Connor Mahoney

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Connor Mahoney
Personal information
Full name Connor Anthony Mahoney[1]
Date of birth (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Blackburn, England[3]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
(on loan from AFC Bournemouth)
Number 7
Youth career
000 Blackburn Rovers
0000–2013 Accrington Stanley
2013–2014 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Accrington Stanley 4 (0)
2013–2017 Blackburn Rovers 16 (0)
2017– AFC Bournemouth 0 (0)
2018Barnsley (loan) 4 (0)
2018–Birmingham City (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2014 England U17 1 (0)
2014 England U18 1 (0)
2017– England U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:06, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:06, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Connor Anthony Mahoney (born 12 February 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Birmingham City, on loan from AFC Bournemouth of the Premier League.

Career[edit]

Initially starting out at Burnley and Blackburn Rovers,[4] Mahoney moved to Accrington Stanley, where he progressed through the academy and began his career there.[5] He then made his professional debut on 28 August 2013 in a 2–0 League Cup defeat against Cardiff City.[6] He then went on to make his league debut coming on as a substitute for Shay McCartan in the 1–0 home defeat to Burton Albion on 31 August 2013.[7] By the time of his departure from Accrington Stanley, Mahoney went on to make 6 appearances.[8]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Mahoney signed for Blackburn Rovers on 13 December 2013 and linked up with their development squad.[9] He made an immediate impression and was given squad number 31 for the first team. He was an unused substitute in a 2–1 win against Leeds United at Elland Road on 1 January 2014.[10]

Mahoney made his competitive debut for Blackburn Rovers on 15 January against Manchester City in the FA Cup, replacing Lee Williamson in the 89th minute of the match.[11] On 12 February 2014, he signed his first professional contract with the club.[12] Following this, Mahoney would spend the next two seasons at the club's reserve, where he developed along the way.[13][14]

After making no first team appearances in the 2014–15 season, Mahoney said he's making his way to make a breakthrough in the first team for the 2015–16 season.[15] Having played in the reserve side throughout the 2015–16 season,[16] Mahoney made his first Blackburn Rovers' appearances in two years, where he started and played 71 minutes before being substituted, in a 1–1 draw against Nottingham Forest on 19 April 2016.[17] He also made another appearance, in the follow up match, in a 2–2 draw against Bristol City.[18] At the end of the 2015–16 season, he made 2 appearances for the side.

In the 2016–17 season, Mahoney continued to remain in the reserve side at the start of the season, although he appeared twice as an unused substitute in late-August.[19] In late-December, Mahoney began to appear as an unused substitute in a number of games.[20] Mahoney remained at the club, despite some loan bids from League One clubs for him.[21] He then made his first appearance of the 2016–17 season, coming on as a second-half substitute, in a 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers on 4 February 2017.[22] Following this, Mahoney received a handful of first team appearances as Blackburn Rovers fought to survive relegation from the Championship.[23] Then, he set up an equalising goal for Derrick Williams, in a 1–1 draw against Cardiff City on 7 March 2017.[24] In the following match against Norwich City four days later, he set up a goal for Lucas João in a 2–2 draw.[25] On 14 April 2017, in a match against Nottingham Forest, Mahoney also set up a goal for Tommie Hoban, who scored the only goal in the game.[26] By the end of the 2016–17 season, which saw Blackburn Rovers relegated to League One, he had made 21 appearances in all competitions.

AFC Bournemouth[edit]

Following Blackburn Rovers' relegation in summer 2017, Mahoney was offered a new contract by the club.[27] However, he was also linked with moves away from the club, increasingly attracting interests from Nottingham Forest[28] and Celtic.[29] It was reported that Mahoney turned down a contract extension at Blackburn Rovers and was set to leave the club.[30] On 4 July 2017 Mahoney made a move to Premier League club AFC Bournemouth, signing a four-year contract.[31]

After playing in two cup games for the Cherries in 2017, Connor moved to Barnsley on loan for the second half of the 2017–18 season.[32]

On 7 August 2018, Mahoney joined Championship club Birmingham City on a season-long loan deal.[33] He made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat away to Middlesbrough.[34]

International career[edit]

In January 2014, he was called up by England U17 for the first time.[35] Mahoney made his England U17 (and his only appearance for the side) debut, in a 2–1 loss against Belgium U17 on 30 January 2014.[36]

Eight months later, in September 2014, Mahoney was called up by England U18.[37] Four days later, he made his England U18 debut, in a 2–0 loss against Italy U18.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 September 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Accrington Stanley 2013–14[39] League Two 4 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Blackburn Rovers 2013–14[39] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[40] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[41] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17[42] Championship 14 0 2 0 2 0 18 0
Total 16 0 3 0 2 0 21 0
Blackburn Rovers U23 2016–17[42] 3[b] 0 3 0
AFC Bournemouth 2017–18[43] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Barnsley (loan) 2017–18[43] Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Birmingham City (loan) 2018–19[44] Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Career total 31 0 3 0 6 0 4 0 44 0
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Personal life[edit]

Born in Blackburn, England, Mahoney attended Witton Park High School.[45] Mahoney grew up supporting Blackburn Rovers.[46] His brother Dom is also a footballer.[47]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Leeds United 1–2 Blackburn Rovers" BBC Sport. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
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  18. ^ "Blackburn Rovers 2 – 2 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
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  28. ^ "Connor Mahoney: Blackburn's Tony Mowbray expects Nottingham Forest move for winger". BBC Sport. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  29. ^ "ROVERS RAID? Celtic interested in out-of-contract Blackburn Rovers winger Connor Mahoney, according to reports in England". The Scottish Sun. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  30. ^ "Connor Mahoney edging closer to Rovers exit". The Lancashire Telegraph. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  31. ^ "Bournemouth sign Connor Mahoney on four-year deal after leaving Blackburn Rovers". BBC Sport. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  32. ^ "Mahoney completes Barnsley loan move". 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018. 
  33. ^ "Connor Mahoney: Birmingham City sign Bournemouth winger on loan". BBC Sport. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018. 
  34. ^ "Middlesbrough 1–0 Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
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  36. ^ "ENGLAND U17S SUFFER CRUEL DEFEAT AGAINST BELGIUM". The Football Association. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
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  39. ^ a b "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  42. ^ a b "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  43. ^ a b "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 January 2018. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2018. 
  45. ^ "Blackburn's Witton Park honours its students for best ever GCSEs". The Lancashire Telegraph. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  46. ^ "Accrington Stanley boss couldn't block Mahoney's Blackburn Rovers move". The Lancashire Telegraph. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  47. ^ "Family ties at Nelson". The Lancashire Telegraph. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 

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