Simon Madden (Irish footballer)
|Full name||Simon Francis Madden|
|Date of birth||1 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|Current club||Shamrock Rovers|
|2008||Republic of Ireland U21||3||(0)|
|2011||League of Ireland XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Simon Francis Madden (born 1 May 1988) is an Irish footballer who plays for Shamrock Rovers.
In April 2008, Madden had an unsuccessful trial with Cheltenham Town. A few days later, he was released from his contract with Leeds United.
Having already played for the U19 Republic of Ireland he earned his first cap with team mate Padraig Amond for the Republic of Ireland U-21s game in Austria on 19 August 2008, his second cap in Bulgaria, and his third cap in Portugal.
He was released by the Hoops at the end of the 2009 season but followed ex team mate Tadhg Purcell in signing for Darlington in January 2010  Madden made his debut for Darlington on 23 January against Crewe Alexandra, coming on as a substitute in the game, which ended in a 3–0 loss for his new club.
He was released by the club following their relegation from League 2, along with 13 other players. Madden returned to the League of Ireland when he joined Dundalk F.C. on 22 July, the morning of the home leg of the club's 2010–11 UEFA Europa League with PFC Levski Sofia, becoming Ian Foster (footballer)'s second signing of the transfer window as he followed Steven Lennon in the door at Oriel Park. Three days later he made his debut when starting at left-back against Galway United at Terryland Park  The young defender made a huge impression after arriving at the club and he went on to make the right-back position his own, replacing regular number two Shaun Kelly. In total, he made 16 appearances in all competitions, and his performances earned him a new one-year deal which he agreed with the club on 28 October, just over 24 hours before Dundalk's final game of the 2010 season.
Following the departure of club captain Liam Burns, Simon was handed the armband by Foster in 2011 pre-season and kept hold of it, with his ultra-consistent performances showing exactly why he was given the responsibility. He went on to become the only one of the squad to play every minute of competitive action during the year. Overall, Madden played every second of the club’s 66 competitive games after signing, reaching the half century away to Derry City on 22 July. He made his 50th league appearance for the club in a 1-0 home win over Drogheda United in the Louth Derby on 21 October.
At the start of 2012 he signed for Derry City. He made his club debut against Bohemians on the opening night of the 2012 League of Ireland season and was an instant hit with the Derry fans. He made 28 league appearances and also picked up an 2012 FAI Cup winners medal as Derry defeated St Patrick's Athletic in the final 
In November 2012, Madden signed a one-year contract extension at the club, citing the chance to play in European competition as one of the main reasons for staying.
This was to be a great season for Simon as he played all thirty-three games during the season, scoring once in the last game as Derry beat Limerick 6-0. And along with numerous man of the match awards, he was named in the RTE Team of the Year as Derry City came fourth in the league  and earned a 2014–15 UEFA Europa League spot.
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- "Simon Madden signs contract extension with Derry City". Goal.com. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Rovers return for defender Madden". rte.ie. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.