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|Full name||Michael Anthony Collins|
|Date of birth||30 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Halifax, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2014||→ AFC Wimbledon (loan)||9||(0)|
|2015||→ York City (loan)||7||(0)|
|2017–2018||F.C. Halifax Town||22||(0)|
|2003||Republic of Ireland U18|
|2003–2005||Republic of Ireland U19|
|2007–2008||Republic of Ireland U21||6||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 20:07, 15 January 2019 (UTC)|
Michael Anthony Collins (born 30 April 1986) is a football player and coach.
As a player, he has played club football for Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United, AFC Wimbledon, Oxford United, York City, Leyton Orient and F.C. Halifax Town; he also had a spell playing in India for I-League side Bengaluru and represented the Republic of Ireland under-18, under-19 and under-21 teams.
Collins was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire.Having come through Huddersfield Town's academy, he made his first team debut in a 1–0 home win over Blackpool on 19 February 2005. Collins made eight appearances in the 2004–05 season, with seven of them being starts. He signed a professional contract with the club on 11 May 2005.
He made his first start of the 2005–06 season coming on as an 89th-minute substitute in a 3–1 home win over Swansea City on 13 August 2005. [ citation needed ] Collins made 21 appearances in all competitions Huddersfield in 2005–06.His first start came in a 4–2 away win in the League Cup over Chesterfield on 24 August 2005. Collins scored his first goal on 18 February 2006 in a 5–0 win over Milton Keynes Dons. He came on as a substitute in the FA Cup third round tie in January 2006 against Premier League champions Chelsea, and set-up Gary Taylor-Fletcher for an equaliser.
Collins made his first appearance of 2006–07 on the opening day of the season, coming on in the 66th minute in a 2–1 away defeat away to Gillingham.He made his first start of the season in a 2–0 defeat by Mansfield Town at home in the first round of the League Cup on 22 August 2006. His first league start of the season came on 26 August 2006 in a 1–1 draw at home with Nottingham Forest. Collins scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 away win over Port Vale on 21 October 2006. He scored in the last two matches of the season; first in a 4–2 win over Millwall on 21 April 2007 and then on the final day in a 3–1 win over Leyton Orient on 5 May. Collins finished 2006–07 with 46 appearances in all competitions, starting 41 with five coming of the bench, scoring four goals.
He scored his first league goal of 2007–08 in Huddersfield's 2–0 win over Yeovil Town at Huish Park on 2 February 2008. [ citation needed ] On 16 February 2008, Collins equalised Frank Lampard's goal on the stroke of half-time in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. However, Huddersfield lost the match 3–1.During 2007–08, Huddersfield manager Andy Ritchie tended to use Collins as cover in right-back and right-midfield positions, but he mainly tended to use Collins in tandem with Andy Holdsworth in Huddersfield's central midfield.
After being left out of the first-team squad for the most of the first part of 2008–09 by manager Stan Ternent, he was re-called to the team by caretaker manager Gerry Murphy to play in the FA Cup first-round tie at home to Port Vale.[ citation needed ] Collins scored Huddersfield's equaliser, but was unable to prevent them losing 4–3. A week later, Collins scored his first league goal of the season, with a 90th-minute winner in a 2–1 win at Elland Road against local rivals Leeds United. Collins scored 10 goals in 2008–09, from 39 appearances.
Collins gained a red card in Huddersfield's first match of 2009–10 away to Southend United on 8 August 2009. [ citation needed ] but he returned as a substitute in the 2–1 defeat at Exeter City. He then came on as an 89th-minute substitute in the first leg of Huddersfield's play-off semi-final match with Millwall, and was an unused substitute in the second leg defeat at The Den on 18 May 2010.[ citation needed ] Collins made 35 appearances in 2009–10, scoring three goals. Along with seven other players, he was added to the transfer list by manager Lee Clark in May 2010.His first goal of the season came in the 65th minute of Huddersfield's 2–1 home victory over Yeovil Town on 29 August 2009. Collins was ruled out for the remainder of 2009–10 in April 2010, following surgery on a broken finger,
Collins joined Championship club Scunthorpe United on 6 July 2010 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.
On 20 February 2014, Collins joined AFC Wimbledon on loan for the rest of the 2013–14 season.
On 15 July 2014, Collins signed a one-year deal at Oxford United, becoming new manager Michael Appleton's first signing.Appleton said: "Michael has played 300 league games, most of them at a higher level, and will bring a little bit of know-how and quality to the squad." He made 43 appearances for Oxford, scoring twice, before joining their League Two rivals York City on 2 October 2015 on a one-month loan. Collins left Oxford by mutual agreement on 7 January 2016, after failing to make any first-team appearances in the 2015–16 season.
On 21 January 2016, Collins signed for I-League club Bengaluru.He left the club in May 2016. He played all total of 10 matches in the club and represented the side in the Hero I-League.
On 28 October 2016, Collins signed for Leyton Orient on a three-month contract.He turned down the offer of a new one-year contract with Orient at the end of 2016–17, after the club's relegation to the National League.
On 9 December 2017, Collins came out of retirement to sign for his hometown club, F.C. Halifax Town of the National League.
He returned to playing in December 2018 with Alfreton Town.
Qualifying through the parentage rule, Collins made his international debut in a Republic of Ireland under-18 match in April 2003.[ citation needed ] He was the captain of the Irish under-19 squad and on 14 March 2007, he got his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for a match against the Netherlands.[ citation needed ] However, he was forced to withdraw from the squad after picking up a shoulder injury in a league match for Huddersfield against Brighton & Hove Albion.[ citation needed ]
Collins made his under-21 debut against Germany in a friendly match at the Sportpark Ronhof in Fürth on 21 August 2007.[ citation needed ] His home debut came against Portugal at Turners Cross in Cork on 7 September 2007.[ citation needed ] On 15 May 2008, he scored his first goals for the under-21s in a 3–1 win over Malaysia in an Intercontinental Cup match in Malaysia.[ citation needed ] Collins made six appearances scoring twice between 2007 and 2008.
In July 2017, Collins joined League One club Bradford City as their under-18s lead coach.
He was appointed head coach of Bradford City on 18 June 2018, with Martin Drury and Greg Abbott named as his assistants.He won his first league game, 1-0 away at Shrewsbury, but won only one more game out of 7 in total, and was sacked by the club on 3 September 2018. He later became a coach at Sunderland's Academy.
He is the cousin of professional rugby league players Scott Grix and Simon Grix.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Huddersfield Town||2004–05||League One||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|AFC Wimbledon (loan)||2013–14||League Two||9||0||—||—||—||9||0|
|Oxford United||2014–15||League Two||39||2||2||0||2||0||0||0||43||2|
|York City (loan)||2015–16||League Two||7||0||1||0||—||2||0||10||0|
|Leyton Orient||2016–17||League Two||30||0||0||0||—||1||0||31||0|
|F.C. Halifax Town||2017–18||National League||22||0||—||—||1||0||23||0|
|Bradford City||18 June 2018||3 September 2018||7||2||1||4||5||9||−4||28.57|
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