John Rooney (footballer)

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John Rooney
Rooney playing for New York Red Bulls in 2011
Personal information
Full name John Richard Rooney[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-17) 17 December 1990 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1996–2002 Everton
2002–2008 Macclesfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Macclesfield Town 41 (3)
2011 New York Red Bulls 5 (0)
2012 Orlando City 9 (2)
2012–2013 Barnsley 0 (0)
2013–2014 Bury 3 (0)
2013–2014 Chester (loan) 4 (1)
2014– Chester 67 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:31, 1 June 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

John Richard Rooney (born 17 December 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays for Chester, as a forward.

He is the younger brother of Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney. Although born in England, Rooney has expressed a desire to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level.[2]

Early life[edit]

John Rooney was born in Liverpool, Merseyside[1] to Thomas Wayne and Jeanette Maria Rooney (née Morrey). He is of Irish descent and was brought up in Croxteth with older brothers Graeme and Wayne; all three attended Our Lady and St Smithin's primary school and the De La Salle Humanities College.[3]



John Rooney started at the Everton Youth Academy at the age of six.[4]

Macclesfield Town[edit]

After being released by Everton, Rooney moved to Macclesfield Town in 2002, where he signed professional terms on 14 July 2008,[5] 4 months after his professional debut against Barnet on 24 March 2008.[6] His first ever career goal came against Dagenham & Redbridge in a 2–1 loss on 28 March 2009.[7] Rooney's Macclesfield contract expired at the end of the 2009–10 season (after refusing to sign a new contract).[8]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

After trials with Derby County[9] and Huddersfield Town were unsuccessful[10][11] Rooney went to Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers on trial to enter the next Major League Soccer Draft.[12] Rooney signed with Major League Soccer on 28 December 2010 and played at the 2011 MLS Combine in Florida.[13]

On 13 January 2011, Rooney was selected in the second round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls.[14] He made his debut for the club on 16 April 2011 as an 89th minute substitute in a 3–0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena.[15] On 28 June 2011 in his first start for New York, Rooney scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 victory over FC New York in the US Open Cup.[16]

Orlando City[edit]

Rooney was waived by New York on 23 November 2011[17] and he signed with USL Pro club Orlando City on 26 January 2012.[18] On 25 February 2012, in his debut, Rooney scored his first goal with the club against Toronto FC in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in a 2–2 draw.[19] On 15 April 2012, Rooney scored two goals and assisted a goal in a 4–1 win against the Wilmington Hammerheads.[20] On 22 May, Rooney again scored two goals in the second round of the US Open Cup in a 7–0 trashing of KC Athletics.[21] On 27 July 2012, Orlando City won the 2012 Regular season title after they defeated the Charleston Battery 4–0 (with 3 games remaining in the season), as a result, John Rooney won his first championship in his career.[22] One day later, John Rooney was featured in Orlando City's international friendly match against Stoke City, coming on as a substitute for Rodrigo López in the 69th minute in a 1–0 loss.[23] Rooney finished the season with 13 appearances and 5 goals as Orlando were eliminated in the Semi-final of the Playoffs to the Wilmington Hammerheads.[24]


After leaving Orlando City, Rooney was offered a contract by English club Barnsley in October 2012.[25] He signed a contract with the club on 25 October 2012.[26] He was released at the end of the season.[27]


On 10 July 2013, Bury announced they had signed Rooney on a twelve-month contract.[28]


He was loaned to Conference Premier side Chester until January 2014. He made four appearances and scored once. On January 2014, the transfer was permanent as he signed a contract keeping him until the end of 2014–15 season.[29]

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of Manchester United and England Captain Wayne Rooney.

His cousin, Tommy Rooney, also played for Macclesfield Town in the 2004–05 Football League Two.[30]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 360. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Rooney's Brother Set To Play For Ireland". Sky News. Retrieved 15 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool schools Cardinal Heenan and De La Salle in BBC World Cup launch". Liverpool Echo. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Youth team news". Macclesfield Town F.C. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Macc sign Rooney
  6. ^ "John Rooney". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 July 2008. 
  7. ^ Dagenham & Redbridge v Macclesfield Town
  8. ^ John Rooney yet to sign new Macclesfield Town contract
  9. ^ "Rams take Rooney on trial". Sky Sports. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Terriers take Rooney on trial". Sky Sports. 
  11. ^ "Terriers opt against Rooney". Sky Sports. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Mayers, Joshua (10 August 2010). "Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid on trialist John Rooney". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  13. ^ Exclusive interview with John Rooney
  14. ^ John Rooney Drafted to New York Red Bulls
  15. ^ "Rodgers, Henry dominating as Red Bulls trounce Quakes". New York Red Bulls. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  16. ^ Rooney, Hertzog lead Red Bulls over FCNY
  17. ^ Players waived as teams begin to shape rosters for 2012
  18. ^ Orlando City signs English midfielder John Rooney
  19. ^ Orlando City vs. Toronto FC 2–2
  20. ^ Orlando City vs. Wilmington Hammerheads 4–1
  21. ^ Orlando City vs. KC Athletics 7–0
  22. ^ Lions Claim Regular Season Title
  23. ^ Potters beat Orlando in Florida
  24. ^ Orlando City loses to Wilmington
  25. ^ "Barnsley offer contract to Wayne Rooney's brother John". BBC Sport. 16 October 2012. 
  26. ^ "Wayne Rooney's brother John joins Barnsley". BBC Sport. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  27. ^ "Rooney released". Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Shakers sign Rooney". Bury FC. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  29. ^ [1]
  30. ^ Tommy Rooney

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