Soccer Ireland Banner
Soccer Ireland Home Page
Football Clubs Listed
Football Encyclopaedia  button
Saipan Incident & Roy Keane
Irish Football > Manchester United > Irish Players > Paddy Roche
Republic of Ireland Flag & Man Utd Crest

Paddy Roche

Paddy Roche

Irish Footballers that Played for Manchester United - Paddy Roche

Paddy Roche - Introduction

Paddy Roche was born in Dublin on 4 January 1951. Roche began his senior club career playing for Shelbourne in the League of Ireland. While still playing for Shelbourne he won his first international cap for Ireland. Roche had already made over 100 appearances for Shels when Tommy Docherty paid £15,000 in October 1973 to sign the keeper for Manchester United.

Paddy Roche & Manchester United

It wasn't until 8 February 1975 that Paddy Roche made his Manchester United debut. It was a losing debut in the old Second Division when Roche lined out against Oxford United at the Manor Ground. He retained his place for his home debut at Old Trafford and he kept a clean sheet as United beat Hull City 2-0.

Roche did not make another appearance until the next season when United were back in the First Division. He was given a run of five consecutive matches in November 1975. While Roche kept two clean sheets he also shipped ten goals in three losses to Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal. He didn't make another appearance that season.

Paddy Roche made his most appearances in the 1977/78 season when he started in 23 matches taking over from Alex Stepney for the second half of the season. Roche began the 1978/79 season still in possession of the goalkeepers jersey and held on to it until November when he lost his place to Gary Bailey. In the next two seasons Roche made just five appearances for United.

Paddy Roche made his last appearance for Manchester United on 5 December 1981 against Southampton at the Dell. United lost 3-2

Paddy Roche - Republic of Ireland Career

Paddy Roche won eight caps for the Republic of Ireland. While still playing for Shels in the League of Ireland, Roche made an inauspicious Irish debut against Austria on 10 October 1971. In a 1972 European Nations Cup qualifier Liam Tuohy's team was thrashed 6-0. Things improved for Roche for his second cap.

He was part of the Irish team that famously trounced the USSR 3-0 at Dalymount Park three years later with Don Givens scoring a hat trick in a 1976 European Nations Cup qualifier. He also played a year later in the same qualifying group against Turkey at the same venue when Givens again scored all the goals in a comprehensive 4-0 victory. Paddy Roche kept three clean sheets during his eight appearances for Ireland.

Paddy Roche - Manchester United & Ireland Statistics

Paddy Roche playing for Man Utd Paddy Roche was born on
4 January 1951 in Dublin
Playing Position
Joined Manchester United
Manchester United Debut
8 February 1975
Last Appearance for Man Utd
5 December 1981
Left Manchester United
No. of Games Played for Utd
Goals scored for Man Utd
Other Clubs
Shelbourne; Brentford,
Halifax Town
Republic of Ireland Caps
Goals scored for Ireland

Manchester United History - Irish Man Utd Players

Trevor Anderson - Harry Baird - Billy Behan - George Best - Jackie Blanchflower - Robbie Brady
Derek Brazil Tommy Breen - Shay Brennan - Ronnie Briggs - David Byrne - Noel Cantwell
Johnny Carey Joe Carolan - Roy Carroll - Tom Connell - Gerry Daly - Bernard Donaghy - Mal Donaghy
Tony Dunne Pat Dunne - Jonny Evans - Sonny Feehan - Darron Gibson - John Giles - Keith Gillespie
Don Givens Harry Gregg - Ashley Grimes - Mickey Hamill - David Healy - Denis Irwin
Tommy Jackson Michael Keane - Roy Keane - Paddy Kennedy - Davy Lyner - Mick Martin
David McCreery Noel McFarlane - Pat McGibbon - Chris McGrath - Paul McGrath - Sammy McIlroy
Sammy McMillan Walter McMillen - Liam Miller - Kevin Moran - Tommy Morrison - Phil Mulryne
Jimmy Nicholl Jimmy Nicholson - Liam O'Brien - John O'Shea - Patrick O'Connell - John Peden
James Robinson Paddy Roche - Jackie Scott - Tom Sloan - Frank Stapleton - Billy Toms
Anthony Whelan Liam Whelan - Norman Whiteside

Manchester United Blog - Manchester United Supporters Clubs

Liverpool History - Liverpool Irish Players - Liverpool Supporters Clubs
Glasgow Celtic History - Celtic's Irish Players

Irish Footballers
Liam Brady - Damien Duff - Eamon Dunphy - Robbie Keane - Niall Quinn

Irish Soccer - Saipan Incident - Link to Soccer Ireland - Contact Us
Sitemap - Dublin Clubs Sitemap - Non-Irish Sitemap - Saipan Sitemap

© 2009-2018 All rights reserved