Damien McCrory

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Damien McCrory
Personal information
Full name Damien Paul McCrory[1]
Date of birth (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Limerick, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Wingback / Winger
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
(on loan from Burton Albion)
Number 2
Youth career
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Plymouth Argyle 0 (0)
2008–2009 Port Vale (loan) 12 (0)
2009 Port Vale (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2010 Grimsby Town (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2012 Dagenham & Redbridge 76 (1)
2012– Burton Albion 173 (10)
2017– Portsmouth (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2008 Republic of Ireland U18 2 (0)
2009 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 16 September 2017 (UTC).

Damien Paul McCrory (born 22 February 1990) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League One side Portsmouth, on loan from EFL Championship club Burton Albion.

First signing professional forms with Plymouth Argyle in 2008, he spent the next two years on loan at Port Vale and Grimsby Town, before joining Dagenham & Redbridge in 2010. He played for the "Daggers" in their victory in the 2010 League Two play-off final. He also won international caps for his country at under-18 and under-19 levels. In June 2012, he signed a two-year deal with Burton Albion. He helped Burton to the League Two title in 2014–15 and then to promotion out of League One in 2015–16. He joined Portsmouth on loan in August 2017.

Club career[edit]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Having been signed to Plymouth Argyle's Centre of Excellence in August 2006,[2] McCrory rose through the ranks to earn a twelve-month professional contract with the club in May 2008.[3]

He started the 2008–09 season positively by joining the first team squad in Austria on their annual tour, scoring in one of the games against SpVgg Greuther Fürth.[4] He was given shirt number 29 for his first professional season.[5] McCrory joined League Two side Port Vale on loan in October 2008, looking to gain some league experience.[6] He made his league debut against Shrewsbury Town on 11 October, replacing Paul Edwards on 54 minutes as Vale went on to win 2–1. He fitted into the side well and Vale were keen to see him stay on loan until January 2009.[7] McCrory returned to Plymouth at the end of 2008,[8] despite manager Dean Glover's best efforts to extend the deal further; Plymouth wanted him back at Home Park.[9]

He returned to Port Vale on a one-month loan in late August 2009.[10] Vale were now under the management of Micky Adams, who initiated the loan after hearing how well McCrory had performed for the club in his previous spell[11] from the club's chief scout Ray Williams and youth team manager Mark Grew.[12] Plymouth had to help pay the teenager's wages, as Vale had already spent their playing budget with limited funds.[13] After the spell was up McCrory was all ready to return to Plymouth, though his parent club then had a last minute change of heart and agreed to fund his loan at Vale Park for a further month.[14][15] In total he made just two starts and three substitute appearance in his two months at Vale Park, before he returned to Plymouth to try to impress the new coaching regime that had been established in his absence.[16]

On 9 November 2009, McCrory joined League Two side Grimsby Town on an initial one-month loan.[17][18] McCrory cemented a place in the "Mariners" side, playing as the club's regular left-back for his two months at Blundell Park, being preferred to club left-back Joe Widdowson. Argyle recalled McCrory from his loan spell the following January; he had played for Grimsby eleven times in all competitions.[19]

Dagenham & Redbridge[edit]

Despite interest to sign him permanently from Grimsby, McCrory joined League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge in February 2010 for a five-figure fee.[20] He signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the club.[21] He quickly established himself as the club's first choice left-back.[22] He went on to play for the "Daggers" in the play-off final victory over Rotherham United; during the Wembley final, he set up Paul Benson for the first goal of a 3–2 win.[23]

He scored his first senior goal on 10 August, as he struck a "sublime" 25-yard free-kick to provide the opening goal of a 2–1 defeat to Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup.[24] He played a total of 23 League One games in 2010–11, as the club suffered relegation back into the Football League's basement division.

McCrory re-established himself as a consistent first team member in the 2011–12 campaign. He gave away a penalty in the 3–1 defeat to Southend United in the Football League Trophy, which was saved, but made amends for his actions by scoring a then-equalizing goal from a 66th minute free kick.[25] On 15 October, he was a key figure in the club's 3–2 defeat at home to his former club Plymouth Argyle; he provided assists for both of Dagenham's goal, only to be sent off in the 90th minute after fouling Isaac Vassell in the box – Simon Walton converted the resulting penalty to net the winning goal for Argyle.[26] The red card was later rescinded.[27] Seven days later he scored his first ever league goal, netting a free kick to provide a late consolidation goal in a 5–2 home defeat by Aldershot Town.[28] In May 2012, McCrory was released by Dagenham after being told he would not be offered a new contract.[29]

Burton Albion[edit]

In June 2012 he signed a two-year deal with Burton Albion after impressing the club's management with the way he caused problems for Jacques Maghoma the previous season.[30][31] Manager Gary Rowett said that he would provide competition to veteran left-back Aaron Webster.[32] He opened his goalscoring account for the club on 17 November, in a 3–2 win over former club Dagenham, and was rewarded with a place on the League Two Team of the Week.[33] Burton reached the play-offs at the end of the 2012–13 season, but were defeated 5–4 by Bradford City at the semi-final stage.[34]

He made 47 appearances in the 2013–14 campaign, helping the "Brewers" to secure a play-off spot. However, he damaged cartilage in his knee joint in April and was ruled out of action for four months.[35] In his absence Burton went on to lose in the play-off final. He signed a new two-year contract with Burton in July 2014.[36]

He scored five goals in 36 appearances in the 2014–15 campaign as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink managed Burton to the League Two title. He made 41 appearances in the 2015–16 season as Burton won promotion out of League One for the first time in the club's history.[37] New manager Nigel Clough offered him a new contract in the summer.[38] McCrory stalled before eventually agreeing to a two-year deal.[39][30] However he was dropped at the start of the 2016–17 campaign as Clough initiated a 3–5–2 formation and did not rate McCrory as a wing-back, instead preferring to play Tom Flanagan and John Brayford.[40][41]

He started the 2017–18 season with five appearances to his name, but with Stephen Warnock returning from injury Clough decided to allow McCrory to leave the club on loan.[41] On 31 August 2017, McCrory joined League One side Portsmouth on a five-month loan deal.[42]

International career[edit]

McCrory played twice for the Republic of Ireland under-18s in 2008, before being called up to the represent the under-19s the next year. Two of the under-19 games took place in Belgium for qualification to the 2009 Under-19 UEFA Championship. A 6–1 defeat to Switzerland ended Irish hopes of qualification for the tournament.[43] Two days later, on 12 June 2009, they defeated Sweden 2–1.[44]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 October 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale (loan) 2008–09[45] League Two 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2009–10[46] League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Grimsby Town (loan) 2009–10[46] League Two 10 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 11 0
Plymouth Argyle 2008–09[45] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[46] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dagenham & Redbridge 2009–10[46] League Two 20 0 0 0 0 0 3[b] 0 23 0
2010–11[47] League One 23 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 26 1
2011–12[48] League Two 33 1 2 0 1 0 1[a] 1 37 2
Total 76 1 4 0 2 1 4 1 86 3
Burton Albion 2012–13[49] League Two 42 1 4 0 3 0 3[c] 0 52 1
2013–14[50] League Two 40 1 4 0 2 0 1[a] 0 47 1
2014–15[51] League Two 34 5 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 36 5
2015–16[52] League One 38 3 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 40 3
2016–17[53] Championship 16 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
2017–18[54] Championship 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Total 173 10 9 0 10 0 6 0 198 10
Portsmouth (loan) 2017–18[54] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 279 11 15 0 12 1 11 1 317 13
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the League Two play-offs
  3. ^ One appearance in the Football League Trophy and two in the League Two play-offs

Honours[edit]

Dagenham & Redbridge

Burton Albion

References[edit]

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  51. ^ "Games played by Damien McCrory in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
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