It takes a certain kind of player to muster up the will and the hunger to carry on playing at the highest level past their 38th birthday, and in Denis Irwin; Sir Alex knew he had found someone special.
Epic FA Semi
Denis Irwin was born in 1965, in Cork, Ireland. He joined Man United from Oldham Athletic, after impressing in an epic FA Cup semi final against the Reds. As a reliable left back with an eye for goal, he excelled for both club and country; playing 529 times for United, and earning 56 caps for Ireland.
Denis Irwin: Mr Dependable
In 12 years at Old Trafford, Mr Dependable became the second most decorated player in the club’s history. Cramming his trophy cabinet with; seven Premier League winner medals, three FA Cup medals, one Champions League winners medal. Among other silverware from his acclaimed career.
Denis Irwin even took home a Championship winners medal when he left United; after helping Wolves return to the top flight, in his penultimate year as a professional footballer. In 2004, he finally hung up his boots and returned to Old Trafford; to present, analyse and discuss all things United for MUTV. And as one of the club’s greatest ever signings, there’s no one better qualified.
Denis Irwin Bargain Signing
Signed for a bargain £625,000 from Oldham Athletic in 1990; Denis Irwin is regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson as one of his ‘shrewdest signings’. The Irish international full back, was a cornerstone of United’s defence during the Reds’ dominance of the 1990’s; regularly scoring free kicks and penalties.
Denis Irwin In Defence
A near flawless defender on either flank, Denis Irwin made over 500 appearances for United, in an epic playing career; snaring silverware aplenty. The Irishman was a virtual ever present in the Reds’ infamous Treble season; and he continued as a first team fixture until 2002, when he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Irwin’s return to Old Trafford the following year, as a visiting player; provoked a mass outpouring of applause from the home support. In recognition of a player who contributed as much as anyone; to one of the most successful periods in the club’s history.
Irwin United Honours
Premier League (7):
1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01
FA Cup (3):
1994, 1996, 1999
League Cup (1):
Charity Shield (4):
1990, 1993, 1996, 1997
UEFA Champions League (1):
Euro Cup Winners’ Cup (1):
Euro Super Cup (1):
Inter Continental Cup (1):
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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