Craig Curran

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Craig Curran
Personal information
Full name Craig Carl Curran
Date of birth (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 11
Youth career
Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Tranmere Rovers 97 (14)
2010–2012 Carlisle United 57 (8)
2012 Morecambe (loan) 7 (1)
2012–2013 Rochdale 4 (0)
2012–2013 Chester (loan) 11 (7)
2013 Limerick (loan) 13 (3)
2013–2014 Limerick 17 (4)
2014 Nuneaton 13 (1)
2015– Ross County 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:29, 22 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Carl Curran (born 23 August 1989) is an English football player currently playing for Scottish club Ross County.

Career[edit]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Curran made his first appearance for Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 13 January 2007 coming on as an 84th minute substitute in the 3–2 loss to Bristol City.

He scored with his first ever senior touch at Prenton Park against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday 9 April 2007. The goal was also Curran's first ever senior goal.

On 5 May 2007, Prenton Park was taken by storm as Curran scored 3 times in the first 36 minutes to record his first hat-trick for the club. The feat also broke a record set by Tranmere legend Dixie Dean as the youngest ever player to score a hat-trick in a Rovers' shirt. The record was originally set on 25 October 1924. He finished his first ever season with 4 goals in 4 appearances, with only 2 of them being starts.

During the early part of the 2007–08 season he has been used sparingly by manager Ronnie Moore, being limited to a handful of starts, although he has made regular appearances from the bench. On 10 November 2007 he was sent off for the first time in his senior career, during an FA Cup First Round match away at Chesterfield. He picked up two bookings after coming on as a late substitution, one for delaying the restart of play (preventing a free kick being taken) and the second for a foul on a Chesterfield player.

Curran is a product of the Youth system at Tranmere and was top scorer for the Reserves in the 2006–2007 season.

Curran grew up in Liverpool and was educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School.

Carlisle United[edit]

Curran signed for Carlisle United upon conclusion of the 2009–10 season on a free transfer, his contract at Tranmere having elapsed and not been renewed. He was a regular starter in his first season, and scored 8 goals. However, in the 2011–12 season, Curran found starts, and even substitute appearances, more difficult to come by owing to the arrival of Lee Miller, Paddy Madden and Rory Loy at Brunton Park.

On 22 March 2012, Curran signed for Morecambe on loan until the end of the season. Curran also featured in a reserve game for Morecambe against a Manchester City side which saw the return of Carlos Tevez. Morecambe lost 6–1 but Curran got on the score sheet for the Shirmps. On his debut for the first team he scored a diving header against Oxford United.

Curran received mixed reviews whilst at Carlisle, and whilst many fans admired his work rate and effort, they felt that he did not contribute enough goals.

On 7 May 2012, Carlisle United announced that Curran's contract would not be renewed beyond the 2011–12 season.

Rochdale[edit]

Curran the signed on non-contact terms at Rochdale. On 9 November 2012, he joined Conference North side Chester on a one-month loan deal.[1] Curran impressed Chester in his short time at the Exacta which led to his loan being extended for a further month. Curran scored 7 goals in 11 league appearances performances. Curran's most memorable game at Chester was in a 4–1 win against Bishop's Stortford where he scored a hat-trick after coming on as a second half substitute.

Limerick[edit]

February 2013 Curran signed on loan with Limerick FC in the League of Ireland Premier Division, and after the 2012–13 season he was released by Rochdale. Curran signed for Limerick on a permanent deal till the end of the 2014 season on July 1.

Nuneaton Town[edit]

On 29 August 2014, Curran signed for Nuneaton Town making his debut in the clubs 2–1 win against Altrincham at Liberty Way the next day. Curran left Nuneaton in November 2014, agreeing a mutual termination of his contract.[2]

Ross County[edit]

On 2 January 2015, Curran signed for Scottish Premiership club Ross County on a contract until the end of the 2014–15 season.[3] He scored on his debut to help Ross County to a 1–1 draw away to Dundee on 4 January 2015.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 February 2015[5][6]
Club performance
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tranmere Rovers 2006–07 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
2007–08 35 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 40 2
2008–09 15 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 17 3
2009–10 43 5 5 0 2 1 1 1 51 7
Total 97 14 8 0 4 1 3 1 112 16
Carlisle United 2010–11 45 8 3 0 1 0 5 0 54 8
2011–12 12 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 16 0
Total 57 8 4 0 3 0 6 0 70 8
Morecambe (loan) 2011–12 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Rochdale 2012–13 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Chester (loan) 2012–13 11 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 7
Limerick (loan) 2013 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 3
Limerick 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4
2014 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 30 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 7
Nuneaton Town 2014–15 13 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Ross County 2014–15 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Career total 225 40 14 0 8 1 11 1 258 42

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chester FC sign ex-Tranmere Rovers striker Craig Curran on loan". Chester Today. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Curran departs with ringing endorcement". Football Conference. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Clive (2 January 2015). "Ross County: Striker Craig Curran wins six-month contract". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Spence, Jim (4 January 2015). "Dundee 1-1 Ross County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Craig Curran player profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Craig Curran career stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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