9 things you probably didn’t know about Dave Mooney
Dave Mooney was announced as the Crows latest signing late on Friday night and we’ve got the lowdown on the experienced 33-year-old Irish striker right here…so here are 9 things you probably didn’t know about Dave Mooney.
- Dave started his career at legendary Irish side Shamrock Rovers and made his first team debut against Longford Town in 2004.
- Following a move to Longford Town from Shamrock Rovers he was the leading goalscorer in the FAI Premier Division in 2007
- Whilst at Longford Town in 2007 Mooney won the FAI Player of the year award.
- His goalscoring exploits and fine form at Longford alerted a number of clubs from across the Irish Sea. In 2008 a number of English clubs were vying for his signature including Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace and Leeds United. However, he opted to join Cork City on a three year deal.
- Whilst at Cork he struck a rich vein of goalscoring form – netting an impressive 15 league goals in 22 games including a record breaking run of 11 goals in six matches and, for the second season running, he was the top marksman in the FAI Premier Division.
- Mooney scored on his European debut, in a 2–2 UEFA Cup draw with Finnish side FC Haka whilst at Cork City.
- However, due to Cork City suffering financial difficulties his time at Turners Cross was cut short. Mooney signed for then Championship side Reading in a transfer deal said to be worth £200,000.
- Mooney made his Reading debut in the League Cup, coming on as a substitute against Luton Town. He scored his first Reading goals on his full debut for the club, scoring twice at home to Burton Albion in a first round League Cup tie in August 2009.
- A number of loan spells followed at clubs such as Stockport County, Norwich City, Charlton Athletic and Colchester United. However, the signing of a permanent deal with Leyton Orient in 2011 saw Mooney reignite his goalscoring exploits. He went on to score over 50 goals for the O’s in 170 games across two spells and became a firm favourite with the fans.