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Alan Maybury
Personal information
Full name Alan Paul Maybury
Date of birth 8 August 1978 (1978-08-08) (age 31)
Place of birth    Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Colchester United
Number 2
Youth career
Home Farm
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Leeds United
Reading (loan)
Crewe Alexandra (loan)
Leicester City
Aberdeen (loan)
Colchester United
014 (0)
008 (0)
006 (0)
112 (4)
085 (3)
013 (0)
025 (0)   
National team
Republic of Ireland U21
Republic of Ireland B
Republic of Ireland
002 (0)
001 (0)
010 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 10:43, 7 June 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Alan Paul Maybury (born 8 August 1978 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish footballer currently playing for Colchester United. He attended Howth Rd National School and then Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin and is one of eight children. Maybury's wife, Leigh Ramsay recently gave birth to his daughter, Grace.





As a youngster Maybury was linked to Rangers and was anecdotally the first player from the Reublic of Ireland to be offered a youth contract. However he decided to start his senior career at Leeds United[1]. At Leeds he occasionally deputised for compatriot Gary Kelly in the right-back berth but predominantly spent his time in the reserves. In spite of his lack of competitive football during this period, he attained two caps for Republic of Ireland in friendly internationals.

In an attempt to gain experience of regular first-team action, Maybury spent spells on loan at Reading and Crewe between 1999 and 2001. However, when still unable to displace Kelly upon his return to at Elland Road, he decided it was in his best interests to leave, with Craig Levein paying £130,000 to secure his services for Hearts in August 2001.


Alan made his Hearts debut in a convincing 3–0 victory over St. Johnstone later that month, and quickly impressed with his determination, consistency and versatility, becoming an integral part of the team that would record successive third place finishes in the SPL in 2002–03 and 2003–04. Although by preference a right-back, he would often deputise at left-back when required, and occasionally in right midfield. His dependably high-level performances eventually earned him the vice-captain's role and, by the summer of 2004, a recall to the Irish international squad, where he increased his cap tally to nine.


When Craig Levein left Hearts to manage Leicester, he made signing Maybury one of his priorities and Alan joined up at the Walkers Stadium in January 2005 for a nominal fee, in a double signing with striker Mark de Vries, both signing three and a half year contracts.[2 ] Levein was eventually sacked, but Maybury continued to feature in the first team, playing at right back.

On 14 August 2006, Leicester were approached by Sunderland regarding Maybury's availability.[3] The deal possibly fell through with no news update. Maybury was however transfer listed by then-manager Martin Allen on 4 June 2007,[4] having been replaced by Bruno N'Gotty and Richard Stearman. He was given permission to train with Hearts on 21 January 2008, in order to maintain his fitness while searching for a new club.[5 ]

On 15 May 2008, he was released by Leicester as his contract was close to expiring and was not going to be renewed by the club.[6]


Maybury signed for Aberdeen on loan until end of the season on the 31st of January 2008.[7] He made his debut for Aberdeen on February 2, in the 5th round of the Scottish Cup against Hamilton Academical. He came on as a substitute for Stuart Duff in the 69th minute as Aberdeen went on to win 1–0.[8 ] He played for the Aberdeen against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup and was deemed guilty of a handball against Ze Roberto in the penalty area, conceding a penalty that led to Bayern's second equaliser, with the score previously at 2–1. Aberdeen went on to draw the match 2–2.

Maybury was given a trial by Bristol City on 23 July 2008.[9]

Colchester United

Maybury signed for Colchester United on 12 December 2008 on a free transfer after a 3 week trial[10] and made his debut the following day against his first club Leeds United. On 23rd June Maybury signed a new contract [11]


  1. ^ Maybury finds his soul at Hearts], The Sunday Times 2003-03-16. Retrieved on 2008-09-21.
  2. ^ "Leicester swoop for Hearts pair". BBC Sport. 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2008-02-03.  
  3. ^ Black Cats chase Foxes defender, BBC Sport 2006-08-14. Retrieved on 2007-08-31.
  4. ^ Trio Transfer Listed, 2007-06-04.
  5. ^ "Maybury back training with Hearts". BBC Sport. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-01-25.  
  6. ^ "Foxes Release 6". 2008-05-15.,,10274~1312976,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  7. ^ Foxes' Maybury joins Dons on loan, BBC Sport 2008-01-31. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton Accies". BBC Sport. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-02-03.  
  9. ^ "Maybury on trial at City" BBC Sport 2008-07-23. Retrieved on 2008-07-23
  10. ^ Colchester sign defender Maybury, BBC Sport 2008-12-12. Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
  11. ^ U's Flash - Maybury Extends Stay. Retrieved on 2008-06-28.

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