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Jody Byrne (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameJoseph Byrne
Date of birth30 April 1963(age 53)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height5'11"
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Jody Byrne is a retired Irish footballer who played in the League of Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.

After playing for Cambridge Boys he moved to Dundalk F.C. where he was an understudy to Richie Blackmore. He did make his debut, keeping a clean sheet, at Finn Harps on the 13th of February 1983. He made a total of 2 appearances for Dundalk keeping 2 clean sheets in his 2 years there.

In May 1983 Jim McLaughlin (footballer) brought Jody to Shamrock Rovers and at Milltown he went to win four League medals and the FAI Cup three times.

In his 7 years at Rovers Jody played 196 league games keeping 76 clean sheets. He played 302 competitive games altogether including 8 games in the European Champion Clubs' Cup keeping 2 clean sheets. He was Player of the Year on two occasions in 1986/87 and 1988/89 Shamrock Rovers#Player of the Year Award recipients. He was everpresent for two consecutive seasons: 1987/88 and 1988/89.

In 1990 he moved to Shelbourne F.C. where he helped the Reds to their first league title in 30 years in 1992 and their first FAI Cup success in thirty years in 1993. He got sent off after only 27 seconds on St Patrick's Day 1992!.

He then had spells at Cork City and Dundalk again.


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