Patrick Kavanagh (footballer)
|Full name||Patrick Kavanagh|
|Date of birth||29 December 1985|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|St. Joseph's Boys|
|2007||Republic of Ireland U23||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2012.
Patrick Kavanagh (born 29 December 1985 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who plays as a winger for League of Ireland Premier Division club Bohemians. Kavanagh's younger brother James plays for rival League of Ireland side Drogheda United.
Kavanagh's first clubs were St Joseph's Boys and Ballybrack Boys, where his talent was soon spotted by scouts. He signed for League of Ireland club Bohemians in 2004 but his opportunities at the club were restricted to appearances in the Gypsies' Under 21 side. Following his brief stint at Bohemians, Kavanagh signed for Wayside Celtic and he became an instant hit, helping them win the FAI Intermediate Cup in his first season. A year later, they reached the top of the Leinster Senior League table and in the last round of games where there was a play-off to decide the champions. His side clinched the Leinster Senior League title, winning 5–0 and he scored twice and was credited with assists for the other three goals.
During his time at Wayside Celtic, he played a Republic of Ireland under-20 amateur international against Spain and helped the Irish win 3–0.
Following his performances at Wayside Celtic offers flooded in and the first offer came from UCD, not far from home and he signed in June 2006 on amateur terms. He scored five minutes into his League of Ireland debut as a substitute against Waterford United on 26 June 2006. His season was interrupted as he had already booked holidays before signing for UCD; however, he got a run in the side towards the end of the season and scored three goals in UCD's last three games to help the Students to sixth place in the league. The highlight was the winner at Dalymount Park against Bohemians on 27 October 2006. A week later he was sprung from the bench and scored the winner against Sligo as UCD finished mid-table.
Next up was an approach from overseas scouts that finally brought Kavanagh face to face with Steve Bruce at St Andrews. The former Manchester United star was very honest and explained that his side were struggling in the Premiership but he would be guaranteed games with the reserves and he was pleased with the offer. Kavanagh secured regular football and scored regularly but his highlight was training with the first team. As the season progressed the 'Brum' were losing the survival battle and although the reserves were going well, relegation cast a cloud over his future participation in the second biggest English city. Bruce was under greater pressure when he met Paddy for pre-season training later in the year and told him he had been given a war chest to buy players but the best he could guarantee him was another season in the reserves. After careful consideration he returned to Ireland in the knowledge there was plenty of offers on the table at home.
Kavanagh returned to Ireland in July 2007 and signed for Bray Wanderers. He instantly became a regular starter for Bray and made 71 appearances for the Seagulls in 2 years. His performances for Bray attracted attention from high profile clubs including Derry City, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians. While at Bray he earned a Republic of Ireland U23 cap in November 2007. He was named Player of the Month in the League of Ireland in April 2008.
Kavanagh signed for Shamrock Rovers on 27 July 2009. He made his Rovers debut against Cork City on 11 August 2009, and made his home debut at Tallaght Stadium on 15 August 2009 against UCD in the FAI Cup, scoring his first goal for the club. In 2010, Kavanagh won a League of Ireland Premier Division winners medal helping Shamrock Rovers to their first league title in 16 years. Also during the 2010 season Kavanagh appeared twice in Rovers' UEFA Europa League ties against Italian giants Juventus.
Following his departure from Shamrock Rovers at the end of 2011 season, Kavanagh signed for newly promoted Shelbourne on 20 January 2012.
Kavanagh spent the 2013 season at Derry City and helped the Candystripes secure a place in Europe with a 4th place finish.
On the 24th of November 2013 Kavanagh confirmed via his Twitter account that he had signed with Bohemians for the 2014 season.
Correct as of 26 October 2012.
|Club||Season||League||League||FAI Cup||League Cup||Europe 1||Other 2||Total|
|Bray Wanderers||2007||Premier Division||18||3||1||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||19||3|
|Shamrock Rovers||2009||Premier Division||7||0||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||8||1|
- "Rovers sign Bray star Kavanagh". RTÉ. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.