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Shane Supple
Shane supple.jpg
Supple with Ipswich Town in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-05-04) 4 May 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Home Farm
Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Ipswich Town 34 (0)
2008Falkirk (loan) 4 (0)
2009Oldham Athletic (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016 Crumlin United
2016–2018 Bohemians 75 (0)
Total 118 (0)
National team
2008 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shane Supple (born 4 May 1987) is an Irish coach and former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

In 2015, he made a return to competitive football, after initially retiring in 2009, by signing for non-league Crumlin United, before returning to top-flight football in 2016 when he signed for Bohemians[2]

Prior to his initial retirement, he spent his career mainly with Ipswich Town, having been a graduate of Ipswich's youth system. He also played for Falkirk and Oldham Athletic and was capped once by the Republic of Ireland U21 side.

Club career

Ipswich Town

In the 2004–05 season, he was part of the FA Youth Cup-winning Ipswich team. On 13 August 2005 he made his first appearance for the Ipswich first team, when an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Lewis Price forced Supple to play for an hour of the match against Leicester City; Supple kept a clean sheet. He retained the number one spot for Ipswich Town, and in the summer of 2006, Charlton Athletic made a number of bids for the Republic of Ireland player, but Ipswich manager Jim Magilton rejected all them. Leeds United also showed interest but Ipswich informed the public that no bid had been made. He mainly featured among the Ipswich substitutes during the 2006–07 season with Lewis Price being first-choice keeper.

In the summer of 2007, Price was sold to Derby County, and Scottish international Neil Alexander was signed after having been released by Cardiff City at the end of the 2006–07 season. Alexander was the first-choice goalkeeper in the 2007–08 season, consigning Supple once again to the bench. In 2008, Alexander left Ipswich, in a move to Rangers for an undisclosed fee. Stephen Bywater was immediately brought in on loan from Derby County, while Supple was allowed to move to Falkirk on loan. Ahead of the 2008–09 season, Ipswich signed former player, Richard Wright from West Ham United. The former Arsenal, Everton and Southampton was made first-choice keeper.

On 26 February 2009 Supple was linked with a loan move to Grimsby Town, but this was put on hold by Ipswich in order for the club to find a replacement for the departing keeper. Subsequently, the move fell through.

Supple with Ipswich Town during the 2006–07 season
Supple with Ipswich Town during the 2006–07 season

Falkirk (loan)

On 31 January 2008, Supple, along with teammate Billy Clarke joined Scottish Premier League club Falkirk on loan.[3] Supple was signed due to the injury to Falkirk's first choice goalkeeper Tim Krul, where he made four appearances for the Bairns.

Oldham Athletic (loan)

Supple was loaned out to League One side Oldham Athletic on 18 March 2009,[4] following Ipswich Town's signing of Polish goalkeeper, Bartosz Białkowski until the end of the season.[5]

Retirement from football

Supple played his last professional game in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town on 11 August 2009,[6] a game in which Supple saved a penalty from Jake Robinson in the shootout to help his side progress to the next round.[7] Nine days later, Ipswich Town announced that they had agreed to cancel Supple's contract at the request of the player, allowing him to pursue a career outside professional soccer. He said that he had "fallen out of love with the game" and wished to pursue a different career path.[8] His desire to play Gaelic football with the Dublin county team was a major motivating factor.[9]

Return to football

Supple returned to playing football when he signed for intermediate club Crumlin United in 2015. On 15 June 2016, it was announced that he had signed with League of Ireland side Bohemians, marking his return to top-flight football.[10] Supple made his first team debut on 9 July 2016 in a mid-season friendly at home to Portsmouth. He made his league debut for Bohemians in a 1–0 defeat to Derry City at Dalymount Park. He would go on to be voted Bohemians Player of the Year for the 2018 season. Supple announced his retirement from football in November 2018 due to an ongoing hip injury.[11]

International career

Supple has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-21 level, his only cap in a UEFA European Under-21 qualification game at home to Montenegro on 25 March 2008, which ended 1-1.

He was called up to the Republic of Ireland side on 21 May 2018 by Martin O'Neill ahead of upcoming friendlies against France and the USA.[12]

Coaching career

In January 2021, he was named as Gaelic football goalkeeping coach of the Meath under-20 county team under the management of Bernard Flynn.[13][14]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 2005–06[15] Championship 22 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
2006–07[16] Championship 12 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2007–08[17] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[18] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2009–10[19] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 34 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
Falkirk (loan) 2007–08[17] Scottish Premiership 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2008–09[18] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Bohemians 2016[20] Premier Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2017[21] Premier Division 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2018[22] Premier Division 33 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 33 0
Total 75 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 76 0
Career total 118 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 123 0


Ipswich Town

Gaelic football career

Shane Supple
Personal information
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Goalkeeper
Born (1987-05-04) 4 May 1987 (age 34)
Castleknock, Dublin
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Years Club
St Brigid's
Club titles
Dublin titles 1
Years County
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 3
All-Irelands 2

Supple plays Gaelic football, also as a goalkeeper, for St Brigid's.[26]

In 2010, he became a member of the senior Dublin county football team, being substitute goalkeeper for their NFL game against Mayo in March,[27] although he did not play any part in the game.

Supple excelled in his first full season with his home club St Brigid's, acting as vice-captain in their superb run to the final of the Dublin Senior Football Championship in 2010. Supple was nominated for a Blue Star award due to his performances for Brigid's during the season.

In November 2011, Brigid's won the Dublin Senior Football Championship.


  1. ^ "Shane Supple profile". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  2. ^ "OFFICIAL: Bohemians announce Shane Supple signing". Goal. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ Falkirk sign Ipswich youngsters, BBC Sport, 31 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Keeper Supple makes Oldham move". BBC Sport. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Trading keepers". 18 March 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Games played by Shane Supple in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Shrewsbury 3-3 Town AET (2-4 on Pens)". 11 August 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Ipswich keeper Supple quits game". BBC Sport. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Supple is GAA's God-send". Roscommon Herald. 23 September 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Bohs snap up 'keeper Shane Supple". RTÉ Sport. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  11. ^[bare URL]
  12. ^ "Martin O'Neill hands Bohemians goalkeeper Shane Supple surprise Ireland call-up for summer friendlies -". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Flynn confirmed as Meath U20 manager with Geraghty as selector". Hogan Stand. 11 January 2021. Recently retired star Graham Reilly will also act as a selector, while Mayo ladies manager Peter Leahy and Kilmacud Crokes boss Robbie Brennan are set for coaching roles along with former Dublin goalkeeper Shane Supple.
  14. ^ "Flynn to lead Meath under 20s". 6 January 2021. Graham Geraghty and Graham Reilly are selectors while Shane Supple is the squad's goalkeeping coach.
  15. ^ "Games played by Shane Supple in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Games played by Shane Supple in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Shane Supple in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
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  19. ^ "Games played by Shane Supple in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Games played by Shane Supple in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Games played by Shane Supple in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Games played by Shane Supple in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Town Win Youth Cup!". TWTD. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Double-winner Michael Duffy named PFAI Player of the Year following stellar season with Dundalk". 11 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Bohemians goalkeeper Shane Supple announces shock retirement from football". Irish Mirror. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  26. ^ Supple back with Brigid's. (28 August 2009).
  27. ^ [1]

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