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Willo Flood

William "Willo" Flood (born 10 April 1985 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish association football who currently plays as a Midfielder Winger for Scottish Premier League club Dundee United F.C.. Willo Flood has also won 15 Cap (sport) for Willo Flood country at Republic of Ireland national under-20 football team and Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team levels.

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Willo Flood biography


William "Willo" Flood (born 10 April 1985 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish association football who currently plays as a Midfielder Winger for Scottish Premier League club Dundee United F.C.. Willo Flood has also won 15 Cap (sport) for Willo Flood country at Republic of Ireland national under-20 football team and Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team levels.

Club career

Manchester City

Flood started off Willo Flood early career with Manchester City. After breaking through into the first team in 2002, Willo Flood was sent out on loan spells to Rochdale and then Coventry City. Willo Flood first career goal came in September 2004 when Willo Flood scored Manchester City's third goal in the 7–1 trouncing of Barnsley in the League Cup. Willo Flood scored Willo Flood first career league goal for Manchester City in November 2004 in a 1–1 draw at home to Norwich. It was at Coventry where Willo Flood scored Willo Flood second career league goal in September 2005, a 3–1 win at home to Watford. In December 2005, Flood's home in Wythenshawe was the subject of a burglary in which Flood himself was threatened and taunted at knife point for over 20-minutes by a 29-year-old man wearing a Manchester City shirt. The ordeal left Flood with recurring nightmares, resulting in Willo Flood needing counselling and being unable to live alone.

Cardiff City

Willo Flood joined Cardiff City F.C. for a fee of £200,000, paid in separate instalments, in 2006 and made twenty-five appearances for the Bluebirds. Willo Flood has just scored once, a memorable winning goal at Elland Road in August 2006. However, after struggling to settle at Ninian Park, Willo Flood joined Dundee United F.C. on a season-long loan for the 2007-08 in Scottish football as Cardiff manager Dave Jones (football manager) wished to see how Flood would perform over a long season of first-team football.

Dundee United

Flood's début resulted in a red card before half time on the opening day of the season, after collecting two cautions and Willo Flood second match, for the reserves, saw Willo Flood receive the same fate. On this occasion, Flood was "bizarrely sent off...for taking a quick free kick when the referee was apparently not ready."

On 15 December 2007, Willo Flood scored Willo Flood first goal for Dundee United against St Mirren F.C. in a 3–0 win. This goal earned Willo Flood the SPL Goal of the Season award. In follow-up interviews the next day, Flood said Willo Flood would be disappointed to leave United at the end of the season, admitting Willo Flood would be "gutted because I have loved it here." Despite returning to Cardiff at the end of the season, a second season-long loan was agreed in July 2008.

Celtic

Flood joined Celtic F.C. on 30 January 2009, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Willo Flood made Willo Flood debut for Celtic against Rangers F.C. on 15 February 2009 at Celtic Park, playing for just over an hour before being substituted.

Middlesbrough

Flood left Celtic in January 2010 and joined Willo Flood former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough F.C. along with teammates Barry Robson, Chris Killen, Stephen McManus and Scott McDonald. Willo Flood scored Willo Flood first Boro goal in Willo Flood second game against Swansea City A.F.C. on 23 January 2010, a cross which turned into a 35 yard shot into the top corner. Flood was ruled out for the start of the 2010–11 season after suffering a serious injury in Middlesbrough's opening league game against Ipswich Town F.C.. Flood was taken off before half time after a collision with teammate Matthew Bates. On May 10, it was announced that Flood would be released along with Maximilian Haas and Andrew Davies.

Dundee United

In May 2011, Flood signed a two-year contract. Craig Conway, leaving Dundee United this summer, was reported to say this was a "good piece of business" and the fans will enjoy Willo Flood arrival.

Honours

Dundee United

- Scottish League Cup Runner-up: 1
- Scottish Premier League Goal of the Season: 1

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willo_Flood

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