Shaun Derry

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Shaun Derry
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Derry with Queens Park Rangers in 2011
Personal information
Full name Shaun Peter Derry
Date of birth (1977-12-06) 6 December 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) [1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace (first team coach)
Senior career*
1995–1998 Notts County 82 (4)
1998–2000 Sheffield United 72 (0)
2000–2002 Portsmouth 49 (1)
2002–2005 Crystal Palace 83 (3)
2004–2005Nottingham Forest (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2008 Leeds United 71 (3)
2007–2008Crystal Palace (loan) 30 (0)
2008–2010 Crystal Palace 85 (0)
2010–2013 Queens Park Rangers 92 (1)
2013Millwall (loan) 7 (0)
2014–2015 Notts County 0 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2015 Notts County
2015–2018 Cambridge United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shaun Peter Derry (born 6 December 1977) is an English former professional footballer and manager who is currently professional development coach in the academy of Premier League club Crystal Palace. He previously managed Notts County and Cambridge United, and played for Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers among other clubs. Derry was known for his hard-tackling and aggressive midfield style, and was primarily a defensive midfielder but could also play at right-back.


Playing career

Early career

Born in Nottingham, Derry started his career at Notts County as a trainee [2] before being bought by Sheffield United in 1998 for a fee of £700,000. [3] He scored once during his spell at Sheffield United, his goal coming in the FA Cup against Rushden & Diamonds. [4]


Derry was sold to Portsmouth in 2000 for £300,000. He was a regular in the side under both Tony Pulis and Steve Claridge before being made team captain by Graham Rix. After Rix's departure, Derry was amongst the many players deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Harry Redknapp in summer 2002 rebuilding and was sold to Crystal Palace for £400,001. He scored only once during his spell at Portsmouth, his goal coming in a crucial win over against West Bromwich Albion. [5]

Crystal Palace

Derry helped Crystal Palace in their return to the Premier League in 2004, making 44 appearances including an appearance in the 2004 First Division play-off final. [6] It was his corner that led to Darren Powell scoring a 90th-minute header to send the Eagles to extra-time in the semi-final, which they would win on penalties.[ citation needed ] He struggled to get into the team during the 2004–05 season and, after a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Leeds signed him for an undisclosed amount in February 2005. [7]

Leeds United

Derry's first goal for Leeds United came on his home debut against West Ham United, sealing a 2–1 victory against the Hammers. Derry was a regular in the Leeds starting eleven in season 2005–06, becoming a vital part of the squad as they pushed for promotion back into the Premier League and a cult hero with the Leeds fans for his passionate displays. Derry was part of the Leeds team which reached the Championship Playoff finals, but Leeds ended up on the wrong end of a 3–0 defeat to confine them to another season in the Championship. In August 2006 he pledged his future to the club, signing a contract extension until July 2009. [8]

Leeds' manager Kevin Blackwell was sacked after a poor start to the 2006–07 season. In October 2006, new Leeds manager Dennis Wise revealed Derry as the new vice captain of the club, with Kevin Nicholls made captain. [9] Derry was once again a regular in the Leeds team in the 2006–07 season. A hernia and Achilles tendon injury in January 2007 saw Derry being ruled out for the rest of the season. [10] Derry's fitness returned the following season as Leeds prepared for life in League One. [11] However, he did not feature for the club again and returned to former club Palace on loan in November 2007. [12]

Back to Palace

Further doubts about the midfielder's future at the Elland Road club arose when it was reported that Derry had declined Wise's offer to return and feature in the home tie against Oldham Athletic on New Year's Day 2008 with Leeds' missing midfielders due to injuries. [13] It was later revealed that it was actually manager Neil Warnock who blocked Derry's return to Leeds rather than Derry himself. [14]

Shortly after his loan spell concluded, Derry made his move back to Palace a permanent one, signing for the club on a three-year deal. [15] for £150,000.

In his second season back at the club he was named club captain after the departure of former captain Mark Hudson to Charlton. [16] He held the position for the next two seasons.[ citation needed ]

In the 2009–10 season, Derry played every minute of every match for Crystal Palace. The season was an eventful one during which Palace were placed into administration, [17] leading to the departure of Neil Warnock to Queens Park Rangers [18] and a fight to avoid relegation to League One. This was finally achieved on the last day of the season, 2 May 2010 after an away 2–2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. [19]

Queens Park Rangers

Derry departed from Selhurst Park at the end of the season to reunite with Warnock at his new club Queens Park Rangers signing a two-year contract, on a free transfer, after his contract at Palace had expired. On 21 March 2012 Derry scored his first league goal for the club, and his only in the Premier League, in the 3–2 win over Liverpool. [20] Derry, alongside his former Crystal Palace teammate Clint Hill, won much respect from QPR fans for his tireless work ethic and leadership on the pitch throughout the Championship title-winning season and the subsequent 2 years in the Premier League.

On 21 January 2013, Derry signed a one-year contract extension with QPR, keeping him at the club until 2014. [21] On 8 August 2013, Derry joined Millwall on a 28-day loan. [22]

Managerial career

Notts County

Derry was appointed manager at Notts County on 6 November 2013. [2] [3] Despite looking destined for relegation, Derry secured Notts's League One status with six wins from the last nine games, a draw on last day of season kept County up by three points. [23] He was sacked on 23 March 2015 with Notts County one place above the relegation positions in League One on goal difference and having won only three games in their previous 24 league matches. [24]

Cambridge United

Derry was appointed manager of League Two club Cambridge United on 12 November 2015. [25] On 9 February 2018, following a poor run of form, Derry left the club by mutual consent. [26]

Oxford United

In June 2018, Oxford United announced Derry's appointment as first-team coach, under manager Karl Robinson. [27] Derry played, and scored a penalty, during a pre-season friendly victory over Irish club Longford Town in July 2018. [28]

Crystal Palace

In September 2019, Derry returned to Crystal Palace as professional development coach in the club's academy system. [29]

Career statistics

As of 27 August 2015 [12]
ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupLeague CupOtherTotal
Notts County 1995–96 Second Division 1500000150
1996–97 3923020442
1997–98 Third Division 2823130343
Sheffield United 1997–98 First Division 1200000120
1998–99 2604000300
1999–00 3403140411
Portsmouth 1999–00 First Division 91000091
2000–01 2801040330
2001–02 1201000130
Crystal Palace 2002–03 First Division 3914020451
2003–04 372004030442
2004–05 Premier League 700030100
Nottingham Forest (Loan) 2004–05 Championship 70100080
Leeds United 2004–05 Championship 720000-72
2005–06 410101030460
2006–07 2311010251
Crystal Palace (loan) 2007–08 Championship 300000020320
Crystal Palace 2008–09 3902010420
2009–10 4605020530
Queens Park Rangers 2010–11 Championship 4501010-470
2011–12 Premier League 2912010-321
2012–13 1801000190
2013–14 Championship 00001010
Millwall (Loan) 2013–14 Championship 70000070
Career Total578122713008064914

Managerial statistics

As of match played 9 February 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Notts County 6 November 201323 March 201577261437033.8 [30]
Cambridge United 12 November 20159 February 2018124482947038.7 [25] [30] [31]


Crystal Palace

Queens Park Rangers

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