Callum O'Dowda

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Callum O'Dowda
Personal information
Full name Callum Joshua Ryan O'Dowda[1]
Date of birth (1995-04-23) 23 April 1995 (age 20)
Place of birth Oxford, England
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Oxford United
Number 15
Youth career
000?–2013 Oxford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Oxford United 49 (4)
National team
2015– Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:22, 02 May 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Callum Joshua Ryan O'Dowda (born 23 April 1995) is a professional footballer who plays for Oxford United as a forward. O'Dowda also can play either wide left or up front.[2]

Career[edit]

A product of Oxford United youth academy since he was nine,[3] O'Dowda's performances for the club's academy in the 2012–13 season led him being awarded a Young Player of the Year award,[4] after which he was offered his first professional contract with the club, keeping him for two years with a further one-year option.[5][6]

After making an impression in a pre-season friendly,[7] O'Dowda made his professional debut on 6 August 2013 in a League Cup first-round tie against Charlton Athletic.[8] His league debut came as a substitute versus Southend United in a League Two fixture on 6 October 2013.[9] In his first season at Oxford United, O'Dowda made thirteen appearances for the club in all competitions.

The 2014–15 season proved to be a breakthrough for O'Dowda, with his first-team opportunities increased by new manager Michael Appleton.[10] He scored his first league goal for Oxford United against Exeter City on 13 September 2014,[11] a goal that was nominated for Goal of the Season.[12] Between 17 January 2015 and 31 January 2015, he scored two goals in three games, against Southend United[13] and Stevenage respectively.[14]

O'Dowda signed a three-year contract with the club in February.[15][16] A few weeks later, he scored his third goal, in a 1–0 win over Bury on 7 March 2015.[17]

International career[edit]

In March 2015, O'Dowda was called up by Republic of Ireland U21 after becoming eligible for the national team through his late grandfather,[18] a famous Irish tenor who was born in Dundalk. O'Dowda told the club's website "I am very proud and very excited to have the call up. It is a privilege to be included. I was approached a few weeks about to see if I would be interested because of my family’s Irish background. I jumped at the chance and can’t wait to be involved."[19] O'Dowda made his Ireland U21 debut on 26 March 2015, playing 90 minutes, in a 1–0 win over Andorra U21.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 September 2014.[21]
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Oxford United 2013–14 10 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 13 0
2014–15 39 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 43 4
Career total 49 4 4 0 1 0 2 0 56 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Callum O'Dowda Profile". Oxford United F.C. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Callum O'Dowda lands award". Oxford Mail. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mr Wright". Oxford United F.C. 20 April 2013. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Oxford United sign academy trio". BBC Sport. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "U's give young trio a chance". Sky Sports. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "O'Dowda delivers as Oxford United are held". Oxford Mail. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Charlton 4–0 Oxford Utd". BBC Sport. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Oxford United 0–2 Southend United". BBC Sport. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "xford United: Callum O'Dowda hails 'incredible' breakthrough". BBC Sport. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Exeter City 1–1 Oxford United". BBC Sport. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Goal of the Season". Oxford United F.C. 15 April 2015. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Oxford United 2-3 Southend United". BBC Sport. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Stevenage 0–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Callum O'Dowda Signs New Deal With Oxford United". Oxford United F.C. 25 February 2015. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Jeremy Balmy: Oxford United sign French striker on short-term deal". BBC Sport. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bury 0 - 1 Oxford United". BBC Sport. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "O'Dowda proud of U21 call-up". Sky Sports. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Callum Called Up for Republic". Oxford United F.C. 10 March 2015. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Republic of Ireland U21 1-0 Andorra U21: Connolly strike spares blushes". Goal.com. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Callum O'Dowda career statistics at Soccerbase