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Jody Byrne

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Joseph "Jody" Byrne (born 30 April 1963) is a retired Irish footballer who played in the League of Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.

Jody Byrne
Personal information
Full name Joseph Byrne
Date of birth (1963-04-30) 30 April 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Dundalk F.C. 2 (0)
1983–1990 Shamrock Rovers F.C. 196 (0)
1990–1994 Shelbourne F.C. 135 (1)
1994–1995 Dundalk F.C. 15 (0)
1995–1996 Cork City F.C. 29 (0)
1996–1997 Drogheda United F.C. 27 (0)
1997 Waterford United 5 (0)
1997–1998 Finn Harps 27 (0)
1998–2001 Waterford United 7 (0)
2001–2002 St Patrick's Athletic F.C. ? (0)
2001–2002 Dublin City F.C. ? (0)
National team
1987–1995 League of Ireland XI 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

After playing for Cambridge Boys he moved to Dundalk F.C. where he was an understudy to Richie Blackmore. He did make his debut, keeping a clean sheet, at Finn Harps on 13 February 1983.[1] He made a total of 2 appearances for Dundalk keeping 2 clean sheets in his 2 years there.

In April 1983 he played for the League of Ireland XI U21s against their Italian League counterparts who included Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli in their team.[2]

In May 1983, Jim McLaughlin brought Byrne to Shamrock Rovers[3] and at Milltown he went to win four League medals and the FAI Cup three times.

In his 7 years at Rovers Byrne played 196 league games keeping 76 clean sheets. He played 302 competitive games altogether including 8 games in the European Champion Clubs' Cup keeping 2 clean sheets. He was Player of the Year on two occasions in 1986/87 and 1988/89 Shamrock Rovers#Player of the Year Award recipients. He was everpresent for two consecutive seasons: 1987/88 and 1988/89.

In 1990, he moved to Shelbourne F.C. [4] where he helped the Reds to their first league title in 30 years in 1992 and their first FAI Cup success in thirty years in 1993. He got sent off after only 27 seconds on St Patrick's Day 1992!.[5]

He then had spells at Cork City and Dundalk again.




Shamrock Rovers