Jimmy Hasty

Born in North Belfast in 1934, scorer of 103 goals over 6 seasons for Dundalk FC, 6ft 1 with an incredible first touch and a beast in the air. All whilst having only one arm.

The story of Jimmy Hasty is as remarkable as it is tragic.

Aged just 14, on his first day at work, Jimmy was involved in a milling machine accident and had to have his left arm amputated. Undeterred, Jimmy scored goals everywhere he went, and it was at Newry Town where he was spotted by Dundalk board member Jim Malone.

His signing was met with great scepticism, a goal & an assist on his debut cooled any worries. Jimmy was a bona-fide sharpshooter, and League Of Ireland grounds filled to catch a glimpse of “The one armed bandit”.

In 1962 Jimmy’s 19 goal haul guided Dundalk to their first league title in 30 years.

The following year, against Zurich, Jimmy scored in what was the first away win for any Irish team in European football. Zurich progressed on aggregate, eventually losing to Real Madrid in the semi final.

In 63/64 an injury free season saw Jimmy hit 35 goals, winning the League Of Ireland top goal scorer award.

Throughout his 6 seasons he collected a league title & four domestic cups.

Upon retirement, Jimmy moved back to Belfast and married his wife Margaret, and had two sons, Paul & Martin. He began work in a local bookmakers.

On October 11th 1974 Jimmy was making his way to work when a car stopped. A gunman got out and opened fire, hitting Hasty in the back three times. He died aged 38.

A sectarian “Tit-for-tat” murder claimed by the UVF. No one was ever charged.

Although footage of Jimmy playing is hard to come by, former teammates & historians have always confirmed just how talented a player Jimmy was. Rather than letting his disability hinder him, he often utilised his stump to his advantage whilst challenging aerial balls.

He will always be fondly remembered around Dundalk where his legendary status is undisputed.

Jimmy Hasty - Dundalk FC legend