Jimmy Keohane joined Exeter City from Bristol City as a twenty-year-old and, after four seasons at St James Park, dropped into non-league before returning to Ireland on the way to a successful career with Rochdale.
Jimmy started in the League of Ireland with Wexford Youths before signing for Bristol City in August 2010. After a single season at Ashton Gate, when he also had a loan spell at Clevedon, JImmy agreed terms with Exeter City in August 2011.
Jimmy’s first senior game in English football was as a first-half substitute against Liverpool in the League Cup in August 2011. He was only to feature five more times in his first season and not at all after November. Jimmy saw rather more football during 2012/13 playing in 34 league and cup matches scoring three times including his first City goal against York on 5 January 2013. His other two goals came against Accrington in February.
Jimmy was down to 21 appearances in 2013/14, all in the league, adding three more goals. This was followed by another three goals from 26 league and cup appearances in 2014/15 prior to Jimmy’s eventual release in May 2015. In his four seasons with the Grecians Jimmy made 36 starts in the Football League, coming on 45 times as a substitute, scoring nine league goals. It wasn’t enough to secure Jimmy a deal with another Football League club but he did have a short stint at Woking prior to moving back to the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers and Cork City.
Yet Jimmy was given a second chance in England when he agreed a short-term deal with Rochdale in February 2019 that was later extended in the following July and again in June 2021 after a particularly good season when he scored ten times and won the club’s various players of the year awards.
By 2022/23 Jimmy was in his fourth full season at Spotland as he continued to feature regularly for the first-team and, although Dale were relegated to the Conference at the end of the season, he agreed new contract in June 2023 to remain at the club for another year.
League 81; Cups 6 (87)