Always wearing the #4 shirt, his former teams include Fareham Town F.C. (England), Football Club Stade Nyonnais (Switzerland), The Bahama Royals (Bahamas) and the Boston Bolts and Albany Capitals of the American League. Irwin is currently a High School mathematics teacher in Medfield, Massachusetts, United States of America.
In 1988 Professional returned to the United States in the form of the American League which had two divisions: Northern Division - Albany Capitals, Boston Bolts, Maryland Bays, New Jersey Eagles, Washington Stars. Southern Division - Miami Sharks, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Orlando Lions, Washington Diplomats, Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Each franchise had a quota of only three non American players in its first year and two in subsequent years.
Irwin had the distinction of being the first player to be signed by the Boston franchise as one of their three foreign players. Soon after, Boston signed their marquee player Jeff Duback who was the current United States National team goalkeeper.
During the 1988/89 season as sweeper and vice captain of the Boston Bolts, Irwin was selected as the only Boston player to the American League (Advanced Systems Limited) All Star Team. He was one of two Scotsmen on the All Star team, being joined by former Scottish National Team goalkeeper Alan Rough.
The All Star team played against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with the legendary George Best making a guest appearance for the Strikers.
In 1988 at Nickerson Field, Boston University, Irwin scored the winning goal for the Boston Bolts v Orlando Lions. In 1989, following Irwin"s selection to the Advanced Systems Limited All Star team, he was signed by the Albany Capitals as one of their two foreign players. He joined United States national team players John Harkes, Brian Bliss and Mike Windischmann, and former England international Paul Mariner.
Graduating from Carnegie College, Leeds University, England, with a B.Ed (Honours) Degree and earning a M.Ed from Cambridge College, Mass, United States of America, Ross Irwin has been teaching high school mathematics for 32 year(s).
He has taught at the prestigious Institut Le Rosey (Guinness Book of World Records "most expensive school in the World") in Rolle/Gstaad, Switzerland in addition to Street Johns College in Nassau, Bahamas. Foreign the past 24 years Irwin has been teaching mathematics at Medfield High School in Medfield, Mass, United States of America.