Kevin Foley (footballer)

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Kevin Foley
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Foley playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2010
Personal information
Full name Kevin Patrick Foley[1]
Date of birth (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1995–2002 Luton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Luton Town 151 (3)
2007–2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers 194 (5)
2014 Blackpool (loan) 5 (0)
2014–2015 Blackpool (loan) 4 (0)
2015 Copenhagen 4 (0)
2016 Ipswich Town 8 (0)
2016–2017 Charlton Athletic 15 (0)
2017 Coventry City 12 (0)
2017–2018 Billericay Town 15 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Republic of Ireland U21 8 (1)
2006 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2009–2012 Republic of Ireland 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:06, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:10, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

Kevin Patrick Foley (born 1 November 1984) is a semi-professional footballer who plays as a defender.

Foley, a right back also able to operate in midfield, previously spent twelve years at Luton Town before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers where he played for seven-and-a-half years. He was part of the Wolves squad which won promotion to the Premier League in 2009.

Club career

Luton Town

Born in Luton, Bedfordshire,[1] to Irish parents, Foley joined hometown club Luton Town at the age of nine. He progressed through the youth ranks, winning the Luton Town Young Player of the Season award at the age of seventeen,[2] before signing professional terms with the club at the age of eighteen.[3] He finally broke into the first-team squad in 2002–03, making his league debut on 19 April 2003, in a 2–2 draw with Bristol City.[4] Foley was again named Young Player of the Season for the second consecutive season.[5] The following season, he established himself as first choice right-back at the club and was again named Young Player of the Season for the third consecutive year.[6] Foley won promotion with Luton to the Championship in 2005,[7] and spent two seasons at this level before the club dropped back into League One in 2007.[8] He made a total of 151 appearances for Luton, scoring three times.[9]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Foley won Wolves' Player of the Season Award in 2009.

On 14 August 2007, Foley joined Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee,[10] before making his club debut the following day in a League Cup tie against Bradford.[11] He scored his first league goal for the club on 22 September 2007 against Norwich City at Molineux.[12] He ended his first season for Wolves as a regular member of their starting XI, featuring in a total of 49 games, scoring one goal.[13]

The 2008–09 season saw him part of the Wolves team that won the Championship, and so returned to the Premier League. He made a total of 47 appearances, scoring one goal.[14] His performances won him Wolves' Player of the Season Award, voted by the club's fans,[15] as well as a new four-year contract with the club that would keep him at Wolves until at least summer 2013.[16]

Foley made his Premier League debut in the team's opening fixture against West Ham on 15 August 2009. During the 0–2 defeat though he sustained a medial knee ligament injury that kept him out for four months, meaning it was not until December 2009 that he got a sustained run in the team. When he did play it was mostly at right-midfield and central-midfield in a 4–5–1 formation, with players such as Ronald Zubar and Richard Stearman by now favoured in Foley's preferred right-back position.[17]

During the 2010–11 season, Foley scored his only Premier League goals, when he netted in consecutive home games, against Bolton then Sunderland, respectively.[18][19] He made a career-best of 33 top flight appearances, scoring two goals during the campaign as the team narrowly avoided relegation.[20] At the conclusion of the season he signed another contract extension, due to run until summer 2015.[21]

He began the following season but soon had to undergo surgery to treat a long-running ankle problem.[22] Having returned to fitness in January 2012, he was part of the Wolves squad that suffered relegation under Terry Connor.

After a second successive relegation, Foley was rarely used as new manager Kenny Jackett sought to rebuild a new team. In February 2014, Foley agreed a one-month loan with Championship club Blackpool,[23] for whom he made five appearances but was not offered the chance to remain until the end of the season.[24] In November 2014, having not featured for Wolves in the meantime, Foley was again loaned out to Blackpool in a deal that ran until January 2015.[25]

On 12 January 2015, the remainder of Foley's contract with Wolves was cancelled by mutual agreement.[26] In total he made 213 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.[9]

Copenhagen

On 12 January 2015, within hours of confirmation that he had left Wolves, Foley signed a six-months contract with the Danish club F.C. Copenhagen, where he reunited with his former Wolves manager Ståle Solbakken.[27]

In November 2015, after a two-week trial with Shrewsbury Town, Foley began training with Reading with the view to a short-term contract.[28] Foley left Reading without earning a contract.

Ipswich Town

After starting a game for Ipswich Town's U21s in January 2016, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy recalled Foley impressing him for the Hatters against his Wolves team: “He played against us for Luton at Wolves and at the time had some good wide players, Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly, and he saw them all off. I signed him on the back of that and he was different class for me. He’s a great bloke, he’d fit in fabulously with the lads, if he’s all right, if he’s fully fit, but he looks it. He’s trained with us and he looks the part at the moment, so hopefully he’ll get through the game today. He was out playing in Denmark [with FC Copenhagen], he hurt his shoulder and he had to have an operation in the summer. That doesn't bother me too much. If it was his legs it might be bothering me, but it was his shoulder. He's a gentleman, he's a lovely fella, he'd fit in perfectly with the rest of the lads. I hope he proves that he's worth it."[29]

On 22 January 2016, Foley signed for Championship club Ipswich Town on a contract until the end of the 2015–16 season, following the departure of full-back Jonathan Parr.[30]

Charlton Athletic and Coventry City

On 5 August 2016, Foley signed for Charlton Athletic on a five-month contract.[31] He made his debut on the opening day of 2016–17 in a 2–0 defeat away to Bury.[32] Foley made 20 appearances for Charlton and was released following the expiration of his contract.[32][33] A day later, he signed for League One club Coventry City on a contract until the end of 2016–17, with a view to a one-year extension.[34] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat away to Chesterfield on 14 January.[35] Foley finished the season with 12 appearances for Coventry,[32] and was one of nine players released when his contract expired at the end of 2016–17.[36]

Billericay Town

On 2 August 2017, Foley signed for Isthmian League Premier Division club Billericay Town.[37] He made his debut 10 days later, starting in Billericay's 1–0 home defeat to Kingstonian on the opening day of 2017–18.[38] Foley started as Billericay beat Chelmsford City 2–1 in the Essex Senior Cup final on 20 March 2018.[39] He was restricted to 21 appearances due to injury, with 15 of those appearances coming in the league,[38][40] as Billericay won the Isthmian League Premier Division title and promotion to the National League South.[41] He was released by Billericay at the end of the season.[42]

International career

Born and raised in England, Foley qualified to play for Ireland as his parents are from County Kerry. He made his debut for Republic of Ireland's under-21 team in May 2004 against Scotland. In 2005, he was named as the FAI Under-21 Player of the Year.[43]

On 29 May 2009, Foley made his senior debut for Ireland against Nigeria in an international friendly.[44] On 26 March 2011, he made his first competitive start for Ireland against Macedonia at right-back playing the full 90 minutes.[45] He played two full games during Ireland's success at the 2011 Nations Cup.[46]

Having been part of the team that achieved Ireland's first qualification for a major tournament since 2002, Foley was initially named in Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012.[47] However, he suffered problems with a hamstring during pre-tournament preparations and then did not make the final list.[48] Foley said he "felt betrayed" by Trapattoni's decision to exclude him on the morning of the squad submission.[49][50] His replacement, Paul McShane, did not play a game at the tournament. Foley has not yet returned.[51]

Career statistics

Club

As of end of 2017–18 season
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Luton Town 2002–03[52] Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 4 0
2003–04[53] Second Division 33 1 3 0 2 2 0 0 38 3
2004–05[54] League One 39 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 41 2
2005–06[55] Championship 38 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
2006–07[56] Championship 39 0 2 0 3 0 44 0
Total 151 3 8 0 5 2 2 0 166 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2007–08[13] Championship 44 1 3 0 2 0 49 1
2008–09[14] Championship 45 1 0 0 2 0 47 1
2009–10[57] Premier League 25 0 3 0 1 0 29 0
2010–11[20] Premier League 33 2 0 0 3 1 36 3
2011–12[58] Premier League 16 0 1 0 1 0 18 0
2012–13[59] Championship 26 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
2013–14[60] League One 5 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 7 1
2014–15[61] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 194 5 8 0 10 1 1 0 213 6
Blackpool (loan) 2013–14[60] Championship 5 0 5 0
2014–15[61] Championship 4 0 4 0
Total 9 0 9 0
F.C. Copenhagen 2014–15[61] Danish Superliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Ipswich Town 2015–16[62] Championship 8 0 8 0
Charlton Athletic 2016–17[32] League One 15 0 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 20 0
Coventry City 2016–17[32] League One 12 0 12 0
Billericay Town 2017–18[38] Isthmian League Premier Division 15 0 5 0 1[c] 0 21 0
Career total 408 8 23 0 16 3 6 0 453 11
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in Essex Senior Cup

International

As of match played 7 June 2011[63]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland 2009 1 0
2010 2 0
2011 5 0
Total 8 0

Honours

Club

Luton Town

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Copenhagen

Billericay Town

International

Republic of Ireland

Individual

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External links

  • Kevin Foley profile at the Football Association of Ireland website
  • Kevin Foley at Soccerbase
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