Damien Delaney

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For the Gaelic football player for Laois, see Damien Delaney (Gaelic footballer).
Damien Delaney
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Delaney playing for Ipswich Town against Millwall in 2010
Personal information
Full name Damien Finbarr Delaney[1]
Date of birth (1981-07-20) 20 July 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 27
Youth career
Avondale United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Cork City
2000–2002 Leicester City 8 (0)
2001–2002 Stockport County (loan) 12 (1)
2002 Huddersfield Town (loan) 2 (0)
2002 Mansfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2008 Hull City 224 (5)
2008–2009 Queens Park Rangers 54 (2)
2009–2012 Ipswich Town 98 (2)
2012– Crystal Palace 81 (4)
National team
2008– Republic of Ireland 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:37, 13 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:37, 25 May 2014(UTC)

Damien Finbarr Delaney (born 20 July 1981) is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender for Crystal Palace.

Delaney began his career at Cork City. He later played for Leicester City, Hull City and Queens Park Rangers before moving to Ipswich Town in 2009. He became a free agent after leaving the club in August 2012. He then signed for Crystal Palace as he became a vital player in the centre of defence in their promotion season.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cork, Delaney attended Coláiste Chríost Rí and began his career at local club Avondale United at schoolboy level before moving on to Cork City.[2]

Club career[edit]

Leicester City and Hull City[edit]

He was brought to England by Peter Taylor at Leicester City, where he made eight FA Premier League appearances. He had spells on loan at Stockport County, Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town. Whilst at Stockport, he scored his first career goal in a match against Rotherham United.[3] Taylor later made Delaney his first signing for Hull City, on 17 October 2002, for a fee of £50,000.

After a rocky start to his career at Hull, during which time he was tried in midfield and at left-back, Delaney was played regularly at centre-back and began to grow in stature and consistency. He was voted Player of the Year in the 2003–04 promotion-winning season, additionally his strike against Rochdale was voted Goal of the Season.

In the 2005–06 season in the Championship, he played mainly at centre-back, but also at left-back when two players in that position were injured, and in midfield when the manager felt that more height and solidity were required. This versatility made him a key asset to the Tigers squad.

Delaney was the last Hull City player to score a goal at their old ground Boothferry Park, prior to their move to the KC Stadium.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 18 January 2008 Delaney signed for Queens Park Rangers on a three-and-a-half-year contract.[4] On 8 March 2008 Delaney scored his first goal for QPR in a 2–1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 2 July 2009, Delaney signed for Ipswich Town on a two-year contract for a fee of £750,000, £250,000 if Ipswich reached the play-offs and an extra £100,000 after he has made 50 appearances for the club.[5] He suffered a freak injury in the following year's pre-season which ultimately almost cost him his life. A blood clot in his thigh could have resulted in him losing a leg but he was rushed to an emergency surgery procedure that, he was told, saved his life. He scored his first goal for the club in the East Anglian derby in November 2010, before being sent off following a straight red card.[citation needed] He left the club by mutual consent in August 2012.[6]

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 31 August 2012, following his departure from Ipswich, Delaney signed for Crystal Palace on a short-term contract until January 2013.[7] He scored his first goal for the club in Palace's 4–3 comeback against Burnley on 6 October. Due to Delaney's impressive start to his Palace career, he signed a new contract on 22 November 2012, which expires summer 2014.[8] He scored his first ever goal in the Premier League in a 3-3 draw against Liverpool, with his initial 25-yard shot deflected slightly into the net by Glen Johnson. Palace were 3-0 down at the time, but Delaney's goal combined with two goals from Dwight Gayle made it 3-3.

International career[edit]

On 13 May 2008, Delaney was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time by the new manager Giovanni Trapattoni. On 4 May 2011, he was called into the Irish squad for the 2011 Nations Cup games against Northern Ireland and Scotland. On 24 May 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes against Northern Ireland as Ireland beat them 5–0. On 11 October 2013, he made a belated competitive debut in a World Cup qualifier against Germany.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 September 2014[9]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2000–01 Premier League 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2001–02 Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Stockport County (loan) 2001–02 First Division 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2001–02 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2002–03 Second Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Hull City 2002–03 Third Division 30 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2003–04 Third Division 46 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 48 2
2004–05 League One 43 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 47 1
2005–06 Championship 46 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 48 0
2006–07 Championship 37 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 39 1
2007–08 Championship 22 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 26 0
Total 224 5 8 0 7 0 0 0 239 5
Queens Park Rangers 2007–08 Championship 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2008–09 Championship 37 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 42 2
Total 54 2 2 0 3 1 0 0 59 3
Ipswich Town 2009–10 Championship 36 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
2010–11 Championship 32 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 36 3
2011–12 Championship 29 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2012–13 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 98 2 3 0 5 1 0 0 106 3
Crystal Palace 2012–13 Championship 40 3 2 0 0 0 3 0 45 3
2013–14 Premier League 37 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 39 1
2014–15 Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total 81 4 4 0 1 0 3 0 89 4
Career total 486 14 19 0 17 2 3 0 525 16
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Cork City

Crystal Palace

International

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=60
  3. ^ "Rotherham 3–2 Stockport". BBC. 9 February 2002. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "QPR recruit Hull defender Delaney". BBC Sport. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Defender Delaney moves to Ipswich". BBC Sport. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Gooderham, Dave (30 August 2012). "Right time for me to leave says departing Damien Delaney". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Delaney joins up". Crystal Palace F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  8. ^ [1] Delany signs 18-month contract Palace
  9. ^ "Damien Delaney". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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