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Delaney playing for Crystal Palace in 2016
Personal information
Full name Damien Finbarr Delaney
Date of birth 20 July 1981 (1981-07-20) (age 40)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.91 m
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Avondale United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Cork City
2000–2002 Leicester City 8 (0)
2001–2002 Stockport County (loan) 12 (1)
2002 Huddersfield Town (loan) 2 (0)
2002 Mansfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2008 Hull City 224 (5)
2008–2009 Queens Park Rangers 54 (2)
2009–2012 Ipswich Town 98 (2)
2012–2018 Crystal Palace 170 (6)
2018 Cork City 10 (1)
2019 Waterford 20 (1)
Total 605 (18)
National team
2008–2014 Republic of Ireland 9 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:20, 5 July 2019 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:37, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Damien Finbarr Delaney (born 20 July 1981) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a defender.

Delaney began his career at Cork City. He later played for Leicester City, Hull City and Queens Park Rangers before moving to Ipswich Town in 2009. He became a free agent after leaving the club in August 2012. He then signed for Crystal Palace and was a vital player in the centre of defence in their promotion season. He played for the club for six seasons and rejoined former club Cork City on 1 July 2018, after his contract expired. He departed Leeside at the end of the 2018 season and on 3 January 2019 it was announced that he had signed a one year deal with Waterford.

Delaney announced his retirement on Twitter on 4 July 2019.

Early life

Born in Cork, Delaney attended Coláiste Chríost Rí and began his career at local club Avondale United at schoolboy level before moving on to Cork City.

He also played Gaelic football with the Cork minor team. Delaney was a Munster minor football winner with the team in 1999 and shone for his club, St Michael's. He struck 2–2 in an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo that year, before he committed fully to soccer.

Club career

Leicester City and Hull City

He was brought to England by Peter Taylor at Leicester City, where he made eight FA Premier League appearances. He had spells on loan at Stockport County, Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town. Whilst at Stockport, he scored his first career goal in a match against Rotherham United. Taylor later made Delaney his first signing for Hull City, on 16 October 2002, for a fee of £50,000.

After a rocky start to his career at Hull, during which time he was tried in midfield and at left-back, Delaney was played regularly at centre back and began to grow in stature and consistency. He was voted Player of the Year in the 2003–04 promotion-winning season, additionally his strike against Rochdale was voted Goal of the Season.

In the 2005–06 season in the Championship, he played mainly at centre back, but also at left-back when two players in that position were injured, and in midfield when the manager felt that more height and solidity were required. This versatility made him a key asset to the Tigers squad.

Delaney was the last Hull City player to score a goal at their old ground Boothferry Park, prior to their move to the KC Stadium.

Queens Park Rangers

On 18 January 2008 Delaney signed for Queens Park Rangers on a three-and-a-half-year contract. On 8 March 2008 Delaney scored his first goal for QPR in a 2–1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich Town

On 2 July 2009, Delaney signed for Ipswich Town on a two-year contract for a fee of £750,000, £250,000 if Ipswich reached the play-offs and an extra £100,000 after he has made 50 appearances for the club. He suffered a freak injury in the following year's pre-season which almost cost him his life - a blood clot in his thigh. He was rushed to an emergency surgery procedure that resolved the issue. He scored his first goal for the club in the East Anglian derby in November 2010, before being sent off following a straight red card. He left the club by mutual consent in August 2012.

Crystal Palace

On 31 August 2012, following his departure from Ipswich, Delaney signed for Crystal Palace on a short-term contract until January 2013. He scored his first goal for the club in Palace's 4–3 comeback against Burnley on 6 October. Due to Delaney's impressive start to his Palace career, he signed a new contract on 22 November 2012, which expired summer 2014. He scored his first ever goal in the Premier League in a 3–3 draw against Liverpool, with his initial 25-yard shot deflected slightly into the net by Glen Johnson. Palace were 3–0 down at the time, but Delaney's goal combined with two goals from Dwight Gayle made it 3–3. Delaney was a regular for Palace for their first four seasons back in the Premier League and stayed at the club until the end of the 2017–18 season, making a total of 193 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals.

Return to Cork City

After the end of the 2017–18 Premier League season, Cork City announced that Delaney had signed with the club, and returned on 1 July 2018 after his contract with Palace expired and the Irish transfer window opened. He made 14 appearances, scoring one goal, before leaving the club at the end of the season.

Waterford

At the start of 2019, Delaney signed for Waterford for the 2019 season.

International career

On 13 May 2008, Delaney was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time by the new manager Giovanni Trapattoni. On 4 May 2011, he was called into the Irish squad for the 2011 Nations Cup games against Northern Ireland and Scotland. On 24 May 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes against Northern Ireland as Ireland beat them 5–0. On 11 October 2013, he made a belated competitive debut in a World Cup qualifier against Germany.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2000–01 Premier League 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2001–02 Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Stockport County (loan) 2001–02 First Division 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2001–02 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2002–03 Second Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Hull City 2002–03 Third Division 30 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2003–04 Third Division 46 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 48 2
2004–05 League One 43 1 3 0 1 0 47 1
2005–06 Championship 46 0 1 0 1 0 48 0
2006–07 Championship 37 1 1 0 1 0 39 1
2007–08 Championship 22 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 26 0
Total 224 5 8 0 7 0 239 5
Queens Park Rangers 2007–08 Championship 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
2008–09 Championship 37 1 2 0 3 1 42 2
Total 54 2 2 0 3 1 59 3
Ipswich Town 2009–10 Championship 36 0 2 0 1 0 39 0
2010–11 Championship 32 2 0 0 4 1 36 3
2011–12 Championship 29 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
2012–13 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 98 2 3 0 5 1 106 3
Crystal Palace 2012–13 Championship 40 3 2 0 0 0 3 0 45 3
2013–14 Premier League 37 1 2 0 0 0 39 1
2014–15 Premier League 29 0 2 0 1 0 32 0
2015–16 Premier League 31 2 6 0 2 1 39 3
2016–17 Premier League 30 0 2 0 1 0 33 0
2017–18 Premier League 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Total 170 6 15 0 5 1 3 0 193 7
Cork City 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division 10 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 14 1
Waterford 2019 League of Ireland Premier Division 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
Career total 605 18 30 0 21 3 4 0 3 0 663 21

International

Source:
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland
2008 2 0
2011 3 0
2013 3 0
2014 1 0
Total 9 0

Honours

Cork City

  • League of Ireland Cup: 1998–99

Hull City

Crystal Palace

  • Football League Championship play-offs: 2013
  • FA Cup runner-up: 2015–16

Republic of Ireland

  • Nations Cup: 2011

Individual

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