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Trevor Croly

Trevor Croly, (born 23 February 1974), is an Irish football coach and former player who is currently assistant manager of Bohemians in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Trevor Croly
Personal information
Full name Trevor Croly
Date of birth (1974-02-23) 23 February 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth Arbour Hill, Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Drogheda United 100 (11)
1996–2003 St Patrick's Athletic 195 (3)
2003–2004 Shamrock Rovers 27 (0)
Total 322 (14)
Teams managed
2007 Longford Town (assistant)
2008 St Patrick's Athletic (assistant)
2009–2011 Shamrock Rovers (assistant)
2012 St Patrick's Athletic (assistant)
2013–2014 Shamrock Rovers
2015 Bray Wanderers
2017– Bohemians (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Drogheda UnitedEdit

Croly started his career with Drogheda United signing a one year amateur deal under Pat Devlin. He made his League of Ireland debut at the RDS Arena against Shamrock Rovers on the opening day of the 1992-93 League of Ireland Premier Division season.[1]

In March 1993 Drogheda played Aston Villa in a friendly at Tolka Park where Croly received glowing tributes: "Croly’s performance was a major bonus for Drogheda, displaying ability beyond his nineteen years in a duel with Irish star Ray Houghton", wrote John Brennan in the Irish Press.

He then signed a two year semi professional contract. In his second season Drogheda were relegated finishing last in that 1993-94 League of Ireland Premier Division season. However they bounced back immediately finishing second in the 1994-95 League of Ireland First Division season. Under Jim McLaughlin Croly again signed on for the coming season. He scored the winner in the Louth Derby in a FAI Cup clash that season [2]

However their yo yo existence was confirmed when they were again relegated at the end of the 1995-96 League of Ireland season.

St Patrick's AthleticEdit

Despite overtures from Finn Harps and Derry City Croly signed for Brian Kerr and made his debut against ŠK Slovan Bratislava in Richmond Park 's first ever European game in a 1996-97 UEFA Cup tie.[3] He kept his place in Bratislava as Pats lost 1–0 to bow out 5–3 on aggregate. He made his domestic debut for Pats scoring the winner in a FAI League Cup tie at Shelbourne the following month. His league debut was at Dundalk on the opening day of the 1996-97 League of Ireland season.

The following season after battling through injury Croly wearing the number 12 jersey was a revelation playing a holding role in front of the back four. The season ended in glory as Pats memorably won the league in the last game in Kilkenny. Pats then drew Glasgow Celtic in the 1998-99 UEFA Champions League qualifiers. Pats drew 0–0 at Celtic Park with Croly coming off the bench with 4 minutes left. The following week at Tolka Park he was an unused substitute.

Days after the disappointment of losing to Celtic St Pats were involved in a 4 team tournament at Lansdowne Road. The Carlsberg Trophy pitted them against Liverpool F.C. with Croly appearing as a substitute in a 3–2 defeat. In the next game against S.S. Lazio the next day he again appeared as a substitute as a tired St Pats lost 4–1.

That season Croly proved his versatility by filling in at right full after Willie Burke got injured early in the season. He also alternated as a right wing back.

He played twice against FC Zimbru Chişinău as Pats were thrashed 10–0 on aggregate in the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League qualifying round.

As the club captain under Pat Dolan his versatility proved inspirational especially in the 2001-02 League of Ireland season where Croly was ever present playing all 33 league games.

Croly played all 4 games in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup as Pats beat HNK Rijeka on away goals and then went out to K.A.A. Gent on away goals.

In 2002, he signed a three year deal but despite this his career at Richmond Park ended at the end of the 2002-03 League of Ireland Premier Division season after seven seasons and 9 European appearances.

Shamrock RoversEdit

In March 2003 Croly signed for Shamrock Rovers.[4] However injury kept him out for almost the whole season with Croly only making ten league appearances making his Rovers debut on 19 September at Belfield Park. It was a unique occasion as it was a Rovers home game which was switched to the opposition’s stadium.

In the 2004 League of Ireland Premier Division season he made a total of 20 appearances.

Coaching careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After retiring he was appointed first team coach at Kildare County in March 2005.

Croly was appointed as defensive coach at Bohemians in March 2006.

In January 2008 he was appointed assistant manager at St Patrick's Athletic.[5]

In December 2008 Croly was appointed assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers.[6] In 2011, he completed a Coerver Coaching course.[7] However he left The Hoops in June 2011 citing differences with then manager Michael O'Neill.[8]

In December 2011 Croly managed the PFAI players at the annual FIFPro Winter Tournament in Oslo.[9] Days later he was again appointed assistant manager at Pats [10]

In the lead up to the 2012 FAI Cup Final Croly was rumoured to be the target as the new Shamrock Rovers manager. The manager of St Pats Liam Buckley was quoted to be uncomfortable over the link [11]

Shamrock RoversEdit

Croly was confirmed as the new Shamrock Rovers manager on 7 November 2012.[12][13]

Trevor Croly's contract at Shamrock Rovers was terminated by mutual consent on Saturday 2 August 2014 [14]

In May 2015, Bray Wanderers announced that Croly had signed a three year contract to manage the club.[15][16]

Coaching recordEdit

As of 20 October 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Shamrock Rovers 7 November 2012[12] 2 August 2014[14] 70 36 18 16 102 62 +40 051.43 [17]



  • DUFC A Claret and Blue History by Brian Whelan (2010)


  1. ^ "Monday, August 31, 1992 – Page 015". The Irish Times. 31 August 1992. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Friday, January 19, 1996 – Page 017". The Irish Times. 19 January 1996. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Friday, July 19, 1996 – Page 019". The Irish Times. 19 July 1996. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  4. ^ RTÉ Publishing. "Rovers sign Croly and Kelly from Saints – RTÉ News". Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Club News : St Pats Make New Appointment". 28 January 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Croly New Hoops' Number Two". 23 December 2008. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Coerver Coaching UK Youth Diploma Review – Summer 2011 | Coerver ® Coaching Blog". 17 September 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  8. ^ Miguel Delaney (30 June 2011). "Croly exits Hoops setup after fallout". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  9. ^ "FIFPro Winter Tournament: 120 Irish seek new club". FIFPro Winter Tournament. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  10. ^ Release, Press. "Croly signs on with St. Pat's – – League of Ireland". Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  11. ^ Daniel McDonnell (30 October 2012). "Buckley 'uncomfortable' with Croly's Rovers link". irish Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Trevor Croly has been named the new Shamrock Rovers manager. On 1st August 2014 after a 4-1 defeat at Limerick City Croly was sacked as Rovers Manager". RTÉ Sport. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Rovers return for Trevor Croly". Extra Time. 7 November 2012. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Croly Announced as Bray Manager". Bray Wanderers FC Website (11/05/2015). Archived from the original on 18 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Trevor Croly unveiled as Bray Wanderers Manager". RTÉ News website (11/05/2015).
  17. ^ "Shamrock Rovers » Dates & results 2012/2013". World Football. Retrieved 22 January 2014.

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