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Tom Aherne

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Full nameThomas Aherne
Playing positionLeft Back

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Thomas Aherne (26 January 1919, Limerick, Ireland 30 December 1999, Luton, England), also referred to as Bud Aherne, is a former Irish footballer and hurler. He played football for Belfast Celtic and Luton Town and was a dual internationalist, playing for both Ireland teams - the IFA XI and the FAI XI. In 1949 he was a member of the FAI XI that defeated England 2 - 0 at Goodison Park, becoming the first non-UK team to beat England at home. As a hurler he also played one game for Limerick.

After retiring as a player Aherne settled in Luton where he coached the Luton Town youth team, worked in the local car industry and ran a very successful licensed premises. He also continued to visit Limerick regularly and remained healthy and active until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the mid-1990s. He died in December 1999 at the age of 80 and was survived by his wife Eileen two sons, Pat and Brian and three daughters Maura, Trisha and Catherine.

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