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Brian McGovern

Brian McGovern
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-04-28) April 28, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
Cherry Orchard
Senior career*
1997-2000Arsenal F.C.1(0)
1999-2000 (loan)Queens Park Rangers5(0)
2000-2002Norwich City F.C.21(1)
2002-2003Peterborough United1(0)
2003St Patrick's Athletic F.C.0(0)
2003-2004Longford Town F.C.41(2)
2005Shamrock Rovers4(0)
2005-2006Bray Wanderers F.C.34(1)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian McGovern (born 28 April 1980 in Dublin) is a retired Irish footballer.

The former Irish U18 and U21 player had joined Arsenal as a trainee in summer 1997. He made a single appearance for Arsenal, as a substitute against Newcastle United on May 14, 2000, in which a youthful Arsenal side lost 4-2. While with the Gunners, McGovern also had a short loan spell with QPR. Norwich City manager Bryan Hamilton signed McGovern for a fee of £50,000 in August 2000.

McGovern was unable to establish himself in the first team at Carrow Road, scoring once against Tranmere Rovers,[1] and was released in October 2002. He joined Peterborough United but after failing to establish himself there also, and returned to Ireland when a move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle fell through. Briefly with St Patricks Athletic before going to Longford Town, where again a move to Calley fell through in autumn 2004.

Signed by the seasiders from Shamrock Rovers, who had signed him on loan from Longford Town, where he had failed to command a place.

Brian McGovern departed from Bray Wanderers in December 2006 having made a total of 40 appearances.

He made his Rovers debut on 25 March 2005.


  • Canary Citizens by Mark Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7


External links

  • Career information at
  • Brian McGovern career stats at Soccerbase
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