Mark Connolly

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This article is about the Irish footballer. For the British historian, see Mark Connelly. For the politician, see Mark Connolly (Public Official).
Mark Connolly
Personal information
Full name Mark Gerard Connolly[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Monaghan, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
2006–2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2010 St. Johnstone (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Macclesfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
2012–2014 Crawley Town 69 (3)
2014– Kilmarnock 23 (2)
National team
2011– Republic of Ireland U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:24, 22 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Gerard Connolly (born 16 December 1991) is an Irish footballer who plays for Kilmarnock. He has previously played for Bolton Wanderers, St. Johnstone, Macclesfield Town and Crawley Town. Connolly has also represented the Republic of Ireland at under-21 level.

Club career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Connolly was signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers by Bolton Wanderers on the summer transfer dealine in 2009. After the clubs agreed a £1,000,000 fee.[2] Wolves later reported Bolton and their assistant manager Chris Evans, a former academy director at Wolves, for an illegal approach for the player.[3] Connolly later stated he was unaware of the price fee move to Bolton Wanderers.[4]

On the January transfer dealine day of 2010, Connolly signed on loan for St. Johnstone until the end of the season.[5] He made his debut on 27 March 2010 in the loss to Hamilton Academical.[6]

Connolly was captain of Bolton Wanderers's reserve team and was on the substitutes bench for the first team in their League Cup win against Macclesfield Town and he joined Macclesfield later in the season on a months loan,[7] making his debut on 25 February, the day after signing, in their 1–1 draw at Oxford United.

On 15 May 2012, Connolly confirmed on his Twitter account that he had left Bolton.[8] This led confirmation from the club have released Connolly, along with twelve players, following the club's relegation to the Championship.[9]

Crawley Town[edit]

On 9 July 2012, Crawley Town announced that Connolly had signed for them on a two-year contract.[10] Connolly later stated he joined Crawley Town because he was motivated of getting more first team chances.[11]

Connolly made his debut on 14 August, starting in a League Cup match as a right-back against Championship side Millwall which ended 2–2, with Crawley winning on penalties by 4–1.[12] Connolly then made his league debut for Crawley Town, in the opening game of the season, in a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United.[13] In late August 2012, Connolly was part of the Crawley team which successfully defeated Bolton in the League Cup thanks to a last minute goal by Nicky Ajose.[14] Since making his debut, Connolly expressed enjoyment of having an regular first team opportunity.[15] On 1 January 2013, Connolly scored his first Crawley Town goal in the 5th minute, in a 3-0 win over Colchester United.[16] Connolly gave away a penalty and received a red card after 50 second, which was then converted unsuccessfully, as Crawley Town lose 2-1 to Brentford on 26 February 2013.[17] Connolly returned after being on the bench for five matches against Crewe on 26 March 2013.[18] Connolly's second goal came on 20 April 2013, in a 2-1 loss against Oldham Athletic.[19] In his first season at Crawley Town, Connolly made thirty-five appearance and scoring twice for the club.

In his second season, Connolly remained at the club after Connolly was linked with a move to Championship following his performance gone unnoticed last season.[20] Connolly spent most of the first half of the season on the bench before regaining his first team status as a right back or center-back position. Connolly then scored his first goal of the season, with a header, in a 1-0 win over Notts County on 29 December 2013.[21] Connolly went on to make forty appearance in all competitions. Despite the club started negotiating a new contract,[22] Connolly was among 11 players released by Crawley at the end of the 2013–14 season.[23]


Connolly signed a three-year contract with Scottish club Kilmarnock in July 2014.[24]

Connolly made his debut on 9 August 2014, in a 1–1 draw with Dundee[25] Connolly then scored his first Kilmarnock goal from a header and earlier set up a goal for Robbie Muirhead, in a 2-1 win over St. Mirren[26] A few weeks later on 3 October 2014, Connolly scored his second goal of the season, in a 2-0 win over Dundee United.[27] Connolly ended his first season at Kilmarnock after confirmation that he broke his collarbone during a 3-2 loss against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, causing him to miss the rest of the season.[28]

Career Statistics[edit]


  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 33. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mark Connolly – the £1million kid". The Bolton News. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Bolton accused of illegal approach for ex-Wolves kid Mark Connolly: Allegations against Trotters' assistant manager Chris Evans". The Daily Mail. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "I never knew my signing fee for Bolton was £1m, says St Johnstone loan kid Mark Connolly". Daily Record. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "St Johnstone sign Bolton defender Mark Connolly". BBC Sport. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wesolowski seals Accies win". Sky Sports. 27 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Connolly Joins Macclesfield on Loan". 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mark Connolly Official Twitter Account". Twitter. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Davies signs and 12 go as Coyle prepares for Championship football". The Bolton News. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Connolly joins Reds". 9 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Connolly keen to be in the thick of things". Crawley Observer. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Millwall 2–2 Crawley (1–4 pens)". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Crawley Town 3–0 Scunthorpe United". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Crawley Town 2 - 1 Bolton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Connolly enjoying extended run". Sky Sports. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Crawley Town 3–0 Colchester United". BBC Sport. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Crawley Town 1 - 2 Brentford". BBC Sport. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Crawley Town v Crewe: Reds welcome back international duo". Crawley Observer. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Oldham Athletic 1–2 Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Transfer news: Championship sides chasing Crawley defender Mark Connolly". Sky Sports. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Crawley Town 1 - 0 Notts County". BBC Sport. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Contract talks set to start at Crawley Town". Crawley Observer. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  23. ^ Crawley Town: Paul Jones among 11 released by League One club, BBC Sport
  24. ^ Kilmarnock sign defender Mark Connolly, BBC Sport
  25. ^ McLeod, Liam (9 August 2014). "Dundee 1-1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "Kilmarnock 2-1 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "Kilmarnock 2-0 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  28. ^ "Kilmarnock: Mark Connolly out for season - fears over Jamie Hamill". BBC Sport. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 

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