Denis Behan

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Denis Behan
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Personal information
Full name Denis Behan
Date of birth (1984-01-02) 2 January 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Tralee, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Cork City 171 (31)
2009–2011 Hartlepool United 42 (6)
2011–2012 Limerick 46 (17)
2013 Cork City 15 (2)
Total 274 (56)
National team
2004–2006 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Denis Behan (born 2 January 1984) is an Irish football coach and former player who played as a forward. He spent many years playing for League of Ireland clubs Cork City and Limerick, as well as in the English Football League for Hartlepool United.

Youth level[edit]

Behan has won under age level Munster Youths and Munster Senior Cup medals, and was part of Cork City's run of two consecutive Under 21 League of Ireland. He has been capped for the Republic of Ireland at U16, U17, U18, U21 and U-23 levels. He scored in City's two successful U21 league finals, against Bohemians and St Patrick's Athletic.

Senior career[edit]

Cork City[edit]

Behan joined Cork City from Brentford. He became a regular first team squad member and was known for his knack of scoring spectacular goals, he is currently the all-time top scorer in the Setanta Cup. Behan came on in the penultimate game of the 2005 LOI season against Derry City, and provided an assist as Cork City won only their second League of Ireland title.

In September 2007, Behan recorded his first senior hat trick for Cork City in their FAI Cup quarter-final Replay at home to local rivals Waterford United. He also scored the winner in the 2007 FAI Cup Final when Cork City took on Longford Town.

Hartlepool United[edit]

On 16 July 2009, it was confirmed that Cork City had accepted a bid from Hartlepool United to take Behan and fellow Cork City team-mate Colin Healy to Victoria Park.[1] However, only Behan signed[2] as Healy accepted a late offer from Championship side Ipswich Town.

On 22 August 2009, he scored his first goal for Hartlepool (and the club's first of the new season) in a 2–1 loss to Bristol Rovers. He got his second with a sublime free-kick from around 30 yards out in a 3–0 win at Oldham on 5 September, and his third goal for the club ensured a 2–2 draw at Stockport County on 29 September. A fourth followed in the next game, at Exeter City on 3 October, where he opened the scoring after a defensive blunder. Pools went on to lose 3–1, however.

In May 2011, he was not offered a new contract by the club, along with nine other players from the 2010–11 squad.[3]


Behan signed for Limerick on 23 June 2011 along with Joe Gamble.

Cork City[edit]

Behan signed for Cork City on 31 January 2013. He had signed for College Corinthians earlier in the week but was released from his contract once Cork City became interested. Behan had his contract cancelled by mutual consent on July 30th 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Behan was raised in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland, but was born in Tralee, County Kerry. He managed an under-15 Carrigaline United schoolboy side during his time at Cork City.


Cork City


  1. ^ "Pools Have Double Transfer Bid Accepted". Vital Hartlepool. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hartlepool Sign Striker Behan From Cork". Vital Hartlepool. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ten players shown door by Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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