With all the talk of Leicester City and there magical Premier League title victory as of last nights result with Spurs & Chelsea we decided to see which League of Ireland representatives have a Premier League winners medal.
We have found three men who have won the Premier League (since its launch in 1992) and played & managed in the League of Ireland.
- Jeff Kenna (Blackburn Rovers)
Jeff Kenna is an ex – Irish International that was apart of the Blackburn Rovers Premier League winning side in 1994-1995 season. Kenna was a solid right back for Rovers who made 157 appearances in seven years at the club. In the title winning season Kenna only played 9 games and the minimum was 10 for a medal but Blackburn gave him one anyway. Kenna played 7 times for Galway United in 2008 and signed for St Patrick’s Athletic in 2009 but made no appearances. Kenna went on to also manage both the above LOI clubs.
2. Roy Keane (Manchester United)
Roy Keane is probably the first name that comes to anyone’s mind when talking about Irishmen who have lifted the Premier League trophy. Keane has won the Premier League a whopping seven times and most as captain of Manchester United. Some people may not know that Keane’s career started at League of Ireland side Cobh Ramblers. In the 1989 / 1990 season, Keane played for his home county side 23 times and scored once that season also. With that stand out season, Keane got a trial at Nottingham Forrest and he signed ofr the English side in the 1990 season.
3. Damien Duff ( Chelsea)
Damien Duff was a huge part of the first Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and has collected two Premier League medals at his time at the London club. Duff had three years at Chelsea playing 81 times and scoring 14 times. A fans favourite but unfortunately injuries meant he had to move on. In 2015, ‘The Duffer’ signed for Pat Fenlon’s Shamrock Rovers and played nine times but retired from football at the end of the season.