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Johnny Gorman

Name: Rory John Gorman
Born: 26 October 1992, Cheshire (ENG)
Height: 5.10 ft
Weight: 12.04 st
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 9 Full Caps (2010-2011), 6 Under-21 Caps (2011-2013), 3 Under-19 Caps / 1 Goal, 5 Under-17 Caps, 2 Under-16 Caps / 1 Goal; Republic of Ireland: Youth.
Club Honours: (with Barrow) Conference North Champion 2014/15.

Club Career:
Teams.......... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- League FA Cup FL Cup Others
Manchester City .................. Youth
Manchester Utd.................... Youth
Wolverhampton W 11/12-12/13 ..2009 Youth 0(1)/0
Plymouth Argyle 12/13 ..... Aug-12 .Loan 1(1)/0 ...... 2(0)/1
Macclesfield ...12/13 ..... Jan-13 .Loan 0(1)/0 (Conference National) 
Cambridge Utd.. 12/13 ..... Mar-13 .Loan 0(2)/0 (Conference National)
Leyton Orient . 13/14 ..... Aug-13 .Free 0(2)/0 1(2)/0 0(1)/0 1(0)/0
Crewe Alexandra ........... Jul-14 Trial 0(0)/0
Southport ..... 14/15 ..... Aug-14 .Free 3(2)/1 (Conference National)
Barrow ........ 14/15 ..... Oct-14 .Free ...... (Conference North)
AFC Telford Utd 15/16 ..... Jun-15 .Free ...... (National League North)
Colwyn Bay .... 15/16 ......Feb-16 .Loan ...... (Northern Premier League)
Curzon Ashton.. 16/17 ......Aug-16 ..... ...... (National League North)
Ashton United.. 16/17  .....Dec-16 .Dual.. .... (Northern Premier League)
Atherton Col'es.16/17 ..... Feb-17 .Dual ...... (North West Counties Lge)
Northwich Vic...17/18 ..... Oct-17 .Dual ...... (North West Counties Lge)
Frome Town .....18/19- date Oct-18

Johnny Gorman spent a year with Man City and six with Man United as a teenager before joining Wolves' academy. Although born in England, his mother was originally from Coleraine. His Irish lineage was originally taken advantage of by the FAI and he played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-16 level before he switched allegiances to Northern Ireland for whom he played at Under-16 and Under-17 level.

Called into the Northern Ireland squad that toured North and South America in 2010 despite having not yet made his firstteam debut for Wolves, and indeed played just half-an-hour of reserve team football, Gorman started both matches of the tour. He had had to take time off from studying for his A Levels to take part and at the age of just 17 years and 212 days he was the seventh youngest Northern Ireland debutant ever. Amazingly, just two months earlier he had played for Repton School in the ISFA Boodles Cup final defeat by Shrewsbury School.

Gorman retained his place in the senior squad for the August friendly against Montenegro having a month earlier starred for the Under-20s as they reached the Milk Cup final. He made his senior competitive debut as a late substitute in a Euro qualifier against Slovenia in September 2010. His continued inclusion in the Northern Ireland squad ahead of more experienced players for the remainder of Nigel Worthington's tenure as manager was questioned by many.

On 24th March 2012 Gorman made his Wolves senior debut, coming off the bench late on in a 2-1 Premier League defeat by Norwich. By the time of his first league appearance he had already been awarded nine full caps.

Gorman joined Plymouth on loan for the first half of the 2012/13 season, though the move was cut short in September as Wolves felt he was not getting sufficient first team experience. Later in the season he played on loan in the Conference National for Macclesfield and Cambridge United. With Wolves relegated from the Championship, Gorman was released in a mass clear-out.

After a successful trial Gorman joined Leyton Orient for the 2013/14 season. He failed to make an impact at Orient and was released after just seven appearances as the club earned promotion to the Championship via the play-offs. He dropped into non-league football, briefly featuring for Southport before helping Barrow to the 2014/15 Conference North title. He remained at that level (renamed National League North), signing for Telford in 2015.

Wolves Article
BBC News Report

Northern Ireland Cap Details:

26-05-2010 Turkey...... N L 0-2 FR
30-05-2010 Chile....... A L 0-1 FR
11-08-2010 Montenegro.. A L 0-2 FR. sub
03-09-2010 Slovenia.... A W 1-0 ECQ sub
17-11-2010 Morocco..... H D 1-1 FR 
25-03-2011 Serbia...... A L 1-2 ECQ
24-05-2011 Rep. Ireland A L 0-5 CNC
27-05-2011 Wales....... N L 0-2 CNC
11-10-2011 Italy....... A L 0-3 ECQ

Summary: 7(2)/0. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 7.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:

15-11-2011 Serbia...... H L 0-2 ECQ
13-11-2012 England..... A L 0-2 FR. sub
14-08-2013 Denmark..... H L 1-4 FR. sub
11-10-2013 Belgium..... H L 0-1 ECQ sub
15-10-2013 Serbia...... A L 1-3 ECQ sub
19-11-2013 Cyprus...... H W 1-0 ECQ sub*

Summary: 1(5)/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 5.
* some sources credit Gorman with the goal in this match, officially it is recorded as an own goal.

Pictures courtesy of Roy Cathcart and Redneck Rich from the OWC Forum.

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