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Johnny Carey

Johnny Carey

Clubs played for: Home Farm, Dublin GAA (Gaelic football), St James's Gate, Manchester United, Manchester United (wartime), Cardiff City (guest), Manchester City (guest), Shamrock Rovers (guest), Middlesbrough (guest), Everton (guest), Liverpool (guest), Played in Italy (guest) (1936-1943)

Born: 1919

Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Position: Right-back

Biography: Another discovery by the great Louis Rocca, he was signed for £250, while still only aged 17, and initially faced stiff competition from Stan Pearson. He went on to play every position except Outside-left and even played one game in goal against Sunderland in 1953. In 1948 he became the first Irishman to lift the FA Cup and then four years later was an integral part of the League title winning squad. He played for both Northern Ireland and the Republic in a glittering career and was voted 'Player of The Year' in 1949. Managed Blackburn Rovers, Everton and was once sacked in the back of the taxi, which coined the phrase "taxi for xxxxxx" . He guided Leyton Orient into the first division, then managed Nottingham Forest and returned to Blackburn for a second spell before becoming a scout. He undertook this role for United until 1985 while also working at the Borough Treasurer's office in Sale. Carey died in August 1995, aged 76.

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