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Rory Keane

A hard-tackling full-back, Rory Keane was a dual-international and ranks as one of Swansea’s all-time legends…

Name: Thomas Roderick Keane
Born: 31 August 1922, Limerick
Died: 13 February 2004, Swansea
Height: 5.09 ft
Weight: 11.10 st
Position: Left-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1948); Eire: 4 Full Caps (1948-1949).
Club Honours: (with Swansea Town) Football League Division Three (South) Champions 1948/49 (promoted); Welsh Cup Winner 1949/50, Runner-Up 1948/49.

Club Career:
FA Cup
Swansea Town
(Southern League)
Haverfordwest County
(Welsh League)

Rory Keane was with home-town club, Limerick when signed by Swansea Town in June 1947. The Swans had just been relegated to Division Three (South), and were seeking a new backline to help them regain their previous status. After a near-miss in 1948, they played to massive crowds through a run of 17 home wins as they claimed the title and reached the Welsh Cup Final.

The 1948/49 season brought Keane his first major representative honours; he was capped by the Irish FA in a 3-2 Home Nations defeat by Scotland in November, and in a 1-0 defeat in Switzerland for Eire. By the end of that season Keane had four FAI caps, against Portugal, Sweden and Spain, and a Welsh Cup winner’s medal following a 4-1 win over Wrexham. Capable at right or left-back, he vied for a place in both Irish teams with fellow Limerick-man, ‘Bud’ Aherne.

A run of bad luck, including two broken legs, brought Keane’s international ambitions to a halt, though he stayed with Swansea through to the mid-1950s. Later he played with Llanelly and Haverfordwest before hanging up his boots for good following a third leg-break.

Keane settled in south Wales, and his grandson, Jamie Harris followed him into the Swansea team.

Ireland Cap Details:
17-11-1948 Scotland A L 2-3 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Eire Cap Details:
05-12-1948 Switzerland H L 0-1 FR
22-05-1949 Portugal... H W 1-0 FR
02-06-1949 Sweden..... A L 1-3 WCQ
12-06-1949 Spain...... H L 1-4 FR

Summary: 4/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 3.


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