Craig Conway (footballer)
Conway playing for Dundee United in 2011
|Full name||Craig Conway|
|Date of birth||2 May 1985|
|Place of birth||Irvine, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Current club||Blackburn Rovers|
|2013||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:34, 9 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Conway started his career with Ayr United before moving to Scottish Premier League side Dundee United in 2006. Ayr did not receive compensation for the deal until 10 months after he left. In 2011 he moved to Championship side Cardiff on a free transfer. On September 13, 2013 he signed for Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Football League Championship on a three-month loan. On 31 January 2014, Transfer Deadline Day, Conway joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on a two and a half year deal.
Born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Conway started his career with Caledonian Boys Club in Prestwick and later signed with Ayr United, making 61 league appearances for the 'Honest Men' and scoring seven times. Conway's good form alerted then-Dundee United manager Craig Brewster and he agreed a pre-contract deal with Conway to bring him to Tannadice, with the transfer completed on 1 June 2006, with compensation decided ten months later. Largely used as a substitute under Brewster, Conway started the majority of matches under Craig Levein and assisted more goals than any other United player in 2006–07. In late February 2007, Conway suffered a broken foot which appeared to end his season prematurely, although it later transpired he would be fit for the final two matches of the season. In fact, Conway appeared in the final four matches. Although playing at the start of the following season, it transpired that Conway was suffering similar issues and it was discovered that a bone graft was needed, ruling Conway out for the last three months of 2007.
Conway returned to action in 2007–08, playing three matches before being sidelined for four months, returning in December. He scored his first goal for the club a month later in the 2–1 win over Kilmarnock in January and two matches later, scored the third goal in the 4–1 League Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen.
Conway signed a two-year contract extension in September 2008 to extend his time at Tannadice until 2011. On 15 May 2010, Conway scored two goals in a man of the match performance as United beat Ross County 3–0 in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final. In April 2011, United manager Peter Houston indicated that he expected Conway to leave the club at the end of the season, due to the Terrors being unable to match his wage demands.
On 21 June 2011, Conway confirmed that he had agreed terms with Cardiff City and that he would have a medical within the next couple of days. Conway completed his move and signed a three-year contract with the Bluebirds on 23 June 2011. He made his debut in a 1–0 win over West Ham United on the opening day of the Championship season. Conway scored his first goal for Cardiff the following game against Oxford United in the Football League Cup. He then followed up his goal against Oxford with another goal against Bristol City in the league just four days later. Conway's third came as the winning goal against Huddersfield Town, putting the Bluebirds through to the third round of the League Cup. He made his 250th career appearance in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace on 5 November. Conway was an unused substitute at Wembley in the Carling Cup Final. Following a stint of bad form, Conway was dropped from the side but on his return to the starting line up he scored the winner against Portsmouth. A period on the bench followed until April, when he started against Watford, but was taken off with 32 minutes played following a tackle made by Jonathan Hogg, which resulted in an ankle injury and ended his season, four games early.
Conway returned in time for pre-season. He made his competitive return on 14 August 2012 against Northampton in a 2–1 Capital One Cup defeat. Following a lack of first team football during the season, Conway put in a transfer request on 23 November 2012 after starting only two games out of his four total appearances. The request was rejected by manager, Malky Mackay. Conway was included in the squad for the next two games following the request and he made an appearance against Derby County. His first goal of the season came on 2 December, where he scored the winner against Sheffield Wednesday, which ensured Cardiff beat their Club record of nine successive home wins. Following a run of successful performances, Conway withdrew his transfer request on 21 December, and went on to play a crucial role in Cardiff's Championship-winning season, including scoring the goal that sealed the title in a 1–1 draw at Turf Moor against Burnley in April.
Loan to Brighton & Hove Albion
On 13 September 2013, Conway joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a 93-day short-term loan, running until 14 December 2013. Conway scored his first and only goal in this loan period on 7 December 2013, in the 3–1 victory against Leicester City.
On 31 January 2014, Transfer Deadline Day, Conway joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on a two and a half year deal. Conway scored his first goal for the club on 22 February 2014 in a 1-0 win away against Reading.
Conway made his International debut under George Burley on 10 October 2009 against Japan, he started the game but Scotland lost 2–0. It took him two years to make his next appearance for Scotland, which came in the 2011 Nations Cup against Northern Ireland, this time Scotland won 3–0. His third appearance for Scotland was on 11 November 2011 in a 2–1 friendly victory over Cyprus in Larnaca.
Most recently, he was a substitute in the 3–2 friendly loss to England at Wembley in August 2013.
- As of 9 March 2014.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2002–03||Ayr United||Scottish First Division||1||0||-||-||1||0|
|2004–05||Scottish Second Division||23||3||3||2||1||0||27||5|
|2002–06||Ayr United Total||61||7||6||2||3||0||70||9|
|2006–07||Dundee United||Scottish Premier League||30||0||2||0||2||0||34||0|
|2006–11||Dundee United Total||137||13||16||2||11||1||164||16|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2011–||Cardiff City Total||56||5||1||0||8||2||65||7|
|2013–14||Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||Championship||13||1||0||0||0||0||13||1|
|2013–14||Brighton Hove & Albion Total||13||1||0||0||0||0||13||1|
|2014–||Blackburn Rovers Total||5||1||0||0||0||0||5||1|
- Dundee United
- Cardiff City
- "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 11. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "Ayr settle over Conway transfer". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 April 2007.
- "Dundee United hit by Conway blow". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 February 2007.
- "United's Conway on road to recovery". The Courier (DC Thomson). 25 April 2007.
- "Breaks not going United's way". The Courier (DC Thomson). 11 September 2007.
- "Kilmarnock 1–2 Dundee United". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- "Aberdeen 1–4 Dundee United". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- "Conway agrees new Tannadice deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
- "Conway, Buaben and Gomis to leave Dundee United". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 April 2011.
- "Craig Conway chooses Cardiff City over Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- "Craig Conway signing confirmed". Cardiff City FC. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "West Ham 0 – 1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Oxford Utd 1 – 3 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- "Injured Conway's season at end". Cardiff City FC. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Conway raring to go". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Cardiff City reject Craig Conway transfer request". South Wales Echo. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- "Craig Conway withdraws request to leave Cardiff City". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- Albion Sign Conway
- "Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 Leicester City". BBC Sport. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Rovers Complete Conway Signing". Blackburn Rovers FC. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "A great three points". Rovers. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- "Berra blunder hits Scotland". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 10 October 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
- "Scotland 3–0 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 February 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
- BBC Sport – Craig Conway: Cardiff City winger joins Brighton on loan
- "Games played by Craig Conway". SoccerBase. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- Official website profile
- Craig Conway career stats at Soccerbase
- Craig Conway at National-Football-Teams.com