David Foley

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David Foley
Personal information
Full name David John Foley
Date of birth (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth South Shields, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Hartlepool United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Hartlepool United 115 (15)
2009 Barrow (loan) 2 (0)
2010–2012 Puerto Rico Islanders 74 (24)
2013–2014 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 5 (2)
2015– South Shields 15 (9)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2013.

† Appearances (goals)

David John Foley (born 12 May 1987 in South Shields) is an English footballer who currently plays for South Shields FC. Prior to joining them, he had last played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League in 2013.



Foley was trained as a scholar in Hartlepool United's youth academy. As a scholar, he represented the first team on several occasions and became Hartlepool's youngest ever player when he came on as a substitute against Port Vale at the age of 16. Foley also played a key role in Hartlepool's Under 19s Dallas Cup winning team in 2004. During his time at the club Foley failed to score a league goal. However, he was more successful in cup competitions, scoring seven goals, most notably against Premier League side Stoke City which earned Hartlepool a famous 2–0 victory in 2009.[1]

When his first team appearances started to become limited Foley joined Conference National side Barrow on a month's loan in August 2009,[2] he played three times but failed to score.

North America[edit]

In February 2010 Foley's Hartlepool contract was cancelled so he could join the Puerto Rico Islanders.[3] After playing for the team throughout the 2010 pre-season, he made his debut for the team on 16 April 2010, in a 2010 CFU Club Championship game against Haitian side Racing des Gonaïves.[4]

Foley signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in January 2013. He dressed in 5 games for the club and scored 2 goals before picking up a season-ending injury. On March 10, 2014, the Strikers announced that the club and Foley had officially parted ways by mutual agreement.

Return to England[edit]

After leaving Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Foley returned to England, and in June 2015 he joined hometown club South Shields on a free transfer. [5] He scored on his competitive debut for the club on August 8, but it was not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat against Northallerton Town in Ebac Northern League Division Two. He netted again for the Mariners three days later, with his stunning 25-yard volley sealing a 3-2 win against Billingham Town after Shields had earlier found themselves 2-0 down with 12 minutes to play. He also scored in Shields' next game, notching the opener in a 6-0 win over Darlington Railway Athletic. He suffered a hamstring injury against Heaton Stannington on August 18, and returned as a substitute in a win over Ryhope Colliery Welfare on October 6.


Puerto Rico Islanders


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