Luke McCullough

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Luke McCullough
Personal information
Full name Luke McCullough[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Portadown, Northern Ireland[1]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
Number 4
Youth career
Loughgall Youth
000?–2010 Dungannon Swifts
2010–2012 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Manchester United 0 (0)
2013 Cheltenham Town (loan) 1 (0)
2013– Doncaster Rovers 79 (0)
National team
Northern Ireland U16 5 (0)
Northern Ireland U17 10 (1)
2012 Northern Ireland U19 1 (0)
Northern Ireland U20 2 (1)
2013–2015 Northern Ireland U21 8 (0)
2014– Northern Ireland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:52, 8 May 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:08, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Luke McCullough (born 15 February 1994) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as a centre-back for Doncaster Rovers in the Football League Two and for Northern Ireland national team.

Club career[edit]

McCullough started his career with his local team, Loughgall Youth, before joining Dungannon Swifts where he played in the first team in the IFA Premiership at the age of 15.[2]

Manchester United[edit]

He moved to England to play for Manchester United in July 2010.[3] He captained the Academy side throughout the 2011–12 campaign, making 25 appearances.[3] On 25 January 2013, he joined Football League Two side Cheltenham Town on a one-month loan deal.[4] He made his league debut on 16 February 2013, in a 1–1 draw with Aldershot Town, coming on as a substitute for Steve Elliott.[5]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

After spending time on trial during pre-season, McCullough signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers on 25 July 2013. He made his debut for Doncaster when he started in Rovers' 3–1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Championship on 2 November 2013.[2]

On 23 July 2016, McCullough signed a new three-year contract.[6] However, less than a month later, on 2 August 2016, it was announced that McCullough would miss the entire season with a cruciate ligament injury.[7]

International career[edit]

McCullough first represented Northern Ireland at under-16 level where he became captain. He was also captain of the under-17s.[8] Although named in the squad twice before, his first appearance for the under-19s was a start in the 8–1 victory away to Moldova on 15 October 2012. Although he didn't score in that game, he was credited with two assists.[9]

On the same day he signed a contract with Doncaster Rovers, he also received a call-up to play for the under-21 squad in the Milk Cup.[10]

McCullough senior debut came in a friendly loss against Uruguay. McCullough has since become a regular feature of the Northern Irish squad, going to Euro 2016. He did not make an appearance at the tournament.[11]

Personal life[edit]

McCullough is a Liverpool fan.[8]

In 2012, McCullough was arrested for a public order offence after reportedly being caught in the act of sexual intercourse in a doorway.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 May 2016[13]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2012–13 League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Doncaster Rovers 2013–14 Championship 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2014–15 League One 33 0 4 1 3 0 1[a] 0 41 1
2015–16 32 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 0
2016–17 League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 80 0 6 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 92 1
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

International[edit]

As of 8 October 2015[14]
National team Year Apps Goals
Northern Ireland 2014 3 0
2015 2 0
Total 5 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Player Details: Luke McCullough". English National Football Archive. 
  2. ^ a b "McCullough Deal Confirmed". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Luke McCullough profile". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Manchester United's Luke McCullough joins Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cheltenham 1–1 Aldershot". BBC Sport. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Luke McCullough: Northern Ireland international signs new Doncaster contract". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Luke McCullough: Doncaster Rovers man to miss entire season with knee injury". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  8. ^ a b "Luke McCullough scores scholarship deal with Manchester United". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Luke McCullough". UEFA. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Stephen Robinson's hopes rest on seasoned starlets in quest for Milk Cup glory". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Luke McCullough | IFA". IFA. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  12. ^ "United's academy captain arrested after allegedly having sex in public". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  13. ^ "Luke McCullough | Football Stats | Doncaster Rovers | Season 2015/2016 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  14. ^ "McCullough, Luke". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 

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