Ken DeMange is a former Irish footballer who played for, among others,Stella Maris F.C. Liverpool, Leeds United, Hull City and Dundalk. As an international he also played for the Republic of Ireland.
DeMange was raised in the Ballygall area of the Northside of Dublin. He first showed his potential as a schoolboy footballer, playing for St Kevins Schools CBS, and the famous Nursery of Stella Maris before moving on to Home Farm where his team-mates included Brian Mooney. While playing for Home Farm, he was awarded the Young Player of the Year title for the 1982-83 season by the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland
In August 1983 DeMange, along with Brian Mooney, signed for Liverpool but in four seasons with the club, he never made a competitive first team appearance. He did however help Liverpool Reserves, win two consecutive Central League titles in 1984 and 1985. During the 1984-85 season he was top scorer for the Reserves scoring 12 goals in 32 league appearances.
In December 1986 he also had a successful loan spell with Scunthorpe United, scoring 2 goals in 3 leagues appearances. He also played for Scunthorpe in 1 FA Cup game and scored 1 further goal. In May 1987, while still playing for Liverpool Reserves, he made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland.
In September 1987 DeMange was sold to Leeds United for a fee of £75,000.He subsequently scored on his debut for United, with a diving header, in a 2-0 win against Manchester City at Elland Road on September 26 1987. However this was also the only goal he scored for the club. In his brief spell with United, DeMange went onto make 20 first team appearances, 15 of them in the league.
In March 1988 DeMange was sold to Hull City for another £65,000 fee. He subsequently made 68 league appearances and scored 1 league goal for City. He also made a further 4 appearances for City in the FA Cup and 1 in the League Cup. In October 1988 he also won his second international cap while at City. In November 1990 and in March 1991 during loan spells with Cardiff City, he also made a further 15 league appearances.
Return to Ireland
After leaving Hull City in June 1992, DeMange returned to Ireland where he played for several clubs in both the League of Ireland and the Irish League. During the 1994-95 season he played for a Dundalk team managed by Dermot Keely and he helped the club win the League of Ireland title. During the campaign he scored 3 league goals, 2 against Monaghan United on November 11 1994 in a 4-0 away win and 1 against Cobh Ramblers on December 12 1994 in a 2-2 away draw.
Republic of Ireland
In 1987 and 1988, under Jack Charlton, DeMange made 2 substitute appearances for the Republic of Ireland. On May 23 1987 he made his international debut when he came on for Mick McCarthy during a 1-0 win against Brazil at Lansdowne Road. He won his second cap on October 19 1988 in another home game against Tunisia. DeMange came on for Tony Cascarino and helped the Republic win 4-0.