Michael McGovern

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Michael McGovern
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-07-12) 12 July 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Hamilton Academical
Number 1
Youth career
000?–2001 Enniskillen Town United
2001–2004 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Celtic 0 (0)
2005 Stranraer (loan) 19 (0)
2006 St. Johnstone (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2009 Dundee United 0 (0)
2009–2011 Ross County 71 (0)
2011–2014 Falkirk 105 (0)
2014– Hamilton Academical 7 (0)
National team
Northern Ireland U19 3 (0)
2005–2006 Northern Ireland U21 10 (0)
2010 Northern Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:29, 21 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael McGovern (born 12 July 1984) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Scottish club Hamilton Academical as a goalkeeper.

Born in Enniskillen, McGovern started his career with Scottish Premier League club Celtic in 2001, but left in 2008 without making a first team appearance. He joined Second Division side Stranraer on loan in January 2005, then in 2006 went to First Division side St. Johnstone on an emergency loan. After leaving Celtic he joined fellow SPL side Dundee United but left after one season having not made a first team appearance. In 2009 he went back to the First Division with Ross County, where he enjoyed a successful two-year spell. In 2011 he moved again on a free transfer to fellow First Division side Falkirk.

He is a Northern Ireland international, having been capped once.

Club career[edit]

Celtic[edit]

McGovern joined Celtic in July 2001 from home town junior club Enniskillen Town United. His first involvement with the first team squad was as a substitute at the Camp Nou during Celtic's Champions League match against Barcelona.[1] Later that season, McGovern moved on loan to Stranraer,[2] where he made nineteen appearances and the following season, joined St. Johnstone on a one-month emergency loan,[3] playing once. At Celtic he managed to pick up a Scottish Cup winners medal in 2004[4] and 2007,[5] both times as an unused substitute.

Dundee United[edit]

On 17 June 2008, McGovern agreed a pre-contract move to Dundee United, signing a one-year deal.[6] He failed to make a first-team appearance for United and Manager Craig Levein confirmed McGovern's departure in May 2009,[7]

Ross County[edit]

McGovern moved to Ross County in late June 2009[8] and enjoyed a successful first season with the club, making 50 appearances.[9] These included the 2010 Scottish Cup Final which Ross County lost 3–0 to McGovern's former club Dundee United[10] and his full international debut.[9]

In his second season at the club McGovern saved two penalties in a 4–3 penalty shoot-out win against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Challenge Cup semi-final on 10 October 2010.[11] He played in the final on 10 April 2011, as Ross County lifted the trophy after a 2–0 win against Queen of the South at McDiarmid Park.[12] McGovern left Ross County at the end of the 2010–11 Scottish First Division season.[13]

Falkirk[edit]

After leaving Ross County, McGovern joined up with St. Johnstone for pre-season training[14] before he signed for Falkirk on 20 July 2011.[15] He quickly established himself as first choice goalkeeper and on 21 September 2011, played in Falkirk's 3–2 Scottish League Cup win over holders Rangers.[16] On 1 April 2012, he played for Falkirk in their 1–0 win over Hamilton in the 2012 Scottish Challenge Cup Final.[17] At the end of the season he won the Falkirk players' Player of the Year award and Falkirk Supporters Club Player of the Year award. He was among four players nominated for the PFA Scotland 1st Division Player of the year award and he was named in the PFA Scotland 2012–13 First Division Team of the Year.[18] On 17 May 2012, he signed a new one-year contract.[19]

McGovern was named Falkirk Players' Player of the Year for the second year in succession at the end of the 2012–13 season.[20] He signed a new one-year deal at Falkirk on 24 June 2013,[21] and upon the departure of Darren Dods, was appointed club captain. On 5 April 2014, he made his 100th league appearance for Falkirk, playing and keeping a clean sheet in a 5-0 win against Cowdenbeath. On 18 April 2014, McGovern was named in the PFA Scotland 2013–14 Championship Team of the year.[22]

Hamilton Academical[edit]

On 9 June 2014, McGovern signed for Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical.[23] He made his debut on 2 August 2014, in a 2–1 win against Arbroath in the Scottish League Cup.[24]

International career[edit]

In March 2008, McGovern – whose sister is a defender for the Northern Ireland women's international team – received his first call-up to the Northern Ireland squad.[25]

McGovern made his full debut for Northern Ireland, on 31 May 2010, in a 1–0 loss to Chile. He came on at half-time for Alan Blayney, and made a "stunning" save from a long-range effort by Marco Estrada.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20 September 2014
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[27] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2003–04 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stranraer (loan) 2004–05 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
St Johnstone (loan) 2006–07 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Dundee United 2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ross County 2009–10 35 0 7 0 3 0 4 0 49 0
2010–11 36 0 3 0 3 0 5 0 47 0
Total 71 0 10 0 6 0 9 0 96 0
Falkirk 2011–12 35 0 2 0 5 0 5 0 47 0
2012–13 35 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 43 0
2013–14 35 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 45 0
Total 105 0 7 0 10 0 13 0 135 0
Hamilton Academical 2014–15 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 203 0 17 0 18 0 22 0 260 0

Honours[edit]

Celtic
Ross County
Falkirk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McGovern on Celtic bench". BBC Sport. 24 March 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "McGovern joins Stranraer on loan". BBC Sport. 1 January 2005. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Celtic's McGovern moves to Saints". BBC Sport. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Larsson caps Celtic triumph". BBC Sport. 22 May 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Taylor, Julian (26 May 2007). "Dunfermline 0-1 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dundee United make double swoop". BBC Sport. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Dixon delight at award from fellow Arabs". The Courier. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Keeper McGovern heads to County". BBC Sport. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Friel, David (3 June 2010). "Michael capped off epic season". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  10. ^ a b McGuigan, Thomas (15 May 2010). "Dundee Utd 3-0 Ross County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "ALBA Cup semi final: Ross County 2 Partick Thistle 2 (4-3 after pens)". Daily Record. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Miller, Stevie (10 April 2011). "Queen of the South 0-2 Ross County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Linton, Graham (18 June 2011). "McGovern set to depart County". The Inverness Courier. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Spence, Jim (23 June 2011). "Goalkeeper Michael McGovern trains with St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "McGovern signs for Falkirk". BBC Sport. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Falkirk 3–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Falkirk 1–0 Hamilton Accies". BBC Sport. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Ross, Jack (3 May 2012). "PFA SCOTLAND DIVISION ONE TEAM OF THE YEAR". PFA Scotland. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Falkirk seal new contract for Michael McGovern". The Falkirk Herald. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "McGovern voted players' player of the year". The Falkirk Herald. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "MCGOVERN DEAL CONFRIMED". Falkirk F.C. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  22. ^ Ross, Jack (18 April 2014). "TEAMS OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED". PFA Scotland. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "Hamilton Accies sign Michael McGovern and Kieran MacDonald". BBC Sport. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Hamilton 2-1 Arbroath". BBC Sport. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Johnson returns for Bulgaria game". BBC Sport. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  26. ^ "Chile 1–0 Northern Ireland: Paredes Header Decides Tame World Cup 2010 Warm-Up". Goal. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  27. ^ Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup and SPFL play-offs.

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