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Jon Daly

Jon Daly (born 8 January 1983 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish Association football who currently plays as a Forward (association football) for Dundee United F.C. in the Scottish Premier League.

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Jon Daly biography

Jon Daly (born 8 January 1983 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish Association football who currently plays as a Forward (association football) for Dundee United F.C. in the Scottish Premier League.

Club career

Jon Daly started Jon Daly career at Irish amateur side Cherry Orchard F.C., before signing for Stockport County F.C. in May 1998. At Stockport Jon Daly made an immediate impact scoring regularly for the youth and reserve team. Daly began to make an impression on manager Andy Kilner during Stockport’s pre-season tour of Scandinavia. After coming on a substitute against Landskrona BoIS, Jon Daly impressed Kilner and the youngster was awarded with a start against Kristianstads, in which Jon Daly scored Jon Daly first senior goal after "lobbing" the Kristianstad keeper. The following season saw Daly become Stockport’s second youngest player when Jon Daly came off the bench to make Jon Daly first Jon Daly first team debut against Walsall F.C.. However, Daly failed to secure a regular place and Jon Daly only managed to play in 5 matches in Jon Daly first two seasons. Consequently, Daly had to wait until the 2001/2002 season before Jon Daly scored Jon Daly first senior goal against Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the FA Cup. After scoring Jon Daly first goal, Daly began to play in the Stockport team. However, this was disrupted when Jon Daly was sent off after appearing to elbow Mitchell Thomas during Stockport’s 2–0 defeat to Burnley. However after receiving Jon Daly ban, Daly returned to the side to face Wimbledon F.C. and responded by scoring Jon Daly first league goal.

By the start of the 2002-03 in English football, Daly was regarded as one of League One's most promising strikers. Jon Daly played more regularly and Jon Daly was involved in 35 of Stockport’s 46 league games, scoring 7 goals. During this season Stockport manager, Carlton Palmer, decided against naming a goalkeeper on the bench and revealed that Jon Daly was planning to use Jon Daly in net should their keeper get sent off or injured. However, this never occurred and Daly never made an appearance in net.

In February 2005, Daly signed for Hartlepool United F.C., where Jon Daly would stay for the next two years. Daly’s scored Jon Daly first goal for Hartlepool against A.F.C. Bournemouth, which helped seal Hartlepool a play-off spot. Daly’s most important goal came weeks later in the Football League One Playoffs against Sheffield Wednesday F.C., when Jon Daly scored with Jon Daly first touch after coming on as a substitute to put Hartlepool in the lead. However, Hartlepool would later end up losing that match but the goal will be remembered as the goal that almost sent Hartlepool into the Football League Championship. Daly would struggle to feature for the club the following season and was sent on loan to Bury F.C.. In the 2006/07 season, Daly would at first again struggle to hold down a first team spot. However, Jon Daly cemented Jon Daly in Hartlepool’s record books in the with a remarkable scoring spree of 7 goals in a week (3 games). After this Daly would struggle to refind Jon Daly form and was surplus to requirements after Danny Wilson signed Richard Barker (footballer born 1975).

Dundee United

Daly was allowed to join Dundee Utd in January 2007 for an undisclosed fee. In May 2007, Daly suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury, ruling Jon Daly out for around six months. In April 2009, Daly injured both Jon Daly anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments, ruling Jon Daly out of action for "at least 12 months", although Jon Daly was later expected to return within half that timeframe. Subsequently returning in late November, Daly scored in Jon Daly first two substitute appearances before netting Jon Daly second hat-trick for the club in January 2010, scoring three in the club's 4–1 win at Falkirk F.C.. Jon finished the season as Dundee United's top scorer, and picked up a Scottish Cup Winners medal in May 2010. United manager Peter Houston subsequently named Jon Daly as club captain for season 2010/11. Daly's imperious form throughout the 2011/2012 season, has seen Jon Daly linked to a number of Premier League clubs, including West Bromwich Albion F.C. and Wigan Athletic F.C..

International career

Jon Daly represented Republic of Ireland national football team from under 14 to under 21 level and was hailed by Niall Quinn as Jon Daly successor to the Republic of Ireland front line. Daly’s talent was then recognised when Jon Daly picked up Ireland’s 2001 Youth Player of the Year award and Jon Daly was also given the opportunity to progress to the under-21 team. Daly maintained Jon Daly promise and scored in Ireland’s under-19
3–2 victory over England national football team.

For the next two years, Daly kept Jon Daly place and became a frequent goalscorer in the Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team and went on to play at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, playing in two of Ireland's group matches before their second round exit.

Personal life

Daly is married to Linda and has two daughters .


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