Kevin Moran Profile
Kevin Bernard Moran, born Dublin, Republic of Ireland, April 29, 1956. Kevin Moran appeared for Bohemians, Manchester United, Sporting de Gijon, and Blackburn Rovers during a rewarding career which spanned almost two decades. A Republic of Ireland player, the defender amassed an impressive 71 senior appearances for the country of his birth between 1980 and 1994, contributing six hits in the process.
Although Kevin Moran was an important part of the Dublin Gaelic Football Team that went on to win the National Football League in 1976-77 after defeating Derry in the final, he opted for soccer instead. He started out with local team Bohemians, but he only managed to make one League of Ireland appearance for The Bohs. The talented young prospect was eventually discovered by Manchester United Chief Scout Billy Behan while playing association football for Pegasus and agreed to his first professional contract with the club in February 1978. Quickly settling down at Manchester United, he was given his First Division debut by Dave Sexton in a 1-1 draw to Southampton at The Dell on the 20th of April 1979, and netted his first goal for The Reds when he scored one of the goals in a 5-0 trashing of John Bond´s Norwich City at Old Trafford on the 1st of November the same year. Hard working and totally committed to the game of football, Moran´s aggression in the tackle and his excellent distribution skills instantaneously made him a massive favourite with the United supporters and he was well established in the side when Ron Atikinson took over in the summer of 1981.
While with Manchester United, Kevin Moran picked up FA Cup winners´ medals under “Big Ron” in both 1983 and 1985. The Irishman earned his place in British football history, however, when he became the first player ever to be ordered off the field during an FA Cup Final. With less than fifteen minutes remaining of normal time in the FA Cup Final between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley on the 18th of May 1985, the all-action defender was controversially handed the red card by official Peter Willis for a professional foul on Goodison Park midfielder Peter Reid. But despite being down to ten men, Atkinson´s United eventually managed to edge out the already crowned First Division Champions by the narrow score of 1-0 courtesy of a late stoppage time goal from Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside following 110 minutes of intense action. As a result of the sending off, Moran had his winners´ medal withheld from him, but he was allowed to receive it a few days after the final. As the defensive brick wall reached the wrong side of thirty, his form dipped slightly during the latter part of the 1980s, but he nevertheless remained a dynamic and spectacular performer whose fierce drives struck terror into even the bravest of goalkeepers. He would spend eight unforgettable seasons with United during which time he appeared in 231 First Division matches, though his name will always be inextricably linked with the 1985 FA Cup Final where he was given his marching orders.
Kevin Moran was ultimately granted a free transfer by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, who had been appointed by the club on the 6th of November 1986, and subsequently left Manchester for Spanish Primera Division side Real Sporting Gijon at the end of the 1988-89 campaign. Two years later, though, Moran returned to the United Kingdom where he helped Second Division club Blackburn Rovers clinch promotion to the new English Premier League in the 1991-92 season. A senior international for the Republic of Ireland, he received his debut for The Boys in Green in a 2-0 friendly fixture triumph against Switzerland at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on the 30th of April 1980, and went on to amass a total of 71 appearances for his homeland. Arguably, the highlight of his international career arrived in the 1-0 success against England at Neckarstadion in Stuttgart in the UEFA European Championship Finals in West Germany on the 12th of June 1988. The Irish, who were coached by former Leeds United and England defender Jackie Charlton, started the clash with The Three Lions on a bright note when Moran sent a free kick from his own half to Sheffield Wednesday winger Tony Galvin whose cross eventually found Liverpool´s John Aldridge who managed to nod the ball on to fellow Anfield teammate Ray Houghton and his looping header went into the back of the net. Moran was also a member of the squad which qualified for at the FIFA World Cup in Italy in 1990, as well as the FIFA World Cup in the United States in 1994. Kevin Moran Playing Career: Bohemians, Manchester United, Sporting de Gijon, Blackburn Rovers. Playing Honours: English FA Cup 1983, 198, English FA Charity Shield 1983.
Kevin Moran Quickfacts
After making his retirement from the round ball game at the end of the 1993-94 season, Kevin Moran became one of the founder members of marketing company Proactive Sports Management.