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Damien Delaney
Personal information
Full name Damien Delaney
Date of birth July 20, 1981 (1981-07-20) (age 28)
Place of birth Cork, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Ipswich Town
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Cork City 0 (0)
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 29 (0)
National team
2008– Republic of Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:22, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:23,03 September 2009 (UTC)

Damien Delaney (born July 20, 1981 in Cork) is an Irish professional footballer, currently playing for Ipswich Town.


Early life

Delaney attended Coláiste Chríost Rí and began his footballing career at local club Cork City.[1]

Playing career


Leicester and Hull

He was brought to England by Peter Taylor at Leicester City, where he made eight Premiership appearances. Taylor later made Delaney his first signing for Hull City, on October 17, 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 Kingston Communications Stadium.

Queens Park Rangers and international recognition

On January 17, 2008 Delaney signed a three-and-a-half-year deal for Queens Park Rangers F.C..[2] On March 8, 2008 Delaney scored his first goal for QPR in a 2-1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

On May 13, 2008, he was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time by new manager Giovanni Trappatoni.

Ipswich Town

On July 2, 2009, Delaney signed for Ipswich Town on a two-year contract for a fee of £750,000, £250,000 if Ipswich reach the play-offs and an extra £100,000 after he has made 50 appearances for the club.[3]


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