David Foley

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David Foley
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Foley playing for Puerto Rico Islanders in 2010
Personal information
Full name David John Foley
Date of birth (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth South Shields, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Spennymoor Town
Youth career
Hartlepool United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Hartlepool United 98 (0)
2009 Barrow (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2012 Puerto Rico Islanders 74 (24)
2013–2014 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 5 (2)
2015–2017 South Shields 87 (49)
2017– Spennymoor Town 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David John Foley (born 12 May 1987 in South Shields) is an English footballer who plays for Spennymoor Town.[1]

Career[edit]

England[edit]

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.[2]

When his first team appearances started to become limited Foley joined Conference National side Barrow on a month's loan in August 2009,[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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 10 March 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.[6] He scored on his competitive debut for the club on 8 August, 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 18 August, and returned as a substitute in a win over Ryhope Colliery Welfare on 6 October.

He went on to play a key part in a successful season for the Mariners, as they gained promotion to Division One of the Northern League as champions.

Honours[edit]

Puerto Rico Islanders
South Shields
  • Northern League Division Two champions: 2015-16

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