14 November 2007

Robert Casey

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Name: Robert Casey
Born: 20 November 1972, Newry
Height: 6.00 ft
Weight: 12.00 st
Position: Forward/Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 B Cap (1997); Irish League: 1 Cap (2000).
Club Honours: (with Portadown) Irish League Champion 1995/96; Irish Cup Winner 1998/99; Gold Cup Winner 1992/93; Ulster Cup Winner 1995/96; League Cup Winner 1995/96; Floodlit Cup Winner 1994/95; Mid-Ulster Cup Winner; (with Armagh) Irish Intermediate League First Division Champion 2004/05.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Europe
Other
Newry Celtic
-
-
-
(Carnbane League)
Portadown
91/92-98/99
-91
-
186(23)/32
6(0)/0
/43
Newry Town
99/00-04/05
May-99
-
/24
4(0)/1
/11
Armagh City
04/05-06/07
-05
-
/ 0
-
/ 0
Lisburn Distillery
06/07
Jan-06
-
/ 0
-
/ 0
TOTALS
-
£-
/56
10(0)/1
/54

Biography:
In the mid-nineties, Newry based Robert Casey emerged as one of the Irish League's most exciting players. From virtually any position on the field of play he could turn a game and won a clutch of medals, but it could have been so different...

Signed by Ronnie McFall in 1991, Casey's earliest outings for the Ports were mainly as a forward. It was from that position that he missed an open goal from just a yard out in the final minute of the last match of the 1993/94 season - had he scored Portadown would have won the match against Glenavon and the Irish League title, instead Linfield claimed the Gibson Cup by just two points.

It took Ports fans some time to get over that miss and early the in following campaign he was subjected to jeers and cat-calls. He kept his head down, worked hard and, despite playing most of the season in midfield he finished with 16 goals, Budweiser and Mid-Ulster Cup winner's medals and a plethora of personal accolades.

In 1995/96 Casey finally claimed that elusive League title and added Ulster Cup and Wilkinson Sword Cup gongs for good measure. In February 1996 Bryan Hamilton included Casey in the Northern Ireland 'B' squad for a match against the Norway Olympic side. Although he remained on the bench for the duration of that match, a year later he did play in a 2-0 win over Portugal Under-21s, coming on as a substitute for Glenn Ferguson in the second half.

Casey played out the remainder of the 1990s with Portadown before transferring to his hometown club, Newry Town, in 1999. He added much experience to the border club's midfield as they regular flirted with relegation to the First Division. After six seasons, during which he twice finished as the club's topscorer and briefly acted as caretaker-manager, Casey signed for Armagh City. He helped the Eagles to the First Division title and featured in their first season as an Irish Premier League side.

After finishing his playing career with a brief spell at Distillery, Casey returned to the Newry Showgrounds as reserve-team coach. In February 2011 he was again appointed caretaker-manager, before becoming assistant to Pat McGibbon.

Northern Ireland B Cap Details:
28-03-1997 Portugal H W 2-0 FR

Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Irish League Representative Match Details:
01-11-2000 League of Ireland A W 2-0 sub

Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.

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