8 February 2009

Craig Cathcart

Name: Craig George Cathcart
Born: 6 February 1989, Belfast
Height: 6.02 ft
Weight: 11.08 st
Position: Centre-Back / Full-Back

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Full Caps (2010-date), 15 Under-21 Caps (2006-2009), 3 Under-20 Caps, 11 Under-17 Caps / 1 Goal, 6 Under-16 Caps; UEFA Under-18 Select (2007).
Awards: Belfast Telegraph George Best Breakthrough Award 2011.

Club Career:
Teams.......... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- -League- FACup FL Cup
Carnmoney Colts .................. Youth
St Andrew's BC ................... Youth
Manchester Utd. 05/06-09/10 Feb-06 Youth
Royal Antwerp.. 07/08 ..... Aug-07 .Loan 13(-)/2
Plymouth Argyle.08/09 ..... Aug-08 .Loan 30(1)/1 1(0)/0 1(0)/0
Watford ....... 09/10 ..... Sep-09 .Loan 12(0)/0
Blackpool ..... 10/11- date Aug-10 £500k

Biography:
The latest in a long line of Manchester United youngsters to earn elevation to the Northern Ireland squad before making their firstteam debut, Craig Cathcart has starred at various underage international levels.

In 2007 Cathcart was a member of the European Under-18 Select team that claimed the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup, defeating an African Select 10-1 on aggregate.

Cathcart impressed while on loan at Championship side, Plymouth Argyle. He was included in the Northern Ireland squad to face Italy in June 2009 but was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.

After another loan spell with Watford, Cathcart was allowed to join Premier League new-boys Blackpool in a £500,000 deal on the eve of the 2010/11 season. A few weeks later he made his senior Northern Ireland debut against Slovenia. He was fielded at left-back, rather than his favoured central role, as a late stand-in for injured ex-Manchester United colleague, Jonny Evans. Like Evans' debut four years earlier, Cathcart put in a superb display in a backs-to-the-wall win, even getting involved in Corry Evans, another ex-United clubmate's, goal.

ManUtd.com
PAFC.com
IrishFA.com

More to follow.

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
03-09-2010 Slovenia....... A W 1-0 ECQ
25-03-2011 Serbia......... A L 1-2 ECQ
29-03-2011 Slovenia....... H D 0-0 ECQ
24-05-2011 Rep. of Ireland A L 0-5 CNC
27-05-2011 Wales.......... N L 0-2 CNC
10-08-2011 Faroe Islands.. H W 4-0 ECQ sub
still active

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:

14-11-2006 Germany....... A L 1-2 FR
06-02-2007 Wales......... H L 0-4 FR
24-03-2007 Romania....... A L 0-2 FR sub
16-11-2007 Luxembourg.... H W 5-0 ECQ
20-11-2007 Moldova....... H W 3-0 ECQ
06-02-2008 Israel........ A L 1-2 ECQ
19-08-2008 Poland........ N L 0-1 MT
20-08-2008 Ukraine....... A L 1-4 MT
05-09-2008 Germany....... A L 0-3 ECQ
18-11-2008 Scotland...... A W 3-1 FR
31-03-2009 Ukraine....... H D 1-1 FR
04-09-2009 Czech Republic A L 0-2 ECQ
13-10-2009 Iceland....... A L 1-2 ECQ
13-11-2009 Germany....... H D 1-1 ECQ
17-11-2009 Czech Republic H L 1-2 ECQ

Summary: 14(1)/0. Won 3, Drew 2, Lost 10.


UEFA Under-18 Representative Match Details:

27-02-2007 African Select H W 6-1 Meridian Cup

Summary: 1/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.

Pictures by Roy Cathcart and @ourweecountry.

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