Sean Friars

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Sean Friars
Personal information
Full name Sean Friars
Date of birth (1979-05-15) 15 May 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Dungannon Swifts
Number 29
Youth career
199?–1995 Foyle Harps
1995–1998 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Ipswich Town 1 (0)
2000 Portadown (loan) ? (?)
2001–2002 Carlisle United 1 (0)
2002 Newry Town 4 (0)
2002–2004 Derry City ? (?)
2004 Finn Harps (loan) 13 (1)
2004–2007 Cliftonville 60 (12)
2007 Limavady United 8 (2)
2007–2009 Newry City 38 (5)
2009–2010 Institute 28 (1)
2010–2011 Aileach ? (?)
2012– Dungannon Swifts 21 (4)
National team
2001–2004 Northern Ireland U21 21 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sean Friars (born 15 May 1979 in Derry, Northern Ireland) is a footballer and former Liverpool player. He currently plays for Dungannon Swifts. His brother Emmet also plays for Dungannon Swifts.

Early career[edit]

Prior to his move to Cliftonville, Friars played for Foyle Harps, Liverpool, Ipswich Town, Portadown, Newry Town, Derry City and Finn Harps.

Friars made only one appearance, as substitute, for Ipswich Town. He came on against Crewe Alexandra in a 2–1 home win at Portman Road.

In 2001 he had a short term deal with Newry Town which expired in September.[1]

In March 2004 a loan deal from Derry City to Finn Harps was announced.[2] The left-sided midfielder, had been a member of Derry City's 2002 FAI Cup winning team. After returning from a loan spell with League of Ireland First Division club Finn Harps, it was announced in August 2004 that he had left Derry City by mutual agreement.[3]


He made his Cliftonville debut in August 2004 in a friendly match against Holywood During his first year at Cliftonville, Friars was included in the 2004–05 Irish League Team of the Year. Friars returned to Cliftonville from a spell at Limavady United where he spent the latter half of the 2006–07 season.

In October 2006 there was some doubt over his future with Cliftonville after he went absent from the club and was subsequently dropped from the squad for a number of matches.[4]

He remained with Cliftonville and recently had an "outstanding" match in their second leg away win in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in July 2007.[5]

Newry City[edit]

Friars sealed a return to Newry City in the summer of 2007 where he proved himself as a vital member of the team scoring 8 goals in his first 14 matches. His brother Emmett was also in the Newry City team.


In January 2009 Sean Friars was transferred to Institute for an undisclosed fee, signing a 2-year contract.

Dungannon Swifts[edit]

On the same day as his brother Emmet Friars, 3 January 2012, Sean joined Dungannon Swifts.

International career[edit]

He is a former Northern Ireland Under-21 international.[3] He captained the Northern Ireland team at U-21 level.[2]


  1. ^ Bill Clark (9 September 2001). "Sean's High Hope". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Johnny Proby (16 March 2004). "Friars joins Finn Harps". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Derry release Friars". BBC Sport – Football. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Friars future at Reds is in doubt". BBC Sport – Football. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  5. ^ Alex McGreevy (2 July 2007). "Red letter day in Europe". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 

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