Eoin Hand

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Eoin Hand
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Eoin Hand in 1981
Personal information
Full nameEoin Kevin Joseph Colin Hand
Date of birth (1946-03-30) 30 March 1946 (age 74)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Stella Maris
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1963–1964 Drumcondra 1 (0)
1964–1965 Swindon Town 0 (0)
1965–1966 Dundalk 2 (0)
1966 Shelbourne 0 (0)
1966–1968 Drumcondra 43 (13)
1968–1976 Portsmouth 260 (13)
1973Port Elizabeth City (loan) ? (?)
1975Lusitano (loan)[ citation needed ] ? (?)
1976 Arcadia Shepherds ? (?)
1977 Lusitano ? (?)
1977 Shamrock Rovers 9 (0)
1977–1979 Portsmouth 17 (2)
1979–1983 Limerick United 76 (24)
National team
1969–1975 Republic of Ireland 20 (2)
1979 League of Ireland XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
1979–1983 Limerick United
1984–1985 St Patrick's Athletic
1980–1985 Republic of Ireland
1987–1988 Al-Taawon
1988–1992 Huddersfield Town
1993 Amazulu
1993–1994 Shelbourne
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Eoin Kevin Joseph Colin Hand (born 30 March 1946) is an Irish former footballer and football manager. As a player, his normal position was centre-half. He works as a television and radio football commentator for RTÉ in Ireland. [1]

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Playing career

Hand played schoolboy football with Stella Maris. As a 17-year-old, Hand was signed by Swindon Town but the move did not work out and he returned quickly to Ireland. He started his League of Ireland career with short spells for Dundalk F.C. and Shelbourne F.C. but it was with Drumcondra F.C. that he found most success.

After a series of outstanding displays, he was signed by Portsmouth F.C. for a transfer fee of £8,000 in October 1968. Hand impressed enough at Portsmouth to earn a call up to the Republic of Ireland national football team and went on to earn 19 caps for his country. He stayed with Portsmouth until being released at the end of the 1975–76 season. After a brief spell in South Africa, Hand was persuaded back into football by Shamrock Rovers making his debut on 9 October 1977 at Glenmalure Park. However, after only nine games he returned to Portsmouth F.C. He left again in 1979, after playing a total of 277 times in the league for them.

Managerial career

In 1979, Hand was appointed player-manager of Limerick United. He immediately sparked a revival in Limerick's fortunes and they won the 1979–80 League of Ireland in Hand's first season. They landed a European Cup tie with Real Madrid and Hand was rewarded with the Irish national team manager's job. He was the 1980 Soccer Writers' Association of IrelandPersonality of the Year. [2] He also won the FAI Cup in 1982. For a short time, he tried to combine both jobs but with business commitments in Dublin, he left Limerick and concentrated on the Ireland job.

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Eoin Hand with Frank Stapleton

In Hand's first World Cup qualifying campaign, Ireland narrowly lost out to France on goal difference. Ireland conceded a late goal to Belgium after having what some commentators describe as a 'perfectly good goal' disallowed. The image of Hand on the bench with his head in his hands post match is widely shown in Ireland as one of Irish sport's most heartbreaking images. [3]

Ireland finished an unremarkable third in the qualifying campaign for Euro 84 and, shortly afterwards, Hand combined club and international management again when he was appointed manager of St Patrick's Athletic FC, however, he stayed only one season with the Dublin club. His managerial contract was finished when he failed to qualify for the 1986 World Cup; he was replaced by Jack Charlton.

In 1988, he was appointed manager of Huddersfield Town and remained there until 1992. [4] He also managed Shelbourne F.C. briefly during the 1993–94 season. [5]

FAI work

Hand began working with the FAI in 1999 as a career guidance officer. His position was terminated in July 2012. Following this, he took a case of unfair dismissal against the FAI and was initially successful. The FAI appealed this decision to the Labour Court and were ultimately successful. The Court found that Hand had been a consultant to the FAI at all times rather than an employee. [6]

During his tenure as career guidance officer, Hand played a key role in the campaign by Crumlin United to secure a portion of the £7m transfer of Robbie Keane from Leeds United to Tottenham Hotspur under the FIFA Solidarity Mechanism. [7]

Personal life

Hand successfully underwent an operation for pancreatitis in 1997, after which he gave up smoking and drinking. [8] He is heavily involved in his passion for playing music and devoting his spare time to raising funds for charities. Hand now lives in Moyvane in North Kerry with his wife Pauline.[ citation needed ]

Managerial honours

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References

  1. "RTÉ Sport shows unparalleled commitment to Eircom League" Archived 24 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine , RTÉ, 9 November 2006
  2. "SWAI Personality of the Year", Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  3. "The Joy of Six: Republic of Ireland football moments". The Guardian. 18 November 2011.
  4. "99 Years & Counting" Volume 1, Alan Hodgson, Ian Thomas, Gwen Thomas and John Ward, Huddersfield Town, 2007.
  5. The History of Shelbourne F.C., Planet Shels. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  6. "Hand loses battle with FAI over €65k job", The Herald, 25 April 2014
  7. "Keane's solidarity pays for Crumlin", The Irish Times, 14 November 2003
  8. "Giving young soccer stars a guiding Hand" Archived 22 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine , The Nationalist, 28 January 2000