Brian Mooney

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Brian Mooney
Personal information
Full name Brian Gregory Mooney
Date of birth (1966-02-02) 2 February 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1977–1981 Stella Maris
1981–1983 Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Liverpool 0 (0)
1986–1987 Wrexham (loan) 120000 (2)
1987–1991 Preston North End 128 (20)
1991–1993 Sunderland 27 (1)
1992–1993 Burnley (loan) 6 (0)
1993–1995 Shelbourne 60 (13)
1995–1999 Bohemians 117 (19)
1999–2001 UCD 39 (3)
2001–2002 Monaghan United 12 (0)
National team
1995 League of Ireland XI 1 (0)
1985–1987 Republic of Ireland U-21s 4 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1989–1990 Republic of Ireland U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Brian Mooney, (born 2 February 1966 in Dublin) is an Irish former footballer who made his name as a skilful winger in English football. Mooney was spotted in 1983 by Liverpool F.C. playing for Irish schoolboy club Home Farm F.C. where he had won a FAI Youth Cup. He went to school at St. Josephs C.B.S. in Fairview, Dublin.

Mooney played for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team that qualified for the 1983 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship where despite remaining unbeaten in a group that included eventual winners France they were eliminated. Mooney scoring against the French at Elland Road.[1] He also played at the 1984 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship.


Having signed for Liverpool, Mooney immediately started to turn heads with some outstanding performances for Liverpool F.C. Reserves even breaking into the Republic of Ireland U-21s side after starring and scoring in the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship.[2] Breaking into the Liverpool first team however was a different matter. With a team consisting of Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Craig Johnston, Ronnie Whelan and the like coupled with the fact that they were at the time the top club side in Europe it became increasingly difficult for Mooney to make a breakthrough playing in the end just one first team game in a Football League Cup tie against Fulham in October 1986. Even a successful loan spell in 1986 at Wrexham (8 games, 2 goals) only added to Mooney's desperate need for regular first team action. However, in October 1987 things took a turn for the better.

The Preston years[edit]

With newly promoted Preston North End struggling in the English third division manager John McGrath brought in both Mooney and Tony Ellis with Mooney initially on a months loan. Both players were an instant success with Mooney becoming the darling of the Deepdale terraces. At the end of his loan spell Liverpool agreed to sell Mooney for the moderate fee of £25,000. The next three and a half years were for Mooney a very successful period with his undoubted natural ability attracting the attention of many top flight clubs and the eye of Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton. In all, Mooney played 128 games for Preston scoring 26 goals and was named the clubs official player of the year in 1988–89. Was voted 2nd in the clubs cult heroes

The move to Sunderland[edit]

Although a Republic of Ireland cap eluded him Mooney did in the end earn a move to top flight Sunderland A.F.C. with the Rokerites (now the Black Cats) paying a fee of £225,000 for Mooney's services. His time at Sunderland was however a disaster with the club being relegated almost immediately and Mooney managing just 27 appearances (1 goal) in an injury ravaged two years. A loan spell at Burnley F.C. didn't help either with a now disillusioned Mooney dead set against the move, however with Sunderland wanting Mooney to play competitive games he did in his month there make 6 appearances for the Turf Moor outfit without scoring. Injury and poor form put pay to Mooney's career at Roker Park and although at the end of his contract there was interest from several other English clubs, Peterborough United being the most notable, Mooney decided that at the age of 27 to return to Ireland.

Back home[edit]

Upon his return to Ireland, Mooney signed for Shelbourne F.C.. He scored in two consecutive rounds in the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup. He then transferred to Bohemian F.C. in 1995 amid controversy [2]. His last game for Bohs was in a relegation playoff in 1999 and he was then released [3]. He then signed for University College Dublin A.F.C. where he was also studying full-time for a degree. During his time playing in the League of Ireland, Mooney played in both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup as well as playing for the League of Ireland Representative Team. After playing for Monaghan United F.C. in 2001–02, he retired.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-28.