Joe McGrath (footballer)

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Joe McGrath
Personal information
Place of birth Dublin
Date of death Republic of Ireland
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963-1966 Dundalk 44 (13)
1966 Drumcondra 3 (0)
1966-1968 Limerick 38 (19)
1968-1970 South Coast United ? (?)
1970-1971 Limerick 13 (3)
National team
1966 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
Teams managed
1985-1997 Republic of Ireland national under-17 football team
1990-1991 Kilkenny City
1997-1998 New Zealand
1998 Bohemian
2000-2001 Kilkenny City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Joe McGrath (born in Dublin[1]) is an association football coach who managed the New Zealand national team.[2] McGrath first took charge of the New Zealand side in May 1997. New Zealand won three, drew three and lost six of his 12 games in charge.[3]

He later coached Irish sides Bohemian F.C.[4] and Kilkenny City.[5][6]

During his spell at Oriel Park McGrath won the 1964-65 LFA President's Cup. He moved to Drumcondra F.C. in March 1966 making his debut against his former club. He played twice against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1966–67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

On 5 June 1966 at Dalymount Park Joe played in the first ever Republic of Ireland U23 game. He was also an amateur international.

In November 1966 McGrath moved to Limerick F.C. and scored twice on his debut on the 20th.

A fully qualified UEFA coach, he took over as Irish Youths team coach in 1985 in succession to Liam Tuohy (footballer) and was later appointed FAI Director of Coaching.

He managed his son Derek McGrath (footballer) during his brief stay at Bohs and again at Kilkenny City. Derek also played for Shamrock Rovers amongst others in the League of Ireland and for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team and Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team.

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