2014 Drogheda United F.C. season

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Drogheda United
2014 season
Chairman Jim Agnew
Manager Robbie Horgan (until 19 June)
Darius Kierans (from 21 June)
Damien Richardson (from 26 July)
League of Ireland 8th (In Progress)
FAI Cup Third Round (In Progress)
League of Ireland Cup Second Round
Leinster Senior Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League: N/A
All: N/A
Highest home attendance N/A
Lowest home attendance N/A
Average home league attendance N/A

The 2014 season (December 2013 - October 2014) was the 95th season of football for Drogheda United. This was Drogheda United's 13th campaign in the League of Ireland Premier Division since being promoted in the 2001–02 season.

It was the first year that Robbie Horgan was the team's manager, with last season's assistant manager taking over from Mick Cooke after a club statement on 14 November 2013. However after a series of poor results, Horgan and the club parted company on 17 June 2014 after just seven months in the job. On 21 June 2014 Darius Kierans, who had coached the club's U-19 squad, was appointed as caretaker manager while Neale Fenn became assistant manager. This was Kierans second stint in the role, after he took charge following Alan Mathews’ resignation in 2010, but had to subsequently step down, as he had not earned all his coaching badges at the time. On 26 July 2014 Damien Richardson was named as first team manager, ending his six year absence from management. He appointed Darius Kierans as assistant manager.

For the 2014 season, Drogheda's ground reverted to its original name United Park after being known as Hunky Dorys Park for the last three years.

Striker Gary O'Neill was named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for March.

Club staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Republic of Ireland Robbie Horgan (until 17 June)

Republic of Ireland Darius Kierans (from 21 June - 26 July)
Republic of Ireland Damien Richardson (from 26 July)

Assistant manager Republic of Ireland Shaun Maher (until 17 June)

Republic of Ireland Neale Fenn (from 21 June - 26 July)
Republic of Ireland Darius Kierans (from 26 July)

Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Dermot O'Neill
Kitman Republic of Ireland Gary Harrison
Fitness Coach Republic of Ireland Jonny McGailey
Under 19s coach Republic of Ireland Darius Kierans
Physiotherapist Republic of Ireland Danny Miller
Assistant Physiotherapist Republic of Ireland Tim McNamara
Club doctor Republic of Ireland Dr. Conor Kelly
Chairman Republic of Ireland Jim Agnew
Club President Republic of Ireland Vincent Hoey
Directors Republic of Ireland Jim Agnew
Republic of Ireland Noel Heeney
General Manager\Club Secretary Republic of Ireland Trudy Kerr
Club Licencing Officer Republic of Ireland Shane Griffin
Club Finance Officer Republic of Ireland Martin Hodgins
Club Media Officer Republic of Ireland Róisín Philips
First Team Liaison Officer Republic of Ireland Dermot McKenna
FAI Delegate Republic of Ireland Frank Pentony
Club Commercial Officer Republic of Ireland Nicola Carpenter
Half-time Co-ordinator Republic of Ireland Paul Holland
Matchday co-ordinator Republic of Ireland Thomas McConnon
Supporter Liaison Republic of Ireland Noel Heeney
Child Protection Officer Republic of Ireland Trudy Kerr

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 David Ryan Republic of Ireland GK (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 26) Republic of Ireland Cork City
16 Michael Schlingermann Germany GK (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 23) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
40 Dylan Connolly Republic of Ireland GK (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 (age 18) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-19
Defenders
2 Michael Daly Northern Ireland RB (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 25) Republic of Ireland Free Agent
3 Shane Grimes Republic of Ireland LB (1987-03-09) 9 March 1987 (age 27) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
4 Paul Andrews Republic of Ireland CB (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 (age 24) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
5 Alan McNally Republic of Ireland CB (1982-09-15) 15 September 1982 (age 32) Republic of Ireland UCD
12 Ciarán McGuigan Republic of Ireland CB (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 25) Sweden Syrianska
15 Austin McCann Republic of Ireland CB (1984-12-20) 20 December 1984 (age 30) Republic of Ireland Glebe North
45 Peter McGlynn Republic of Ireland RB (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 25) United States San Jose Earthquakes
Midfielders
6 Paul Crowley Republic of Ireland DM (1980-08-13) 13 August 1980 (age 34) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
7 Cathal Brady Republic of Ireland CM (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 28) Republic of Ireland Longford Town
8 Gavin Holohan Republic of Ireland CM (1991-12-15) 15 December 1991 (age 23) England Alfreton Town
11 Gavin Brennan Republic of Ireland LM (1988-01-23) 23 January 1988 (age 27) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
13 Stephen Maher Republic of Ireland CM (1988-03-03) 3 March 1988 (age 26) Republic of Ireland St. Patrick's Athletic
17 Seán O'Connor Republic of Ireland CM (1995-05-04) 4 May 1995 (age 19) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-19
18 Daire Doyle Republic of Ireland CM (1980-10-08) 8 October 1980 (age 34) Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers
20 Dominic Mahon Republic of Ireland CM (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 18) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-19
21 Fionn Reilly Republic of Ireland LM (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 19) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-19
22 Eric Foley Republic of Ireland CM/RM (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 25) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
26 Garreth Brady Republic of Ireland CM (1994-02-26) 26 February 1994 (age 21) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
28 Dale Harding Republic of Ireland CM (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 18) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-19
Forwards
9 Philip Hughes Republic of Ireland CF (1981-09-12) 12 September 1981 (age 33) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
10 Gary O'Neill Republic of Ireland CF (1982-01-30) 30 January 1982 (age 33) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers
14 Carl Walshe Republic of Ireland CF (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 22) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
19 Declan O'Brien Republic of Ireland CF (1979-06-16) 16 June 1979 (age 35) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
27 Adam Wixted Republic of Ireland CF (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 20) England Derby County

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Name Nationality Positions (s) Date of Birth (Age) Moving From Signed Reference
Permanent Transfer
Carl Walshe Republic of Ireland CF (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 22) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Nov 2013 [1]
Paul Crowley Republic of Ireland DM (1980-08-13) 13 August 1980 (age 34) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Nov 2013 [2]
David Ryan Republic of Ireland GK (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 26) Republic of Ireland Cork City Dec 2013 [3]
Philip Hughes Republic of Ireland CF (1981-09-12) 12 September 1981 (age 33) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Dec 2013 [4]
Paul Anderws Republic of Ireland CB (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 (age 24) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Jan 2014 [5]
Daire Doyle Republic of Ireland CM (1980-10-08) 8 October 1980 (age 34) Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers Jan 2014 [6]
Austin McCann Republic of Ireland CB (1984-12-20) 20 December 1984 (age 30) Republic of Ireland Glebe North Jan 2014 [7]
Ciarán McGuigan Republic of Ireland CB (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 25) Republic of Ireland Syrianska Feb 2014 [8]
Stephen Maher Republic of Ireland CM (1988-03-03) 3 March 1988 (age 26) Republic of Ireland St. Patrick's Athletic Mar 2014 [9]
Peter McGlynn Republic of Ireland RB (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 25) United States San Jose Earthquakes Jul 2014
Garreth Brady Republic of Ireland CM (1994-02-26) 26 February 1994 (age 21) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Jul 2014
Adam Wixted Republic of Ireland CF (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 20) England Derby County Aug 2014 [10]

Out[edit]

Name Nationality Positions (s) Date of Birth (Age) Moving To Departed
Permanent Transfer
Philip Hand Republic of Ireland LB (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 24) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Nov 2013
Paul O'Conor Republic of Ireland CM (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 27) Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers Nov 2013
Alan Byrne Republic of Ireland CB (1983-07-21) 21 July 1983 (age 31) Republic of Ireland Athlone Town Nov 2013
Derek Prendergast Republic of Ireland CB (1984-10-17) 17 October 1984 (age 30) Republic of Ireland Athlone Town Nov 2013
Jason Marks Republic of Ireland RM (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 25) Republic of Ireland Athlone Town Nov 2013
Peter Hynes Republic of Ireland CF (1983-11-28) 28 November 1983 (age 31) Republic of Ireland Longford Town Nov 2013
Ryan Brennan Republic of Ireland CM (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 23) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers Dec 2013
Graham Rusk Republic of Ireland CF (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989 (age 25) Republic of Ireland Athlone Town Dec 2013
Gabriel Sava Italy GK (1986-10-15) 15 October 1986 (age 28) Republic of Ireland Dundalk Jan 2014
David Cassidy Republic of Ireland CM (1985-05-23) 23 May 1985 (age 29) Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers Jan 2014
Eric Foley Republic of Ireland CM/RM (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 25) Republic of Ireland Athlone Town Jun 2014
Philip Hughes Republic of Ireland CF (1981-09-12) 12 September 1981 (age 33) Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers Jul 2014
David Ryan Republic of Ireland GK (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 26) Released Jul 2014

Statistics[edit]

Last updated on 24 October 2014, 22:30

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
No. Pos. Name League FAI Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Booked Red card
1 GK David Ryan 15 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 16 (1) 0 1 0
2 RB Michael Daly 28 (1) 2 3 (0) 0 1 (1) 0 32 (2) 2 8 0
3 LB Shane Grimes 31 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 36 (0) 0 2 1
4 CB Paul Andrews 10 (5) 1 0 (1) 0 1 (0) 0 11 (6) 1 4 1
5 CB Alan McNally 30 (0) 0 4 (0) 2 1 (0) 0 35 (0) 2 4 1
6 CM Paul Crowley 5 (9) 0 2 (2) 0 2 (0) 0 9 (11) 0 2 0
7 CM Cathal Brady 22 (2) 4 2 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 25 (2) 4 0 0
8 CM Gavan Holohan 24 (3) 5 2 (1) 3 2 (0) 0 28 (4) 8 7 1
9 FW Philip Hughes 1 (7) 1 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (7) 1 0 1
10 FW Gary O'Neill 28 (1) 6 3 (0) 2 1 (0) 1 32 (1) 9 3 0
11 LM Gavin Brennan 21 (0) 6 2 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 25 (0) 6 5 3
12 LB Ciarán McGuigan 26 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 31 (0) 0 5 0
13 CM Stephen Maher 13 (7) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 15 (7) 1 4 0
14 FW Carl Walshe 23 (8) 2 2 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 26 (10) 2 2 0
15 CB Austin McCann 0 (4) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (4) 0 1 0
16 GK Micheál Schlingermann 16 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 19 (0) 0 1 0
17 CM Seán O'Connor 3 (5) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 4 (5) 0 1 0
18 CM Daire Doyle 26 (3) 0 4 (0) 0 1 (1) 1 31 (4) 1 4 0
19 FW Declan O'Brien 15 (16) 9 3 (0) 3 1 (1) 0 19 (17) 12 3 0
20 CM Dominic Mahon 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 0
21 CM Fionn Reilly 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
22 CM Eric Foley 11 (2) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (2) 1 11 (4) 2 2 1
22 CB Ciarán O'Connor 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
24 LB Rory Kierans 1 (0) 0 1 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
26 CM Garreth Brady 3 (2) 0 1 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 4 (4) 0 2 0
27 CF Adam Wixted 2 (4) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (5) 0 0 0
40 GK Dylan Connolly 2 (1) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 4 (1) 0 0 0
45 RB Peter McGlynn 7 (2) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 9 (2) 1 1 1

Competitions[edit]

[11]       Win       Draw       Loss

Pre-season and Friendlies[edit]

Note: this section relates to first team friendlies only.

Leinster Senior Cup[edit]

League of Ireland Premier Division[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dundalk (C) (Q) 33 22 8 3 73 24 +49 74 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Cork City (Q) 33 22 6 5 51 25 +26 72 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
3 St Patrick's Athletic (Q) 33 19 8 6 66 37 +29 65
4 Shamrock Rovers (Q) 33 18 8 7 43 26 +17 62
5 Sligo Rovers 33 12 7 14 44 36 +8 43
6 Limerick 33 12 5 16 37 45 −8 41
7 Bohemians 33 9 13 11 40 41 −1 40
8 Derry City 33 9 11 13 42 41 +1 38
9 Drogheda United 33 10 6 17 40 63 −23 36
10 Bray Wanderers 33 5 11 17 28 61 −33 26
11 UCD (R) 33 6 7 20 27 71 −44 25 Promotion/Relegation play-off
12 Athlone Town (R) 33 4 10 19 35 56 −21 22 Relegation to First Division

Updated to games played on 24 October 2014.
Source: League of Ireland
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 St Patrick's Athletic qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round as 2014 FAI Cup winners.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Ground H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H H A
Result W D D W W D L L L L L L W L L L L W L L W W D L W W D W D L L L L
Position 1 1 4 3 2 4 4 5 5 9 9 8 8 8 9 10 10 9 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 7 8 9 8 8 8 9 9

Source:[citation needed]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

March[edit]
April[edit]
May[edit]
June[edit]
July[edit]
August[edit]
September[edit]
October[edit]

League of Ireland Cup[edit]

FAI Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Horgan adds young talent to squad". Droghedaunited.ie. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Christmas comes early with the capture of Crowley". Droghedaunited.ie. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Another keeper for Horgan". Droghedaunited.ie. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hughes chooses Claret and Blue". Droghedaunited.ie. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Drogs squad reaches new heights with addition of Andrews". Droghedaunited.ie. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Daire Doyle Joins the Drogs". Droghedaunited.ie. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Deserved Step Up For Glebe's McCann". Droghedaunited.ie. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "McGuigan Makes It 18". Droghedaunited.ie. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Horgan Increases Squad". Droghedaunited.ie. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Drogs Add Strike Force". Droghedaunited.ie. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Drogheda United Fixtures/Results 2014". Extratime.ie. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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