JON-PAUL McGOVERN FACT­FILE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Born: Glas­gow, 1980 (Age 36) 2000-04 A winger, McGovern came through the youth ranks at Celtic but never made a first team ap­pear­ance. Af­ter 15 games on loan at Sh­effield United - where he made his pro de­but - he joined Liv­ingston for the 200304 sea­son and won the Scot­tish League Cup be­fore mak­ing a free trans­fer to Sh­effield Wed­nes­day in May 2004. 2004-07 An ever present as the Owls won pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship in 2004-05, McGovern scored eight goals in 53 games, in­clud­ing one in the play-off fi­nal vic­tory over Hartle­pool. Re­leased af­ter an in­jury-hit 2005-06 sea­son, he joined MK Dons and played 54 times as Martin Allen’s men fin­ished fourth, even­tu­ally los­ing to Shrews­bury in the play-off semis. 2007-11 McGovern signed for Swindon in Au­gust 2007 and spent four years at the County Ground - his long­est spell at any sin­gle club. In that time he scored eight goals in 153 matches and was part of the side beaten 1-0 by Mill­wall in the 2010 League One play­off fi­nal, a sea­son in which he also col­lected the Sup­port­ers’ Player of the Year award. 2011-14 Fol­low­ing Swindon’s rel­e­ga­tion to League Two, McGovern joined Carlisle in June 2011. He scored four goals in 85 games for the Cum­bri­ans, help­ing Greg Abott’s men to fin­ishes of eighth and 17th in League One. Re­leased at the end of the 2012-13 sea­son and un­able to find a club, McGovern played once for North­ern League side Celtic Na­tion and twice for Derry City be­fore re­turn­ing to his na­tive Scot­land with Ayr United. 2014-present McGovern scored five goals in 36 games for Ayr, then had a brief spell with Stir­ling Al­bion be­fore join­ing Clyde in July 2015. He has since played 28 times for the Bully Wee, reaching the League Two play-offs in 2016, and in March 2017 was named in­terim co-man­ager.

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