Michael Byrne (footballer, born 1880)

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Michael Byrne
Personal information
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)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–1903 Bristol Rovers
1903–1905 Southampton 5 (0)
1905–1907 Chelsea 4 (0)
1907–1908 Glossop 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Patrick Byrne (born 1880) was an Irish footballer who played as a goalkeeper for various clubs in the 1910s.

Football career[edit]

Byrne was born in Bristol and, after serving in the Irish Guards,[1] 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.[2] He made three further appearances (all victories, with two further clean sheets)[3] 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.

Byrne then moved on to join Glossop, where he made eleven Second Division appearances before retiring in 1908.

Later career[edit]

He later returned to Bristol to settle and took up employment with the Imperial Tobacco Company.[1]


  1. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 59. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 34–35. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  3. ^ Saints – A complete record. pp. 36–37. 

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