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- Position: Midfielder
- Number: 8
- Age: 37
31 year old Tallaght man Fahey joined the Saints ahead of the 2014 season having had two previous spells with the club under former managers Eamonn Collins and John McDonnell.
Fans’ favourite Fahey was a standout player in the Saints’ side for the six years he spent with the club previously. It was the Dubliner’s role in past European games over the years however that caught the eye of many plaudits, in particular the Saints’ 2008 campaign which saw both JFK Olimps and IFK Elfsborg defeated, before German giants Hertha Berlin knocked out Pats. The 4-3 aggregate victory over Swedish side Elfsborg featured impressive performances by both Fahey and Saints’ striker Mark Quigley, who are now reunited in Inchicore this year having been both signed by Liam Buckley.
Keith's career began with local side Cherry Orchard at schoolboy level, before he moved to Arsenal in 2000. However after 2 years with the Gunners, Fahey was signed by Aston Villa for £250,000.
However Fahey's spell with the Villans proved unsuccessful, and he returned transferred to Ireland to get back playing regular football - non-league Bluebell United being the ones to get his services. However after a short stint with Bluebell, Eamonn Collins signed 20 year old Fahey. Under Collins' reign, Fahey won the 2003 League Cup as the Saints defeated Longford Town 1-0 in the final. However months later Longford turned the tables on the Saints to win the FAI Cup final 2-0 in Lansdowne Road with Fahey dismissed in the game.
In 2005, Keith was snapped up by high flying Drogehda United in swap deal involving Drogs' midfielder Alan Reilly. Fahey won the 2006 Setanta Sports Cup with the club, but months later he found himself back at Pats after a disagreement with the Boynesiders' manager Paul Doolin.
Fahey's move to the Saints proved the launchpad to produce his best form again as having impressed for two years straight with the Saints, he transferred to Football League Championship side Birmingham City in December 2008. Fahey immediately established himself in Alex McLeish’s side and played a key role in their push for promotion, his importance underlined as he netted a vital goal on the final day of the season against Reading to ensure the Blues reached the Premier League.
While excelling at club level, Keith was also impressing at international level as he received his first Irish international cap in May 2010 in a friendly against Paraguay in the RDS. Fahey has gone on to make 16 internaional caps, scoring his first goal for Ireland just eight minutes into his first competitive appearance against Armenia.
Fahey played 2 seasons in the Premier League before Birmingham’s relegation to the Championship in 2010/2011, a season which proved a year of mixed emotions as Fahey and Birmingham won the 2011 Carling Cup Final against Arsenal in Wembley, before suffering the heartbreak of relegation months later. Fahey remained with Birmingham for a further two seasons, before leaving the club in May 2013.
Having struggled with injuries after that point, Fahey is now back at Richmond Park as he looks to help the Saints to success in 2014, which includes the Saints' participation in the 2014/15 Champions League campaign.
Previous Clubs: Cherry Orchard (schoolboy), Arsenal (2000-02), Aston Villa (2002), Bluebell United (2003), St Patrick's Athletic (2003-05), Drogheda United (2005-06), St Patrick's Athletic (2006-08), Birmingham City (2009-13).
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Founded in 1929 the 'Saints' play in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League at Richmond Park, in Inchicore Dublin 8, Ireland.