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Michael Paul Martin (born 9 July 1951) is an Irish former professional footballer, best known for his time at Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United. He also represented the Republic of Ireland national football team more than 50 times.
|Full name||Michael Paul Martin|
|Date of birth||9 July 1951|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|1975–1978||West Bromwich Albion||89||(11)|
|1985–1987||Preston North End||35||(0)|
|1971–1983||Republic of Ireland||51||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Dublin, he played for Bohemians, Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, Vancouver Whitecaps, Cardiff City, Peterborough United, Rotherham United, Preston North End and the Republic of Ireland, for whom he won a total of 51 caps. His first cap was against Austria in October 1971 and his last against Spain in April 1983.
A devoted Aston Villa supporter, he played his schoolboy football mainly at Home Farm before signing for Seán Thomas's Bohemians in 1968. He spent a year learning his trade in the youth team and "B" team before progressing to the first team, where he made his debut against Dundalk. He soon became a regular in the side, which competed at the top end of the table. When Martin excelled in a league match against Shelbourne in January 1973, the watching Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty liked what he saw and within 48 hours, Martin was on his way to Old Trafford. He spent two years at United before Johnny Giles took him to West Brom in 1975. Martin moved to Newcastle United for £100,000 in 1978 and spent five years at the club, making 147 appearances and scoring five goals.
After retiring as a player, Martin had spells on the coaching staff at Newcastle and under Liam Brady at Celtic. Martin was also a regular match summariser on Metro Radio and won a Sony Gold award with Magic 1152 along with Justin Lockwood for the coverage of Alan Shearer's testimonial.
His father, Con Martin, was also a Republic of Ireland international and played professionally for Aston Villa; his brother Con Martin Jr. played for Bohemians among others; and his nephew Owen Garvan last played for Colchester United.