|Posted by dublinbrummie on February 6, 2009 at 4:29 PM|
|Full name||Keith Fahey|
|Date of birth||January 15, 1983 (1983-01-15) (age 26)|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)|
|Current club||Birmingham City|
St Patrick's Athletic
St Patrick's Athletic
Fahey is a creative midfielder who rejoined St. Pats on July 16 2006 from Drogheda United, less than a year after leaving St. Pats in the opposite direction. He started his professional career as a trainee with Arsenal F.C. before signing for Aston Villa in April 2000 for a fee of GBP £250,000. He made one appearance for Villa in the 2002 Intertoto Cup Semi-Finals, First Leg in a 1-1 draw against Lille away from home. Having failed to make a breakthrough in the Premiership, Fahey returned home initially to play non League football for Bluebell United before quickly being snapped up by St Pats in 2003. He immediately impressed fans and commentators with his skillful midfield play and he was the driving force for St Pats as they reached the FAI Cup final (with Fahey scoring a memorable free kick goal in extra time of the semi final replay). However the final turned out to be very disappointing for both Fahey and St Pats as he was sent off in the first half as the Saints lost 2-0 to Longford Town.
He continued to impress during two disappointing seasons for St Pats in 2004 and 2005 before surprisingly moving to Drogheda United in exchange for Alan Reilly and ?32,000 in July 2005. As Drogheda were becoming a major force in Irish football, Fahey played a major role in midfield and was highly instrumental in Drogheda capturing the Setanta Cup in early 2006. In July 2006, there was apparently a major falling out with manager Paul Doolin, leaving the way clear for Fahey to return to St. Pats.
Impressed highly in Pats' UEFA Cup run in 2008.
Fahey won the PFAI Player of the Year award for the 2008 season.
On 2 December 2008, Fahey signed a pre-contract agreement with Birmingham City to the effect that he would join Birmingham when the transfer window opened in January 2009. The Irish season having finished, Fahey joined up with Birmingham in mid-December for training, though manager Alex McLeish suggested supporters should not "expect him to walk straight into the team" when he became eligible in January.Fahey made his Birmingham debut on 17th January 2009 coming on as a sub in a 1-1 draw against Cardiff City.