|Full name||William Flood|
|Date of birth||10 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|2004||→ Rochdale (loan)||6||(0)|
|2005||→ Coventry City (loan)||8||(1)|
|2007–2008||→ Dundee United (loan)||36||(1)|
|2008–2009||→ Dundee United (loan)||20||(0)|
|2003||Republic of Ireland U20||4||(0)|
|2004–2006||Republic of Ireland U21||11||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:45, 22 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
William "Willo" Flood (born 10 April 1985 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen. He has also won 15 caps for his country at under–20 and under–21 levels.
Flood started off his early career with Manchester City. After breaking through into the first team in 2002, he was sent out on loan spells to Rochdale and then Coventry City. His first career goal came in September 2004 when he scored Manchester City's third goal in the 7–1 trouncing of Barnsley in the League Cup. He scored his first career league goal for Manchester City in November 2004 in a 1–1 draw at home to Norwich. It was at Coventry where he scored his second career league goal in September 2005, a 3–1 win at home to Watford. In December 2005, Flood's home in Wythenshawe was the subject of a burglary in which Flood himself was threatened and taunted at knife point for over 20-minutes by a 29-year-old man wearing a Manchester City shirt. The ordeal left Flood with recurring nightmares, resulting in him needing counselling and being unable to live alone.
He joined Cardiff City for a fee of £200,000, paid in separate instalments, in 2006 and made twenty-five appearances for the Bluebirds. He has just scored once, a memorable winning goal at Elland Road in August 2006. However, after struggling to settle at Ninian Park, he joined Dundee United on a season-long loan for the 2007/08 season as Cardiff manager Dave Jones wished to see how Flood would perform over a long season of first-team football.
Flood's debut resulted in a red card before half time on the opening day of the season, after collecting two cautions and his second match, for the reserves, saw him receive the same fate. On this occasion, Flood was "bizarrely sent off...for taking a quick free kick when the referee was apparently not ready."
On 15 December 2007, he scored his first goal for Dundee United against St Mirren in a 3–0 win. This goal earned him the SPL Goal of the Season award. In follow-up interviews the next day, Flood said he would be disappointed to leave United at the end of the season, admitting he would be "gutted because I have loved it here." Despite returning to Cardiff at the end of the season, a second season-long loan was agreed in July 2008.
Flood joined Celtic on 30 January 2009, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He made his début for Celtic against Rangers on 15 February 2009 at Celtic Park, playing for just over an hour before being substituted.
Flood left Celtic in January 2010 and joined his former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough along with teammates Barry Robson, Chris Killen, Stephen McManus and Scott McDonald. He scored his first Boro goal in his second game against Swansea City on 23 January 2010, a cross which turned into a 35-yard shot into the top corner. Flood was ruled out for the start of the 2010–11 season after suffering a serious injury in Middlesbrough's opening league game against Ipswich Town. Flood was taken off before half time after a collision with teammate Matthew Bates. On 10 May, it was announced that Flood would be released along with Maximilian Haas and Andrew Davies.
In May 2011, Flood signed a two-year contract. Craig Conway, leaving Dundee United this summer, was reported to say this was a "good piece of business" and the fans will enjoy his arrival.
His exceptional form helped United guarantee a top 6 finish for the 6th year running.
On 31 May 2013, it was announced that Flood had signed a pre-contract with Aberdeen. On 10 January 2014, in the 87th minute he scored a 22-yard winning goal in a 1–0 home win against Hibernian.
- As of 6 July 2014
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Coventry City (loan)||2005–06||8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||1|
|Dundee United (loan)||2007–08||36||1||3||0||5||0||0||0||44||1|
- Scottish League Cup Runner-up: 1
- Scottish Premier League Goal of the Season: 1
- Scottish League Cup Winner: 1
- "Man City 7–1 Barnsley". BBC. 21 September 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
- "Man City 1–1 Norwich". BBC. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
- "Coventry 3–1 Watford". BBC. 28 September 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
- "City star's nightmares after terror raid". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 17 February 2006.
- "Flood completes move to Cardiff". BBC Sport. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2007.
- "Leeds 0–1 Cardiff". BBC. 19 August 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- "Tangerines take Cardiff's Flood". BBC Sport. 25 May 2007.
- Phillips, Terry (25 May 2007). "Dundee United offer Flood lifeline of a season's first team football". WalesOnline.co.uk.
- "Kilmarnock v Dundee United". Dundee United FC. Retrieved 16 August 2007.
- "St Mirren 0–3 Dundee United". BBC. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- "Rangers land SPL awards hat-trick". BBC Sport. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
- Roache, Ian. "Flood teased over 'super' goal" (in 16 April 2008). The Courier. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
- Etherson, Brian (1 July 2008). "Agent confirms Flood return". Setanta Sports. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
- "Celtic complete signing of Flood" BBC Sport (30 January 2009)
- "Middlesbrough sign Celtic trio". Celtic FC. 13 January 2010.
- "Middlesbrough 1–1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- http://www.mfc.co.uk/page/news/latest/0,,1~2356945,00.html. Missing or empty
- "Flood signs 2 year deal". 24 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "Willo Flood to join Aberdeen after Dundee United deal ends". BBC Sport. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian". BBC Sport (BBC). 10 January 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- Willo Flood career stats at Soccerbase
- Official Middlesbrough website profile
- Official Celtic website profile
- Willo Flood career stats at Soccerbase