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Tommy Breen

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Full nameThomas Breen
Date of birth27 April 1912
Place of birthDrogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Date of death1988
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Tommy Breen (27 April 1912, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland 1988) is a former Irish footballer who played as a goalkeeper for, amongst others, Belfast Celtic, Manchester United, Linfield and Shamrock Rovers. Breen was a dual internationalist and played for both Ireland teams - the IFA XI and the FAI XI.

Breen replaced Elisha Scott as first choice goalkeeper for both Belfast Celtic and the IFA XI and was rated by Billy Behan, one of his predecessors at Manchester United and a renowned scout, as one of the best goalkeepers Ireland ever produced. He was also the first Manchester United player ever to play for an FAI XI. During his career, Breen was involved in several controversies. In November 1937 he turned down the chance to play for the FAI XI in a 1938 World Cup qualifier in order to play for the IFA XI in the 1938 British Home Championship. Then in 1944 he transferred from Belfast Celtic to their rivals Linfield in a dispute about money.


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