Irish Footballer that Played for Manchester United - Davy Lyner
Davy Lyner - Introduction
Davy Lyner had already established himself as a successful footballer in his native Northern Ireland before he signed for Manchester United in 19232. He had won domestic honours with Glentoran FC in the Irish League. He had also established himself in the Irish international team having already earned four caps.
Davy Lyner & Manchester United
Davy Lyner signed for Manchester United in 1922. United were in the Second Division at the time. Lyner was a winger that could play on either flank but despite this and his significant success in Northern Ireland Lyner found it difficult to get into the United team.
Davy Lyner made his Manchester United debut on 23 September 1922. United had won five of the first six games of the season when United Manager John Chapman decided to give Lyner his first start in an away match against Coventry City.
Despite the fact that United lost the match at Highfield Road 2-0 Chapman retained Lyner in the team for the next match which was also against Coventry, but at Old Trafford this time. United gained revenge and won the tie 2-1. David Lyner made his last appearance for Manchester United on 7 October 1922 at home against Port Vale. Unfortunately for Lyner and United Port Vale ran out 1-2 winners.
His first team career with the Reds lasted just three matches with no goals scored. Lyner left Manchester United to join Kilmarnock in Scotland in December 1922.
Davy Lyner - Ireland Career
Davy Lyner made his international debut for Ireland on 25 October 1919 against England while still playing for Glentoran in Northern Ireland. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Lyner went on to play for Ireland five more times with his last international appearance on 14 April 1923 in a 3-0 win over Wales. As with his short Manchester United career David Lyner did not manage to score any goals for Ireland.
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