Michael Collins (footballer, born 1986)

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Michael Collins
Personal information
Full nameMichael Anthony Collins [1]
Date of birth (1986-04-30) 30 April 1986 (age 34) [1]
Place of birth Halifax, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
0000–2004 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2010 Huddersfield Town 173 (19)
2010–2014 Scunthorpe United 79 (2)
2014AFC Wimbledon (loan) 9 (0)
2014–2016 Oxford United 39 (2)
2015York City (loan) 7 (0)
2016 Bengaluru FC 11 (0)
2016–2017 Leyton Orient 30 (0)
2017–2018 F.C. Halifax Town 22 (0)
2018– Alfreton Town 3 (0)
National team
2003 Republic of Ireland U18
2003–2005 Republic of Ireland U19
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U21 6 (2)
Teams managed
2018 Bradford City
* 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.

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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.

Club career

Huddersfield Town

Collins was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. [1] 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. [2] Collins made eight appearances in the 2004–05 season, with seven of them being starts. [2] He signed a professional contract with the club on 11 May 2005. [1]

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. [3] His first start came in a 4–2 away win in the League Cup over Chesterfield on 24 August 2005. [3] Collins scored his first goal on 18 February 2006 in a 5–0 win over Milton Keynes Dons. [3] He came on as a substitute in the FA Cup third round tie in January 2006 against Premier League champions Chelsea, [3] and set-up Gary Taylor-Fletcher for an equaliser.[ citation needed ] Collins made 21 appearances in all competitions Huddersfield in 2005–06. [3]

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. [4] 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. [4] His first league start of the season came on 26 August 2006 in a 1–1 draw at home with Nottingham Forest. [4] Collins scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 away win over Port Vale on 21 October 2006. [4] 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. [4] Collins finished 2006–07 with 46 appearances in all competitions, starting 41 with five coming of the bench, scoring four goals. [4]

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. [5] 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.[ 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. [5] However, Huddersfield lost the match 3–1. [5]

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. [6] 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. [6] Collins scored 10 goals in 2008–09, from 39 appearances. [6]

Collins gained a red card in Huddersfield's first match of 2009–10 away to Southend United on 8 August 2009. [7] 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. [7] Collins was ruled out for the remainder of 2009–10 in April 2010, following surgery on a broken finger,[ citation needed ] but he returned as a substitute in the 2–1 defeat at Exeter City. [7] He then came on as an 89th-minute substitute in the first leg of Huddersfield's play-off semi-final match with Millwall, [7] 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. [7] Along with seven other players, he was added to the transfer list by manager Lee Clark in May 2010. [8]

Scunthorpe United

Collins joined Championship club Scunthorpe United on 6 July 2010 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. [9]

On 20 February 2014, Collins joined AFC Wimbledon on loan for the rest of the 2013–14 season. [10]

Oxford United

On 15 July 2014, Collins signed a one-year deal at Oxford United, becoming new manager Michael Appleton's first signing. [11] 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." [11] 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. [12] Collins left Oxford by mutual agreement on 7 January 2016, after failing to make any first-team appearances in the 2015–16 season. [13]

Bengaluru

On 21 January 2016, Collins signed for I-League club Bengaluru. [14] He left the club in May 2016. [15] He played all total of 10 matches in the club and represented the side in the Hero I-League.

Leyton Orient

On 28 October 2016, Collins signed for Leyton Orient on a three-month contract. [16] 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. [17]

F.C. Halifax Town

On 9 December 2017, Collins came out of retirement to sign for his hometown club, F.C. Halifax Town of the National League. [18]

Alfreton Town

He returned to playing in December 2018 with Alfreton Town. [19]

International career

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. [20]

Coaching career

Bradford Under 18's

In July 2017, Collins joined League One club Bradford City as their under-18s lead coach. [21]

Bradford head coach

He was appointed head coach of Bradford City on 18 June 2018, with Martin Drury and Greg Abbott named as his assistants. [22] He won his first league game, 1-0 away at Shrewsbury, but won only one more game out of 7 in total, [23] and was sacked by the club on 3 September 2018. [24] He later became a coach at Sunderland's Academy. [23]

Personal life

He is the cousin of professional rugby league players Scott Grix and Simon Grix. [25]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Huddersfield Town 2004–05 [2] League One 8000000080
2005–06 [3] League One17120101 [lower-alpha 2] 0211
2006–07 [4] League One43410101 [lower-alpha 2] 0464
2007–08 [5] League One41251101 [lower-alpha 2] 1484
2008–09 [6] League One36911101 [lower-alpha 2] 03910
2009–10 [7] League One28330103 [lower-alpha 3] 0353
Total17319122507119722
Scunthorpe United 2010–11 [26] Championship 3211131363
2011–12 [27] League One1000101 [lower-alpha 2] 030
2012–13 [28] League One291100000301
2013–14 [29] League Two 170201000200
Total792415110894
AFC Wimbledon (loan) 2013–14 [29] League Two9090
Oxford United 2014–15 [30] League Two392202000432
2015–16 [31] League Two0000000000
Total392202000432
York City (loan) 2015–16 [31] League Two70102 [lower-alpha 2] 0100
Bengaluru 2015–16 [32] I-League 1006 [lower-alpha 4] 0160
Leyton Orient 2016–17 [33] League Two300001 [lower-alpha 5] 0310
F.C. Halifax Town 2017–18 [32] National League 2201 [lower-alpha 6] 0230
Career total3692319312118141828
  1. Appearances in FA Cup
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. Two appearances in Football League Trophy, one in League One play-offs
  4. Appearances in AFC Cup
  5. Appearance in EFL Trophy
  6. Appearance in FA Trophy

Managerial statistics

As of match played 1 September 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
TeamNatFromToRecordRef
GWDLGFGAGDWin %
Bradford City Flag of England.svg 18 June 20183 September 2018721459−4028.57 [34]
Career Total721459−4028.57

Honours

Scunthorpe United

Bengaluru

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