Michael McGovern

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Personal information
Full nameMichael McGovern [1]
Date of birth (1984-07-12) 12 July 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 33
Youth career
0000–2001 Enniskillen Town United
2001–2004 Celtic
Senior career*
2004–2008 Celtic 0 (0)
2005Stranraer (loan) 19 (0)
2006St Johnstone (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2009 Dundee United 0 (0)
2009–2011 Ross County 71 (0)
2011–2014 Falkirk 105 (0)
2014–2016 Hamilton Academical 75 (0)
2016– Norwich City 20 (0)
National team
Northern Ireland U19 3 (0)
2005–2006 Northern Ireland U21 10 (0)
2010– Northern Ireland 29 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 10:43, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:02, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Michael McGovern (born 12 July 1984) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Norwich City and the Northern Ireland national team.

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Born in Enniskillen, McGovern started his career with Scottish Premier League club Celtic in 2001. He spent time on loan with Scottish Second Division side Stranraer in 2005 and with Scottish First Division side St Johnstone in 2006. He left Celtic in 2008, having never made a first-team appearance for the club. After leaving Celtic, he joined fellow Scottish Premier League side Dundee United, but left after one season having not made a first-team appearance. In 2009, he went back to the First Division with Ross County, where he enjoyed a successful two-year spell. In 2011, he moved on a free transfer to fellow First Division side Falkirk. McGovern then moved to Hamilton Academical in 2014. After spending 15 years playing in Scotland, he moved to English club Norwich City in July 2016.

Enniskillen town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

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McGovern represented Northern Ireland at under-19 and under-21 levels, before making his senior debut in May 2010. He represented Northern Ireland at UEFA Euro 2016.

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Club career


McGovern joined Celtic in July 2001 from hometown junior club Enniskillen Town United. His first involvement with the first-team squad was as a substitute at the Camp Nou during Celtic's UEFA Cup match against Barcelona in March 2004. [2] [3] In January 2005, McGovern joined Stranraer on loan. [4] He joined St Johnstone on a one-month emergency loan in December 2006. [5] While at Celtic, he managed to pick up a Scottish Cup winners medal in 2004 [6] and 2007, [7] both times as an unused substitute.

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Dundee United

On 17 June 2008, McGovern agreed a pre-contract move to Dundee United, signing a one-year deal. [8] He failed to make a first-team appearance for United and manager Craig Levein confirmed McGovern's departure in May 2009. [9]

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Ross County

McGovern moved to Ross County in late June 2009 [10] and enjoyed a successful first season. [11] This included playing in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, which Ross County lost 3–0 to McGovern's former club Dundee United, [12] and making his full international debut. [11]

Ross County F.C. Scottish professional association football club based in Ross-shire

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The 2010 Scottish Cup Final was the 125th final of the Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition, the Scottish Cup. The match took place on 15 May 2010, at Hampden Park, Glasgow and was contested by first time finalists Ross County and 1994 winners Dundee United. Craig Conway scored a brace as Dundee United ended a wait of 16 years to win the Scottish Cup for the second time in the club's history. The match was the first final since 1938 in which both teams came from outwith the Central Belt.

In his second season at the club, McGovern saved two penalties in a 4–3 penalty shoot-out win against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Challenge Cup semi-final on 10 October 2010. [13] He played in the final on 10 April 2011, as Ross County lifted the trophy after a 2–0 win against Queen of the South at McDiarmid Park. [14] McGovern left Ross County at the end of the 2010–11 Scottish First Division season. [15]


After leaving Ross County, McGovern joined up with St Johnstone for pre-season training [16] before he signed for Falkirk on 20 July 2011. [17] He quickly established himself as first choice goalkeeper and on 21 September 2011, played in Falkirk's 3–2 Scottish League Cup win over holders Rangers. [18] On 1 April 2012, he played for Falkirk in their 1–0 win over Hamilton in the 2012 Scottish Challenge Cup Final. [19] At the end of the season he won the Falkirk Players' Player of the Year award and Falkirk Supporters Club Player of the Year award. He was among four players nominated for the PFA Scotland First Division Player of the Year award and he was named in the PFA Scotland 2012–13 First Division Team of the Year. [20] On 17 May 2012, he signed a new one-year contract. [21]

McGovern was named Falkirk Players' Player of the Year for the second year in succession at the end of the 2012–13 season. [22] He signed a new one-year deal at Falkirk on 24 June 2013 [23] and was appointed club captain upon the departure of Darren Dods. On 18 April 2014, McGovern was named in the PFA Scotland 2013–14 Championship Team of the Year. [24]

Hamilton Academical

On 9 June 2014, McGovern signed for Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical on a one-year contract. [25] He made his debut on 2 August 2014, in a 2–1 win against Arbroath in the Scottish League Cup. [26] On 5 October 2014, he played in Hamilton Academical's 1–0 victory over Celtic, which was their first victory at Celtic Park in 76 years. [27] During September and October 2014, McGovern set a club record of 437 minutes without conceding a goal in the Scottish top flight. [28] On 28 November 2014, he extended his contract at Hamilton Academical by a further year, until 2016. [29] In January 2015, McGovern became club captain after the incumbent Martin Canning was promoted to manager following Alex Neil's departure to Norwich City. [30]

Norwich City

On 19 July 2016, it was revealed that McGovern had signed for Championship club Norwich City on a three-year deal. [31] He made his debut on 13 August 2016, replacing John Ruddy at half-time in Norwich City's 0–0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. [32]

International career

In March 2008, McGovern received his first call-up to the Northern Ireland squad. [33] McGovern made his full debut for Northern Ireland on 31 May 2010, in a 1–0 loss to Chile. He came on at half-time for Alan Blayney and made a "stunning" save from a long-range effort by Marco Estrada. [34]

McGovern had to wait until 2015 for his second cap, after which he quickly became the number one goalkeeper for Northern Ireland, helping them qualify for Euro 2016 as qualifying group winners. He received plaudits for a series of "heroic saves" that restricted Germany to a 1–0 win during the group stages of the Euro 2016 finals on 21 June 2016, keeping Northern Ireland's goal difference down and helping them qualify for the knockout round of 16. [35]

Career statistics


As of match played 5 January 2019 [36] [37]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
Celtic 2003–04 Scottish Premier League 0000000000
2004–05 Scottish Premier League0000000000
2005–06 Scottish Premier League0000000000
2006–07 Scottish Premier League0000000000
2007–08 Scottish Premier League0000000000
Stranraer (loan) 2004–05 Scottish Second Division 190000000190
St Johnstone (loan) 2006–07 Scottish First Division 1000000010
Dundee United 2008–09 Scottish Premier League00000000
Ross County 2009–10 Scottish First Division35070304 [lower-alpha 1] 0490
2010–11 Scottish First Division36030305 [lower-alpha 1] 0470
Falkirk 2011–12 Scottish First Division35020505 [lower-alpha 1] 0470
2012–13 Scottish First Division35040202 [lower-alpha 1] 0430
2013–14 Scottish Championship 35010306 [lower-alpha 2] 0450
Hamilton Academical 2014–15 Scottish Premiership 3801040430
2015–16 Scottish Premiership3701010390
Norwich City 2016–17 Championship 2002000220
2017–18 Championship00001010
2018–19 Championship 00104050
Career total2910220260002203610
  1. 1 2 3 4 Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. Two appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup and four appearances in Scottish Championship promotion play-offs


As of match played 11 September 2018 [38]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Northern Ireland 201010



Ross County


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