Carl Finnigan

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Carl Finnigan
Carl Finnigan.jpg
Finnigan playing for Falkirk
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-10-01) 1 October 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Jarrow, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Gateshead
Number 11
Youth career
0000–2001 Jarrow
2001–2003 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Newcastle United 0 (0)
2007–2011 Falkirk 113 (25)
2011–2012 St. Johnstone 11 (0)
2012 Dundee (loan) 5 (3)
2012–2013 Dundee 8 (1)
2013–2014 Chippa United 9 (2)
2014– Gateshead 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:54, 15 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Carl Finnigan (born 1 October 1986) is an English footballer who plays for Gateshead in the Conference Premier.

Career[edit]

Finnigan was born in Jarrow.[1] As a youngster, he played for Jarrow F.C.'s under-age teams before joining Newcastle United.[2] He scored 56 goals for Newcastle's reserve and academy teams from 102 starts and 20 substitute appearances, but never appeared in a competitive first-team game.[3]

Finnigan joined Scottish Premier League club Falkirk on 23 January 2007, replacing Anthony Stokes who had left the "Bairns" to sign for Sunderland.[2] He made his Falkirk debut, and his first appearance in a senior league, as a second-half substitute against Kilmarnock on 27 January 2007.[4] The forward scored his first Bairns' goal three weeks later against Rangers, when he "played a neat one-two with Gow and drilled a shot beyond McGregor from the edge of the penalty area".[5] In the 2008–09 season, he played a major role, scoring twice and winning a penalty, in Falkirk's 4–0 victory over rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle in what proved a successful fight against relegation.[6] He also scored the winner against the same opposition to take Falkirk through to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup,[7] and had a goal disallowed in the Cup Final.[8] Before the 2009–10 season, Finnigan signed a new one-year contract with Falkirk, with an option for a second year.[9]

On 24 June 2011, Finnigan signed for Scottish Premier League (SPL) club St. Johnstone.[10] In February 2012, Finnigan signed on loan for Dundee.[11] He scored on his debut for Dundee, a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Falkirk after coming on as a second-half substitute. Finnigan then scored in a 3–2 win over Livingston. Finnigan returned to St. Johnstone in April 2012 following a season-ending cartilage injury, but then signed for Dundee on 1 June.[11]

In August 2013, Finnigan joined South African National First Division side Chippa United on a one-year contract.[12] He scored on his debut on 6 October 2013 in a 1–1 draw with Thanda Royal Zulu[13] and went on to score a total of 2 goals in 9 league appearances[14] before being released at the end of his contract.[15]

On 11 September 2014, it was announced that Finnigan had signed for Gateshead until the end of the season subject to international clearance.[16] He made his debut on 20 September as a half time substitute against Welling United, scoring the equaliser in a 1–1 draw within 5 minutes of coming off the bench.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carl Finnigan". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Jarrow Lad Joins Bairns" (reprint). Shields Gazette (FindArticles). 23 January 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Striker To Quit For SPL". Newcastle United F.C. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Falkirk 0–2 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 27 January 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Rangers 2–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Falkirk 4–0 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Moffat, Colin (7 March 2009). "Inverness CT 0–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Moffat, Colin (30 May 2009). "Rangers 1–0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Finnigan handed new Bairns deal". BBC Sport. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Former Falkirk striker Carl Finnigan joins St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Dundee sign Carl Finnigan and Declan Gallagher". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Chippa Sign Finnigan". Soccer Laduma. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chippa’s British import delighted with debut goal". PSL.co.za. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "C. Finnigan". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Chippa release Siwahla, Finnigan". Kickoff.com. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gateshead Sign Striker Carl Finnigan". Gateshead FC. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Welling United 1-1 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

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