John Russell


Player Profile

Age: 35 years, 10 months

Place of Birth: Moycullen, Co.Galway

Nationality: Ireland

Position: Midfield

Height: 5' 9"

Club History


Start DateEnd DateTeam
Feb 2019 Present Sligo Rovers
Dec 2018 Sligo Rovers
Dec 2013 Oct 2017 Sligo Rovers
Feb 2012 Nov 2013 St. Patrick's Athletic
Feb 2010 Nov 2011 Sligo Rovers
Dec 2006 Nov 2009 Galway United (ex)
Apr 2003 Jun 2006 Galway United (ex)


Start DateEnd DateTeam

Capped at U19 level for the Republic of Ireland, John played with Salthill Devon before starting his League of Ireland career at Galway United in 2003. He spent three seasons at Terryland Park but in 2006 he made just 5 league appearances before taking some time out from football.

In December 2006, manager Tony Cousins convinced John to re-sign for Galway United for the 2007 season. Over the next three years John made a further 69 league appearances for the Tribesman.

At the start of 2010 John signed for Paul Cook at Sligo Rovers and made 20 league appearances, scoring three goals, to help the Bit O' Red to 3rd place in the Premier Division. John also won an FAI Cup winners medal as Sligo beat Shamrock Rovers in a penalty shootout after the first final at the new Aviva Stadium had ended scoreless after extra time. In 2011 John made a further 34 league appearances, scoring four goals as Sligo finished runners up in the League and he won a second FAI Cup medal as Sligo defeated Shelbourne after penalties.

John left Sligo at the end of 2011 and signed for Liam Buckley at St Patrick's Athletic in January 2012. He made his club debut on the opening night of the 2012 season against Bray Wanderers and made 19 league appearances that year, also appearing in the club's FAI Cup final defeat to Derry City. The following year John was an integral part of the Pats team that won the 2013 League title, making 26 league appearances and scoring twice. He left Richmond Park at the end of 2013 to take up a role as the FAI Development officer for Sligo, inevitably re-signing for Sligo Rovers ahead of the 2014 season.

John made an impact in his first season back at Sligo, scoring five goals in 21 league appearances, as Sligo finished fifth in the 2014 league table. In 2015, under Owen Heary, injuries affected his game-time and he could only make 13 league appearances, scoring once, as Sligo Rovers finished ninth in the Premier Division. In 2016 John made a further 29 league appearances, scoring once, and added one more goal to his career tally in 2017 with a winner against Shamrock Rovers. John left Sligo at the end of the 2017 season.

John then returned to Sligo Rovers in 2019 as Liam Buckley's assistant but would also be part of that season's playing squad.

Photo by Michael Melly

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John Russell 2020 Record - Friendly

Comp Date Home Score Away Venue Actions
March 3, 2021 Galway United 1 - 1 Sligo Rovers Eamonn Deacy Park
Feb. 23, 2021 Athlone Town 0 - 3 Sligo Rovers Athlone Town Stadium