Rory McAllister (footballer)

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Rory McAllister
Personal information
Full name Rory McAllister
Date of birth (1987-05-13) 13 May 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Peterhead
Youth career
Aberdeen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 49 (3)
2008Peterhead (loan) 4 (1)
2009–2011 Brechin City 63 (40)
2011– Peterhead 209 (130)
National team
2007 Scotland U20 2 (1)
2007–2008 Scotland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2017

Rory McAllister (born 13 May 1987 in Aberdeen, Scotland) is a Scottish professional footballer, currently playing for Peterhead in Scottish League Two.

Club career[edit]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

After being released from Aberdeen's youth set-up (he never played for the first team, but did play for the reserves on a few occasions), McAllister was given a chance to resurrect his career at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. In three seasons he played in over 50 games, but scored just five goals. He made his league début for Inverness on 30 April 2005, as a second-half substitute against Kilmarnock.[1] His first goal came in a Scottish Cup tie against Ayr United on 7 January 2006.[2]

After failing to build upon his early potential, first team appearances at Inverness became scarce. He was loaned out to Second Division club Peterhead in January 2008.[3] He played four times for the club and scored one goal, in a 9–2 victory against Berwick Rangers.[4]

In April 2008, McAllister signed a new one-year contract with Inverness,[5] however on 24 January 2009, he left the club by mutual consent.[6]

Brechin City[edit]

After leaving Inverness, McAllister then signed for Brechin City,[7] scoring a total of 26 goals in his first full season as Brechin lost out in the First Division promotion play-off final against Cowdenbeath. During the 2010–11 season McAllister scored four times in an away match against his old club Peterhead.[8]

In both the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons, McAllister was voted PFA Scotland Second Division Player of the Year.[9][10]

McAllister's goalscoring exploits at Brechin did not go unnoticed, with Aberdeen,[11] St Johnstone,[12] Peterhead, Charlton Athletic, Port Vale and Sheffield United rumoured to be keen on him.[13] On 16 June 2011, he turned down a move to SPL club St Mirren.[14]

Peterhead[edit]

Having initially said he wanted to return to full-time football,[13] McAllister then dropped down to the Third Division to join relegated Peterhead to be closer to Aberdeen to get an apprenticeship in plumbing, in order to have a career to fall back on when he retired from football.[15] On 20 April 2013, he scored the winning goal as Peterhead won 2–1 against Rangers at Ibrox.[16] On 8 April 2014, McAllister was awarded the SPFL Player of the month for March 2014, after scoring eight goals in six games during the month, becoming the first player from outside the Scottish Premiership to win the award.[17]

On 12 April 2014, McAllister scored Peterhead's second goal in a 2–0 win against Clyde, a result which meant the club won the Scottish League Two title and promotion to League One.[18] On 27 April 2014, McAllister was named as PFA Scotland League Two Player of the Year for 2013–14.[19] He signed a new contract on 11 August 2014, keeping him at Peterhead until 2017.[20]

In an interview in 2015, McAllister said he could not see himself leaving Peterhead for the rest of his career. On 18 August 2015, he scored all five of his side's goals in a 2015–16 Scottish Challenge Cup match against Falkirk.[21] Peterhead went all the way to the final at Hampden Park, losing 4–0 to Rangers.[22]

In August 2016, McAllister signed a new two-year deal with Peterhead to run to the end of the 2017–18 season after rejecting the opportunity to join Dundee United.[23]

McAllister scored five goals in a match again in October 2017, this time against more modest opposition, in a 9–0 victory over amateurs Colville Park in the 2017–18 Scottish Cup.[24] By January 2018 he had 24 goals in 24 matches during the season, making him the nation's leading scorer alongside Alan Trouten of Albion Rovers.[25]

International career[edit]

McAllister was capped by the Scottish national under-20 team in May 2007, in preparation for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring once in 2007 against Northern Ireland under–21.[26] He was also capped at under-21 level.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2004–05[27] Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2005–06[28] 13 0 2 1 3 0 18 1
2006–07[29] 19 2 3 0 2 1 24 3
2007–08[30] 10 1 0 0 1 0 11 1
2008–09[31] 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
Total 49 3 5 1 8 1 0 0 62 5
Peterhead (loan) 2007–08[30] Second Division 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Brechin City 2009–10[32] Second Division 34 21 1 0 1 2 5[a] 3 41 26
2010–11[33] 29 19 4 4 2 2 4[b] 0 39 25
Total 63 40 5 4 3 4 9 3 80 51
Peterhead 2011–12[34] Third Division 34 21 1 0 1 0 1[c] 1 37 22
2012–13[35] 34 21 0 0 1 0 5[d] 2 40 23
2013–14[36] League Two 32 32 1 1 1 0 1[c] 1 35 34
2014–15[37] League One 31 8 1 0 1 0 3[c] 1 36 9
2015–16[38] 33 22 1 1 1 0 6[e] 8 41 31
2016–17[39] 33 16 1 0 5 4 5[f] 6 44 26
2017–18[40] League Two 12 10 2 7 4 3 3[c] 1 21 21
Total 209 130 7 9 14 7 24 20 254 166
Career total 325 174 17 14 25 12 33 23 400 223
  1. ^ One appearance and a goal in the Scottish Challenge Cup; four appearances and two goals in the First Division play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in the First Division play-offs
  3. ^ a b c d Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  4. ^ One appearance and a goal in the Scottish Challenge Cup; four appearances and a goal in the Second Division play-offs
  5. ^ Five appearance and eight goals in the Scottish Challenge Cup; one appearance in the Championship play-offs
  6. ^ Two appearances and three goals in the Scottish Challenge Cup; three appearances and three goals in the League One play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inverness CT 1–2 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Inverness CT 1–1 Ayr United". BBC Sport. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "McAllister moves to Peterhead". BBC Sport. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Peterhead 9–2 Berwick Rangers". BBC Sport. 19 January 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Caley keep young trio". Sky Sports. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "McAllister makes Inverness exit". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "City snap up a second SPL striker". Brechin Advertiser. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Peterhead 0–5 Brechin City". BBC Sport. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "David crowned Player of the Year". BBC Sport. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "PFA Scotland Division Two award for Rory McAllister". BBC Sport. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Brown admits Rory interest". Sky Sports. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "St Johnstone favourites to sign Rory McAllister from Brechin City". The Courier. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Peterhead's new-found wealth not enough to lure Rory McAllister north". The Courier. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ex Brechin striker McAllister rejects St Mirren offer". BBC Sport. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Peterhead win race for Rory McAllister". BBC Sport. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Rangers 1–2 Peterhead". BBC Sport. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  17. ^ King, Joshua (8 April 2014). "McAllister named as Scotland's player of the month". Buchan Observer. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  18. ^ King, Joshua (14 April 2014). "Peterhead FC: Triumphant Toon brush aside Clyde 2–0". Buchan Observer. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Peterhead's Rory McAllister is League Two player of the year". BBC Sport. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "McAllister extends Peterhead stay". Scottish Professional Football League. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Falkirk 3–5 Peterhead". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  22. ^ Halliday, Stephen (10 April 2016). "Rangers 4-0 Peterhead: Gers win Petrofac Training Cup final". The Scotsman. Edinburgh: Johnston Press. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  23. ^ "Peterhead striker McAllister signs new deal despite Dundee United offer - Evening Express". Evening Express. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  24. ^ "Colville crushed as professional Peterhead net nine". Peterhead F.C. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  25. ^ "Alan Trouten: I feel I'm going to score in every game I play in". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  26. ^ "Scotland U20 4–0 N Ireland U21". BBC Sport. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Rory McAllister in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 

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