Warren Feeney

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Warren Feeney
Warren Feeney.jpg
Feeney playing for Cardiff City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Warren James Feeney[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-17) 17 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Linfield (player-manager) [3]
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Leeds United 0 (0)
2001 Bournemouth (loan) 10 (4)
2001–2004 Bournemouth 98 (32)
2004–2005 Stockport County 31 (15)
2005–2007 Luton Town 77 (8)
2007 Cardiff City (loan) 6 (0)
2007–2010 Cardiff City 14 (0)
2007 Swansea City (loan) 10 (5)
2008–2009 Dundee United (loan) 23 (6)
2009 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 1 (0)
2010–2011 Oldham Athletic 23 (0)
2011–2013 Plymouth Argyle 49 (5)
2013–2014 Salisbury City 15 (0)
2014– Linfield 5 (0)
National team
Northern Ireland U15 4 (0)
Northern Ireland U16 8 (1)
Northern Ireland U18 9 (1)
2001–2003 Northern Ireland U21 8 (2)
2002–2011 Northern Ireland 46 (5)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Salisbury City (assistant)
2014– Linfield
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:20, 28 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:10, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Warren James Feeney (born 17 January 1981) is a Northern Irish football player-manager, who plays as a forward. Born in Belfast, he has played for Leeds United, Bournemouth, Stockport County, Luton Town, Cardiff City, Swansea City, Dundee United, Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham Athletic, Plymouth Argyle, Salisbury City and Linfield. In making his debut for the Northern Ireland national team, he became the third generation of his family to receive an international cap, after his father Warren and grandfather Jim.[4]

On 1 May 2014, Feeney signed a two-year contract to become player-manager of NIFL Premiership side Linfield in his native city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He replaced David Jeffrey, who stood down at the end of the 2013–14 season after 17 years in charge.[5] His cousin, Lee Feeney, played for the club in two different spells between 1997–1999 and 2002–2003.

Personal life[edit]

Feeney is close friends with ex-Leeds United team-mate Harry Kewell and the pair were best man at each other's weddings.[6] Feeney is brother-in-law to former Bournemouth team-mate Stephen Purches as Feeney married his sister. Feeney is also a Rangers fan. He travelled to Manchester when the club played Zenit St Petersburg in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, which Rangers lost 2–0.[7]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Feeney, who comes from a particularly notable footballing family, started his career when he joined St Andrews, once scoring 54 goals in one season. He signed as a trainee with Leeds United, in 1998, but never made the league side and was loaned out to Bournemouth in 2001. After 10 games, the loan became permanent and he finally played in 108 games for Bournemouth, scoring 36 goals, before leaving at the end of the 2004–5 season.

Stockport County[edit]

He joined Stockport County from Bournemouth for a fee of £45,000, making over 30 appearances for them, and scoring 15 goals, but in spite of his contribution the club were relegated at the end of the season.

Luton Town[edit]

Feeney moved on to Luton Town for £150,000.[8] He did not have a great start to his Luton career, scoring only 6 goals in 30 starts and 18 substitute appearances in the 2005–06 season, and although he finally clocked up 77 appearances in all, he only managed a haul of 8 goals in total, and in March 2007, he was allowed to join Cardiff City on loan

Cardiff City[edit]

At the end of the his loan spell at Cardiff he agreed a three year deal with the club, but he failed to find the net in a competitive game, his only goal coming in a pre-season friendly against Dutch side FC Twente. However, considering the deal he had just signed it was perhaps surprising when he was loaned to Swansea City for four months from 21 August 2007[9]

Swansea City[edit]

He scored his first goal for Swansea on 2 October, in a 2–1 win over Swindon Town and began to establish himself in the side, scoring 5 goals in ten matches, but on 15 December, while playing for Swansea in a match against Southend United he sustained injury to an ankle ligament after a heavy tackle by Lewis Hunt. His injury ended his opportunity of a permanent switch to Swansea, who had already held talks with Cardiff about a permanent deal.[10]

Warren's grandfather, Jim Feeney had also played for Swansea in the 1940s, and also won international caps for Northern Ireland – they were the first grandfather/grandson to have played for the Swans.

In January 2008, Swansea manager Roberto Martínez put an end to the transfer speculation by stating that "it is going to be very, very difficult to agree something over Warren" meaning that he will not be moving to them in January but Martínez also mentioned that a summer move would not be out of the question.[11]

Cardiff City[edit]

Back at Cardiff, he returned from the injury in March 2008, coming on as a 90th minute substitute for Paul Parry during a 1–0 win over Hull City but suffered another injury two weeks later during a 0–0 with West Bromwich Albion which ended his season.

Dundee United[edit]

In July 2008, Feeney joined fellow Cardiff City player Willo Flood on loan at Scottish Premier League side Dundee United.[12] In only his third friendly game for Dundee United, he scored a hat-trick against Raith Rovers at Stark's Park, although he did not score his first competitive goal until November. He went on to score 6 league goals for the Scottish club by the end of the season, only for a groin injury to put an end to his loan spell.[13]

Return to Cardiff[edit]

After returning to Cardiff again his injury woes continued, and in July 2009 it was reported on the BBC website that Feeney would miss the start of the 2009–10 season as he would undergo hip surgery, he would also miss vital World Cup games for Northern Ireland.[14] This problem was believed to have come to light during a medical with League One side Leeds United, the club where he started his career, but after failing this medical the move was called off.[15]

He returned to action for Cardiff on 17 October 2009, when came on as a substitute for Chris Burke during a 1–1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 26 November 2009, Feeney joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of December.[16] Cardiff manager Dave Jones stated that Feeney would return to Cardiff at the end of his loan spell after only playing 13 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday, during which time the manager who signed him, Brian Laws, was sacked after a string of poor results.

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Following Cardiff's playoff final defeat, the club released five players, including Feeney.[17] On 14 July 2010, Feeney joined Football League One side Oldham Athletic.[18] He scored his first and only goal for the club in a FA Cup first round match on 6 November 2010 against Accrington Stanley.[19] On 3 August 2011, he had his contract terminated.[20]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Feeney signed a one-year contract with Plymouth Argyle in August 2011.[21] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw at Shrewsbury Town and scored his first goal in a 2–0 win against Macclesfield Town.[22] Having made 30 appearances in his first season with Argyle,[22] Feeney signed a one-year contract extension in May 2012.[23] He scored a further three goals in 22 appearances in 2012–13 before a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the campaign.[22][24] Feeney was released at the end of the season,[24] but returned on trial in July to try and earn a new contract, and scored in one of the club's friendly matches.[25]

Salisbury City[edit]

He joined Salisbury City on 20 July 2013 as player-assistant manager to new manager Mikey Harris.[26][27] He left the club at the end of the 2013–14 season, after becoming manager of Linfield.

International career[edit]

Feeney is a former Northern Ireland international. He won 46 caps playing for his country, and also made eight appearances at under-21 level.[28]He scored his first international goal against Azerbaijan in September 2005, also netting in a friendly against Portugal. His third goal came against Denmark in the Euro 2008 Qualifier, heading an equaliser in the 61st minute. In April 2009, Feeney scored his fifth and final international goal, the only goal of the game as Northern Ireland beat Slovenia 1–0 in a World Cup Qualifier.[29]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 September 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  Azerbaijan 2–0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 15 November 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  Portugal 1–1 1–1 Friendly match
3 17 November 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast  Denmark 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4 28 March 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Poland 1–0 3–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 1 April 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Slovenia 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Managerial career[edit]

Linfield[edit]

On 26 April 2014, it was announced that Feeney would replace David Jeffrey as manager of NIFL Premiership side Linfield in his native city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He officially took charge of the club on 1 May 2014, signing a two-year contract.[30] Feeney later decided to combine his managerial role at the club with playing duties. He made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Loughgall on 24 June 2014, which Linfield won 2–1.[31] His competitive debut as a player came at "Big Two" rivals Glentoran with Feeney coming on as a substitute in a 3-2 win.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "International: Profile of Warren Feeney". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Warren Feeney is appointed new Linfield manager". BBC News. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Smyth, Rob (28 April 2010). "Have any matches been postponed because of natural disasters?". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Warren Feeney is appointed new Linfield manager". BBC News. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Feeney ready to face pal Kewell". Herald&Post (Luton). Retrieved 19 November 2008. 
  7. ^ Roberts, Chris (8 July 2008). "Rangers fan Warren Feeney sets sights on dumping boyhood heroes after Dundee United loan switch". Daily Record (Glasgow). Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Luton complete signing of Feeney". BBC Sport. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 4 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "Manager Jones calms Fowler fears". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2007. [dead link]
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  11. ^ "Swansea call off Feeney pursuit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Feeney signs Dundee Utd loan deal". BBC Sport. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008. 
  13. ^ "Birthday gift". Evening Telegraph. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Feeney to undergo hip operation". BBC News. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Feeney sad to miss out on Leeds move". Yorkshire Post. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Feeney for Wednesday". cardiffcityfc.co.uk. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Jones releases five Bluebirds". TEAMtalk. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  18. ^ "NI striker Warren Feeney signs for Oldham Athletic". BBC Sport. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Accrington 3–2 Oldham". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "FEENEY LEAVES LATICS". oldhamathletic.co.uk. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Plymouth Argyle sign striker Warren Feeney". BBC Sport. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
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  23. ^ "Warren Feeney agrees new Plymouth Argyle contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  24. ^ a b Errington, Chris (30 April 2013). "John Sheridan announces retained list at Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Warren Feeney tries to earn new contract at Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). 15 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "Warren Feeney named Salisbury City player-assistant boss". BBC Sport. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  27. ^ Holt, Joel (7 August 2013). "Plenty of optimism in rising Salisbury youngsters". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "Cummings ban confirmed". BBC Sport. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2007. 
  29. ^ "N Ireland 1–0 Slovenia". BBC Sport. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  30. ^ "Warren Feeney is appointed new Linfield manager". BBC News. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "Loughgall 1–2 Linfield". linfieldfc.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  32. ^ Irish Premiership: Glentoran 2-3 Linfield

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