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Eddie Nolan has announced his retirement from football.

The Waterford-born defender made over 400 senior appearances in a 20-year career, along with international caps with the Republic of Ireland, including three senior appearances.

The experienced defender spent the majority of his career across the water with Scunthorpe United and Crewe Alexandra.

Eddie joined his hometown club in July 2021 and has made 52 appearances for the club – scoring three goals, including two this season.

We are delighted to announce that Eddie will remain at the club to continue in his Academy coaching role.  

First team Head Coach, Keith Long said:

“Since I’ve come in, I’ve known Eddie to be a good guy, a good professional and really good to have around the squad. Eddie will be a loss to the squad. We’ll miss his leadership qualities, professionalism and experience. He’s got an opportunity outside of football and we completely understand and respect that Eddie has to put his family and future first.

“We wish Eddie well and thank him for all his efforts, and we’re delighted that Eddie is continuing in his role as an Academy coach, passing on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of players.”


Read Eddie’s statement below: 

After 20 years of living my dream of playing professional football, now feels the right time to retire and look forward to the next chapter of my life.

From my debut away to Finn Harps to my final game last Friday, it has been an honour to play for the Blues and end my career at my hometown club.

I have hung my boots up but I will continue to coach the young talent in the academy, a role I take great pride in.

A big thank you to all my managers, coaches, teammates, supporters over the years for playing a huge part in my career.

To my biggest fans, my wife, son, parents, brothers and friends I am forever grateful for the support and sacrifices you made for me throughout my career.

All the best,


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