Denis Irwin Profile

Denis Irwin

De­nis Ir­win, born Cork, Re­pub­lic of Ire­land, Oct­ober 31, 1965. De­nis Ir­win ini­ti­ated his ca­reer at Leeds Uni­ted in 1982. Be­ing a nat­ur­ally right-footed play­er, Ir­win was com­fort­able in either of the full back po­s­i­tions and went on to make 82 fir­st-te­am out­ings for Leeds af­ter de­b­ut­ing in a 4-2 FA Cup Third Ro­und Sec­ond Re­play de­feat to Scun­thorpe Uni­ted at the Old Show­ground on the 16th of Jan­uary 1984. 

Whi­le Gael­ic Foot­ball and hurl­ing have their greatest fol­low­ing in the more rur­al dis­tricts of the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land, Rugby Foot­ball and As­so­ci­ation Foot­ball are as a gen­er­al rule the most pop­u­lar sports in Dub­lin and the area which sur­rounds the Ir­ish cap­it­al. Pos­sess­ing some­thing of a Renais­sance per­son­al­ity, De­nis Ir­win was very much help­ed dur­ing the early years of his de­vel­op­ment by in­dul­ging in­to Gael­ic Foot­ball, or Peil Ghaelach in Ir­ish, as well as As­so­ci­ation Foot­ball. As things ev­entually evolved at Leslie Silver´s Leeds Uni­ted, how­ever, the mul­ti­fa­ceted and mul­ti­tal­en­ted de­fender was deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments by new­ly hired man­ager Bill Brem­ner and sub­sequently left the once mighty West York­shire club for fel­low Sec­ond Di­vi­sion out­fit Old­ham Ath­let­ic on a free trans­fer deal at the end of the 1985-86 sea­son. At Bound­ary Park, the re­li­able de­fens­ive bull­wark amassed 167 Foot­ball Lea­gue ap­pear­ances for the Great­er Man­chester club and as­sisted Joe Royle´s en­ter­pris­ing si­de to ad­vance to the FA Cup Semi-Fi­nals as well as the Lea­gue Cup Fi­nal at Wemb­ley in 1990 be­fore he was lured to Man­chester Uni­ted by Al­ex Fer­guson for a trans­fer fee of £625,000 at the be­gin­ning of the 1990-91 cam­paign. A reg­u­lar mem­ber of the im­mensely suc­cess­ful Uni­ted te­am of the 1990s, Ir­win had one of the most ex­plos­ive shots in the Brit­ish ga­me and he was also widely ac­claimed for his unique con­sist­ency. The strong-run­ning full-back ac­cu­mu­lated a fine total of 529 fir­st-class ap­pear­ances for The Reds and cel­eb­rated ten un­for­get­table sea­sons at the club wi­th a fully de­served testi­mo­ni­al mat­ch ag­ainst no­ne oth­er than cross-to­wn rivals Man­chester City at The Theatre of Dreams on the 16th of Au­gust 2000.

The Man­chester Uni­ted corner­stone won an im­press­ive sev­en Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­on­ship medals, as well as three FA Cup win­ners medals, one Lea­gue Cup win­ners´ medal and Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue and Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup hon­ours be­fore the long serving club stal­wart agreed to join Wolver­hampton Wan­derers on a free trans­fer in the sum­mer of 2002. Wi­th Wolver­hampton, the sea­soned cam­paign­er notched up 85 fir­st te­am out­ings for Wol­ves and was an in­teg­ral con­stitu­ent of the Mo­lineux si­de which clin­ched pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier Lea­gue un­der Dave Jones dur­ing the 2002-03 sea­son. Capped 56 times by the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land, he was han­ded his seni­or de­but in the fi­nal full in­ter­na­tion­al soc­cer mat­ch at Daly­mount Park when The Boys in Green over­came Mo­rocco by 1-0 in a friendly fix­ture on the 12th of Septem­ber 1990 and he was a mem­ber of the Ir­ish te­am which rea­ched the Sec­ond Ro­und of the Wor­ld Cup in the Uni­ted States in 1994. A de­pend­able per­former in every sense of the word, he pos­sessed cour­age as well as stub­born­ness and the loy­al and up­right Leesider was with­out doubt one the greatest de­fenders to have pulled on the fam­ous red shirt of Man­chester Uni­ted in the long his­tory of the club. Now, if someone ever tried to take the Ir­ish­ness out of De­nis Ir­win, he would most prob­ably have stopped be­ing De­nis Ir­win. De­nis Ir­win Play­ing Ca­reer: Leeds Uni­ted, Old­ham Ath­let­ic, Man­chester Uni­ted, Wolver­hampton Wan­derers: Play­ing Hon­ours: Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, Eng­lish FA Cup 1994, 1996, 1999, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup 1992, Eng­lish FA Char­ity Shield 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue 1999, UEFA Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup 1991, UEFA Euro­pean Su­per Cup 1991, UEFA/CONMEBOL In­ter­con­tin­ent­al Cup 1999.

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