Tommy Gaynor

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Tommy Gaynor
Personal information
Full nameThomas Gaynor
Date of birth (1963-01-29) 29 January 1963 (age 58)
Place of birth Limerick, Ireland
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
1981–1982 Limerick United 25 (7)
1982–1983 Shamrock Rovers 22 (7)
1983–1984 Dundalk 22 (4)
1984–1986 Limerick City 58 (35)
1986–1988 Doncaster Rovers 33 (7)
1988–1992 Nottingham Forest 57 (10)
1990–1991Newcastle United (loan) 4 (1)
1992–1993 Milwall 3 (0)
1993–1994 Derry City 29 (11)
1994–1995 Cork City 27 (7)
1995–1996 Athlone Town 27 (12)
1996–1997 Cork City ? (?)
1996–1997 Athlone Town ? (?)
1997 Bohemians 7 (2)
1997–1998 St Patrick's Athletic 11 (1)
1998–1999 Limerick ? (?)
1998–1999 Kilkenny City ? (?)
National team
1986 League of Ireland XI 2 (1)
Teams managed
2007 Kilkenny City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tommy Gaynor (born 29 January 1963 in Limerick) was an Irish soccer player during the 1980s and 1990s.


He made his League of Ireland debut on 13 September 1981 for Limerick United before signing for Shamrock Rovers in 1982. He scored 2 goals in 3 appearances for the club in the UEFA Cup. [1] He left to sign for Dundalk in 1983. Moved back to Limerick where he was joint top scorer in 1984–85 and top scorer in 1985–86. [2]

He signed for Nottingham Forest in 1987 spending 5 years there before signing for Millwall in 1992.

At the City Ground he helped Forest win the Football League Cup and Full Members Cup in 1989, when they also finished third in the Football League First Division. However, he was left out of the side for the League Cup final of 1990, when Forest retained their trophy.

In his time at the City Ground, Gaynor was one of the Forest players who had to cope with the horrors of the Hillsborough disaster during the opening minutes of their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool. Gaynor played in the rescheduled game at Old Trafford, which Liverpool won 3–1. Despite scoring regularly for the Forest first team he spent the majority of his time as a reserve player, often behind considerably less prolific strikers.

Gaynor Close is the name of the road which bears witness to the impact Tommy made on Forest's fans. [ citation needed ]

He then returned to his homeland and despite guesting for Shelbourne in a friendly against Tottenham Hotspur he signed for Cork City in August 1993, initially on a months loan. [3] This deal became permanent but Gaynor had a turbulent relationship with the then Bishopstown based club. In December 1994 he failed to turn up for a league game. [4]

He signed for Athlone Town in October 1995 and scored twice on his debut. [5] He was Athlone's top scorer that season with 12 league goals. Rejoined Cork in September 1996 but was back playing for Athlone in early 1997.

Gaynor transferred to Bohemians in February 1997 and again scored on his debut. [6]

He had further spells with St Patrick's Athletic, where he scored against Celtic in a friendly, [7] Limerick and Kilkenny City.

He was appointed Kilkenny City manager on 11 July 2007. [8]

Gaynor became the first player to win the League Cup in Ireland and England.


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  2. "Ireland – List of Topscorers". 24 December 2012.
  3. "The Irish Times - Friday, December 16, 1994 - Page 23".
  4. "The Irish Times - Saturday, October 7, 1995 - Page 17".
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  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).