Michael Byrne (footballer, born 1880)
|Full name||Michael Patrick Byrne|
|Date of birth||April qtr 1880|
|Place of birth||Bristol, England|
|Date of death||"Unknown"|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Byrne was born in Bristol and, after serving in the Irish Guards, joined Bristol Rovers of the Southern League in 1902. The following season, he moved to join the Southern League champions, Southampton as cover for George Clawley. He made his debut in a 2–0 victory over Swindon Town on 23 January 1904, and followed this with a clean sheet in the next match before Clawley's return. He made three further appearances (all victories, with two further clean sheets) before a move to Chelsea in August 1905, for their inaugural season in the Football League.
At Chelsea, he was at first the understudy to William "Fatty" Foulke, making three league appearances in the 1905–06 season. Following Foulke's departure at the end of the season, Bob Whiting was promoted to the first-choice 'keeper, helping Chelsea gain promotion to the First Division at the end of the season, in which Byrne made a single appearance.