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Tommy Lynch (footballer)

Thomas "Tommy" Lynch (born 10 October 1964 in Limerick) is an Irish former footballer who played as a defender. He made his football league debut playing for Sunderland but after just four starts he was signed by Asa Hartford for Shrewsbury Town.

Tommy Lynch
Personal information
Full name Thomas Lynch
Date of birth (1964-10-10) 10 October 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Limerick, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Limerick 0 (0)
1988–1990 Sunderland 4 (0)
1990–1996 Shrewsbury Town 234 (14)
1996–1998 Waterford United 68 (4)
1998–2000 Limerick 47 (6)
National team
1986 League of Ireland XI 8 (0)
Teams managed
1996–1998 Waterford United (player-manager)
1999–2000 Limerick (player-manager)
2003–2005 Kilkenny City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Style of playEdit

Lynch has clocked over 200 appearances with his no-nonsense defending, akin to that of Stuart Pearce. Lynch was at Shrewsbury during a period of transition, and while overall club performances at times lacked, Lynch never did, making him a real crowd pleaser.

A moment which really personified Lynch's style of play can be found in the 1991/92 season; after a strong tackle, a Stoke City player who took exception to his challenge, proceeded to retaliate and headbutt Lynch. Lynch shook his head to clear it, in time to see the aforementioned player being red carded and simultaneously carried off on a stretcher, and later being diagnosed with a fractured skull.

Lynch now lives back home in Ireland. He works for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, as a co-ordinator of a school completion programme, working closely alongside children and their families.

In August 2011, Lynch was inducted into the Shrewsbury Town players hall of fame, among the likes of Arthur Rowley, Graham Turner, Alf Wood and goalkeeper Ken Mulhearn.

In October 2016, Lynch was voted onto Town's greatest ever XI. As one of ten nominated left backs, he received 54% of the fans' vote. Along with the other 10 players who were voted onto the greatest XI, Lynch is depicted in graffiti form in The Salop Leisure Stand Concourse at The New Meadow.

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