Niamh Fahey

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Niamh Fahey
Niamh Fahey 2014 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Niamh Fahey
Date of birth (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Salthill Devon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–2008 Salthill Devon
2008–2014 Arsenal 73 (2)
2015– Chelsea 0 (0)
National team
2007– Republic of Ireland 52 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Niamh Fahey (born 13 October 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for English FA WSL team Chelsea Ladies and the Republic of Ireland women's national football team. Before joining Chelsea in December 2014, Fahey spent six seasons with Arsenal Ladies. She has also won national cups playing Gaelic football with Galway Ladies Football.[1] Niamh is the sister of Galway's 2001 All-Ireland-winning Gaelic football captain Gary Fahey.

Club career[edit]

Fahey began her career with her hometown club, Salthill Devon. She progressed through the ranks alongside future international team mate Méabh De Búrca.[2] Both players helped Galway Ladies (a regional select team) win the FAI Women's Cup in 2007. In the final against Raheny United, Fahey scored the winning penalty and also subdued the attacking threat of Raheny's Olivia O'Toole, in what RTÉ described as "a splendid individual display."[3]

She joined Arsenal Ladies in August 2008.[4] In her first season with the Gunners Fahey made 18 appearances, mostly at left full–back, as the club won a domestic treble.[2]

On December 19, 2014, Fahey signed for Chelsea L.F.C.[5]

International career[edit]

Fahey has won over 25 caps for Republic of Ireland, having previously represented her country at Under–17 and Under–19 level.

In March 2007, Fahey made her senior debut for Ireland in a 1–1 draw with Portugal in the opening match of the Algarve Cup.[6] After becoming a regular in the team, Fahey was named FAI Women's Senior International Player of the Year in 2008,[7] 2009[8] and 2011.[9]

In April 2013 Fahey suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for Arsenal. The 30 minutes she played for Ireland against the Basque Country in May 2014 was her first game back.[10]


2011, 2012
2008–09, 2009–10
2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14
2011, 2012, 2013


  1. ^ "Senior Women Player Profiles". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Kieran Beckles (24 August 2009). "Irish stars prepare for World Cup qualifying". The Sport Review. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Galway League 1–0 Raheny United". RTÉ. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "19. Niamh Fahey". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ladies sign new defender". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Portugal 1–1 1 Ireland". Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "19th eircom/FAI International Award winners announced". 8 February 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "FAI International Football Award winners announced". 8 August 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "2012 Three FAI International Award Winners Announced". Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Seán (8 June 2014). "Fahey hopes for rub of green after return from cruciate injury". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 December 2014.