Trevor Molloy

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Trevor Molloy
Trevor Molloy Goal.jpg
Trevor Molloy after scoring for Pats v Sligo in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-04-14) 14 April 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
19xx–1996 Stella Maris[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Shamrock Rovers 4 (0)
1996–1997 Athlone Town 18 (12)
1997–2000 St Patrick's Athletic 93 (32)
2000–2002 Bohemian 58 (17)
2002 Carlisle United 7 (1)
2002–2003 Shelbourne 2 (1)
2003–2006 Shamrock Rovers 106 (23)
2006 St Patrick's Athletic 27 (6)
2006–2007 Motherwell 6 (0)
2007–2011 Glenavon 115 (31)
2011– Bluebell United
National team
1997–1999 Republic of Ireland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Trevor Molloy (born 14 April 1977 in Dublin) is an Irish football player.

Career[edit]

Molloy started his league career with Shamrock Rovers at 18 making his League of Ireland debut at St Mel's Park on 7 January 1996 but after only a handful of appearances he moved to First Division club Athlone Town in 1996. He immediately hit his stride and ended up the division's second top scorer in 1996–97 season earning him a move to St Patrick's Athletic and a shock call up by Brian Kerr to the Republic of Ireland national football team for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championships. Molloy played every game and was Ireland's joint top scorer (2)[2][3] as they reached the semi final stage only to lose to eventual winners Argentina. Ireland won bronze medals after beating Ghana in the 3rd/4th place play-off game.

At St. Pats he linked up with Ireland team mates Colin Hawkins and Thomas Morgan, who had been added to the nucleus of the squad that had won the 1995–96 League of Ireland Premier Division, and a lot was expected of the obviously talented squad. All three players made an immediate impact with Molloy enjoying a terrific partnership with Ian Gilzean as St. Pats won the league with a dramatic last day win in Kilkenny while arch-rivals Shelbourne lost to Dundalk. During this season Molloy won the first of his Under 21 caps. In 1998–99 Molloy finished as the League of Ireland Premier Division top scorer as St. Pats raced to another league title.[4][5]

After a disappointing 1999/2000 season Molloy was transferred to Bohemian for a St. Pats record of IR£40,000. Molloy repaid that fee instantly by scoring the winner as Bohemians knocked out Aberdeen in the UEFA Cup.[6] However he then got sent off against FC Kaiserslautern in the next round. He would go on to play a vital role as Bohs won the League and FAI Cup double under manager Roddy Collins. The following year was not as successful for Bohs but they did reach the FAI Cup final only to lose to Dundalk.

In July 2002, Molloy was again signed by Roddy Collins, this time for Carlisle United of the English Third Division. After only a handful of appearances yielding a solitary goal against Lincoln City (a game in which he also got sent off),[7] Molloy returned to Ireland to play for Shelbourne FC (and become one of a select few players to have played for Dublin football's 'Big 4'.[8] Although Shelbourne finished 2nd in the league that season, it was not a successful season for Molloy and he moved on again, this time to his first club, Shamrock Rovers in October 2002.[9]

A self-confessed Shamrock Rovers fan with a Rovers crest tattooed on his arm, commentators saw this as a dream move for Molloy. However he joined a club that had been struggling both on and off the field, as they fought to find a permanent home for themselves. For three years Molloy performed admirably (he was top club goalscorer in 2003 and the Player of the Year in 2004) and his dynamic displays saw him become a hero for the Rovers fans who had a love/hate relationship with him for years. His best efforts, though, were not enough to stop Rovers being relegated to the First Division as they lost a two legged play-off to Dublin City FC. In total he made 4 appearances in the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup for the Hoops.

With Rovers relegation came financial restraints and Molloy was permitted a move away from Rovers. In January 2006, he re-signed for St. Patrick's Athletic and immediately set about scoring goals, winning April's League of Ireland Goal of the Month.

Molloy scored in the 2006 FAI Cup Final.[10]

In January 2007 he joined Motherwell for an undisclosed fee.[11] He left Motherwell by mutual consent in October 2007,[12] having been informed he did not feature in the future plans of manager Mark McGhee.

Trevor signed for Glenavon in December 2007.[13] and was released by the club in June 2011 having not been offered a new contract.

Honours[edit]

Republic of Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.rsssf.com
  2. ^ www.fifa.com
  3. ^ www.fifa.com
  4. ^ "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921–2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4. 
  6. ^ "Aberdeen crash to defeat". BBC News. 10 August 2000. 
  7. ^ "Lincoln 0–1 Carlisle". BBC. 17 August 2002. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  8. ^ There are currently 5 Dublin Clubs in eircom league football and there has at times been as many as 8. Since Drumcondra's demise, the 'Big 4' are (in order Molloy played for them); Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic, Bohemians and Shelbourne.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ "Well snap up Eircom League trio". BBC Sport website. 1 January 2007. 
  12. ^ "Trevor Molloy leaves 'Well". Motherwell F.C. official website. 18 October 2007. 
  13. ^ "Malone boosting Mourneview squad". BBC Sport website. 24 December 2007. 

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