Colin Healy

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Colin Healy
Colin Healy.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-03-14) March 14, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cork City
Number 7
Youth career
1997 Ballincollig and Wilton United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Celtic 30 (1)
2002–2003 Coventry City (loan) 17 (2)
2003–2006 Sunderland 20 (0)
2006 Livingston 9 (2)
2006–2007 Barnsley 8 (0)
2006 Bradford City (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2009 Cork City 44 (2)
2009–2011 Ipswich Town 20 (2)
2010 Falkirk (loan) 19 (1)
2012– Cork City 71 (3)
National team
2002–2003 Republic of Ireland 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2009

Colin Healy (born 14 March 1980) is an international footballer for the Republic of Ireland national football team, currently playing for Cork City in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Healy was born in Ballincollig County Cork. He came from a sporting family, with his grandfather Paddy Healy having been a Gaelic footballer and hurler who won All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medals with the Cork inter-county football and hurling teams respectively in 1945 and 1946.[1] Healy played local soccer with Ballincollig and then Wilton United. He attended the FAS/FAI course in Cork run by former Celtic and Cork City midfielder Mike Conroy and from here he was taken to Celtic Park. He would go on to score three goals for Celtic, his first coming in a league game against Dundee in February 2000. With Celtic he won a Scottish League Cup medal, playing in the team that beat Kilmarnock 3–0 at Hampden on 18 March 2001.

He played and scored a goal against Australia at the FIFA World Youth Championship finals in Nigeria in 1999 [1].

Represented his country at the UEFA U-19 Championship in Sweden in 1999 where he won a bronze medal [2].

During the Saipan incident between Mick McCarthy and fellow Cork man Roy Keane at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Healy was called upon by McCarthy as the replacement should Keane be dropped from the squad. A succession of changes-of-heart by the Manchester United player led to the call-up being delayed and the deadline passing, with Healy unable to join the World Cup squad.

Sunderland[edit]

Sunderland succeeded in signing Healy from Celtic in 2003. In December 2003 he broke his leg in a match against a former loan club, Coventry City after a challenge by Moroccan international Youssef Safri.

In October 2004, he broke his leg again soon after resuming training with Sunderland. In January 2006, it was announced that Healy's contract with Sunderland had expired, and the midfielder left the club.

Livingston and Barnsley[edit]

Healy joined SPL club Livingston on 10 March 2006 until the end of the season. On 10 August 2006 Healy signed a one-year contract with Barnsley. Having made only 10 appearances for Barnsley, he had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

Cork City and FIFA case[edit]

On 20 February 2007 he signed a two-year contract with hometown League of Ireland club Cork City, alongside former international colleague Gareth Farrelly. FIFA ruled both players to be unable to play for the club, citing a rule forbidding players from transferring between clubs more than twice in a 12-month period between July and June. FIFA rejected appeals made by both players. On 1 July 2007 both Healy and Gareth Farrelly became eligible to play for Cork City. On this date, they both played for the club's under-21 team against Lifford of Ennis, Co Clare, winning the game 2–0.

Healy made his full Cork City debut against Bohemians when they were beaten in extra time in the Eircom League Cup Quarter Final held at Dalymount Park on 3 July 2007.

Healy signed a two-year contract for Cork in 2009. In April 2009, Healy scored his only goal for Cork at Tallaght Stadium.[2]

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 16 July 2009, it was confirmed that Cork City had accepted a £100,000 bid from Hartlepool United to take Healy and fellow Cork City team-mate Denis Behan to Victoria Park, Hartlepool. However, five days later, Hartlepool United manager Chris Turner confirmed that the deal had not happened due to late interest from Ipswich Town. Healy subsequently signed for Ipswich for an undisclosed fee. In January 2010, he signed on-loan with Scottish Premier League club Falkirk.[3]

In February 2011 Healy scored his first goal for the club against Doncaster Rovers.[citation needed] His contract was terminated by mutual consent in November 2011.[4]

Return to Cork City[edit]

Healy re-signed for Cork City on 28 January 2012, two and a half years after leaving, saying he was delighted to be back at his home town Team.[5]

Statistics[edit]

[6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998/99 Celtic Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
1999/00 10 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 13 1
2000/01 12 0 0 0 3 1 6 0 21 1
2001/02 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001/02 Coventry City First Division 17 2 0 0 0 0 - 17 2
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002/03 Celtic Premier League 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003/04 Sunderland First Division 20 0 0 0 0 0 - 20 0
2004/05 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005/06 Livingston Premier League 9 2 0 0 0 0 - 9 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006/07 Barnsley Championship 8 0 0 0 2 0 - 10 0
2006/07 Bradford City League One 2 0 2 0 0 0 - 4 0
Republic of Ireland League FAI Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007 Cork City Premier Division 18 0 18 0
2008 24 0 24 0
2009 20 2 20 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009/10 Ipswich Town Championship 3 0 0 0 2 0 - 5 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009/10 Falkirk Premier League 19 1 0 0 0 0 - 19 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010/11 Ipswich Town Championship 16 2 1 0 5 0 - 22 2
Country Scotland 58 4 4 0 5 1 9 1 76 6
England 66 4 3 0 9 0 - 78 4
Republic of Ireland 62 2 62 2
Total 186 10 7 0 14 1 9 1 216 12

[7]

Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 6 1
2003 7 0
Total 13 1

Honours[edit]

Celtic
Cork City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cork's comeback kid enjoying his football more than ever". Irish Independent. 19 August 2007. 
  2. ^ Match report – Healy's first Goal for Cork
  3. ^ "Falkirk sign Ipswich Town's Colin Healy". BBC Sport. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  4. ^ "HEALY LEAVES TOWN". Ipswich Town. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Colin Healy Signs for City!". CorkCityFC.net. 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  6. ^ http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10272~6835,00.html
  7. ^ Colin Healy at National-Football-Teams.com

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