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Paddy Ambrose

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Full namePatrick Ambrose
Date of birthOctober 17, 1928
Place of birthClontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Date of death22 February 2002(age 73)
Place of deathClontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Playing positionForward

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Patrick "Paddy" Ambrose (17 October 1928 22 February 2002) was a professional football player and coach from Dublin, Ireland.

Signed by Jimmy Dunne from junior side Clontarf, he was associated with Shamrock Rovers from 1948 to 1973, firstly as a player and then as a coach.

He made his debut against Transport in Bray on 28 August 1949 in a Dublin City Cup game.

He was one of the club's best ever strikers. During his career at Rovers he scored 109 League goals. He was the leading scorer at the club in 1953 54, 1954 55, 1955 56 (20 goals) and 1960 61.

When Rovers won the title in 1953 54, their first title for fifteen years, Paddy scored 13 goals. Paddy won a League medal with Shamrock Rovers four times, in 1953 54, 1956 57, 1958 59 and 1963 64.

He played in six FAI Cup finals plus one replay and won four winner's medals in the following years, 1955, 1956, 1962 and 1964. Paddy made 6 appearances in European competition for Rovers.The man who became famous for wearing the green and white hooped number nine shirt was capped by Ireland five times, scoring once, also earning two B caps and one amateur international cap for the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Paddy shared a testimonial with Gerry Mackey in May 1959.

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