Eamonn Dunphy

Years at the club: 1975 - 77
Date of birth: 01/01/1950
Birth place: Erin Isle
Position: Midfield
Appearances: 79
Goals: 3
Clubs: York C,Millwall, Charlton Ath.
Honours: 23 Eire caps. Reading: Division Four Promotion 1975/76

A promising footballer, he left Dublin while still a teenager to join Manchester United as an apprentice. Dunphy did not break into the first team at United and subsequently left to play for York City, Millwall, Charlton Athletic and Reading. It was at Millwall that Dunphy made the most impact; he was considered an intelligent and skillful player in Millwall's midfield.

Dunphy was a member of "The Class of '71", the Millwall side that lost out on promotion to the old Division One by one point.

After nine years at The Den, Eamon moved to Reading.

In 1975 he signed for Reading Manager Charlie Hurley, to bring a wealth of experience to the club and help with the final drive for promotion. This was accomplished at the end of the 1975/76 when a third place position was enough to gain promotion to Division Three.

In 1977, he accompanied John Giles back to Ireland to join Shamrock Rovers F.C. Giles wanted to make the club Ireland's first full-time professional club and hoped to make Rovers into a force in European football by developing talented young players, who would otherwise go to England, at home. Dunphy was originally intended to be in charge of youth development. However, despite an FAI Cup winners medal in 1978 (his only medal in senior football) and 2 appearances in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Dunphy became disillusioned with the Irish game and dropped out of football altogether to concentrate on a career in journalism.

International career

Dunphy played 23 times for the Republic of Ireland and remains Millwall's most capped international footballer.

He made his Ireland début in the play-off at the Parc des Princes in Paris for the 1966 FIFA World Cup which Spain won 1–0, thanks to a José Ufarte goal. He went on to become, in his own words, "a good player, not a great player".

Eammon is now an Irish media personality, broadcaster, author and sports pundit.

Since retiring from football, he has become recognisable to Irish television audiences as a football analyst during coverage of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and international football on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ).

(as at Feb. 2013)

Did you know?

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