Alan Maybury

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Alan Maybury
Personal information
Full name Alan Paul Maybury
Date of birth (1978-08-08) 8 August 1978 (age 37)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Falkirk
Number 13
Youth career
Home Farm
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Leeds United 14 (0)
1999 Reading (loan) 8 (0)
2000 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2005 Heart of Midlothian 112 (4)
2005–2008 Leicester City 85 (3)
2008 Aberdeen (loan) 13 (0)
2008–2010 Colchester United 28 (0)
2010–2012 St Johnstone 47 (1)
2012–2014 Hibernian 41 (0)
2014– Falkirk 6 (0)
National team
1998 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
1998 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1998–2005 Republic of Ireland 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:49, 22 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Alan Paul Maybury (born 8 August 1978 in Dublin) is an Irish professional football player, who is currently a player-coach at Falkirk. Maybury is a defender, who can play in either full back position. He has previously played for Leeds United, Reading, Crewe Alexandra, Heart of Midlothian, Leicester City, Aberdeen, Colchester United, St Johnstone and Hibernian. Maybury has also represented the Republic of Ireland, earning 10 full international caps between 1998 and 2005.

Playing career[edit]

Leeds[edit]

As a youngster Maybury was linked to Rangers and was anecdotally the first player from the Republic of Ireland to be offered a youth contract. However he decided to start his senior career at Leeds United.[1] Maybury played for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team at the 1996 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship finals in Luxembourg. At Leeds he occasionally deputised for compatriot Gary Kelly in the right-back berth but predominantly spent his time in the reserves. In spite of his lack of competitive football during this period, he attained two caps for Republic of Ireland in friendly internationals.

In an attempt to gain experience of regular first-team action, Maybury spent spells on loan at Reading and Crewe between 1999 and 2001. However, when still unable to displace Kelly upon his return to at Elland Road, he decided it was in his best interests to leave, with Craig Levein paying £130,000 to secure his services for Hearts in August 2001.

Hearts[edit]

Alan made his Hearts debut in a convincing 3–0 victory over St Johnstone later that month, and quickly became a first team regular. The club recorded successive third-place finishes in the SPL in 2002–03 and 2003–04. Although by preference a right-back, he would often deputise at left-back when required, and occasionally in right midfield. Maybury eventually became the club's vice-captain and, by the summer of 2004, earned a recall to the Irish international squad.

Leicester[edit]

When Craig Levein left Hearts to manage Leicester City, he made signing Maybury one of his priorities and Alan joined up at the Walkers Stadium in January 2005 for a nominal fee, in a double signing with striker Mark de Vries, both signing three and a half-year contracts.[2] Levein was eventually sacked, but Maybury continued to feature in the first team, playing at right back.

On 14 August 2006, Leicester were approached by Sunderland regarding Maybury's availability.[3] The deal possibly fell through with no news update. Maybury was however transfer listed by then-manager Martin Allen on 4 June 2007,[4] having been replaced by Bruno N'Gotty and Richard Stearman. He was given permission to train with Hearts on 21 January 2008, to maintain his fitness while searching for a new club.[5]

On 15 May 2008, he was released by Leicester as his contract was close to expiring and was not going to be renewed by the club.[6]

Aberdeen[edit]

Maybury signed for Aberdeen on loan until end of the season on 31 January 2008.[7] He made his debut for Aberdeen on 2 February, in the 5th round of the Scottish Cup against Hamilton Academical. He came on as a substitute for Stuart Duff in the 69th minute as Aberdeen went on to win 1–0.[8] He played for Aberdeen against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup and was deemed guilty of a handball against Ze Roberto in the penalty area, conceding a penalty that led to Bayern's second equaliser, with the score previously at 2–1. Aberdeen went on to draw the match 2–2.

Maybury was given a trial by Bristol City on 23 July 2008.[9]

Colchester United[edit]

Maybury signed for Colchester United on 12 December 2008 on a free transfer after a 3-week trial[10] and made his debut the following day against his first club Leeds United. On 23 June 2009 Maybury signed a new contract[11]

St Johnstone[edit]

Maybury signed for St Johnstone on a free transfer in August 2010.[12] He made 47 appearances in two Scottish Premier League seasons with the Perth club.

Hibernian[edit]

After leaving St Johnstone, Maybury trained with Hibernian during the 2012–13 pre-season and played in a friendly match against East Fife.[13] He signed a one-year contract with Hibernian in August 2012, making him one of a handful of players to have played in the first team for both Edinburgh rivals.[14][15] Maybury signed on for another year at Easter Road in the summer of 2013 in a player/development coach role.[16] The club was relegated at the end of the 2013–14 season, after which Maybury was released from his contract.[17]

Falkirk[edit]

On 26 June 2014, it was confirmed that Maybury had signed for Scottish Championship club Falkirk in a player-coach capacity. He was placed in charge of Falkirk Under-20's side, which he said was his main focus – but confirmed he had also signed as a player so he was available to play if needed by manager Peter Houston.

He made his competitive debut for Falkirk in a 1–7 win away to East Stirlingshire in the Scottish Challenge Cup, starting at right-back.[18] He also played the full 90 minutes as he returned to Easter Road on 23 August 2014 – with Falkirk winning the match 1–0 against his former team, Hibernian.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 October 2014[20]
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 1995–96 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2000–01 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2001–02 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 14 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 18 0
Reading (loan) 1998–99 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2000–01 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Hearts 2001–02 27 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
2002–03 35 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 40 2
2003–04 33 2 2 0 1 0 4 0 40 2
2004–05 17 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 25 0
Total 112 4 5 0 7 0 10 0 134 4
Leicester City 2004–05 17 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 22 2
2005–06 40 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 45 1
2006–07 27 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 32 0
2007–08 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Total 85 3 9 0 8 0 0 0 102 3
Aberdeen (loan) 2007–08 13 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 19 0
Colchester United 2008–09 25 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 26 0
2009–10 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 27 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 29 0
St Johnstone 2010–11 30 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 35 0
2011–12 22 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 26 0
Total 52 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 61 0
Hibernian 2012–13 27 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2013–14 14 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 18 0
Total 41 0 5 0 2 0 2 0 50 0
Falkirk 2014–15 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
Career total 363 7 29 0 25 0 18 0 435 7
A. ^ Includes Football League Trophy: (Colchester), Champions League: (Leeds), UEFA Cup: (Hearts & Aberdeen) & Europa League: (Hibernian)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maybury finds his soul at Hearts". The Sunday Times (London). 16 March 2003. 
  2. ^ "Leicester swoop for Hearts pair". BBC Sport. 6 January 2005. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  3. ^ Black Cats chase Foxes defender, BBC Sport 14 August 2006. Retrieved on 2007-08-31.
  4. ^ Trio Transfer Listed, 4 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Maybury back training with Hearts". BBC Sport. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Foxes Release 6". LCFC.com. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Foxes' Maybury joins Dons on loan, BBC Sport 31 January 2008. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Aberdeen 1–0 Hamilton Accies". BBC Sport. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Maybury on trial at City" BBC Sport 23 July 2008. Retrieved on 23 July 2008
  10. ^ Colchester sign defender Maybury, BBC Sport 12 December 2008. Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
  11. ^ U's Flash – Maybury Extends Stay. Retrieved on 28 June 2008.
  12. ^ "Saints seal Maybury switch". Sky Sports. 19 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hibs unsure of funding for Alan Maybury deal". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Maybury Joins Hibernian". www.hibernianfc.co.uk (Hibernian FC). 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Hibs sign Alan Maybury ahead of derby against Hearts". BBC Sport (BBC). 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Hardie, David (8 August 2013). "Hibs Alan Maybury relishing player-coach position". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Out of Contract Players". Hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28382018
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28816657
  20. ^ Alan Maybury career statistics at Soccerbase

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