Mark Connolly Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Mark Gerard Connolly
  • Born: December 16th, 1991 (Monaghan, Ireland)
  • Height: 6' 1
  • Position: Defender
  • Signed: January 31st, 2019
  • First Manager: Robbie Neilson
  • Career Totals: 52 appearances, 1 goals
  • Also Played For: Bolton Wanderers, Crawley Town, Kilmarnock, Macclesfield Town, St Johnstone


Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
2020-21 13 (2) 0 1 0 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
2019-20 17 (5) 1 3 0 59.1% 27.3% 13.6%
2018-19 15 0 4 0 53.3% 26.7% 20.0%
Totals: 45 (7) 1


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 21/11/20 Premiership vs. Hamilton (H) 2 - 1
 10/11/20 Sectional Tie - Group C vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 0
 24/10/20 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 0
 17/10/20 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
 13/10/20 Sectional Tie - Group C vs. Kelty Hearts (H) 1 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 04/01/20 Championship vs. QOS (A) 1 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 04/01/20 Championship vs. QOS (A)  1 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 21/11/20 Premiership vs. Hamilton (H)  2 - 1
 10/11/20 Sectional Tie - Group C vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 0
 24/10/20 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 0
 17/10/20 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 13/10/20 Sectional Tie - Group C vs. Kelty Hearts (H)  1 - 0
 10/10/20 Sectional Tie - Group C vs. Peterhead (H)  0 - 1
 07/10/20 Sectional Tie - Group C vs. Brechin City (A)  6 - 2
 02/10/20 Premiership vs. Livingston (H)  1 - 2
 26/09/20 Premiership vs. Hamilton (A)  1 - 1
 29/08/20 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 4
 22/08/20 Premiership vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 1
 15/08/20 Premiership vs. Ross County (A)  2 - 1
 11/08/20 Premiership vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 1
 08/08/20 Premiership vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 01/08/20 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 1
 07/03/20 Championship vs. Partick Th (H)  1 - 1
 03/03/20 Championship vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 0
 29/02/20 Championship vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 2
 21/02/20 Championship vs. Inverness CT (H)  2 - 1
 14/02/20 Championship vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  0 - 0
 01/02/20 Championship vs. Arbroath (H)  0 - 1
 28/01/20 4th Round Replay vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 4
 25/01/20 Championship vs. Morton (H)  1 - 1
 19/01/20 4th Round vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 2
 11/01/20 Championship vs. Partick Th (A)  4 - 1
 04/01/20 Championship vs. QOS (A)  1 - 0
 21/12/19 Championship vs. Ayr Utd (H)  4 - 0
 14/12/19 Championship vs. Arbroath (A)  1 - 0
 10/12/19 Championship vs. Morton (A)  2 - 1
 08/11/19 Championship vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 0
 02/11/19 Championship vs. Inverness CT (A)  3 - 0
 30/08/19 Championship vs. Dundee (H)  6 - 2
 09/08/19 Championship vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 1
 03/08/19 Championship vs. Inverness CT (H)  4 - 1
 19/07/19 Group A vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  3 - 0
 16/07/19 Group A vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  2 - 1
 12/07/19 Group A vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 26/05/19 Premiership Playoff Final 2nd Leg vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 23/05/19 Premiership Playoff Final 1st Leg vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 17/05/19 Premiership Playoff Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Inverness CT (H)  3 - 0
 14/05/19 Premiership Playoff Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Inverness CT (A)  1 - 0
 04/05/19 Championship vs. Morton (A)  0 - 1
 20/04/19 Championship vs. Inverness CT (A)  2 - 0
 12/04/19 Championship vs. Ayr Utd (H)  2 - 1
 05/04/19 Championship vs. Ross County (A)  1 - 1
 19/03/19 Championship vs. Ross County (H)  1 - 0
 09/03/19 Championship vs. Partick Th (A)  1 - 2
 03/03/19 Quarter Final vs. Inverness CT (H)  1 - 2
 26/02/19 Championship vs. Inverness CT (H)  1 - 0
 23/02/19 Championship vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 1
 09/02/19 Fifth Round vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 1
 02/02/19 Championship vs. Morton (H)  2 - 1


Biography


A youth with his native Monaghan United and later Wolverhampton Wanderers, Mark joined Bolton at age 17 in the summer of 2009 for a £1,000,000 fee. His first taste of professional football came in Scotland while on loan at St Johnstone, making his debut in March 2010. By 2011, Mark had represented Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level. He became captain of Bolton Wanderers's reserve side during the 2011-12 season before going on loan to Macclesfield for a short spell. This would be his final season with Wanderers, before leaving to join Crawley Town on a two-year deal.

During his two seasons with Crawley he became a first team regular and was beginning to attract attention from Championship clubs, quickly becoming a favourite amongst supporters for his "head on the line" defensive style. As a free agent in 2014, he opted to join Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock despite offers from the higher divisions in England. In his first season at Rugby Park he held down a place as a regular before a broken collarbone unfortunately ended his season. Following a recovery, Mark was named as Kilmarnock's new captain for the 2015-16 campaign. Injury curtailed his opportunities however and at the end of the season his contract was cancelled.

In the summer of 2016, Mark returned to recently relegated Crawley Town where he played a further two full seasons, this time in League Two. Midway through the 2018-19 campaign, he handed in a transfer request and later left to sign for United on a two and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee. Making his debut against Morton at Tannadice a few days later, he formed an impressive partnership with Mark Reynolds and the pair missed only a handful of games through to the end of the season, as United just missed out on promotion to the Premiership, losing the Play-Off final with St Mirren in May 2019.

Squad Numbers


55

Season:
2018-19

5

Season:
2019-20

5

Season:
2020-21





Debut

February 2nd, 2019
Dundee United 2 - 1 Greenock Morton

League (Championship)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    Mark was born on this date in Monaghan, Ireland.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    A youth with his native Monaghan United and later Wolverhampton Wanderers, Mark joined Bolton at age 17 in the summer of 2009 for a £1,000,000 fee. His first taste of professional football came in Scotland while on loan at St Johnstone, making his debut in March 2010. By 2011, Mark had represented Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level. He became captain of Bolton Wanderers's reserve side during the 2011-12 season before going on loan to Macclesfield for a short spell. This would be his final season with Wanderers, before leaving to join Crawley Town on a two-year deal.

  • An impressive first half performance was enough to give a much-changed Dundee United all three points at Tannadice against Morton.

  • For United’s first game of the new decade, there were three changes in the line-up from the side that drew with Dundee. Mark Connolly came in for Mark Reynolds who dropped down to the bench thereby missing his first league game of the season with Calum Butcher taking over the captain’s armband. With Harkes out injured, Adrián Spörle, a sub in the derby, started for the first time in three months Academy Graduate Declan Glass – only just back from his loan spell with Cove Rangers was thrust into the action in place of the injured Paul McMullan. Three Academy graduates - Logan Chalmers, Ross Graham, and Chris Mochrie were on the bench. The hosts who were the last team to beat United also showed three changes with Darren Brownlie, Michael Paton and Jack Hamilton coming into the side that won 2-1 at Ayr United last week.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 2 - 1 Hamilton