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David Healy
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Personal information
Full name David Jonathan Healy
Date of birth 5 August 1979 (1979-08-05) (age 30)
Place of birth Killyleagh, Northern Ireland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Ipswich Town
(on loan from Sunderland)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Manchester United 1 (0)
2000 Port Vale (loan) 16 (3)
2000–2001 Preston North End (loan) 2 (1)
2001–2004 Preston North End 136 (43)
2003 Norwich City (loan) 5 (1)
2003 Norwich City (loan) 8 (1)
2004–2007 Leeds United 111 (29)
2007–2008 Fulham 30 (4)
2008– Sunderland 13 (1)
2010– Ipswich Town (loan) 9 (1)
National team
1998–1999 Northern Ireland U21 8 (4)
1999 Northern Ireland B 1 (0)
2000– Northern Ireland 80 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:49, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:29, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

David Jonathan Healy MBE (born 5 August 1979) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as a striker for English team Ipswich Town, on loan from Sunderland, and the Northern Ireland national team. He is the all-time leading scorer for Northern Ireland with 35 goals, and also holds the record for the highest scoring tally (13 goals) for a UEFA European Championship campaign.


Club career

Manchester United

Healy was born and raised in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland, and played for Crossgar, Lisburn Youth and Down Academy High School in Downpatrick. He signed for Manchester United in August 1999, just four days before his 20th birthday. He made his début for the Manchester United first team in a League Cup tie away to Aston Villa on 13 October 1999. In February 2000 he was loaned to Port Vale, but before playing for them he made his international debut for Northern Ireland.

He made sixteen appearances for Port Vale, scoring three goals. In the following season he made a second appearance in the League Cup (as a 90th minute substitute in a game that went into extra time, United eventually losing to Sunderland), and he made his Premier League début on 28 November 2000 as a second half substitute in a 2–0 victory over Ipswich Town. This was to be his last appearance for United; he signed for Preston North End on loan on December 29, 2000, and the deal was made permanent five days later. The fee was £1,500,000.

Preston North End

In the remainder of the 2000–01 season, Healy made twenty-six appearances for Preston and scored ten goals. He was a virtual ever-present in the 2001–02 season, appearing in forty-four League games and scoring ten goals.

In the 2002–03 season he was less successful; by the end of January 2003 he had made only twenty-three League appearances but scored five goals. Healy joined Norwich City, managed by Nigel Worthington, on a month's loan at the end of January; in the end he stayed for the remainder of that season, but in thirteen appearances for the Canaries he scored only two goals against Sheffield Wednesday[1] and Wimbledon.[2] However, in 2003–04, he returned to Preston and netted fifteen times in forty-two matches.

Leeds United

Healy joined Leeds United on October 29, 2004. In his first season at Leeds, he was the club's joint top scorer alongside Brian Deane with seven goals despite only joining Leeds halfway through the season.[citation needed]

He followed this by finishing joint top scorer in the 2005–06 season with Rob Hulse on fourteen goals, Leeds reached the playoff finals this season but lost in the final 3-0 to Watford. During the management of Kevin Blackwell Healy found himself regularly being played out of position at Leeds, mainly as a right winger, with Leeds rotating Rob Hulse, Richard Cresswell and Robbie Blake up front.[citation needed] Healy then finished the following 2006–07 season as Leeds' top scorer with ten goals. He left for Fulham after the 2006–07 season because of Leeds United's relegation from the Championship after the club entered administration


Healy reunited with ex-Northern Ireland boss and then Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez on 13 July 2007 from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around £1.5million.[3] He scored his first goal for Fulham in a pre-season friendly against South China in the Asia Trophy, with a low diving header.

In his first match for Fulham in the Premier League, Healy scored a goal against Arsenal after fifty seconds following a Jens Lehmann mistake. His second match against Bolton also had Healy scoring a goal which, at the time, made him joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League. Healy also scored in a home League Cup clash against Bolton Wanderers which Fulham lost 2–1. He added to his goal tally in Fulham's 3–1 win over Reading. Following the sacking of Sanchez, new manager Roy Hodgson preferred a strike partnership of the American pairing of Brian McBride and Eddie Johnson, leaving Healy with two starts and more normally, at best, on the substitutes' bench.[4]

On 20 August 2008, Healy spoke out on Sky Sports News, claiming he believed Sunderland to be a big club and was flattered to be linked with them, and he would jump at the chance to link up with his former Manchester United team mate, Roy Keane.[citation needed] On 21 August Healy joined Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.[5]


On 22 August 2008, David Healy signed a three-year contract for the Black Cats, in a deal believed to be worth £1.2 million. On 27 August 2008, Healy marked his début for Sunderland in the Carling Cup by scoring the winning goal in extra time against Nottingham Forest.[6] The goal marked the fourth time in his career Healy has scored on his début for his teams – Leeds, Fulham, Sunderland and Northern Ireland. Healy also scored in the FA Cup against Blackburn.[7] Healy scored his first Premier League goal for Sunderland with an injury time goal, against Stoke City in a home game on February 7, 2009.[8] Healy managed to score in every competition that Sunderland were entered into in his first season with the club.[citation needed]

He was put out on loan to Ipswich Town during the first 2010 transfer window.[9]

International career

He made his début for Northern Ireland in February 2000, in a friendly against Luxembourg, scoring two goals. He was still only 20 years old; having made his début for Manchester United the previous October, he had just joined Port Vale on loan. His competitive international début came in September 2000, in a World Cup qualifying game against Malta, and he scored his first competitive goal for his country a month later against Denmark.

On 6 June 2004, in a friendly game away to Trinidad and Tobago, he scored his 13th and 14th goals for Northern Ireland, thus equalling and overtaking Colin Clarke's record for the country. It was his 35th international.

On 8 September 2004, he was controversially sent off in Northern Ireland's 2–2 draw with Wales. After celebrating the goal he scored to put Northern Ireland 2–0 up, he made a hand gesture towards the fans. The referee sent him off but Healy later explained that he was celebrating towards his family and that was how he always celebrated when scoring for his then-club, Preston North End.

On 7 September 2005, at Windsor Park, Healy secured a famous victory for his country against England in a World Cup qualifier when he scored the only goal of the game.

He achieved his 50th cap against Finland in August 2006. In this game he captained his country for the first time and scored his 20th international goal.

On 6 September 2006, Healy became the first man since Colin Clarke to score a hat-trick for Northern Ireland and the first since George Best to do so in Belfast. His three goals gave Northern Ireland a historic 3–2 victory over Spain.

Healy followed this feat with the winner against Latvia on 11 October 2006.[10] In the following international game, against Liechtenstein, he scored a second hat-trick; this made him the first player ever to score two hat-tricks for Northern Ireland.[11]

He scored both of Northern Ireland's goals in a 2–1 win against Sweden on 28 March 2007,[12] and two more against Liechtenstein on 22 August followed by a penalty away to Iceland on 12 September. On 17 November 2007, when he scored against Denmark, it was his 13th goal in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group F tournament (in eleven games). This made him the highest-ever goalscorer in a UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign and also the first Northern Ireland football player to break a football record. The previous record, of twelve goals in ten games, had been held by Davor Šuker of Croatia since 1996.

Healy's goalscoring exploits have made him one of the most popular players ever to appear for Northern Ireland. Up to the end of the Euro 2008 qualifiers he had scored thirty-three goals in sixty-two appearances for his country. Amongst the British international sides, only Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves and Michael Owen (all from England) have scored more goals. Healy's international average of 0.53 goals per game, or one goal every 1.88 games, compares with 85 goals in 326 appearances for his various clubs (up to the end of November 2007): an average of 0.26 goals per game, or one goal every 3.84 games. His international scoring rate is therefore marginally over twice as good as his club rate. Eighty-one of his 326 club appearances – just under a quarter – have been as a substitute.[13]

His success for the Northern Ireland team has earned him the nickname "Sir David" amongst fans.[citation needed]


  • The joint top goalscorers record for Northern Ireland which was shared by Billy Gillespie and Colin Clarke in 2004
  • First goal in 1298 minutes against Norway in 2004
  • First win in sixteen matches against Estonia in 2004
  • First goal against England since 1980, first win over England since 1972 and first win in Belfast since 1927
  • First hat-trick for Northern Ireland in 2006 since Colin Clarke in 1991 against the Faroe Islands and the first since George Best in 1971 against Cyprus in Belfast
  • First ever Northern Ireland player to get two hat-tricks (against Liechtenstein in 2007)
  • First player to score thirteen in a European Championship qualifying campaign; he broke the record held by Davor Šuker who scored twelve for Croatia in the Euro 96 qualifying campaign

U21 caps

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first. The "Caps" figures are in bold for games in which he scored
Caps Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored Location Cards
01 (01) 1998-11-07 The Showgrounds, Coleraine  Moldova 1–1 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier 1 Northern Ireland
02 (01) 1999-03-26 The Oval, Belfast  Germany 1–0 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier 0 Northern Ireland
03 (01) 1999-06-02 Caledonian Stadium, Inverness  Republic of Ireland 0–1 International Triangular Tournament 0 Scotland
04 (02) 1999-06-02 Caledonian Stadium, Inverness  Scotland 1–1 International Triangular Tournament 1 Scotland
05 (04) 1999-08-17 The Oval, Belfast  France 3–1 International Match 2 Northern Ireland
06 (04) 1999-09-03 Mourneview Park, Lurgan  Turkey 1–2 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier 0 Northern Ireland
07 (04) 1999-09-07 Nattenberg Stadion, Lüdenscheid  Germany 0–1 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier 0 Germany
08 (04) 1999-10-08 FC Haka Stadium, Valkeakoski  Finland 1–2 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier 0 Northern Ireland

National team caps

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first. The "Caps" figures are in bold for games in which he scored
Cap Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 23 February 2000 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City  Luxembourg 3–1 Friendly 2
2 28 March 2000 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 3–0 Friendly 1
3 26 April 2000 Windsor Park, Belfast  Hungary 0–1 Friendly
4 16 August 2000 Windsor Park, Belfast  Yugoslavia 1–2 Friendly 1
5 5 September 2000 Windsor Park, Belfast  Malta 1–0 World Cup qualification
6 7 October 2000 Windsor Park, Belfast  Denmark 1–1 World Cup qualification 1
7 11 October 2000 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík  Iceland 0–1 World Cup qualification
8 28 February 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast  Norway 0–4 Friendly
9 24 March 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast  Czech Republic 0–1 World Cup qualification
10 28 March 2001 Balgarska Armiya Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria 3–4 World Cup qualification 1
11 2 June 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast  Bulgaria 0–1 World Cup qualification
12 6 June 2001 Na Stínadlech, Teplice  Czech Republic 1–3 World Cup qualification
13 1 September 2001 Valby Idrætspark, Copenhagen  Denmark 1–1 World Cup qualification
14 5 September 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast  Iceland 3–0 World Cup qualification
15 6 October 2001 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 1–0 World Cup qualification 1
16 13 February 2002 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol  Poland 1–4 Friendly
17 17 March 2002 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz  Liechtenstein 0–0 Friendly
18 17 April 2002 Windsor Park, Belfast  Spain 0–5 Friendly
19 21 August 2002 Windsor Park, Belfast  Cyprus 0–0 Friendly
20 12 October 2002 Estadio Carlos Belmonte, Albacete  Spain 0–3 Euro 2004 qualification
21 16 October 2002 Windsor Park, Belfast  Ukraine 0–0 Euro 2004 qualification
22 12 February 2003 Windsor Park, Belfast  Finland 0–1 Friendly
23 29 March 2003 Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan  Armenia 0–1 Euro 2004 qualification
24 2 April 2003 Windsor Park, Belfast  Greece 0–2 Euro 2004 qualification
25 3 June 2003 Stadio Nuovo Romagnoli, Campobasso  Italy 0–2 Friendly
26 11 June 2003 Windsor Park, Belfast  Spain 0–0 Euro 2004 qualification
27 6 September 2003 Shakhtar Stadium, Donetsk  Ukraine 0–0 Euro 2004 qualification
28 9 September 2003 Windsor Park, Belfast  Armenia 0–1 Euro 2004 qualification
29 11 October 2003 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens  Greece 0–1 Euro 2004 qualification
30 18 February 2004 Windsor Park, Belfast  Norway 1–4 Friendly 1
31 31 March 2004 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 1–0 Friendly 1
32 28 April 2004 Windsor Park, Belfast  Serbia and Montenegro 1–1 Friendly
33 30 May 2004 National Stadium, Bridgetown  Barbados 1–1 Friendly 1
34 2 June 2004 Warner Park, Basseterre  Saint Kitts and Nevis 2–0 Friendly 1 [14]
35 6 June 2004 Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 Friendly 2
36 18 August 2004 Hardturm Stadium, Zürich  Switzerland 0–0 Friendly
37 4 September 2004 Windsor Park, Belfast  Poland 0–3 World Cup qualification
38 8 September 2004 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff  Wales 2–2 World Cup qualification 1
39 13 October 2004 Windsor Park, Belfast  Austria 3–3 World Cup qualification 1
40 9 February 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  Canada 0–1 Friendly
41 26 March 2005 Old Trafford, Manchester  England 0–4 World Cup qualification
42 30 March 2005 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw  Poland 0–1 World Cup qualification
43 6 April 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  Germany 1–4 Friendly 1
44 17 August 2005 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 1–1 Friendly 1
45 3 September 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  Azerbaijan 2–0 World Cup qualification
46 7 September 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  England 1–0 World Cup qualification 1
47 8 October 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  Wales 2–3 World Cup qualification
48 12 October 2005 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria 0–2 World Cup qualification
49 1 March 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast  Estonia 1–0 Friendly
50 16 August 2006 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Finland 2–1 Friendly 1
51 2 September 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast  Iceland 0–3 Euro 2008 qualifying
52 6 September 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast  Spain 3–2 Euro 2008 qualifying 3
53 7 October 2006 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Denmark 0–0 Euro 2008 qualifying
54 11 October 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast  Latvia 1–0 Euro 2008 qualifying 1
55 24 March 2007 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz  Liechtenstein 4–1 Euro 2008 qualifying 3
56 28 March 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast  Sweden 2–1 Euro 2008 qualifying 2
57 22 August 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast  Liechtenstein 3–1 Euro 2008 qualifying 2
58 8 September 2007 Skonto Stadion, Riga  Latvia 0–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
59 12 September 2007 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík  Iceland 1–2 Euro 2008 qualifying 1
60 17 October 2007 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm  Sweden 1–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
61 17 November 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast  Denmark 2–1 Euro 2008 qualifying 1
62 21 November 2007 Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas  Spain 0–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
63 6 February 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast  Bulgaria 0–1 Friendly
64 26 March 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast  Georgia 4–1 Friendly 1 (1 OG)
65 20 August 2008 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 0–0 Friendly [14]
66 6 Septmber 2008 Tehelné Pole Stadium, Bratislava  Slovakia 1–2 World Cup qualification
67 10 Septmber 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast  Czech Republic 0–0 World Cup qualification
68 11 October 2008 Stadion Ljudski, Maribor  Slovenia 0–2 World Cup qualification
69 15 October 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast  San Marino 4–0 World Cup qualification 1
70 19 November 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast  Hungary 0–2 Friendly
71 11 February 2009 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 3–0 World Cup qualification
72 28 March 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Poland 3–2 World Cup qualification
73 21 April 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Slovenia 1–0 World Cup qualification
74 6 June 2009 Stadio Romeo Anconetani, Pisa  Italy 0–3 Friendly
75 12 August 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Israel 1–1 Friendly
76 5 September 2009 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów  Poland 1–1 World Cup qualification
77 9 September 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Slovakia 0–2 World Cup qualification
78 14 October 2009 Generali Arena, Prague  Czech Republic 0–0 World Cup qualification
79 14 November 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast  Serbia 0–1 Friendly
80 3 March 2010 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 0–1 Friendly


In July 2008, as a Fulham player, Healy caused controversy[15] when he adopted the posture of a flute player (symbolic of the Protestant Orange Order, similar to a previous incident involving Paul Gascoigne) in response to a question posed by Celtic fans chanting "Where were you on the Twelfth?" during a pre-season friendly match against Celtic at Craven Cottage. Healy subsequently apologised profusely for any offence he may unwittingly have caused and signed many autographs for Celtic fans after the game.[16]

In October 2008, Healy received several death threats after he welcomed an international goal he had scored by saying 'the famine is over'. The goal had come after an uncharacteristic drought at the time. Healy's comments were portrayed as a reference to Rangers fans' chant – "‘the famine is over, why don`t you go home?" Healy was oblivious to the fact that he had offended anyone saying, "I’m so disappointed and upset that anyone could even try and make this link. And when told about this I was I was totally bemused."[17]

Personal life

Healy is married to Emma and they have two children, Taylor and Jude.[18] He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to "football and the community in Northern Ireland".[19]


  1. ^ "Sheff Weds 2–2 Norwich". BBC. 13 February 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/2715895.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Norwich 1–0 Wimbledon". BBC. 25 March 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/2873481.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "STRIKER HEALY AGREES FULHAM MOVE". Article from bbc.co.uk. 2007-07-13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/6897948.stm. Retrieved 13 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Cottagers aim to keep Healy :". 4thegame.com. http://www.4thegame.com/club/fulham-fc/news/215569/cottagers_aim_to_keep_healy/. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Gossip | Thursday's gossip column". BBC News. 2008-06-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/gossip_and_transfers/7449848.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Nottm Forest 1–2 Sunderland (aet)". BBC. 28 August 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/7576515.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Blackburn 2–1 Sunderland (aet)". BBC. 4 February 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/7858913.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sunderland 2–0 Stoke". BBC. 7 February 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7867082.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sunderland's David Healy and Daryl Murphy join Ipswich". BBC Sport. 2010-02-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/i/ipswich_town/8491936.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  10. ^ NI team spirit is key, says Healy BBC Sport Online, October 13, 2006. Retrieved October 14, 2006.
  11. ^ David Healy scored a hat-trick as Northern Ireland beat Liechtenstein 4–1 in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Vaduz. BBC Sport Online, 23 March 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  12. ^ Healy does it again! Classic brace against Sweden takes Northern Ireland to top of group. BBC Sport Online, 28 March 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
  13. ^ [1] David Healy career record on www.soccerbase.com
  14. ^ a b Missed a Penalty
  15. ^ David Healy's Gazza-style Flute Stunt Causes Outrage, Sunday Mirror, 21 July 2008
  16. ^ [2], "Belfast Telegraph, 22 July 2008
  17. ^ "David Healy furious at death threats". Belfast Telegraph. 23 October 2008. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/david-healy-furious-after-famine-row-death-threats-14014722.html. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  18. ^ Healy, David (27 March 2009). "David Healy: It’s Windsor, of course we can do it". belfasttelegraph.co.uk (Independent News and Media). http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/david-healy/david-healy-itrsquos-windsor-of-course-we-can-do-it-14245778.html. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  19. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729, p. 18, 14 June 2008.

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