Irish Footballers that Played for Man
Utd - Paddy Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy - Introduction
Paddy Kennedy, from Dublin,
was born on 19 October 1934. He was a fullback and played for junior club
Johnville in Ireland. Kennedy crossed the Irish Sea to join Manchester
United while still a teenager in February 1952.
Patrick Kennedy & Manchester United
Paddy Kennedy made his
Manchester United debut on 2 October 1954 in a First Division match against
Wolverhampton Wanderers. Almost 40,000 fans looked on as United lost 4-2
at Molineux. United's two goals were scored by Dennis Viollet and Jack
Rowley. Despite enjoying FA Youth Cup final success in 1953, also against
Wolves, Kennedy was an unfortunate victim of the fact that there was a
plethora of outstanding young footballers on United's books at the time.
Paddy Kennedy spent the next couple of years playing in the United reserves.
With little prospect of further first team action Paddy Kennedy left Manchester
United in August 1956 to join Blackburn Rovers.
Paddy Kennedy - Republic of Ireland Career
Kennedy did not get the
opportunity to play for the Republic of Ireland senior international team.