Patrick Joseph Christopher "Paddy" Roche
(born 4 January 1951) was an Irish football
Born in Dublin
, Roche started his career with Shelbourne
with whom he won the first of his eight full international caps. During his time with Shels he made 100 League of Ireland
appearances and scored one league goal. He was on the losing side in the 1973 FAI Cup
Final as Shels lost to Cork Hibernians
in a replay. He transferred to Manchester United
in 1973 for a fee of £15,000.
Roche made 46 league appearances for United, largely playing second-fiddle to Alex Stepney
and then Gary Bailey
. In 1982, he transferred to Brentford
, before joining Halifax Town
two years later. He moved on in 1989 after 184 Football League
appearances for the Shaymen, briefly spending time with Chester City
as cover for Billy Stewart
. However, he left after failing to make any first-team appearances for the Cheshire side. Once retired, he returned to Halifax to take on a role coaching youngsters for their Football in the Community scheme.
Roche's brother Willie played for St. Patrick's Athletic
and his nephew Paul played for University College Dublin
Roche played 8 games for the Republic of Ireland national football team
, keeping three clean sheets.
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