Midfield battler Welsh joined the Tigers in August 2005 on a season long loan. After impressing in the first team City signed him permanently in January 2006 with promising youth teamer Paul Anderson going the other way. His first season saw him play regularly but he was a fringe player in 2006/07 and broke his leg in March 2007, an injury that kept him in the treatment room for nine months. Welsh never played for City again, spending two seasons being loaned out to lower league clubs in an attempt to relocate his form and fitness.
Liverpudlian Welsh was born in suburban Wavertree and came through the ranks at Liverpool from a young age, making his first team debut at 18 in 2002. He made a handful of first team appearances for the Reds before his move to the Tigers in 2005.
On leaving City in 2009, Welsh was desperate to rebuild his first team game. League One side Tranmere claimed his signature and in three seasons he played practically every game and dominated games regularly. in 2012 he switched to Preston North End and returned to the second tier for six seasons. Injuries were catching up with Welsh by 2018 and he moved on the Grimsby that summer. But the move to Blundell Park was not a success and his contract was cancelled in early 2019 when it became known that Welsh had pleaded guilty to breaking a woman’s leg during a boozy night out in Liverpool.
welsh was one of England’s hottest prospects as a youngster and he played for England at all youth levels, including eight under-21 caps.
Date/Place of Birth: 10 January 1984, Liverpool
Hull City First Game: 23 August 2005, Blackpool A (League Cup First Round), 21 years, 225 days old
Hull City Final Game: 10 March 2007, Preston North End H (Championship), 23 years, 59 days old
Liverpool (2001-2006), Hull City (2005-2006, loan), Hull City (2006-2009), Chester City (2008, loan), Carlisle United (2008, loan), Bury (2009, loan), Tranmere Rovers (2009-2012), Preston North End (2012-2018), Grimsby Town (2018-2019)
Hull City Record
Career: 54 apps, 3 goalsJohn Welsh
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