Place / Date of Birth:
Dublin / 27 December 1990
Central Defender / Midfielder
St Francis, Bray Wanderers
Bray Wanderers Supporters’ Club Player of the Year for 2010
Sunday 8 January 2012
vs. Drogheda United (A), 16 March 2012 (league)
vs. Shamrock Rovers (H), 8 March 2013
vs. UCD (H), 23 March 2012
|Place / Date of Birth:||Dublin / 27 December 1990|
|Position:||Central Defender / Midfielder|
|Former Clubs:||St Francis, Bray Wanderers|
|Individual Awards:||Bray Wanderers Supporters’ Club Player of the Year for 2010|
|Joined:||Sunday 8 January 2012|
|Debut:||vs. Drogheda United (A), 16 March 2012 (league)|
|League:||vs. Shamrock Rovers (H), 8 March 2013|
|First Goal:||vs. UCD (H), 23 March 2012|
Chris Shields is a versatile central midfielder/defender, who signed for Dundalk in January 2012, having spent the previous three years in the first-team setup at Bray Wanderers.
The Clondalkin native spent ten years with Saint Francis before moving to Bray. There, he captained the U20s before making his senior bow as a 17-year-old under Eddie Gormley in the final league game of the 2008 season, away to Sligo Rovers.
By the end of the 2011 campaign he had made over 100 appearances for the Seagulls. His most memorable outing came in the 2010 Promotion/Relegation playoff against Monaghan United when, after scoring an own-goal, he scored the decisive penalty in a shoot-out to ensure Premier Division football for Bray.
After overcoming Monaghan Shields – who won the Supporters’ Club Player of the Year for 2010 – played a key role as Bray enjoyed their best season since 2008 in 2011, finishing sixth.
In November 2010, Shields was called up to the Republic of Ireland home-based U21 squad, with Seán McCaffrey admitting upon signing the midfielder for Dundalk that he should have noticed his potential at an earlier stage than when he did in 2009. That home-based squad included then Dundalk winger Daniel Kearns.
On 8 January, Shields signed a one-year deal with the Lilywhites and on 23 February he was named as club captain. However, injury ruled him out of the opening two league games, away to Monaghan United on 2 March and at home to Saint Patrick’s Athletic seven days later.
Shields eventually made his debut against Drogheda United in the Louth Derby at United Park on 16 March. On his home debut seven days later, he scored the side’s first goal of the season with a bullet header against UCD.
In total last season, he made 34 appearances in all competitions, all of which were starts, including playing the full tie as Dundalk defeated Waterford United 4-2 over two legs in the playoff to preserve their Premier Division status.
On 26 January 2013 – after a proposed move to English League One club Carlisle United fell through – he signed a fresh one-year deal at Oriel Park. The midfielder didn’t have the best of starts to the season with the Lilywhites as a knee injury hampered him however in the second half of the season, he excelled in a number of positions and featured in 20 games with his single goal coming against Sligo Rovers in August.
On the 18th October 2013, it was confirmed that Chris signed a new deal to keep him at the club for his consecutive season. Now the joint longest serving player at the club, Shields has been a huge part of the success of the club and has proved to be versatile across a number of positions and has picked up two league medals, an FAI Cup, EA Sports Cup, Leinster Senior Cup and President’s Cup in 2014 and 15. Shields agreed a new two-year deal ahead of the FAI Cup final keeping him at the club until the end of the 2017 season.
Chris Shields’ Sponsors
Chris Shield’s “Home” Sponsor is Cuchulainn Tattoo – Clanbrassil Street.
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