Mulligan in action for Scunthorpe United
|Full name||David James Mulligan|
|Date of birth||24 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Bootle, England|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfield / Right Back|
|Hawke's Bay United|
|2007||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013–||Hawke's Bay United|
|1999–1999||New Zealand U-17||3||(2)|
|New Zealand U-20|
|2003–2004||New Zealand U-23|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
David James Mulligan (born 24 March 1982) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays for Hawke's Bay United in the New Zealand Football Championship. Born in England, he made over 180 appearances in the English Football League between 2000 and 2008. He is able to play in both midfield and defence.
His career began at Barnsley in 2000, where he played 66 league games in three years. He spent two years at Doncaster Rovers, making close to 100 appearances, before signing with Scunthorpe United in 2006. Less of a regular with "Scunny", he enjoyed a quick spell with Port Vale in 2008, before moving to New Zealand to play for the country's only professional club, Wellington Phoenix. He joined Auckland City in 2010, and then moved to Waitakere United in 2012, and Hawke's Bay United in 2013.
He has earned national representation at under-17, under-20, under-23 and full international level. He was selected for two FIFA Confederations Cup competitions, and was also named in the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
Mulligan started his club career at Barnsley in 2000, making his professional debut in a 3–0 defeat to Manchester City on 31 October 2001. The "Tykes" were relegated at the end of the season, but Mulligan retained his place in the first 11 for the 2002–03 campaign.
The next season he lost his first team place and was released by Barnsley in October 2003, despite having been offered a new contract just five months earlier. He joined Doncaster Rovers five months later in February 2004, initially on a match-to-match basis, then on a short term contract, before he was rewarded with a two-year contract to sign at the season's end.
He quickly established himself at Rovers, but again ran into trouble early into the season, being placed on the transfer list by "Donny" in November 2004. He went nowhere however and was a regular starter in both 2004–05 and 2005–06. The utility player was offered a contract in the summer of 2006, but the two sides failed to agree terms.
In June 2006, Mulligan signed for League One side Scunthorpe United. He failed to establish himself at the club despite making 29 appearances throughout the whole of his first season, and due to differences with the manager Nigel Atkins over his international commitments with New Zealand he was later snubbed by the club. He joined Grimsby Town on a one-month loan in November 2007, and then joined Port Vale on a free transfer in January 2008. He stayed until the end of the season, but his stay was to prove a relatively short one as manager Lee Sinnott declined to offer Mulligan a longer contract.
Mulligan signed a two-year contract with the Wellington Phoenix FC in July 2008, however he struggled to make an impact and made just three appearances for the club in two seasons before his contract was not renewed at the end of the 2009–10 season.
Mulligan soon signed on with New Zealand Football Championship club Auckland City FC for the 2010–11 season. He made his debut in the opening round match against Waikato FC in which he scored two goals in the second half, allowing Auckland City a 3–2 victory to start of their campaign. He switched to rivals Waitakere United in July 2012. The club won the Premiership in 2012–13. He moved on to Hawke's Bay United in October 2013, and helped the club to a third-place finish in 2013–14.
Mulligan played for NZ Under-17 at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship and scored two goals in their two pool matches against the United States and Poland. Mulligan played for NZ Under-23 at the 2004 Athens Olympics qualification tournament for the Oceania Football Confederation, however New Zealand lost out to Australia and did not qualify for the Olympics.
He earned his "All Whites" debut in an international friendly against Estonia on 13 October 2002. Mulligan was named as part of the New Zealand team to travel to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in June 2009 and made two starting appearances against Spain and South Africa as well as a substitute appearance against Iraq. On 10 May 2010, Mulligan was named in New Zealand's final 23-man squad to compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
|1||17 November 2007||Vanuatu||1–2||Win||2008 OFC Nations Cup|
|2||21 November 2007||Vanuatu||4–1||Win||2008 OFC Nations Cup|
|3||21 November 2007||Vanuatu||4–1||Win||2008 OFC Nations Cup|
|Last updated 8 April 2010.|
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|2003–04||Doncaster Rovers||Third Division||14||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||1|
|2006–07||Scunthorpe United||League One||24||1||1||0||2||1||2||0||29||2|
|2007–08||Grimsby Town (loan)||League Two||6||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||7||0|
|2007–08||Port Vale||League One||13||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||1|
- with Waitakere United
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- "Mulligan leaves Oakwell". BBC Sport. 7 October 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- "Seven released by Tykes". BBC Sport. 12 May 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
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- "Mulligan lands Rovers deal". BBC Sport. 11 March 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "Mulligan given new contract". BBC Sport. 20 May 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "Mulligan set to leave Doncaster". BBC Sport. 9 November 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "Doncaster withdraw Mulligan offer". BBC Sport. 20 May 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "Iron recruit versatile Mulligan". BBC Sport. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- "Grimsby bag Scunthorpe's Mulligan". BBC Sport. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- "Vale bring in defender Mulligan". BBC Sport. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- "First summer signings for Sinnott". BBC Sport. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "Phoenix take a Mulligan". Football Federation Australia. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
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- "Match Report NZL vs USA". FIFA.com. 10 November 1999.
- "Match Report: NZL vs POL". FIFA.com. 16 November 1999.
- "2009 Confederations Cup – New Zealand squad". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
- "All Whites World Cup squad named". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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- "Games played by Dave Mulligan in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Dave Mulligan in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Dave Mulligan in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Dave Mulligan in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Dave Mulligan in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Dave Mulligan in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.