Friday, October 8, 2010

Denis Irwin Biography


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Biography, Man Utd, Denis Irwin - Denis Joseph Irwin, born 31 October 1965 in Cork, Ireland. He is a former Irish football player who is best known for his long and successful stint at Man Utd, where he established himself as one of the most important players in the Manchester United team that won a host of major trophies during the 1990s and at the start of the 2000s. Earlier in his career he played for Leeds and Oldham Athletic.

Denis Irwin began his career with Leeds United in 1983, making 72 appearances in the Second Division, before moving on to Oldham Athletic on a free transfer in 1986. He helped Oldham reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the Football League Cup in 1990 before he was transferred to Man Utd for a fee of £625,000.

In 12 years at Old Trafford, he made 296 Premier League appearances and won seven Premier League title medals, as well as three FA Cup winners medals (1994, 1996 and 1999), a League Cup winner's medal and Champions League and Cup Winners' Cup honours. He was comfortable in either of the full back positions and an expert at free kicks and penalties, and even in his mid thirties he was United's first choice left-back in preference to the much younger Phil Neville. He scored a total of 22 league goals for Man United, including several penalties.

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Denis Irwin made his last appearance for Manchester United at Old Trafford against Charlton Athletic on the final day of the 2001–02 Premier League season (12 May 2002), which ended in a 0–0 draw. For his final game as a Man Utd player, Alex Ferguson awarded him the captain's armband.

Irwin joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer in July 2002, coincidentally at the same time as his former Man Utd teammate Paul Ince made the move to the West Midlands club, having previously been at Middlesbrough. Irwin scored twice in his first season at Wolves, against Burnley and Grimsby.

After Wolves won promotion to the Premier League in 2003, Irwin was applauded by the Manchester United supporters when he walked onto the pitch at Old Trafford. Wolves were relegated at the end of the 2003–04 season, and the 38-year-old Irwin then announced his retirement

Irwin was capped by the Republic of Ireland national side 56 times, scoring four goals and featuring in the side that reached the second round (last 16) at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Since 2004, Denis Irwin has been back at Old Trafford working as a presenter at MUTV.Irwin has been involved in coverage of several football tournaments on RTÉ. He contributed to RTÉ Sport's coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2010.

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