Mark Delaney (footballer)
|Full name||Mark Anthony Delaney|
|Date of birth||13 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Haverfordwest, Wales|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Right Back|
|2007–||Aston Villa (academy coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Mark Anthony Delaney (born 13 May 1976) is a retired Wales footballer who played for Carmarthen Town, Cardiff City and Aston Villa as a right back. He is also a former member of the Welsh national team.
Delaney established himself as a fan favourite at Carmarthen Town, becoming club captain at just 20 years of age. Following this he moved to Cardiff City on 1 June 1998 on a free transfer. He made 35 appearances for Cardiff (scoring once in the FA Cup against Chester City) between his purchase and his sale to Aston Villa on 9 March 1999 for £250,000.
He made 193 first appearances for Aston Villa in all competitions, with two goals coming against Watford on 24 August 1999 and Everton on 26 December 2005. He played in Villa's 2000 FA Cup Final loss to Chelsea in the last final at the old Wembley Stadium. He has also gained 36 international caps with the Wales national team.
Delaney's Aston Villa career was tempered with knee injuries. Delaney has been seeing noted American knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman in an attempt to end these injuries. Delaney was out of contract at Aston Villa in summer 2007, and was a popular figure with the Villa fans, he hoped to return quickly, to impress Martin O'Neill enough to win a new contract.
However, on 15 August 2007, he announced his retirement from football due to the above injury problems.
On 5 September 2007, Delaney stated he is hoping to go into coaching, and in December 2007, Delaney rejoined Aston Villa as a youth coach.
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- "Delaney to see US knee specialist". BBC Sport. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
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- "Delaney planning career as coach". BBC Sport. 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2007-09-05.