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Johnny Byrne




Date of birth



Johnny Byrne joined the Eagles on two occasions during his career, with the first spell commencing after the club signed him up after he attended a trial match.

Johnny Byrne at Selhurst Park.JPG

The forward signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday in 1956 and made his debut for the club later that year.

Byrne scored seven times in the 1957–58 season and bagged 17 goals in the following campaign, when the club became founder members of the Fourth Division.

Byrne’s prowess in front of goal was certainly one of the biggest factors in the club’s promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1960/61 with 30 league goals to his name.

In November, 1961, Byrne won his first England international cap against Northern Ireland, the club’s first national call-up in 38 years.


The next March (1962) he was moved to West Ham United. However, to the delight of the Palace following, ‘Budgie’ returned to the south Londoners in February, 1967. His second spell, of just over a year, saw him pass the 100 goal milestone for the club.

Signed from Trialist, 14/5/1956 & West Ham United, 15/2/67
Debut v Swindon Town (H) 13/10/56
Managers at Palace Cyril Spiers, George Smith, Arthur Rowe, Bert Head
Appearances 259
Goals 101
International caps 11