Richie Byrne

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Richie Byrne
Personal information
Full name Richard Philip Byrne[1]
Date of birth (1981-09-24) 24 September 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Belvedere [2]
Stella Maris
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Shamrock Rovers 56 (0)
2003–2005 Dunfermline Athletic 19 (0)
2005–2008 Aberdeen 50 (1)
2008 Oldham Athletic 4 (0)
2009 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 (0)
2009 St Johnstone (loan) 5 (0)
2010 Darlington 4 (0)
2010 Hungerford Town ? (?)
201x Egham Town 4 (0)
2015 Horsham ? (?)
National team
2003 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
2007 Republic of Ireland B 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:56, 5 May 2010 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Richard Philip Byrne (born 24 September 1981) is an Irish footballer.


Byrne signed for Shamrock Rovers in the summer of 2000 from Stella Maris and made his debut in the Leinster Senior Cup away to St. Francis on 21 November 2000, in a 6–2 win. He was Young Player of the Year for the 2000–01 season. He made his full league debut on 16 September 2001 in a 3–0 win over Shelbourne. He made a total of six appearances in European competition for the Hoops, two in the UEFA Cup and four in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

He joined Scottish club Dunfermline Athletic in August 2003 and helped the club reach the 2004 Scottish Cup Final, where they were beaten 3–1 by Celtic at Hampden Park.[3] He was signed by former manager at Dunfermline, Jimmy Calderwood for Aberdeen in January 2005 for £50,000.[4] He played in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup against Atlético Madrid [1]. On 15 April 2008, he was told he would not be offered a new contract by Aberdeen and would be free to leave in the summer along with six other players [2].

After his release, he had trials at Wigan Athletic and N.E.C. Nijmegen. He was given a one-week trial with Oldham Athletic, eventually being given a one-month contract with the club. He was given the number 3 shirt, and made his debut coming on as a substitute in the 3–3 draw with Hartlepool United.

On 14 January 2009, Byrne joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a contract until the end of the season. He was then loaned to First Division club St Johnstone.[5] Following Inverness's relegation to the 1st Division Byrne was released as the club began reshaping its squad.

In February 2010, Byrne joined Football League Two side Darlington.[6] He made only two starts and two substitute appearances for the club, and was released before the end of the season.[7]

Byrne signed for Hungerford Town in July 2010.[8]

Byrne signed for Horsham FC in January 2015.

International career[edit]

In November 2007, Byrne made his international debut for Republic of Ireland B national team, in a match against Scotland B. Byrne scored Ireland's goal in the 63rd minute, in a 1–1 draw.[9]



  1. ^ "Richie Byrne". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "International Roll Of Honour". 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Larsson caps Celtic triumph". BBC Sport. 22 May 2004. 
  4. ^ "Byrne completes move to Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 27 January 2005. 
  5. ^ "Byrne completes Saints loan move". BBC Sport. 20 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Darlington sign full-back Richie Bryne". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Walker, Martin (29 April 2010). "We Need To Be Better". Darlington F.C. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hungerford announce major signing". Newbury Today. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Scotland B 1–1 Rep of Ireland B". BBC Sport. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2008. 

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