Brendan Place

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Brendan Place
Personal information
Full name Brendan Place
Date of birth (1965-12-13) 13 December 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Home Farm Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Home Farm Everton 12 (0)
1985–1986 Longford Town 22 (4)
1986–1989 Athlone Town 70 (8)
1989–1990 Gillingham (injured for a lot) 4 (0)
1996–1998 Home Farm Everton 28 (5)
1998–1999 Bohemians 6 (1)
1998 Monaghan United (loan) 18 (3)
Shelbourne ? (?)
1999–2000 Home Farm Everton 16 (0)
2000–2001 Malahide United ? (?)
2001–2002 Monaghan United 22 (2)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Athlone Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:18, 21 June 2013 (UTC).

Brendan Place (born 13 December 1965 in Dublin), is an Irish former professional football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

A central defender like his father Brendan Place senior, himself a colourful leading player on the League of Ireland scene, Brendan junior began his football career with the famous Dublin youth club Home Farm.

In 1983, he graduated to their senior team, then playing at the top level of domestic football in Ireland. He made his debut against Derry City at the Brandywell, in what was Derry's first game in League of Ireland.

After catching the eye of cross channel scouts with his subsequent displays for Longford Town and Athlone Town, Place was signed by Damien Richardson for Gillingham on 21 October 1989. He made his debut two days later against Chesterfield, but a promising career with the English third division club was cut short when he incurred a serious neck injury, an injury he was soon to find out would keep him out of the game for six years. But he eventually recovered to full fitness and returned to his roots to play for Home Farm, playing at the time as Home Farm Everton. In his first season back he was awarded the club's Player of the Season. In the 2000s, after spells with Bohemians, Shelbourne, Home Farm Fingal and as player manager for Malahide United, he brought his playing career to an end.

Place then returned to the top tier of Irish domestic football at 37 years of age with Monaghan United.

Managing career[edit]

As a coach, he has a comprehensive background, starting as Development coach with the LOI/ FAI Soccer Academy in Dublin between 1999 and 2002. As a part of that time he coached the Republic of Ireland U17 that finished third in Japan in August 2004 and went on to work with the Republic of Ireland U19 that qualified for the elite Stage of the UEFA championship in Cyprus later that year. He also spent three years as High Performance Coach with the Elite Irish women's squad and had a spell as player-coach with Bohemians Reserve Squad.

Having brought non-League Malahide United to promotion as player manager, Place was then appointed Development Youth Coach for Home Farm Schoolboys before becoming player coach at Loughshinny Utd in 2005, bringing his team to the final of the Gilligan Cup.

In 2008, he took over as manager[1] at Athlone Town. One of his first signings was his brother Stephen.[2]

Place left in 2010[3] to concentrate on completing his UEFA Pro Licence.[4] He already holds the UEFA A licence and has completed a Sports Psychology diploma. Place coached Crumlin United schoolboys and after a successful treble winning season at U16 level returned to Home Farm as head coach of U17s team for the 2012–13 season.[5]

In 2013, Place was appointed head coach for Bohemians FC under 19s Eircom League.During that Season Place was approached by The Then 1st team Head Coach Owen Heary and Bohemians Board of management with The promotion to 1st Team head Coach role to fulfill UEFA Pro Licence Criteria as Owen Heary had yet to Complete his Pro Licence . However Place turned down the offer Citing the Role was superficial and not transparent and disrespective to The Pro Licence accreditation and integrity Of the league .Soon after Place was relieved of his Head Coach role with Bohemians 19s for his Stance on the Matter .

A return to Eircom league followed for Place in 2015-16 Season with Tommy Dunne and newly promoted Galway United as Opposition / Match Analysis Scout .

. Then in July 2016 Place was appointed Head Coach at Hibernians Fc Malta But difficulties at the famous Maltese club made for a brief tenure Of 3 months With his resignation due to the Hibs Committee members reneging on preagreed support.



  1. ^ "Place announced as new Athlone boss". 26 January 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Place agrees Athlone departure". 12 October 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  4. ^ A sense of Optimism about the Place
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-13. .