Michael Spillane (footballer)

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Michael Spillane
Personal information
Full name Michael Edward Spillane[1]
Date of birth (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sutton United
Youth career
000?–2006 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Norwich City 26 (1)
2008–2009 Luton Town (loan) 38 (3)
2010–2012 Brentford 25 (1)
2011–2012 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 7 (1)
2012–2013 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 (7)
2013 Southend United 9 (0)
2013–2014 Cambridge United 16 (0)
2014– Sutton United 11 (1)
National team
2007–2009 Republic of Ireland U21 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:43, 2 June 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of (UTC)

Michael Edward Spillane (born 23 March 1989 in Cambridge, England) is an Irish professional footballer, who most recently played as a defender or midfielder for Cambridge United. He was released on 31 January 2014 by mutual consent.

Club career[edit]

Spillane signed a full, professional, three-year contract with Norwich on 30 June 2006. He had already made his first team debut by this time against West Ham United in the 2006 FA Cup third round, making him the youngest ever player for Norwich City to play in the FA Cup.[2]

Spillane was given his first extended run in the Norwich side by manager Peter Grant towards the end of the 2006–07 season. He got his chance in the centre of midfield due to injuries to Youssef Safri, Simon Lappin and Mark Fotheringham. This was after he initially played at right back under Nigel Worthington.

Spillane signed on loan for Luton Town for the 2008–09 season in August 2008.[3] He scored his first Luton goal in the match against Aldershot Town on 13 September. Spillane made a total of thirty-eight league appearances for Luton, scoring three goals. He was also part of the Luton side that won the Football League Trophy, beating Scunthorpe United 3–2 at Wembley.[4]

In April 2009, Spillane signed a two-year contract extension with Norwich City.[5] Spillane went onto play a bigger part in Norwich's 2009–10 League One winning season playing 13 times and scoring once against Leyton Orient,[6] although he missed around half the season with injury. In July 2010, he transferred to Brentford for an undisclosed fee.[7] In September 2010, he scored his penalty as Brentford knocked Everton out of the League Cup on penalties.[8] Spillane scored his first and what turned out to be only Brentford goal in a 3–1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.[9]

He signed on loan for Dagenham & Redbridge, on 17 November 2011, turning this into a permanent deal on 6 January 2012.[10][11]

On 17 January 2013, Spillane signed for Southend United.[12]

On 23 August 2013, Spillane signed a one-year-deal with Cambridge United. He left the club on 31 January 2014 by mutual consent and joined Sutton United.

International career[edit]

Spillane has represented Republic of Ireland U17s, for whom he was the captain. Spillane also captained the Republic of Ireland U18s to an international tournament win, scoring twice in the Portugal tournament; netting in a 2–2 draw with Belgium and then striking a late winner against Portugal. The squad also recorded a 3–1 win against Georgia.

He has played five times for Republic of Ireland U21s, scoring the equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Germany in February 2009.[13] Spillane won the Republic of Ireland Under-19 Player of the Year Award in March 2009.[5]

Honours[edit]

Luton Town
Norwich City

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norwich City 2005–06[14] Championship 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2006–07[15] Championship 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
2007–08[16] Championship 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
2008–09[17] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[18] League One 13 1 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 16 1
Total 26 1 2 0 5 0 1 0 34 1
Luton Town (loan) 2008–09[19] League Two 39 3 3 1 1 0 6[a] 0 49 4
Brentford 2010–11[20] League One 24 1 1 0 2 0 4[a] 0 31 1
2011–12[21] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 25 1 1 0 2 0 4 0 32 1
Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)
2011–12[22]
League Two 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Dagenham & Redbridge 22 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 3
2012–13[23] League Two 24 4 1 0 1 0 1[a] 1 27 5
Total 53 8 5 0 1 0 1 1 60 9
Southend United 2012–13[24] League Two 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Cambridge United 2013–14[25] Conference Premier 16 0 0 0 4[b] 0 20 0
Sutton United 2013–14[25] Conference South 11 1 0 0 2[c] 0 13 1
Career totals 179 14 11 1 9 0 18 1 217 16
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Conference South play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Chris (10 January 2013). "Southend United eye up move for Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Michael Spillane". www.echo-new.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Three more sign for Hatters". Luton Town F.C. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Luton 3–2 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Spillane player profile". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Norwich 4 – 0 Leyton Orient". BBC. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Brentford sign David McCracken and Michael Spillane". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Brentford 1–1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sheff Wed 1 – 3 Brentford". BBC. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Michael Spillane". www.skysports.com. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Daggers make Spillane signing". Sky Sports News (Sky Sports News). 17 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Michael Spillane joins Southend United from Dagenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ireland U21 1–1 Germany U21". FAI. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  14. ^ "Norwich 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Norwich 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Norwich 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "Norwich 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Norwich 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "Luton 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Brentford 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Brentford 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Dag & Red 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "Dag & Red 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  24. ^ "Southend 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "Michael Spillane 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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