On This Day in the LOI | April 4 4th April 1920: Paddy Coad was born on this day. Paddy was an Irish former football player and manager who played as a forward for Waterford, Glenavon, Shamrock Rovers and Ireland. Although known, primarily, as a mak
On This Day in the LOI | April 4
4th April 1920: Paddy Coad was born on this day. Paddy was an Irish former football player and manager who played as a forward for Waterford, Glenavon, Shamrock Rovers and Ireland. Although known, primarily, as a maker of goals, Coad scored 126 goals in the League of Ireland to be ranked 24th on the all-time list and he scored a record number of 41 FAI Cup goals. In 1946–47, he was top goalscorer in the League of Ireland. As a player manager, he also guided Rovers to three League of Ireland titles and two FAI Cups and a host of other Cup competitions and the team became known as Coad’s Colts. He returned to Waterford in 1960 and guided them to their first league title in 1966. He was also manager of Limerick FC. As an international, Coad was awarded 11 caps, scoring three goals playing for Ireland. He made his debut in 1946 in a 1-0 defeat against England and scored his first goal for Ireland in a 3-2 win over Spain in 1947. He was the winner of the PFAI Merit Award in 1983. He died on 8th March 1992 at the age of 71 years.
4th April 1974: St. Patrick’s Athletic suffered their record League defeat on this day. They lost 7-0 to Bohemians at Dalymount Park in a Thursday night match for whom Terry Flanagan scored four goals.
On This Day in Irish Football | April 4
4th April 1978: Alan Mahon was born in Dublin on this day. He earned two senior caps in 2000 v Greece at Lansdowne Road and v South Africa in Giants Stadium, New York. He began his career with Tranmere Rovers with whom he played for in their losing 2000 Football League Cup final v Martin O’Neill’s Leicester City. He lined up with fellow Irish internationals Joe Murphy and David Kelly in a team managed by another Irish international John Aldridge. His club career included spells with Sporting Lisbon, Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town amongst others. He was appointed manager of the Manchester City Women’s team in February 2020 having been previously assistant manager.
4th April 1986: Aiden McGeady was born Rutherglen, Scotland on this day. The current Ireland international has 93 caps for Ireland having scored five goals during his international career. He progressed through the ranks at Scottish giants Celtic and went onto play for Spartak Moscow, Everton, Sunderland and had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End and Charlton Athletic. He made his international debut in 2004 against Jamaica and had his crowning moment in an Ireland in a 2-1 win over Georgia in 2014, where he scored both goals.