Caolan Lavery

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Caolan Lavery
Personal information
Full name Caolan Owen Lavery[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Alberta, Canada
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
Number 13
Youth career
Red Deer Renegades
Goodyear F.C.
2009–2011 Ipswich Town
2012–2013 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Sheffield Wednesday 31 (6)
2013 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2013–2014 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 8 (3)
2015 Chesterfield (loan) 8 (3)
National team
2008 Canada U17 1 (0)
2009 Northern Ireland U19 3 (0)
2010– Northern Ireland U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:19, 8 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:31, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Caolan Owen Lavery (born 22 October 1992) is a Canadian born Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Sheffield Wednesday. He has played in the English Football League for Wednesday, Southend United and Plymouth Argyle. Lavery has represented both Canada and Northern Ireland at youth international level.


Lavery started his youth career in Canada, playing for the Red Deer Renegades.[3] He then played with Northern Irish youth side Goodyear while having trials at Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic. A successful trial at Ipswich Town saw him spend two years at the club before rejecting the offer of a new deal in late 2011 and leaving the club after his academy scholarship expired. He went on to have trials at Sunderland and Leicester City in November.[4][5] In December 2011 Lavery was reported to be in talks with League Two club Bradford City.[6] The following January he was reported to be in talks with Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock.[7] Finally, in the summer of 2012, Lavery signed for Sheffield Wednesday to join their development squad.[8] On 28 August 2012, Lavery was included in Sheffield Wednesday's first-team squad as an unused substitute for the League Cup tie against Premier League Fulham.[9] A 1–0 win saw Sheffield Wednesday enter the third round of the competition, but Lavery failed to get on the pitch for that game, against Premier League outfit Southampton.[10]

After continuing success in Sheffield Wednesday's development squad, Lavery was targeted by clubs for a possible loan deal and, on 25 January 2013, he signed for League Two side Southend United.[11] He made his professional debut a week later on 2 February when Southend hosted Oxford United.[12]

On 10 August 2013, Lavery was named on the bench for Wednesday for the home Football League Championship game against Burnley. This was the second game of the season and Wednesday's first home game. In the second half, with Wednesday trailing 2–1, Lavery made his debut for the club but was unable to help his side to salvage a point.[13] In November 2013, he joined League Two club Plymouth Argyle on loan until the start of January 2014.[14] Lavery made his debut against Dagenham & Redbridge the next day,[15] and scored the first senior goal of his career during his first start against Bury in December.[16] The loan was then extended for a month after he scored his third goal in four starts on New Year's Day against Torquay United,[17] but he was recalled less than a week later.[18]

Upon his return to Sheffield Wednesday, Lavery was used as a second half substitute against Leeds United on 11 January 2014. Lavery scored two goals, his first professional goals for Sheffield Wednesday, in their 6–0 home victory against their Yorkshire rivals.[19] Lavery scored his 3rd and 4th goal for the Owls in a 4–1 win over Birmingham City on 15 March 2014.

International career[edit]

Lavery is eligible to play for his country of birth Canada. And, as both his parents were born there, either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Before Lavery's move to England he played for Canada U-17 in warm-up games in preparation to qualifiers for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[3] However, after playing time in Northern Ireland for Goodyear and then his move to Ipswich Town, he switched to the Northern Ireland national side. He made his debut for Northern Ireland U-21's on 17 November 2010 in a 3–1 loss against Scotland.[20] He has also made three appearances for the Northern Ireland U-19's.[21]


  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 24. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Caolan Lavery". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Lavery playing for Canada". Red Deer Advocate. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Northern Ireland hotshot and former Spurs target snubs Ipswich for Foxes trial". Daily Mirror. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Caolan Lavery deal is not done, says Bradford City chairman Mark Lawn". Telegraph and Argus. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Former Ipswich striker Lavery heading to League Two strugglers Bradford". Daily Mail. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dean ’n Del will connect". The Scottish Sun. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Owls ambitions". 7 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Owls advance". 28 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Matchday Live". 25 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday's Caolan Lavery joins Southend United". 25 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Southend 1–0 Oxford". 2 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Owls miss out". 10 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Caolan Lavery: Plymouth Argyle sign Sheffield Wednesday striker". BBC Sport. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Errington, Chris (23 November 2013). "Plymouth Argyle 2 Dagenham and Redbridge 1: Match report". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Errington, Chris (23 December 2013). "Striker Caolan Lavery keen to extend Plymouth Argyle stay". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Errington, Chris (3 January 2014). "On-loan Plymouth Argyle striker Caolan Lavery expected Sheffield Wednesday recall". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Lavery Recalled". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Caolan Lavery Profile". NIFG. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Caolan Lavery". Retrieved 29 March 2012. 

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