Born: 29 March 1986, Omagh
Height: 5.11 ft
Position: Defender / Left Midfielder
Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 8 Under-21 Caps (2006-2008), Under-19.
Club Honours: (with Derry) FAI Cup Winner 2012.
Teams ............. --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- -League- FA Cup FL Cup Other
Fivemiletown United .................. Youth
Dungannon Swifts .. 02/03-03/04 Aug-02 Youth....................... 0(1)/0
Hibernian ......... 04/05-06/07 ..2004 Youth. 1(0)/ 0
Queen of the South. 06/07 ..... Aug-06 .Loan 11(0)/ 0
Livingston ........ 07/08 ..... Aug-07 .Loan 28(0)/ 0 1(1)/0 1(0)/0 1(0)/0
Falkirk ........... 08/09-09/10 May-08 .Free .1(1)/ 0
Arbroath .......... 09/10 ..... Sep-09 .Loan .6(0)/ 0
Dundalk ....................... Jan-10 Trial
Dungannon Swifts .. 09/10-11/12 Feb-10 .Free 23(-)/ 3
Derry City ........ 2012 - 2013 Feb-12 ..... 35(-)/ 1
Dungannon Swifts .. 13/14-14/15 Aug-13 ..... 42(-)/ 1
Rochedale Rovers .............. Jan-15 .Free (Australia)
Dungannon Swifts .. 15/16- date c/s-15
A member of Mal Donaghy's Northern Ireland Under-19 squad that played at the 2005 UEFA European Championship Finals as host, as a youngster Dermot McCaffrey played with Fivemiletown United, then of the Fermanagh & Western League before joining Dungannon Swifts. He made just one substitute appearance for the Swifts before moving to SPL side, Hibernian in 2004.
A veteran of the 2003 Milk Cup competition where he impressed for County Tyrone, for Northern Ireland Under-19, McCaffrey appeared at both left-back and as a left-sided central defender. At the 2005 European Finals he played in Northern Ireland's opening two matches, defeats by Greece and Serbia & Montenegro. He stepped up to the Under-21 squad for a two match tour of Israel in February 2006, playing in the second 1-0 win. For the next two years he was a regular in the squad, featuring most regularly at left-back.
McCaffrey made his debut in Scottish football while on loan at Queen of the South against Ross County in September 2006. He played eleven times in all during a three month spell with Queens, impressing with his pace. Through the rest of the season he featured on the bench for Hibs on several occasions, finally making his debut on 21st April 2007, starting in defence against Aberdeen as manager John Collins rested several players ahead of an impending Scottish Cup semi-final. It proved a bitter-sweet occasion as McCaffrey was sent-off for two yellow card offences in the dying minutes of a 2-2 draw. That proved to be his only firstteam appearance while at Easter Road.
A season long loan deal took McCaffrey to First Division Livingston where he played regularly at both left-back and centre-back. On his return to Hibernian he was released and almost immediately signed with another SPL club, Falkirk. He played just twice in a season-and-a-half with The Bairns and early in the 2009/10 season was sent out on loan to Second Division, Arbroath. On 20th January 2010 McCaffrey was released by Falkirk. He joined Dundalk on trial a few days later before re-joining Dungannon Swifts.
After scoring 7 goals in over 60 appearances for the Swifts McCaffrey joined Derry City for the 2012 season. He re-joined Dungannon after 18-months having struggled to establish himself in the starting eleven at the Brandywell.
Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
08-02-2006 Israel.. A W 1-0 FR
16-05-2006 Scotland H W 1-0 FR. sub
14-11-2006 Germany. A L 1-2 FR
06-02-2007 Wales... H L 0-4 FR
24-05-2007 Scotland A L 0-4 FR. sub
01-06-2007 Moldova. A W 1-0 ECQ sub
07-09-2007 Germany. H L 0-3 ECQ sub
26-03-2008 Romania. H L 1-3 FR
Summary: 4(4)/0. Won 3, Drew 0, Lost 5.