O'Donovan playing for Northampton Town in 2013
|Full name||Roy Simon O'Donovan|
|Date of birth||10 August 1985|
|Place of birth||Cork, Ireland|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Dundee United (loan)||11||(1)|
|2009||→ Blackpool (loan)||12||(0)|
|2009||→ Southend United (loan)||4||(1)|
|2010||→ Hartlepool United (loan)||15||(9)|
|2012||→ Hibernian (loan)||14||(1)|
|2004–2006||Republic of Ireland U21||8||(1)|
|2006–2007||Republic of Ireland B||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:31, 23 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Roy Simon O'Donovan (born 10 August 1985) is an Irish footballer who plays for DPMM FC. He has been capped by Ireland at Under-19, Under-21 and B level. O'Donovan has previously played for Cork City, Sunderland, Dundee United, Blackpool, Southend United, Hartlepool United, Coventry City, Hibernian and Northampton Town.
O'Donovan played schoolboy football for Leeds A.F.C. Cork. In 2001 he signed for English Premier League club Coventry City as a trainee, before being released in December 2004 at aged nineteen without making a first team appearance for the club.
O'Donovan moved back to Republic of Ireland and joined his hometown club Cork City in early 2005. In his first season at Cork City they captured the League of Ireland championship after a twelve year absence. He played mainly as a wide-right attacking midfielder after joining Cork, but was soon moved up front as a striker, becoming the top goalscorer in the League of Ireland. He scored in a UEFA Cup win in July 2005 versus Ekranas of Lithuania, City were eventually eliminated by Slavia Prague. The following season they competed in the Champions league qualifying phase but came up short against Red Star Belgrade (Crevena Zvezda). He was named the eircom/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (SWAI) Player of the Month for November 2005 and won the award again in November 2006 after being switched to centre forward from midfield, he was also a nominee for the Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (SWAI) player of the year the same season.
On 21 November it was reported that Wolverhampton Wanderers were interested in signing O'Donovan, but that they were denied permission to speak to him about a move by Cork City.  On 7 July 2007, he scored as Cork City drew 1–1 with Swedish Allsvenskan club Hammarby in the second round of the 2007 Intertoto Cup. He scored a total of 31 league goals in 74 league appearances for the club was top scorer in the 2007 Setanta Cup, as well as competing in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League in 2006 scoring 2 goals in European competitions in his time at CCFC.
In July 2007, Fulham agreed a fee with Cork City to sign O'Donovan, however, Roy Keane signed him for Sunderland on 7 August for a League of Ireland record transfer fee of €500,000, with O'Donovan saying, "I had a choice between Fulham and Sunderland but when I spoke to the gaffer [Roy Keane] my mind was made up." The fee can increase to €1 million depending on appearances for club and country. He signed a three-year contract, reportedly worth €8,000 a week. He made his Premier League debut for Sunderland as a 70th minute substitute in the 2–2 draw with Birmingham City at St Andrew's on 15 August. His first start of the season came on 21 October in the 3–1 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park, although he was substituted in the 46th minute. O'Donovan made seventeen appearances for the Black Cats in the 2007–08 season, starting just four Barclays Premier League games.
His first goal for Sunderland came in a pre-season against Portuguese Liga club Sporting Clube de Portugal on 20 July 2008. He also scored friendly goals against Cobh Ramblers FC, Darlington and Falkirk FC.
On 8 August 2008, he signed a one-year loan deal with Dundee United, under then manager Craig Levein. He made his debut for the Tangerines on 11 August in a 3–1 defeat to Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park. He scored his first goal in a 2–0 home win over St Mirren on 25 October, after coming on as a 67th minute substitute: the goal was a memorable one, coming in front of a full stadium of supporters who had turned up to commemorate the passing of the popular club chairman Eddie Thompson. On 1 November, he was sent off in the 57th minute of the 0–0 draw against Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium. However, he failed to win back his place in the side following suspension and in late December he was one of three players along with Michael Chopra and Anthony Stokes recalled by Sunderland who were struggling with injuries.
On 9 January 2009, he signed for Championship club Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut for the Seasiders in the 2–1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on 17 January. He played mainly as a right sided midfielder and wore the famous number 7 shirt. What had been a successful loan spell up to this point took a turn for the worse when on 10 March, he was taken to hospital after being taken ill with suspected appendicitis before Blackpool's game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Two days later he had keyhole surgery to remove his appendix. He returned to action just a month later on 11 April in Blackpool's 1–0 West Lancashire Derby win over Preston North End at Deepdale. He retained his place in the side for the following game, a 2–2 draw against Reading.
On 16 September 2009, O'Donovan joined Southend United on a one month loan deal. He scored on his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion, in the 3–2 win. O'Donovan made a further two league appearances plus one in the Football League Trophy before returning to Sunderland once the loan was completed.
On 23 February 2010, he joined Hartlepool United on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season. He made his debut for Hartlepool in their 4–1 home win over Carlisle United on 23 February 2010. On 6 March 2010, he scored his first goals for Hartlepool, a hat-trick against Southend, who he was with at the beginning of the season. O'Donovan went on to make 15 appearance scoring 9 goals before returning to parent club Sunderland at the end of the season.
O'Donovan signed a three–year deal with Coventry City on 25 June 2010 becoming new manager Aidy Boothroyd's third signing of the close season. He officially transferred to Coventry on 1 July 2010, five years after leaving them as an academy youth player. He scored his first goal for the sky blues against Bury fc in August 2011. O'Donovan suffered a fractured metatarsal in an nPower championship game against Barnsley in November 2011. He signed on loan for Hibernian FC on his return to fitness on January 31st 2012 for the remainder of the season. O'Donovan returned to Coventry for the 2012–13 season and made some first team appearances under the management of Mark Robins, but mutually agreed to terminate his contract on 31st January 2013.
O'Donovan was loaned to Hibernian in January 2012 for the rest of the 2011–12 season where he scored two goals including a memorable strike against Kilmarnock and a goal in the Scottish cup quarter final against Ayr United. The "hibees" were beaten finalists against city rivals Hearts at Hampden park in May 2012.
O'Donovan signed for Northampton Town on a free transfer in January 2013. He was signed by Aidy Boothroyd, who had previously signed O'Donovan for Coventry. On 13 May 2013 he played in the 3-0 play-off final defeat to Bradford City FC at Wembley Stadium, he signed a new two year contract in July 2013 at sixfields and started the season in goal scoring form but injuries curtailed his involvement in the first team after double hernia surgery in October led to a ten week hiatus. In January 2014 following the dismissal of manager Aidy Boothroyd, O'Donovan flew to Dubai for talks with Brunei DPMM FC at the invitation of the crown prince of Brunei. A move he later turned down.
After previously rejecting a contract after his trial in January, O'Donovan signed a contract with Brunei DPMM in February 2014 as their marquee player. DPMM are currently managed by former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean. He won his first pieces of silverware when picking up the Starhub S.League cup in July 2014 and was also voted as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
- As of 23 December 2014
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Cork City||2005–07||League of Ireland||74||31||4||1||0||0||16||8||74||31|
|Dundee United (loan)||2008–09||Scottish Premier League||11||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||13||1|
|Southend United (loan)||2009–10||League One||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5||1|
|Hartlepool United (loan)||15||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||9|
|Hibernian (loan)||2011–12||Scottish Premier League||14||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||16||2|
|Coventry City||2012–13||League One||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||7||0|
|Northampton Town||League Two||19||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||19||6|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Trophy.
O'Donovan has played for the Republic of Ireland Under-19, Under-21 and B teams. He made his debut for the Under-21 team in August 2005 against Northern Ireland. On 18 May, he scored as the Irish Under-21's beat Azerbaijan 3–0 in a 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification preliminary round match, He went on to make eight appearances for the under-21's, scoring once.
In May 2007, O'Donovan expressed his surprise and disappointment at not being part of the Republic of Ireland squad for the end of season international matches against Ecuador and Bolivia, a squad in which his Cork City teammate Joe Gamble was included. O'Donovan said, "I’m surprised to be honest with you. I’ve scored 25 goals in the last 25 or 26 games so I can’t do any more. I would have liked a reason why I’m not in it but that's life."
In April 2008 he was named in new manager Giovanni Trapattonis original 40 man squad for friendly games against Serbia and Colombia.
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