Kevin Moran


Kevin Bernard Moran, born on April 29, 1956, is an Irish sports icon celebrated for his prowess in both Gaelic football and association football

He was born in Rialto, Dublin to parents James Moran and Maura Moynihan. Moran’s early years were marked by a dual allegiance to two sports: Gaelic football, predominant in his community, and the street football that ignited his passion for association football. His family operated a newsagent on the Long Mile Road, The Kokonut Korner and they resided above the shop with his siblings Brenda, Raymond, Shay, Gerard, Maura and Bernadette.His father Jim passed away when Kevin was 14 years old. He attended James Street primary school and the local Drimnagh Castle CBS and was always playing sport and became schoolboy team-mates with the Irish international footballers Gerry Ryan and Pat Byrne.

In the realm of Gaelic football, Moran rose to prominence as a key player for the Dublin county team. Having played for local teams, An Caisleán(now St. James Gael) and then Good Counsel, Joining the Dublin senior panel in 1976, he played an instrumental role in securing two All-Ireland Senior Football Championships for Dublin in 1976 and 1977. Moran’s tactical acumen and tenacity on the field earned him accolades, including an All-Star award for his standout performances in the 1976 championship.

Transitioning to association football, Moran’s journey saw him don the jerseys of local team Rangers, Bohemians, UCD, and Pegasus before catching the eye of Manchester United scout Billy Behan. Signed by Manchester United in February 1978, Moran’s career soared to new heights as he became a stalwart in the club’s defence. Renowned for his aerial prowess and commitment, Moran played a pivotal role in Manchester United’s FA Cup triumphs in 1983 and 1985.

However, Moran etched his name in football history in the 1985 FA Cup Final, becoming the first player ever to be sent off in the final. Despite this setback, Moran’s resilience remained undiminished as he continued to excel on the field.

After a decade-long stint at Manchester United, Moran embarked on a new chapter with Sporting Gijón in Spain, where he showcased his talent for two seasons. During his tenure, Moran’s leadership and skill earned him recognition as the Senior International Player of the Year at the inaugural FAI International Football Awards in 1989.

Moran’s illustrious career extended to the international stage, representing the Republic of Ireland in major tournaments such as UEFA Euro 1988 and the FIFA World Cup in 1990 and 1994. Despite retiring from playing in 1994, Moran’s influence in the world of football persisted.

Post-retirement, Moran ventured into the business realm, co-founding the football agency Proactive Sports Management. Alongside his brother Ray, a renowned knee specialist, Moran’s involvement in sports management and medicine continues to leave an indelible mark on the industry.

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