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Noel King (born 13 September 1956 in Dublin) is a former footballer and currently was the Republic of Ireland's women's association football team manager [1]. He was appointed in 2000.


Playing career

During his career he played for Dundalk F.C. (2 spells), Shamrock Rovers (3 spells), Home Farm F.C. , Bohemian F.C., Valenciennes, Derry City, Belgrove F.C. and Limerick.

He was a substitute on Home Farm's FAI Cup winning side of 1975 as a teenager. He signed for Shamrock Rovers in 1977 from Dundalk playing 19 consecutive games and in 1978 he earned his F.A. coaching badge. He then went to Home Farm before linking up with Bohemians for 2 seasons, and then it was back to Dundalk. His second stint at Milltown saw him link up with new Rovers manager Jim McLaughlin, this time as player/coach. His fiery style of play combined with his great coaching abilities won him two League and one FAI Cup medals with the now resurgent Hoops. He made 76 appearances in this second stint including 2 in the European Cup.

But the call for a fresh challenge saw Noel move to French second division club Valenciennes where he played for the first team and coached their youths side. In November 1985 he left France to become player-manager at Derry.[1]. He had his contract terminated in November 1987.

Management career

In July 1988 he was appointed manager of Shamrock Rovers, The club was in a mess after losing Glenmalure Park and Noel was quoted "I have the best job I have ever had in football. It's the biggest tradition, the biggest club, in the country. We don't have the size of Derry's support but we're a bigger club".[2] He was sacked after 3 years in December 1991 after guiding the club to the 1991 FAI Cup Final.

With Limerick FC he won the League Cup in 1992. In 2001, he replaced Dermot Keely (who was on medical rest). He again worked with Shelbourne's management team in 2002, after coaching in the eircom League with Drogheda United. He also managed Finn Harps F.C. during their play-off battle with fierce local rivals Derry City F.C. in 2003.

Whilst playing for Rovers he won one Inter-League cap.

His son Brian currently plays for UCD.

Noel is currently the manager of the Ireland Senior Woman's team. In 2009, the team missed out on qualification to the European Championships, losing in a play-off to Iceland. He had previously been part of the Ireland Senior International football coaching staff, attending the World Cup in 1990 as part of the coaching team






  • The Hoops by Paul Doolan and Robert Goggins (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)
  • The Four-in-a-Row Story by Robert Goggins


  1. ^ Mahon, Eddie (1998). Derry City, Guildhall Press, p. 67.
  2. ^ Shamrock Rovers programme 25/11/88


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