Des Kennedy (Irish footballer)

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Des Kennedy
Personal information
Full name Desmond Kennedy
Date of birth July 1955
Place of birth Limerick, Ireland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 Limerick 130 (45)
1978–1979 Galway United 26 (9)
1979–1987 Limerick 171 (59)
1987–1989 Newcastlewest ? (4)
National team
1986 League of Ireland XI 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Des Kennedy (born July 1955 in Limerick) was an Irish association football player. During his career he played for League of Ireland sides Limerick, Galway United and Newcastlewest.

Kennedy is most notable for the two goals that he scored against European football powerhouse Real Madrid during the 1980–81 European Cup while playing for Limerick.[1] [2] Real Madrid conceded only four goals in their European Cup campaign which resulted in defeat to Liverpool in the final.

He signed for Limerick from Janesboro United and also had a brief spell in the mid-1970s with Galway United. He ended his League of Ireland career with NewcastleWest F.C.

At the end of the 2012 League of Ireland season Kennedy is joint twenty seventh in the all-time League of Ireland goalscoring list with 117 league goals [3]



  1. ^ "The Limerick man who scored against Real Madrid. Twice". Limerick Leader. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 

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