John Welsh (footballer)

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John Welsh
Personal information
Full name John Joseph Welsh[1]
Date of birth (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Wavertree, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 19
Youth career
000?–2001 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Liverpool 4 (0)
2005–2006 Hull City (loan) 20 (2)
2006–2009 Hull City 30 (1)
2008 Chester City (loan) 6 (0)
2008 Carlisle United (loan) 4 (0)
2009 Bury (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2012 Tranmere Rovers 130 (11)
2012– Preston North End 105 (3)
National team
2004–2007 England U21 8 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:45, 16 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 March 2006

John Joseph Welsh (born 10 January 1984 in Liverpool) is an English football player who plays for Preston North End. He was also captain of the England under-20 team, and has been capped eight times for the under-21s. He represented England U20 at 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.



Wavertree born Welsh, joined Liverpool at the age of 10. He progressed through the ranks, becoming captain of the Reserve Team in the process. Welsh trained with the Liverpool first team squad at their Melwood training ground from the middle of the 2001–02 season.

In the 2002–03 season John Welsh played only one game for the first team – his début match against Ipswich Town on 4 December 2002 in a League Cup fourth round tie at home – when he replaced Vladimír Šmicer in the 83rd minute. Also, John Welsh has been amongst the substitutes for a number of European games.

His first game in Premiership was against Arsenal on 4 October 2003, when he replaced Salif Diao in the 82nd minute, but he couldn't help his team avoid defeat – they lost 2–1, and unfortunately for Welsh, his first act was to be booked for a foul on Ray Parlour. Welsh featured in Liverpool's run to the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, coming on as a substitute in the round of 16 away tie against Bayer Leverkusen.[2] Liverpool would go on to win the trophy but Welsh was left out of the final match day squad.

Hull City[edit]

After three starts and seven substitute appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, in August 2005, John went on a season-long loan to Championship side Hull City. The club were impressed, and in November 2005 agreed a deal which saw Liverpool take promising young winger Paul Anderson in exchange. The swap took place on 4 January 2006.

However, three minutes into a match against Preston North End on 10 March 2007, Welsh dived into a tackle with Preston's Neil Mellor, a former Liverpool team mate. Welsh was carried off on a stretcher, and it later transpired that he had broken both the tibia and fibula in his right leg, ruling him out for many months.

Loans away from Hull[edit]

On 31 December 2007, Chester City announced they would be signing Welsh on loan when the transfer window reopened the following day.[3] He made his Chester debut on 1 January 2008, in a 2–0 home defeat to Grimsby Town, and spent the rest of the month in Chester's starting line-up before returning to Hull.

He joined Carlisle United on 27 October 2008 for an initial one-month loan making his debut against Hartlepool United.

In March 2009, he joined Football League Two side Bury on loan and was released from Hull on 2 June 2009.[4]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

In July 2009, Welsh signed a deal with League One side Tranmere Rovers. He had a very consistent season for Tranmere, playing the holding midfield role successfully. Welsh also scored four goals in his first season at Prenton Park, including a volley in the 4–2 victory over Gillingham and a 25-yard strike in a 2–1 home victory over Brighton. The club offered him contract terms for the 2012–13 season.[5]

Preston North End[edit]

In May 2012, it was announced that Welsh had signed for Preston North End on a two-year contract.[6] He was voted Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year of Preston North End for the season 2012/13.[7] On 17 December 2013, Welsh extended his contract with Preston for a further twelve months, thus keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015.[8]

Despite Tom Clarke taking over the captaincy for the 2014-15 season, Welsh still played a major part in getting the club promoted via the play-offs. This form was rewarded with a new two year contract.


Preston North End


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "B Leverkusen 1–3 Liverpool". BBC. 9 March 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Midfield Options Boosted". Chester City Official Website. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007. 
  4. ^ Windass and Bridges among eight released by Hull
  5. ^ "Moore Rebuilding Squad". Tranmere Rovers FC. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Welsh Agrees to Join". Preston North End FC. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "John Welsh Is 2013 Player of the Year". Preston North End FC. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "PNE Extend Nine Players’ Contracts". Preston North End Official Website. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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