Kevin Foley (footballer)
Foley playing for Wolves in April 2010
|Full name||Kevin Patrick Foley|
|Date of birth||1 November 1984|
|Place of birth||Luton, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right back / Midfielder|
|2014||→ Blackpool (loan)||5||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Blackpool (loan)||4||(0)|
|2004–2006||Republic of Ireland Under 21||8||(1)|
|2006||Republic of Ireland B||1||(0)|
|2009–2012||Republic of Ireland||8||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2015.
Foley, a right back also able to operate in midfield, previously spent twelve years at Luton Town before joining Wolves in 2007 with whom he won promotion to the Premier League in 2009.
Born in Luton, England, to Irish parents, Foley joined hometown club Luton Town at the age of nine, and progressed through the youth ranks until graduating to the first team. He finally broke into the first team squad in 2002–03, making his league debut on 19 April 2003, in a 2–2 draw with Bristol City. The following season he established himself as first choice right-back at the club and was named Luton's Young Player of the Season. He also won this award the following season. Foley won promotion with Luton to the Football League Championship in 2005, and spent two seasons at this level before the club dropped back into League One in 2007. Foley made a total of 151 appearances for Luton, scoring three times.
On 14 August 2007, Foley joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, before making his club debut the following day in a League Cup tie against Bradford. He scored his first league goal for the club on 22 September 2007 against Norwich City at Molineux. He ended his first season for Wolves as a regular member of their starting XI, starting 42 games out of 48, missing only six league games.
The 2008–09 season saw him part of the Wolves team that won the Football League Championship and so returned to the Premier League. He made a total of 47 appearances (scoring once), missing only one league game. His performances won him Wolves' Player of the Season Award, voted by the club's fans, as well as a new four-year deal with the club that would keep him at Wolves until at least summer 2013.
Foley made his Premier League debut in the team's opening fixture against West Ham on 15 August 2009. During the 0–2 defeat though he sustained a medial knee ligament injury that kept him out for four months, meaning it was not until December 2009 that he got a sustained run in the team. When he did play it was mostly at right-midfield and central-midfield in a 4-5-1 formation, with players such as Ronald Zubar and Richard Stearman by now favoured in Foley's preferred right-back position.
During the 2010–11 season, Foley scored his only Premier League goals, when he netted in consecutive home games, against Bolton then Sunderland, respectively. He made a career-best of 33 top flight appearances during the campaign as the team narrowly avoided relegation. At the conclusion of the season he signed another contract extension, due to run until summer 2015.
He began the following season but soon had to undergo surgery to treat a long-running ankle problem. Having returned to fitness in January 2012, he was part of the Wolves squad that suffered relegation under Terry Connor.
After a second successive relegation, Foley was rarely used as new manager Kenny Jackett sought to rebuild a new team. In February 2014 Foley agreed a one-month loan deal with Championship side Blackpool, for whom he made five appearances but was not offered the chance to remain until the end of the season. In November 2014, having not featured for Wolves in the meantime, Foley was again loaned out to Blackpool in a deal that ran until January 2015.
On 12 January 2015 his contract with Wolves - that had six months remaining - was cancelled. In total he made 213 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.
On 12 January 2015, within hours of confirmation that he had left Wolves, Foley signed a six-months contract with the Danish club F.C. Copenhagen, where he reunited with his former Wolves manager Ståle Solbakken.
Born and raised in England, Foley qualified to play for Ireland as his parents are from County Kerry. He made his debut for Republic of Ireland's under-21 team in May 2004 against Scotland. In 2005 he was named as the FAI Under-21 Player of the Year.
On 29 May 2009, Foley made his senior debut for Ireland against Nigeria in an international friendly. On 26 March 2011, he made his first competitive start for Ireland against Macedonia at right-back playing the full 90 minutes. He played two full games during Ireland's success at the 2011 Nations Cup.
Having been part of the team that achieved Ireland's first qualification for a major tournament since 2002, Foley was initially named in Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012. However, he suffered problems with a hamstring during pre-tournament preparations and then did not make the final list. Foley said he "felt betrayed" by Trapattoni's decision to exclude him on the morning of the squad submission. His replacement, Paul McShane, did not play a game at the tournament. Foley has not yet returned.
- Luton Town
- Football League One: 2005
- Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Republic of Ireland
- Luton Town Young Player of the Season: 2002-2003, 2003–04, 2004–05
- Wolverhampton Wanderers Player of the Season: 2008–09
- FAI Under-21 Player of the Year: 2005
- "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
- "Wolves sign Luton defender Foley". BBC Sport. 14 August 2007.
- "Wolves 2-1 Bradford". BBC Sport. 15 August 2007.
- "Wolves 2-0 Norwich". BBC Sport. 22 September 2007.
- "Live From The Awards Dinner!". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 30 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- "Foley to extend Wolves stay". Sky Sports. 5 June 2009.
- "Wolves Kevin Foley adjusts to midfield role". BBC Sport. 5 February 2010.
- "Wolves 2–3 Bolton". BBC Sport. 13 November 2010.
- "Wolves 3–2 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 27 November 2010.
- "Kevin Foley signs four-year contract extension at Wolves". BBC Sport. 15 July 2011.
- "Foley finally free of pain". Sky Sports. 9 January 2012.
- "Kevin Foley: Blackpool agree one-month loan for Wolves defender". BBC Sport. 27 February 2014.
- "Blackpool decide against extending Kevin Foley loan". Sky Sports. 4 April 2014.
- "Kevin Foley: Wolves defender returns to Blackpool on loan". BBC Sport. 27 November 2014.
- "Foley's contract cancelled". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 12 January 2015.
- "Kevin Foley joins Copenhagen after leaving Wolves". RTE Sport. 12 January 2015.
- "Rep of Ireland 1–1 Nigeria". BBC Sport. 29 May 2009.
- "Republic earn vital victory". skysports.com. 26 March 2011.
- "Republic of Ireland 5–0 Northern Ireland: Robbie Keane brace & Stephen Ward debut strike take Trapattoni's men top of Home Nations standings". goal.com. 24 May 2011.
- "EURO 2012 squad named". FAI. 7 May 2012.
- "McShane named in squad ahead of Foley". RTÉ Sport. 29 May 2012.
- "Kevin Foley feels betrayed by Giovanni Trapattoni". BBC Sport. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- "‘Betrayed’ Kevin Foley Told He'd Been Dropped By Trap Half Hour Before Deadline". Balls.ie. 30 May 2012.
- "Kevin Foley refuses Republic of Ireland call-up, senior players excused for Serbia friendly". RTÉ Sport. 20 July 2012.