Con Martin, whose appearances for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland prompted a rule change by FIFA, has died aged 89.
Martin, whose son Mick also enjoyed a successful footballing career and played 51 times for the Republic, played for both of the Irelands during the 1950 World Cup qualifying campaign.
However, after Martin's last appearance for Northern Ireland, his sixth in all, in a Home International against Wales but also counting towards World Cup qualification, FIFA ruled that turning out for the two sides could not be repeated.
Martin, who also had stints in goal saying he could make the switch easily because of his background in Gaelic football, had already been subjected to threats over playing for both the Irish national sides.
Ironically his Gaelic football career had also come to a controversial end in 1941.
When it was discovered by the Gaelic football authorities he was also playing football he was banned as soccer was considered a garrison sport - one that had its origins in former colonial power England and been imposed on their then-Irish subjects.
The winners medal he had won with the Dublin team in their 1941 provincial Gaelic Football final was retained and it was only in 1971 he got his hands on it when the ban was lifted.
He won 30 caps for the Republic, with the highlights keeping a clean sheet in a win over Spain in Madrid which earned him the nickname of 'the yellow canary' (yellow being the colour of the shirt he wore in goal) in 1946.
Martin turned to goalscoring hero in 1949 when he scored the first in the Republic's stunning 2-0 win over England at Everton's Goodison Park ground, becoming the first side to defeat England on their home patch.
He was to score six international goals for the Republic.
Christened Cornelius - but preferring the rather more commonplace shortened version Con - he spent most of his club career with Aston Villa after starting his stint in England with Leeds United, who sold him to Villa for 10,000 pounds in 1948.
His later years saw him manage Irish sides Shelbourne and Dundalk.