Jason McGuinness

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Jason McGuinness
Personal information
Full name Jason McGuinness
Date of birth (1982-08-08) 8 August 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
Tolka Rovers
Sheriff Y.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Bohemians 11 (2)
2004–2005 Shamrock Rovers 49 (6)
2006–2010 Bohemians 73 (5)
2011–2012 Sligo Rovers 57 (3)
2013–2014 Shamrock Rovers 45 (3)
2015–2016 St Patrick's Athletic 13 (0)
2016– Cliftonville 14 (3)
National team
2002 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jason McGuinness (born 8 August 1982) is an Irish footballer, currently playing for Cliftonville in the NIFL Premiership.


McGuinness played at youth level for Tolka Rovers, Sheriff Y.C. and Bohemians before graduating to the Bohs first team, making his league debut as a substitute against UCD in August 2002. He made his Irish Under 21 debut four days later in an international against Finland.

With the likes of Colin Hawkins and Ken Oman in his way of regular first team football, he joined rivals Shamrock Rovers and spent 2 seasons scoring 7 goals in 57 total appearances there where he established himself at the heart of their defence before re-joining Bohs in time for the 2006 season.

McGuinness formed a great partnership with Liam Burns which played a big part in Bohs' great defensive record as they marched to 2008 Premier Division title, winning it by a record breaking 19 points from St Patricks Athletic. Whilst participating in 2008's UEFA Intertoto Cup, he scored in both rounds, against Rhyl[1] and FK Riga.[2]

Jason started the season well but was fined two weeks' wages and suspended for five games in May 2009 after racially abusing Benin captain Romuald Boco during a game between Sligo Rovers and Bohemians on 5 May 2009.[3] On his return, he struggled to find form and lost his place to Ken Oman. He also missed Bohs' EA Sports Cup final win over Waterford United in the September but did pick up his second league winners medal in a row as Bohs finished top of the table ahead of their rivals Shamrock Rovers.

Despite putting in a superb performance in the Setanta Sports Cup Final,[4] Jason and Bohemians had a disappointing 2010 season where the club lost their league title on goal difference and failed to make an impact in Europe where they made an embarrassing exit to Welsh side The New Saints.

When McGuinness' contract expired at the end of the 2010 season, Bohemians were unable to offer new contracts due to financial troubles and Jason was released from the club. On 25 January McGuinness signed a one-year contract with Sligo Rovers.[5]

McGuinness signed once again for The Hoops in November 2012.[6]

McGuiness signed for another of the big 4 Dublin clubs, St Patrick's Athletic, on the 11th November 2014 [7] before being released In June 2016.


The day after his release, it was announced McGuinness had joined the NIFL Premiership with Cliftonville.


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