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Adam Christopher Rooney (born 21 April 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker for National League club Salford City. He previously played for Stoke City, spent spells on loan at Yeovil Town, Chesterfield and Bury, was a regular first-team member for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and played for Birmingham City and had a loan spell at Swindon Town. He played for Oldham Athletic before spending four-and-a-half seasons with Aberdeen.

Adam Rooney
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Rooney with Birmingham City in August 2011
Personal information
Full name Adam Christopher Rooney[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Salford City
Number 9
Youth career
Home Farm
Cherry Orchard
Crumlin United
2005–2006 Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Stoke City 15 (4)
2007Yeovil Town (loan) 3 (0)
2007–2008Chesterfield (loan) 22 (6)
2008Bury (loan) 16 (3)
2008–2011 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 103 (44)
2011–2013 Birmingham City 18 (4)
2012–2013Swindon Town (loan) 29 (9)
2013–2014 Oldham Athletic 24 (4)
2014–2018 Aberdeen 151 (66)
2018– Salford City 38 (21)
National team
2007–2010 Republic of Ireland U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:06, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Stoke CityEdit

Rooney signed for Stoke City in the summer of 2005,[2] after spells with Home Farm, Cherry Orchard and Crumlin United.[3] In his first season at Stoke, Rooney made his debut at academy and reserves levels, before making his first team debut as a second-half substitute against Tamworth in the FA Cup.[2][4] Rooney scored his first goal for Stoke against Reading on 17 April 2006.[5] In only his second full start for Stoke City, he scored a hat-trick against already relegated Brighton & Hove Albion in the final fixture of the 2005–06 season to become Stoke's youngest ever hat-trick scorer.[6]

Loan movesEdit

On 16 March 2007, Rooney joined Yeovil Town on loan for a month.[7] The loan was later extended until the end of the season. However, he returned to Stoke on 9 May 2007, after making one start and two substitute appearances for Yeovil.[8]

In August 2007, he joined League Two side Chesterfield on a four-month loan.[9]

Inverness Caledonian ThistleEdit

 
Rooney playing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2011

Rooney travelled with Scottish Premier League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle's squad on their pre-season tour of Denmark and returned to train with the Highland side in August, before the club announced his signing on a three-year deal.[10]

Rooney scored his first goal for Inverness in a 2–1 defeat at home to St Mirren,[11] which was the SPL's 6000th goal.[12] In the 2009–10 season he was awarded the "Irn Bru Phenomenal" First Division Player of the Year award.[13] He was top scorer in the First Division with 24 goals,[14] 27 in all competitions, the last of which was scored against Dundee in the last fixture of the season. After the game the team were presented with the championship trophy.[15]

Birmingham CityEdit

After his contract with Inverness expired at the end of the 2010–11 season, Rooney signed a two-year deal with Championship side Birmingham City.[14] He scored what manager Chris Hughton described as "a typical poacher's goal" in a pre-season friendly against Cork City,[16] and made his league debut for the club on the opening day of the new season, playing the whole of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County.[17] His first competitive goal for the club came from the penalty spot to open the scoring away at Middlesbrough on 21 August; Middlesbrough came back to win 3–1.[18] He also scored the following week against Watford.[19] In the last game of the Europa League group stage, Rooney scored his first European goal as Birmingham beat NK Maribor 1–0, but a draw between the other two teams in the group meant Birmingham failed to progress to the last 32.[20]

Swindon Town (loan)Edit

On the last day of the August 2012 transfer window, Rooney joined League One club Swindon Town on loan for the season with a view to a permanent transfer. Swindon defender Paul Caddis moved in the other direction, also on loan for the season.[21]

Oldham AthleticEdit

Although a deal had been agreed for Rooney to join Swindon permanently at the end of the season, the club's new owners questioned the validity of the contract, and the player trained with League One club Oldham Athletic during 2013 pre-season while discussions continued to resolve the situation.[22] On 1 August, he signed a two-year contract with Oldham, with an option of a further year.[23] He scored his first goals for the club against Port Vale, scoring twice in a 3–1 win at Boundary Park.[24]

AberdeenEdit

On 23 January 2014, Rooney signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.[25] He scored on his debut two days later in a 2–2 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park,[26] and scored his second in as many matches, as well as crossing for Jonny Hayes' opening goal, as Aberdeen beat St Johnstone 4–0 to progress to the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final.[27] Rooney scored his fifth goal in six appearances on 25 February, to help his side end Celtic's 26-match unbeaten run in the Premiership season.[28] On 8 March 2014, Rooney scored his sixth goal in eight appearances in a 1–0 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Dumbarton.[29]

Rooney started for Aberdeen against his former club Inverness in the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final. A 0–0 scoreline after 90 minutes led to extra time and penalties, where Rooney scored the decisive penalty kick in a 4–2 victory to win the League Cup; it was Aberdeen's first piece of silverware for 19 years.[30] Rooney was voted Scottish Professional Football Player of the Month for February 2014.[31]

Rooney started the 2014–2015 season strongly by scoring two goals in a 5–0 home victory against FK Daugava Riga in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.[32] He continued his strong start with a first-half hat-trick in a 3–0 away win in the second leg.[33] Rooney went on to give the Dons the lead in the second leg of the second qualifying round against FC Groningen, scoring a penalty as Aberdeen won 2–1, progressing to the third qualifying round to face Real Sociedad. This put his European goals total with Aberdeen to six in four games. Rooney scored his first league goal of the season in a 3–0 win against Ross County and continued his scoring exploits four days later with his second hat-trick for the Dons and tenth goal of the season in a 4–0 League Cup win against Livingston.[34][35] Rooney then provided the only goal in a game against Hamilton Academical in the same competition to see the Dons through to the semi-finals.[36] On 23 November, Rooney continued his good form and scored his 14th goal of the season by converting a penalty in a 1–0 victory away against Partick Thistle.[37] On 22 December, Rooney signed a contract extension running until the summer of 2018.[38] Rooney scored 28 goals in total for the season and finished the top scorer in the Scottish Premiership.

On 5 August 2016, Rooney signed a four-year contract extension at Aberdeen.[39] He scored his 100th Scottish League goal on 31 March 2017, in a 7–0 victory over Dundee.[40][41] On 22 April 2017, in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, Rooney opened the scoring after just 12 seconds as Aberdeen won 3–2 against Hibernian.[42]

Salford CityEdit

Rooney signed a three-year contract with Salford City of the National League on 19 July 2018; the fee was undisclosed.[43][44] The transfer led to Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt accusing Salford of "buying" a place in the English Football League, with Rooney reportedly due to earn £4,000 per week at Salford.[45] He made his debut in the opening match of the 2018–19 season on 4 August, playing the whole match as Salford drew 1–1 at home to Leyton Orient.[46]

International careerEdit

Rooney played for the Republic of Ireland under-18 team in the 2005 European Youth Olympic Festival in Lignano Sabbiadoro; he scored twice as Ireland beat Switzerland to win the bronze medal.[47] On 14 May 2007, Rooney scored a hat-trick in the Ireland under-19s' 3–0 win over Bulgaria in the elite qualifying phase of the 2007 European Under-19 Championships.[48]

He was capped nine times for the under-21 team between 2007 and 2010.[49]

He was called up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad in August 2015 for the first time with manager Martin O'Neill including him in a 37-man preliminary squad to face Gibraltar and Georgia in Euro 2016 qualifiers.[50]

Personal lifeEdit

Rooney was born in Dublin.[1] His older brother Mark was also a professional footballer.[51]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 5 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2005–06[52] Championship 5 4 2 0 0 0 7 4
2006–07[53] Championship 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08[54] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 15 4 4 0 0 0 19 4
Yeovil Town (loan) 2006–07[53] League One 3 0 3 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2007–08[54] League Two 22 6 1 0 1[c] 0 24 6
Bury (loan) 2007–08[54] League Two 16 3 16 3
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2008–09[11] Scottish Premier League 30 5 3 1 3 0 36 6
2009–10[55] Scottish First Division 35 24 2 0 2 2 3[d] 0 42 26
2010–11[56] Scottish Premier League 38 15 3 4 1 2 42 21
Total 103 44 8 5 6 4 3 0 120 53
Birmingham City 2011–12[57] Championship 18 4 5 2 1 0 5[e] 1 29 7
2012–13[58] Championship 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 18 4 5 2 2 0 5 1 30 7
Swindon Town (loan) 2012–13[58] League One 29 9 1 0 3[f] 1 33 10
Oldham Athletic 2013–14[59] League One 24 4 5 2 1 0 3[c] 1 33 7
Aberdeen 2013–14[59] Scottish Premiership 13 7 3 1 2 1 18 9
2014–15[34] Scottish Premiership 37 18 1 0 3 4 6[e] 6 47 28
2015–16[60] Scottish Premiership 27 20 1 0 1 0 6[e] 0 35 20
2016–17[61] Scottish Premiership 38 12 5 3 4 2 6[e] 3 53 20
2017–18[61] Scottish Premiership 36 9 5 2 1 0 2[e] 0 44 11
Total 151 66 15 6 11 7 20 9 197 88
Salford City 2018–19[61] National League 38 21 3 2 3[g] 0 44 23
Career total 419 161 42 17 20 11 38 12 519 201
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup and Scottish Cup
  2. ^ Includes Scottish League Cup and League Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  5. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two appearances and one goal in League One play-offs
  7. ^ Two appearances in FA Trophy, one in National League play-offs

HonoursEdit

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Aberdeen

Republic of Ireland U18

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