|Full name||Vaughan Barry Coveny|
|Date of birth||13 December 1971|
|Place of birth||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|1995–2004||South Melbourne FC||240||(83)|
|2005–2006||South Melbourne FC||36||(14)|
|2005–2006||→ Newcastle Jets (loan)||10||(4)|
|2009||South Melbourne FC||14||(4)|
|2011||Essendon United FC||2||(2)|
|New Zealand U-23|
|2011–2014||Melbourne Victory Youth (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 July 2009.
Vaughan Coveny (born 13 December 1971) is a former football player, who frequently represented New Zealand from 1992 onwards. Coveny's senior club career spanned 20 years, with his most notable stint being at South Melbourne during their National Soccer League era. He was primarily a striker although he also played as a winger. After retiring from playing, he pursued a coaching career. He now plays with Victorian Provisional 1 team Essendon United F.C.
Coveny began his NSL career at the Melbourne Knights, then moved to Wollongong City, but the majority of his career was spent at South Melbourne in the NSL, and later on, Victorian Premier League. He also spent some time in the A-League, playing for the Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix. On Anzac Day 2009 Coveny scored his 100th goal for South Melbourne FC away at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve against Hume City FC. He retired at the end of the 2009 season.
Coveny made his full New Zealand debut in a 0–0 draw with Fiji on 19 September 1992. He was included in the New Zealand side for both the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup finals tournament, and the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup finals tournament. He ended his international playing career with 64 A-international caps to his credit, his final cap gained in a 1–1 draw with Estonia on 31 May 2006.
Coveny became New Zealand's highest goal scorer (still a current record in the New Zealand national football team) on 27 May 2006, when he scored twice in the "All Whites" 3–1 victory over Georgia, bringing his total A-international goal tally to 28, and his total including unofficial games to 30 in 71 games, surpassing Jock Newall's long standing record of 28 from only 17 games. In January 2009, Coveny announced his retirement from international football. He was also the games record holder for the All Whites, until Ivan Vicelich passed him in 2009.
International career statistics
|New Zealand national team|
- Scores and results list New Zealand's goal tally first.
After retiring, Coveny was announced as South Melbourne's manager for the Victorian Premier League 2010 season. After the team failed to make the finals, his contract was not renewed.
New Zealand Young Player of the Year: 1992
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- John "Jock" Newall
- Vaughan Coveny calls time on career
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