Eddie McCallion

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Eddie McCallion
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Personal information
Full name Edward McCallion
Date of birth (1979-01-25) 25 January 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1995–1997 Oxford United Stars
1997–1998 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2012 Derry City 315 (3)
2012–2014 Glenavon 13 (0)
2014–2015 Bangor 5 (0)
National team
1998 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Edward McCallion (born January 25, 1979), commonly known as Eddie McCallion, is a former association football defender from Derry, Northern Ireland.

Club career[edit]

McCallion stands in as captain of Derry City in the absence of Peter Hutton.

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Having played with local Derry and District League club, Foyle Harps, as a youth from 1995, McCallion was spotted by Blackburn Rovers in 1997 and moved to the English club that same year. Spending just a year at Ewood Park, he never managed to break into the first-team whilst there.

Derry City[edit]

McCallion signed for his home town club from Blackburn Rovers in 1998 and made his debut away to Cork City on 6 September 1998. He was the first choice right-back and also performed at centre-back when required.

Dropped from the side for Damian Brennan at the start of the 2005 season, he fought his way back into the team and by the end of the season he was the first choice right-back, helping his club to a second-place finish in the league. He scored an important goal against Kildare County in the FAI Cup that same season and his overlapping runs offered Derry City FC another attacking option.

In 2003, Eddie McCallion had a daughter called Macy

McCallion often deputised in the role of captain when Peter Hutton was absent. McCallion had captained the side on 13 occasions by the end of the 2006 season - one of the most notable of these being Derry City's UEFA Cup First Round 0-0 draw against Paris Saint-Germain at the Brandywell Stadium on 14 September 2006.

McCallion made 52 appearances in all competitions during the 2006 season, the most of any City player that season, and, once again, helped the club finish as runners-up in the league for a second season running, consolidating his position as a firm fan-favourite.

eddie has three sisters and 4 brothers

Due to his years of service and refusal to let managers move him on, Eddie has acquired hero like status with the Brandywell faithful and is viewed by many fans as the one player who embodies the club values more than any other.

The defender is one of the few brothers to have played in a winning FAI Cup side, as he appeared with brother Tommy in the 2002 final team.

McCallion keeping a defensive eye on the ball - in the possession of Fabrice Pancrate - during a 2006 UEFA Cup game against Paris Saint-Germain at the Brandywell.

After 14 years, Eddie made his final appearance for Derry against former longtime manager Stephen Kenny's Shamrock Rovers. He came on as a stoppage time substitute to thunderous applause from the Brandywell faithful. He would then join Glenavon on a two-year contract.

Glenavon[edit]

McCallion signed for Glenavon on a 2-year deal in July 2012, and made a total of 13 NIFL Premiership appearances for the club.[1]

Bangor[edit]

He signed for NIFL Championship One club Bangor in the summer of 2014, and made 5 substitute appearances during the 2014/15 season.

International career[edit]

McCallion played for Northern Ireland at schoolboy, youth and under-21 level.[2]

Honours[edit]

Derry City

Glenavon

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2011/2012, page 130

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