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Tommy Tynan

Personal information
Full nameThomas Edward Tynan
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Tommy Tynan (born 17 November 1955, in Liverpool) is a retired English professional footballer.

A hard working striker with flowing blonde hair, Tynan was signed as an apprentice for Liverpool by manager Bill Shankly after winning a talent contest run by the Liverpool Echo newspaper, but he never made a first-team appearance for the Reds and was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday in 1976, where he spent two years and scored 31 goals.

After just nine appearances for Lincoln City in 1978, Tynan moved on to Newport County where he formed a dynamic striking partnership with John Aldridge as the Newport team gained promotion from Division 4, won the Welsh Cup and reached the quarter finals of the European Cup Winners Cup. Tynan scored both goals in the away leg against Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany, the equalising goal being in the 90th minute but Newport lost the home leg 1 0. In total Tynan scored 66 goals in 183 matches during the most successful period in the club's history.

In 1983, Tynan moved on to Plymouth Argyle where he became a cult figure during the 1980s and is frequently named by Argyle fans as one of the club's all time greatest players. He was a member of the side which reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1984, scoring the goal which beat then top flight West Bromwich Albion in the sixth round of the competition. Argyle went on to beat Derby County in the quarter finals before losing to Watford in the penultimate stage of the competition. In 1985, Tynan was joint top scorer in all 4 divisions of the Football League with 31 goals, level with Tranmere's John Clayton. In total Tynan scored 126 goals in 262 appearances for Plymouth.

Tynan spent a season as manager of Goole Town in the Northern Premier League between 1993 and 1994.

He is now a taxi driver in Plymouth, and writes a regular column about Argyle for local newspaper, the Plymouth Evening Herald. Tynan's biography was published in March 2009, entitled "The Original Football Idol: The Tommy Tynan story". He was also the subject of the 1990 book Tommy: A Life at the Soccer Factory

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