David Connolly

Date of birth06 June 1977
Place of birthWillesden
NationalityIrish
Weight72 kg
Height1.73 m
PositionForward

David enjoyed a sensational start to his career, not least for the Republic.

He came to the fore in the qualification campaign for the 1998 World Cup when, whilst still aged 19, he scored an 11-minute first half hat-trick against Liechtenstein.

He was similarly prolific at club level with two hat-tricks in his first seven games for Watford.

David's early scoring exploits soon led to a move to leading Dutch outfit Feyenoord.

Unfortunately, he wasn't able to fulfil his potential in Holland, subsequently losing his place in Ireland's front line.

The diminutive, pacy striker returned to England for the 1998-99 season with an extended loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, making the permanent return to the Football League when he joined Wimbledon in the 2001 close season.

David joined West Ham United in July 2003 for 285,000 in a three-year deal.

He joined Leicester City in July 2004 with a three-year contract.

David joined Wigan Athletic in August 2005 with a three-year contract.

He joined Sunderland in August 2006 with a three-year contract.

David joined Southampton in October 2009 with a contract to June 2010 that was extended to June 2011 in July 2010 and to June 2012 in May 2011.

He joined close rivals Portsmouth in December 2012 with a monthly contract that was extended to June 2015 in May 2013.

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1997-98 Feyenoord UEFA Champions League 1
1998-99 Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup
1
1998-99 Wolverhampton Wanderers Worthington Cup 2
2000-01 Feyenoord Dutch KPN Telecompetitie 9
6
5
1
2001-02 Wimbledon FA Cup 2
2001-02 Wimbledon League Division 1 35
18
3
2
2001-02 Wimbledon Worthington Cup 1
2002-03 Wimbledon FA Cup 2
2002-03 Wimbledon League Division 1 28
24
1
2003-04 West Ham United Carling Cup 2
2
2003-04 West Ham United FA Cup 4
2
1
2003-04 West Ham United League Division 1 37
2
10
6
1
2003-04 West Ham United League Division 1 Play-Offs 3
2004-05 Leicester City FA Cup 3
2
1
2004-05 Leicester City League Championship 43
1
13
5
1
2005-06 Leicester City League Championship 5
4
2005-06 Wigan Athletic Carling Cup 2
1
1
2005-06 Wigan Athletic FA Cup 1
1
2005-06 Wigan Athletic Premier League 4
13
1
2006-07 Sunderland FA Cup 1
2006-07 Sunderland League Championship 30
6
13
1
2006-07 Wigan Athletic Premier League
2
2007-08 Sunderland Carling Cup
1
1
2007-08 Sunderland FA Cup
1
2007-08 Sunderland Premier League 1
2
2009-10 Southampton FA Cup 1
2
2009-10 Southampton Johnstones Paint Trophy 1
1
2009-10 Southampton League One 9
11
5
1
2010-11 Southampton Carling Cup
1
2010-11 Southampton FA Cup
1
1
2010-11 Southampton Johnstones Paint Trophy 1
2010-11 Southampton League One 8
7
3
2011-12 Southampton League Championship 17
9
6
1
2012-13 Portsmouth League One 15
2
7
2013-14 Oxford United League Two 8
8
4
2013-14 Portsmouth FA Cup
1
1
2013-14 Portsmouth Johnstones Paint Trophy
1
2013-14 Portsmouth League Two 11
7
4
1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
22 Oct 1997 Manchester United v Feyenoord L 2-1 Champions League Group B
13 Dec 2000 Fortuna Sittard v Feyenoord W 2-4 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
17 Dec 2000 FC Groningen v Feyenoord L 1-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
28 Jan 2001 Feyenoord v NAC Breda W 2-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
11 Feb 2001 Feyenoord v FC Groningen W 1-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
25 Feb 2001 Feyenoord v PSV Eindhoven L 1-2 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
04 Mar 2001 Vitesse Arnhem v Feyenoord D 0-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
11 Mar 2001 Willem II v Feyenoord L 3-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
18 Mar 2001 Feyenoord v Twente Enschede W 5-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
01 Apr 2001 RKC Waalwijk v Feyenoord L 2-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
08 Apr 2001 NAC Breda v Feyenoord L 1-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
29 Apr 2001 Roda JC v Feyenoord L 1-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
06 May 2001 Feyenoord v Fortuna Sittard D 2-2 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
13 May 2001 Ajax v Feyenoord W 3-4 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
20 May 2001 Feyenoord v FC Utrecht D 2-2 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
27 May 2001 RBC Roosendaal v Feyenoord W 0-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Watford 15 Nov 1994 01 Aug 1997
Feyenoord 01 Aug 1997 07 Jul 2001
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 Aug 1998 13 May 1999 L
Wimbledon 07 Jul 2001 31 Jul 2003
West Ham United 31 Jul 2003 20 Jul 2004
Leicester City 20 Jul 2004 31 Aug 2005
Wigan Athletic 31 Aug 2005 31 Aug 2006
Sunderland 31 Aug 2006 30 Jun 2009
Southampton 08 Oct 2009 30 Jun 2012
Portsmouth 31 Dec 2012
Oxford United 31 Jan 2014 L

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 Republic of Ireland International 2
1995-96 Republic of Ireland US Cup 1
1
1996-97 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2
3
1997-98 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 4
1
1
1
1997-98 Republic of Ireland International 2
1997-98 Republic of Ireland Under-21 Tournament 1
1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland Charity Omagh Fund
1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland International 2
1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship
2
1999-00 Republic of Ireland International 1
1
1999-00 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 1
1
2000-01 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 3
1
2000-01 Republic of Ireland International
1
2001-02 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2
1
1
2001-02 Republic of Ireland International
4
2002-03 Republic of Ireland International 1
1
2002-03 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 1
2003-04 Republic of Ireland International 1
1
1
2003-04 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 1
2005-06 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
29 May 1996 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 0-1 International
04 Jun 1996 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland L 3-1 International
09 Jun 1996 USA v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 US Cup
12 Jun 1996 Mexico v Republic of Ireland D 2-2 US CUP
30 Apr 1997 Romania v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
21 May 1997 Republic of Ireland v Liechtenstein W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
20 Aug 1997 Republic of Ireland v Lithuania D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
06 Sep 1997 Iceland v Republic of Ireland W 2-4 FIFA World Cup Group 8
10 Sep 1997 Lithuania v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 8
29 Oct 1997 Republic of Ireland v Belgium D 1-1 FIFA World Cup 1st leg play-off
15 Nov 1997 Belgium v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 FIFA World Cup 2nd leg play-off
25 Mar 1998 Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 International
18 May 1998 Republic of Ireland v Scotland W 3-0 U21 TOURNAMENT
23 May 1998 Republic of Ireland v Mexico D 0-0 International
18 Nov 1998 Yugoslavia v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 European Championship Group 8
10 Feb 1999 Republic of Ireland v Paraguay W 2-0 International
28 Apr 1999 Republic of Ireland v Sweden W 2-0 International
29 May 1999 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland L 0-1 CHARITY OMAGH FUND
09 Jun 1999 Republic of Ireland v FYR Macedonia W 1-0 European Championship Group 8
13 Nov 1999 Republic of Ireland v Turkey D 1-1 European Championship Play-off 1st leg
17 Nov 1999 Turkey v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 European Championship Play-off 2nd leg
23 Feb 2000 Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic W 3-2 International
26 Apr 2000 Republic of Ireland v Greece L 0-1 International
02 Sep 2000 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Nov 2000 Republic of Ireland v Finland W 3-0 International
24 Mar 2001 Cyprus v Republic of Ireland W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
28 Mar 2001 Andorra v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
25 Apr 2001 Republic of Ireland v Andorra W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Aug 2001 Republic of Ireland v Croatia D 2-2 International
06 Oct 2001 Republic of Ireland v Cyprus W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Nov 2001 Iran v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe v Asia play-off
27 Mar 2002 Republic of Ireland v Denmark W 3-0 International
17 Apr 2002 Republic of Ireland v USA W 2-1 International
16 May 2002 Republic of Ireland v Nigeria L 1-2 International
16 Jun 2002 Spain v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
12 Feb 2003 Scotland v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 International
30 Apr 2003 Republic of Ireland v Norway W 1-0 International
07 Jun 2003 Republic of Ireland v Albania W 2-1 European Championship Group 10
19 Aug 2003 Republic of Ireland v Australia W 2-1 International
09 Sep 2003 Republic of Ireland v Turkey D 2-2 International
11 Oct 2003 Switzerland v Republic of Ireland L 2-0 European Championship Group 10
08 Oct 2005 Cyprus v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.