|Full name||Thomas Moroney|
|Date of birth||10 November 1923|
|Place of birth||Cork, Ireland|
|Position(s)||Wing half, Centre forward|
|Cork Constitution (rugby)|
|1947–1953||West Ham United||148||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Tommy Moroney (10 November 1923 – 2 May 1981) was an Irish soccer and rugby union player. Moroney played soccer for Cork United, West Ham United, Evergreen United and Ireland. In 1949 he was a member of the Ireland team that defeated England 2–0 at Goodison Park, becoming the first non-UK team to beat England at home. He also represented both Cork Constitution and Munster at rugby union.
Together with Frank O'Farrell, Moroney was a member of the successful Cork United team of the 1940s, helping them win several League of Ireland titles. A brilliant all-round sportsman, Moroney had also played rugby union for Presentation Brothers College and Cork Constitution,helping the latter to win the Munster Senior Cup three times. He also represented Munster, but with the Five Nations Championship suspended because of the Second World War, he never got the chance to play for the Ireland national rugby union team.
Moroney moved to West Ham United in 1947, making his debut in the English Second Division on 1 September 1947 against Millwall. In January 1948 he was joined at the Hammers by his former Cork United teammate, Frank O'Farrell. Moroney played 148 league games for the Hammers, scoring 8 goals. He also played a further three games for the club in the FA Cup. He played his last game for West Ham on 3 April 1953 in a 2–1 defeat against Fulham. He subsequently returned to Cork where he finished his playing career with Evergreen United.
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