Denis Irwin Profile
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.