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David John Meyler (born 29 May 1989) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League One club Coventry City, on loan from Reading, and the Republic of Ireland national team.

David Meyler
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Meyler playing for Hull City in 2017
Personal information
Full name David John Meyler[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Coventry City
(on loan from Reading)
Number 8
Youth career
Cork City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Cork City 2 (0)
2008–2013 Sunderland 25 (0)
2012–2013Hull City (loan) 10 (3)
2013–2018 Hull City 147 (13)
2018– Reading 5 (0)
2019–Coventry City (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2008 Republic of Ireland U19 2 (0)
2009–2010 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
2012– Republic of Ireland[3] 26 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:32, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:17, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

After turning professional at League of Ireland team Cork City, Meyler moved to Sunderland in the Premier League in 2008. He joined Hull in January 2013 after a short loan spell. He has been a full international for the Republic of Ireland since 2012.

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Early lifeEdit

Meyler was born in Cork, Ireland,[4] to Stella Bowles (medical laboratory technician) and John Meyler (GAA dual player and manager).[5][6]

Club careerEdit

Cork CityEdit

He progressed through the youth team of Cork City and signed a professional contract in 2008.[7] He made three appearances for Cork, with his debut coming in a cup game against Limerick on 6 June 2008.[8]

SunderlandEdit

 
Meyler playing for Sunderland in 2010

Meyler joined Sunderland on 25 July 2008 for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £250,000 which has risen close to £500,000 after appearances and his first Republic of Ireland senior call-up.[citation needed] He became their third summer signing and followed the footsteps of former Cork City teammate Roy O'Donovan by moving to the Stadium of Light.[9] However, it was not until a year and a half after joining Sunderland that Meyler made his first professional appearance for the club, starting against Blackburn Rovers on 28 December 2009. In his third appearance for Sunderland, at Portsmouth on 9 February 2010, Meyler received a straight red card just minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute. He suffered serious cruciate ligament damage against Manchester United on 2 May 2010, that was feared would leave him sidelined for as long as 12 months.[10] However, he made a quicker recovery than expected, making his comeback for Sunderland's Reserves against Liverpool Reserves, on 2 November 2010. Manager Steve Bruce insisted Meyler would not be rushed back to first team action.[11] Surprisingly, he returned in an away match at Fulham, featuring for 52 minutes in a 0–0 draw. On 5 January 2011, Meyler pulled up suddenly and was stretchered off in Sunderland's away match at Aston Villa. It was revealed after the game by Bruce that Meyler suffered cruciate ligament damage to the same knee as before. It was later announced by Sunderland that Meyler had a scan on the knee and had torn his medial ligament.[citation needed] This ruled Meyler out for another 10 weeks at least rather than 6 months which was first feared. Meyler returned to the Sunderland bench for their defeat at Birmingham City on 16 April 2011.[citation needed]

Meyler continued to be eased back to fitness by Sunderland in the 2011–12 season, playing in several reserve fixtures before making a cameo substitute appearance in the 2–2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on 1 October 2011. He also came on as a late substitute against Aston Villa and Manchester United. Meyler's first appearance under Martin O'Neill came as a 63rd-minute substitute in the 4–1 win at Wigan Athletic on 3 January 2012. Meyler made his first start of the season at Stoke City on 4 February, and was involved in controversy when Robert Huth received a straight red card for a challenge on him.[citation needed] Sunderland went on to win 1–0, and Stoke manager Tony Pulis was unhappy with Meyler's reaction: "I think Robert commits himself them pulls out, and I don't think he actually touches Meyler, or whatever his name is, and I'm really disappointed at the player's reaction... I don't think Robert actually touches the lad, and the way he goes down and rolls around, for me he's done it for one reason and that was to get him sent off."[12] Meyler did not start another game for the rest of the season, although he frequently appeared as a substitute.

Hull CityEdit

On 8 November 2012, Meyler was reunited with former manager Steve Bruce as he went out on loan to Hull City until 1 January 2013.[13] He made his debut from the bench as a second-half substitute for Jay Simpson in the away match at Cardiff City on 10 November 2012.[14] He scored his first goal for the club on 8 December 2012 when he opened the scoring in the 1–2 win against Watford at Vicarage Road.[15] He scored again in the following game on 15 December, completing a 2–0 win at home to Huddersfield Town.[16] On 8 January 2013, Meyler was signed by Hull permanently on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[17]

On 1 December 2013, Meyler scored his first Premier League goal against Liverpool in a 3–1 home win.[18] Meyler was involved in a touchline scuffle on 1 March 2014 with Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who headbutted him.[19] Eight days later, after scoring in a 3–0 FA Cup quarter-final win against former team Sunderland, Meyler headbutted the corner flag to mock the incident.[20]

On 13 April 2014, he scored Hull's fifth goal in their 5–3 FA Cup semi-final victory against Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium.[21] On 17 May 2014, he started in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Arsenal.[22]

On 22 January 2016, Meyler signed a two-year extension to his contract with Hull City.[23]

He was released by Hull at the end of the 2017–18 season.[24]

ReadingEdit

On 5 June 2018, Reading announced the signing of Meyler on a two-year contract, with the option of a third, with the deal to be completed upon the conclusion of his Hull City contract on 30 June 2018.[25]

Coventry CityEdit

On 31 January 2019, Meyler joined Coventry City on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.[26]

International careerEdit

 
Meyler (left) playing for the Republic of Ireland in 2014

Meyler made his international debut in Cork for the Republic of Ireland U21 team in a 1–1 draw against Germany in February 2009.[27] He had been selected for the Republic of Ireland senior squad when his first knee injury struck, forcing him to withdraw.

On 1 September 2012, Meyler was called up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad. He had been called up to the squad as a replacement for Darron Gibson who took a break from international football following Ireland's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.[28] He made his senior international debut in a 4–1 win over Oman at Craven Cottage on 11 September 2012.[29]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 7 April 2019[2][3]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cork City 2008 Irish Premier Division 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Sunderland 2009–10[30] Premier League 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2010–11[31] 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2011–12[32] 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2012–13[33] 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Total 25 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 31 0
Hull City (loan) 2012–13[33] Championship 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
Hull City 2012–13[33] Championship 18 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
2013–14[34] Premier League 30 2 7 2 3 0 0 0 40 4
2014–15[35] 28 1 0 0 1 0 3[a] 0 32 1
2015–16[36] Championship 26 2 3 0 4 1 2[b] 0 35 3
2016–17[37] Premier League 20 1 2 0 6 0 0 0 28 1
2017–18[38] Championship 25 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 27 5
Total 147 13 15 2 14 1 5 0 181 16
Reading 2018–19[39] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Coventry City (loan) 2018–19[39] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career totals 194 16 20 2 16 1 5 0 235 19
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in the UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in the Play-offs

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: List of players given a free transfer: Hull City" (PDF). English Football League. p. 96. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "D. Meyler". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "David Meyler". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  4. ^ "David Meyler". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ Cowzer, Owen (1 October 2015). "David Meyler: I'm very close to my Mam, it was hard being away". Irish Sun. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  6. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (19 October 2017). "John Meyler confirmed as new Cork hurling manager". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  7. ^ McMath, James (17 May 2014). "Meyler hails dad's huge influence". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ "David Meyler". Extratime.ie. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Sunderland snap up Irish teenager". BBC Sport. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Meyler facing long lay-off". Sunderland A.F.C. 5 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  11. ^ "'We must be careful with Meyler'". Sunderland A.F.C. 3 November 2010. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Pulis furious with Meyler". Sky Sports. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Meyler Arrives on Loan". Hull City A.F.C. 8 November 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Cardiff 2–1 Hull City". BBC Sport. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Watford 1–2 Hull City". BBC Sport. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  16. ^ "Hull City 2–0 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  17. ^ "David Meyler and Robbie Brady complete Hull transfers". BBC Sport. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  18. ^ King, Dominic (1 December 2013). "One Hull of a beating – Bruce's boys bounce back to heap misery on a shaky Liverpool". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Pardew Sent Off For Headbutting Meyler". Eurosport. 1 March 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  20. ^ Taylor, Louise (9 March 2014). "Hull beat Sunderland to reach FA Cup semi-finals for first time since 1930". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  21. ^ Rose, Gary (13 April 2014). "Hull City 5–3 Sheffield Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  22. ^ a b McNulty, Phil (17 May 2014). "Arsenal 3–2 Hull City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  23. ^ "David Meyler: Hull City midfielder extends contract". BBC Sport. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  24. ^ "David Meyler: Hull City release long-serving midfielder and offer new deals to four". BBC Sport. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  25. ^ "David Meyler to sign for the Royals". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Charlie Wakefield: Coventry City sign winger, plus Reading's David Meyler on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  27. ^ Smith, Alan (10 February 2009). "Rep. of Ireland 1 – 1 Germany". Extratime.ie. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Darron Gibson pulls out of Republic of Ireland squad". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  29. ^ "Republic of Ireland 4–1 Oman". BBC Sport. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  30. ^ "Games played by David Meyler in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Games played by David Meyler in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
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  33. ^ a b c "Games played by David Meyler in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  34. ^ "Games played by David Meyler in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  35. ^ "Games played by David Meyler in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  36. ^ "Games played by David Meyler in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  37. ^ "Games played by David Meyler in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  38. ^ "Games played by David Meyler in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  39. ^ a b "Games played by David Meyler in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
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