2016 Squad Details


Barry Murphy


Squad number 1

Barry first played for Shamrock Rovers at Under 16 level after he joined the club in 2002. He quickly progressed up to the reserves and became first choice ‘keeper in the first team under Roddy Collins following the examinership process which the Hoops went through in 2005 and after which major adjustments were made to the squad. In 2010 Barry moved across the city to Rovers’ arch-rivals Bohemians and after two years joined St. Patrick’s Athletic. He then re-joined the Hoops for the 2013 season. During the course of the 2014 season Barry surpassed the 200 mark in his record of competitive appearances for the Hoops. SRFC senior Player of the Year for 2005, 2013 and 2014.

Date of birth: 08.06.85.  Height: 178cm. Weight: 82.2kgs


Craig Hyland


Squad number 25

Craig’s first spell at Shamrock Rovers came during the historic 2011 season. He departed at the end of that season to link up with Longford Town and went on to also play for Crusaders in the Irish League before returning south two years ago to join Waterford United. 2015 was his best at Rovers to date having made 20 league appearances. He also kept goal for all four of Rovers’ European games last summer.

Date of birth: 08.09.90.  Height: 193cm. Weight: 82.5kg


Luke Byrne


Squad number 3

Luke signed for the Hoops in November 2013 from north city rivals Bohemians for whom he had joined in 2011. He made his League of Ireland debut at Bohs in February 2012 playing against Portadown in the Setanta Cup. Luke played for St. Kevin’s Boys until he was 14 years of age but completed his Schoolboy days after three years at Home Farm. He has also been involved at international level having earned 2 Under 19 caps for the Republic of Ireland during the Elite Qualifying Phase of the European Championships in 2012. In 2014 Luke played for the Irish Home-based Under 21 team and was further recognised with a call up for the Republic’s Under 21 squad for the qualifying game against Montenegro at Tallaght Stadium. Scored Rovers’ first goal in the win away to Galway last season; that was also his first goal in senior football.

Date of birth: 08.07.93.  Height: 181cm. Weight: 75kg.


Rob Cornwall


Squad number 2

Rob signed for the Hoops’ first team squad for the 2014 season. He put pen to paper for Shamrock Rovers in early December 2013 having previously spent a full season with Shelbourne. During his short stay at Tolka Park Rob came close to winning a league and cup double but had to settle for runners-up spot in both the U19 Elite Division and Enda McGuill Cup. Before he moved to Tolka Park Rob played with St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Under 19 squad. Played at right full, centre half and left full for Rovers’ first team and B team in 2014. Didn’t feature much last season and went out on loan to Derry City for the second half of the year.

Date of birth: 16.10.94.  Height: 183cm. Weight: 86kg


Simon Madden


Squad number 17

Full back Simon re-­joined Shamrock Rovers in November 2013 having previously played for the club for two seasons from 2008 to 2009 after he came home from Leeds United. After he left the Hoops Simon had a spell with Darlington in the English League but returned to Ireland to join Dundalk for a further two seasons before signing for Derry City in 2012. Simon’s consistency with the Hoops has made him a favourite amongst the Tallaght faithful. The only player in the squad to start every league game last season.

Date of birth: 01.05.88.  Height: 175cm. Weight: 74.6kg.


David Webster


Squad number 4

Former Bray Wanderers defender who made his debut for the senior team at the Carlisle Grounds against his current club Shamrock Rovers in the League Cup competition in May 2008. Dave made his league debut for the Seagulls in 2009 also against the Hoops. He had six full seasons behind him playing for Wanderers’ first team – a lengthy spell that saw him become club captain. Dave signed for Shamrock Rovers in late 2014. Scored one of the goals in the 3-0 win against Luxembourg side Progrés Niderkorn in the Europa League first round, second leg game at Tallaght.

Date of birth: 09.08.89.  Height: 185cm.  Weight: 74kg.


David O'Connor


Squad number 5

Joined UCD in 2009 from the well­-known Schoolboy club Belvedere FC. Made 100 appearances for the ‘Students’ between 2009 and 2013. He is equally comfortable at left back as he is in the centre of defence. Suffered a set-back on his league debut for the Hoops when he picked up an injury during the game against Derry City that was to see him out of action for six weeks. Although he found it hard at times to nail down a first team place the 2015 season was more rewarding for him with fifteen starts in the league – something he will be aiming to build upon in 2016. From Trim, Co. Meath.

Date of birth: 24.08.91.  Height: 187cm.  Weight: 78.3kg.


Max Blanchard (CONTRACT TERMINATED 21st JULY 2016)


Squad number 6

Frenchman Maxime is from Alencon in Normandy. He has previously played for Laval, L’Entrente SSG and Moulins in his native country. A defender or midfielder, Max played for Tranmere Rovers before moving to Plymouth Argyle in 2010 and won Player of the Season with the ‘Pilgrims’ in 2010/11. He made his debut for the Hoops when he was included in the starting line-up for the pre-season friendly against Norwegian side SK Brann in February, 2015. Signed in late February. Max made 23 competitive appearances with Rovers in 2015.

Date of birth: 27.09.86. Height: 182cm. Weight: 83kg. 


Sean Heaney


Squad number 23

Towering centre half signed from St. Kevin’s Boys during the summer of 2013 for the Hoops’ Under 19 team. Made his first team debut against Dundalk in the LSC quarter final and represented the FAI Emerging Talent U18s against Ipswich Town FC. Sean has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 18 and Under 19 level. Proved he had the ability to make the step up during his time with the B team in 2014. He added to his experience while out on loan with Shelbourne for the whole of 2015. Has the full potential to play for Rovers’ Premier Division team on a permanent basis.

Date of birth: 27.01.96. Height: 190cm. Weight: 85kg.


Evan Osam


Squad number 28

Evan signed for Rovers from St. Kevin’s Boys in 2013 and had a full season after that with the Under 19s. Such was his form with the U19s that he was included in the First Division squad for the 2014 season. A very exciting player who is comfortable in both attacking and defending. Evan is the son of League of Ireland legend Paul and has all the attributes to successfully follow in his father’s footsteps. A Republic of Ireland Schoolboy international, Evan spent all of last season out on loan with Shelbourne.

Date of birth: 17.08.97.  Height: 178cm. Weight: 70kg.


Stephen McPhail (captain)


Squad number 37

Stephen is perhaps one of the most significant signings to be made by the Hoops in recent times. The former Republic of Ireland international joined Shamrock Rovers on a one-year contract in mid-February 2014 from Sheffield Wednesday. London-born Stephen began his career at Leeds United in 1997 and also played for Millwall (loan), Notts Forest (loan), Barnsley and Cardiff City. He has ten senior international caps to his credit. In late 2014 Stephen agreed an extension of his contract with Shamrock Rovers and again re-signed late last year to commit for the 2016 season. In addition to his first team duties he also played a big part in coaching the League-winning SRFC Under 17s in 2015.

Date of birth: 09.12.79.  Height: 173cm. Weight: 76.6kg.


Brandon Miele


Squad number 10

Former Cherry Orchard player who signed for Newcastle United in 2010 along with team mate Jamie Smith. Brandon, who has played for the Republic at Schoolboy and Youth level at all ages, made his debut for the Newcastle reserve team when he was just 16 years of age. An injury crisis in the reserves at St. James’s Park saw manager Peter Beardsley handing Brandon his debut against Manchester City in the F.A. Premier Reserve League. After he came home to Dublin he had a spell with Bluebell United in the Leinster Senior League before signing for Shamrock Rovers before Christmas 2014. He became an instant hit with the Hoops’ faithful last season, proving to be a prolific goalscorer and earning himself the club’s senior Player of the Year. Also appeared for Ireland Under 21s in the friendly against Norway at the RSC in Waterford.

Date of birth: 28-08-94.  Height: 175cm.  Weight: 73kg.


Trevor Clarke


Squad number 20

Former Crumlin United, St. Kevin’s Boys and Middlesbrough player who joined Rovers in late September. Trevor has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 level. His previous competitive game prior to joining the Hoops was for Ireland against Italy when he suffered a broken leg. He played most of his football at the club last year with the Under 19s but was also involved with the first team making his debut for them in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Date of birth: 26.03.98. Height: 175cm.  Weight: 63.5kg.


Gary McCabe


Squad number 7

Gary joined the Hoops in 2011 from Sligo Rovers and was on the Westerners’ team that beat Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup Final of 2010. From Kilnamanagh in Tallaght, he can play comfortably on either the right or left wing and has an eye for goal. He scored on his competitive debut for the Hoops in the 3-1 win against Dundalk in the opening game of the 2013 league campaign. Along with Craig Hyland (who is in his second spell) Gary is one of just two players that remain at the club from the historic Europa League odyssey of 2011. Last season he exceeded 200 competitive appearances wearing the green and white jersey.

Date of birth: 01.08.88.  Height: 170cm. Weight: 74.8kg.


Gavin Brennan 



Squad number 15

Former Drogheda Boys, Drogheda Town and Drogheda United player who signed for Shamrock Rovers towards the end of 2014. Although he is principally a midfielder, Gavin, brother of Ryan, played most of his schoolboy football at Drogheda Boys as a striker. He joined Drogheda United in June 2011 having been signed by manager Mick Cooke and made his LOI debut against Bohemians. Gavin was the Drogheda Player of the Year for the 2011 – a magnificent achievement considering he had joined the club only midway through the season. At the time he signed for Drogheda United Gavin’s other brothers Killian (Bohs) and Ryan and Sean (Monaghan) were also playing in the League of Ireland. As well as playing as a forward, Gavin is also a handy left full or left winger.

Date of birth: 23.01.88.  Height: 190cm.  Weight: 81kg.


Killian Brennan (CONTRACT TERMINATED 9th OCT 2016)


Squad number 11

After much speculation it was revealed in early January that Killian had once again put pen to paper for Shamrock Rovers. The much-experienced midfielder played for one season previously for the Hoops having been signed for the 2012 season by Stephen Kenny. In senior football Killian’s previous clubs are Dublin City, Derry City, Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic as well as Shamrock Rovers. Won his first and second Premier Division league medal with Bohs in 2008 and 2009 respectively; won further league honours with St. Pat’s in 2014. He also has three FAI Cup winners’ medals, five League Cup winners’ medals, one Setanta Cup success and two Leinster Senior Cup winners’ medals (including one gained during his time at Rovers) to his credit.

Date of birth: 31.01.84. Height: 183cm. Weight: 80kg.


Patrick Cregg


Squad number 16

Patrick signed for Shamrock Rovers in mid-August 2014 and made his debut as a substitute in the 1-1 draw away to Athlone Town - exactly four years to the day he appeared for the Hoops in a game against Manchester United Reserves at Tallaght Stadium. A midfielder, Patrick started out on his path in senior football in 2004 at Arsenal having being on the Gunners’ books as an apprentice for two years before that. A Dublin native, he spent most of his career playing in Scotland with Falkirk, Hibernians, Greenock Morton, St. Mirren and St. Johnstone. He also played south of the border for Bury for one season.

Date of birth: 21.02.86. Height: 175cm. Weight: 71kg.


Richie Purdy


Squad number 24

A son of the ex-League of Ireland player by the same name, young Richard came to Shamrock Rovers from St. Kevin’s Boys two years ago. His first year at the Hoops was a busy one for him in the U19s and First Division team but it has stood well for him. Richie gained further experience at the top level last season while on loan to Cabinteely FC. He could take a lot people by surprise during 2016.

Date of birth: 16.06.97.  Height: 178cm. Weight: 74.5kg. (ON LOAN TO DROGHEDA UTD FROM 28th JULY 2016 TO END SEASON)


James Doona


Squad number 29

Previous clubs: Lourdes Celtic, Crumlin, Stella Maris and St. Pat’s. Won Jimmy Flood Cup honours and represented the Republic of Ireland at U16 and U17 and Leinster Youths (against the Hessian F.A.). Also won All-Ireland Inter-League honours with the DDSL. Runners-up honours in the PFAI Cup. James impressed during his first season at the club playing for the Under 19s and made his first team debut in the Leinster Senior Cup. Signed professional terms in July 2016. 

Date of birth: 15.01.98. Height: 178cm. Weight: 64.8kg


Gary Shaw


Squad number 14

Often confused with another player of the same name as having previously played for Shamrock Rovers. Gary’s only previous association with the Hoops is the Northern Ireland Milk Cup of 2009 when he played as a guest for the club. This Gary Shaw had been playing for Newbridge Town before he signed for Bray Wanderers in August 2010. He scored Wanderers’ second goal in the 2-2 draw with the Hoops in the final game of the season – that was a goal that caused a flutter in the hearts of all Rovers’ fans that night as it endured a tense final 20 minutes in a game in which the Hoops needed at least a point (and thankfully got it!) to win their first Premier Division title in sixteen years. Gary moved on to Longford Town for the 2012 season with 2014 being his most rewarding season so far as he enjoyed tremendous form and played a big part in the ‘Town winning the First Division title. Signed for Shamrock Rovers in late 2014.

Date of birth: 10.05.92. Height: 189cm. Weight: 85kg.



Danny North (CONTRACT TERMINATED 21st JULY 2016)


Squad number 9

Born in Grimsby Town, England, Danny spent six seasons with his local club playing at youth and senior level before playing for one season with Conference League side Alfreton Town. He came to prominence in the League of Ireland in 2010 after he signed for St. Patrick’s Athletic. After two seasons at Richmond Park he moved to Sligo Rovers for three seasons during which time he was to win Premier Division, FAI Cup and Setanta Cup honours. At both St. Pat’s and Sligo Danny proved himself to be a prolific goalscorer. Joined Shamrock Rovers in November 2014.

Date of birth: 07.09.87.  Height: 172cm.  Weight: 76kg. 


Dean Clarke

Winger / Forward

Squad number 18

Played for Greystones, Park Celtic and St. Joseph’s Boys before signing for UCD as part of a scholarship in September 2011. Made his debut in the Premier Division at just 18 years of age when he played for UCD against Dundalk at the Belfield Bowl. Dean was invited to join Limerick last season after former ‘College manager Martin Russell took up the reigns at the Munster club. Scored twice on his debut for the Blues against Cork side Leeds AFC in the Munster Senior Cup. Dean missed just one of Limerick’s league games last season. Signed for Shamrock Rovers in December 2015. Described by Pat Fenlon as being just the type of player he was looking for on account of his pace and his ability to play on either wing or up front.

Date of birth: 29.03.93. Height: 178cm. Weight: 81kg.


Mikey Drennan


Squad number 8

‘Mikey’ joined Shamrock Rovers on 30th January 2015, making his debut later that same day in a pre-season game away to Waterford United. A native of Kilkenny City, he played youth football for the well-known local club Evergreen United before joining Aston Villa in 2010. Mikey was also a talented hurler with the James Stephens GAA club in Kilkenny. In soccer he remained an Aston Villa player up to early 2015 but during his time with the Birmingham club Mikey had loan spells at Carlisle United and Portsmouth; he scored for the latter in his first league game for the League Two side against Scunthorpe United. Mikey has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 16, Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 levels. Rovers’ top league goalscorer in 2015 with 12 goals.

Date of birth: 02.02.94. Height: 179cm. Weight: 80.5kg. (ON LEAVE SINCE MAY 2016)


Gareth McCaffrey


Squad number 27

Dublin-born Gareth played for Shelbourne and Stella Maris in the DDSL before joining the Hibernian F.C. Academy in 2013. A Schoolboy international for the Republic of Ireland, Gareth made his debut for Shamrock Rovers in the opening pre-season game away to Waterford United. He put pen to paper for the Hoops in late February last year.

Date of birth: 26.01.96. Height: 182cm. Weight: 75kg. (ON LOAN TO DROGHEDA UTD FROM 21st JULY 2016 TO END SEASON)



Aaron Dobbs


Squad number 26

Enniscorthy-based Aaron previously played for Moyne Rangers and St. Joseph’s Boys. A strong and powerful centre forward who wants to score goals. He won many admirers at Rovers last year playing in the Under 17 team. Finished the season as top goalscorer and as SRFC Under 17 Player of the Year. Equally powerful in the air as he is on the ground. Signed professional terms in July 2016. 

Date of birth: 06.01.99

Height: 180cm. Weight: 80kg



Shane Hanney


Squad number 21

Versatile midfielder/defender and an Irish U17 international.  Formerly with Templeogue United where he won three DDSL Premier and two All-Ireland winner's medals. Also a member of the DDSL Kennedy cup winning team in 2012. Shane represented Ireland at the 2015 UEFA Under 17 European Championship Finals in Bulgaria. Joined Rovers in 2015; has played since for the first team in the Leinster Senior Cup. Signed professional terms in July 2016. 

Date of birth: 19.02.1998

Height: 182cm. Weight: 74kg



Sean Boyd


Squad number 19

Joined Shamrock Rovers U19s for the 2014/15 season and very quickly established himself as a regular goalscorer. Finished the season as Rovers’ U19s top goalscorer. During the summer Sean got the opportunity to become involved in the first team squad and was on the bench for the game away to Galway last June. Sean played for Rivervalley Rangers up to 11 years of age before moving to Malahide for whom he played for four years. Signed professional terms in July 2016.

Date of birth: 20.06.1998

Height: 191cm. Weight: 74.8kg




Jamie Aherne


Squad number 24

Naturally gifted striker who joined Rovers in July from rivals St. Pat’s. Jamie played his Schoolboy football at Lucan United and Cherry Orchard. An SFAI Cup winner with the ‘Orchard. Played for the Republic of Ireland during the campaign for the UEFA Cup Under 17 Championship Finals last year and also played at the finals for Ireland. Jamie is a centre forward who likes to get the ball at his feet and run in behind. His strengths are running in behind and scoring goals.

Date of birth: 08.07.1998

Height: 175cm. Weight: 70kg



Players on season long loan:

Cian Kavanagh (on loan to Shelbourne F.C.)


Squad number 

Exciting young midfielder who joined Shamrock Rovers Under 19s from St. Kevin’s Boys during the summer of 2013. Compared by the then U19 manager Declan Hevey to being in the “Ronan Finn mould”, Cian indeed proved himself to be an influential figure in the middle of the park for the Under 19 team. Gradual involvement with the first team in 2014 saw him make the move up to the seniors last year. Cian featured in three of Rovers’ four Europa League qualifying games. He is currently on loan at Shelbourne. Date of birth: 11.09.96.  Height: 180cm.  Weight: 69kg.

Dylan Kavanagh (on loan to Shelbourne F.C.)


Squad number 

Dylan joined Shamrock Rovers in June 2014 from UCD and made his debut for the First Division team away to Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park. Essentially a wide midfield player, he can also perform in the centre and is comfortable at left full also. Having finished his time at Under 19 level Dylan has been brought up to the first team squad. He made his first team debut in the League Cup in early April last year in the League Cup away to Cabinteeley. He continued to be involved with the first team for the remainder of the 2015 season. Dylan is currently on loan with Shelbourne in the First Division. Date of birth: 13.04.96. Height: 175cm. Weight: 70kg.




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League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 33 77
2 Cork City 33 70
3 Derry City 33 62
4 Shamrock Rovers 33 55
5 Sligo Rovers 33 49
6 Bray Wanderers 33 46
7 St. Patrick's Athletic 33 45
8 Bohemian FC 33 41
9 Galway United 33 38
10 Finn Harps 33 32
11 Wexford Youths 33 23
12 Longford Town 33 14

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