After losing QPR stopper Seny Dieng at the end of his loan spell in early 2019, Boro’ boss Dino Maamria turned to Oliver Byrne to bolster his options. The young ‘keeper came to us from parent club Blackburn Rovers; the player joining the Championship club just one year before after leaving Cardiff City.
He’d not even been with us a month or kicked a ball in anger before his move was made permanent. And, yet, we’re not sure why. Byrne was a regular understudy to Paul Farman; 18 times in total as it goes. But he’d leave with no first-team appearances to his name; the stopper looking for a new club again in summer 2019 after being released.
Oliver Byrne: Before Boro’
Not to be confused with the (apparently) renowned mathematician of the same name, Byrne also had a spell with Lancashire side Chorley; that coming after his departure from South Wales. A regular in the Blackburn U23 side, his move to the Lamex would give him a first taste of League football action.
Before his time with Cardiff, Byrne completed a scholarship at Manchester United. Crewe Alexandra and Liverpool are also among the goalkeeper’s former club. That’s according to the official Blackburn Rovers website. And who are we to argue?