Billy Dennehy

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Billy Dennehy
Personal information
Full name William Dennehy
Date of birth (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Tralee, Ireland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
St Patrick's Athletic
Number 20
Youth career
Tralee Dynamos
Kingdom Boys
Shelbourne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Sunderland 0 (0)
2007–2008 Accrington Stanley (loan) 7 (0)
2008 Derry City 4 (0)
2009 Cork City 29 (7)
2010–2013 Shamrock Rovers 124 (19)
2014–2015 Cork City 55 (23)
2016– St Patrick's Athletic 19 (4)
National team
Republic of Ireland U17
Republic of Ireland U19
2007 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
2010 Republic of Ireland U23 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2016.


Billy Michael Dennehy (born 17 February 1987) is an Irish footballer, who is currently playing for St Patrick's Athletic. He is a left-sided midfielder but can also play on the right wing, and is the older brother of Darren who also plays for St Pat's.

Playing career[edit]

Dennehy was a talented underage player in both soccer and Gaelic football. In the latter sport, he won the 2004 Munster Minor Football Championship with the Kerry minor team and also played with the Austin Stacks club in Tralee. He attended Irish language primary and secondary schools and is fluent in the Irish language.

Dennehy began his soccer playing career at local club Tralee Dynamos until the club disbanded and he joined Kingdom Boys. There, Dennehy was called into the Shelbourne team. After trials with Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Southampton, Dennehy was brought to Sunderland by Mick McCarthy after the midfielder impressed during a trial at the Stadium of Light. He signed for the Black Cats in January 2005.

Dennehy did not make a first-team appearance for Sunderland, but was a reserve and youth player at the club, and was given the squad number 34 for the 2006–07 season.

On 22 November 2007, Dennehy made the move from Wearside to Lancashire, joining Accrington Stanley on a one-month deal. There, he made his first ever league appearance on 5 December against Rochdale. After a further 6 appearances in June 2008, Dennehy was released by Sunderland.

On 27 August 2008, Dennehy signed for League of Ireland side Derry City.[1] After just a few months, however, he opted to uproot and join Cork City, signing a two-year contract with the club on 27 January 2009.[2]

On 25 January 2010, Dennehy moved from Cork City to Shamrock Rovers.[3] He scored on his debut in a preseason friendly at Longford Town.[4] He scored his first league goal for the Hoops on 9 April.[5]

In 2010 and 2011 he won the League of Ireland championship with Shamrock Rovers. He also won the Setanta Cup in 2011 and played in the Europa League group stages netting against PAOK in November 2011:[6]

In 2011 he was club top scorer (in all competitions) with 16 goals.

On 13 November 2013 Dennehy was released by Shamrock Rovers and 13 days later he rejoined Cork City and would be part of John Caulfield's squad for the 2014 season alongside his brother Darren Dennehy. After 2 successive seasons as runners up in the league to Dundalk, as well as 2015 FAI Cup runners up to the same opposition, it was announced that Dennehy would not remain at Cork for the 2016 season.

On the 9th of December 2015, Dennehy signed for Dublin club St Patrick's Athletic, along with younger brother Darren.[7] Dennehy scored on his debut for Pats on the 20th February 2016 in a 3–1 loss away to Bray Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup.[8]

International career[edit]

Dennehy has played at U17, U18, U19, U21 and U23 levels for the Republic of Ireland national football team making his U21 debut in February 2007.[9] He made his U23 debut in May 2010.[10] He was part of the winning team in the Under-19 International La Manga Tournament in Spain in 2006.

Career statistics[edit]

Professional appearances – correct as of 25 August 2016.[11]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Accrington Stanley (Loan) 2007–08 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Derry City 2008 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Cork City 2009 29 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 7
Shamrock Rovers 2010 34 6 4 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 44 6
2011 35 9 2 3 0 0 12 1 3 2 52 15
2012 29 4 1 0 1 1 2 0 4 1 37 6
2013 26 0 2 0 2 1 5 5 35 6
Cork City 2014 30 13 3 3 1 0 0 0 34 16
2015 25 10 6 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 34 12
St Patrick's Athletic 2016 19 4 1 2 2 1 4 0 1 1 27 8
Shamrock Rovers Total 124 19 9 3 4 2 18 1 13 8 198 33
Cork City Total 84 30 9 5 3 0 1 0 1 0 98 35
Career Total 240 53 19 10 9 3 23 1 15 9 338 76

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Shamrock Rovers

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ "Dennehy signs for Rovers". Shamrockrovers.ie. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Report – Longford Town 0:4 Rovers". Shamrockrovers.ie. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Shamrock Rovers 1 Bohemians 0 | Airtricity League – Real Football, Real Fans". Airtricity League. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rovers 1:3 PAOK FC". Shamrockrovers.ie. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  7. ^ http://stpatsfc.com/news.php?id=6990#.VmiA0XrfWrU
  8. ^ http://extratime.ie/fixtures/detail/28718/2/
  9. ^ [3] Archived 23 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Republic of Ireland U23 1–2 England U23 | Airtricity League – Real Football, Real Fans". Airtricity League. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  11. ^ http://ie.soccerway.com/players/billy-dennehy/74546/

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