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Denis Behan
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Personal information
Full name Denis Behan
Date of birth 2 January 1984 (1984-01-02) (age 26)
Place of birth Tralee, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Centre Forward
Club information
Current club Hartlepool United
Number 9
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Cork City 171 (31)
2009– Hartlepool United 27 (5)
National team
Republic of Ireland U21
Republic of Ireland U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:08, 8 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:39, 19 August 2009 (UTC)

Denis Behan (born 2 January 1984) is an Irish professional footballer currently playing for Hartlepool United in Coca-Cola League One.


Youth level

Denis has won under age level Munster Youths and Munster Senior Cup medals, and was part of Cork City's run of two consecutive eircom League U21 championships. He has been capped for the Republic of Ireland at U16, U17, U18, U21 and U-23 levels, making him one of City's most capped players. He has an excellent goals-to-games ratio, and scored in City’s two successful U21 league finals, against Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic.

Senior career


Cork City

Behan joined Cork City from Brentford. He became a regular first team squad member and was known for his knack of scoring spectacular goals, he is currently the all-time top scorer in the Setanta Cup. Behan came on in the penultimate game of the 2005 LOI season against Derry City, and provided an assist as Cork City won only their second League of Ireland title.

In September 2007 Behan recorded his first senior hat trick for Cork City in their FAI Cup Quarter Final Replay at home to local rivals Waterford United. He also scored the winner in the 2007 FAI Cup Final when Cork City took on Longford Town.[1]

Hartlepool United

On Thursday 16 July 2009 it was confirmed that Cork City had accepted a bid from Hartlepool United to take Behan and fellow Cork City team-mate Colin Healy to Victoria Park[1]. However, only Behan signed[2] as Healy accepted a late offer from Championship side Ipswich Town.
On 22 August 2009, he scored his first goal for Hartlepool (and the club's first of the new season) in a 2-1 loss to Bristol Rovers. He got his second with a sublime free-kick from around 30 yards out in a 3-0 win at Oldham on 5 September, and his third goal for the club ensured a 2-2 draw at Stockport County on 29 September. A fourth followed in the next game, at Exeter City on 3 October, where he opened the scoring after a defensive blunder. Pool went on to lose 3-1, however.

Personal life

Behan was raised in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick, Ireland, but was born in Tralee, County Kerry. He managed an under-15 Carrigaline United schoolboy side during his time at Cork City.


  • Setanta Cup
    • Cork City - 2008


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