Niall Canavan

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Niall Canavan
Personal information
Full name Niall David Stephen Canavan[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Bramley, Leeds, England[2]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
2004–2009 Scunthorpe United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2016 Scunthorpe United 154 (15)
2011 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 3 (0)
2016 Rochdale (loan) 11 (1)
2016– Rochdale 17 (1)
National team
2011–2012 Republic of Ireland U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:04, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Niall David Stephen Canavan (born 11 April 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for League One club Rochdale.


Born in Bramley, West Yorkshire, Canavan was spotted by Youth scout Jeff Daws, the brother of Head of Youth Development Tony Daws,whilst playing for Leeds City Boys U15's in a game against Doncaster City Boys. Canavan made his U19 Youth Team debut against York City towards the end of the 2004–05 season; whilst only 14 years of age. Canavan played for the Youth Team for 4 seasons before taking up the armband of youth team captain as a second year apprentice. He was given a trial at Liverpool whilst in the reserve squad.

Canavan signed his first professional contract in April 2009 for Scunthorpe United.[3] He made his first team debut on 22 August 2009 in a 4–0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, replacing Robert Jones on 28 minutes. Three days later he scored his first goal, in a 2–1 League Cup win at Swansea City.[4] He attended St. Mary's Menston. He is a first team regular playing in both League and Cup matches. He has most notably played against Manchester United and Manchester City twice.

Canavan missed just one match in Scunthorpe's promotion winning season in 2013–14 and formed a defensive partnership with David Mirfin. As a consequence of this successful season, Canavan signed a new 2-year contract on 29 May 2014.[5]

On 15 February 2016, Canavan joined Rochdale on an emergency loan. [6]

On 31 May 2016, Canavan joined Rochdale on a two-year deal.[7]

International career[edit]

Although born in Leeds, he carries an Irish passport and was called up by the FAI to the U21 squad in March 2011.[8] In March 2011 made his debut appearance for the national Under-21 team.[9]


  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/05/2010 and 31/05/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 524. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Iron youth quartet offered deals". BBC Sport. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Swansea 1 – 2 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Niall Canavan signs new contract". BBC Sport. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Niall Canavan Joins Rochdale On Loan". Rochdale A.F.C. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Canavan Agrees Two Year Deal". Rochdale A.F.C. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  8. ^,,10442~2322053,00.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Late goals shade it for Portugal U21s". The Football Association of Ireland. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 

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