Name: Sean Ward
Born: 21 January 1984, Belfast
Height: 5.10 ft
Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Select XI (2007); Under-23 (2007-2008), 10 Under-21 Caps (2005-2006), Under-20, Under-18 Schools, Milk Cup Under-19 squad (2003), Junior (2003); Irish Universities.
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 2004/05, 2008/09; Irish Cup Winner 2012/13; Irish League Cup Winner; Co. Antrim Shield Winner; (with Linfield) Irish Cup Runner-Up 2015/16; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 2013/14.
Teams.... --Seasons-- Signed --Fee--
Glentoran 02/03-12/13 ........ Youth
Linfield. 13/14- date Jun-13 £10,000
A versatile player, Sean Ward emerged through the ranks at Glentoran playing for the Seconds at centre-back before gaining his firstteam chance as stand-in right-back. Although now most familiar in the centre of defence, in the intervening years he has also played at left-back and across midfield.
Capped at Under-18 Schools level, Ward also appeared for an Under-19 Milk Cup Select that appeared at the Croix International Tournament in France in 2003. His links to the Milk Cup continued as he played for a Northern Ireland Select against Everton in a match to celebrate the tournament's 25th anniversary in 2007. A regular at Under-21 level from 2005-2006 he also appeared for the Under-23s in their first International Challenge Tournament and in the Junior International Quadrangular Tournament in 2003.
Ward, who was vice-captain, led Glentoran to the 2013 Irish Cup. With the Glens in financial difficulties and having failed to pay their players on a regular basis over a number of months a frustrated Ward requested a transfer. He subsequently joined Linfield.
Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
08-02-2005 Scotland....... H W 2-1 FR
16-08-2005 Rep. of Ireland H D 2-2 FR sub
06-02-2006 Israel......... A W 1-0 FR
08-02-2006 Israel......... A W 1-0 FR sub
28-02-2006 Wales.......... A W 1-0 FR
12-04-2006 Leichtenstein.. A W 4-1 ECQ
10-05-2006 Leichtenstein.. H W 4-0 ECQ
16-05-2006 Scotland....... H W 1-0 FR
16-08-2006 Romania........ A L 0-3 ECQ
01-09-2006 Germany........ H L 2-3 ECQ
Summary: 8(2)/0. Won 7, Drew 1, Lost 2.
Photo by Roy Cathcart.