Tommy Keane

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Tommy Keane
Personal information
Date of birth 16 September 1968
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 28 December 2012(2012-12-28) (aged 44)
Place of death Galway, Ireland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
West United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Bournemouth 3 (0)
1987–1988 Colchester United 16 (0)
1988–1991 Galway United 81 (21)
1991–1992 Sligo Rovers 7 (0)
1991–1992 Galway United 15 (5)
1992–1993 Finn Harps 27 (7)
1993–1995 Athlone Town 39 (4)
Total 188 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tommy Keane (16 September 1968 – 28 December 2012) was an Irish professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Early life[edit]

Keane was born in Dublin and raised in Galway.[1][2]


Keane played in England for Bournemouth and Colchester United, making a total of 19 appearances in the Football League[3][4]

In October 1988 he returned to Ireland and was signed by manager John Herrick for Galway United, making his League of Ireland debut on 23 October 1988 at Cobh Ramblers. His first league goal came in Seamus McDonagh's first game as player manager in a 2-1 home win over Cork City on the 27th of November [5]

During the 1990-91 League of Ireland season he was Galway's top league scorer with 8 goals. He also scored in every round of the FAI Cup up to the final. On the biggest day in Galway's history he put in a Man of the Match performance as Galway United beat favourites Shamrock Rovers.[6] He also played for Sligo Rovers, Finn Harps and Athlone Town.[1][2]

His last League of Ireland goal came on the 6 of November 1994 when he came on as a substitute at the Brandywell Stadium on his season debut and scored a header with his first touch [7]

His last League of Ireland game was on 22 September 1995 as a substitute for Athlone against Cork City [8] Keane played for Galway in a friendly against Leicester City in July 1998.

He scored a total of 37 goals in 114 appearances for Galway United in all competitions [9] He also represented Ireland at youth international level.[1][2]


Keane died on 28 December 2012 in Galway, after playing in an indoor soccer tournament.[6]



  1. ^ a b c Irish Football Handbook by Dave Galvin & Gerry Desmond (ISBN 0-9517987-3-1)
  2. ^ a b c The Finn Harps Story by Bartley Ramsay (ISBN 0-9558-0890-1)
  3. ^ "BOURNEMOUTH : 1946/47 - 2011/12". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. 
  4. ^ "COLCHESTER UNITED:1950/51-1989/90 & 1992/93-2011/12". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b c John Fallon (29 December 2012). "Death of Tommy Keane". Irish Examiner. 
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