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Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne

Previous clubs: St Patrick's Athletic, Fortuna Hjørring

Domestic honours: FA Women's Super League (2), FA Women's Super League Cup (2), FA Women's Premier League (9), FA Women's Cup (7), FA Women's Premier League Cup (5)

UEFA honours: UEFA Women's Cup 2007

Which player most inspired you and why? Susan Hayden, the previous Republic of Ireland goalkeeper. Susan was the best goalkeeper I have ever trained with. Her attitude and ability were second to none. She inspired me to fear nothing and demand professionalism from everyone involved in the game. She was driven by the love of the game and her country.

Which coach most inspired you? Alex Welsh. Alex is currently the Tottenham Hotspur boy's youth coach but previously coached the boys at Arsenal. He allowed me to train with the Arsenal boys every week for 10 years. By far, the best coach I have ever worked with and one of the main reasons I've consistently performed to the best of my ability. Alex is not only a fantastic coach, he's a brilliant person. He's my mentor in football and in life!

What was the best advice they gave you? It's very hard to single out one particular piece of advice as the best. If I had a bad game and was feeling low in confidence, Alex would assure me that you don't become a bad player over night. One bad game does not make you a bad goalkeeper. It made me work hard in the session and get back on track.

Best player you've played with? Olivia O'Toole. Olivia is now retired from international football but is by far the best player I have ever played with. She's never been recognised as one of the best because people only judge on "Final Stages" and unfortunately, Ireland never qualified for the finals. But I've played at every level for my club and played against the best for my country - Olivia is up there!

Toughest opponent? Club - Lyon. Player - Abby Wambach.

What are your memories of your first club as a child? I absolutely fell in love with football. My best friend's mum was the manager and all of my friends were involved! The people definitely made me it for me!

What tip would you give a young player hoping to succeed? I would tell them ability alone isn't enough anymore. It takes really hard work and commitment. There'll be ups and downs but if they work hard consistently, they'll get their rewards at the end.

Last updated: 10/10/12 23.39CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 04/12/2014 01:11 CET
17.09.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageWalesWales0-2Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
22.09.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-3FranceFrance9000
22.10.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-0IsraelIsrael9000
05.04.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageScotlandScotland2-1Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
16.06.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0-1WalesWales9000
21.06.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0-1ScotlandScotland9000
15.09.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageFranceFrance4-0Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
19.09.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageIsraelIsrael0-2Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
22.09.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-0SlovakiaSlovakia9000
26.09.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-1Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
30.10.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundSloveniaSlovenia0-3Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
05.04.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-3GermanyGermany9000
07.05.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-3RussiaRussia9000
14.06.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-0CroatiaCroatia9000
19.06.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundRussiaRussia0-0Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
20.08.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-0SloveniaSlovenia9000
13.09.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSlovakiaSlovakia0-1Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
17.09.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundGermanyGermany2-0Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Emma Byrne
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Date of birth (Age): 14/06/1979 (35)
  • Country: Republic of Ireland
  • Club: Arsenal ( ENG)

  • Currently playing:
    • FIFA Women's World Cup 2013/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Women's Champions League (Final tournament - Group stage)
    01/10/01: Arsenal 4-0 Bern
  • National team: UEFA European Women's Under-18 Championship (Preliminary round)
    19/11/97: Spain 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Republic of Ireland WOCO300
Republic of Ireland WU-1830

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Women's Champions League
Last updated: 18/09/2014 01:13 CET
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