The Irishman was Cardiff City's longest serving player, having been at the club for seven years and starting over 200 games, before leaving when his contract expired in the summer of 2006. He spent a short unsuccessful time on trial at Swansea City before in August 2006 signing for Hartlepool United.
Boland became Danny Wilson's first signing. His tough-tackling is something that Wilson had been looking to add to the squad and he agreed terms at The Vic after being out of contract at Cardiff in the summer. His leadership skills and experience were another part of the reason that Pools were quick to move for him when he became available.
Boland is a hard tackling midfielder with good battling qualities; he has represented his country at Under-21 level. Boland is starting to become somewhat a cult hero at Victoria Park with his hard working performances.
Boland an Unsung Hero for Bluebirds; Player Watch: Echo Writer Mark Bloom Keeps an Eye on City Midfielder Willie Boland
Nov 05, 2001; Byline: Mark Bloom AS Cardiff City move gradually up the Division Two table it has been no coincidence that midfield destroyer...
Football: Bluebirds Player of the Year: We MUST Win This Cup after Our Stoke Woe; WILLIE BOLAND - HIS ONLY INTERVIEW OF THE SEASON
May 12, 2002; Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO W ILLIE BOLAND, Cardiff City's official Player of the Year, doesn't give many interviews so he can...