David Byrne (footballer, born 1961)

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David Byrne
Personal information
Full name David Stuart Byrne[1]
Date of birth (1961-03-05) 5 March 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Kingstonian ?
1985–1986 Gillingham 23 (3)
1986–1988 Millwall 63 (6)
1988 Cambridge United (loan) 4 (0)
1988 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 4 (0)
1988–1991 Plymouth Argyle 59 (2)
1990 Bristol Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
1990–1991 Watford 17 (2)
1991 Reading (loan) 7 (2)
1992 Fulham (loan) 5 (1)
1992–1993 Shamrock Rovers (loan) 4 (0)
1992–1993 St Johnstone 12 (0)
1993–1995 Partick Thistle 35 (0)
1994 Walsall (loan) 5 (0)
1994–1995 St Mirren 6 (0)
1995 Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 1 (0)
1995 Ayr United 10 (0)
1995–1997 Albion Rovers 46 (1)
? Armadale Thistle ?
Teams managed
? Albion Rovers (Player/Coach)
? Plymouth Argyle (Youth Coach)
? Plymouth College of Further Education (Coach)
2006 Torquay United (Coach)
2006–2010 Swindon Town (Various Roles)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Stuart Byrne (born 5 March 1961 in Hammersmith, London) is an English former professional footballer.

Byrne was a winger and began his career with Gillingham. He moved to Millwall on 4 August 1986 for a fee of £5,000. He joined Cambridge United on loan on 8 September 1988 and Blackburn Rovers on loan on 23 February 1989. On 16 March 1989 he joined Plymouth Argyle on a free transfer. He later played for Bristol Rovers, Watford and went on loan to Reading and Fulham.

He joined Shamrock Rovers in January 1993 also on loan from Watford but only made four league appearances. After returning to Watford joined Scottish side St Johnstone and Partick Thistle. He joined Walsall on loan in February 1994 and after leaving Partick played for St Mirren, Ayr United and Albion Rovers where he was player-coach in 1996. He also had a brief loan spell at Tottenham in 1995, featuring in their makeshift squad for the Intertoto Cup.[2] He later coached the Plymouth Argyle youth team and was appointed as Director of Football at Plymouth College of Further Education.

In November 2006 he was assisting Ian Atkins on a non-contract basis at Torquay United. On 28 November 2006, Byrne left his post at PCFE when he was named as the new Youth Team Manager at Swindon Town working under former Plymouth Argyle boss Paul Sturrock.[3] After Sturrock left Swindon to take the role of managing his previous club, Plymouth, Byrne took temporary charge of Swindon. When Maurice Malpas became manager, Byrne became his assistant. Byrne again became Caretaker manager of Swindon following the departure of manager Maurice Malpas, on 14 November 2008.[4] Following the news that Danny Wilson was confirmed as the new manager of Swindon Town, on 26 December 2008, David Byrne again reverted to being assistant manager. It is not known how long he will be at the club as it has not yet be confirmed, nor denied, if Danny Wilson will be bringing his own backroom staff to the club. On 16 June 2009, he was appointed Head of Player Development at Swindon Town. He left that post in August 2010.[5]

With the restarting of Yeovil Town's academy, in July 2015, Byrne was appointed as the new head of coaching and under 18's manager.[6] He left his role in May 2016.[7]


  1. ^ "David Byrne". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (26 June 1995). "No picnic for English clubs by the sea". London: The Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Swindon name Byrne as Youth Coach
  4. ^ Swindon part company with Malpas
  5. ^ David Byrne leaves Swindon Town FC
  6. ^ "David Byrne joins academy set up". Yeovil Town F.C. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Yeovil Town looking for new academy coach after departure of ex-Swindon Town boss Dave Byrne". Western Gazette. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • David Byrne at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database