Sammon playing for Kilmarnock
|Full name||Conor Sammon|
|Date of birth||6 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Current club||Derby County|
|2007||Republic of Ireland U21||3||(0)|
|2007||Republic of Ireland U23||1||(0)|
|2013–||Republic of Ireland||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:31, 17 September 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Sammon started his career at League of Ireland Premier Division side University College Dublin. In 2008 he signed for Derry City and one season later he moved to Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock. In January 2011 Premier League side Wigan Athletic signed him for £600,000. In August 2012, Championship side Derby County signed him for £1.2 million. In February 2013, whilst at Derby, Sammon was capped by the Republic of Ireland for the first time.
Sammon scored a hat trick in the Harding Cup Final in February 2005. On 8 April 2005 he made his League of Ireland debut as a substitute at Turners Cross (stadium). However his first league goal didn't come until exactly one year later when he netted a brace against Bray at Belfield Park.
Despite not being able to hold down a regular first-team place at the Brandywell, Sammon attracted interest from a number of Scottish clubs who had been made aware of his potential by former Candystripes manger John Robertson.
After a short trial, Sammon signed a three-year deal with Kilmarnock in July 2008 for an undisclosed fee, and made his debut on 9 August 2008 in a 1–0 win against Hibernian. He scored his first goals for the club on 24 September 2008, scoring a brace in a 4–2 Scottish League Cup win against Aberdeen. Sammon struggled in his first two seasons at the club, scoring just seven times in all competitions. In the 2010–11 season, his record was more prolific, scoring 18 goals in 27 games. In January 2011, Sammon turned down a move to Scunthorpe United after Kilmarnock had accepted a bid for him. Derby County were also interested in the player.
On 31 January 2011, Sammon signed a three and a half year deal with Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, believed to be worth an initial £600,000, after he turned down a move from Derby County. He made his Premier League debut on 5 March in a 1–0 defeat against Manchester City. On 15 May 2011, Sammon scored his first goal for Wigan in a 3–2 win against West Ham United. On 22 May 2011, Sammon made his first Wigan start in a 1–0 win at Stoke City, a result which retained Wigan's Premier League status.
In the 2011–12 season, Sammon failed to score in 27 appearances. On 26 December 2011, in a game at Manchester United Sammon was sent off for catching the face of Michael Carrick with his elbow which was judged as "harsh" by the BBC. Wigan appealed the decision, with manager Roberto Martínez saying, "Conor did nothing wrong. You need to accept punishment when you do something wrong but this is a normal phase of play." The appeal was successful.
On 20 August 2012, Sammon joined Derby County on a four-year contract. Derby manager Nigel Clough said of Sammon, "He is going to be a key player for us and when he plays regularly, we know he can score goals. We really like how hard he works too and that means he will fit into our squad comfortably." Sammon made his Derby debut in a 2–0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on 21 August 2012 and scored his first goal for the club in a 5–1 win against Watford on 1 September 2012. After only scoring twice on his opening seventeen games for the club, Sammon was criticised by fans for a lack of goals, however Clough said he was happy with Sammon, stating the his work-rate was keeping him the starting line-up ahead of Nathan Tyson who had a better strike rate. Sammon, though scored three times in the following four games, including two in a 3–2 win against Birmingham City and Sammon put this improvement of form down to regaining confidence. Sammon started 2013 with two goals in the opening two goals of the game, however he went on a ten game goal drought and fans became frustrated with his performances after missing a penalty in Derby's 1–0 home loss to Crystal Palace on 1 March. In the next game however he scored his eighth goal of the season in a 1–1 draw at league leaders Cardiff City. In an interview with the local press after the Cardiff game, Sammon expressed frustration at his lack of goals but belief in his ability to score more despite the negative chants from the crowd. In Derby's game at Leeds United on 1 April, Sammon took a penalty on 73 minutes with Derby losing 1–0 however he missed the penalty striking the post before Paul Coutts scored on the rebound, Derby eventually won 2–1. Sammon also had a goal ruled out for offside at 0–0. Sammon ended an eleven match goalless streak (9 for Derby, 2 for Ireland) with an 85th minute winner against Millwall on the final day of the season. It was only Sammon's 3rd league goal of 2013. However, despite the criticism from supporters Sammon was named the 61st best player in the 2012–13 Football League Championship by the Actim Index.
In the 2013–14 season, Sammon will face competition from Chris Martin, Johnny Russell and Jamie Ward for a starting place. Martin, Russell and Ward began the season starting ahead of Sammon, who initially only made substitute appearances in the Championship. He did however start all three of Derby's League Cup games, scoring twice in a 5–0 win over Brentford on 27 August. Sammon's first league start of the season came on 1 October 2013, in a 4–4 draw at home to Ipswich Town and his first league goal of the season was the 88th minute winner in a 3–2 victory at Watford on 19 October.
Sammon earned his first call up to the Republic of Ireland U-21s for the qualifying game against Portugal U-21s on 7 September 2007. He played for the under-21's on three occasions, and also represented the under-23's in a match against Slovakia. On January 2013, Sammon was called up to the senior squad for the first time to play in a friendly against Poland on 6 February. A day ahead of the match, Irish coach Giovanni Trapattoni named Sammon in the starting eleven and he played the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 win for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. On 22 March 2013, he made his competitive debut in the 0-0 draw away to Sweden in a World Cup qualifier, coming on as a substitute after 87 mins. Sammon made his first competitive start, in the following game on 26 March; playing the full 90 minutes in Ireland's 2–2 draw at home to Austria; playing a part in winning the penalty and corner kick for both of Jonathan Walters goals.
- As of 17 September 2013
|Club||Season||League[A]||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[B]||Total|
- A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the League of Ireland and the Football League.
- B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the play-offs.
- As of 10 September 2013.
|Republic of Ireland national team|
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