Jackie Mooney

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Jackie Mooney
Personal information
Full name John Mooney
Date of birth 1938 (1938)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 30 December 2017 (aged 79)
Place of death Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Inside-right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 Home Farm
1955–1958 Manchester United 0 (0)
1958–1960 Bangor City
1960–1962 Cork Hibernians 41 (16)
1962–1967 Shamrock Rovers 55 (38)
1967–1969 Aer Lingus
1969–1971 Athlone Town 40 (12)
1971–1972 Bohemians 23 (11)
1972–1975 Shamrock Rovers 2 (0)
1975–1977 Athlone Town 25 (1)
National team
1962–1965 League of Ireland XI 6 (1)
1964 Republic of Ireland 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jackie Mooney (1938 – 30 December 2017) was an Irish soccer player during the 1960s and 1970s.

Mooney played for Shamrock Rovers, Athlone Town and Bohemians amongst others during his career in the League of Ireland.

Club career[edit]

Jackie was spotted playing for Home Farm F.C. by Billy Behan in 1955 and joined Manchester United. After 3 years at the club however, Mooney left Old Trafford without making the breakthrough. He had short spells at Bangor City and Cork Hibernians before signing for Shamrock Rovers where he made a scoring debut, against Shels in Dalymount Park on 22 August 1962. He scored for Rovers in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup against Valencia C.F. in the Estadio Mestalla in 1963.[1] He made a total of 6 appearances for the Hoops in European competition and was also the league top scorer in 1964/65 season with 16 goals[2]

After sustaining a serious knee injury in a match against Shelbourne, Mooney was out of the game for 2 years. He returned to play for Aer Lingus in the Leinster Senior League for 2 years before Billy Young brought him back into football with Athlone Town when they re entered the league for the 1969-70 League of Ireland season. He had immediate success as Athlone won the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time with Mooney scoring a hat trick in the final.[3] After a couple of seasons at Athlone, Jackie followed Young to Dalymount Park and Bohemians. He was top scorer for Bohs during the 1971/72 season.[4] His goalscoring record for that season showed a total of 10 goals in 23 league games.

International career[edit]

He also represented the full Irish international team during the 1960s; marking his debut with a goal against Poland at Dalymount Park on 25 October 1964. In total he represented his country twice with his second cap coming against Belgium in March 1965.[5]

Footballing family[edit]

His uncle Denis Doyle was a member of the very first Shamrock Rovers side to win the League of Ireland title in 1922/23. He went on to win three League medals and one FAI Cup medal during his time at Milltown. He also played on the occasion of Ireland's first international game which was against Italy in Turin in March 1926. His younger brother, Tommy "Netler" Doyle also played for Shamrock Rovers after Dinny had left the club. He went on to win the League of Ireland Shield and the Leinster Senior Cup while at Rovers.




  1. ^ [1] Archived 17 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Ireland – List of Topscorers". Rsssf.com. 29 February 2012. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Thursday, December 25, 1969 – Page 004". The Irish Times. 25 December 1969. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Bohemian FC match programme, Vol. 52, no. 19
  5. ^ "Statistics: Republic of Ireland [Powered by tplSoccerStats]". Soccerscene.ie. 25 October 1964. Retrieved 6 July 2012.