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Troy Deeney
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Deeney training with Watford in October 2014
Personal information
Full name Troy Matthew Deeney[1]
Date of birth (1988-06-29) 29 June 1988 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
 –2004 Aston Villa
2004–2006 Chelmsley Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Walsall 123 (27)
2006–2007 Halesowen Town (loan) 10 (8)
2010– Watford 228 (83)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 23 January 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Troy Matthew Deeney (born 29 June 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains Watford. He plays primarily as a striker. Deeney started his professional career at Walsall. He transferred to Football League Championship side Watford in 2010 and captained the side to promotion to the Premier League in the 2014–15 season.

Early and personal life

Deeney was born in Birmingham, West Midlands,[2] and grew up in Chelmsley Wood. He was one of three children born to his parents, who split up when he was 11. He was expelled from school when he was 14, before returning at the age of 15. He left at 16 without any GCSEs and began training as a bricklayer, earning £120 a week.[4]

On 25 June 2012, Deeney was sentenced to ten months' imprisonment for kicking a man in the head during a brawl.[5][6] He was released after serving almost three months of the sentence, after showing his remorse, and since he was a first time offender. Since his release from prison in 2012, he has earned GCSEs in English, science and maths.[4]

Deeney is married and has a son, Myles, and a daughter, Amelia. His brother, Ellis, is a semi-professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder. Ellis started his career at Aston Villa, where he was captain of their academy side before being released. He moved on to Kettering Town, Hinckley United and is now captain of Worcester City. He is a personal trainer, and Deeney helped fund his training in the profession.[4]

In October 2015, Deeney revealed that he had twice rejected invitations to play for Jamaica internationally and that he harboured an ambition of playing for England.[7] Deeney is also eligible to play for Northern Ireland.[8]



Deeney was invited for a four-day summer trial at Aston Villa at the age of 15. Having joined Chelmsley Town, he was scouted by Walsall head of youth Mick Halsall, who only attended the game Deeney was playing in because his son was also playing and due to the game he was scheduled to attend being postponed. Deeney was playing while drunk, but scored seven goals in an 11–4 win. He was offered a trial by the then League Two club, but only attended after his Chelmsley manager got him out of bed and paid for his taxi.[4] After signing for Walsall on 18 December 2006, Deeney was instantly sent out to Halesowen Town on loan for the rest of the 2006–07 season.[9]

He scored his first professional competitive goal for the Saddlers against Millwall, in September 2007 assisting Walsall to a 2–1 win.[10] This turned out to be his only goal of the 2007–08 season, and the 2008–09 season started similarly for him, only managing two goals in the first half of the season. However, the introduction of Chris Hutchings as manager coincided with Deeney finding a goalscoring touch. Helped by the fact his new manager started playing him in his favoured striking position, instead of on the right-wing as previous manager Jimmy Mullen had, Deeney scored nine goals in Hutchings' first 12 games in charge.[9][10] On 9 September 2009, it was announced that Deeney had signed a new two-year deal until 2011.[11] In 2009–10 Deeney scored 14 goals to finish as Walsall's top scorer and awarded the club's Player of the Year award.


On 4 August 2010, Deeney handed in a written transfer request amid interest from several Championship clubs. He'd been told he was to leave Walsall earlier in the summer, and had slackened his pre-season training in protest at the club's hardline stance when trying to sell him.[4] He signed for Watford two days later for an initial fee of £250,000 rising up to £500,000 on a two-year contract that lifted his salary from £1,200 to £6,000 a week.[12][4] On the same day Deeney signed for Watford, he played a part in their 3–2 win against Norwich City on the opening day of the season coming on for Marvin Sordell in the second half.[13] Deeney found his poor pre-season meant he struggled for fitness in comparison to his new teammates.[4] He scored his first Watford goal against Notts County in the first round of the League Cup on 24 August. Deeney went on to make 36 appearances for Watford in his first season scoring two goals from 17 starts, although he was mainly deployed on the wing by Malky Mackay.

Deeney (left) alongside former Watford teammate Don Cowie in 2012

In his second season at Watford, Deeney made over 40 appearances under the management of Sean Dyche in his preferred position as striker.[10] Deeney finished the season as Watford's top goalscorer with 11 goals and also won the Goal of the Season Award for his goal against Ipswich Town in March 2012.[14]

Deeney made his first appearance for Watford, after his release from prison, against Bristol City at Vicarage Road on 22 September 2012. The game finished 2–2 with Deeney coming on in the second half and hitting the post. He started the next game against Huddersfield Town on 29 September, and scored the winner from the spot in the 3–2 away win. He scored a memorable double against his boyhood club, Birmingham City, as Watford ran out 4–0 winners on 16 February 2013.

In March 2013 Deeney signed a new contract with Watford keeping him at the club until 2016.

Deeney netted another brace in a 4–0 win over Blackburn Rovers on 20 April 2013, taking his tally to eighteen for the season. He scored his 19th goal of the season in the next match against Leicester on 26 April 2013, scoring the first goal in an important 2–1 win for Watford.

On 12 May 2013, Watford faced Leicester City in the play-off semi-final second leg at Vicarage Road. In one of the most dramatic ends to a play-off match in history, Deeney scored a goal deep into injury time to qualify for the Championship Play-off final at Wembley Stadium. After Manuel Almunia saved a penalty taken by Anthony Knockaert and a rebound, Watford charged down to the other end, and Deeney lashed in the winning goal in the seventh minute of added time.[15]

After scoring 20 goals in the 2012–13 season, Deeney scored the only goal as Watford beat Birmingham City 1–0 in the opening game of the 2013–14 season. A week later on 10 August, Deeney scored a hat-trick as Watford thrashed Bournemouth 6–1 at Vicarage Road. In doing so he became the first Hornets player to score a hat-trick in a match since Michael Chopra in 2003, and the first one to do so at Vicarage Road since David Connolly on 7 December 1996. It was also Deeney's first career hat-trick.[16]

Having netted a brace in a 4–1 win away against Sheffield Wednesday on 29 March 2014, Deeney took his 2013–14 season tally to 20 goals. In the process he became the first Watford player to score 20 or more goals in consecutive seasons in all competitions since Luther Blissett managed the feat in 1983.[17]

Deeney scored again, this time against Burnley on 5 April 2014, to become the first Watford player to score 20 league goals in consecutive seasons since Cliff Holton managed the feat in 1961.[18] The striker won both the Watford Player of the Season award for 2013–14 and also won the Players' Player of the Year at the end of season awards on 2 May 2014.[19]

Following the departure of Manuel Almunia, Deeney was named the Watford captain by manager Giuseppe Sannino prior to the 2014–15 season.[20]

During the course of the 2014–15 Championship season, Deeney helped Watford earn promotion to the Premier League.[21] In the process he became the first player in Watford history to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons (2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15).[22]

On 8 August 2015, Deeney made his Premier League debut, captaining the Hornets in their 2015–16 season opener, a 2–2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park. On 24 October, he scored his first Premier League goal as Watford defeated Stoke City 2–0 at the Britannia Stadium. On 21 November 2015, Deeney scored a penalty against Manchester United in the 87th minute to equalize, just after that, he scored an own goal in the 90th minute to help Manchester United secure a 2–1 victory over Watford in a dramatic change of events at Vicarage Road. Deeney would extend his goal streak to five in six games with the opener in a 2–0 win against Norwich City on 5 December 2015.

Career statistics

As of 30 January 2016
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
League One 35 1 4 0 0 0 1[a] 0 40 1
League One 45 12 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 49 12
2009–10 League One 42 14 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 46 14
Total 123 27 7 0 2 0 4 0 136 27
Halesowen Town (loan)[24]
NPL Premier Division 10 8 0 0 0 0 10 8
Watford[25] 2010–11 Championship 36 2 2 0 2 1 40 3
2011–12 Championship 43 11 2 1 1 0 46 12
2012–13 Championship 40 19 1 0 0 0 2[b] 1 43 20
2013–14 Championship 44 24 3 1 1 0 48 25
2014–15 Championship 42 21 1 0 0 0 43 21
2015–16 Premier League 23 6 2 1 0 0 25 7
Total 228 83 11 3 4 1 2 1 245 88
Career Total 361 118 18 3 6 1 6 1 390 123
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs


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  2. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile". Watford F.C. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Troy Deeney speaks to Frank Smith about how he went from scoring seven times whilst drunk for Chelmsley Wood to captaining Watford into the Premier League". Watford Observer. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Deeney sentenced to ten months in prison" Watford Observer. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Watford striker Troy Deeney jailed for ten months for kicking man in head". Metro. 26 June 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Troy Deeney: Going to prison was the best thing that's ever happened to me". Telegraph. 6 February 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Watford sign striker Troy Deeney from Walsall". BBC Sport. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Norwich 2–3 Watford". BBC Sport. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "2011/12 Awards: Goal Of The Season". Watford Football Club. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Watford 6 – Bournemouth 1". BBC. 10 August 2013. 
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