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Nicky Byrne’s soccer heartache

As a young Dubliner named Nicky Byrne set off to sign for Premier League giants Leeds United back in 1995, it seemed as if his dream of becoming a professional footballer was about to become a reality.

Byrne was a highly rated young goalkeeper and caught the eye playing for Home Farm before he was picked up by Leeds, where Republic of Ireland greats Ian Harte and Gary Kelly were first team stars at the time.

A farewell party at the Byrne household was staged to send off their young hero as he set out on his road to sporting stardom, yet destiny intervened to ensure it was celebrity of a different variety that would eventually transform Nicky into a global star.

While football was and always will be Byrne’s first love, his success in landing a role in Westlife a year after his sporting career was extinguished at Leeds took his life in a whole different direction and yet there are still regrets about what might have been.

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Nicky Byrne’s Celtic Park target for #19 Legends match


FORMER Westlife star, Nicky Byrne, today confirmed that he’ll be heading to Paradise to play in the #19 Legends’ Charity Match, on Sunday, September 8.

A self-confessed Celtic fan, Nicky has already made one appearance at Celtic Park, when he played for the Hoops in the 2011 Legends match against Manchester United, in support of Celtic Charity and Oxfam’s East Africa Appeal.

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Nicky Byrne: Life After Football

Despite being released by Leeds United’s academy as a teenager, former Ireland U18 international goalkeeper Nicky Byrne was able to go on to establish success and global fame in the pop band Westlife. Speaking to Andy Greeves, the Dubliner explains the sport remains a major passion for him though.

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