Patrick Hoban

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Patrick Hoban
Personal information
Full name Patrick James Hoban[1]
Date of birth (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Loughrea, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
Mervue United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Mervue United 16 (4)
2010–2011 Bristol City 0 (0)
2010Clevedon Town (loan)
2011–2012 Mervue United 40 (14)
2013–2014 Dundalk 60 (34)
2014–2016 Oxford United 43 (3)
2016Stevenage (loan) 1 (0)
2016Grimsby Town (loan) 10 (0)
2016–2017 Mansfield Town 21 (4)
2018– Dundalk 32 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2018

Patrick James Hoban (born 28 July 1991) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Dundalk in the League of Ireland Premier Division, as a forward.

He had his greatest successes in two spells at Dundalk, finishing as top scorer as they won the League of Ireland Premier Division in 2014 and 2018. He also competed for several years in England, with much less impact.


Early career[edit]

Born in Loughrea, County Galway, to an English mother, Hoban played both hurling and football as a youth.[2] He represented his town at hurling and Mervue United in football, who he helped to win promotion from the A Championship to the League of Ireland with a 5–2 aggregate victory over Kildare County in the 2008 play-off final.[3]

In July 2010, Hoban journeyed to England after being offered to train with Championship club Bristol City, managed by Steve Coppell and having just signed England international goalkeeper David James.[2] In November he signed a one-year contract, along fellow 19-year-old Irishman Jimmy Keohane.[4] He scored regularly for the Robins' reserve team but did not break into the first team, being loaned to local non-league team Clevedon Town before being released.[2]


Hoban returned to Mervue United and then moved to League of Ireland Premier Division side Dundalk in 2013.[5] In his first season at Oriel Park, he scored 15 times as the Lilywhites came runners-up to St. Patrick's Athletic; this included a hat-trick on 12 July in a 3–0 home win over Bohemians.[6]

He was top scorer with 20 goals as they won the 2014 title, their first for 19 years.[7] On 24 July that year, he scored the winning goal in their 2–1 win away to Hajduk Split in the second leg of the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, but they lost 3–2 on aggregate to the Croatians.[8] The team also won the League of Ireland Cup with a 3–2 victory over Shamrock Rovers on 19 September, Hoban scoring their third goal to seal a first trophy in 12 years.[9]

Oxford United[edit]

Hoban signed with English League Two side Oxford United in November 2014, having turned down the chance to play on trial at Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock. The contract did not take effect until 1 January.[7] He made his professional debut on 17 January 2015 in a 3–2 home loss to Southend United, replacing Cheyenne Dunkley at half time.[10][11] Hoban totalled 20 appearances that season for the U's, mostly starting, but scored just once to open a 2–1 comeback win over Carlisle United at the Kassam Stadium on 28 March.[12]

Having scored three times in 43 League appearances (26 of them as a substitute) he joined Stevenage in the same division on a month's loan on 1 February 2016.[13] He played his one game for them on 6 February, starting in a 1–0 home to Crawley Town and having a good opportunity to score saved by Jamie Jones.[14]

On 1 March 2016, Hoban joined National League side Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season.[15] He played in Grimsby's 3–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, seeing the Mariners promoted to League Two after a six-year absence from the Football League.[16][17] Hoban did not score in his 14 total appearances, and was not retained when his loan expired.[18] He was released by Oxford at the end of the season.[19]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Following his release from Oxford, Hoban stayed in League Two and joined Mansfield Town in June 2016.[20] He made his debut on 6 August as they began the season with a 3–2 win at Newport County, playing the final six minutes in place of Matt Green, and on 1 October he scored his first goal for the Stags, opening a 1–1 draw at Crewe Alexandra by heading Kevan Hurst's cross.[21]

On 10 January 2017, Hoban scored both goals in the final six minutes as Mansfield defeated Oldham Athletic in the third round of the EFL Trophy at Field Mill.[22] He was released at the end of the 2016–17 season.[23]

Return to Dundalk[edit]

On 24 November 2017 Hoban rejoined Dundalk.[24] The following 11 February he played in the FAI President's Cup, a 4–2 home loss to Cork City, filling in for the last 23 minutes in place of Krisztián Adorján.[25] On 19 July, in the Europa League first qualifying round second leg, he scored in a 2–1 (3–1 aggregate) win over Estonia's Levadia Tallinn.[26]

Hoban was voted League of Ireland Premier Division Player of the Month in June 2018 after scoring five goals in four games that month, including three in a 4–0 home win over Limerick on 8 June.[27][28] On 5 October, he scored a late equaliser in a 1–1 home draw with St Patrick's Athletic to win Dundalk's 13th league title.[29] He finished the season as top scorer with 29 goals but left the last league game injured, causing concern over whether he would play the FAI Cup Final against Cork City.[30]


Grimsby Town


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  2. ^ a b c Crowe, Dermot (27 October 2013). "Forward steps on path to goal". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Kildare County 0-3 Mervue United (Mervue win 5-2)". 21 November 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Robins snap up Irish duo". Sky Sports. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
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  6. ^ "Patrick Hoban's hat-trick leaves Bohemians in more hot water". The Irish Times. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Patrick Hoban: Oxford United sign League of Ireland star". BBC Sport. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Dundalk's Europa League quest ended by Hajduk Split". The Irish Times. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b McDonnell, Daniel (20 September 2014). "Dundalk end 12-year wait for silverware with victory over Shamrock Rovers in the EA Sports Cup final". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  10. ^ Pritchard, David (17 January 2015). "Oxford United striker Patrick Hoban set for bench role against Southend". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  11. ^ Pritchard, David (17 January 2015). "Oxford Utd 2 (O'Dowda 13, Long 45+1), Southend Utd 3 (Worrall 24, Pigott 48, Corr 83)". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Oxford United 2–1 Carlisle United". BBC Sport. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Hoban Joins Stevenage On Loan". Oxford United F.C. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Stevenage 0–1 Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Grimsby Town sign Oxford striker on season-long loan deal". BBC Sport. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Forest Green 1–3 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Grimsby secure promotion back to Football League at Wembley". Sky Sports. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
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  19. ^ "Oxford United announce retained list". Oxford Mail. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Pat Hoban: Former Oxford United striker joins Mansfield Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Mansfield Town". 1 October 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  22. ^ Chambers, Matthew (10 January 2017). "Latics dumped out by Mansfield". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Matt Green: Mansfield striker among 11 released by Stags". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  24. ^ "Former top scorer Patrick Hoban rejoins Dundalk for 2018". RTÉ. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  25. ^ Reilly, Caoimhín (11 February 2018). "Cork City score four after the break to leave Dundalk FC reeling in President's Cup final". Dundalk Democrat. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  26. ^ Rogers, James (20 July 2018). "Dundalk set up trip to Cyprus at Oriel Park". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  27. ^ "Patrick Hoban's hat-trick inspires Dundalk to top of the table". The Irish Times. 8 June 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Free-scoring Patrick Hoban named June Player of the Month". Irish Examiner. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  29. ^ a b Mackey, Liam (5 October 2018). "Late Hoban goal see Dundalk claim league title". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  30. ^ a b "Injury concern for Dundalk as Patrick Hoban limps off injured during draw with Bohemians". The Irish Independent. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  31. ^ "Patrick McEleney puts the seal on Dundalk's double delight". Irish Examiner. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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