July 12, 2024

Roy Keane – Career Low Points

Continued from Roy Keane Bad Boy

The catalogue of the some of the low points in Roy Keane’s football career is continued below.

red-card 1995 – Roy Keane Sent Off for Diving !

In August 1995 Roy Keane was sent off while playing for Manchester United for the second time in a Premiership match against Blackburn Rovers for two bookable offences. The second yellow card was shown for diving. An unlikely event. (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 153)

red-card 1995 – Keane’s Third Red Card in One Year

In October Roy was sent off for the third time in 1995 in a match against Middlesboro apparently, though unconfirmed, for punching a Boro player. (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 153)

red-card 1996 – Roy Keane Sent Off in First Appearance as Irish Captain

In March 1996 the Republic of Ireland played Russia in a friendly match at Lansdowne Road (now re-developed and named Aviva Stadium).

Earning his 30th cap Roy Keane had been handed the Republic captain’s armband after Andy Townsend was substituted.

Keane was “…sent off for kicking a Russian.” (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 247)

red-card 1996 – Roy Keane Sent Off against Southampton

On 26th October 1996 Roy Keane was sent off for the fifth time in his career and for the third time in twelve months against Southampton at the Dell. Having been booked earlier in the match for dissent Keane went on to earn second yellow card for a late lunge on Claus Lundekvam. (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 165)

1997 – Row With Neighbour over Straying Dog

Also in September Roy Keane was questioned by police after a neighbour made a complaint that Keane had threatened him over a straying dog. There was no follow up by the police. (Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk)

1997 – Roy Keane in Hotel Brawl

Manchester United had drawn 1-1 with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Wednesday 24th September 1997. The match had been tempestuous affair with fists “…flying in the tunnel.” and Keane had been booked. Following the match Roy went drinking with friends from Cork in the nearby Chester Court Hotel. At half past three in the morning Keane became involved in a slanging match with United supporters from Dublin. Following some more drink the “…belligerence between Cork and Dublin became more personal and heated. Blows were exchanged. I gave as good as I got.” (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 171)

1997 – Roy Ruptures Cruciate Ligament

Having been involved in the hotel altercation in the early hours of Thursday Roy Keane took to the field two days later against Leeds United in very poor shape both physically and psychologically. It was late September 1997. In Roy Keane’s autobiography he claims that Haaland had spent most the match winding him up. Late on in the match, in an attempted foul on Alf-Inge Haaland, Keane ruptured his cruciate ligament.

The cardinal sin from Roy Keane’s point of view was that, as Keane lay on the ground in agony, Haaland bent over him and accused him of faking injury. Perhaps this was not unreasonable as Keane had just fouled Haaland and there was no way that the Norwegian could have been aware of the extent of Keane’s injury. (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 172)

red-card 1999 – Keane Sent Off for the Sixth Time

In April 1999 during the FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal Roy Keane had already earned a yellow card when he made a “desperate tackle on Marc Overmars.” Keane claimed that the tackle was more out of “desperation rather than badness” however referee David Elleray had no hesitation in sending him off. (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 184)

1999 – Keane Arrested after Brawl in Manchester Bar

Manchester United had secured the first element of the historic treble on 16th May 1999. That night Keane had partied with the rest of his team mates plus their wives and girlfriends. Another night of celebration had been arranged for the next night (Monday) just for the team in Mulligan’s Bar at 5pm.

This wasn’t early enough for Keane so he arranged to meet former United player Norman Whiteside in The Griffin, a bar in Bowden, at twelve. After an afternoon of drinking, on top of the previous night (“I’ve eaten nothing. I haven’t had much sleep”) Keane met the rest of the team in Mulligan’s.

After a few more drinks The players went to another bar called Henry’s. In this bar an exchange took place between Keane, and two women and a man. As things became more heated “…a glass flies through the air, hitting me in the face…I lunge at the guy. Then all hell breaks loose. What follows is a blur.” It is hardly surprising that it was a blur to Keane in view of the amount of drink he had consumed. Keane was arrested by the Greater Manchester police and was held in police custody overnight.

He was released on bail when Alex Ferguson called to the police station the next morning. Ultimately no charges were made and Keane heard no more about the matter. (Source: Keane: The Autobiography – Page 197-204)

Continued from Roy Keane Bad Boy & Continued on Roy Keane Red Cars etc.

NOTE: Unless stated otherwise all quotations are from:
Keane: The Autobiography; Roy Keane with Eamon Dunphy (2002); Michael Joseph Ltd

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Saipan Table of Contents Roy Keane & Eamon Dunphy
Saipan Introduction Roy Keane & Cork
Methodology Keane’s Aversion to Being Away From Home
Saipan Conclusions Roy Keane’s Relationship with Ireland
Roy Keane – Mick McCarthy Relationship Roy Keane – Zenith Data Systems Cup
Roy Keane Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Jack Charlton Relationship
Mick McCarthy Version of Saipan Incident 1 Roy Keane’s Flawed Character
Mick McCarthy Account of Saipan Incident 2 Roy Keane’s Good Character
Niall Quinn Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Footballer
Jason McAteer Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Team Captain
Matt Holland Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Family Man
Roy Keane & Saipan – The Backdrop Roy Keane & Faking Injury
Roy Keane & Saipan – The Issues Roy Keane – Bad Boy
Keane / McCarthy Boston Row 1992 Roy Keane – Career Lows
Keane Misses Iran Playoff Game Roy Keane – Red Cards
Keane Misses Niall Quinn Testimonial Roy Keane – Cruciate Injury
Countdown to Saipan Incident Roy Keane & Alf-Inge Haaland
Roy Keane Saipan Tirade at Mick McCarthy Roy Keane & Gareth Southgate Red Card
Roy Keane / Tom Humphries Saipan Interview 1 Roy Keane & Alan Shearer Red Card
Keane / Humphries Saipan Interview 2 Roy Keane / Alex Ferguson Relationship 1
Roy Keane / Irish Times Saipan Interview 3 Roy Keane & Sir Alex Ferguson 2
Roy Keane / Paul Kimmage Saipan Interview 1 Roy Keane & Charity
Keane / Kimmage Saipan Interview 2 Roy Keane & Autobiography Contradictions
Roy Keane / Sunday Independent Saipan Interview 3 Roy Keane & Contradictions
Roy Keane / Tommie Gorman Interview 1 Roy Keane – Integrity
Roy Keane / Tommy Gorman Interview 2 Roy Keane – International Matches
Roy Keane / RTE Interview 3 Roy Keane – Football Record
FAI Involvement in Saipan Affair Roy Keane & Sandwiches
Saipan Reaction of Irish Players Roy Keane – Walker
Mick McCarthy – ‘crap player, crap manager’ Saipan – Pacific Island
Roy Keane / Mick McCarthy Playing Record I Keano – The Musical
Colin Healy – Forgotten Man of Saipan Roy Keane – Football Manager
Saipan Ten Years Later Roy Keane’s Dog Triggs
Roy Keane’s Autobiography Saipan Bibiliography


Roy Keane – View Seven Years After Saipan
Football Quotes on Saipan


Triggs – The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog
Ireland at 2002 World Cup Finals – Irish 2002 World Cup Squad – Irish Group Matches
Ireland V Cameroon – Ireland V Germany – Ireland V Saudi Arabia – Ireland V Spain