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Gareth Farrelly

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Full nameGareth Farrelly
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Gareth Farrelly (born 28 August 1975 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer. He currently plays for Warrington Town and Paul Hastings FC (5-a-side).

Farrelly played his schoolboy football with Home Farm. Aston Villa signed him as a 16-year-old in 1992, and he made his Villa début in September 1995. He moved to Everton in July 1997 for approximately £700,000, scoring the goal that preserved their Premier League status on the final day of the 1997 98 season. However, he was soon on the move to Bolton, initially on loan. He won promotion back to the Premier League with Bolton in 2001 (scoring the opening goal for them in the Play Off Final), but then fell out of favour. He was subsequently loaned out to Rotherham, Burnley, Bradford City, and latterly Wigan. He made his full international début for Ireland as a 21-year-old, and has six caps.

Farrelly joined Bohemian in late August 2004 as player-manager, making his début as a late substitute in the 1-0 home win v Cork City on 17 September 2004.

He was sacked on 30 August 2006 following Bohemian's elimination from the FAI Cup at the hands of Shamrock Rovers, in which he missed a penalty late in the game.

Farrelly then had a short spell with Leicester City. He left the Foxes after they ended their interest in him. On 24 November 2006, he joined Blackpool on a short-term contract, which expired in February 2007.

On 15 February 2007, he agreed to sign for eircom League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City on a two-year contract (explanation on this case here: FIFA 2) .

On 12 May 2008 Farrelly underwent a serious operation to remove a tumour from his pancreas. His manager Alan Matthews reported: "Gareth has had major surgery and remains in intensive care in Warwick hospital." The operation was an apparent success.

Settled his case against Cork City for unfair dismissal in October 2009 .

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