Mick Martin

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.

Mick Martin
Personal information
Full name Michael Paul Martin
Date of birth (1951-07-09) 9 July 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1973 Bohemians
1973–1975 Manchester United 40 (2)
1975–1978 West Bromwich Albion 89 (11)
1978–1984 Newcastle United 147 (5)
1984 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 (0)
1984 Willington
1984–1985 Cardiff City 7 (0)
1985 Peterborough United 13 (0)
1985 Rotherham United 5 (0)
1985–1987 Preston North End 35 (0)
National team
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.[1]

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.