Ryan Fenech

Ryan Fenech (born 20 April 1986 in Ħamrun, Malta) is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Sliema Wanderers, where he plays as a midfielder.

Ryan Fenech
Personal information
Full name Ryan Fenech
Date of birth (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986
Place of birth Ħamrun, Malta
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sliema Wanderers
Number 10
Youth career
Ħamrun Spartans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2011 Ħamrun Spartans 94 (8)
2009–2010Sliema Wanderers (loan) 24 (2)
2011–2015 Valletta 59 (9)
2011–2012Sliema Wanderers (loan) 14 (5)
2015–2018 Balzan 42 (2)
2018– Sliema Wanderers 1 (2)
National team
Malta U-21 8 (1)
2008– Malta 44 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2018

Playing career

Ħamrun Spartans

Ryan Fenech joined Ħamrun Spartans as a trainee, and made his debut for the club during the 2002–03 season, although Ħamrun Spartans found themselves in the relegation group, Fenech helped his side to a seventh place finish, during the season Ryan made six appearances and scored one goal.

Ryan started to establish himself in the first team, but unfortunately Ħamrun Spartans finished the season in 10th, bottom position in the Maltese Premier League for the 2003–04 season. During the season Ryan made ten appearances, but failed to score a goal.

Fenech and Ħamrun Spartans heartache was short lived as the club gained an immediate return to the Maltese Premier League, as the club finished as champions in the Maltese First Division for the 2004–05 season.

The 2005–06 season saw Ryan and Ħamrun Spartans return to the Maltese Premier League, and the hope that they could retain their Premier League status, however it was to be another disappointing season for Ryan Fenech, as Ħamrun Spartans finished in 10th position and were again relegated to the First Division, during the season Fenech made 20 appearances and scored two goals.

Ryan and Ħamrun Spartans started and finished the 2006–07 season with a replica of what they did during the 2004–05 season, with another championship win, and an immediate return to the Premier League.

Fenech was hopeful that he could this time keep Ħamrun Spartans in the Premier League during the 2007–08 season, following a hard season, Ħamrun Spartans defied the odds and finished in sixth position. Ryan's performances were so impressive that he was called up to the Malta national football team, during the season Ryan made 24 appearances and scored two goals.

For the 2008–09 season, Fenech and Ħamrun Spartans hoped to improve on their previous season, but the club did anything but, and following an extremely poor season Ħamrun Spartans were yet again relegated to the First Division. with another 10th place finish, during the season, Ryan made 22 appearances and scored one goal.

With the player in high demand, linked with Marsaxlokk, Valletta and Sliema Wanderers, and forcing his way into the Maltese national team, Fenech was seeking a short term move away from Ħamrun Spartans, with the player thinking if he stayed with Ħamrun Spartans and played in the First Division it may harm his international chances.

Sliema Wanderers

During the summer of 2009, Ryan Fenech completed a season long loan deal to move from Ħamrun Spartans to Sliema Wanderers.

Fenech made his Premier League debut for Sliema Wanderers on 30 August 2009 in a 1–0 defeat to Qormi.[1]

Ryan scored his first Premier League goal for Sliema Wanderers on 7 February 2010, as he scored after 11 minutes to help Sliema Wanderers to a 3–0 victory over Floriana.[2]

Valletta

Fenech joined Valletta for the 2010–11 season of the Premier League. At his first season with Valletta, Fenech won the Premier League, going unbeaten all season. Fenech played a vital part in Valletta's UEFA Champions League qualifiers, where Valletta reached the second round after beating Tre Fiori 5–1 on aggregate. They then faced FK Ekranas, where they lost 2–4 on aggregate.

Honours

Club

Ħamrun Spartans
Valletta

Individual

Personal life

Career statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 1 August 2009.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Malta League Maltese Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03Ħamrun SpartansMaltese Premier League6100000061
2003–04100000000100
2004–05Maltese First Division000000
2005–06Maltese Premier League202000000202
2006–07Maltese First Division000000
2007–08Maltese Premier League242000000242
2008–09221000000221
2009–10Sliema Wanderers (loan)242000000242
Total Malta 10680000001068
Career total 10680000001068

References

  1. "Qormi 1-0 Sliema Wanderers". MaltaFootballAssociation. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  2. "Sliema Wanderers 4-2 Tarxien Rainbows". MaltaFootballAssociation. Retrieved 10 January 2010.

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