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Keith Joseph Andrews (born 13 September 1980 in Dublinmarker, County Dublinmarker) is an Irishmarker professional footballer currently playing for Blackburn Roversmarker.

Career

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Andrews began his career as a trainee at Wolves, progressing from their academy to the first team. He made his senior debut on 18 March 2000 in a 2-1 win at Swindon. He continued his progress with the First Division club in the 2000–01 season, becoming a regular player as Dave Jones took over midway through. The final match of that season saw him become their youngest captain for over a hundred years, at 21 years old, in a game against Queens Park Rangers.

He signed a new four-year deal the following season but found himself out of the starting line-up after several new midfielders were acquired in the summer, resigning him to the substitutes bench and sporadic appearances over the next few seasons. To gain playing time, he spent half of the 2003–04 season on loan at Stoke City and the latter half at Walsall, where he scored two league goals against Millwall and Ipswich Town. He did however return to Molineuxmarker in between to make his only Premier League appearance (against Newcastle United).

The midfielder returned to Wolves team post-relegation in 2004–05 and gained his most appearances for the club during that season. However, he moved on at the end of his contract to join Hull City. In total, he made 72 appearances for the Midlanders, scoring once (in a League Cup tie at ).

Hull City

His new start with the Hull saw him sidelined again though, as he picked up an injury in only his second appearance for the team - in a match against his previous team, Wolves. He returned to the team in December after nearly four months out and featured in all but one of their remaining fixtures in what proved to be his only season for the club.

Milton Keynes Dons

After a single year at Hull, he moved to of League Two for the 2006-07 campaign where he became club captain. He lost out on promotion in the play-offs, despite scoring in the semi-final tie with .

However, the next year, now under the managerialship of his former Wolves team-mate Paul Ince, brought Andrews success. He scored the winning goal in a match at on 19 April 2008 that saw the club promoted to League One, and also scored the opening goal of their 2-0 victory over in the Football League Trophy at Wembleymarker. The season ended with him being voted into PFA Team of the Year and having already won the League Two Player of the Year Award at the Football League Awards. Andrews was then named at number 38 in a fourfourtwo poll of the top 50 football league players, as well as being named the best player in league 2. [309713] MK Dons then had a fight on there hands to keep hold of there inspirational skipper with interest from a number of Premiership and Championship clubs. He featured in MK Dons first two games of the 08-09 season but then was sold to Blackburn Roversmarker managed by former manager Paul Ince.

Blackburn Rovers

Andrews ended a summer of speculation over his future when he completed a transfer to Premier League club Blackburn Roversmarker on 28 August 2008 in a three-year deal worth up to £1.0m. This move temporarily reunited him with his former MK Dons manager Paul Ince before he was sacked as Rovers manager. He made his debut as a substitute on 30 August 2008 against West Ham United, a game in which Blackburn lost 4-1. Andrews made his home debut against Arsenal F.C, on his 28th birthday, Arsenal went on to win the 0-4 at Ewood Parkmarker. He scored his first goal for Blackburn in the 90th minute during a 2-2 draw with West Brom. Due to injuries sustained by first team regulars, Keith has been seen in the Rovers first team regularly, occupying a defensive central midfield role.

International career

Andrews made his full international debut for Republic of Ireland on 19 November, 2008, coming on as a second half substitute and scoring a goal as part of a 2–3 home defeat in a friendly match against Poland. He has since played his first competitive match for Ireland, being unlucky to have a goal disallowed in a 2-1 World Cup qualification group match victory over Georgia.

Honours

Club

Milton Keynes Dons


Individual



Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolves 1999-00 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0
2000-01 22 0 2 0 0 0 - - 24 0
Oxford United (Loan) 2000-01 4 1 0 0 0 0 - - 4 1
Wolves 2001-02 11 0 0 0 0 0 - - 11 0
2002-03 9 0 1 0 0 0 - - 10 0
2003-04 1 0 1 0 1 0 - - 1 0
Stoke City (Loan) 2003-04 16 0 0 0 0 0 - - 16 0
Walsall (Loan) 2003-04 10 2 0 0 0 0 - - 10 2
Wolves 2004–05 20 0 0 0 2 1 - - 22 1
Hull City 2005–06 26 0 1 0 0 0 - - 27 0
2006–07 3 0 0 0 0 0 - - 3 0
MK Dons 2006–07 36 7 3 0 1 0 - - 40 7
2007–08 41 12 0 0 0 0 - - 41 12
2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0 - - 2 0
Blackburn Roversmarker 2008–09 33 4 2 0 0 0 - - 37 4
Career total 235 26 10 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 250 11


References

  1. BBC Sport, Blackburn snap up MK Dons skipper


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