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 54 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:26, 31 January 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 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 Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. 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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