Paddy Ambrose

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Patrick "Paddy" Ambrose
Personal information
Full name Patrick Ambrose
Date of birth (1928-10-17)October 17, 1928
Place of birth Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 22 February 2002(2002-02-22) (aged 73)
Place of death Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1965 Shamrock Rovers ? (109)
National team
1954–1958 League of Ireland XI 7 (1)
1954–1964 Republic of Ireland B 2 (0)
1958 Republic of Ireland 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Patrick "Paddy" Ambrose (17 October 1928 – 22 February 2002) was a professional football player and coach from Dublin, Ireland.

Signed by Jimmy Dunne from junior side Clontarf, he was associated with Shamrock Rovers from 1948 to 1973, firstly as a player and then as a coach.

He made his debut against Transport in Bray on 28 August 1949 in a Dublin City Cup game.

He was one of the club's best ever strikers.[1] During his career at Rovers he scored 109 League goals which is a club record [4]. He was the leading scorer at the club in 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56 (20 goals) and 1960–61.

When Rovers won the title in 1953–54, their first title for fifteen years, Paddy scored 13 goals. Paddy won a League medal with Shamrock Rovers four times, in 1953–54, 1956–57, 1958–59 and 1963–64.

He played in six FAI Cup finals plus one replay and won four winner's medals in the following years, 1955, 1956, 1962 and 1964. Paddy made 6 appearances in European competition for Rovers.

The man who became famous for wearing the green and white hooped number nine shirt was capped by Ireland five times, scoring once,[2] also earning two B caps and one amateur international cap for the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Paddy shared a testimonial with Gerry Mackey in May 1959.[3]

The great service of Paddy Ambrose to Rovers was marked by the presentation of a gold medal by the directors. This was a medal which was presented to any Rovers player who had 15 consecutive years service to the club.

At the end of the 2012 League of Ireland season Ambrose is joint thirty third in the all-time League of Ireland goalscoring list with 109 league goals [4]

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