David Cornell

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David Cornell
Personal information
Full name David Joseph Cornell[1]
Date of birth (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Waunarlwydd, Swansea, Wales[2]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 13
Youth career
2007–2009 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Swansea City 0 (0)
2011 Port Talbot Town (loan)[3] 14 (0)
2011–2012 Hereford United (loan) 25 (0)
2013 St. Mirren (loan) 5 (0)
2015 Portsmouth (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2007 Wales U17 5 (0)
2009–2010 Wales U19 2 (0)
2010–2012 Wales U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:53, 12 November 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:00, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

David Joseph Cornell (born 28 March 1991) is a Welsh footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Portsmouth on loan from Swansea City. He has also represented the Wales under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Swansea City[edit]

After progressing through Swansea City's Academy, Cornell was included in Swansea's senior squad for their 2008 pre-season tour of Spain. However the 17-year old's progress was halted when he suffered a serious wrist injury on tour.[4] Later that season, Cornell was called up to the first team bench for Swansea's fifth round FA Cup match against Fulham after loan signing Dimitrios Konstantopoulos was unable to extend his stay at the club.[5] Ten days later, Cornell was included again on Swansea's bench for the Swans FA Cup fifth round replay against Fulham.[6] After impressing manager Roberto Martínez, Cornell was installed as Dorus de Vries' understudy for the rest of the 2008–09 season but made no further appearances in Swansea's remaining matchday squads.[4]

Cornell made his professional debut for Swansea on 25 August 2009 when he was named in the starting line-up for the League Cup match against Scunthorpe United.[7] In February 2010, Cornell signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with Swansea to keep him at the club until July 2013.[8] The 2009–10 season saw Cornell included on the bench for 45 of Swansea's 46 Football League Championship games.

Following loan spells at Port Talbot Town and Hereford United, Cornell returned to Swansea for the 2012–13 season as third choice goalkeeper. In September 2012, Cornell signed a new three-year deal, keeping him at the club until July 2015.[9] Due to injuries to Michel Vorm and Gerhard Tremmel, Cornell was included on the bench on 14 occasions for Swansea during the season.

Port Talbot Town (loan)[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, Cornell fell down the pecking order at Swansea following the signing of Yves Ma-Kalambay as cover for Dorus de Vries and was loaned out to Welsh Premier League side Port Talbot Town during the second half of the season to gain first team experience.[10] Cornell made 14 appearances for Port Talbot, keeping 5 clean sheets.

Hereford United (loan)[edit]

After Swansea's promotion to the Premier League, Cornell's opportunities were further limited. In August 2011 Football League Two side Hereford United signed Cornell on an initial one-month loan deal as cover for Adam Bartlett.[11] After some impressive performances, Cornell's loan was extended by Hereford until the end of the 2011–12 season.[12] Cornell made 27 appearances in all competitions for Hereford.

St. Mirren (loan)[edit]

On 1 July 2013, Cornell joined St. Mirren on a season-long loan.[13] Cornell made 6 appearances in all competitions for St. Mirren before his loan was cancelled in December 2013.[14]

Portsmouth (loan)[edit]

On 17 March 2015, Cornell joined Portsmouth on a one-month loan deal.[15]

International career[edit]

Cornell made his debut for the Wales under-17 side on 25 March 2007, in a 3–0 defeat to Belarus,[16] and went on to win five caps at under-17 level, his last coming on 6 October 2007 in a 2–2 draw with Spain in the qualifying round of the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.[17] In August 2009, he received his first call-up to the Wales under-21 side to face Italy,[18] but remained on the bench.

In November 2009, he made his debut for the Wales under-19 side, playing in consecutive defeats to Portugal and Spain in the qualifying round of the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[19][20] The day after, Cornell was handed a shock call-up to the Wales senior squad, for their friendly match against Scotland due to the playing commitments of Owain Fôn Williams, and Lewis Price, and an injury to Boaz Myhill.[21] Cornell however was not included in the matchday squad.[22]

Cornell made his debut for the Wales under-21 side on 18 May 2010 in a 1–0 defeat to Austria under-21's.[23]

Cornell was called up to the Wales senior squad again in October 2010 for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Switzerland. He was an unused substitute as Wales lost 4–1.[24]


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  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 538. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Welsh Premier career details for David Cornell". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Young keeper earns Martinez vote". BBC Sport. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Swansea 1–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Fulham 2–1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  7. ^ Swansea 1–2 Scunthorpe BBC News, retrieved on 26 August 2009
  8. ^ "Goalkeeper David Cornell pens new Swansea contract". BBC Sport. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Cornell signs new Swans deal". Sky Sports. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cornell to follow an established Welsh Premier path". Wales Online. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hereford sign Swansea keeper David Cornell on loan". BBC Sport. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hereford United extend loan of Swansea's David Cornell". BBC Sport. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "St Mirren: Keepers David Cornell & Christopher Dilo sign deals". BBC Sport. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "St Mirren: Marian Kello stays on as three leave Paisley". BBC Sport. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Portsmouth: Blues loan Swansea Stopper". Portsmouth FC. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Belarus 3–0 Wales". faw.org.uk. 25 March 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "Spain 2–2 Wales". faw.org.uk. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  18. ^ "Wales under-21 squad v Italy". faw.org.uk. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  19. ^ "Portugal 3–0 Wales". faw.org.uk. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  20. ^ "Spain 1–0 Wales". faw.org.uk. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  21. ^ "Cornell wins surprise Wales call". BBC Sport. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  22. ^ "Wales 3–0 Scotland". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  23. ^ "Austria 1–0 Wales". Football Association of Wales. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  24. ^ "Switzerland 4–1 Wales". BBC. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 

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