Foley playing for Puerto Rico Islanders in 2010
|Full name||David John Foley|
|Date of birth||12 May 1987|
|Place of birth||South Shields, England|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2009||→ Barrow (loan)||3||(0)|
|2010–2012||Puerto Rico Islanders||74||(24)|
|2013–2014||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||5||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
David John Foley (born 12 May 1987) is an English footballer who plays for South Shields. He played in the Football League for Hartlepool United and in the North American Soccer League for the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Foley was trained as a scholar in Hartlepool United's youth academy. As a scholar, he represented the first team on several occasions and became Hartlepool's youngest ever player when he came on as a substitute against Port Vale at the age of 16. Foley also played a key role in Hartlepool's Under 19s Dallas Cup winning team in 2004. During his time at the club Foley failed to score a league goal. However, he was more successful in cup competitions, scoring seven goals, most notably against Premier League side Stoke City which earned Hartlepool a famous 2–0 victory in 2009.
In February 2010 Foley's Hartlepool contract was cancelled so he could join the Puerto Rico Islanders. After playing for the team throughout the 2010 pre-season, he made his debut for the team on 16 April 2010, in a 2010 CFU Club Championship game against Haitian team Racing des Gonaïves.
Foley signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in January 2013. He dressed in 5 games for the club and scored 2 goals before picking up a season-ending injury. On 10 March 2014, the Strikers announced that the club and Foley had officially parted ways by mutual agreement.
Return to England
After leaving Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Foley returned to England, and in June 2015 he joined hometown club South Shields on a free transfer. He scored on his competitive debut for the club on 8 August, but it was not enough to prevent a 3–2 defeat against Northallerton Town in the Northern League Division Two. He netted again for the Mariners three days later, with his stunning 25-yard volley sealing a 3–2 win against Billingham Town after Shields had earlier found themselves 2–0 down with 12 minutes to play. He also scored in Shields' next game, notching the opener in a 6–0 win over Darlington Railway Athletic. He suffered a hamstring injury against Heaton Stannington on 18 August, and returned as a substitute in a win over Ryhope Colliery Welfare on 6 October.
He went on to play a key part in a successful season for the Mariners, as they gained promotion to Division One of the Northern League as champions.
In June 2017, Foley turned down a new contract at South Shields to join National League North side Spennymoor Town, indicating his desire to play at a higher level. However, on 6 September 2018, Foley re-joined South Shields.
Puerto Rico Islanders
- "Hartlepool 2–0 Stoke". BBC Sport. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- "Striker Foley agrees Barrow loan". BBC Sport. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- "David Foley leaves Hartlepool for America". Vital Hartlepool. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- "CFU Club Championship 2010: Racing des Gonaives 0–2 Puerto Rico Islanders". CONCACAF. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- Prince, Daniel (12 June 2015). "David Foley signs". South Shields F.C. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- "Foley joins Spennymoor after turning down new deal". South Shields F.C. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- Prince, Daniel (6 September 2018). "David Foley rejoins South Shields from Spennymoor Town". South Shields F.C. Retrieved 1 February 2019.