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David Crawley (footballer)

Irish footballer
The basics
About
Occupation Association football player
Country Ireland
Date of birth Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Sports team Shelbourne F.C., Dundalk F.C., Manchester City F.C., Shelbourne F.C.
The details
Biography

David Crawley (born 20 June 1977 in Dundalk, Ireland) is a Gaelic football player for Dundalk GAA club Sean O'Mahony's. Crawley is a retired Irish football player who played for Dundalk and Shelbourne during a 12-year-long League of Ireland career. Crawley was played a left back and was renowned for his excellent crossing ability.

Career

Born in Dundalk, County Louth, Crawley began his senior career on the books at Manchester City for a short spell before returning to his hometown club Dundalk in 1997. He won the First Division with Dundalk in 2001 and he captained the Louth club to their FAI Cup success over Bohemians in 2002. He was also a member of Shelbourne's highly successful 2003, 2004 and 2006 League of Ireland Premier Division title winning sides. However, he only appeared 4 times in the league during the latter of those successes. Crawley was out of contract at the end of the 2006 season and as a result in 2007 he rejoined his hometown club who were now in the First Division and were aiming to return to Ireland's top flight. It was not until the following season in 2008 that Crawley played an integral role in Dundalk's First Division title winning squad after pipping Shelbourne in a dramatic final night of that season. Despite this success, Crawley was released by Dundalk at the end of the 2008 season. Ironically, Crawley rejoined Shelbourne in January 2009 with the aim of winning his second successive First Division title. He made 30 league and cup appearances scoring one goal in his second spell at Shelbourne as he finished a First Division runner-up with Shels as they once again just missed out on promotion to the Premier Division.

Following the end of the 2009 League of Ireland season, Crawley called time on his successful football career to play Gaelic football for Sean O'Mahony's GAA club in Dundalk.

Honours

  • League of Ireland Premier Division: 3
    • Shelbourne - 2003, 2004, 2006
  • League of Ireland First Division: 2
    • Dundalk - 2000–01, 2008
  • FAI Cup: 1
    • Dundalk - 2002
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