29 Facts About Willo Flood

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William Robert Flood was born on 10 April 1985 and is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

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2.

Willo Flood earned 15 caps for his country at under-20 and under-21 levels.

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3.

Willo Flood represented eight clubs in England and Scotland including Manchester City, Cardiff City, Dundee United, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Aberdeen.

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4.

Willo Flood was born in Dublin and grew up on a housing estate in the Ballyfermot area of the city.

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5.

Willo Flood started off his early career with Cherry Orchard before joining Manchester City.

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6.

At the age of 14, Willo Flood dislocated his patella playing in the All-Ireland Final.

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Cherry Orchard won the final and Willo Flood received a winners' medal, which was his only one until winning the Scottish League Cup in 2014 with Aberdeen.

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8.

When he joined Manchester City and signed a professional contract, Willo Flood had injuries sorted by the club's medical team and quote: "If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be playing football"'.

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Willo Flood joined Cardiff City for a fee of £200,000, paid in separate instalments, in 2006 and made 25 appearances for the Bluebirds.

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10.

Willo Flood scored just once for Cardiff, a memorable winning goal at Elland Road in August 2006.

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11.

Willo Flood's debut resulted in a red card before half time on the opening day of the season, after collecting two cautions, and his second match, for the reserves, resulted in the same outcome.

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12.

Four years on, Willo Flood admitted that the penalty left him with bitter memories when he compared the penalty miss to Manchester United's match in the League Cup against Sunderland.

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13.

When his move to Celtic came to light, Manager Craig Levein urged Willo Flood to stay at Dundee United, rather than joining Celtic.

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14.

Willo Flood joined Celtic on 30 January 2009, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee, for the team he supported as a boy.

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15.

Willo Flood made his debut for Celtic against Rangers on 15 February 2009 at Celtic Park, playing for just over an hour before being substituted.

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16.

Willo Flood commented that making his debut was a "big shock" for him.

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17.

In December 2009, Willo Flood admitted he "regretted" joining Celtic, describing it as "a mistake".

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18.

On 13 January 2010, it was announced that Willo Flood had officially left Celtic for Middlesbrough, along with his teammates Barry Robson and Chris Killen.

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19.

Willo Flood was taken off before half time after a collision with teammate Matthew Bates with manager Strachan expressing sympathy for Willo Flood.

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20.

Willo Flood made his first appearance from injury when he played 60 minutes for the club's reserve Team against Leeds United reserves.

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21.

In May 2011, Willo Flood returned to Dundee United, where he signed a two-year contract with the club.

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22.

Willo Flood added further goals Dundee on 7 December 2012 and against Hearts on 9 February 2013.

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23.

Willo Flood again injured his hamstring and had to be substituted during the match against Celtic resulting in him being sidelined for two months.

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24.

Willo Flood returned to Dundee United in July 2016 for his fourth spell with the club, initially signing a one-year deal.

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25.

Willo Flood left Dunfermline just over a week after signing with the club, as he had received an offer from Indonesian club Bali United.

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26.

Willo Flood was officially announced as a Bali player on 6 July 2018.

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27.

Willo Flood announced his retirement from football aged 34, with the aim of pursuing a career as a football agent, in August 2019.

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28.

Willo Flood has a brother, Shane, and grew up in a family of Celtic supporters.

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29.

The ordeal left Willo Flood with recurring nightmares, resulting in him needing counselling and being unable to live alone.

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