Michael McElhatton (footballer)

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Michael McElhatton
Personal information
Full name Michael Terrence McElhatton
Date of birth (1975-04-16) April 16, 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Killarney, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1991–1993 AFC Bournemouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 AFC Bournemouth 42 (2)
1996–1998 Scarborough 70 (7)
1998–2002 Rushden & Diamonds 69 (16)
2002 Chester City (loan) 8 (2)
National team
Republic of Ireland Schoolboys
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael McElhatton (born April 16, 1975 in Killarney) is a former Irish footballer.

Playing career[edit]

McElhatton began his career with AFC Bournemouth, progressing from the youth ranks to the first-team.[1] After a spell with Scarborough from 1996–1998, he switched to Conference side Rushden & Diamonds, where he would play for four years. A serious knee injury during this period,[1] limited his action after Rushden were promoted to The Football League in 2001.

In February 2002 McElhatton joined Chester City on loan, with his two-month stint with the club including two superbly taken goals in a 4–0 win at Stalybridge Celtic.[1] He never made another senior appearance after helping Chester win 2–0 at Forest Green Rovers in April 2002, as his persistent knee problems led him to retire from football at the age of 27.[1] He was rewarded with a benefit match by Rushden and returned to live in the Bournemouth area to work in the building trade.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "What happened to...?". chester-city.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-19.