Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane (born 2 February 1991) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland national team.

His previous clubs include Barnsley, Plymouth Argyle, Sunderland and Ipswich Town. He has represented the Republic of Ireland senior side at international level as well as under-19 and under-21 levels.

Conor Hourihane
Personal information
Full name Conor Hourihane[1]
Date of birth 2 February 1991 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Bandon, Ireland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position Central midfielder[4]
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 14
Youth career
2007–2009 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Sunderland 0 (0)
2010–2011 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2011–2014 Plymouth Argyle 125 (15)
2014–2017 Barnsley 112 (29)
2017– Aston Villa 100 (19)
National team
2009–2010 Republic of Ireland U19 14 (0)
2010–2012 Republic of Ireland U21 8 (1)
2017– Republic of Ireland 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:11, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019 (UTC)


Early career

Hourihane came through the youth team of Sunderland[5] and stayed with the Black Cats until 2010 when his contract expired. He was offered a new deal by Sunderland but chose to sign for his idol Roy Keane's Football League Championship side Ipswich Town, who had to offer compensation for the deal.[6][7] Hourihane failed to make an appearance for Ipswich in the 2010–11 season.

Plymouth Argyle

He signed for Football League Two side Plymouth Argyle on 30 July 2011 on a free transfer after being released by Ipswich and impressing on trial.[8] He made his professional debut on 6 August 2011, in the opening day draw with Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow.[9] On 15 October, Hourihane scored his first goal for Plymouth in a 3–2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.[10] He became the club's captain during the 2012–13 season following the departure of Darren Purse to Port Vale and signed a new two-year contract in May 2013. Hourihane impressed for Plymouth in the 2013–14 season, starting 53 games and missing only one match all season because of suspension, scoring nine goals in the process.


Hourihane joined Barnsley on 23 June 2014 for a fee of £250,000, signing a three-year contract with the Tykes.[11] He earned the League One Player of the Month award for August 2014, after making an impressive start to his Barnsley career. Hourihane became captain of the club in December 2015.[12]

Hourihane and his teammates won two trophies at Wembley Stadium in London, during the 2015–2016 season: The first visit to Wembley was on the 3 April 2016 for the Football League Trophy, in which Barnsley won 3–2 in the League Trophy final, after beating Oxford United of League Two.[13] The second visit to Wembley was on the 29 May 2016, for the Football League One play-offs final. Barnsley won promotion to the Championship, after beating Millwall 3–1 in the Play-Off final.[14]

Hourihane and Barnsley had a highly successful start to life in the Championship, winning five out of their first seven games, including 4–0 wins against Rotherham[15] and Wolves,[16] and with Hourihane scoring three goals in these first seven games and assisting a further five. He went on to win the Championship Player of the Month for August 2016.[17]

Despite speculation linking Hourihane with Aston Villa on the 21 January 2017, Hourihane captained Barnsley to a 3–2 victory against Leeds United with Hourihane scoring the match winning goal with a free-kick.[18]

On 26 January 2017, it was confirmed that Hourihane had left Barnsley, to sign for Championship rivals Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. Both Hourihane and Barnsley released a statement, the player thanking the fans and commenting that Barnsley "will always have a special place in my heart".[19]

Aston Villa

On 26 January 2017, Hourihane joined Aston Villa on three-and-a-half year deal.[20] Hourihane made 17 appearances as Villa finished the season in 13th place, scoring his first Villa goal against Bristol City in February. He scored his first hat trick for the club in a 4–2 victory at home against Norwich City in August 2017.[21]

International career

On 28 March 2017, Hourihane made his senior international debut, starting in a 1–0 friendly defeat against Iceland at the Aviva Stadium.[22] Hourihane won his second cap in a friendly against Mexico on 2 June 2017. On 26 March 2019, Hourihane scored his first senior international goal in a 1–0 win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium[23]. The Republic of Ireland's first home match in Euro 2020 qualifying received additional coverage due to a protest against the former CEO of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), John Delaney. A portion of the Republic of Ireland supporters threw tennis balls on the pitch during the 33rd minute to express their discontent at Delaney remaining part of the FAI hierarchy.[24]

Career statistics

As of games played on 27 May 2019.[25]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ipswich Town 2010–11 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plymouth Argyle 2011–12 League Two 38 2 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 42 2
2012–13 42 5 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 47 5
2013–14 45 8 5 1 1 0 2[a] 0 53 9
Total 125 15 8 1 4 5 0 142 16
Barnsley 2014–15 League One 46 13 3 1 1 0 3 0 53 14
2015–16 41 10 1 0 2 1 6 1 50 12
2016–17 Championship 25 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 28 6
Total 112 29 7 1 5 1 9 1 126 32
Aston Villa 2016–17 Championship 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2017–18 41 11 1 0 1 0 3[b] 0 46 11
2018–19 43 7 0 0 2 1 3[b] 1 48 9
Total 101 19 1 0 3 1 6 1 111 21
Career total 338 63 14 2 12 2 20 2 384 69
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b Games played in EFL Championship play-offs

International goals

Scores and results list the Republic of Ireland's goal tally first.[26]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2019 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  Georgia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification




Aston Villa



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  3. ^ "Conor Hourihane". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. ^ Connor, Dan (9 March 2019). "Hourihane 100: All his stats, goals and assists for Aston Villa". Aston Villa F.C. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  5. ^ Bohane, John (7 July 2007). "Conor is heading off to join Roy at Sunderland". The Southern Star. Skibbereen. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Conor Signs One Year Deal". Ipswich Town F.C. 16 July 2010. Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Ipswich Town sign Sunderland midfielder Conor Hourihane". BBC Sport. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Conor Hourihane is set to join Plymouth Argyle". BBC Sport. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury 1–1 Plymouth". Sky Sports. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Dag & Red 2–3 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Argyle explain reasons behind £200,000 transfer of Conor Hourihane to Barnsley". Plymouth Herald. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  12. ^ Barnsley Irish Star Conor Hourihane Irish Post
  13. ^ Cartwright, Phil (3 April 2016). "Barnsley 3 Oxford United 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  14. ^ Stevens, Rob. "Barnsley 3–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Barnsley 4–0 Rotherham United". 27 August 2016 – via
  16. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–4 Barnsley". 13 September 2016 – via
  17. ^ "Sky Bet English Football League: David Wagner and Conor Hourihane lead August awards".
  18. ^ "Barnsley 3 Leeds 2". Sky Sports. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Club Statement: Conor Hourihane Leaves Oakwell". Barnsley Official Site. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Conor Hourihane: Aston Villa sign Barnsley captain for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 26 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Aston Villa 4–2 Norwich City". 19 August 2017 – via
  22. ^ "Iceland's Hordur Magnusson proves too much for Ireland's second string". Guardian. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Republic of Ireland 1–0 Georgia: Conor Hourihane fires ace amid tennis ball protests". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  24. ^ "WATCH: Ireland fans' tennis ball protest before Conor Hourihane goal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Conor Hourihane". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  26. ^ "Conor Hourihane". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  27. ^ Cartwright, Phil (3 April 2016). "Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  28. ^ Stevens, Rob (29 May 2016). "Barnsley 3–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  29. ^ Woodcock, Ian (27 May 2019). "Aston Villa 2–1 Derby County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2019.

External links

2008 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

The final tournament of the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Championship was the 26th UEFA European Under-17 Championship, UEFA's premier football tournament for players under the age of 17. The tournament was held in Turkey from 4 May to 16 May 2008. Players born after 1 January 1991 were eligible to participate in this competition.

2010–11 Ipswich Town F.C. season

The 2010–11 season is Ipswich Town's ninth consecutive season in The Football League Championship, the second-highest division in the English football league system. In addition to competing in The Championship, Ipswich Town are also competing in the League Cup and the FA Cup. Manager Roy Keane was sacked after the defeat to Nottingham Forest in January after a season-and-a-half in charge. First-team coach Ian McParland presided over the FA Cup defeat at Chelsea and the League Cup semi-final 1st leg win over Arsenal before Paul Jewell took over the managerial role on a permanent basis.

2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 2

The teams competing in Group 2 of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championships qualifying competition were Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and Turkey.

2011–12 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

The 2011–12 season was Plymouth Argyle's 100th as a professional football club, their 87th as a member of the Football League and their sixth in Football League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. The season marked Argyle's 125th anniversary since founding in 1886.

2013–14 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

The 2013–14 season was Plymouth Argyle's 87th in the Football League and eighth in the fourth division of English football.

2014–15 Barnsley F.C. season

The 2014–15 season was Barnsley's first season back in Football League One after being relegated the previous season.

2015–16 Barnsley F.C. season

The 2015–16 season was Barnsley's second consecutive season in League One following their relegation from the Championship in the 2013–14 season. Along with League One, the club also competed in the FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy. The season covered the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Barnsley were promoted to the Football League Championship, after beating Millwall 3-1 in the play-off final. Barnsley also won the Football League Trophy, after beating Oxford United 3–2 in the final.

2016 Football League One play-off Final

The 2016 Football League One play-off Final was a football match contested between Barnsley and Millwall. The match was played at Wembley Stadium on 29 May 2016. The winner, Barnsley were promoted to the Championship. The game was won 3–1 by Barnsley.

2016 Football League Trophy Final

The 2016 Football League Trophy Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 3 April 2016 to decide the winner of the 2015–16 Football League Trophy, the 32nd edition of the Football League Trophy, a knock-out tournament for the 48 teams in League One and League Two.

It was played between Barnsley of League One and Oxford United of League Two, neither of whom had played in a League Trophy final before. Barnsley won 3–2. United led 1–0 at half-time through a goal from Callum O'Dowda. An own-goal by Chey Dunkley early in the second half was followed by goals from Ashley Fletcher and Adam Hammill to give Barnsley a two-goal cushion. A header from Danny Hylton in the 76th minute reduced the deficit, but United were unable to find an equaliser in the remaining minutes and suffered defeat at Wembley for the first time in their history.

2016–17 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2016–17 season was Aston Villa's first season in the Football League Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season in their 142nd year in existence. It was also their first season in the second tier of English football since the formation of the Premier League.

2016–17 Barnsley F.C. season

The 2016–17 season saw Barnsley's return to the Championship after two seasons in League One, following their relegation in the 2013–14 season. Along with the Championship, the club also competed in the FA Cup and League Cup. The season covered the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

2016–17 EFL Championship

The 2016–17 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the first season of the EFL Championship under its current name, and the twenty-fifth season under its current league structure. Newcastle United were crowned the champions and were promoted to Premier League after just one season in the Championship. Brighton & Hove Albion, alongside Huddersfield Town, both achieved their first ever Premier League promotions, via the second automatic promotion place and play-off route respectively.

The season started on 5 August 2016 with the final round of regular league fixtures played on 7 May 2017. The fixtures were announced on 22 June 2016.

2017–18 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2017–18 season was Aston Villa's second consecutive season in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League during the 2015–16 season. It was also their 143rd year in existence.John Terry joined the club and was appointed captain.Aston Villa finished fourth in the Championship and got to the play-off final, where they lost 0–1 to Fulham, ensuring they would again compete in the Championship in 2018–19.

2018–19 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2018–19 season was Aston Villa's third consecutive season in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League during the 2015–16 season, the finished in fifth place and were the winners of the subsequent play-offs to achieve promotion to the Premier League. It was also their 144th year in existence.

2019 EFL Championship play-off Final

The 2019 EFL Championship play-off Final was a football match which was played on 27 May 2019 at Wembley Stadium, London between Aston Villa and Derby County. The winner earned promotion to the Premier League for the 2019–20 season. The top two teams of the 2018–19 EFL Championship season gained automatic promotion, whilst the teams placed between third and sixth place in the league table played two initial matches in a series of play-offs, and the top two teams of the play-offs played for the final place for the 2019–20 Premier League. Winning the game is estimated to be worth £170m to the successful team.Aston Villa won 2–1 to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2016.

Bandon, County Cork

Bandon (; Irish: Droichead na Bandan) is a town in County Cork, Ireland. It lies on the River Bandon between two hills. The name in Irish means Bridge of the Bandon, a reference to the origin of the town as a crossing-point on the river. In 2004 Bandon celebrated its quatercentenary. The town, sometimes called the Gateway to West Cork, had a population of 6,957 at the 2016 census. Bandon is in the Cork South-West (Dáil Éireann) constituency, which has three seats.

EFL League One Player of the Month

The Football League One Player of the Month is an association football award that recognises the player adjudged the best for each month of the season in Football League One, the third tier in English football. The award replaced the Second Division Player of the Month as League One replaced the Second Division. From the 2010–11 season, the Football League was sponsored by nPower, so it was known as the nPower League One Player of the Month award. As of the 2013–14 season, the league has been sponsored by Skybet, so it is now the SkyBet Player of the Month award. The awards are designed and manufactured in the UK by bespoke awards company Gaudio Awards.

James Bree (footballer)

James Patrick Bree (born 11 December 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Aston Villa.

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group D

Group D of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying is one of the ten groups to decide which teams will qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals tournament. Group D consists of five teams: Denmark, Georgia, Gibraltar, Republic of Ireland and Switzerland, where they will play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format.The top two teams will qualify directly for the finals. Unlike previous editions, the participants of the play-offs will not be decided based on results from the qualifying group stage, but instead based on their performance in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.

Aston Villa F.C. – current squad
Barnsley F.C. Player of the Year

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