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David Healy

David Jonathan Healy, Order of the British Empire (born 5 August 1979) is a Northern Ireland national football team association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Scottish Premier League champions Rangers F.C.. David Healy is the all-time leading scorer for Northern Ireland national football team with 35 goals, and also holds the record for the highest scoring tally during a UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign with 13.

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David Healy biography

David Jonathan Healy, Order of the British Empire (born 5 August 1979) is a Northern Ireland national football team association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Scottish Premier League champions Rangers F.C.. David Healy is the all-time leading scorer for Northern Ireland national football team with 35 goals, and also holds the record for the highest scoring tally during a UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign with 13.

David Healy began David Healy career at Manchester United F.C. in 1999, but signed for Preston North End F.C. two years later after a short loan spell. David Healy spent three years with Preston, maintaining a healthy goals to games ratio, before transferring to Leeds United A.F.C. in 2004. After three years to Leeds David Healy moved on to Fulham F.C. for a season, before settling at Sunderland A.F.C. in 2008. David Healy moved north to Scotland to play for Rangers F.C. in January 2011. In addition to these clubs David Healy has also played for Port Vale F.C., Norwich City F.C., Ipswich Town F.C., and Doncaster Rovers F.C. on loan.

Before representing David Healy country at a senior level, David Healy also played for both the Northern Ireland national under-21 football team and the Northern Ireland B national football team.

Club career

Manchester United

Healy was born and raised in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland, and played for Crossgar, Lisburn Youth and Down Academy High School in Downpatrick. David Healy signed for Manchester United F.C. in August 1999, just four days before David Healy 20th birthday. David Healy made David Healy début for United in a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa F.C. in the Football League Cup at Villa Park on 13 October 1999. In February 2000 David Healy was loaned to Port Vale F.C., but could only manage three goals in sixteen games for Brian Horton's relegation side.

In the 2000–01 in English football David Healy made a second appearance in the League Cup (as a 90th minute substitute in a game that went into extra time, United eventually losing to Sunderland A.F.C.). David Healy made David Healy Premier League début on 28 November 2000 as a second half substitute in a 2–0 victory over Ipswich Town F.C.. This was to be David Healy last appearance for United; David Healy signed for Preston North End F.C. on loan on 29 December 2000, and the deal was made permanent five days later for a £1.5 million fee.

Preston North End

In the remainder of the 2000–01 in English football season, Healy made 26 appearances for Preston and scored 10 goals. David Healy was a virtual ever-present in 2001–02 in English football, appearing in 44 league games and scoring 10 goals.

In the 2002–03 in English football David Healy was less successful after Craig Brown (footballer born 1940) replaced the departed David Moyes. By the end of January 2003 David Healy had made only 23 league appearances but scored five goals. Healy joined Nigel Worthington's Norwich City F.C. on a month's loan at the end of January. In the end David Healy stayed for the remainder of the season, but in thirteen appearances for the "Canaries" David Healy scored only scored past Sheffield Wednesday F.C. and Wimbledon F.C.. Having attempted to sign David Healy from Man United two years previously, Norwich attempted to sign Healy permanently from Preston but were denied by Brown. During David Healy time at Elland Road David Healy was linked with dozens of moves to other clubs, the most notable rumour reported in the press being a potential £3 million move to Manchester City F.C.. David Healy scored David Healy first goal for Fulham in a pre-season friendly against South China AA in the 2007 Barclays Asia Trophy, with a low diving header.

David Healy scored fifty seconds into David Healy league debut for the club following a mistake from Arsenal F.C. keeper Jens Lehmann. David Healy also found the net in David Healy second game against Bolton Wanderers F.C., in a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage. However David Healy only scored two further top-flight goals in the season (past Reading F.C. and Sunderland), as well as two cup goals past Bolton and Bristol Rovers F.C.. Following the sacking of Sanchez, new manager Roy Hodgson preferred a strike partnership of the American pairing of Brian McBride and Eddie Johnson (American soccer), leaving Healy on the bench.

In July 2008, Healy caused controversy when David Healy adopted the posture of a flute player (symbolic of the Protestant Orange Order, similar to a previous incident involving Paul Gascoigne). In response to a question posed by Celtic fans chanting "Where were you on the Twelfth?" during a pre-season friendly match against Celtic F.C. at Craven Cottage. Healy subsequently apologised profusely for any offence David Healy may have caused and signed many autographs for Celtic fans after the game. David Healy remained out of favour with Roy Hodgson, who regarded David Healy signings Andrew Johnson (English footballer) and Bobby Zamora ahead of Healy in the pecking order. Despite this sum David Healy would never start a league game for the "Black Cats". Healy made David Healy début for Sunderland four days later in the League Cup and marked by scoring the winning goal in extra time against Nottingham Forest F.C.. Healy also scored in the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers F.C.. Healy scored David Healy first Premier League goal for the club in a 2-0 home win against Stoke City F.C. on 7 February 2009. David Healy managed to score in every competition that Sunderland were entered into in David Healy first season with the club.

David Healy was sent out on loan to Ipswich Town F.C. during the winter 2010 transfer window along with team-mate Daryl Murphy. David Healy made David Healy debut against Middlesbrough F.C. on 6 February 2010, helping Ipswich to earn a point by setting up Murphy to score with a cross. David Healy scored David Healy first goal for Ipswich on 24 February 2010, in a 1–1 draw with Scunthorpe United F.C., salvaging a point and ending David Healy goal drought by scoring for the first time in over a year.

Healy joined Doncaster Rovers F.C. on loan in November 2010, to fill the void left by the injured Billy Sharp. David Healy marked David Healy Doncaster debut with a goal, finding the net in a 2-1 win over Millwall F.C. on 6 November. Doncaster extended Healy's loan spell into a second month.


In January 2011, Healy signed for Rangers F.C. on a six month deal, with a view to signing a longer contract. Having scored in David Healy Leeds, Fulham, Sunderland, Doncaster and Northern Ireland débuts, David Healy also marked David Healy first Rangers appearance with a goal, coming off the bench to add the final goal of a 6–0 win over Motherwell F.C. on 12 February. Upon the expiry of David Healy contract David Healy signed a new one-year deal with the club, tying David Healy to the Ibrox Stadium outfit until the end of the 2011–12 Rangers F.C. season season. On 2 January 2012, Healy scored David Healy second goal for the club, again against Motherwell, with the opener of a 3–0 win. David Healy third goal for the club came the following week, when David Healy scored the first of a 4–0 victory over Arbroath F.C. in the Scottish Cup. David Healy netted David Healy third league goal of the season for the "Gers" in a 4–0 win over Hibernian F.C. on 28 January, and got David Healy fourth goal in a 4–1 victory over Dunfermline Athletic F.C. on 11 February.

International career

David Healy made David Healy début for Northern Ireland national football team on 23 February 2000, putting a brace past Luxembourg national football team. David Healy was still only 20 years old; having made David Healy début for Manchester United the previous October, David Healy had just joined Port Vale on loan. David Healy competitive international début came in September 2000, in a FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Malta national football team, and David Healy scored David Healy first competitive goal for David Healy country a month later against Denmark national football team.

On 6 June 2004, in a friendly game away to Trinidad and Tobago national football team (his 35th international), David Healy scored David Healy 13th and 14th goals for Northern Ireland, thus equalling and overtaking Colin Clarke (footballer born 1962)'s record for the country. In September that year, Healy was controversially sent off in Northern Ireland's 2–2 draw with Wales national football team. After celebrating the goal David Healy scored to put Northern Ireland 2–0 up, David Healy made a hand gesture towards the fans. The referee sent David Healy off but Healy later explained that David Healy was celebrating towards David Healy family and that was how David Healy always celebrated when scoring for David Healy then-club, Preston North End.

On 7 September 2005, at Windsor Park, Healy secured a famous victory for David Healy country against England national football team in a World Cup qualifier when David Healy scored the only goal of the game. This was David Healy nation's first win over the English since 1972. In the following international game, against Liechtenstein national football team, David Healy scored a second hat-trick, thus becoming the first player ever to score two hat-tricks for Northern Ireland.

David Healy scored both of Northern Ireland's goals in a 2–1 win against Sweden national football team on 28 March 2007, and two more against Liechtenstein on 22 August, followed by a penalty away to Iceland national football team on 12 September. On 17 November 2007, when David Healy scored against Denmark, it was David Healy 13th goal in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group F tournament (in eleven games). This made David Healy the highest-ever goalscorer in a UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign, and also the first Northern Ireland football player to break a football record. The previous record, of twelve goals in ten games, had been set by Davor Šuker of Croatia national football team in 1996.

In October 2008, Healy received several death threats after David Healy welcomed an international goal David Healy had scored by saying 'the famine is over'. The goal had come after an uncharacteristic drought at the time. Healy's comments were interpreted as a reference to Rangers fans' chant – Famine Song
Healy claimed to be oblivious to the fact that David Healy had offended anyone saying, "I’m so disappointed and upset that anyone could even try and make this link. And when told about this I was totally bemused."

David Healy has won a total of 89 senior caps, leaving David Healy third in the nation's all-time appearances chart behind defender Mal Donaghy (91) and goalkeeper Pat Jennings (119); David Healy 35 international goals make David Healy the nation's all-time leading goalscorer by a considerable distance.


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