2014 Squad Details

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Barry Murphy

Goalkeeper

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. In November 2012, new Hoops’ manager Trevor Croly made the move to bring Barry back to the club as part of his squad building process.

Date of birth: 08.06.85. Height: 178cm. Weight: 82.3kgs.

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Craig Hyland

Goalkeeper

Squad number 25

Craig made a return to the Hoops this year having previously played for the club in 2011. 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 last year to join Waterford United.

Date of birth: 08.09.90. Height: 193cm. Weight: 80kg

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Luke Byrne

Defender

Squad number 3

Signed in November 2013 by Trevor Croly. Luke came to the Hoops from north city rivals Bohemians for whom he signed in 2011. He made his League of Ireland debut at Bohs in February 2012 playing against Portadown in the Setanta Cup.

Date of birth: 08.07.1993. Height: 181cm. Weight: 79.9kg.

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Rob Cornwall

Defender

Squad number 2

Another of the new signings added to the Hoops’ first team squad. Rob put pen to paper for Shamrock Rovers in early December 2013 having previously spent a full season with Shelbourne. Before he moved to Tolka Park Rob played with St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Under 19 squad.

Date of birth: 16.10.1994. Height: 183cm. Weight: 82kg.

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Connor Kenna

Defender

Squad number 4

Conor joined Shelbourne in 2003 but it was at UCD, to whom he signed for a year later, that he became known in the League. His career began brightly at Belfield winning promotion from the First to Premier Division in his first season at the South Dublin club. He moved to Drogheda for one season (2009) and then signed for St. Patrick’s Athletic with whom he spent the following three seasons, winning a Premier Division champion’s medal in 2013. Conor is the team captain.


Date of birth: 21.11.84. Height: 183cm. Weight: 78kg.

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Simon Madden

Defender

Squad number 17

Full back Simon re­joined 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.

Date of birth: 01.05.1988. Height: 175cm. Weight: 74.6kg.

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Jason McGuinness

Defender

Squad number 5

The Shamrock Rovers that Jason McGuinness has made a return to is a very different one to the one from which he departed in 2005. Jason began his League of Ireland career alongside Ken Oman in the centre of defence for Bohemians. He quickly established himself in the Bohs team but it was his second spell at Dalymount with the Gypsies after he left Rovers that saw him capture a Premier Division winners medal not once but twice. The big lad added another league medal to his haul last season at Sligo Rovers for whom he played a fantastic role as part of the team that brought league honours to the Showgrounds last season. Signed by Trevor Croly for the Hoops in November, 2012.

Date of birth: 08.08.82. Height: 188cm. Weight: 91.2kg

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David O'Connor

Defender

Squad number 14

Joined UCD in 2009 from the well­known Schoolboy club Belvedere FC. and became a first team regular in the 2011 season. David is yet another of the new signings made by Trevor Croly in December 2013. Meath­born David is a central defender.

Date of birth: 24.08.1991. Height: 183cm. Weight: 78.3kg.

 

Maxime Vuille

Defender
Squad Number: TBC

Maxime signed for Shamrock Rovers at the beginning of August 2014. While on trial at the club he played for the Hoops in the pre-season friendly against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Tallaght Stadium. Maxime was born in Neuchatel in Switzerland and played for his local club Xamax for two years before joining FC Biel where he remained for three and a half years. His most recent club before joining Shamrock Rovers was FC Koeniz for whom he played for one year. Maxime is a right full or right-sided midfield player.


Date of birth: 02.011.1987. Height: 179cm. Weight: 73kg

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Stephen McPhail

Midfielder

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.

 

Date of birth: 09.12.79. Height: 173cm. Weight: 75kg

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Robert Bayly

Midfielder

Squad number 15

Another former Hoops’ player who re-joined the club this season. Robert was previously on the books during the 2010 season.A year before that, Robert made his League of Ireland debut for the now defunct Sporting Fingal having signed from Leeds United. He comes from a well-known football family; Richie Bayly and Martin Bayly, both of whom are former Rovers’ players, are uncles of Robert.


Date of birth: 22.02.88. Height: 175cm. Weight: 71.2kg.

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Ryan Brennan

Midfielder

Squad number 8

The youngest of the famous three Brennan brothers. Drogheda­born Ryan followed in the footsteps of his brother Killian in committing to Shamrock Rovers having made the decision to sign for the Hoops in December 2013. Ryan previously spent the past two and a half seasons at Drogheda United for whom he made his League of Ireland debut. Ryan has an EA League Cup winners’ medal to his credit.

Date of birth: 11.11.91. Height: 180cm. Weight: 75kg

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Shane Robinson

Midfielder

Squad number 18

Shane is currently in his third spell with Shamrock Rovers having first joined the club in 1999 at the age of 18 during Damien Richardson’s reign as manager. The Waterford lad went into the first team straight away and made an immediate impact. His pace on the wing thrilled the Hoops fans although the narrow confines of Morton Stadium hardly suited his style. After five years with Rovers, Shane joined Drogheda United where he was to win both league and FAI Cup honours but was signed again for Rovers in 2009 by Michael O’Neill. After a sojourn abroad where he played in Australia and Finland, the experienced midfielder came home to Ireland in late 2012 and put pen to paper for the Hoops for the third time.

Date of birth: 17.12.1980. Height: 175cm. Weight: 78.3kg

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Gary McCabe

Midfielder

Squad number 7

Gary joined the Hoops last season from Sligo Rovers and was on the Westerners’ team that beat Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup Final of 2010. From Kilnamanagh in Tallaght, 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. Ironically, he scored the winning goal when the Hoops travelled to the Showgrounds for their first away league game of 2013!

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

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Ronan Finn

Midfielder

Squad number 21

A very stylish and clever central midfield player whose arrival at Tallaght in February 2011 came as an unexpected boost to Michael O’Neill’s squad. The shock and sudden demise of Sporting Fingal FC meant that Ronan was left without a club just as the 2011 season was about to begin but he was offered terms by the Hoops without delay and didn’t hesitate in signing up. From Artane, he began his Schoolboy football with local side Artane Beaumont at 7 years of age. He joined UCD on a scholarship and graduated with a degree in Sports Management. He made his Hoops’ debut in a friendly against Waterford one week before the season began. Ronan was Shamrock Rovers’ Player of the Year for the 2012 season.

Date of birth: 21.12.87. Height: 184cm . Weight: 74.5kg

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Sean O'Connor

Midfielder

Squad number 10

Sean is yet another player who re-joined Shamrock Rovers having previously played for the club. His first spell began in 2008 after he was signed by Pat Scully from St. Patrick’s Athletic. He had three full seasons at the club before moving on to Limerick where Scully had since become manager but was soon on his way back to Richmond Park to begin a second spell with St. Pat’s. Sean is a tricky midfielder who can play anywhere across the middle of the park.

Date of birth: 21.10.83. Height: 177cm. Weight: 74.8kg

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Patrick Cregg

Midfielder

Squad number 6

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: 65kg

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Ciarán Kilduff

Forward

Squad number 31

A rather tall striker who is equally deft in the air and on the ground. Ciarán is in his second spell at Shamrock Rovers having originally played for the Hoops’ Schoolboys. He made the breakthrough to the first team at Rovers but left the club in 2009 to join UCD on a schloarship for two years. As a Schoolboy player Ciarán had a reputation for being a prolific goalscorer and was always destined to go on to bigger and better things. Played in nine of Rovers’ twelve European games last year.

Date of birth: 29.09.88. Height: 193cm. Weight: 81.6kg

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Karl Sheppard

Forward

Squad number 9

Came to prominence with Galway United last year in his first year playing in the League of Ireland. He played his Schoolboy football at his local club Portmarnock up to Under 13 before joining Shelbourne. At 16 years of age he made a move from Shels to Everton in England. After three years at Goodison Park Karl returned to Ireland and joined Galway United. He was signed by Shamrock Rovers in 2011 as part of Michael O’Neill’s plan to strengthen the strike force which was depleted with the loss of Dessie Baker (retired). He was transferred to Reading at the end of the 2011 season and since had a loan spell from Reading to Accrington Stanely. Karl rejoined the Hoops on loan from Reading on the final day of the English transfer window.

Date of birth: 14.02.91. Height: 181cm. Weight: 80kg

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Éamon Zayed

Forward

Squad number 27

Éamon Zayed first came to prominence in the League of Ireland with Bray Wanderers having made his first appearance at the Carlisle Grounds in 2002. After a four-year spell he moved on to Drogheda United where he went on to win League and Setanta Cup honours. His next port of call was Sporting Fingal with whom he won FAI Cup honours in 2009. His time at Derry City was productive too, bringing him League Cup honours. For a period of one and a half years he tried his hand at the game outside of Ireland playing for Iranian clubs Persepolis FC and Aluminium Hormozgan respectively. The son of a Libyan father and an Irish mother, Éamon has played for the Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level and for Libya at senior international level. He made his debut for Shamrock Rovers against Birmingham City in a friendly game shortly after he signed in July, 2013.

Date of birth: 04.10.83. Height: 188cm. Weight: 90.4kg. ON LOAN TO SLIGO ROVERS FROM 31/7/14

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Marty Waters

Winger / Centre Forward

Squad number 11

Marty made a name for himself during the two years he spent playing for the first team at Bray Wanderers. From Loughlinstown, he played his schoolboy football at Ballybrack United and Valeview Shankill before moving up to play for Valeview's senior team. At Bray he won Player of the Year for the Under 20 team and then for the A Championship team. He also captured the senior POTY title at the Carlisle Grounds in both 2012 and 2013. A true Hoops fan, Marty joined Shamrock Rovers at the beginning of 2014.
Date of birth: 05.05.90. Height: 173cm. Weight: 60.4kg

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Dean Kelly

Forward

Squad number 24

Dean is currently in his second spell at Shamrock Rovers having previously played for the club in the 2011 season after a spell at Oldham Athletic. Should he fail to achieve anything during his time with the Hoops at least he will always be remembered for the crucial goal he scored against UCD at Belfield to win the league title in 2011. In between his previous and current spells at Rovers Dean played for St. Patrick’s Athletic and Shelbourne.

Date of birth: 18-09-85. Height: 175cm. Weight: 75kg


Backroom Team

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Pat Fenlon

Manager

Pat was swiftly appointed by the Board of Shamrock Rovers as club manager following the departure of Trevor Croly in early August, 2014. As a player and a manager Pat has enjoyed immense success both north and south of the Irish border. His first taste of the League of Ireland came in 1987 when Brian Kerr signed him for St. Patrick’s Athletic. That first season saw the Saints finish as narrow runners-up to Dundalk in the title race with midfielder Fenlon being one of the outstanding players of the season. Before joining St. Pat’s he had been on the books of Chelsea but there was to be no return to England for him though. Instead, he went on to enjoy continued success at Bohemians (3 seasons); Linfield (4 seasons); Shamrock Rovers (1 season) and Shelbourne (6 seasons). His haul as a player on this island netted him four league titles and four national cup successes. His managerial career has seen him take the reigns at Shelbourne (2002 – 2006); Derry City (2007); Republic of Ireland U23 (2007/08); Bohemians (2008-2011) and Hibernians in the Scottish League from 2011 to 2013. As a manager in the League of Ireland Fenlon won 5 league titles, one FAI Cup, one League Cup and one Setanta Cup. Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year for 1991/92 and 1999/00. Soccer Writers Personality of the Year 2004 and 2006. At Hibernians Fenlon guided the Hibees to the Scottish Cup final in 2012 and 2013 but the silverware avoided them on both occasions. Undoubtedly one of the most experienced managers around in the League of Ireland, Fenlon has found a natural home at Shamrock Rovers.

 

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Timothy Dalton

Goalkeeping Coach

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Phillip McMahon

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Tony McCarthy

Physiotherapist

 

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Mal Slattery

Equipment Manager

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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