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Keith Andrews
Personal information
Full name Keith Joseph Andrews
Date of birth 13 September 1980 (1980-09-13) (age 29)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999-2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers 72 (0)
2000 Oxford United 4 (1)
2003 Stoke City 16 (0)
2004 Walsall 10 (2)
2005-2006 Hull City 29 (0)
2006-2008 Milton Keynes Dons 78 (19)
2008- Blackburn Rovers 59 (5)
National team
2008– Republic of Ireland 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:39, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:34, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Keith Joseph Andrews (born 13 September 1980 in Dublin, County Dublin) is an Irish professional footballer who is currently playing his club football for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League predominantly as a central-midfielder player, although he can play as a defensive midfielder, right back and can fill in at centre-back when required.

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Career

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Andrews began his career as a trainee at Wolves, progressing from their academy to the first team. He made his senior debut on 18 March 2000 in a 2-1 win at Swindon. He continued his progress with the First Division club in the 2000–01 season, becoming a regular player as Dave Jones took over midway through. He went on a loan spell at Oxford United, scoring once against Swansea City.[1] Back at Wolves, the final match of that season saw him become their youngest captain for over a hundred years, at 21 years old, in a game against Queens Park Rangers.

He signed a new four-year deal the following season but found himself out of the starting line-up after several new midfielders were acquired in the summer, resigning him to the substitutes bench and sporadic appearances over the next few seasons. To gain playing time, he spent half of the 2003–04 season on loan at Stoke City and the latter half at Walsall, where he scored two league goals against Millwall and Ipswich Town. He did however return to Molineux in between to make his only Premier League appearance for Wolves (against Newcastle United).

The midfielder returned to Wolves team post-relegation in 2004–05 and gained his most appearances for the club during that season. However, he moved on at the end of his contract to join Hull City. In total, he made 72 appearances for the Midlanders, scoring once (in a League Cup tie at Rochdale).[2]

Hull City

His new start with the Hull saw him sidelined again though, as he picked up an injury in only his second appearance for the team - in a match against his previous team, Wolves. He returned to the team in December after nearly four months out and featured in all but one of their remaining fixtures in what proved to be his only season for the club.

Milton Keynes Dons

After a single year at Hull, he moved to Milton Keynes Dons of League Two for the 2006-07 campaign where he became club captain. He lost out on promotion in the play-offs, despite scoring in the semi-final tie with Shrewsbury Town.

However, the next year, now under the managerialship of his former Wolves team-mate Paul Ince, brought Andrews success. He scored the winning goal in a match at Stockport County on 19 April 2008 that saw the club promoted to League One, and also scored the opening goal of their 2-0 victory over Grimsby Town with a penalty in the Football League Trophy at Wembley.[3] The season ended with him being voted into PFA Team of the Year and having already won the League Two Player of the Year Award at the Football League Awards. Andrews was then named at number 38 in a fourfourtwo poll of the top 50 football league players, as well as being named the best player in league 2. [1] MK Dons then had a fight on their hands to keep hold of their inspirational skipper with interest from a number of Premiership and Championship clubs. He featured in MK Dons first two games of the 08-09 season but then was sold to Blackburn Rovers managed by former manager Paul Ince.

Blackburn Rovers

Andrews ended a summer of speculation over his future when he completed a transfer to Premier League club Blackburn Rovers on 28 August 2008 in a three-year deal worth and rising up to £1.0m depending on appearances made for the football club over the coming years. [4] The move temporarily reunited him with his former MK Dons manager Paul Ince before he was sacked as Rovers manager. He made his debut as a substitute on 30 August 2008 against West Ham United, a game in which Blackburn lost 4-1. Andrews made his home debut against Arsenal F.C, on his 28th birthday, Arsenal went on to win the match 0-4 at Ewood Park mostly down to striker Emmanuel Adebayor who hit a superb stunning hat-trick. He scored his first goal for Blackburn in the 90th minute during a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion. Due to injuries sustained by first team regulars, Andrews has featured frequently for the Rovers first team, occupying a defensive central midfield role. In July 2009, Andrews signed a new four-year deal, which will see him contracted to Blackburn until 2013.

International career

Andrews made his full international debut for Republic of Ireland on 19 November, 2008, coming on as a second half substitute and scoring a goal as part of a 2–3 home defeat in a friendly match against Poland. He has since played his first competitive match for Ireland, being unlucky to have a goal disallowed in a 2-1 World Cup qualification group match victory over Georgia.[5]

Honours

Club

Milton Keynes Dons

Individual

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolves 1999-00 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0
2000-01 22 0 2 0 0 0 - - 24 0
Oxford United (Loan) 2000-01 4 1 0 0 0 0 - - 4 1
Wolves 2001-02 11 0 0 0 0 0 - - 11 0
2002-03 9 0 1 0 0 0 - - 10 0
2003-04 1 0 1 0 1 0 - - 1 0
Stoke City (Loan) 2003-04 16 0 0 0 0 0 - - 16 0
Walsall (Loan) 2003-04 10 2 0 0 0 0 - - 10 2
Wolves 2004–05 20 0 0 0 2 1 - - 22 1
Hull City 2005–06 26 0 1 0 0 0 - - 27 0
2006–07 3 0 0 0 0 0 - - 3 0
MK Dons 2006–07 36 7 3 0 1 0 - - 40 7
2007–08 41 12 0 0 0 0 - - 41 12
2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0 - - 2 0
Blackburn Rovers 2008–09 33 4 2 0 0 0 - - 35 4
2009-10 25 1 0 0 3 0 - - 28 1
Career total 260 27 10 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 276 28

References

  1. ^ "Swansea 1-2 Oxford". BBC. 11 November 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/1016610.stm. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rochdale 2-4 Wolves". BBC. 23 August 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/3585770.stm. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7309420.stm
  4. ^ BBC Sport, Blackburn snap up MK Dons skipper
  5. ^ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7881893.stm "Republic of Ireland 2-1 Georgia. Andrews was a victim of a FIFA cheat scam involving Sepp Blatter, Thierry Henry and Martin Hansson. As a result he will not feature in the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Andrews earned his 13th Ireland cap against Brazil on 2 March 2010 wearing the number 8 shirt."]. BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7881893.stm. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 

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