 with ex Clifton and Ireland international Maurice Daly.

He was captain of Middlesex in the 1946-47 season.

Back Row (L-R): Referee (partly hidden), Butler, Pigot, Stileman, Huson, Grimsdell, Roberts, Weston, Horner, Devine. Middle Row: Plumtree, Dunkley, Matthews, Adrian Stoop, Daly, Brooks. On Ground: Bellamy, De Lacey.

Above the Harlequins 1st XV of 1947-48 with ex Clifton and Ireland international Maurice Daly seated second from right next to the legend Adrian Stoop.

He captained Harlequins in the Middlesex 7s 1947-48, they lost the final to Wasps 14-5.

He played for Clifton in the 1948-49 season when he coached the 1st along with the Rev Peter Brook. The following season he played for Moseley before moving to Kenya. His last game for Moseley was on 18th March 1950 against Bath.

In The Times January 23rd 1952 his engagement was announced to Verity Hayward.

Mr.M. J. DALY and MISS V. HAYWARD The engagement is announced between Maurice John, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Daly, of 45, Southfield Park, North Harrow, Middlesex, and Verity, daughter of the late E.W.Hayward C.B.E., and Mrs. Hayward, of Nairobi, Kenya.

In The Times July 6th 1984 his daughter, Abbey, engagement was announced.

Mr J.S.Shackell and Miss A.V.K.Daly The engagement is anounced between John Sargood, younger son of Mr and Mrs J.B.Shackell, of Melbourne, Australia and Alyssum Verity Katie, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs M. J. Daly of Mt Eliza, Victoria, Australia

In The Times on November 2nd 1984 his daughter Charlotte, engagement was announced.

Mr J.H.C.Brown and Miss C.V.P.Daly The engagement is anounced between John Henry Craig, elder son of Mr and Mrs J. C. Brown, of Woollongong and Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia and Charlotte Verity Petrea, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs M. J. Daly of Mt Eliza, Victoria, Australia.

He also played cricket for Old Haberdashers and Stanmore.

His obituary written by W R Tanner in the Old Haberdashers Magazine says.

Maurice J.P. DALY M.B.E. (1928-32)

Died peacefully in Mount Eliza, Victoria on 3rd November 1994, just over two months before his 80th birthday.

An all-round athlete of the highest calibre, Maurice won his 1st XV colours at the age of 16, played in the 1st XI for three seasons, captaining the team in 1932 during which he took 14 catches, made the highest score of the summer and collected some wickets as a change bowler. He also gained his colours for athletics (setting the 220 yards record at the time), and for Rugby Fives.

Joining the O.H.R.F.C. for the 1932/33 season, Maurice played for the 'A' XV at his School position of fly-half and it seems probable that he made his 1st XV debut on the Club's 3rd Easter tour. He certainly played (in the centre) at Wiveliscombe, which happened to be the last game of that season. In 1933/34 he made 15 appearances at centre, scoring 14 tries. Thereafter, he was a regular member of the side, creating the all time record of 33 tries (from 39 games) in 1934/35. Although only 22 accrued in the following season, Maurice was largely responsible (7 tries in six rounds) for the Club's only appearance in the Middlesex Sevens quarter finals at Twickenham. Because of his tremendous speed there was never any chance of the opposition scoring a try down the flanks - the remainder of the VII knew this and merely covered back to recycle the ball, after the inevitable tackle. During the 1936/37 season, Maurice played his first Middlesex county championship game (18th November 1936) and in January, took part in the final Irish trial. All but three of his 25 tries in that season were scored on the wing; his county and trial position. During his four seasons as a regular member of the 1st XV Maurice had scored an incredible 94 tries in his 95 appearances. On learning of his invitation to join the Harlequins, the O.H.R.F.C. Committee urged him to accept the offer. At the time there were three ways to become noticed for international honours - by playing in the Varsity match, in the County Championship, or playing for a first class club. Although permitted to play against A.S. Roncoroni's XV for the official opening of the Borehamwood ground, on 18th September 1937 (adding one more try to his tally) the rest of his career was with the Harlequins and in February 1938, he played against England in Dublin. Although as usual he scored, another sprinter whose place he had taken was brought back for the remaining games, so this turned out to be his sole international appearance. However during the remainder of the pre-war period, Maurice continued to turn out for the O.H. Athletics and Fives Clubs.

Having been commissioned in the 35th A/A Btn., T.A. in January 1939, Maurice was immediately called up in September and later on saw action in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. After being wounded he became Air Liaison Officer, N.W. Europe in December 1944 with the rank of major and was awarded the M.B.E.

Continuing his football career after the war, Maurice captained Middlesex in their losing 1946/47 semi-final with Gloucestershire. Although back at his schoolboy position of outside half, he still managed to score his usual try. He won his last county cap in 1948/49 at the age of 34. It is not known when he finally hung up his boots with the Harlequins, but he had moved to Kenya by 1952 when he met and married Verity. With two small children (Tom and Charlotte) and the rioting Mau-Mau seemingly uncontrollable, they returned to the U.K. where Maurice ran a dairy stud in Sussex during the period 1957-72. That year, the family decided to emigrate to Australia. Rather unusually Maurice wanted to go as far as he could by road: contemporary members of the O.H.R.F.C. days would have recognised this as resulting from his youthful propensity for making ridiculous bets - this being one of the few that turned up trumps! Taking Tom with him (then aged 18), they set out in July in a seven year old Mercedes, going across Europe and then via Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and then shipping the car from Madras to Penang and then by road to Singapore. Here, Maurice and Tom flew to Darwin, while the Mercedes travelled by freighter. Renewing their rather longish car trip they arrived in Melbourne after a nine week journey.

Eleven years later, Maurice treated his younger son, Ben, to a similar long distance journey. This time they started at Cape Town going up to Alexandria, where they shipped across the Mediterranean to Italy, finally calling it a day at Stuttgart. The 19 year old car finished in good fettle, but the 69 year old driver had had a week in a Nairobi Hospital.

From 1972 to 1989, Maurice farmed a Sussex cattle stud at Balnarring near their home at Mount Eliza. In June of the latter year, Maurice visited the U.K. and his great friend, the late 'Jumbo' Jackman, brought him along to the Wine and Cheese Party where he was able to renew acquaintance with several pre-war contemporaries, together with a third member of the 1936 VII. He was also able to attend the summer meeting of the O.H.G.S the following month, still looking a trim figure in shorts and using borrowed clubs.

Some years ago, Dr. Tom O. Penman (1936-42) was advised of Maurice's presence in the Melbourne area and after the subsequent contact was made they often met at the monthly lunches of the British Public School Association. Consequently Tom was present at the memorial service on the 8th November 1994, together with more than a hundred others, giving some indication of the esteem Maurice had earned during his 22 years in Victoria.

To Tom, Charlotte, Abbey and Ben but particularly Verity we can only hope that the last 42 years are a cause for pride rather than sorrow with their memories. W.R.T.