John Dunleavy

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John Dunleavy
Personal information
Full name John Francis Dunleavy
Date of birth (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Ballybofey, Donegal, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Right back
Club information
Current team
Sligo Rovers
Number 6
Youth career
2006–2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
2011Barnet (loan) 3 (0)
2012–2018 Cork City 124 (4)
2019– Sligo Rovers 0 (0)
National team
2008 Republic of Ireland U17
2010 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (0)
2011 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:23, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

John Francis Dunleavy (born 3 July 1991) is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender. He currently plays for Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland.


Dunleavy joined Wolverhampton Wanderers academy in October 2006, rejecting the chance to join clubs such as Manchester United and Celtic, despite a very strong academic record.[1] He signed a two-year professional contract near the end of the 2008–09 season during which the club were promoted to the Premier League.[2]

In January 2011 he headed for a loan spell at League Two side Barnet,[3] where he made his professional debut in a game against Southend.[4] He made three appearances for the Bees as they battled relegation from the Football League before suffering ligament damage during training that ended his season.[5]

He left Wolves in Summer 2011 after not being offered an extension to his contract.[6] In late August 2011, Dunleavy joined Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps on trial until 7 September 2011.[7]

In January 2012, Dunleavy joined Cork City where he captained the club for a number of seasons, however injuries curtailed most of his likely appearances..[8]

Dunleavy signed for Sligo Rovers in December 2018 ahead of the 2019 campaign.[9]


Cork City


  1. ^ "Johnny Dunleavy delighted with Wolves contract". Donegal Democrat. 19 May 2009. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "Bridging The Gap". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Barnet sign John Dunleavy on loan from Wolves". BBC Sport. 12 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Barnet v Southend". BBC Sport. 29 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Dunleavy's season is over". Barnet F.C. 18 April 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Wolves decide on seven youngsters". Express & Star. 24 March 2011.
  7. ^ "'Caps trialist Dunleavy looking for fresh start in MLS". 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Cork City add Dunleavy to their squad". RTÉ Sport. 16 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Cork City captain Dunleavy ends six-year spell to join Sligo Rovers". the42. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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