2014 Squad Details
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
It was as a young player that Trevor began his own League of Ireland career back in 1992 when he signed for Drogheda United at the age of 18. After four seasons at United Park he moved back nearer to home when he signed for St. Patrick’s Athletic in 1996. A rock solid performer in the Saints’ back four, Trevor won Premier Division honours twice during his time at Richmond Park. He joined Shamrock Rovers in 2003 but a troublesome knee injury saw him retire from the playing side of the game much sooner than he would have originally expected. He then went into coaching and in 2007 joined Longford Town but was soon on his way back to Richmond Park. In 2009 Trevor came on board as assistant to Michael O’Neill at Shamrock Rovers but resigned during the 2011 season on account of differences with O’Neill. Last year Trevor assisted Liam Buckley at St. Pat’s and in late November was unveiled as manager of Shamrock Rovers.
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