Liam McAlinden

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Liam McAlinden
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McAlinden playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014
Personal information
Full name Liam James McAlinden[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-26) 26 September 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Cannock, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Number N/A
Youth career
2001–2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2016 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 (1)
2013 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 9 (3)
2014 Fleetwood Town (loan) 5 (2)
2015 Fleetwood Town (loan) 14 (2)
2015 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 8 (0)
2016 Crawley Town (loan) 6 (1)
2016–2018 Exeter City 34 (6)
National team
2012 Northern Ireland U21 3 (0)
2014 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:59, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Liam James McAlinden (born 26 September 1993) is an English-Irish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Exeter City in League Two.

Playing career[edit]

Wolves[edit]

McAlinden signed his first professional contract in 2010 with Wolves,[2] before making his senior debut on 27 April 2013 as a substitute in a 1–2 defeat to Burnley.[3]

The striker has represented Northern Ireland at youth levels as, although born in England, he qualified through his grandfather.[4] However, in June 2013, he switched his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland, from which his parents hail.[5]

He scored his first senior goal on 3 September 2013 in a Football League Trophy tie against Walsall.[6] Later in the season, he scored his first Wolves league goal to earn a 1–0 victory at MK Dons in March 2014 as the team went on to win promotion back to the Championship.[7]

In October 2013 McAlinden was loaned to fellow League One club Shrewsbury Town for three months.[8] He scored on his club debut after coming on as a substitute against Gillingham,[9] the first of three goals in nine appearances before being recalled by Wolves in early December.[10]

In October 2014 McAlinden moved on a three-month-loan deal to League One Fleetwood Town.[11] However, after scoring twice in his first 5 appearances for Fleetwood, he was recalled to cover injuries at his parent club. On 15 January 2015 McAlinden returned on loan to Fleetwood for the remainder of the season,[12] where he scored two further goals during 14 appearances.

McAlinden returned to Shrewsbury Town for a second time on a half-season loan in July 2015.[13] In March 2016 he signed a loan deal with Crawley Town until the end of the 2015–16 season.[14]

McAlinden was released by Wolverhampton at the end of the 2015–16 season after his contract was not renewed.[15]

Exeter City[edit]

On 31 May 2016, McAlinden signed for League Two club Exeter City.[16] He scored his first goal for Exeter in a 2–1 defeat to Hartlepool United on 13 August 2016.[17]

He was released by Exeter at the end of the 2017–18 season.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 February 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2012–13[19] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14[20] League One 7 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 10 2
2014–15[21] Championship 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2015–16[22] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 14 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 19 2
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2013–14[20] League One 9 3 9 3
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2014–15[21] League One 5 2 5 2
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2014–15[21] League One 14 2 14 2
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2015–16[22] League One 8 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 11 1
Crawley Town (loan) 2015–16[22] League Two 6 1 6 1
Exeter City 2016–17 League Two 22 3 0 0 2 0 3 2 27 5
Career total 78 12 2 0 4 0 7 4 91 16
  1. ^ Includes Football League Trophy matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Details: Liam McAlinden". English National Football Archive. 
  2. ^ "Wolves sign up Zeli Ismail and Liam McAlinden". Express & Star. 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Wolverhampton 1–2 Burnley". BBC Sport. 27 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wolves on the fringe". wolves.theoffside.com. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Liam McAlinden quits Northern Ireland for Republic". BBC Sport. 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wolverhampton 2–2 Walsall". BBC Sport. 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "MK Dons 0–1 Wolves". BBC Sport. 29 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Liam McAlinden: Shrewsbury Town sign Wolves striker on loan". BBC Sport. 11 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury 2–0 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 12 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Liam McAlinden: Wolves recall striker from Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 6 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Liam McAlinden: Fleetwood Town bring in Wolves striker". BBC Sport. 2 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Liam McAlinden: Wolves striker returns to Fleetwood Town on loan". BBC Sport. 15 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Liam McAlinden: Wolves striker rejoins Shrewsbury Town on loan". BBC Sport. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Liam McAlinden: Crawley Town sign Wolves striker on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Contract decisions revealed". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 9 May 2016. Archived from the original on 9 May 2016. 
  16. ^ Roderick, Oliver. "Grecians Complete Third Signing Of The Summer". Exeter City FC. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Exeter 1–2 Hartlepool". BBC. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Troy Archibald-Henville: Exeter City defender among seven released by club". BBC Sport. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Liam McAlinden in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Liam McAlinden in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c "Games played by Liam McAlinden in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  22. ^ a b c "Games played by Liam McAlinden in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 

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