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Mark Anthony Kinsella (born 12 August 1972) is an Irish football manager and former player, currently in charge of Drogheda United after previously being the assistant manager. He played as a central midfielder for most of his career. He is the father of Liam Kinsella and international gymnast Alice Kinsella.

Mark Kinsella
Personal information
Full name Mark Anthony Kinsella
Date of birth (1972-08-12) 12 August 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1988–1989 Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1996 Colchester United 180 (27)
1996–2002 Charlton Athletic 208 (20)
2002–2004 Aston Villa 21 (0)
2004 West Bromwich Albion 18 (1)
2004–2006 Walsall 43 (1)
2008 Lewes 1 (0)
Total 471 (49)
National team
1991–1994 Republic of Ireland U21 8 (1)
1998 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1998–2004 Republic of Ireland 48 (3)
Teams managed
2006 Walsall (caretaker)
2006–2008 Charlton Athletic Reserves
2011–2012 Daventry Town
2012–2014 Colchester United (assistant)
2014–2015 Drogheda United (assistant)
2015 Drogheda United
2016– Drogheda United (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kinsella began his career at Colchester United, before spells at Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Walsall and Lewes. He played 48 times for the Republic of Ireland, scoring three goals and playing in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Kinsella is a former manager of Daventry Town.


Club careerEdit

Colchester UnitedEdit

Kinsella joined Colchester United as a 17-year-old (he was actually signed by the legendary ex-Rangers manager Jock Wallace) and played there for seven seasons, including two in the Conference, and played at Wembley in 1992 when Colchester won the FA Trophy. He was nicknamed "Sheedy" by the fans, in honour of the Everton player, and is among the club's most revered former players.

Charlton AthleticEdit

He moved to Charlton Athletic in September 1996 for £150,000. At Charlton he captained the team to a dramatic victory over Sunderland in the 1998 Division 1 Play-off Final, with Kinsella scoring one of the penalties in the shootout. Following relegation after only one season in the Premier League in 1999, Kinsella lifted the First Division championship trophy with Charlton the following year, with the South East London outfit returning to the top-flight in 2000.

Kinsella is remembered by Charlton fans as a turning point in their recent history, he was the first player in the modern era to stay with Charlton when his performances placed him as a top ten midfielder in the country via the Carling Opta Stats. His skill, talent and sometimes individual carrying of the team in the 1998–99 season places him above that of Richard Rufus, Clive Mendonca, Andy Hunt and John Robinson in Charlton's list of greats in the late 90's teams. In 2001, he suffered an injury, which allowed Scott Parker to take his place in the team. Kinsella could not reclaim his place in the Charlton first team after coming back from injury, so he was sold to Aston Villa in 2002, for a fee of £1 million.[1]

Aston VillaEdit

Kinsella made his debut for Aston Villa on 24 August 2002 against Tottenham Hotspur. He later went on to make 24 appearances in his first season. After a good start in the first half of the 2002–03 season he rarely made an appearance in the second half of the season and had a couple injuries that set him back.[2] In Kinsella's second season he only made two appearances and left Aston Villa mid-season in early 2004.

West Bromwich AlbionEdit

Kinsella moved to West Bromwich Albion in January 2004, on a short-term contract until the end of the season.[3] He made 18 appearances for the club, helping them to win promotion to the Premiership. His only goal for Albion came in a 3–0 win over Coventry City on 6 March 2004.[4]


Kinsella then transferred to Walsall in July 2004, signing a two-year deal.[5] After two injury damaged seasons, Kinsella took charge of Walsall on a caretaker basis, following Kevan Broadhurst's sacking in April 2006, earning one win and suffering one defeat in his two games in charge.[6] He continued to combine playing and coaching at Walsall before being lured back to Charlton in December 2006. His last professional match was in Walsall's League Two home defeat to promotion rivals Swindon Town on 9 December 2006. Kinsella scored two goals for Walsall, once against Merthyr Tydfil in the FA Cup,[7] and once against Wycombe Wanderers in the league.[8]

International careerEdit

Kinsella won 48 caps for the Irish national team, scoring 3 times and was named Irish Footballer of the Year on one occasion. He also captained the side in a friendly against Finland in November 2000.[9] Although rarely remembered, he formed an excellent midfield partnership with Roy Keane in the qualifying stages for the 2002 World Cup. Keane was quoted as stating that the Republic of Ireland's form during that campaign was down to the presence and performances of Kinsella. After Keane's much publicised dismissal from the squad before the 2002 World Cup, Kinsella formed a solid partnership with future Charlton player Matt Holland.

Management and coaching careerEdit

While still a player at Walsall, Kinsella took on the additional roles of reserve-team manager and first-team coach. He was appointed development coach at Charlton Athletic in December 2006, with responsibility for the development of young professional players, liaison with the academy and the managing the reserve team.[10] After the appointment of Alan Pardew, Kinsella's role was changed to that of reserve-team manager. It was announced on 10 June 2008 that he has been given a new one-year contract at the club.[11]

In November 2008 when Alan Pardew left Charlton by mutual consent, Kinsella left his post as Reserve team manager, being replaced by U18 Youth Coach Damian Matthew, to adopt a more senior role in the first team, helping Caretaker manager Phil Parkinson, while a replacement for Pardew was found. In December 2008, Parkinson was confirmed as the new Charlton manager, and Kinsella assumed the role of first team coach permantently. He was sacked along with Phil Parkinson on 4 January 2011.[12] He was linked with return to his former club Colchester United as manager in August 2009, but the job went to Adrian Boothroyd.[13]

He became manager of Daventry Town in June 2011,[14] leaving the club in July 2012. Having left Daventry, Kinsella joined former St Neots Town manager Dennis Greene's coaching staff at Conference North side Histon in August 2012.[15]

Mark was appointed Colchester United assistant manager on 27 September 2012, to work alongside fellow Irishman Joe Dunne.[16]

On 1 September 2014, Mark Kinsella was sacked as assistant manager of Colchester United.[17]

On 29 November 2014, Kinsella was announced as assistant manager of League of Ireland side Drogheda United. Kinsella replaced Johnny McDonnell as manager following McDonnell's departure from the club after a 4–1 home defeat to bottom side Limerick.[18]

Career statisticsEdit


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1989–90 Colchester United Fourth Division 6 0 0 0 1 0 N/a N/a 7 0
1990–91 Conference National 11 0 0 0 N/a N/a N/a N/a 11 0
1991–92 Conference National 42 3 3 1 N/a N/a N/a N/a 46 4
1992–93 Third Division 38 6 3 0 2 0 N/a N/a 43 6
1993–94 42 8 1 0 2 1 N/a N/a 45 9
1994–95 42 6 4 1 2 0 N/a N/a 48 7
1995–96 45 5 1 0 2 1 N/a N/a 48 6
1996–97 7 2 0 0 3 1 N/a N/a 10 3
1996–97 Charlton Athletic First Division 37 6
1997–98 46 6
1998–99 Premier League 38 2
1999–2000 First Division 38 3
2000–01 Premier League 32 2
2001–02 17 0
2002–03 Aston Villa Premier League 19 0
2003–04 1 0
2003–04 West Bromwich Albion First Division 18 1
2004–05 Walsall League One 22 0
2005–06 10 0
2006–07 League Two 11 1
Country England 522 51
Total 522 51
Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 5 0
1999 9 0
2000 6 1
2001 5 1
2002 10 1
2003 9 0
2004 4 0
Total 48 3



  1. ^ "Kinsella joins Villa". BBC Sport article. 23 August 2002. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
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  3. ^ "Baggies seal Kinsella deal". BBC Sport article. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  4. ^ "West Brom 3–0 Coventry". BBC. 6 March 2004. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Walsall swoop for Kinsella". BBC Sport article. 27 July 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Walsall are relegated". article. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Merthyr 1–2 Walsall". BBC. 4 November 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Walsall 2–0 Wycombe". BBC. 14 October 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Kinsella to captain Republic". BBC Sport article. 13 November 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  10. ^ "Kinsella joins staff at Charlton". BBC Sport article. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  11. ^ "New contract for Kinsella". 10 June 2008.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Gritt relishing cup clash". Retrieved 2 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Col U: The Race To Replace – Day One – Vital Colchester United". 19 August 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Daventry appoint ex-international Mark Kinsella as boss". BBC Sport. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  15. ^ "Kinsella Goes at Daventry". Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  16. ^ Colchester United FC [@ColU_Official] (27 September 2012). "Just to confirm, Mark Kinsella is the #colu number two: Mark has been in management and is very highly rated. He knows the club so well" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Colchester United: Joe Dunne replaced by Tony Humes as boss". BBC Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Drogheda United News -". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Mark Kinsella". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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