2015 Squad Details

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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. 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. 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 2014.

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


Craig Hyland


Squad number 25

Craig made a return to the Hoops last 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 two years ago to join Waterford United. Made seven of his ten competitive appearances last season in the various cup competitions.

Date of birth: 08.09.90. Height: 193cm. Weight: 79kg

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Luke Byrne


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. 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. This year 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.

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


Rob Cornwall


Squad number 2

Another of the new signings added to the Hoops’ first team squad for the 2014 season. Rob 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 the first team and B team last season.

Date of birth: 16.10.1994. Height: 183cm. Weight: 83.8kg. (ON LOAN TO DERRY CITY FROM JULY)


Connor Kenna


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. Currently in his second season at Shamrock Rovers.

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


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.

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


David Webster


Squad number 14

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 has 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.

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

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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 Hoopswhen he picked up an injury during the game against Derry City that was to see him out of action for six weeks. David is yet another of the new signings made by Trevor Croly in December 2013. From Trim, Co. Meath. 

Date of birth: 24.08.1991. Height: 187cm. Weight: 78.3kg.


Max Blanchard


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. Signed in late February.

Date of birth: 27.09.86. Height: 182cm. Weight: 82kg.


Tim Clancy


Squad number 19

From Trim in County Meath. Tim played his Schoolboy football for local side Trim Celtic and then Belvedere before he joined Millwall in 2003. He later played in England for Walton & Hersham, Weymouth and Fisher Athletic before moving north of the border to Kilmarnock in 2007. After four years he moved on to Motherwell and later played for Hibernians and then St. Johnstone. Tim joined Shamrock Rovers a week before the start of the 2015 Airtricity League season.

Date of birth: 08.06.84. Height: 180cm. Weight: 79kg. (ON LOAN TO SLIGO ROVERS FROM JULY 30TH)



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 has the ability to make the step up during his time with the B team last season; has the full potential to play for Rovers’ Premier Division team on a permanent basis.

Date of birth: 27.01.96. Height: 190cm. Weight: 81kg. (ON SEASON LONG LOAN TO SHELBOURNE)


Evan Osam


Squad number 

Evan was the youngest member of the Under 19 squad during the 2013/14 season. Signed from St. Kevin’s Boys. 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 displayed outstanding form for the Hoops in the First Division last season.

Date of birth: 17.08.97.  Height: 178cm. Weight: 65kg. (ON SEASON LONG LOAN TO SHELBOURNE)


Stephen McPhail


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.

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


Brandon Miele


Squad number 20

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.

Date of birth: 28-08-94.  Height: 175cm.  Weight: 70kg.

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Ryan Brennan


Squad number 8

The youngest of the famous Brennan brothers. Drogheda-­born 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. Part of the Monaghan United squad that won promotion to the Premier Division, Ryan then spent the next 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 having been on the team that beat the Hoops in the 2012 final. Has since been joined at the club by his brother Gavin.

Date of birth: 11.11.91. Height: 180cm. Weight: 75.4kg.


Keith Fahey


Squad number 18

One of the most influential and undoubtedly most sought after midfielders in the League of Ireland in modern times. Keith impressed from an early age at Cherry Orchard and it came as no surprise in Schoolboy circles when he made the move to Arsenal in 1998. After two years with the Gunners he moved to Aston Villa where he stayed for a further two years before coming home to begin the first of what would be three different spells at St. Patrick’s Athletic. In between his second and third spell at Richmond Park the Tallaght native spent two years with Drogheda United. He moved to Birmingham City in 2006 and was on the team that beat a much fancied Arsenal side in the 2011 English League Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Keith has an impressive international pedigree having played for the Republic of Ireland at Schoolboy, Under 20 and senior international level. He is the holder of 16 senior international caps for Ireland. Keith signed for Shamrock Rovers in late 2014.

Date of birth: 15.01.83.  Height: 180cm.  Weight: 76kg. (RETIRED AUG 2015)


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, 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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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: 80kg.

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Sean O'Connor


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: 76.5kg.


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: 65kg.

Damien Duff

Damien Duff


Squad number 32

Damien needs no introduction to football fans at home or abroad such is his record in the game. ‘Duffer’ began his senior football career back in 1996 when he joined Blackburn Rovers from St. Kevin’s Boys. He had previously played Schoolboy football at Leicester Celtic and Lourdes Celtic. His senior career also took him to Chelsea, Newcastle United and Fulham. He also had a brief spell with Melbourne City in Australia. A Youth international player for the Republic of Ireland he was to go on and represent the ‘Boys in Green’ 100 times at senior level. He is the proud holder of two English Premiership League winners’ medals having won the honour with Chelsea in 2004/05 and 2005/06. After a lot of speculation, the left-winger finally put pen to paper for the Hoops in mid-July 2015.

Date of birth: 02.03.79. Height: 177cm. Weight: 

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Cian Kavanagh


Squad number 22

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 last season has seen him make the move up to the seniors for the 2015 season.

Date of birth: 11.09.96.  Height: 180cm.  Weight: 69kg.

Dylan Kavanagh

Dylan Kavanagh


Squad number 28

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 away to Cabinteeley.

Date of birth: 13.04.1996. Height: 175cm. Weight: 70kg


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 last year. 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. One to definitely watch out for.

Date of birth: 16.06.97.  Height: 178cm. Weight: 70kg. (ON LOAN TO CABINTEELY FROM JULY)



Danny North


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.


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 delighted his family when he joined Shamrock Rovers at the beginning of 2014.

Date of birth: 05.05.90. Height: 173cm. Weight: 60.4kg


Mikey Drennan


Squad number 21

‘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.

Date of birth: 02.02.94. Height: 179cm. Weight: 80.5kg.


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.

Date of birth: 26.01.96.  Height: 182cm. Weight: 75kg.





Backroom Team


Pat Fenlon


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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League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 33 78
2 Cork City 33 67
3 Shamrock Rovers 33 65
4 St. Patrick's Athletic 33 58
5 Bohemian FC 33 53
6 Longford Town 33 39
7 Derry City 33 35
8 Bray Wanderers 33 33
9 Sligo Rovers 33 31
10 Galway United 33 31
11 Limerick 33 29
12 Drogheda United 33 28

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