Matthew Connolly

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Matthew Connolly
Matthew Connolly.jpg
Connolly playing for Cardiff City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Matthew Thomas Martin Connolly[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-24) 24 September 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Barnet, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 16
Youth career
1997–2006 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Arsenal 0 (0)
2006–2007 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (1)
2007–2008 Colchester United (loan) 16 (2)
2008–2012 Queens Park Rangers 116 (2)
2012 Reading (loan) 6 (0)
2012– Cardiff City 35 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew Thomas Martin Connolly (born 24 September 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays for Cardiff City as a defender. He joined the club from Queens Park Rangers on 22 August 2012, having previously being at Arsenal.

Career[edit]

Born in Barnet, London, Connolly attended Nicholas Breakspear R.C school started his career as a youth at Arsenal, eventually making the reserve side. In September 2006 he was made captain of Arsenal's reserves.[3] He made his first-team debut for Arsenal on 24 October 2006, starting a League Cup third round match against West Bromwich Albion.

On 23 November 2006 Arsenal announced he was going on loan to Bournemouth until 2 January 2007.[4] In total he played seven games for Bournemouth (five in League One and two in the FA Cup), and scored his first goal at senior level in a 2–0 win over Nottingham Forest, on 5 December 2006.[5] He returned to Arsenal as scheduled at the start of January 2007,[6] and came on as substitute for Armand Traoré against Liverpool in the League Cup Quarter-finals on 9 January.

On 9 July 2007 Arsenal announced he would be spending the whole of the 2007–08 season on loan to Colchester United,[7] although he eventually was recalled midway through the loan on 2 January 2008.[8]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

The same day, his transfer to Queens Park Rangers was announced, after a lack of first-team opportunities were offered by Arsenal.[9] His debut came on 5 January, in a 1–0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup. He scored his first goal for QPR against Blackpool on 16 January 2010.[10] In the meantime, in November, he received his first call-up to the England U-21 squad, where he joined Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott.[11] His second goal came on 6 March against West Bromwich Albion in a 3–1 win.

During the 2010–11 season, Connolly played a part in QPR's Championship title win playing 36 out of 43 games.

He joined Reading on a loan on 31 January 2012 until the end of the 2011–12 season.[12][13] He made his debut on 11 February 2012 in a 2–0 win against Coventry City. He only played 6 times during Reading's promotion push which resulted in Reading winning the Championship title.

Cardiff City[edit]

On 20 August 2012, QPR had accepted an £500,000 bid from Cardiff City for Connolly's services.[14] On 22 August, the deal was completed and Connolly signed a contract that would keep him at the Cardiff City Stadium for 3 years.[15] He made his debut in the Severnside derby against Bristol City on 25 August. He scored his first and second goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Blackpool on 29 September. His third goal came a month later against Burnley, and later scored his fourth against Middlesbrough. Making thirty-six appearances and scoring five goals, Connolly was a key figure as Cardiff won the Championship title, the third time in successive seasons that Connolly has achieved the feat.

Career Statistics[edit]

Season Club Loan Division League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2006–07 Bournemouth Loan League Two 5 1 2 0 2 0 9 1 1 0
2007–08 Colchester United Loan Championship 16 2 0 0 0 0 17 2 1 1
Queens Park Rangers 20 0 1 0 0 0 21 0 4 0
2008–09 35 0 0 0 4 0 39 0 4 1
2009–10 19 2 0 0 2 0 21 2 5 0
2010–11 36 0 0 0 1 0 36 0 2 2
2011–12 Premier League 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0
Reading Loan Championship 6 0 0 0 - - 6 0 2 0
Queens Park Rangers Total 116 2 1 0 8 0 125 2 17 3
2012–13 Cardiff City Championship 34 5 0 0 0 0 34 5 5 0
Career Total 162 7 3 0 10 0 175 7 27 4

Honours[edit]

Queens Park Rangers
Reading
Cardiff City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists". premierleague.com (Premier League). 2 September 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Matthew Connolly". web page. Premier League. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Banfield: 'The senior players impressed me'". Arsenal F.C. 
  4. ^ "Connolly joins AFC Bournemouth on loan". www.arsenal.com. Arsenal FC. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bournemouth 2–0 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cherries v Bees". Vitalfootball. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2007. 
  7. ^ "Matthew Connolly joins Colchester United on loan". Arsenal F.C. 
  8. ^ "Colchester to lose on-loan Gunner". BBC Sport. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sky Sports – Football – Premier League – News – Connolly links up with QPR". Sky Sports. 
  10. ^ "Blackpool 2 – 2 QPR". BBC Sport. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Arsenal.com: Matt Connolly called up for Under-21 action
  12. ^ "Reading sign QPR defender Matthew Connolly on loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Royals swoop for Matthew Connolly". Reading Football Club. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Cardiff City close to signing QPR defender Matthew Connolly". South Wales Echo. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "DEAL DONE: CONNOLLY SIGNS FOR CITY". Cardiff City FC. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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