Healy playing for Cork City in 2007
|Full name||Colin Healy|
|Date of birth||14 March 1980|
|Place of birth||Cork, Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1997||Ballincollig and Wilton United|
|2002–2003||→ Coventry City (loan)||17||(2)|
|2006||→ Bradford City (loan)||2||(0)|
|2010||→ Falkirk (loan)||19||(1)|
|1998–1999||Republic of Ireland U18|
|2002–2003||Republic of Ireland||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Healy was born in Ballincollig, County Cork. He came from a sporting family, with his grandfather Paddy Healy having been a Gaelic footballer and hurler who won All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medals with the Cork inter-county football and hurling teams respectively in 1945 and 1946. Healy played local soccer with Ballincollig and then Wilton United. He attended the FAS/FAI course in Cork run by former Celtic and Cork City midfielder Mike Conroy and from here he was taken to Celtic Park. He would go on to score three goals for Celtic, his first coming in a league game against Dundee in February 2000. His other two goals came in Scottish League Cup ties against Hearts and Stirling Albion. With Celtic he won a Scottish League Cup medal, playing in the team that beat Kilmarnock 3–0 at Hampden on 18 March 2001.
Sunderland succeeded in signing Healy from Celtic in 2003. In December 2003 he broke his leg in a match against a former loan club, Coventry City after a challenge by Moroccan international Youssef Safri.
In October 2004, he broke his leg again soon after resuming training with Sunderland. In January 2006, it was announced that Healy's contract with Sunderland had expired, and the midfielder left the club.
Livingston and Barnsley
Healy joined SPL club Livingston on 10 March 2006 until the end of the season. On 10 August 2006 Healy signed a one-year contract with Barnsley. Having made only 10 appearances for Barnsley, he had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.
Cork City and FIFA case
On 20 February 2007 he signed a two-year contract with hometown League of Ireland club Cork City, alongside former international colleague Gareth Farrelly. FIFA ruled both players to be unable to play for the club, citing a rule forbidding players from transferring between clubs more than twice in a 12-month period between July and June. FIFA rejected appeals made by both players. On 1 July 2007 both Healy and Gareth Farrelly became eligible to play for Cork City. On this date, they both played for the club's under-21 team against Lifford of Ennis, Co Clare, winning the game 2–0.
On 16 July 2009, it was confirmed that Cork City had accepted a £100,000 bid from Hartlepool United to take Healy and fellow Cork City teammate Denis Behan to Victoria Park, Hartlepool. However, five days later, Hartlepool United manager Chris Turner confirmed that the deal had not happened due to late interest from Ipswich Town. Healy subsequently signed for Ipswich for an undisclosed fee. In January 2010, he signed on-loan with Scottish Premier League club Falkirk. At Falkirk he scored once against Aberdeen.
Return to Cork City
In 2013 Healy returned to Cork City on a three-year deal. His most memorable moment came against St Patrick's Athletic in 2014 when he scored a late over head kick against a fellow title rival. He and Cork finished runners up behind Dundalk for three years in a row and Healy lost the 2015 FAI Cup to Dundalk before finally winning a trophy in March 2016 in the Presidents Cup and the 2016 FAI Cup final where he came off the bench and put in a sturdy performance. He retired on the 18th of April 2017. He is considered by Cork City fans as the greatest player they had playing for them.
During the Saipan incident between Mick McCarthy and fellow Cork man Roy Keane at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Healy was called upon by McCarthy as the replacement should Keane be dropped from the squad. A succession of changes-of-heart by the Manchester United player led to the call-up being delayed and the deadline passing, with Healy unable to join the World Cup squad.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Celtic||1998–99||Scottish Premier League||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|1999–00||Scottish Premier League||10||1||1||0||1||0||1[a]||0||13||1|
|2000–01||Scottish Premier League||12||0||0||0||3||1||6[a]||0||21||1|
|2001–02||Scottish Premier League||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||6||1|
|2002–03||Scottish Premier League||1||0||2||0||1||0||1[a]||0||5||0|
|Coventry City (loan)||2001–02||First Division||17||2||0||0||0||0||—||17||2|
|Livingston||2005–06||Scottish Premier League||9||2||0||0||0||0||—||9||2|
|Bradford City (loan)||2006–07||League One||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Cork City||2007||Premier Division||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||0|
|Falkirk (loan)||2009–10||Scottish Premier League||19||1||0||0||0||0||—||19||1|
|Cork City||2012||Premier Division||21||0||0||0||0||0||—||21||0|
|Republic of Ireland|
Republic of Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Healy goal.
|1||21 August 2002||Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||4||Finland||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
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