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Place of Birth :Willesden, England
David Connolly plays as a striker. He currently plays for Sunderland.
After being educated at St Joan of Arc in Hertfordshire, he started his career with Watford where he scored 15 goals in 34 games.
That impressive record earned him a move to Dutch team Feyenoord. He was at one point the highest paid player in Dutch football. He had loan spells at Excelsior Rotterdam and Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Wimbledon in 2001 on a free transfer where he scored 42 goals in two seasons. West Ham United signed him in 2003 for £285,000 where he netted 14 goals.
He signed for Leicester City in 2004 for £500,000 where he finished top scorer in his first season.
Connolly is best remembered for having scored a hat-trick against Stoke City in August 2005, before departing for Wigan.
On August 31, 2005 he joined newly promoted Premiership club Wigan Athletic for £2m (with the possibility of rising to £3m if Wigan stayed in the Premiership, which they did).He scored on his debut for Wigan in a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, but was hit by injuries for much of the rest of the 2005/6 season.
On August 31, David linked up with his former Republic of Ireland team-mate Roy Keane at Sunderland. His first goal came against Colchester United on November 18, when he came on as a sub and smashed the ball in off the post from about 18 yards out. Connolly ended up Sunderland's top scorer and was an integral part of their promotion in the 2006/07 season, scoring 13 goals in the campaign and scoring the final goal of the season for Sunderland against Luton on May 6, 2007 in the match that made Sunderland champions of the Coca-Cola Championship.
David has also been a regular member of the Republic of Ireland national team. Connolly made his debut on May 29, 1996 against Portugal. He was part of the 2002 World Cup squad that lost to Spain in the Round of 16, where Connolly's penalty kick was saved by Iker Casillas during the shootout.
He scored a notable hat-trick against Liechtenstein in the World Cup Qualifier in May 1997. In all he has scored nine goals for the Republic in 41 appearances and was recalled for the World Cup qualifying tie against Cyprus in October 2005 after a period when he failed to make the squad.
David Connolly's full debut
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