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Graham Coughlan
Personal information
Full name Graham Coughlan
Date of birth 18 November 1974 (1974-11-18) (age 35)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Shrewsbury Town
Number 5
Youth career
1993–1994 Cherry Orchard
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Bray Wanderers 11 (0)
1995–1999 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
1997 Swindon Town (loan) 3 (0)
1999 Livingston (loan) 6 (0)
1999–2001 Livingston 50 (2)
2001–2005 Plymouth Argyle 177 (25)
2005–2007 Sheffield Wednesday 51 (5)
2007 Burnley (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2008 Rotherham United 45 (1)
2008– Shrewsbury Town 66 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:02 2 January 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Graham Coughlan (born 18 November 1974 in Dublin, County Dublin), is an Irish footballer who currently plays as a defender for Shrewsbury Town. His previous clubs include Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield Wednesday. He is training to become a manager after he has retired from playing and was in charge of Shrewsbury's reserve side which beat Sheffield United 5-0.

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Playing career

Coughlan started his playing career at Leinster Senior League side Cherry Orchard, he then briefly moved to League of Ireland club Bray Wanderers. At 21 he was brought to England by then Blackburn Rovers manager Ray Harford but struggled to earn a place in the Premier League Champions' first team. Loan spells at Swindon Town and Livingston followed before he made a permanent move to the Scottish club in the Summer of 1999 having impressed whilst on loan there.

Coughlan spent two successful seasons at Livingston before moving back to England to Devon club Plymouth Argyle.

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Plymouth Argyle

A highly successful four year spell at the club followed with Graham a permanent fixture, earning his name in the PFA Division Three team of the year for 2001–02 [1] and Plymouth Division Three (where he was top goalscorer) and Division Two League Championships (Where he was named as Division Two's Player of the year). Coughlan was voted the clubs player of the year in 2002 and was also named in the greatest Plymouth Team by fans to mark the clubs first 100 years as a professional club. Coughlan was also Vice Captain of Plymouth and his influence and stature was missed for nearly two seasons in their defence after he was sold to Sheffield Wednesday which they then managed to fill with Krisztián Timár.

Sheffield Wednesday

In the summer of 2005 he was reunited with former manager Paul Sturrock when he moved back up North to newly-promoted Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee[2]. During his first season at the club Graham has proved to be a hit with the fans and management alike, earning a regular place in the team and also taking over the role of captain from Lee Bullen whilst the Scot's injury problems had regularly kept him out of the team.

On 12 April 2006 Coughlan was named Sheffield Wednesday Player of the Year 2005/06. It was the fifth time Graham has won such an award, having previously being named Player of the Year twice at Livingston and twice at Plymouth.

[3]. However, Coughlan was sent on immediate compassionate leave for the next 5 games. On his return he asked to be sent on loan after failing to feature for the first team under new boss Brian Laws. He immediately managed to agree a deal to stay at Burnley until the end of the season. Burnley bolster backline However he only started one game, the 0-0 draw with Luton Town.

After returning to Sheffield Wednesday he was told by manager Brian Laws that he had no future at the club and was made available for transfer.

Rotherham United

On 4 July 2007, Coughlan was released by Sheffield Wednesday after being deemed surplus to requirements. After rejecting a deal with Leeds United, Coughlan then signed for Rotherham United on 13 July 13.[1] He made his debut on 11 August in a 0–0 draw with Hereford United, and was almost ever-present throughout the 2007-08 season.

Shrewsbury Town

On 30 July 2008, Coughlan signed a two-year contract with Shrewsbury for an undisclosed fee.[2] He scored a goal on his debut, in the 4–0 win over Macclesfield Town on 9 August.

Career statistics

As a player

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bray Wanderers
1994–95 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Blackburn Rovers
1995–96 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Swindon Town
1997–98 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Livingston
1998–99 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1999–00 29 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 34 0
2000–01 21 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 27 2
Total 56 2 2 0 4 0 5 0 67 2
Plymouth Argyle
2001–02 46 11 4 0 1 0 1 0 52 11
2002–03 42 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 47 5
2003–04 46 7 1 0 1 0 1 1 49 8
2004–05 43 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 45 2
Total 177 25 10 0 4 0 2 1 193 26
Sheffield Wednesday
2005–06 33 4 1 0 2 1 0 0 36 5
2006–07 18 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
Total 51 5 3 0 2 1 0 0 56 6
Burnley
2006–07 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Rotherham United
2007–08 45 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 49 1
Total 45 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 49 1
Shrewsbury Town
2008–09 42 4 1 0 1 0 6 1 50 5
2009–10 24 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 27 1
Total 66 5 2 0 2 0 7 1 77 6
Career Total 411 37 19 0 13 1 15 2 458 40

Updated to games played as of 2nd January 2010.[3]

Footballing honours

As a player

Scotland Livingston

England Plymouth Argyle

England Sheffield Wednesday

References

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