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Carey Brian (Man Utd). 1992 v Us (Sub); 1993 v W; (with Leicester), 1994 v R. (3).

Four months after starring for Cork City in the FAI Cup final against Derry City, Togher boy, 6ft 3in Brian Carey, was transferred to Man Utd. Brian’s was a friendly Cork face waiting to greet Denis Irwin when he arrived at Old Trafford the following season. Brian never made the big breakthrough with Utd and although he made the subs bench on numerous occasions, he never got into the action.

In January 1991 he was loaned to Fourth Division Wrexham and starred for them when they sensationally dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup. When his contract with Utd expired he was transferred to Leicester and was a member of the Brian Little managed side which gained promotion to the Premiership and like a yo-yo relegated back down again.

When Martin O’Neill became manager of Leicester, Brian was surplus to requirements again and was immediately snapped up by Wrexham, who had fond memories of his previous spell in Wales. Brian, who gained an U21 cap against Switzerland in 1992, received his senior call-up for the friendly against USA, coming off the bench in the second half as a substitute for Dave O’Leary. He added his second cap in the 2-1 victory over Wales when partnering O’Leary. His third and final appearance in the green jersey was in the scoreless draw against Russia in 1994.


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