Roy Keane

Footballer and Manager
Born Aug 10, 1971

Roy Maurice Keane is an Irish former footballer and manager. In his 18-year playing career, he played for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester United, before ending his career at Celtic. Keane was a dominating central-midfielder, noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play, an attitude which helped him excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005, having joined the club in 1993.… Read More

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  • Keane Warns Celtic After 'unacceptable' Barca Defeat
    Yahoo News - Sep 15, 2016
  • Keane Slams Players Over Belarus Performance
    Yahoo News - Jun 01, 2016
  • Soccer Ireland's Keane Keen On Club Management After Euro 2016
    Yahoo News - Nov 18, 2015
  • Soccer As Long As No 2002 Repeat, Ireland Will Be Fine Keane
    Yahoo News - Nov 16, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Keane.


1971 Birth Born on August 10, 1971.


1988 16 Years Old Keane was part of the squad that participated in the 1988 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship although he didn't play.
1989 17 Years Old …  In 1989, he eventually signed for the semi-professional Irish club Cobh Ramblers after persuasion from Ramblers' youth team manager Eddie O'Rourke. … Read More
In an FAI Youth Cup match against Belvedere, Keane's performance attracted the attention of watching Nottingham Forest scout Noel McCabe, who asked him to travel over to England for a trial. Keane impressed Forest manager Brian Clough, and eventually a deal for Keane worth £47,000 was struck with Cobh Ramblers in the summer of 1990. … Read More
1991 19 Years Old Keane scored three goals during a run to the 1991 FA Cup final, which Forest ultimately lost to Tottenham Hotspur. … Read More


1992 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Keane was beginning to attract attention from the top clubs in the Premier League, and in 1992, Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish spoke to Keane about the possibility of a move to the Lancashire club at the end of the season. … Read More
1995 23 Years Old …  Despite a slow start to the 1995–96 campaign, United pegged back title challengers Newcastle United, who had built a commanding twelve-point championship lead by Christmas, to secure another Premier League title. … Read More
1997 25 Years Old 1 More Event
After Eric Cantona's unexpected retirement, Keane took over as club captain, although he missed most of the 1997–98 season because of a cruciate ligament injury caused by an attempt to tackle Leeds United player Alf-Inge Håland in the ninth Premier League game of the season. … Read More
1999 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His higher demands were eventually met midway through the 1999–2000 season, committing him to United until 2004. … Read More


He initially received a three-match suspension and a £5,000 fine from The Football Association, but further punishment was to follow after the release of Keane's autobiography in August 2002, in which he stated that he intended "to hurt" Håland. … Read More
2003 - 2004 2 More Events
Overall, Keane led United to nine major honours, making him the most successful captain in the club's history. Keane scored his 50th goal for Manchester United on 5 February 2005 in a league game against Birmingham City.
Keane's Celtic career began in ignominious fashion in January 2006, when the Glasgow giants crashed to a 2–1 defeat to Scottish First Division side Clyde in the third round of the Scottish Cup. … Read More
2007 - 2008 2 More Events
In an interview with The Irish Times on 21 February 2009, Keane cited differences with Sunderland 30% shareholder Ellis Short and strains with club chairman Niall Quinn as the factors in his decision to resign as Sunderland manager.
2010 38 Years Old Keane was involved in further controversy in the wake of Ireland's defeat by France in the World Cup 2010 play-off. … Read More
2011 39 Years Old Keane was sacked as Ipswich manager on 7 January 2011.


2012 40 Years Old Keane had a Labrador Retriever named Triggs, who died in 2012.
2013 41 Years Old 1 More Event
On 5 November 2013, the FAI announced that Martin O'Neill had been made the Republic of Ireland manager and Roy Keane had been made the assistant manager. … Read More
Keane also served as a studio analyst alongside Ian Wright, Lee Dixon and Gordon Strachan, fellow contemporary footballers of his time, for ITV's football coverage up until 2014, but has returned to ITV's coverage on occasion since. … Read More
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