Martin Russell (footballer)

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Martin Russell
Personal information
Full name Martin Christopher Russell
Date of birth (1967-04-27) 27 April 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1982–1984 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Manchester United 0 (0)
1986 Birmingham City (loan) 5 (0)
1987 Norwich City (loan) 0 (0)
1987–1989 Leicester City 20 (0)
1989–1990 Scarborough 51 (9)
1990–1991 Middlesbrough 11 (2)
1991–1998 Portadown 160 (26)
1998–2003 St Patrick's Athletic 140 (19)
Total 387 (56)
National team
1986–1987 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (0)
1992 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2005 St Patrick's Athletic (assistant manager)
2006–2008 UCD (assistant manager)
2009–2013 UCD
2014 St Patrick's Athletic (assistant manager)
2014–2017 Limerick
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Martin Christopher Russell (born 27 April 1967 in Dublin) is an Irish former professional footballer who played in the English Football League for Birmingham City, Leicester City, Scarborough and Middlesbrough.[1][2] He also played for Portadown in the Irish Football League and for St Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland.

He managed UCD for five seasons, winning the League of Ireland First Division in 2009. He was the assistant manager of St Patrick's Athletic, until July 2014 when he took over as manager of Limerick F.C. He left Limerick by mutual consent in April 2017.

He played for the Republic of Ireland national football team at the 1984 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship and the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship[1]. He won four caps for the Republic of Ireland under-21 team.[2]

Playing Career[edit]

Russell was a midfielder and he began his football career with Belvedere, and joined Manchester United from school. He spent time on loan to Birmingham City, where he made his Football League debut in 1986, and Norwich City, but left United in 1987 without having played for the first team. He went on to play for Leicester City, Scarborough and Middlesbrough before returning to Ireland.[1][2] He played for Portadown from 1991 to 1998,[3] and in 1992 won the Northern Ireland PFA Player of the Year award.[2] In 1998, he returned to Dublin where he played for St Patrick's Athletic, and was appointed assistant manager in 2003.

Management Career[edit]

Russell's first experience in coaching came with St Patrick's Athletic as an assistant manager. Two years later he joined UCD AFC, initially as first-team coach, then assistant manager, and was appointed manager in January 2009.[3] He won the League of Ireland First Division title in his first year as manager gaining promotion to the Premier Division. He kept UCD up in that division for four more seasons before leaving the club. He gave his son Sean his League of Ireland debut in September 2010 [2]. Russell was appointed by his old club St Patrick's Athletic, as assistant manager to his ex-Pats manager Liam Buckley on 24 February 2014.[4]

Limerick FC

In July 2014, he left St Patrick's Athletic to become the manager of struggling Premier Division side Limerick FC, who had fired manager Stuart Taylor. Russell successfully kept the club in the Premier Division, but Limerick were relegated the following season, losing a playoff 2-1 on aggregate to Finn Harps. Tasked with bringing the club straight back to the top flight, Russell guided Limerick to the first Division title in record time, as well as reaching the final of the EA Sports League Cup, which they lost to his old club St Patrick's Athletic.

Following a poor start to the 2017 season culminating in a 0-3 home defeat by Cork City, he left Limerick by mutual consent on April 3, 2017.


As a player[edit]


St Patrick's Athletic

As a manager[edit]


St Patrick's Athletic (assistant)


  1. ^ a b "Martin Russell". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 122. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ a b "Martin Russell". Flown From The Nest. Steve Whitlam. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
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UCD programme v Limerick 6 March 2009

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