Graham Kavanagh

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Graham Kavanagh
Graham Kavanagh.jpg
Kavanagh pictured in 2013
Personal information
Full name Graham Anthony Kavanagh[1]
Date of birth (1973-12-02) 2 December 1973 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Carlisle United (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Home Farm
1991–1996 Middlesbrough 35 (3)
1994 Darlington (loan) 5 (0)
1996 Stoke City (loan) 3 (1)
1996–2001 Stoke City 202 (33)
2001–2005 Cardiff City 142 (28)
2005–2006 Wigan Athletic 48 (0)
2006–2009 Sunderland 14 (1)
2007 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 7 (1)
2008 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 16 (1)
2008–2009 Carlisle United (loan) 14 (3)
2009–2011 Carlisle United 50 (4)
Total 536 (75)
National team
1992–1993 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
1998–2006 Republic of Ireland 16 (1)
Teams managed
2013– Carlisle United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Graham Anthony Kavanagh (born 2 December 1973) is an Irish football manager and former professional player, who is now manager of Carlisle United.

Kavanagh had a 19-year long career and played for Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United. He also played 16 games for the Republic of Ireland national football team, scoring once.[1]

Club career[edit]

Kavanagh began his career at Home Farm, before joining Middlesbrough in 1991 but struggled to ever hold down a first team place and was sold to Stoke City in 1996, after a short loan spell at the club, for £250,000. In 1996–97 he made 41 appearances scoring four goals including the final goal at the Victoria Ground against West Bromwich Albion.[1] Kavanagh also had the honour of scoring Stoke's first goal at the Britannia Stadium in a League Cup match against Rochdale. He scored 10 goals in 1997–98 as Stoke suffered relegation to the third tier. In 1998–99 he top-scored with 13 goals as failed mount a sustained promotion challenge under Brian Little in 1998–99.[1] In 1999–2000 Kavanagh scored 10 goals as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost to Gillingham.[1] He also played and scored in the 2000 Football League Trophy final as Stoke beat Bristol City 2–1. He was again a regular in 2000–01 as Stoke again failed in the play-offs this time losing to Walsall.[1] He left Stoke in the summer of 2001 after making 244 appearances scoring 45 goals.[1]

He joined Cardiff City in July 2001 for £1 million, and went on to score fifteen times in his first season at the club and help them to promotion the following year when they beat Queens Park Rangers in the Second Division play-off final. He scored one of Cardiff's goals as they memorably knocked out then Premiership Leeds United in the FA Cup third round in 2002.[2]

During the 2004–05 season Cardiff chairman Sam Hammam revealed that the club was in serious financial trouble and as such a number of players left the club to attempt to regain losses, including Kavanagh who signed for Wigan Athletic for a fee close to £400,000.[3] Whilst at Wigan he started in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. On 31 August 2006, he signed a three-year deal with Roy Keane's Sunderland for £500,000. During that season he played 14 games, scoring one goal against Leeds,[4] before he was ruled out for the majority of games due to lingering injury problems.

He joined Sheffield Wednesday on 21 September 2007 on a loan deal to regain his fitness[5] where he played seven games, scoring one goal against Watford on 2 October.[6] On 29 December, Leicester City made a bid for Kavanagh, together with Márton Fülöp.[7] However, on 31 January 2008 Kavanagh again joined Wednesday on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Kavanagh joined League One side Carlisle United on a month's loan on 10 October 2008.[8] This loan was extended for a further month on 7 November.[9] It was again extended on 18 December and would expire on 3 January 2009.[10]

Managerial career[edit]

On 9 January 2009, Kavanagh was released by Sunderland and returned to Carlisle on a permanent basis as a player-coach.[11] In April 2013, Kavanagh continued his post as Assistant Manager at the end of the 2012–13 season, after signing a new one year deal. In September 2013 manager Greg Abbott was sacked and Kavanagh was installed as caretaker manager.[12] Kavanagh was then appointed manager on a permanent basis on 30 September 2013 signing a two year contract.[13]

International career[edit]

Kavanagh earned 16 international caps for the Republic of Ireland, the last of which was on 16 August 2006 against the Netherlands.

Career statistics[edit]

Player[edit]

  • Sourced from Graham Kavanagh profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 1992–93 Premier League 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
1993–94 First Division 11 2 1 1 1 0 4 0 17 3
1994–95 First Division 7 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
1995–96 Premier League 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Total 35 3 4 1 1 0 6 0 46 4
Darlington (loan) 1993–94 Third Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Stoke City 1996–97 First Division 38 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 41 4
1997–98 First Division 43 5 0 0 5 5 0 0 48 10
1998–99 Second Division 36 11 2 0 2 1 2 1 42 13
1999–2000 Second Division 45 7 1 0 4 1 9 2 59 10
2000–01 Second Division 43 7 2 0 5 0 4 1 54 8
Total 205 34 6 0 18 7 15 4 244 45
Cardiff City 2001–02 Second Division 41 13 4 2 1 0 2 0 48 15
2002–03 Second Division 43 5 4 1 2 0 3 0 52 5
2003–04 First Division 30 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 32 7
2004–05 Championship 28 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 3
Total 142 28 11 3 5 0 5 0 164 34
Wigan Athletic 2004–05 Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2005–06 Premier League 35 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 42 0
2006–07 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 48 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 55 0
Sunderland 2006–07 Championship 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2007–08 Championship 23 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 2
Total 23 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 2
Carlisle United 2008–09 League One 34 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 36 6
2009–10 League One 29 2 4 0 1 0 5 3 39 5
2010–11 League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 64 7 7 1 1 0 5 3 77 11
Career Total 536 75 31 5 31 7 31 7 629 94
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League play-offs, and Football League Trophy.

Managerial[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[14]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Carlisle United 9 September 2013 Present 46 13 12 21 28.26

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554. 
  2. ^ "Cardiff stun Leeds". BBC Sport. 6 January 2002. Retrieved 6 September 1309. 
  3. ^ "Wigan complete Kavanagh signing". BBC Sport. 2005-03-04. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Leeds 0–3 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 13 September 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Owls sign Kavanagh on loan deal". BBC Sport. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Watford 2–1 Sheff Wed". BBC Sport. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Leicester bid for Sunderland pair". BBC Sport. 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Kavanagh eager to prove his worth". BBC Sport. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  9. ^ "Kavanagh extends Carlisle spell". BBC Sport. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  10. ^ "Carlisle agree Kavanagh extension". BBC Sport. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Kavanagh takes up Carlisle role" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2009
  12. ^ "Carlisle United: Graham Kavanagh wants to be manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Carlisle United: Graham Kavanagh named as Greg Abbott successor". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Graham Kavanagh". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kevin Nugent
Cardiff City Captain
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Darren Purse