Carl Finnigan

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Carl Finnigan
Carl Finnigan.jpg
Finnigan playing for Falkirk
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-10-01) 1 October 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Jarrow, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
South Shields
Youth career
0000–2001 Jarrow
2001–2003 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Newcastle United 0 (0)
2007–2011 Falkirk 113 (25)
2011–2012 St Johnstone 11 (0)
2012 Dundee (loan) 5 (3)
2012–2013 Dundee 8 (1)
2013–2014 Chippa United 9 (4)
2014–2015 Gateshead 22 (7)
2015–2016 Township Rollers 21 (9)
2016– South Shields 75 (50)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:20 December 2nd 2017 (UTC)

Carl Finnigan (born 1 October 1986) is an English footballer and plays for South Shields in the Northern Premier League Division One North. He has played for teams in Botswana, England, Scotland and South Africa during his career.

Career[edit]

Finnigan was born in Jarrow.[1] As a youngster, he played for Jarrow F.C.'s under-age teams before joining Newcastle United.[2] He scored 56 goals for Newcastle's reserve and academy teams from 102 starts and 20 substitute appearances, but never appeared in a competitive first-team game.[3]

Finnigan joined Scottish Premier League club Falkirk on 23 January 2007, replacing Anthony Stokes who had left the "Bairns" to sign for Sunderland.[2] He made his Falkirk debut, and his first appearance in a senior league, as a second-half substitute against Kilmarnock on 27 January 2007.[4] The forward scored his first Bairns' goal three weeks later against Rangers, when he "played a neat one-two with Gow and drilled a shot beyond McGregor from the edge of the penalty area".[5] In the 2008–09 season, he played a major role, scoring twice and winning a penalty, in Falkirk's 4–0 victory over rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle in what proved a successful fight against relegation.[6] He also scored the winner against the same opposition to take Falkirk through to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup,[7] and had a goal disallowed in the Cup Final.[8] Before the 2009–10 season, Finnigan signed a new one-year contract with Falkirk, with an option for a second year.[9]

On 24 June 2011, Finnigan signed for Scottish Premier League (SPL) club St Johnstone.[10] In February 2012, Finnigan signed on loan for Dundee.[11] He scored on his debut for Dundee, a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Falkirk after coming on as a second-half substitute. Finnigan then scored in a 3–2 win over Livingston. Finnigan returned to St Johnstone in April 2012 following a season-ending cartilage injury, but then signed for Dundee on 1 June.[11]

In August 2013, Finnigan joined South African National First Division side Chippa United on a one-year contract.[12] He scored on his debut on 6 October 2013 in a 1–1 draw with Thanda Royal Zulu[13] and went on to score a total of 4 goals in 9 league appearances.[14][15]

On 11 September 2014, it was announced that Finnigan had signed for Gateshead until the end of the season subject to international clearance.[16] He made his debut on 20 September as a half time substitute against Welling United, scoring the equaliser in a 1–1 draw within 5 minutes of coming off the bench.[17]

On 2 July 2015, Finnigan signed for Township Rollers of the Botswana Premier League scoring 9 goals within 21 appearances.[18]

On 26 August 2016 he signed for South Shields.[19] The club went on a 42 game win streak, getting promoted to the Northern Premier League Division One North and winning 4 trophies in one season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carl Finnigan". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Jarrow Lad Joins Bairns" (reprint). Shields Gazette. FindArticles. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Striker To Quit For SPL". Newcastle United F.C. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Falkirk 0–2 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 27 January 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Rangers 2–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Falkirk 4–0 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Moffat, Colin (7 March 2009). "Inverness CT 0–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Moffat, Colin (30 May 2009). "Rangers 1–0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Finnigan handed new Bairns deal". BBC Sport. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Former Falkirk striker Carl Finnigan joins St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Dundee sign Carl Finnigan and Declan Gallagher". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Chippa Sign Finnigan". Soccer Laduma. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chippa's British import delighted with debut goal". PSL.co.za. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "C. Finnigan". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Chippa release Siwahla, Finnigan". Kickoff.com. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gateshead Sign Striker Carl Finnigan". Gateshead FC. 11 September 2014. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Welling United 1-1 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 20 September 2014. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Our New Striker – Carl Finnigan". Township Rollers FC. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  19. ^ Carl Finnigan signs for Shields

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