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Alan Byrne (footballer born 1969)

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Full nameAlan Byrne
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Alan Byrne (born 12 May 1969 in Dublin) is a former Irish soccer player who played during the 1980s and 1990s.

Byrne was a midfielder who represented Bohemian F.C., Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Linfield F.C., Newry Town and Bray Wanderers during his career in Ireland. He made his league debut for Bohs on the 27th of September 1987 in a 4-1 hammering by Rovers. During his time at Dalymount Park he won the FAI Cup in 1992. In total he played 132 games (123 plus 9 as sub) scoring 4 goals. He played in every single position while at Dalymount. On one occasion took over in goal after Dermot O'Neill (footballer) got sent off against Shamrock Rovers.

Transferred to Rovers in the summer of 1993 for £6,000 which saw Mick Moody move the other direction. During his one season at Rovers he won the League Championship in 1994 scoring 1 goal in 28 league appearances. He was also named Player of the Year.

In the summer of 1994, Byrne moved to Shelbourne and helped them to third in the league after a disappointing start to the season and to the FAI Cup Final. Got sent off in the UEFA Cup in August 1995 . He then moved to Linfield in October 1995 and made a scoring debut and got sent off .

He later had a spell at Newry Town before moving to Bray Wanderers in November 1999. Scored 2 goals in a total of 22 appearances at the Carlisle Grounds. While playing for Wayside Celtic in the FAI Cup in January 2001 he got sent off for pushing the referee .

His tough tackling style and disciplinary record earned him the nickname "Psycho". His dad Eamonn played for Drumcondra F.C. in the 1950s. Brother of Mark Byrne.

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