|Date of birth||26 June 1970|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Current club||Cardiff City (physio)|
|2001||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||6||(0)|
|2004–2005||Rushden & Diamonds||42||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Connelly qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1993 and began his football career at his local side Hallam before Stockport County manager Danny Bergara offered him a professional contract at the club, one that he accepted on finishing his degree in physiotherapy. He helped Stockport to the semi finals of the 1996-97 League Cup, beating Premier League teams Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Southampton en route. In the semi finals they faced another Premier League team in Middlesbrough. Boro won the first leg 2-0 at Edgeley Park. In the second leg at the Riverside, Connelly gave Stockport an early lead. However they were unable to score again and lost 2-1 in aggregate. His impressive form even generated rumours of a possible move to Liverpool, although this failed to materialise.
The defender played under four different managers during his nine-year stay at Stockport – Bergara, Dave Jones, Gary Megson and Andy Kilner. He eventually left in 2001 after former manager Jones persuaded him to join him at Wolves. In 2002, he was inducted into the Stockport County hall of fame.
He signed permanently for Wolves after an initial loan spell in Spring 2001. However, he struggled to hold down a regular first team place during the following season at Molineux and was allowed to join Tranmere Rovers in October 2002.
He quickly established himself at Tranmere and was a regular for two years before manager Brian Little decided against offering him a new contract, whereupon he moved to Rushden & Diamonds, where he finished his playing career.
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