Ryan Sweeney (footballer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Ryan Sweeney
Personal information
Full name Ryan Joseph Sweeney[1]
Date of birth (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town
Number 17
Youth career
2005–2015 AFC Wimbledon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 AFC Wimbledon 13 (0)
2016–2019 Stoke City 3 (0)
2017Bristol Rovers (loan) 16 (0)
2017–2018Bristol Rovers (loan) 23 (3)
2018–2019Mansfield Town (loan) 20 (1)
2019– Mansfield Town 0 (0)
National team
2015 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (0)
2017– Republic of Ireland U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:26, 29 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:38, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Ryan Joseph Sweeney (born 15 April 1997) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Mansfield Town.

Early life[edit]

Sweeney was born in Kingston upon Thames and attended Richard Challoner School in New Malden where he was captain of the school football team.[3][4] Sweeney's brother Dan was also in the academy at AFC Wimbledon.[5] and currently plays for Barnet.

Playing career[edit]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

Sweeney began his career with his local club AFC Wimbledon, joining their youth academy at the age of eight in 2005.[6] He signed his first professional contract with AFC Wimbledon in February 2015.[7] Sweeney made his Football league début for AFC Wimbledon on 6 April 2015, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute during the 4–0 away loss against Dagenham and Redbridge.[8] He started Wimbledon's next match on 11 April 2015, a 0–0 draw against Oxford United at Kingsmeadow, and was named man of the match.[9]

Sweeney began the 2015–16 season with the club's under-21 side before injury to Karleigh Osborne saw Neal Ardley give Sweeney his chance in defence against Luton Town on 13 February 2016.[10] Wimbledon won the match 4–1 and Sweeney earned praise for his performance.[11] He kept his place in the side until he was sent-off for conceding a penalty in a 2–1 defeat at Morecambe on 12 March 2016.[12] Sweeney signed a new contract with Wimbledon in March 2016 after attracting interest from Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.[13] On 4 August 2016 Wimbledon announced that they had agreed a fee with Stoke City for the transfer of Sweeney.[14][15]

Stoke City[edit]

On 5 August 2016, Sweeney completed his move to Stoke City for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £250,000.[16]

Bristol Rovers loan[edit]

On 20 January 2017 Sweeney joined Bristol Rovers on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[17] He impressed on his debut for the club, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over local rivals Swindon Town during which he had a header cleared off the line.[18] He played 16 times for the Gas helping he club finish in 10th position.[19]

Sweeney rejoined The Pirates on loan for the 2017–18 season.[20] He scored his first goal for the Gas in a 3–1 win against Blackpool.[21] Sweeney made 27 appearances in 2017–18 scoring four goals as Rovers finished in 13th position.[22]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Sweeney joined Mansfield Town on loan for the 2018–19 season.[23] After a successful six month loan, Sweeney signed for the Stags on a permanent basis in January 2019.[24]

International career[edit]

On 18 May 2015 Sweeney was called up to the Ireland U-18s squad for the first time.[25]

Republic of Ireland U21s[edit]

On 15 March 2017, Sweeney was called up to the Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team for the first time for the Under 21 European Championship qualifier match against Kosovo.[26] He started the game and played the whole game as Ireland ran out as 1–0 winners thanks to a 2nd half goal from Olamide Shodipo.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AFC Wimbledon 2014–15[28] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2015–16[29] League Two 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Stoke City 2016–17[19] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2016–17[19] League One 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2017–18[22] League One 23 3 0 0 2 0 2 1 27 4
Total 39 3 0 0 2 0 2 1 43 4
Mansfield Town (loan) 2018–19[30] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 52 3 0 0 2 0 2 1 56 4

Honours[edit]

AFC Wimbledon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Sweeney". Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Ryan Sweeney". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Richard Challoner boys bag football trophy". Surrey Comet. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Challoner's goals just keep flying in". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  5. ^ A rise through the ranks
  6. ^ Chris Slavin (2 December 2014). "A rise through the ranks". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Duo awarded pro deals". BBC Sport. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Dag & Red 4–0 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Wimbledon 0–0 Oxford Utd". AFC Wimbledon. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  10. ^ "AFC Wimbledon 4–1 Luton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  11. ^ "AFC Wimbledon 4–1 Luton". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Morecambe 2–1 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Ryan Sweeney signs new AFC Wimbledon contract". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Update on Ryan Sweeney". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Sweeney Agreement Reached". Stoke City. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Ryan Sweeney: Stoke City sign AFC Wimbledon defender". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  17. ^ "RYAN IN ON LOAN". Bristol Rovers. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Bristol Rovers 1–0 Swindon Town-BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  19. ^ a b c "Games played by Ryan Sweeney in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Ryan Sweeney & Dominic Telford: Stoke City pair join League One Bristol Rovers loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Bristol Rovers 3–1 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Sweeney in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Ryan Sweeney: Mansfield Town sign Stoke City defender on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Stags sign Sweeney on permanent deal". Mansfield Town. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Ardley thrilled as AFC Wimbledon youngster earns Republic of Ireland call". Get West London. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  26. ^ "How Bristol Rovers could tackle defender crisis as international call-ups take their toll". Bristol Post. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  27. ^ "REPORT: Ireland U21s beat Kosovo in UEFA campaign opener". FA Ireland. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Ryan Sweeney in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  29. ^ "Games played by Ryan Sweeney in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Ryan Sweeney in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  31. ^ Pilnick, Brent (30 May 2016). "AFC Wimbledon 2–0 Plymouth Argyle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 December 2018.

External links[edit]