Colin Larkin (footballer)

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Colin Larkin
Personal information
Full name Colin Larkin
Date of birth (1982-04-27) 27 April 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Dundalk, Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Harrogate Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 (0)
2001–2002 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 33 (6)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 95 (25)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 80 (11)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 54 (3)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 29 (8)
2013 Harrogate Town 13 (1)
2013–2014 Gateshead 28 (8)
2014– Harrogate Town 1 (0)
National team
1999 Republic of Ireland U17 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Colin Larkin (born 27 April 1982 in Dundalk, County Louth) is an Irish professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Harrogate Town.

He has previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield, Northampton Town, Lincoln City and Gateshead.

Playing career[edit]

Larkin began his professional career with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He progressed through their youth ranks to make his first team debut on 24 August 1999 in a League Cup exit to Wycombe Wanderers, where he scored within eight minutes of coming off the bench.

Despite this bright start to his senior career, he was unable to gain any real first team action at Molineux and managed just three (goalless) appearances over three seasons for the club. To gain playing time, he was loaned out to the then League 2 side Kidderminster Harriers during the 2001–02 season.

After failing to make the grade at Wolves, he joined Mansfield Town for a £125,000 fee in July 2002. He scored 25 goals over a three-year stay at Field Mill, but an apparent fall-out with the club led to his eventual release to join Chesterfield in 2005 on a two-year contract.

Larkin netted 13 goals in total over a two-year spell at Chesterfield. When the club suffered relegation to League Two, Larkin remained in the third tier as he joined Northampton Town on a free transfer, on 28 June 2007 in a two-year deal.

On 7 August 2009, Larkin signed a contract with League One side Hartlepool United after impressing during a short trial period. In May 2011 he signed a new contract with the club.[1] Larkin was released on 10 May 2012 and joined Lincoln City at the start of the 2012–13 season. He was released by Lincoln in March 2013 and subsequently signed for Harrogate Town[2] and scored on his debut for Town in a 2–2 draw against Bishop's Stortford.

On 12 May 2013, Larkin signed for Gateshead.[3] He made his debut on 10 August as a second-half substitute agasint Kidderminster Harriers.[4] Larkin scored his first goal for Gateshead on 17 August 2013 in a 1–2 defeat against Barnet.[5] At the end of the season, Larkin was released by Gateshead.[6]

On 8 August 2014, Harrogate Town announced that Larkin had re-signed for the club.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

[8][9]

As of 18 May 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1999–2000 Division One 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
2000–01 Division One 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2001–02 Division One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers Total 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 1
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2001–02 Division Three 33 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 35 7
Kidderminster Harriers Total 33 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 35 7
Mansfield Town 2002–03 Division Two 22 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 25 7
2003–04 Division Three 40 7 2 1 0 0 1 0 43 8
2004–05 League Two 33 11 2 0 1 0 2 0 38 11
Mansfield Town Total 95 25 6 1 1 0 4 0 106 26
Chesterfield 2005–06 League One 41 7 2 0 1 0 1 0 45 7
2006–07 League One 39 4 1 0 3 2 2 0 45 6
Chesterfield Total 80 11 3 0 4 2 3 0 90 13
Northampton Town 2007–08 League One 33 2 4 1 2 0 1 0 40 3
2008–09 League One 21 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 23 2
Northampton Town Total 54 3 4 1 3 1 2 0 63 5
Hartlepool United 2009–10 League One 22 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 26 1
2010–11 League One 30 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 34 3
2011–12 League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Hartlepool United Total 54 4 3 0 3 0 3 0 63 4
Lincoln City 2012–13 Conference Premier 29 8 4 0 0 0 1 0 34 8
Lincoln City Total 29 8 4 0 0 0 1 0 34 8
Harrogate Town 2012–13 Conference North 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Harrogate Town Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Gateshead 2013–14 Conference Premier 28 8 3 0 0 0 5 1 36 9
Gateshead Total 28 8 3 0 0 0 5 1 36 9
Harrogate Town 2014–15 Conference North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harrogate Town Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 389 66 23 2 12 4 20 2 444 74
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances (including substitutes) and goals in the Football League Trophy, FA Trophy and play-offs.

Personal life[edit]

Colin lives in Durham with wife Amy and daughter Caitlin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ten players shown door by Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.bluesqfootball.com/story/0,20970,13041_8557309,00.html
  3. ^ "First Summer Signing Unveiled". Gateshead FC. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kidderminster v Gateshead". BBC Sport. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gateshead v Barnet". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Eleven Not Offered New Deals". Gateshead FC. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "BREAKING NEWS...". Harrogate Town FC (via Twitter). 8 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Colin Larkin Stats". Soccerbase. 
  9. ^ "C. Larkin". Soccerway. 

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