Micky Cummins

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Micky Cummins
Personal information
Full name Michael Thomas Cummins
Date of birth (1978-06-01) 1 June 1978 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland[2]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Middlesbrough 2 (0)
2000–2006 Port Vale 253 (31)
2006–2008 Darlington 79 (10)
2008–2010 Rotherham United 50 (5)
2010–2011 Grimsby Town 36 (1)
2011–2014 Gateshead 98 (14)
Total 515 (61)
National team
1997 Republic of Ireland U20 5 (2)
Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Thomas "Micky" Cummins (born 1 June 1978) is an Irish former footballer who coaches at Gateshead. He has also appeared for the Republic of Ireland under-21 team and played all of Ireland's five games at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.

He started his career with Middlesbrough in 1996, where he stayed for four years. In 2000, he moved on to Port Vale, and made over 250 appearances for the club in a six-year stay, picking up a League Trophy winners medal in 2001. Between 2006 and 2008 he was signed to Darlington, and in 2008 he joined Rotherham United. Two years later he transferred to Grimsby Town, before he joined Gateshead in May 2011. Over the course of his career he scored 67 goals in 588 league and cup appearances.

Club career[edit]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Cummins began his professional career as a trainee with Middlesbrough in 1996.[3] He made his Premier League debut under Bryan Robson on 16 May 1999, playing the full ninety minutes of a 4–0 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park.[3] He made his second appearance off the bench on 26 February 2000, in a goalless draw at the Riverside Stadium.[3]

Port Vale[edit]

He joined Brian Horton's Port Vale on a free transfer in March 2000.[3] He played twelve First Division games in 1999–2000, as the "Valiants" were relegated into the Second Division. He scored his first senior goal on 21 March, in a 2–1 defeat to Walsall at Vale Park. He played a total of 56 games in 2000–01 in league and cup, including the League Trophy Final 2–1 victory over Brentford at the Millennium Stadium.[4] He scored three goals throughout the campaign, including the opener of the 2–1 victory over Stoke City in the League Trophy Northern Section semi-finals.[5]

Cummins was a key player for Vale in 2001–02, scoring nine goals in 53 games; the most significant of these nine goals came in a 1–0 win against Potteries derby opponents Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 10 February (the last such meeting between the two clubs).[6] In 2002–03 he scored four goals in 35 games, with two of these goals coming in a 4–2 win over Mansfield Town on 30 November; his appearances were limited by a shoulder injury that required surgery.[7] He recovered from a knee injury to score four goals in 46 games in 2003–04,[8] as new manager Martin Foyle led the club to a seventh-place finish – the club finished outside of the play-off zone due to an inferior goal difference. Having signed a two-year deal in May 2004,[9] Cummins scored twice in 43 games in 2004–05, as Vale struggled to compete in the third tier. With ten League One goals in 2005–06, he finished the campaign as the club's joint-highest league goalscorer (with Leon Constantine); he also overcame injury problems to play a total of 42 games.[10]

Darlington[edit]

Having made a total of 287 league and cup appearances for Port Vale, scoring 34 goals,[3] he joined David Hodgson's Darlington on a free transfer in May 2006.[11] He quickly became a regular in the first-team for the "Quakers", making 45 league and cup appearances in the 2006–07 season despite suffering from a groin problem.[12][13] Darlington knocked Championship side Stoke City out of the League Cup in August 2006, and finished the season in mid-table.[14][15] He was nominated for the League Two player of the month award in November 2006.[16] However following Darlington's failure to gain promotion out of League Two in the 2007–08 season, Cummins was released by manager Dave Penney.[17]

Rotherham United[edit]

He signed a two-year contract with League Two rivals Rotherham United, then managed by Mark Robins, in May 2008.[18] He scored five goals in 45 games in 2008–09. He scored against Championship club West Bromwich Albion in the 4–3 defeat in the League Cup Second Round on 26 August 2009;[19] though a groin injury meant that he was restricted to just seventeen appearances in 2009–10,[2] and he did not feature in the play-off Final defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Grimsby Town[edit]

Released by Rotherham,[20] Cummins signed a one-year deal with Neil Woods' Grimsby Town in June 2010.[21][22] He played a total of 40 games for the Conference Premier side in 2010–11, scoring one goal in a 2–0 win over Luton Town at Blundell Park.[23] Though Woods was keen to sign him to a longer contract,[24] Cummins left the club at the end of the campaign after he was released by new management duo Rob Scott and Paul Hurst.[25]

Gateshead[edit]

In May 2011, he joined Conference side Gateshead on a one-year deal.[26] He was signed by manager Ian Bogie, his former teammate at Port Vale. Cummins made his Gateshead debut on 13 August, scoring their second goal against Kidderminster Harriers in a 3–2 win at Aggborough.[27] He enjoyed his most prolific season yet in 2011–12, bagging 12 goals in 49 appearances, and starting in all league games. He agreed a new one-year contract with the club in May 2012 to cover the 2012–13 season.[28] He went on to play 42 games in the 2012–13 campaign, helping the "Tynesiders" to a 17th-place finish. On 18 August 2013, Cummins was named caretaker assistant manager at Gateshead following the resignation of Anth Smith,[29] a position he held until 3 September when Gary Mills was appointed manager.[30] He was limited to five starts in the 2013–14 campaign as Gateshead secured a play-off spot with a third-place finish. On 2 July 2014, Cummins was appointed joint reserves & youth team coach at Gateshead alongside Paul Bryson.[31]

International career[edit]

Cummins won caps for the Republic of Ireland under-21 side. He also scored two goals at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia; he found the net in a 2–1 win over the United States and a 1–1 draw with China at the group stage held at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar.[32][33] The Irish were knocked out by eventual winners Argentina at the semi-final stage, and then finished third following a 2–1 win over Ghana.[34]

Style of play[edit]

Cummins has been described as being "comfortable on the ball" and possessing "good aerial ability".[35] In May 2011, Gateshead manager Ian Bogie stated that Cummins was "a talented player with a physical presence who can also score goals, has a lot of know how... a player who will put his foot in and dictate play."[36] In May 2006, Darlington manager David Hodgson stated that "Michael is one of the most consistent players in League One."[37]

Statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 1996–97 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99[38] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1999–2000[39] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Port Vale 1999–2000[39] First Division 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
2000–01[40] Second Division 45 2 2 0 2 0 7 1 56 3
2001–02[41] 46 8 2 1 2 0 3 0 53 9
2002–03[42] 30 4 1 0 1 0 3 0 35 4
2003–04[43] 42 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 46 4
2004–05[44] League One 39 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 43 2
2005–06[45] 39 10 2 0 1 1 0 0 42 11
Total 253 31 11 1 7 1 16 1 287 34
Darlington 2006–07[46] League Two 39 4 2 0 2 0 2 0 45 4
2007–08[47] 40 6 2 0 1 0 3 0 46 6
Total 79 10 4 0 3 0 5 0 91 10
Rotherham United 2008–09[48] League Two 35 4 2 1 3 0 5 0 45 5
2009–10[49] 15 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 17 2
Total 50 5 2 1 4 1 6 0 62 7
Grimsby Town 2010–11[50] Conference Premier 36 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 40 1
Gateshead 2011–12[51] 44 10 1 1 0 0 4 1 49 12
2012–13[52] 39 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 42 3
2013–14[53] 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 98 13 2 1 0 0 6 1 106 15
Career totals 518 60 21 3 14 2 35 2 588 67
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Premier League, The Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy and FA Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Port Vale

Republic of Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Profile". darlington-fc.net. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Injured Cummins out for six weeks". BBC Sport. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Michael Cummins". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Vale vault Brentford to lift Vans trophy". BBC Sport. 22 April 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Port Vale 2–1 Stoke". BBC Sport. 5 March 2001. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stoke 0–1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 10 February 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cummins to undergo op". BBC Sport. 8 January 2003. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Vale wait on injured four". BBC Sport. 11 September 2003. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cummins signs new Vale deal". BBC Sport. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Injured duo out of Vale equation". BBC Sport. 29 November 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Quakers complete double signing". BBC Sport. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "Darlington 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "Darlington duo hit by injury blow". BBC Sport. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Stoke 1–2 Darlington". BBC Sport. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  15. ^ "Final 2006/2007 Football League Two Table". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  16. ^ "Pirates keeper nets monthly prize". BBC Sport. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Nine players released by Quakers". BBC Sport. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  18. ^ "Ex-Quaker Cummins signs for Rotherham". The Northern Echo (Newsquest Media Group). 23 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008. 
  19. ^ "West Brom 4 – 3 Rotherham". BBC Sport. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Pablo Mills departs in Rotherham United cull". BBC Sport. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Miller's Man Joins Town". grimsby-townfc.co.uk. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  22. ^ "Grimsby sign ex-Rotherham midfielder Michael Cummins". BBC Sport. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Grimsby Town 2–0 Luton Town". BBC Sport. 4 September 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Grimsby Town in contract talks with Micky Cummins". BBC Sport. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "Seven Released". grimsby-townfc.co.uk. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  26. ^ "Gateshead sign experienced midfielder Cummins". gateshead-fc.com. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers 2–3 Gateshead". gateshead-fc.com. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "Ten on Board at Gateshead". Blue Square Bet Premier. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  29. ^ "Smith Resignation Accepted". gateshead-fc.com. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Gary Mills Unveiled As New Gateshead Manager". gateshead-fc.com. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  31. ^ "Cummins Relishes New Coaching Role". gateshead-fc.com. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "Republic of Ireland – USA". FIFA. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  33. ^ "Republic of Ireland – China PR". FIFA. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  34. ^ "Ghana – Republic of Ireland". FIFA. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  35. ^ "Profile". grimsby-townfc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  36. ^ "Gateshead sign Michael Cummins on one-year deal". BBC Sport. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  37. ^ "Quakers complete double signing". BBC Sport. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  39. ^ a b "Games played by Micky Cummins in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  47. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  48. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  50. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Games played by Micky Cummins in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
    "Tamworth vs Grimsby Town". Grimsby Town F.C. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
    "Grimsby Town vs Tamworth". Grimsby Town F.C. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
    "Grimsby Town vs Redditch Utd". Grimsby Town F.C. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
    "Chasetown vs Grimsby Town". Grimsby Town F.C. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  51. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Gateshead 2011/12 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
    "AFC Telford Utd 1–2 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
    "Gateshead 2–2 Braintree Town". Gateshead FC. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
    "Braintree Town 1–1 Gateshead (Gateshead won 4–3 on penalties aet)". Gateshead FC. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
    "Gateshead 2–1 Alfreton Town". Gateshead FC. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
    "Luton Town 2–0 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  52. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Gateshead 2012/13 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
    "Alfreton Town 2–0 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
    "Gateshead 2–0 Macclesfield Town". Gateshead FC. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
    "Barrow 3–2 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  53. ^ "Gateshead 2013/14 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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