If You Know The History: 11th March: Tommy Coyne

11th March Tommy Coyne 1989 debut; 1993 sold to Tranmere

Striker Tommy Coyne’s professional career started at Clydebank from 1981 to 1983, continued with Dundee United from 1983 to 1986 and then Dundee from 1986 to 1989. Billy McNeill brought him into Celtic Park in March 1989, ostensibly as a replacement for Frank McAvennie, due to leave for West Ham.

He made his debut against Hearts at Tynecastle on this day in 1989 but took time to settle in his new surroundings. Eventually, though, he did make the breakthrough and the goals started going in. Possibly the highlights of his Celtic career were the consecutive matches against Rangers in March 1991, the first a Scottish Cup tie ( 17th March ), the second a league game (24th March ), both of which were won by Celtic with Tommy excelling in the two matches.

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A year later, Tommy got his first cap for the Republic of Ireland under the ‘granny rule’ ( Switzerland 25th March 1992) but his career was stalling under new manager Liam Brady and on this day in 1993, Tommy Coyne was transferred to Tranmere Rovers.

Jim Craig

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