Ross Darcy began
his career playing with local clubs Glebe North and
Stella Maris before moving to Tottenham in 1994 on a one
year apprenticeship, which lead to a three year
Defender Darcy was a member of the youth team that reached the 1995/96 FA Youth Cup final, where they were pitted against Manchester United. It was a United team that included the likes of Philip Neville, but a last minute goal, in the second leg for United took the game into extra time and then the home side won penalties.
A Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Darcy was a centre back at time at Spurs when Sol Campbell was ahead of him in the fight for a first team place and despite having a sniff of first team action in three pre-season friendlies and captaining the youth team to the 1996 League Cup title against Oxford United, fate dealt him a cruel blow.
Moving up to the Reserve team, Christian Gross liked his style of play and a George Graham came close to giving him a first team debut in the early stages of his time in charge at the club, but Ross had been out training in wintry conditions when his knee went from underneath him. A cartilage problem was diagnosed early on but while he was under the surgeons knife it was found he had snapped the cruciate ligament. After eight months out he suffered another injury in his first game back, when a tackle dislodged a piece of bone in his ankle.
An operation put the problem right, but he was never the same player again and in 2000 was allowed to leave Tottenham, moving to Barnet, where he had two seasons. After nine years in England and suffering injuries for a number of years, Ross decided on moving back home to play for Dundalk.
Retired from playing on 1st July 2003 following pain in his knee every time he played.