Paddy Mulligan

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Paddy Mulligan
Personal information
Full name Patrick Martin Mulligan
Date of birth (1945-03-17) 17 March 1945 (age 72)
Place of birth Beaumont, Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963 Bohemians 2 (0)
1963–1969 Shamrock Rovers 73 (2)
1967 Boston Rovers (guest) 6 (1)
1968 Boston Beacons (guest) 21 (4)
1969–1972 Chelsea 58 (2)
1972–1975 Crystal Palace 57 (2)
1975–1979 West Brom 109 (1)
1979–1980 Shamrock Rovers 16 (1)
1983–1984 Galway United 3 (0)
National team
1969–1979 Republic of Ireland 50 (1)
1966 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
1965–1979 League of Ireland XI 6 (0)
Teams managed
1983–84 Galway United
1985–86 Shelbourne
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Patrick Martin "Paddy" Mulligan (born 17 March 1945 in Dublin) is a retired Irish footballer who played mainly as a right-back.

Mulligan started his senior career playing for Bohemians in 1963. However after only two games he signed for Shamrock Rovers in December 1963.[1] He made his competitive debut in a 7–1 win over Bohemians on 26 January 1964 and scored his first goal for the Hoops on 23 August 1964 in a 4–0 League of Ireland Shield win over his old club.[2]

He won the FAI Cup in 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1969. During the 1963–64 season he was part of the side which won seven trophies. He represented Rovers in European competition 10 times. In the summer of 1967 he was part of the Rovers team that represented Boston in the United Soccer Association league. In 1968, they sent him on loan to the Boston Beacons of the North American Soccer League.[3]

On 22 October 1969, Mulligan signed for English club Chelsea for £17,500. He featured in Chelsea's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup success in 1971, making a late substitute appearance in the first final against Real Madrid in Athens. He also played in Chelsea's League Cup final against Stoke City a year later, though they lost 2–1 at Wembley.

Mulligan left Chelsea in 1972 for Crystal Palace. He stayed with the South London club for three years (his personal highlight was scoring two goals in the famous 5-0 victory over Manchester United in 1972). He signed for West Brom after his spell at CPFC. Mulligan re-joined Shamrock Rovers in 1979, making his final appearance on 24 February 1980. He had his testimonial in August 1980.[4] He then joined Panathinaikos as assistant manager before retiring from the game in 1982.

During his time at Rovers he won 10 caps for the Irish national team, including three as captain, one under-23 cap and six Inter league caps. Overall, he won 50 caps for his country.

Mulligan managed League of Ireland sides Galway United (during the 1983–84 season) and Shelbourne during the first half of the 1985–86 season. He also applied to manage the Irish national team, but lost out to Eoin Hand by a single vote. One FAI committee member later said he had voted against Mulligan because he thought Mulligan had thrown a bun at him on a past away trip.[5]

Mulligan occasionally appears as a soccer analyst on Irish television channel TV3 as well as the website of radio station Newstalk.