Paul Kirk (footballer)

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Paul Kirk (born 13 May 1953 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a retired footballer and manager.


Paul Kirk played football during his career for Ballymena United, Glentoran, Crusaders, and Linfield, winning the league title with 3 of the four clubs. He also had a spell with Aston Villa in the 70s but was most notable in his managerial career for managing Lisburn Distillery for 13 years. As one of the longest serving managers in the Irish League, he was surprisingly sacked at the beginning of the 2009/10 season after taking the club into Europe for the fourth time in six years.Paul also won the Ulster cup and two league winning promotions and was manager of the year on two occasions.[1] A UEFA Pro licence coach, Paul is the current manager of Amateur League side Lisburn Rangers F.C..

Kirk played for the Glens in the 1970–71 European Cup against Waterford United and Frankfurt Eintrach. Eight years later he joined Waterford utd where he won the FAI Cup and league cup in 1980 [1].

Kirk scored twice against Hibernians F.C. in the 1980-81 European Cup Winners' Cup.

His son Andy Kirk (footballer) plays for Northern Ireland national football team.