Mark Byrne

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Mark Byrne
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Byrne playing for Barnet in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Mark Byrne[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-09) 9 November 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Kilnamanagh, Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Crumlin United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Nottingham Forest 2 (0)
2009 Burton Albion (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2010 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 41 (6)
2010 Barnet (loan) 16 (4)
2011 Barnet (loan) 12 (2)
2011–2014 Barnet 119 (13)
2014–2016 Newport County 88 (6)
2016– Gillingham 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017 (UTC).

Mark Byrne (born 9 November 1988) is an Irish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Gillingham.

Club career[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Byrne signed for Nottingham Forest in July 2007 from Dublin schoolboy side, Crumlin United after unsuccessful trials at Leicester City and Stoke City.[2] He was named as a substitute in Forest's 1–1 draw at home to Walsall in March 2008. He then made his professional debut for Forest as a 70th-minute substitute on 5 April 2008 in a 3–1 victory against Cheltenham Town.

With the Reds gaining promotion, manager Colin Calderwood commented that he would be given the chance to impress next season after Forest's promotion to the Championship in the upcoming 2008–09 season.[3]

Burton Albion (loan)[edit]

On 13 March 2009, Byrne was sent on loan to Conference National side Burton Albion for the remainder of the season,[4] featuring in seven of the remaining eleven fixtures before being promoted, as champions, to the Football League.

Rushden and Diamonds (loan)[edit]

On 20 July 2009, Byrne joined Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds on an initial six-month loan,[5] but eventually signed on for the rest of the season.[6] The Irishman made 44 appearances with Rushden & Diamonds in 2009–10 scoring seven goals in the process, including the equaliser in Diamonds' Conference Premier Semi-Final First Leg vs Oxford United.[7] He received two awards at the end-of-season presentation night.[8] He left Nene Park at the end of his loan spell at the season's end.


At the start of the 2010–11 season, he joined Barnet until 1 January 2011 when his loan spell was cut short due to injury.[9] Byrne returned to Barnet on loan in March 2011.[10] After his release from Nottingham Forest in June, Byrne signed a two-year deal with Barnet.[11]

Byrne then consolidated his position within the Barnet first team, playing a central role in midfield, though at times, he was shifted on to the right wing. He scored in the first game of the season on 6 August, against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, scoring in the 76th minute in a 1–0 win for Barnet. He next scored on the 19 November, with a 98th-minute goal against Bristol Rovers, sealing a 2–0 win at the Memorial Stadium. He scored again in the League on 21 January, with a 48th-minute equaliser against Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium. Next, he scored against Rotherham United on 3 March, with the opening goal in the 7th minute at Underhill. Barnet went on to draw the game 1–1. Finally, he scored a pivotal goal on the final day of the season away against Burton Albion, a game which Barnet needed to win to seal their spot in the Football League – he scored the opening goal in the 6th minute. Barnet would go on to win the game 2–1, thus maintaining their Football League status. He became a popular figure among Barnet fans for his hardworking attitude and tough tackling.

In the following season, Byrne's position was shifted more prominently on to the right wing, fitting in with new player-manager Edgar Davids' 4–5–1 formation with two wingers, and three central midfielders. Byrne was one of few players who stayed at Barnet following the previous season. He would go on to play a prominent role for Barnet, scoring 2 penalties in the League, with a total of 3 goals in the League – the joint 4th highest goal tally for Barnet. Due to a shortage of right backs following injuries to Barry Fuller, and a previous long term injury to Danny Senda, Byrne also filled in at right back for Barnet, with moderate success. He made 40 appearances during the League.

At the end of the 2013–14 season, Byrne was released by Barnet.[12] In total, he played 166 times for the Bees, scoring 19 goals.

Newport County[edit]

In July 2014 Justin Edinburgh signed Byrne for Newport County.[13] Edinburgh had been Byrne's manager at Rushden and Diamonds. He made his debut for Newport against Wycombe Wanderers on 9 August 2014. Byrne scored his first goal for Newport in the 1–0 win over Southend United on 21 October 2014. He was offered a new contract by Newport at the end of the 2015–16 season but the offer was withdrawn and he was released after he failed to accept the contract by the deadline of 10 June 2016.[14]


On 15 June 2016 Edinburgh again signed Byrne, this time for Gillingham on a two-year contract.[15]

He scored his first goal for the club in the 2–1 win over Premier League side Watford in the second round of the 2016–17 EFL Cup.[16]

International career[edit]

In 2005 Byrne won a bronze medal playing for Republic of Ireland U18 in the European Youth Olympic Festival.




  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2011 and 31/07/2011" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 6. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Impressive Progress For Byrne". Nottingham Forest F.C. 26 March 2008. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "CC's Pledge To Youngsters". Nottingham Forest F.C. 5 June 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Forest midfielder Mark Byrne joins Burton". Nottingham Post. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Diamonds sign Mark Byrne". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Byrne & McGuinness Loan Deals Extended". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2012. [dead link]
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  8. ^ a b c "Players Presentation Photos". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 13 May 2010. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Loan Rangers Return". Nottingham Forest F.C. 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mark Byrne Re-Joins Bees". Barnet F.C. 2 March 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Barnet bring in midfielder Mark Byrne". BBC Sport. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Byrne Leaves Barnet FC". Barnet F.C. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Byrne joins Newport
  14. ^ Newport players released
  15. ^ Gillingham sign Byrne
  16. ^ "Watford 1–2 Gillingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  17. ^ @NewportCounty. "END OF SEASON AWARDS". Retrieved 2016-06-18. 

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