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Sean Connelly

Posted on: Fri 27 Jun 2008

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Sean Connelly was born in Sheffield on the 26th June 1970. He played semi-professional for his local side, Hallam until former County manager, Danny Bergara decided to take a gamble on him and offer him a professional contract in the summer of 1992.

Bergara's gamble paid off and Sean remained at the club for a further nine years, making a total of 361 appearances, scoring 8 goals.

One of the most memorable moments in Sean's Edgeley Park career came in 1997. With County trailing 2-0 in the first leg of our Coca-Cola Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough many people had written off the Hatters' chances as they faced the Premiership side at the Riverside Stadium. However, within the first 2 minutes, Sean put County ahead. Remarkably this was his first-ever County goal.

And, by a strange quirk of fate, goal number 2 came the following season in a 1-1 draw against the same opponents following County's promotion to Division One.

Connelly was always a player that gave assured performances every game he played. Many County fans would struggle to recall a single game in which he disappointed. Indeed his steady performances even attracted admiration from Liverpool boss Roy Evans in 1994. A move never materialised and, although it could be argued that much of this was simply paper talk, he was never short of admirers.

The popular full back played under four managers - Bergara, Dave Jones, Gary Megson and Andy Kilner - during his time at Edgeley Park. And it was one of those managers, Jones, who persuaded him to join Wolves on deadline-day 2001 as Sean became another County player to fall victim of the club's cost-cutting as they strived to maintain Division One status.

County fans, unsurprisingly, were disappointed to see one of their favourites leave, but no one could blame the likeable defender for his desire to play at a higher level. Indeed, it was clear at the time that under the guidance of Jones, who led the Hatters to promotion 4-years earlier, the Midlands club was really going places.

Wolves did get promotion to the Premiership but Sean struggled to hold down a regular first team spot at Molineux and, in October 2002, he signed on a month's loan for Ray Mathias's Tranmere Rovers. He impressed the Prenton Park faithful and the manager with his solid performances and was later offered a 2-year contract.

His debut came in a defeat against Chesterfield but Tranmere, who had been leaking goals until his arrival, soon started to put a good run together and finished the season just one place outside of the play-off zone. There were more than a few envious glances from the Edgeley Park faithful who had seen their young team struggle for much of that season. Many felt that an experienced character such as Sean would have been vital to County's cause.

Sean went on to play 76 times for the Wirral outfit and he became a real fans favourite. However, at 34, new manager Brian Little decided against offering him a new contract and he became Ernie Tippett's first signing as Rushden & Diamonds' manager in the summer of 2004.

He signed for the Diamonds in June 2004 and went on to make 46 appearances for the club before his release at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Sean Connelly's League Career


Date Signed



Stockport County

August 1992



Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)

March 2001



Wolverhampton Wanderers

July 2001



Tranmere Rovers

October 2002



Rushden & Diamonds

June 2004



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