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Bernie Slaven

Personal information
Full nameBernard Joseph Slaven
Date of birth13 November 1960(age 56)
Place of birthCastlemoat, Paisley, Scotland
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionForward

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Bernard Joseph "Bernie" Slaven (born 13 November 1960 in Paisley) is a Scottish-born former Republic of Ireland international footballer. A striker, with 162 goals in 423 league games, in a 12 year career, he also earned seven caps for the Republic of Ireland.

He started his career in his native Scotland with Greenock Morton in 1980, before moving on to Airdrieonians, Queen of the South, and then Albion Rovers in 1983. He stayed with Albion Rovers until 1985, when he signed with English Football League club Middlesbrough. It was with 'Boro that he made his name, staying for eight years, he made over 300 appearances, scoring an average of 1 goal ever 3 games. He then transferred to Port Vale, where he spent one season, before finishing his career at Darlington in 1995.

Despite being born in Scotland, his Irish grandfather enabled win to win seven caps for the Republic of Ireland, which he did between 1990 and 1993. This short international career resulted in the honour of being named in Ireland's 1990 FIFA World Cup squad though he did not feature in the tournament.

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