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Byrne Didn’t Think Twice About Crossing Dublin Divide

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Luke Byrne completed his move to Shamrock Rovers on Wednesday evening after a wonderful season with Bohemians attracted a high number of offers.

The rivalry between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers is no stranger to fans of the League of Ireland. We all know of the hatred. However, this didn’t faze Byrne ahead of his move across the Liffey. “I didn’t think twice about it.”

“I got a phone call off Trevor Croly and I listened to what he had to say. I went away and gave the move a lot of thought. I got in contact again and agreed the move. I thought the move was right for both parties.” Continue reading

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Irish players in the SPL

Now that Dundee have finally been named as the team who will replace Rangers in the SPL, Irish News Review takes a look at the Irish players who will be plying their trade in Scotland’s top division this season. At the moment, there are 17 Irishmen in the various first team squads, and one waiting to hear whether he will be given a contract.

Dundee United lead the way with six, whilst St Mirren  have three. Hibs, Celtic and Inverness all have two Irish born stars on their books.

Regular updates will appear on Irish News Review on how each player is performing throughout the season.

Jonny Hayes (Born 9 July 1987 in Dublin)

Hayes is a creative midfield player who came to Aberdeen’s attention after several outstanding displays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He joined the Dons in the summer on a two year contract. He previously played for Reading, MK Dons, Leicester City, Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town before moving to Scotland in 2009.

Anthony Stokes (Born 25 July 1988 in Dublin)

Stokes is a natural goal scorer who has one year left on his contract with Celtic. He began his senior career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk before signing for Roy Keane’s Sunderland in a £2 million deal. He struggled to hold down a place in the Sunderland first team, and moved to Hibs for an undisclosed fee, scoring 20 goals in his only full season. In 2010, he signed for Celtic and has scored 26 goals in 63 games to date. He has been capped four times for the Republic of Ireland.

Daryl Murphy (Born 15 March 1983 in Waterford)

Murphy is a winger / striker who will also start his last year of a three year contract with Celtic whom he joined from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee. He made an impressive start to his career in the hoops, but subsequently spent a year with Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town on loan. To date he has played 18 times for Celtic scoring 3 goals. He has nine international caps.

Sean Dillon (Born 30 July 1983 in Dublin)

Dillon is a right back currently playing for Dundee United. He was a youth player with Aston Villa but failed to make the grade there, returning to his homeland where he played for Longford Town and Shelbourne. He joined the Arabs in 2007 and has played 156 times, scoring 3 goals, and has one under 21 cap and one ‘B’ international cap.

Willo Flood (Born 10 April 1985 in Dublin)

Flood is a right winger with Dundee United having returned to the club after spells with Celtic and Middlesbrough. He started his senior career with Manchester City and joined Cardiff City for a reported £200,000 in 2006. During his time with the Bluebirds, he spent two loan periods at Tannadice.  To date he has played 86 times for United, scoring two goals. He has 11 under 21 caps.

Richie Ryan (Born 6 January 1985 in Tipperary)

Ryan is a midfield player with Dundee United. He joined the club in November 2011 from Sligo Rovers for whom he played 112 times, and to date has played 13 times for the Tannadice outfit. He started his senior career with Sunderland, making two appearances, and has played for Scunthorpe United, Boston United and Royal Antwerp. In 2010 he played in a League of Ireland XI.

Jon Daly (Born 8 January 1983 in Dublin)

Daly is a striker with Dundee United. He joined the Arabs in 2007 from Hartlepool United. He started his senior career with Stockport County, for whom he made 91 appearances over a seven year period. He has also played for Bury and Grimsby Town. Daly is highly regarded at Tannadice and is currently club captain. To date he has played 131 times for United, scoring 48 goals. He has 16 under 21 caps, scoring 7 times.

Tim Clancy (Born 8 June 1984 in Meath)

Clancy became Pat Fenlon’s first signing of the season and marked his debut against East Fife with a stunning free kick. He can play right back or centre half, and joined Hibs from Motherwell whom he helped to a Champion’s League place last season. Before that he played for Kilmarnock. He started his career playing for home town team Trim Celtic before moving to Belvedere in Dublin. His senior career started with Milwall but he failed to make a first team appearance, before moving to Scotland he played on loan with Walton & Hersham, Weymouth and Fisher Athletic. He has been capped at under 19 level.

Eoin Doyle (Born 12 March 1988 in Dublin)

Doyle is a striker with Hibs whom he joined from Sligo Rovers in January 2012. He was manager Pat Fenlon’s first signing for the club, and helped Hibs to last year’s Scottish Cup Final where he made an appearance from the substitute’s bench. Doyle also played for Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne in the League of Ireland. To date he has played 14 times for Hibs and scored three goals.

Alan Maybury (Born 8 August 1978 in Dublin)

Maybury is a right back, currently doing pre-season training with Hibs, for whom he came on as a substitute in the friendly against East Fife.  His senior career started with Leeds United in 1995, and he spent 6 years at Elland Road, making 14 appearances. During that time he had loan spells with Reading and Crewe Alexandra before signing for Hearts. He made 112 appearances for the Tynecastle side before following manager Craig Levein to Leicester City. After three years he returned to Scotland, joining Aberdeen on loan before accepting a deal with Colchester United. In 2010 he joined St Johnstone and played 47 games over the following two seasons. He is currently out of contract, and Pat Fenlon is hopeful that funds can be found to secure his move to Easter Road. He has won ten international caps.

Aaron Doran (Born 13 May 1991 in Cork)

Doran is a right winger with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He started his senior career with Blackburn Roves under Paul Ince and was described as a tremendous prospect, playing in pre-season games, but failed to make the grade and spent time on loan with MK Dons and Leyton Orient. He signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 2011 and to date had played 21 times scoring three goals. He has three under 21 caps.

Richie Foran (Born 16 June 1980 in Dublin)

Foran is a winger / striker with Inverness Caledonian Thistle having joined from Southend United in 2009. He previously spent three years with Motherwell and also played for Carlisle United as well as Darlington and Oxford United on loan. In Ireland, he played with St Patricks Athletic, Shelbourne and Home Farm on loan. To date he has played 115 times for ICT scoring 26 goals. He is an under 21 internationalist and has played nearly 350 games in the UK during an 11 year career.

Paul Heffernan (Born 29 December 1981 in Wicklow)

Heffernan is a striker who currently plays for Kilmarnock for whom he signed after being released by Sheffield Wednesday. He started his senior career with Notts County, scoring 35 goals in 100 games. He has also played for both Bristol clubs; Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic in a thirteen year career which has seen him play over 300 times, scoring 94 goals. Last season with Kilmarnock, he scored 11 times in 29 games and has become a fans favourite at Rugby Park.

Darren Randolph (Born 12 May 1987 in Wicklow)

Randolph is a goalkeeper with Motherwell. He started his senior career with Charlton Athletic, making 14 appearances in six years. He also played for a number of clubs on loan including Welling United, Accrington Stanley, Gillingham, Bury and Hereford United before signing for the Steelmen in 2010. Since then, he has established himself as the clubs first choice keeper, making 75 appearances. He has ten under 21 caps and played as a ‘B’ internationalist. He has recently featured in Giovanni Trapattoni’s full squad.

Kurtis Byrne (Born 9 April 1990 in Dublin)

Byrne is a striker with Ross County.  He started his senior career with Norwich City before joining Hibs in 2007. He played in the double winning Hibs under 19 team and had spells on loan with Stirling Albion, East Fife and Alloa Athletic, before being released. His time at Easter Road coincided with Hibs having an abundance of forwards including Anthony Stokes, Derek Riordan, Colin Nish and Benji, limiting his chances. In 2011 he was snapped up by Ross County and has scored two goals in thirteen starts.

David Van Zanten (Born 8 May 1982 in Dublin)

Van Zanten is a right back currently on his second spell with St Mirren for whom he has played a total of 229 games, scoring seven goals. He joined the Paisley club in 2010 after short spells with Morton and Hamilton. Prior to that, he played 30 games for Hibs. He started his senior career with Celtic but failed to make the grade at Parkhead after signing form Tolka Rovers.

Jim Goodwin (Born 20 November 1981 in Waterford)

Goodwin is a midfield player with St Mirren. He started his senior career with Celtic for whom he made one appearance before being released in 2002. He then eight spent years in England, starting with Stockport County, then Scunthorpe, Huddersfield Town and Oldham, before crossing the border to sign for Hamilton. After a season at New Douglas Park, he signed for St Mirren and was appointed club captain. Earlier this year he was linked with Hibs, but chose to sign a new contract with The Buddies. He has played 48 times for St Mirren, scoring one goal. Goodwin has represented the Republic of Ireland at international level being capped at Under-16, Under 21, B level and at full international level.

Graham Carey (Born 20 August 1989 in Dublin)

Carey is a left sided attacking midfielder with St Mirren. He signed for Celtic from Shelbourne in 2005 and spent six years at Parkhead, playing one game. During his time there, he was loaned out to Bohemians, St Mirren and Huddersfield before being freed last year. Last season he scored two goals in 29 games for St Mirren. He has six under 21 caps.

Gavin Gunning (Born 26 January 1991 in Dublin)

A lot has been expected of the former Crumlin United star who joined Blackburn Rovers in 2008. After a number of loan spells including a stint at Motherwell the 7 times capped under 21 international was snapped up by Peter Houston’s side. He has gone on to solidify his standing with the Tannadice faithful making 28 appearances and scoring 2 goals to date.

Paddy Barrett (Born 22 July 1993 in Waterford)

Barrett is the sixth and final member of the Irish contingent at Tannadice. The 18 year old hasn’t made an appearance for the Arabs yet but he is expected to make the breakthrough this term.

February 6th 1958: Ireland Loses Its Rising Star, Manchester Loses Its Heroes

They were the heroes of a generation, a team on a rapid rise to the summit of world football, they were the Busby Babes.

Led by the iconic Sir Matt Busby this Manchester United side stood on the brink of history, hoping to become only the third team to win three successive English league titles and becoming the first British side to lift the European Cup.

 But unfortunately this new generation of stars were unable to continue their meteoric rise as tragedy ensued on February 6th 1958. The team was returning from a European Cup match in Serbia against Red Star Belgrade when they had to make a stop in Munich for refueling. After refueling, the pilots, Captains James Thain and Kenneth Rayment, attempted to take off twice but were forced to abandon both attempts. Captain Thain rejected an overnight stay in Munich in favour of a third take-off attempt which ultimately led to the tragic events we now remember 54 years later.

By the time of the third attempt takeoff the ground had been covered in slush and snow. The aircraft hit the slush and lost its velocity making take-off impossible. It ploughed through a fence past the end of the runway, before the port wing hit a nearby house and was torn off.

 23 of the people on board British European Airways flight 609 died while 21 survived, thanks to the heroics of the United goalkeeper who returned to the stricken plane after hearing a crying baby who he later pulled from the wreck. Among the fatalities where 8 Manchester United players including Duncan Edwards who had the footballing world at his feet. Edwards died some days later in a Munich hospital having emerged from the crash.

Another one of the fledgling Busby Babes who perished that day was Dublin native Liam “Billy” Whelan. The name of Whelan is not synonymous with other footballing greats of the time period as the 22year old was cut short in his prime.

The Irishman was born into a large catholic family and suffered the grievance of losing his father in 1943 when he was only eight years old. Yet such was his determination to reach the top he continued to plug away at Home Farm until he was noticed by scouts from the famed Manchester club.

He quickly gained recognition for himself banging in goals from his midfield role. His 26 goal salvage in 1956-57 endeared him to the fans of United and earned him praise from United legend Bobby Charlton.

 Whelan amassed 98 appearances for United during his short time as the rising star of Old Trafford, clinically scoring 52 goals thus showing his prowess and capabilities in front of goal. The true extent of his potential will sadly never be known. Yet his standing amongst the eight Busby Babes will forever be revered in the world of English football.

We can only imagine what would have been had it not for that faithful flight before which the unconfident flyer remarked “Well, if this is the time, then I’m ready”. R.I.P Busby Babes February 6th 1958

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