Dean Delany


Player Profile

Place of Birth: Dublin

Nationality: Ireland

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6' 1"

Club History


Start DateEnd DateTeam
Dec 2016 Nov 2019 Shelbourne
Dec 2012 Oct 2016 Bohemians
Nov 2007 Oct 2012 Shelbourne
Mar 2007 Nov 2007 Waterford
May 2004 Nov 2006 Shelbourne
Nov 2003 Dec 2003 Macclesfield Town  (Loan)
Jul 2000 May 2004 Port Vale
Aug 1997 Jun 2000 Everton


Start DateEnd DateTeam

Dean Delaney joined Everton as a schoolboy in 1997, and went on to be a key part of their 1998 FA Youth Cup Winning team. After leaving Everton he joined Port Vale in 2000, spending four years there before signing for Shelbourne in May 2004.

Delany made his Shels league debut in June 2005 against Waterford United and helped the club to the 2006 League title. But this was a time of financial chaos at the club and Dean left Tolka Park at the end of the 2006 season, signing for Waterford United on 15 March 2007.

After one season at Waterford, in which Dean made 30 league appearances for the Blues, Dean re-signed for Shelbourne in November 2007. Dean was ever present for Shels in 2008, playing in all 36 of their First Division games as the Reds were denied promotion by an injury time goal in their final game against Limerick 37.

In 2009 Dean missed just one league game as Shels were again denied promotion, this time in a play-off against Sporting Final, and 2010 proved frustrating once again as Shels just missed out on the promotion play-offs, with Dean playing in all 33 of Shelbourne’s First Division games that year.

Delany made 28 league appearances for Shelbourne in 2011 as the club finished second in the First Division, finally earning promotion to the Premier League. He also played in his first FAI Cup final as the Reds lost out to Sligo Rovers in a penalty shootout at the Aviva Stadium. Dean left Shels at the end of 2012, signing for Aaron Callaghan at Bohemians ahead of the 2013 season.

Dean played all 33 games for Bohemians as they finished tenth in the league. Dean kept six clean sheets during the campaign. He re-signed for new manager Owen Heary for the 2014 season. He went on to play 27 times for the Gypsies, keeping nine clean sheets, as they finished seventh in the league table. Dean stayed at Dalymount Park for his third season in 2015. Under new manager Keith Long, Bohemians finished in fifth spot in the Premier Division with him keeping eleven clean sheets in thirty-two league games. He missed only one league game due to a suspension from a red card against Galway United in May. Dean made 24 league appearances in 2016 but began to lose out to newly arrived 'keeper Shane Supple over the second half of the season and in December he moved back to Tolka Park when he signed for First Division Shelbourne.

Dean appeared in 27 of Shelbourne's 28 First Division games in 2017 as the club finished a disappointing fourth. In October 2017 Dean signed back with the reds for the 2018 campaign.

(Photo credit: Maurice Frasier)


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