David Connolly

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David Connolly
Personal information
Full name David James Connolly[1]
Date of birth (1977-06-06) 6 June 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Willesden, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 35
Youth career
000?–1994 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Watford 26 (10)
1997–2001 Feyenoord 25 (7)
1998–1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 32 (6)
1999–2001 Excelsior (loan) 48 (42)
2001–2003 Wimbledon 63 (42)
2003–2004 West Ham United 39 (10)
2004–2005 Leicester City 49 (17)
2005–2006 Wigan Athletic 19 (1)
2006–2009 Sunderland 39 (13)
2009–2012 Southampton 61 (14)
2012– Portsmouth 34 (11)
2014 Oxford United (loan) 11 (4)
National team
1996–2004 Republic of Ireland 41 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 December 2006 (UTC)

David James Connolly (born 6 June 1977) is a professional footballer who plays for Portsmouth as a striker. He has previously played for the Republic of Ireland and for various clubs including Feyenoord and Excelsior in the Netherlands as well as Wigan Athletic and Sunderland in the Premier League.

Although born in England, Connolly has represented the Republic of Ireland at international level. He was a member of Ireland's 2002 FIFA World Cup squad that lost to Spain in the knockout stage where his penalty kick was saved by Iker Casillas during the shootout.

Early life[edit]

Connolly was born in England to Irish parents and attended St Joan of Arc School, Rickmansworth. He is married to Joanna Martin.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Connolly started his career with Watford where he scored 15 goals in 34 games. Despite his often petulant and childish behaviour (eaning him the nickname W4BS in reference to him being the 4th best striker at the club), his record (which included a hat-trick against the mighty Ashford in an FA Cup tie) earned him a move to Dutch team Feyenoord Rotterdam. He was at one point the highest paid player in Dutch football, and had loan spells at Excelsior Rotterdam and Wolverhampton Wanderers (where he scored four goals in one game against Bristol City)[2] before joining Wimbledon in 2001 on a free transfer where he scored 42 goals in two seasons.

Manager Glenn Roeder signed Connolly for West Ham United for £285,000 in August 2003.[3] Connolly scored on his West Ham debut in a 2–1 away win at Preston North End on 9 August 2003.[4] He scored 14 goals in 48 games in all competitions for West Ham; his final game coming in the 2004 play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace in May 2004.[5][6]

Connolly signed for Leicester City in 2004 for £500,000, finishing as the club's top scorer in his first season. He managed a hat-trick against Stoke City in August 2005, prior to signing for Wigan.[7]

On 31 August 2005, he joined newly promoted Premiership club Wigan Athletic for £2 million (with the possibility of rising to £3 million if Wigan stayed in the Premiership, which they did).[8] He scored on his debut for Wigan in a 2–1 win at West Bromwich Albion,[9] but was hit by injuries for much of the rest of the 2005–06 season. His only other goals for Wigan came against Newcastle in the League Cup[10] and Leeds in the FA Cup.[11]

In 2006, also on 31 August, Connolly linked up with his former Republic of Ireland team-mate Roy Keane at Sunderland. His first goal came against Colchester United on 18 November, when he came on as a sub and smashed the ball in off the post from about 18 yards out. Connolly ended up Sunderland's top scorer and was an integral part of their promotion in the 2006–07 season, scoring 13 goals in the campaign and scoring the final goal of the season for Sunderland against Luton Town on 6 May 2007, in the match that made Sunderland champions of the Championship.

In the 2007–08 season, Connolly played just five games, three of them in the league. In the 2008–09 season, Connolly did not make a single appearance. He was released on 28 May 2009.[12]

After being released by Sunderland in the summer of 2009 he became a free agent. On 8 October 2009, Connolly signed a deal with League One side Southampton, lasting until the end of the 2009–10 season but capable of being extended by a further year if he hits an undisclosed number of appearances.[13] He scored on his debut on 17 October 2009 against Oldham Athletic, and grabbed another in the next game against Milton Keynes Dons, once again off the bench. He scored two in the FA Cup first round tie against Bristol Rovers, in a 3–2 victory, his first start. Connolly's contract was then extended for the 2010–11 season.

He struggled with injury in the 2010–11 season, but scored in an FA Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, and then scored a crucial goal in a 2–1 victory away at champions Brighton. He followed that up with a goal in a 3–0 win at Brentford and then on the final day of the season in a 3–1 win over Walsall to end the season with four goals from 18 appearances in an injury-hit season.[14] It was Connolly's late season form that helped Southampton clinch promotion. He also signed a new one-year deal with Saints.[15]

Following Southampton's promotion to the Championship, Connolly continued his goal scoring form into the 2011–12 season by scoring the final goal in Southampton's 3–1 victory over Leeds United in the first game of the season.[16] He then netted the only goal in a 1–0 victory at Barnsley a week later.[17] On 16 August, he scored against Ipswich Town at Portman Road as Saints won 5–2, with the third of the night making the score 3–0 to Southampton at half time.[18] This result firmly planted Southampton on top of the Championship table with three wins from their first three matches. Connolly scored again for Southampton against Leicester City on 27 August, but this was not enough to prevent the Saints from slipping to their first defeat of the season, losing 3–2.[19] However, in January 2012, after the arrivals of Billy Sharp and Tadanari Lee, Connolly lost his place in the starting eleven, and was released at the end of the season.[20][21]

On 31 December 2012, Connolly signed a one-month contract with Portsmouth.[22][23] He made his debut a day later, against Swindon Town.[24] He scored his first goal for Pompey on 26 February, against Milton Keynes Dons.[25] He scored his second goal on 2 March, in a 2–1 win against Crewe Alexandra.[26] On 9 March, Connolly scored twice in a 2–0 win against Bury.[27]

Connolly joined Oxford on 31 January 2014 – deadline day, until the summer. Connolly scored on his debut against AFC Wimbledon, after coming on as a 46th minute substitute.[28]

International career[edit]

Connolly has also been a regular member of the Republic of Ireland national team, since making his debut on 29 May 1996 against Portugal. He was sent off in 1997 after coming on as a substitute against Belgium in the play-off for a place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, with Ireland losing by an aggregate score of 3–2.[29]

Connolly was part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad that lost to Spain in the knockout stage, where his penalty kick was saved by Iker Casillas during the shootout. He has scored nine goals for Ireland in 41 caps and also scored once for Ireland in Niall Quinn's benefit match on 14 May 2002, against his former club, Sunderland as well as once in Mick McCarthy's testimonial on 26 May 1996 against Celtic.

In the 2007–08 season Connolly failed to feature in any of Steve Staunton's squads, despite being Sunderland's top goalscorer, although he was called in to Giovanni Trapattoni's first 40-man squad in 2008 despite being injured at the time.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1[30] 9 June 1996 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.  United States 1–2 Defeat U.S. Cup
2[31] 12 June 1996 New Jersey, U.S.  Mexico 2–2 Draw U.S. Cup
3[32] 21 May 1997 Dublin  Liechtenstein 5–0 Win World Cup Qualifier
4[32] 21 May 1997 Dublin  Liechtenstein 5–0 Win World Cup Qualifier
5[32] 21 May 1997 Dublin  Liechtenstein 5–0 Win World Cup Qualifier
6[33] 6 September 1997 Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 4–2 Win World Cup Qualifier
7[34] 10 February 1999 Dublin  Paraguay 2–0 Win Friendly
8[35] 6 October 2001 Dublin  Cyprus 4–0 Win World Cup Qualifier
9[36] 9 September 2003 Dublin  Turkey 2–2 Draw Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe FLT Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1994–95 Watford Division 1 2 0
1995–96 11 8
1996–97 Division 2 13 2 2 4 1 0 - - 16 6
Watford Total 26 10
1997–98 Feyenoord Eredivisie 10 2 1 0
1998–99 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Loan) Division 1 32 6 1 0 2 0 - - 35 6
1999–00 Excelsior (Loan) Eerste Divisie 32 29
2000–01 16 13
Excelsior Total 48 42
2000–01 Feyenoord Eredivisie 15 5
Feyenoord Total 25 7
2001–02 Wimbledon Division 1 35 18 2 0 1 0 - - 38 18
2002–03 28 24 2 0 - - - 30 24
Wimbledon Total 63 42 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 68 42
2003–04 West Ham United Division 1 42* 10 4 2 2 2 - - 48 14
West Ham United Total 42 10 4 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 48 14
2004–05 Leicester City Championship 44 13 5 0 - - - 49 13
2005–06 5 4 - - - - 5 4
Leicester City Total 49 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54 17
2005–06 Wigan Athletic Premier League 17 1 1 1 3 1 - - 21 3
2006–07 2 0 - - - - 2 0
Wigan Athletic Total 19 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 23 3
2006–07 Sunderland Championship 36 13 1 0 - - - 37 13
2007–08 Premier League 3 0 1 0 1 0 - - 5 0
2008–09 - - - - - -
Sunderland Total 39 13 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 13
2009–10 Southampton League One 20 5 1 2 - - 2 0 23 7
2010–11 15 3 1 1 1 0 - 1 0 18 4
2011–12 Championship 26 6 - - - - 26 6
Southampton Total 61 14 2 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 67 17
2012–13 Portsmouth League One 17 7 - - - - 17 7
2013–14 League Two 17 4 1 1 - - 1 0 19 5
Portsmouth Total 34 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 36 12
Holland Total 73 49 1 0 74 49
England Total 366 124 22 11 11 3 0 0 4 0 402 138
Career total 437 173 22 11 11 3 1 0 4 0 475 187

Stats accurate as of 18 January 2014 (GMT).[37][38]

( * ) Include 3 Play-Off Appearances.

Honours[edit]

Sunderland
Southampton

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Southampton 3–1 Walsall; BBC Sport, 7 May 2011
  15. ^ Southampton striker David Connolly signs new contract; BBC Sport, 25 May 2011
  16. ^ Southampton 3–1 Leeds; BBC Sport, 6 August 2011
  17. ^ Barnsley 0–1 Southampton; BBC Sport, 13 August 2011
  18. ^ Ipswich 2–5 Southampton; BBC Sport, 16 August 2011
  19. ^ Leicester 3–2 Southampton; BBC Sport, 27 August 2011
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Paul Dickov
Les Ferdinand
Leicester City Top Goalscorer
2004–05
Succeeded by
Mark de Vries
Iain Hume
Joey Guðjónsson