|Full name||Karl Sheppard|
|Date of birth||14 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2012–2013||→ Accrington Stanley (loan)||10||(1)|
|2013||→ Shamrock Rovers (loan)||26||(5)|
|2011||Republic of Ireland U21||1||(0)|
|2011||League of Ireland XI||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:23, 23 October 2013 (UTC).
Karl Sheppard (born 14 February 1991), is an Irish footballer who plays for Cork City. He began his playing career at schoolboy club Portmarnock AFC before moving on to the schoolboy team of League of Ireland club Shelbourne.
In February 2010 he signed for Galway United. He made his League of Ireland debut at Richmond Park on the opening day of the 2010 League of Ireland season. His goal scoring in April earned him the Airtricity SWAI Player of the Month Award. In his last game for the club he scored the winner in the Premier Division Promotion/Relegation play-off.
In January 2011, Sheppard signed for the League of Ireland Champions. He picked up his first senior trophy, playing all five games and scoring three goals en route to winning the 2011 Setanta Sports Cup.
In August 2011, Sheppard helped Shamrock Rovers make history in becoming the first ever League of Ireland team to reach the group stages of a major European club competition when they qualified for the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League group stage. Sheppard earned the penalty late in extra time that saw Rovers win through 3–2 on aggregate away to FK Partizan in the 2011 Europa League Playoff Round.
He scored a total of 15 goals in 35 appearances in the 2011 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season.
On 12 January 2012, Sheppard announced via his Twitter page that he had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Reading, leaving Shamrock Rovers on a free transfer. Reading reportedly beat off interest from other Championship clubs including Blackpool, Cardiff and Peterborough United.
On 4 August 2012, Reading announced that Sheppard was joining Accrington Stanley on a six-month loan deal. He made his debut in their 1–0 League Cup defeat against Carlisle United on 11 August and then scored the winner against Southend United a week later, his first goal in English football. He returned to Reading on 3 January 2013 having not featured for Accrington since mid October.
On 31 January 2013, he re-joined Shamrock Rovers on a six-month loan deal. He made his return to the team in a 1–0 defeat to Coleraine on 11 February in the Setanta Cup, but had to wait nearly three months for his first goal, scoring a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Sligo Rovers on 3 May. Days before his original spell was due to expire, Sheppard's loan was extended until the end of the 2013 League of Ireland season.
Return to Shamrock Rovers
In December 2013 Shepherd signed a one-year contract with Shamrock Rovers for the 2014 season after leaving Reading without making an appearance.
On 1 November 2014, Cork City announced the signing of Karl Sheppard from Shamrock Rovers. Sheppard scored 2 goals in his first 2 games for the Leesiders, the first in a friendly against US side PSC Academy and the second, also a friendly against Roscommon and District League. On 27 August 2015 it was announced that Karl had signed a new 2 year contract to keep him at City until the end of the 2017 season.
While a Shelbourne player Sheppard scored the fifth goal in Republic of Ireland U16's 5–2 win over Japan at the Montaigu Tournament in 2007. Sheppard also represented his country at U17 level where he scored after coming on as a substitute at Terryland Park in a 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship qualifying round.
In the elite phase of the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification Sheppard played in all three games in the Ukraine as Ireland narrowly missed out on qualification.
In September 2010 he was called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team for the final 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier in Turkey but did not make an appearance.
Sheppard made his U21 debut in November 2011 in a 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship win over Liechtenstein.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Galway United||2010||League of Ireland||35||8||3||1||0||0||0||0||38||9|
|Accrington Stanley (loan)||2012–13||League Two||10||1||0||0||1||0||1[b]||0||12||1|
|Shamrock Rovers (loan)||2013||League of Ireland||26||5||4||0||2||1||10[c]||3||42||9|
- Shamrock Rovers
- Cork City
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