Damien Delaney

Damien Delaney
Damien Delaney
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Delaney playing for Ipswich Town against Millwall in 2010
Personal information
Full name Damien Delaney[1]
Date of birth 20 July 1981 (1981-07-20) (age 30)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Ipswich Town
Number 5
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– Ipswich Town 77 (2)
National team
2008– Republic of Ireland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:07, 23 October 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00.00, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

Damien Delaney (born 20 July 1981) is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender for Ipswich Town and the Republic of Ireland national football team.

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.


Early life

Born in Cork, Delaney attended Coláiste Chríost Rí and began his career at local club Cork City.[2]

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. Taylor later made Delaney his first signing for Hull City, on 17 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[citation needed]

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 Trappatoni. 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.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 165. ISBN 1852916656. 
  2. ^ http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=60
  3. ^ "QPR recruit Hull defender Delaney". BBC Sport. 2008-01-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/7193433.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Defender Delaney moves to Ipswich". BBC Sport. 2009-07-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/i/ipswich_town/8131148.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stuart Elliot
Hull City Player of the Season
Succeeded by
Stuart Elliot

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