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 22)[2]
Place of birth Blackburn, England[3]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Millwall
Number 21
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)
2017–2019 AFC Bournemouth 0 (0)
2018Barnsley (loan) 8 (0)
2018–2019Birmingham City (loan) 30 (2)
2019– Millwall 13 (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 10:39, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Connor Anthony Mahoney (born 12 February 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Millwall. He played for Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers before joining AFC Bournemouth in 2017, and spent time on loan to Barnsley and Birmingham City. He signed for Millwall in 2019. Mahoney represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-20 levels.

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 senior career.[5] He made his first-team debut on 28 August 2013 in a 2–0 League Cup defeat against Cardiff City, and his League Two debut three days later as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat at home to Burton Albion.[4][6] In all, Mahoney made six appearances for Stanley's first team.[7]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Mahoney signed for Blackburn Rovers on 13 December 2013, initially as a member of their development squad.[8] In his first few weeks at the club, he was an unused substitute in several Championship matches,[9] and, at the age of 16 years and 337 days, became the third youngest Blackburn Rovers debutant when he replaced Lee Williamson late in the 5–0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City.[10][11] When he turned 17, he signed his first professional contract with the club.[12] His progress stuttered, as happens with young players,[10][13] and he was not initially given a squad number for the 2015–16 season.[14] Towards the end of that season – more than two years after his Blackburn debut – Mahoney was given his League debut in the starting eleven for a 1–1 draw with Nottingham Forest on 19 April 2016, and kept his place for the next match. Manager Paul Lambert was impressed with Mahoney's self-belief and his natural ability with both feet.[15][16]

In the 2016–17 season, Mahoney played twice in the EFL Cup, but in January 2017 was still awaiting his next league outing. Although Blackburn were relatively strong in attacking areas, manager Owen Coyle rejected offers to take Mahoney on loan, claiming he would get his chance in the second half of the season.[17][18] He made his first league appearance of the season on 4 February, as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers,[19] and went on to play in 13 of the 17 remaining Championship matches as the team failed to avoid relegation to League One. He himself did not score, but three times he set up goals that earned points for the team: Derrick Williams' last-minute equaliser against Cardiff City,[20] Lucas João's first goal in a draw with Norwich City four days later,[21] and Tommie Hoban's winner against Nottingham Forest in April.[22] Although Mowbray was keen to keep him at the club, no deal could be agreed.[23]

AFC Bournemouth[edit]

On 4 July 2017, Mahoney signed a four-year contract with Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.[24] The clubs could not agree a fee, so the Professional Football Compensation Committee ruled that Bournemouth should pay an initial £425,000 and included provision for appearance-based additional payments and for a sell-on clause of 20% of profit resulting from any future sale.[25]

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.[26]

On 7 August 2018, Mahoney joined Championship club Birmingham City on a season-long loan deal.[27] He made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat away to Middlesbrough.[28] Having started the match at home to Sheffield Wednesday on 27 October in place of the injured Jacques Maghoma, Mahoney scored his first career goal just before half-time when he "cut in unchallenged from the left to fire in a right-footed shot past Cameron Dawson into the far roof of the net"; Birmingham went on to win 3–1.[29][30]

Millwall[edit]

On 9 July 2019, Mahoney signed for Millwall on a long-term contract for a fee of £1,100,000.[31]

International career[edit]

In January 2014, he was called up by England U17 for the first time.[32] 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.[33]

Eight months later, in September 2014, Mahoney was called up by England U18.[34] Four days later, he made his England U18 debut, in a 2–0 loss against Italy U18.[35]

Honours[edit]

Individual

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 November 2019
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[6] League Two 4 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Blackburn Rovers 2013–14[6] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[37] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[16] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17[19] Championship 14 0 2 0 2 0 18 0
Total 16 0 3 0 2 0 21 0
Blackburn Rovers U23 2016–17[19] 3[b] 0 3 0
AFC Bournemouth 2017–18[38] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Barnsley (loan) 2017–18[38] Championship 8 0 8 0
Birmingham City (loan) 2018–19[29] Championship 30 2 1 0 1 0 32 2
Millwall 2019–20[39] Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Career total 71 2 4 0 6 0 4 0 85 2
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Personal life[edit]

Mahoney was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, where he attended Witton Park High School.[40] He grew up supporting Blackburn Rovers.[41] His brother Dom is also a footballer.[42]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ a b Marshall, Tyrone (26 September 2015). "Youngster Connor Mahoney edging back into first-team picture at Blackburn Rovers". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
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  15. ^ Wheelock, Paul (21 April 2016). "'He's got a chance' – Paul Lambert reckons Connor Mahoney can become a Blackburn Rovers regular". The Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
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  20. ^ "Blackburn 1–1 Cardiff: Derrick Williams earns hosts a point". Sky Sports. PA Sport. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Norwich City 2–2 Blackburn Rovers". BBC Sport. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
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  23. ^ Sharpe, Rich (11 February 2017). "Owen Coyle keen to secure Connor Mahoney's long-term future at Blackburn Rovers but says talks in the hands of Paul Senior". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
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    James, Alex (7 June 2017). "Connor Mahoney edging closer to Rovers exit". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Bournemouth sign Connor Mahoney on four-year deal after leaving Blackburn Rovers". BBC Sport. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Bournemouth ordered to pay Blackburn £425,000 for Connor Mahoney transfer". Sky Sports. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Mahoney completes Barnsley loan move". 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  27. ^ "Connor Mahoney: Birmingham City sign Bournemouth winger on loan". BBC Sport. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Middlesbrough 1–0 Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Birmingham 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Blues keep up fine run". Sky Sports. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
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  32. ^ "Connor gets England call". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  33. ^ "ENGLAND U17S SUFFER CRUEL DEFEAT AGAINST BELGIUM". The Football Association. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
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  38. ^ a b "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  39. ^ "Games played by Connor Mahoney in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  40. ^ "Blackburn's Witton Park honours its students for best ever GCSEs". The Lancashire Telegraph. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  41. ^ "Accrington Stanley boss couldn't block Mahoney's Blackburn Rovers move". The Lancashire Telegraph. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  42. ^ "Family ties at Nelson". The Lancashire Telegraph. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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