Shaun Derry

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Shaun Derry
Shaun Derry (cropped).jpg
Derry in 2011
Personal information
Full name Shaun Peter Derry
Date of birth (1977-12-06) 6 December 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Notts County (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Notts County 82 (4)
1998–2000 Sheffield United 72 (0)
2000–2002 Portsmouth 49 (1)
2002–2005 Crystal Palace 83 (3)
2004–2005 Nottingham Forest (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2008 Leeds United 74 (3)
2007–2008 Crystal Palace (loan) 12 (0)
2008–2010 Crystal Palace 102 (0)
2010–2013 Queens Park Rangers 92 (1)
2013 Millwall (loan) 7 (0)
Teams managed
2013– Notts County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Shaun Peter Derry (born 6 December 1977) is an English footballer who is currently manager at Notts County, having previously played for Millwall and Queens Park Rangers among other clubs. Derry is known for his hard-tackling and aggressive midfield style, and is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play at right-back.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Nottingham, Derry started his career at Notts County as a trainee[2] before being bought by Sheffield United in 1998 for a fee of £700,000.[3] He scored once during his spell at Sheffield United, his goal coming in the FA Cup against Rushden & Diamonds.[4]

Portsmouth[edit]

Derry was sold to Portsmouth in 2000 for £300,000. He was a regular in the side under both Tony Pulis and Steve Claridge before being made captain by Graham Rix. After Rix's departure, Derry was amongst the many players deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Harry Redknapp in summer 2002 rebuilding and was sold to Crystal Palace for £400,001. He scored only once during his spell at Portsmouth, his goal coming in a crucial win over against West Bromwich Albion.[5]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Derry helped Crystal Palace in their return to the Premier League in 2004, making 44 appearances including an appearance in the 2004 First Division play-off final.[6] It was his corner that led to Darren Powell scoring a 90th minute header to send the Eagles to extra-time in the semi-final, which they would win on penalties.[citation needed] He struggled to get into the team during the 2004–05 season and, after a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Leeds signed him for an undisclosed amount in February 2005.[7]

Leeds United[edit]

Derry's first goal for Leeds United came on his home debut against West Ham United, sealing a 2–1 victory against the Hammers. Derry was a regular in the Leeds starting eleven in season 2005–06, becoming a vital part of the squad as they pushed for promotion back into the Premier League and a cult hero with the Leeds fans for his passionate displays. Derry was part of the Leeds team which reached the Championship Playoff finals, but Leeds ended up on the wrong end of a 3–0 defeat to confine them to another season in the Championship. In August 2006 he pledged his future to the club, signing a contract extension until July 2009.[8]

Leeds' Manager Kevin Blackwell was sacked after a poor start to the 2006–07 season. In October 2006, new Leeds manager Dennis Wise revealed Derry as the new vice captain of the club, with Kevin Nicholls made captain.[9] Derry was once again a regular in the Leeds team in the 2006–07 season. A hernia and achilles injury in January 2007 saw Derry being ruled out for the rest of the season.[10] Derry's fitness returned the following season as Leeds prepared for life in League One.[11] However, he did not feature for the club again and returned to former club Palace on loan in November 2007.[12]

Back to Palace[edit]

Further doubts about the midfielder's future at the Elland Road club arose when it was reported that Derry had declined Wise's offer to return and feature in the home tie against Oldham Athletic on New Year's Day 2008 with Leeds' missing midfielders due to injuries.[13] It was later revealed that it was actually manager Neil Warnock who blocked Derry's return to Leeds rather than Derry himself.[14]

Shortly after his loan spell concluded, Derry made his move back to Palace a permanent one, signing for the club on a three-year deal.[15] for £150,000.

In his second season back at the club he was named club captain after the departure of former captain Mark Hudson to Charlton.[16] He held the position for the next two seasons.[citation needed]

In the 2009–10 season, Derry played every minute of every match for Crystal Palace. The season was an eventful one during which Palace were placed into administration,[17] leading to the departure of Neil Warnock to Queens Park Rangers[18] and a fight to avoid relegation to League One. This was finally achieved on the last day of the season, 2 May 2010 after an away 2–2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.[19]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Derry departed from Selhurst Park at the end of the season to reunite with Warnock at his new club Queens Park Rangers signing a two-year contract, on a free transfer, after his contract at Palace had expired. On 21 March 2012 Derry scored his first league goal for the club, and his only in the Premier League, in the 3–2 win over Liverpool.[20] Derry, alongside his former Crystal Palace teammate Clint Hill, won much respect from QPR fans for his tireless work ethic and leadership on the pitch throughout the Championship title-winning season and the subsequent 2 years in the Premier League.

On 21 January 2013, Derry signed a one-year contract extension with QPR, keeping him at the club until 2014.[21] On 8 August 2013, Derry joined Millwall on a 28 day loan.[22]

Managerial career[edit]

Notts County[edit]

Derry was appointed manager at Notts County on 6 November 2013.[3][2] Despite looking destined for relegation, Derry secured Notts's League One status with six wins from the last nine games, a draw on last day of season kept County up by three points.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 January 2013[12]
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Notts County 1995–96 League One 15 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
1996–97 39 2 3 0 2 0 44 2
1997–98 League Two 27 2 0 0 5 0 32 2
Total 79 4 7 1 5 0 91 5
Sheffield United 1997–98 Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1998–99 26 0 4 0 0 0 30 0
1999–00 34 0 3 1 4 0 41 1
Total 72 0 7 1 4 0 0 0 83 1
Portsmouth 1999–00 Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
2000–01 28 0 1 0 4 0 33 0
2001–02 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Total 48 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 53 1
Crystal Palace 2002–03 Championship 36 1 4 0 2 0 42 1
2003–04
2004–05 Premier
Total
Nottingham Forest (Loan) 2004–05 Championship
Total
Leeds 2005–06 Championship
2006–07
2007–08 League One
Total
Career Total 435 27 27 3 27 3 4 0 493 33

Honours[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Notts County 6 November 2013 Present 33 12 4 17 36.36
Total 33 12 4 17 36.36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Who Are Ya!? Shaun Derry
  3. ^ a b "Notts County name Shaun Derry as player-manager". BBC Sport. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Phil (21 December 1999). "Bent shatters Diamonds in shoot-out". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Portsmouth 2 West Brom 0". Sporting Life. 21 March 2000. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Leeds seal Derry swoop". James Pearson. Sky Sports. 18 February 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Derry pens Whites extension". James Pearson. Sky Sports. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  9. ^ "Wise makes Nicholls captain". James Pearson. Sky Sports. 26 October 2006. 
  10. ^ "Derry all set for return". Yorkshire Evening Post. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Hull City 2–1 Crystal Palace: Brown believes in top flight dream Yorkshire Post, 26 April 2008
  12. ^ a b Shaun Derry | Football Stats | Queen's Park Rangers | Age 35 | Soccer Base
  13. ^ "Wise rage at Derry 'snub'". www1.skysports.com. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Warnock: I blocked Derry return". Yorkshire Evening Post. 22 January 2008. 
  15. ^ "Derry signs permanent Palace deal". Yorkshire Evening Post. 3 January 2008. 
  16. ^ "Derry named new Eagles skipper". Croydon Advertiser. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Crystal Palace put into administration as new buyer is sought". The Guardian. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Crystal Palace dealt blow by Neil Warnock's switch to QPR". The Guardian. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Premier League – Team of the Week: Dominant Derry". Yahoo! Sport. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Shaun Derry signs one-year contract extension at QPR". The Guardian. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Derry Moves To The Den". QPR Official Website. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  23. ^ The Great Escape with a final day 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic

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