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Kevin Moran
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D.O.B. :26/07/2006
D.O.D. :26/07/2006
From Dublin Gaelic football All-Ireland hero to the man who went on to win 71 caps for the Republic of Ireland, Kevin Moran epitomised everything that was good about the game in the Eoin Hand and Jack Charlton eras with superlative performances for both club and country.

A central defender of the highest quality during his day with Manchester United, Spanish side Sporting Gijon and Blackburn Rovers, Moran never flinched a tackle in his life. The scars on his forehead tell that story to this day -.painful reminders of an uncompromising approach to the game - in any code.

It was back in 1978 that Dublin's Man Utd. scout Billy Behan tipped off then United boss Dave Sexton regarding Moran's potential to make the then giant step from Croke Park to Old Trafford. The wise Behan had seen Moran in operation in an FAI Cup first round tie between Pegasus and Dundalk, a match watched by just 150 people.

Ron Atkinson was later to take over at the helm at Old Trafford and Moran's great adventure was on the road. He played in five matches of the five World Cup qualifying games when Ireland, under Eoin Hand, were desperately unlucky not to qualify for the finals in Spain, 1982.

There was huge contention for central defenders places in those years with Ireland blessed by the presence of Mark Lawrenson, Dave O'Leary, Mick McCarthy and Paul McGrath. Big Jack Charlton eventually found the solution by playing Larwenson and McGrath in midfield and it worked a dream. Moran and McCarthy were the men for centre of defence.

To this day, Moran is rightly still angry about the red card card he received in Manchester United's English FA Cup final 1-0 victory against Everton at Wembley in 1985. It was one of the harshest decisions ever witnessed at the home of English football after a harmless challenge on Peter Reid.

But the glory days were still ahead with Moran a key figure in Charlon's magnificent European Championship finals campaign in then West Germany in 1988, that 1-0 victory over England in Stuttgart, the 1-1 draw with the Soviet Union in Hanover and then the heartbreak of the single goal defeat by Holland in Gelsenkirchen.

At the World Cup finals at Italia '90 Moran was an ever-present in those games against England, Egypt, Holland and Italy. Those privileged to watch his career in both Gaelic and soccer will always remember Kevin's bravery, commitment and outstanding endeavour for all his clubs and country.




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Kevin Moran's playing record
Season Openin. Subst. Goals Yellows Reds
1980 5 0 0 0 0
1981 5 1 2 0 0
1982 2 0 0 0 0
1983 3 0 0 0 0
1984 2 0 0 0 0
1985 1 0 0 0 0
1986 5 0 0 0 0
1987 8 0 1 1 0
1988 9 0 2 0 0
1989 6 0 1 0 0
1990 7 2 0 1 0
1991 6 0 0 0 0
1992 3 0 0 0 0
1993 4 0 0 0 0
1994 2 0 0 0 0
Total 68 3 6 2 0
By season | In opening squad | Substituted in | Goals | Yellow cards | Red cards



Kevin Moran's full debut
30.04.1980 at 19:00 Friendly H Switzerland  


Last 10 games where Kevin Moran started | Show All
24.05.1994 at 00:00 Friendly H Bolivia  
20.04.1994 at 00:00 Friendly A Holland  
13.10.1993 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier H Spain 1 - 3
08.09.1993 at 14:45 World Cup Qualifier H Lithuania  
26.05.1993 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier A Albania 2 - 1
31.03.1993 at 13:45 World Cup Qualifier H N Ireland  
18.11.1992 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier A Spain  
14.10.1992 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier A Denmark  
30.05.1992 at 00:00 Tournament A USA 1 - 3
16.10.1991 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Poland 3 - 3


Last 10 games in which Kevin Moran scored.
28.05.1989 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier H Malta  
27.04.1988 at 00:00 Friendly H Yugoslavia  
23.03.1988 at 00:00 Friendly H Romania  
14.10.1987 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Bulgaria  
29.04.1981 at 19:00 Friendly H Czechoslovakia 3 - 1


Games in which Kevin Moran was a Substitute.
17.10.1990 European Cup Qualifier H Turkey  
25.04.1990 Friendly H Soviet Union  
24.02.1981 Friendly H Wales 1 - 3
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