Drogheda United FC

Drogheda United FC
First Team Squad 2013

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Management, Coaching and Support Staff

Manager
Mick Cooke

Assistant Manager
Robbie Horgan

Fitness Coach
Gerard Kelly

Technical Staff
Damien Kavanagh

Physio
Danny Miller

Goalkeeping Coach
Mark Clohessy

Goalkeepers

Goalkeeper
1 Gabriel Sava

Goalkeeper
16 Micheal Schlingermann

 

Defenders

Defender
12 Shane Grimes

Defender
2 Stephen Quigley

Defender
5 Alan McNally

Defender
3 Philip Hand

Defender
28 Alan Byrne

Defender
4 Derek Prendergast

Midfielders

Midfield
7 Cathal Brady

Midfield
23 Jason Marks

Midfield
15 David Cassidy

Midfield
6 Paul O'Conor

Midfield
11 Gavin Brennan

Midfield
8 Ryan Brennan

Midfield
17 Brian Gannon

Midfield
22 Eric Foley

Midfield
18 Dean Gaynor

Strikers

Striker
10 Gary O'Neill

Striker
19 Declan O'Brien

Striker
9 Peter Hynes

Striker
21 Johnny Breen

Striker
14 Graham Rusk

 

1 - Goalkeeper

Gabriel Sava


A former Lazio youth, the Italian shot stopper began his Irish career at Drogheda Town alongside team-mate Seán Brennan before moving to Bray Wanderers in 2008. Gabby began his first spell at Drogheda United in 2009 before linking up with Mick Cooke at Monaghan. He flourished under the guidance of Cooke during his time at Gortakeegan, even enjoying a remarkable 11 hour run without conceding during 2010. Gabby was instrumental in Monaghan's 2011 promotion winning season, and will provide stiff competion for Stephen Trimble in his second spell at the club.

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20 - Goalkeeper

Michael Schlingermann


A former intercounty minor goalkeeper, Michael represented his native Mayo in the 2009 minor All-Ireland final before switching his attentions to League of Ireland football. Having made his league debut for Sligo Rovers later that year, Michael moved to Athlone Town in 2010 where he soon became a first-team fixture. The 'keeper, who claims German heritage, then made his move up the leagues by joining recently-promoted Monaghan United in 2011. There he played a starring role as the Mons dumped reigning FAI Cup champions and former club Sligo out of the competition in May, before signing for Drogheda United a month later.

2 - Defender

Stephen Quigley


Stephen spent time with Coventry City as a youth before signing for St. Pat’s in 2003. He spent four years with the Saints and was involved in their League Cup success of 2003 before winning the club’s young player of the year award in 2005. From there he signed for Dundalk in 2007 before signing for Waterford United in December of that year. Stephen signed for Shelbourne in 2009 and moved to Drogheda in 2011, making his debut in the opening day defeat to UCD. Stephen went on to captain the Drogs against the Students in the thrilling 5-4 reversal in early September.

5 - Defender

Alan McNally


An experienced centre back with a powerful shot, Alan spent most of his career with UCD, appearing for the Students 243 times over a ten year period. Before signing for UCD Alan played with Belvedere in Dublin. He eventually left Belfield in 2009, signing for Alan Matthews at Drogheda. He was immediately made captain and having helped the Boynesiders evade relegation that season the towering defender has been ever present in the Drogs line-up since first signing.

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3 - Defender

Philip Hand


Philip joined Drogheda in 2011 having previously played for Sporting Fingal’s Under 20 team. The promising youngster made his debut in the opening day defeat to UCD, and scored his first goal for the club a month later in the 1-1 draw with Galway United. Known for his potency from set pieces, Philip has been a regular under Mick Cooke this season, appearing at both left back and left midfield for the Drogs.

4 - Defender

Derek Prendergast


Signed by Mick Cooke for the 2012 season, Derek is a dominating centre back who first tasted League of Ireland football with Kilkenny City in 2005. From there he moved to non-league side Bangor Celtic, and won the FAI Intermediate Player of the Year award in 2009. Derek moved to Bray midway through 2010 and was a commanding presence in defence for the Seasiders. Derek will add a physical dimesion to the Drogheda defence, an element that it was visibly lacking last season.

17 - Defender

Brian Gannon


Brian is a well travelled central defender who began his League of Ireland career with Bohemians in 2003 having previously played underage with Lourdes Celtic. He quickly became a fans favourite and won the young player of the year award in his first season. He then moved onto UCD, helping the Students to the 2005 League Cup final. Brian joined Mick Cooke at Monaghan in 2006, spending two years with the club before moving to Sporting Fingal in 2008. He moved to Drogheda earlier last year, making his debut in the opening day defeat to UCD.

Alan Byrne
28 - Defender

Alan Byrne


Alan is an uncompromising central defender who began his League of Ireland career at Bohemians in 2002. From there he signed for Kildare County in 2004, with whom he made over 100 appearances and picked up a player of the year award before moving on to Shelbourne in 2007. He signed for a second stint at Monaghan United in 2009, and went on to help the club attain Premier Division football for 2012. Following the club's demise, Alan was immediately snapped up by former boss Mick Cooke, and made his debut for Drogheda in the club's EA Sports Cup quarter final win over Dundalk on June 26th.

-- - Defender

Shane Grimes


Biog coming soon

8 - Midfield

Ryan Brennan


The youngest member of Drogheda's most famous footballing family, Ryan will add an element of much needed dynamism to the Drogs midfield for the coming season. Having previously represented the club in 2009, Ryan moved to Mick Cooke's Monaghan for the 2010 season, and quickly established himself in the Mons midfield department alongside brother Seán. Ryan was taken on trial by SPL side Hibernian midway through last season as clubs across the water began to identify his potential, but finished out the season with Monaghan, helping the club to promotion in the process.

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7 - Midfield

Cathal Brady


A native of county Meath, midfielder Brady joined Drogheda for the 2012 season having plied his trade with Longford Town the previous year. After a period playing college soccer in America, Cathal returned home to play for Kilkenny City in 2006. A short spell at Bohemians later that year was followed by a successful three year stay at now defunct Kildare County. From there he moved on to Longford Town, spending two years with the Flancare Park outfit before signing for Drogheda. Cathal will provide yet more competition in what promises to be a fierce battle for midfield places in the coming season.

11 - Midfield

Gavin Brennan


Gavin signed for Drogheda midway through the 2011 season, making his debut in the Drogs’ away defeat to Bohemians on 24th June. Having previously played local football, Gavin follows in the footsteps of brothers Seán, Ryan and Killian in turning out for his hometown club. The exciting winger is now making a name for himself and has been a consistent selection for Cooke since signing last year.

22 - Midfield

Eric Foley


A robust presence in the centre of the park, Eric has plenty of League of Ireland experience despite his young age. The Donabate man, who has represented his country at both U16 and U17 levels, made his debut in the league with Sporting Fingal in mid-2009, having moved back across the channel after three years at Celtic. A move to Shelbourne followed in 2010, but injury blighted his stay in Drumcondra and Eric moved to pastures new for 2011, joining Monaghan United. There Eric made himself a fixture in midfield as the Gortakeegan outfit ultimately gained promotion. A useful addition to Drogheda's embarrassment of riches in midfield for 2012.

23 - Midfield

Jason Marks


Having lined out with Killester United at underage level, Jason excelled for Sporting Fingal's A Championship in 2010 as they claimed the league title. As that club's short life came to an end, winger Jason moved to Monaghan United in 2011 where he played an integral role in the club's promotion-winning league campaign as well as their run to the EA Sports Cup final. Having gone through the demise of a second club in 2012, Drogs boss Mick Cooke wasted no time in drafting Jason into his squad in July of that year to provide competition for the team's wide players.

6 - Midfield

Paul O'Conor


Paul started out with the UCD U20 side before gradually rising through the Leinster Senior League ranks and eventually making his senior debut in 2010. Equally adept as a midfielder or defender, his versatility saw him become an ever-present for the Students in 2011 as he appeared in all 36 games that season. Paul's consistent form continued in 2012 as he made a further 30 appearances, during which he occasionally deputised as captain. A dead-ball specialist, his presence is sure to ignite an intriguing battle for United's midfield positions in 2013.

15 - Midfield

David Cassidy


A native of Ringsend, David's youth career started with local side Cambridge Boys before subsequent moves to Home Farm and Derby County's youth academy. He returned home in 2005 signing for Pat Scully's Kilkenny City, and following glittering spells at Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk in which he attained two First Division winner's medals as well as a PFAI First Division Player of the Year award in 2008, David moved to Shelbourne. Once again he excelled in the reds' midfield, and gained another second tier winner's medal in 2011 along with an FAI Cup runner-up medal before signing with Drogheda for 2013.

18 - Midfield

Dean Gaynor


Biog Coming Soon.

10 - Striker

Gary O'Neill


A man of great experience and proven goalscoring calibre, Gary started his youth career at Tolka Rovers before embarking on a League of Ireland career that would see him register an incredible 62 goals for seven clubs over a 12 year period. Spells with Bohemians, Waterford United, Dublin City, Shelbourne, St. Patrick's Athletic, Sporting Fingal and Shamrock Rovers yielded several highlights including two league winner's medals at Shels and Rovers, as well as an FAI Cup medal with Fingal (for whom he scored the winning goal in the final) and a Setanta Sports Cup at Tallaght- distinctions to which he will surely hope to add at Drogheda.

19 - Striker

Declan O'Brien


A true Drogheda legend, the capture of 'Fabio' has proven a real coup ahead of the 2012 season. During a long and distinguished career at the club, Fabio captained the Boynesiders to their maiden FAI Cup success in 2005, and also captained the team to league success in 2007 as well as two Setanta Cup triumphs. During his six year spell at the club, the talismanic striker smashed the previous scoring record with his haul of 90 goals in 184 appearances. Having left Drogheda in 2008 amid financial difficulties, Fabio went on to have spells with Dundalk, St. Pat's, Valletta of Malta, Athlone Town and Monaghan United before returning home for the coming season.

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15 - Striker

Peter Hynes


A former Aston Villa trainee, Peter began his Irish career with Dublin City in 2004 having moved form English non league outfit Tamworth. Peter then went on to represent nine clubs north and south of the border including Dundalk and Derry City over the next eight years, his most successful stints coming with the Lilywhites and Sporting Fingal. A commited striker who possesses an imposing physique, Peter will surely hope to make a home for himself in the Drogheda attack for the foreseeable future after moving from Limerick for 2012.

14 - Striker

Graham Rusk


Following a promising youth career with Portmarnock AFC, Graham embarked on a sports scholarship with UCD, for whom he originally represented the Leinster Senior League side. However, following several appearances for the senior team during the successful promotion campaign of 2009, he became a more regular fixture in 2010. The next year proved somewhat of a breakthrough for Graham as he netted 11 Premier Division goals for the Students, and despite an injury-ravaged 2012 comprising just 13 appearances he still managed to find the net seven times, carving out a reputation as a clinical penalty-taker in the process.

Manager

Mick Cooke


Assistant Manager

Robbie Horgan


Goalkeeping Coach

Mark Clohessy


Fitness Coach

Gerard Kelly


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Technical Staff

Damien Kavanagh


Physio

Danny Miller