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McGovern playing for Swindon Town in 2007
|Full name||Jon-Paul McGovern|
|Date of birth||3 October 1980|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|2002–2003||→ Sheffield United (loan)||15||(1)|
|2006–2007||Milton Keynes Dons||47||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:37, 13 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Glasgow, McGovern started his football career at Celtic FC signing at the age of 16. His time playing in Scotland was sandwiched by a loan spell at Sheffield United. Whilst on loan at Sheffield United he scored three times; the first goals of his professional career. He scored in the league against Walsall, before following that up with strikes against York City in the League Cup and Cheltenham in the FA Cup. After returning to Celtic when his loan spell ended with Sheffield United and Celtic refusing to extend his stay at Sheffield United, he finished out his season in the reserves with Celtic.
In the summer transfer window, He signed with Livingston at the end of that season although he still had one year left on his contract at Celtic. At Livingston, McGovern failed to score a single goal, but he did contribute to their victorious 2003–04 Scottish League Cup campaign, including coming on as a late substitute as they beat Hibernian in the 2004 Scottish League Cup Final. He joined Sheffield Wednesday in 2004. He was a key part of the Owls' play-off winning side in 2005, scoring a goal in the semi final against Brentford and a goal in the final against Hartlepool. He was an ever present in that season and became a fan favourite amongst the Owls supporters. During the 2005/06 season though, his appearances were limited due to an injury. At the end of the season he was released, and subsequently signed for Milton Keynes Dons.
After only one full season with Milton Keynes, McGovern was signed by Swindon Town for an undisclosed fee – McGovern would be reunited with Paul Sturrock for whom he played under at Sheffield Wednesday and has signed a contract until 2010. McGovern made a fitting tribute to his MK Dons career, scoring a free-kick on his final appearance for the club in the Football League Cup 2nd round against former rivals Sheffield United.
McGovern made his debut, coming on as a substitute, in the 57th minutes, as Swindon Town lose 1-0 against Yeovil Town and scored his first goal, in the next game, on 15 September 2007, in a 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United. Two month later, into joining the club, Paul Sturrock, the manager who signed McGovern, resigned to join Plymouth Argyle. At Swindon Town, McGovern established himself in the first team and made forty-one appearance, as Swindon finished their first season back in League One in 13th.
In 2008-09 season campaign, McGovern was given number ten shirt. McGovern scored his first goal in the opening game of the season, in a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers. But soon, under manager Maurice Malpas, McGovern featured on the substitute bench, although he regained his first team place. From February, under new manager Danny Wilson, McGovern was dropped from the squad in favour of other midfielder's and have been on the sidelined since. His dropped from the first team led McGovern considered him leaving the club if he doesn't get enough playing time. McGovern would made twenty-six appearance, as the club would survived the relegation.
In the 2009–10 campaign, McGovern has been a near every-present for the Robins under Danny Wilson, with forty-five appearance and have since regained his first team place. McGovern was also the club's top assist of the season, with sixteen and scored once, in a 2-2 draw against Oldham on 22 August 2009. During the season, McGovern had his number shirt switched from ten to seven after Michael Timlin took over his number ten shirt. In January 2010, McGovern was linked with a £750k move to Gus Poyet's Brighton & Hove Albion. The next month, McGovern was offered a new contract. A few week later, McGovern signed a two-year contract wuth the club. Later in the 2009-10 season, McGovern helped the club through to the 2009–10 play-off final and was awarded Swindon Away Supporters’ (SAS) Player of the Year.
In 2010-11 season campaign, McGovern continued to feature in the first team and scored his first goal of the season, in a 2-1 loss against Leyton Orient in the first round of the League Cup and then scored his first league goal in a 3-3 draw against Yeovil Town after coming on as a substitute. McGovern scored and setting up the first goal, in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday and scored, again, in the second round replay, in a 3-2 loss against Crawley Town. Later in the 2010-11 season, the club would suffer a huge setback after a poor run of form that had seen the club slip into the relegation zone and lead to the club's fate to League Two. In his total appearance at Swindon Town, McGovern made 153 and scoring eight times.
On 20 June 2011 is was confirmed that McGovern had signed a 2-year deal with Carlisle United keeping him with the club until July 2013. McGovern was expecting to make a return to Sheffield United, making a reunite with Manager Wilson.
In 2011-12 season, McGovern has been a near every-present for the Cumbrians under Manager Greg Abbott and made his debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 3-0 loss against Notts County and scored his first goal, three days later, in the first round of the League Cup, in a 1-1 win over Oldham, which resulted going on penalties shoot-out, but won 4-2 in the shoot-out, which he converted the first penalty. On 15 October 2011, McGovern scored his first league goal, in a 3-0 win over Yeovil Town. On 2 January 2012, McGovern scored the winner and set up the club's first goal of 2012, in a 3-2 win against his former club, Sheffield United. His next goal was followed up on 6 March 2012, in a 2-1 win over Rochdale.
In 2012-13 season, McGovern was linked with a move to Rotherham United after the club was believed to sign him.  But this was denied McGovern, himself, stating he's to stay at the club for next season and confirmed that he's attracted interests from other clubs. McGovern would make thirty-eight appearance, having established himself in the right-midfield or wing. At the end of the season, McGovern was released by the club, along with seven other players. Following his release, McGovern attracted interests from clubs to seek a new challenge. On the other hand, McGovern expressed desire to resume his career in Scotland after a nine year exile, playing in England. McGovern now owns and runs a tea shop in Scotland after failing to secure a contract for the 2013-14 football season.
McGovern is not to be confused with Scottish Football Association Referee with the same name.
- 2004/05 League One play-offs
|27 April 2002||Celtic||Trainee|
|13 August 2002||Sheff Utd||Loan|
|1 July 2003||Livingston||Free|
|25 June 2004||Sheffield Wednesday||Free|
|4 July 2006||MK Dons||Free|
|31 August 2007||Swindon Town||Undisclosed|
|20 June 2011||Carlisle United||Free|
|The factual accuracy of parts of this article (those related to table) may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (December 2011)|
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Others||Total|
|Sheff Utd (Loan)||2002–03||15||1||1||1||2||1||-||-||0||0||18||3|
|Total (Last 6 seasons)||145||14||7||1||15||3||0||0||3||0||170||18|
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