Paddy McCarthy

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Paddy McCarthy
Paddy McCarthy Crystal Palace vs Lewes.jpg
Personal information
Full name Patrick Richard McCarthy
Date of birth (1983-05-31) 31 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 5
Youth career
Cherry Orchard
2000–2002 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Manchester City 0 (0)
2002–2003 Boston United (loan) 12 (0)
2003 Notts County (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2007 Leicester City 72 (3)
2007–2008 Charlton Athletic 29 (2)
2008– Crystal Palace 134 (6)
National team
1999–2000 Republic of Ireland U17 9 (0)
Republic of Ireland U21 7 (1)
2006 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Patrick Richard "Paddy" McCarthy (born 31 May 1983) is an Irish footballer, currently playing for Crystal Palace, where he is the vice captain.

Career[edit]

McCarthy joined Leicester City in March 2005 for a fee of £100,000 from Manchester City, signing a three-year contract.[1] He had never played for Manchester City's first team but had enjoyed loan spells at Boston United and Notts County during 2002 and 2003. Boston had made a bid to sign McCarthy on a permanent basis in February 2003.[2]

McCarthy became a favourite with the Leicester fans, due to his no-nonsense style of play, and in July 2006 was named club captain for the 2006–07 season. His season was cut short when he dislocated his shoulder in a training accident in February 2007.[3] Nonetheless, McCarthy expressed his wish to leave Leicester before the start of next season, despite being offered a new contract.[4]

He moved to Charlton Athletic for a fee of £650,000 in June 2007.[5] He spent only a year at The Valley, moving across south-east London to sign for Crystal Palace in the summer of 2008, in a deal that saw Mark Hudson travel in the opposite direction.[6] Since joining the Eagles, McCarthy has proved himself to be a strong and reliable central defender. He has been troubled by a series of shoulder injuries which has restricted him from playing in much of the 2008/2009 and the 2009/2010 season, but this did not stop him being named Palace captain in the run-up to the 2010/11 season.

McCarthy missed the entirety of the 2012/2013 season with a groin injury.

International career[edit]

McCarthy represented the Republic of Ireland Under-16 team at the 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship and the Under-19 team at the 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.

Honours[edit]

Crystal Palace

Club career statistics[edit]

(correct as of 28 January 2014)
Season Club Division League Cup[7] Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Boston (loan) Third Division 12 0 0 0 - - 12 0
Notts County (loan) Second Division 6 0 - - - - 6 0
2004–05 Leicester City Championship 12 0 1 0 - - 13 0
2005–06 38 2 6 0 - - 44 2
2006–07 22 1 3 1 - - 25 2
2007–08 Charlton Athletic 29 2 4 1 - - 33 3
2008–09 Crystal Palace 27 3 2 0 - - 29 3
2009–10 20 0 2 0 - - 22 0
2010–11 43 1 3 0 - - 43 1
2011–12 43 2 7 0 - - 50 2
2012–13 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2013–14 Premier League 1 0 1 0 - - 2 0
Career totals 252 10 29 2 - - 280 13

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Foxes land City stopper". Sky Sports. 3 March 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Boston bid for McCarthy". BBC Sport. 24 February 2003. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "McCarthy shoulder blow for Foxes". BBC Sport. 15 February 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Allen regrets McCarthy departure". BBC Sport. 7 June 2007. Archived from the original on 12 September 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Palace sign McCarthy from Addicks". BBC Sport. 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 28 September 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Palace sign McCarthy from Addicks". BBC Sport. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  7. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Danny Tiatto
Leicester City F.C. Captain
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Stephen Clemence
Preceded by
Shaun Derry
Crystal Palace F.C. Captain
2010–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James Scowcroft
Crystal Palace F.C. Goal of the Season
2008–09
against Derby County (A)
6 December 2008
Succeeded by
Darren Ambrose