Kevin Grogan

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Kevin Grogan
Personal information
Full name Kevin Grogan
Date of birth (1981-11-15) 15 November 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
–1993 Seagrange United
1993–1998 Belvedere
1998–2000 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 UCD 30 (4)
2002 Millwall 0 (0)
2004–2005 Bray Wanderers 23 (3)
2006 St Patrick's Athletic 3 (0)
2006–2007 Glentoran 1 (0)
Total 57 (7)
National team
1998 Republic of Ireland U16
Teams managed
2013– Clarkstown Eagles
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Grogan (born 15 November 1981 in Dublin) is a former Irish professional football player and current coach of Clarkstown SC Eagles in the National Premier Soccer League.[1]

A uniquely talented youth player, Grogan was signed by Alex Ferguson for Manchester United in 1997 just before playing a major role on the Ireland Under 16 team, on their way to becoming European Champions in Scotland.

However a series of injuries stopped Kevin from progressing as a professional player and in summer 2000 he left Manchester United. He decided to combine football with studying and joined League of Ireland Premier Division side UCD and decided on a Diploma course in Sports Management. He made his League of Ireland debut on the opening day of the 2000-01 League of Ireland season and scored his first goals in the league at Bray Wanderers on 15 September 2000 [2]

After a long, hard battle it seemed his footballing career would be revived when he joined Millwall in 2002. However, on 15 November of that year, he was told by the Millwall doctors his body could not take it after a series of operations and injections. The pelvic injuries had taken too much out of him. He returned home disappointed, but finished his college course and for a while worked with Cork City in a marketing role before signing for Bray Wanderers in the League of Ireland First Division and making his Bray debut on the opening day of the 2004 League of Ireland season. During the following season Grogan decided to retire because of his injuries.

In July 2006, Grogan decided to make one last attempt to resurrect his career. He went to Belgium to undergo three major surgeries and intense functional rehabilitation for eight months in Antwerp, after which he was offered a pay as you play deal with St Patrick's Athletic to give himself a chance to gain match fitness before attempting to return to England to play. He made his league debut as a substitute for St Pats on 1 September 2006 in a 1-0 defeat to Waterford United [3] Unfortunately his pelvic injury returned once again.

In January 2007 Grogan signed for Glentoran [4] but only lasted one league game as his injuries returned to haunt him. This was his last top flight game.

In June 2007 he was appointed Director of Under Age Development at his first club Belvedere [5]

Kevin is currently in the United States of America, where he is pursuing his coaching and management career. Kevin is currently Technical Director of Clarkstown Soccer Club along with being the Head coach/Manager of the Women's and Men's adult teams in the National A League. He is also owner and President of Kevin Grogan Soccer which is a private coaching company.[citation needed]

Kevin was awarded the New York Top 40 Under 40 award for his contribution to Soccer in New York.[citation needed]

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Republic of Ireland[edit]

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