Rory Donnelly

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Rory Donnelly
Personal information
Full name Ruaridhri Donnelly[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Gillingham
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Cliftonville 50 (20)
2012–2015 Swansea City 0 (0)
2014 Coventry City (loan) 0 (0)
2015 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 20 (5)
2015– Gillingham 25 (10)
National team
2013 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Ruaridhri "Rory" Donnelly (born 18 February 1992) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for Gillingham as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Cliftonville[edit]

Donnelly made his Cliftonville debut on 7 September 2010, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute in a 2–0 defeat against Linfield at Windsor Park in the County Antrim Shield. He went on to make 33 league and cup appearances in the 2010–11 season, scoring 7 league goals.[3]

The 2011–12 season started well for Donnelly. In October 2011 he scored a hat-trick in a 6–2 win over Linfield in the County Antrim Shield,[4] the same opposition in the same competition as his debut a year earlier.[5] In November 2011 he scored four goals in a league match against Ballymena United in a 7–3 win to catch the eye of an unnamed Championship club.[6][7]

His good form. continued, and he scored 13 goals in his first 18 league games of the 2011–12 season to attract interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, with the latter club's manager, Kenny Dalglish, confirming they had registered their interest.[8]

Donnelly made his final appearance for Cliftonville on 17 December 2011, in a 2–1 home defeat against Coleraine. He had scored a total of 22 goals in 54 league and cup appearances spanning two seasons.

Swansea City[edit]

In December 2011, Swansea City offered £100,000 for Donnelly, before Everton bid "considerably more".[9] The Welsh club then upped their bid and Donnelly agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Swansea on 30 December 2011 for an undisclosed fee.[10][11] The transfer was completed on 10 January 2012, and Donnelly was given the shirt number 41.

Donnelly scored on his debut for the reserves in an 2–2 draw with Chelsea reserves at Parc-y-scarlets on 28 March 2012.[12]

Donnelly made his first senior appearance for Swansea in a League Cup fixture against Crawley Town on 25 September 2012, coming on as a substitute for Michu.[13] His full début came the next season in a Europa League play-off against Petrolul Ploiești which ended in a 2–1 defeat.[14]

On 28 May 2015 Swansea City confirmed that Donnelly had been released by the club. [15]

Coventry City (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Donnelly joined Coventry City on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[16] On 4 February 2014, it was confirmed that Donnelly had returned to Swansea City due to non-footballing personal reasons.[17]

Tranmere Rovers (loan)[edit]

On 6 February 2015, Donnelly was named the League Two Player of the Month for January[18] after scoring 3 goals in his first month at the club, taking Tranmere Rovers out of the relegation zone.

International career[edit]

In November 2011, he was called up to the Northern Ireland Under-21's for the first time, but he did not feature in the match against Serbia.[19][20] In June 2013, Donnelly informed the IFA that he did not wish to be considered for selection for Northern Ireland.[21] However, he then made his Under-21 debut against Denmark in September 2013[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 31 January 2014[23]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cliftonville 2010–11 NIFL Premiership 31 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 33 7
2011–12 NIFL Premiership 19 13 0 0 3 2 0 0 22 15
Total 50 20 0 0 5 2 0 0 55 22
Swansea City 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Coventry City (loan) 2013–14 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Swansea City Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Career totals 50 20 0 0 6 2 1 0 57 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). The Football Association. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Rory Donnelly". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "R. Donnelly". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cliftonville 6–2 Linfield". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rory Donnelly completes Swansea City move". BBC Sport. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ballymena Utd 3–7 Cliftonville". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Championship club wants Cliftonville striker Donnelly". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kenny Dalglish confirms Liverpool FC's interest in Rory Donnelly". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Everton make bid for Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Swans close on Donnelly". Sky Sports. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Swansea win Donnelly race". Sky Sports. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Swans receive clearance for duo". swanseacity.net. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Crawley 2 – 3 Swansea". BBC. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Petrolul Pioesti 2–1 Swansea". BBC. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Alan Tate, Gerhard Tremmel and Rory Donnelly among names who bid farewell to Swansea City". South Wales Evening Post. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sky Blues seal striker loan deal". Coventry City FC. 31 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rory Donnelly returns to Swansea City". Coventry City FC. 4 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rory Donnelly Named League 2 Player Of The Month". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "Cliftonville star Donnelly now gunning for Serbia". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "North. Ireland U21 vs. Serbia U21 0 – 2". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22745927
  22. ^ "U21s LOSE TO DENMARK". Irish FA. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  23. ^ Rory Donnelly career statistics at Soccerbase

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