Willo Flood

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Willo Flood
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Personal information
Full name William Flood
Date of birth (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen
Number 8
Youth career
Cherry Orchard
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Manchester City 14 (1)
2004 Rochdale (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Coventry City (loan) 8 (1)
2006–2009 Cardiff City 25 (1)
2007–2008 Dundee United (loan) 36 (1)
2008–2009 Dundee United (loan) 20 (0)
2009–2010 Celtic 6 (0)
2010–2011 Middlesbrough 16 (1)
2011–2013 Dundee United 69 (3)
2013– Aberdeen 45 (3)
National team
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 16:04, 10 November 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.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

While growing in difficult area,[1] Flood started off his early career with Cherry Orchard before joining Manchester City. At 14, Flood he dislocated patella after 15 minutes when he was playing in the All-Ireland Final. When he dislocated his patella, Flood described it as "sore" that "he was on the ground and looked down – his knee was one way and the kneecap was the other." Cherry Orchard would win the final and Flood received the medal, which only one to date until winning the Scottish League Cup in 2014.[2] While at Cherry Orchard, Flood was mentored by Barry Pointon, whom he known Flood at 15. Flood performance attracted interests from Celtic, Manchester United and Arsenal, but joined Manchester City.[1] When he joined Manchester City and signed a professional contract, Flood would have injuries sorted by the club's medical team and quote: "If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be playing football"'.[2]

After breaking through into the first team in 2002, he was sent out on loan spells to Rochdale and then Coventry City. Flood made his debut in the qualifying round of UEFA Cup, in a 7–0 win over Total Network Solutions on aggregate.[3] Later in the 2003–04 season, Flood joined Rochdale on a month's loan.[4] 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.[5] After this, Flood never forget the time he made his debut in the UEFA Cup three years ago and scoring against Barnsley the following year.[6] He scored his first career league goal for Manchester City in November 2004 in a 1–1 draw at home to Norwich.[7] Manager Kevin Keegan was impressed with Flood display following his performance.[8] Following this, the club planned to start talks with Flood over a new contract.[9] Flood signed a contract with Manchester City, which will end until 2007.[10]

In 2005–06 season, Flood joined Championship side Coventry City on a month's loan.[11] Having made five appearance so far, Flood had loan with Coventry City extended into a second month.[12] Flood would then scored his second career league goal in September 2005, a 3–1 win at home to Watford.[13]

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.[14]

Cardiff City[edit]

He joined Cardiff City for a fee of £200,000, paid in separate instalments,[15] 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.[16] However, after struggling to settle at Ninian Park, he joined Dundee United on a season-long loan for the 2007/08 season[17] as Cardiff manager Dave Jones wished to see how Flood would perform over a long season of first-team football.[18]

Dundee United[edit]

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."[19]

On 15 December 2007, he scored his first goal for Dundee United against St Mirren in a 3–0 win.[20] This goal earned him the SPL Goal of the Season award.[21] 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."[22]

Despite returning to Cardiff at the end of the season, a second season-long loan was agreed in July 2008.[23] In the semi finals of the Scottish League Cup against Celtic, which stayed 0–0 until it went penalty shoot-out, Flood missed eleventh penalty that sends Dundee United out of the competitions. Four years on, Flood admitted the penalty left him a bitter memories when he compared the penalty miss to Manchester United's match in the League Cup against Sunderland.[24] When his move to Celtic came to light, Manager Craig Levein urged Flood to stay at Dundee United, rather joining Celtic.[25]

Celtic[edit]

Flood joined Celtic on 30 January 2009, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the team he support as a boy.[26] Upon joining the club, Flood move to Celtic was not well received by Celtic's supporters, believing he's "not good enough for Parkhead".[27]

He made his début for Celtic against Rangers on 15 February 2009 at Celtic Park, playing for just over an hour before being substituted.[28] After making his debut for the club, Flood says making his debut was a "big shock" for him.[29] He would made seven appearance at Celtic.

By 2009–10 season, under the management of Tony Mowbray, Flood find himself out of the first team that he might consider his future and expressed unhappy over this.[30] At one point, Dundee United considered signing him, but no avail.[31] Despite this, Flood made his Champions League debut, where the club was playing against Arsenal in the Champions League Qualifying Round, after coming on as substitute for Shaun Maloney in 61st minutes. The match would ended for Arsenal winning 5–1 on aggregate.[32]

In December 2009, Flood regretted joining Celtic, describing it as a mistake.[33]

After leaving Celtic, Flood stated he doesn't considered himself as a Celtic player, citing his frustrating spells there.[34] Despite this, Flood stated Neil Lennon helped him keep him focus when times he faced were difficult and keeping him sane.[35]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Sky Sports understands that his former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, now at Middlesbrough, is aiming to sign Flood, along with teammates Barry Robson, Chris Killen, Stephen McManus and Scott McDonald.[36] On 13 January 2010, it announced that Flood officially left Celtic for Middlesbrough, along with his teammates.[37]

He made his debut for the club, in a 1–0 loss against Sheffield United and then 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.[38][39] After making eleven appearance so far, Flood sustained knee injury in the second half during a match against Cardiff City. Initially be out for weeks after no suggestion of no major knee injury, Flood was out for the rest of the season, ending his season.[40][41]

Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Flood recovered from the knee injury and joined the club's pre-season.[42] While in the pre-season friendly, Flood aimed to force his way back to the first team at Middlesbrough.[43] 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.[44] Manager Strachan expressed sympathy on Flood's injury.[45] After six-months out, Flood made his return to the first team training.[46]

Flood made his first appearance from injury when he played 60 minutes for the club's reserve against Leeds United reserve.[47] Following the match, Flood was praised by Tony Mowbray on his return.[48] Two months later, on 16 April 2011, Flood made his first appearance since being injured when he came on as a substitute for Andy Halliday in 60 minutes of second half, as Middlesbrough drew 1–1 with Barnsley.[49]

On 10 May, it was announced that Flood would be released along with Maximilian Haas and Andrew Davies.[50]

Dundee United[edit]

Flood playing for Dundee United in 2011, in the pre-season friendly match against Bohemian.

In May 2011, Flood returned to Dundee United, where he signed a two-year contract with the club.[51] 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.[52] Upon joining Dundee United, Flood quoted: "Without a doubt I played my best football here at United. That was the best time of my career."[53] He was previously linked with a move to Hearts.[54]

Flood re-debuted for the club when he played 90 minutes against Śląsk Wrocław, where they lost 1–0 in the Europa League Second qualifying round.[55] However, Dundee United would be eliminated in the Europa League through away despite winning 3–2 in the return game.[56] Flood re-debuted in the league, in the opening game of the season, in a 1–1 draw against Kilmarnock.[57] In the Scottish League Cup quarter final, Flood cause Dundee United elimination in the Scottish League Cup against Falkirk after he missed the third penalty in the penalty shoot-out. After the match, Flood had to make an apology to Houston via text.[58] In a 3–1 loss against Rangers on 5 November 2011, Flood was a victim from Gregg Wylde after Wylde kicked Flood, which lead Wylde to receive a red card.[59]

He scored his first goal since return, scoring from a "superb, low 30-yard drive found the far corner of the Hearts net", in a 2–2 draw against Hearts on 28 April 2012.[60] Since returning to Dundee United in his third spell, Flood playing change, where he is "setting the tone of matches by being aggressive, going into tackles and winning them, and never giving up on anything."[61]

Flood making a pass during a match in 2011.

In 2012–13 season, Flood started his season very well when he scored on 37 minutes, in the Europa League qualifying third round tie, as Dundee United settled a draw with Dynamo Moscow two each.[62] Despite making a start in the return leg, Dundee United were heavily thrash, as they lose 5–0 against Dynamo Moscow.[63] Despite being eliminated from the Europa League, Flood would set up two goals, as Dundee United would win 3–0 against their derby rival, Dundee on 17 August 2012.[64] Flood would add two goals of the season against; Dundee on 7 December 2012[65] and another against Hearts on 9 February 2013.[66] After the match, Flood was praised for "his overall performance was of the highest order."[67]

As his contract is about expire at the end of the 2012–13 season, Flood stated his desire to stay at the club, as he expected 'something can get sorted',[68] while newly Manager Jackie McNamara, who replaced Peter Houston, keen for Flood to stay at the club.[69]

During his two-year spell, Flood's exceptional form helped United guarantee a top 6 finish for the 6th year running and made sixty-nine appearance and scoring three times.

Aberdeen[edit]

On 31 May 2013, it was announced that Flood had signed a pre-contract with Aberdeen.[70] Previously, Manager Derek McInnes were keen to sign Flood[71] and described him as "ideal" signing.[72]

Flood scored his first in the opening game of the season, as Aberdeen beat Kilmarnock 2-1.[73] After the match, McInnes said about Flood, quoting: "[The performance of] Willo Flood was exactly why I brought him here. He'll be the catalyst for anything we do. He's energetic, passionate and dictates the tempo of the game, with and without the ball."[74] After making four appearance, Flood sustained a hamstring while chasing a ball, as Aberdeen beat Alloa Athletic 6-5 on penalty shoot-out in the second of Scottish League Cup.[75] After a scan, which Flood tore his muscle, it announced that Flood would be out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.[76] After four weeks out, Flood made his return, in a 1–0 loss against Ross County on 1 October 2013 after returning from a full training.[77] After making his return, Flood spoke about his return from injury that being on sidelines is "frustrating".[78] Flood, again, suffered an injury, which he sustained in a 3–1 loss against Hearts on 9 November 2013.[79] It would announced that Flood would be out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.[80] Flood made his return for the club, on 7 December 2013, where he came on as a substitute for Jonny Hayes in 77th minutes, as Aberdeen beat St. Johnstone 2-0.[81]

On 10 January 2014, in the 87th minute he scored a 22-yard winning goal in a 1–0 home win against Hibernian.[82] His goal was later voted SPFL Goal of the Month competition for January.[83] After helping Aberdeen reached the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup quarter-finals, Manager McInnes praised Flood performance, citing "consistency of performance, he brings an attitude to the team and he brings a real mentality to the whole club."[84] Flood was in the squad for the Scottish League Cup final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he played the entire match which finished 0–0 after extra–time, going to a penalty-shootout. Aberdeen won 4–2 on penalties, with Langfield played a key role of saving Inverness penalties to win the match.[85]

Flood scored again on 2 April 2014, as Aberdeen drew 1–1 with Hearts.[86] Flood ended his first season at Aberdeen as a positive after leading the club to win the Scottish League Cup in nineteen years, though they finished third place, as he made forty appearance and scoring three times in all competitions.

International career[edit]

Having represented under–20 squad the previously year, Flood was called up for the under–21 squad.[87] His good performance lead Republic of Ireland U21 team manager Don Givens suggesting he could be the next ideal captain.[88]

Flood's performance at Aberdeen caught an eye of Roy Keane, which he could earn a call-up for Republic of Ireland.[84] It wasn't the first time Flood caught an eye from Ireland's officials when Manager Giovanni Trapattoni scouted Flood while at Dundee United.[89]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 November 2014[90]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2003–04 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2004–05 9 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 12 2
2005–06 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 14 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 18 2
Rochdale(loan) 2003–04 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Coventry City (loan) 2005–06 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Cardiff City 2006–07 25 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 28 1
Dundee United (loan) 2007–08 36 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 44 1
2008–09 20 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 24 0
Total 56 1 4 0 8 0 0 0 68 1
Celtic 2008–09 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2009–10 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
Total 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 9 0
Middlesbrough 2009–10 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2010–11 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Dundee United 2011–12 32 1 3 0 2 0 2 0 39 1
2012–13 37 2 4 0 2 0 2 1 45 3
Total 69 3 7 0 4 0 4 1 84 4
Aberdeen 2013–14 33 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 40 3
2014–15 12 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 20 0
Total 45 3 3 0 6 0 6 0 60 3
Career total 245 11 17 0 22 1 13 1 297 13

Personal life[edit]

Flood has a brother, Shane and grow as a Celtic supporters.[91] His girlfriend Antoinette Griffin gave birth to their first child in 2007.[92][93]

Honours[edit]

Dundee United[edit]

2007/08
2007/08

Aberdeen[edit]

2013/14

References[edit]

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