Posted on April 28, 2016 in Conor Mclaughlin
Conor McLaughlin might have put on the Northern Ireland kit and preparing for the coming friendly matches, but, he has been honest enough to confess that he is not glad with the timing of the matches and his mind is still at Fleetwood Town where a tough struggle is for the Cod Army to save their stature as a League One Club.
However, McLaughlin understands the perspective of the Northern Ireland head coach that he is looking to make the side come together for a couple of matches so that the players get to know about their roles a little more clearly and also, he gets to see who fits where and which combination gives him the best result at which positions.
McLaughlin also has the idea that the performances in these friendly matches will count in terms of who will be the coach’s top picks on the visit to France and so, he is taking the assignment seriously and would not just turn up because he has to make the numbers.
He says he is going to take it as a chance to play himself into some kind of form and then, returns to Fleetwood feeling better and helps them in his fullest capacity which he believes he hasn’t quite done. (more…)
Posted on January 14, 2016 in Conor Mclaughlin
Conor McLaughlin is excited with the fact that Northern Ireland has been slotted with strong sides in Group C in the main draw of the Euro Cup.
Northern Ireland looks an absolute minnow on paper in comparison to the other three sides which make Group C, but, according to McLaughlin, rather than fearing the strong opposition, he and his teammates would look to enjoy the challenge.
This is the first time ever that Northern Ireland will be competing in Europe. They had been failing to qualify for the last five decades, but, they finally made it this time around with some spirited performances in the qualifying tournament.
They topped their qualifying group i.e. Group F by winning 6 out of their 10 games.
They will start their campaign in the main tournament on 12th of June, 2016 when they take on Poland at Allianz Riviera in Nice.
Speaking on TV last night about Northern Ireland’s qualification and how the team is approaching the main tournament, McLaughlin said, “To be honest, it’s not totally sunk in that we are in the main draw.” (more…)
Posted on March 31, 2015 in Conor Mclaughlin
The 23 year old defender Conor McLaughlin has managed to play at the international stage in over 30 occasions as a youth player by going through the Northern Ireland U16-U21 teams. Now that he is old enough to be placed in the main team of his country, Conor is delighted about having this chance as the defender of Fleetwood Town took the chance to express what it feels like to perform for Northern Ireland in important tournaments such as the 2016 Euro’s qualifications.
Conor McLaughlin has been featured in every single 2016 Euro’s qualification match for Northern Ireland including the country’s latest match which was played on March 29 at the Windsor Park against Finland. This game resulted in a 2-1 victory for Northern Ireland as national side of Conor McLaughlin remains in the 2nd spot of Group F with 12 points having been secured so far.
The defender of Fleetwood Town was called up for Northern Ireland’s match against Finland and the right-back was happy to be able to represent his country once more and help them in their quest on progressing into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s but it was a bittersweet feeling for Conor McLaughlin as he had to miss out from the match that his club had to play against Preston North End which was played on March 29.
“It’s bittersweet, isn’t it?Its two massive games for Northern Ireland, Scotland at Hampden an (more…)
Posted on February 4, 2015 in Conor Mclaughlin
Conor Mclaughlin has made over 20 league appearances for Fleetwood Town in the English League One. The 23 year old right-back of Northern Ireland has made a number of standout performances for his club; his campaign has been so impressive that he has attracted the attention and interest from clubs in the English Championship League.
The Northern Ireland player had to be at his homeland in order to receive the George Best Breakthrough Award as he was rewarded for his surprising and impeccable string of performances that the young defender has been displaying.
Mclaughlin was delighted to receive the award but he went on saying that he couldn’t celebrate as the young defender had to be back in action and training with his teammates on the following day. (more…)
Posted on December 5, 2013 in Millwall
Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander has said that he is extremely happy with the display of his players in the 2-0 win over Carlisle. This was the fourth consecutive victory for the team and it came in the Football League trophy. David Ball and Antoni Sarcevic got on the scoresheet for the home team to register this impressive win. As a result of this victory, they have reached the semifinals of the northern area. Along the way, they have beaten three teams belonging to the division about them. Fleetwood are currently top of the League Two.
Alexander said after the match that this was the kind of performance he was hoping from his players at the start of the season. It was a great team performance and it was hard for him to pick up individual names to highlight. Even though this was a great victory, Alexander has promised that his team will remain grounded in the hunt for promotion to League One. They will have another tough match in the league against Northampton on Saturday. Alexander has said that focus returns to the league and players need to forget about this victory.
“As a performance, that was as near to complete as possible. You can’t pick out any individuals from a performance like that. It’s all about the team and the lads know they can’t do anything on their own. We’re not going to get carried away. We know we’re there to be shot at in the league, being at the top, but the work we do on the training pitch is what gets performances like that [against Carlisle],” said Alexander.
Since they are top of the table, Alexander knows that his team will be there to be shot at. The team have matches against Northampton, Mansfield, and Accrington Stanley in the next few rounds.
Posted on July 18, 2013 in Millwall
Slots have always been one of the most popular forms of casino gaming. They are cheap to play and among the easiest types of casino games for non-regulars to grasp. This is perhaps one reason why so many of the sporting-themed casino games, which are appearing at online casino sites, are slots. Whatever the reason they have certainly been a hit with both casino and sports betting fans. One of these games is the football-themed slots game Soccer Safari, but does this put it in the back of the net, or the back row of the stand?
Where it certainly succeeds admirably is in the actual football-themed aspect. The animations used to depict a motley band of animals (cheetahs, rhinos, warthogs and buffalo among them) playing each other in an animal World Cup are brilliant and bring this concept to life. The five reels are full of these footballing animals, as well as a Soccer Safari logo (the wild icon) and a World Cup one (the scatter). The wild icon substitutes for other absent ones on your reel to make winning lines, which gives you a better shot at a payout, while the scatter can activate the bonus game.
This is another real strong point of Soccer Safari, and will be great fun for any football fan. It involves having to try and score a goal from different dead ball positions on the pitch. Three successive goals can lead to an increase in your payout, while a single one can still win you one of the prize bonuses, and again the graphics are top quality. (more…)
Posted on February 26, 2013 in Millwall
The former Preston North End defender Conor McLaughlin has said that he is looking forward to the next match against Burton Albion after managing to get to back-to-back victories with Fleetwood Town. The 21-year-old is currently with Fleetwood Town after his spell with Preston came to an end recently. The League Two club have been a good run of form in recent weeks, as they have managed to stay unbeaten in the last four matches. This has also been backed up by the three victories in the four matches. As a result, there is a real confidence within the team that they can beat Burton Albion, who will be their opponents this weekend.
McLaughlin has revealed that he is good friends with Shaun Beeley, whose injury resulted in the 21-year-old getting a first-team place. McLaughlin has been an integral part of the team that managed to back-to-back victories against Torquay and Oxford United in the league. This good run of form has meant that Fleetwood are in the play-offs position. Even though the victories in recent matches had been good, McLaughlin has said that they have not been easy victories. Fleetwood Town have had to work extremely hard in order to achieve success in recent weeks according to McLaughlin.
“I’m glad to be playing again and to be part of these two away wins has been fantastic. They were two tough away matches but to come away with six points is brilliant. We’ve had to dig in a little more than we wanted to, but we took maximum points and that’s the main thing. At Oxford we really had to battle. People were putting their bodies in the way of the ball to make sure we got the three points and that’s what we need to be doing,” said the defender.
Posted on December 20, 2012 in Millwall
The former Scotland international Graham Alexander has said that he feels that Fleetwood town is the great place to start his managerial career. The 41-year-old was recently appointed as the successor for the sacked Micky Mellon. This announcement was made by the club on Thursday at Highbury. He has said that he hopes that he can prove himself and the chairman Andy Pille right in the decision that they have taken. Micky Mellon was responsible for getting Fleetwood town into the football league for the first time in their history, but poor results at the start of the season culminated in his sacking recently.
Fleetwood Town recently lost against Aldershot, who are themselves struggling with form, in the FA Cup. The former Burnley and Preston defender has a wealth of experience of having played in a number of leagues in Britain. He was recently involved in the Premier league with Burnley only a few seasons ago. His first game will be coming up against Southend United, and he will be hoping to improve the position of the club, who are currently in the seventh position going into the match. The team still have an outside chance of getting into the League One automatically, as they remain only a handful of points away from the leaders.
“You have to take every opportunity that comes along and this was definitely worth going for. Hopefully I can prove myself right and the chairman [Andy Pilley] right. I want to be successful. There’s no other way to approach professional football. You have to strive to succeed. The club have been doing that for a few years now and hopefully I can take it forward,” said Alexander after assuming position at the club. He has also managed to bring his former colleague Chris Lucketti to the club as well.
Posted on July 26, 2012 in Millwall
Newcomers to the football league – Fleetwood town – have secured the signing of the Preston North end midfielder Conor McLaughlin. The 20-year-old midfielder has made 28 appearances for the league one club last season, but the manager Graham Westley decided to put him on the transfer window during the final few months of the last season. Fleetwood town have moved in swiftly to secure the signing of Conor McLaughlin, who has the experience of playing in the high-end divisions of the football league. So far, the club has made eight signings in the transfer window ahead of their much anticipated start in the league two.
Conor McLaughlin this not the first Preston North end player to arrive at the club because the club has already secured the signing of Barry Nicholson and John Parkin from the league one club in the summer. Fleetwood town would be extremely pleased to see the arrival of Conor McLaughlin, who made his debut for the national team in 2011. The Northern Ireland midfielder also has the experience of playing in the league two when he was on loan at Shrewsbury town. The newly promoted club has released the midfielder Keith Briggs.
“It will be a fresh and exciting challenge for me. The club will be looking to push on from League Two and hopefully I can help them gain back-to-back promotions,” said the player after sealing his move to the newly promoted league two club. Meanwhile, the club has also sent the striker Danny Rowe on a season long loan deal to the conference club Stockport County in the hope of helping him gain some experience. Fleetwood town will be hoping to stay in the football league in their first ever season in the league football. They will be hoping that the high-profile signings they made will go a long way into helping them do so.
Posted on May 15, 2012 in Millwall
Preston full back Conor McLaughlin joined Shrewsbury on a two month loan in order to see out the remainder of the season playing regular football in the latest stage of his recovery from a broken leg suffered last season.
McLaughlin has made two appearances for the Northern Ireland under 21s and has been tracked by Shrewsbury for a few weeks. His final game in a Preston shirt this season came in the reserves side win over Manchester City in a game which will be remembered as Carlos Tevez’s comeback from his self imposed absence.
McLaughlin has targeted promotion with Shrewsbury and praised the quality of football currently being played in League Two. “I’ve played twice against Southend in the FA Cup this season and they were strong opposition, and I’ve checked out Shrewsbury’s form. They’re playing well, and I’d love to be part of their promotion party” said the Northern Irishman. He was also happy to have played against one of the biggest names in world football in Carlos Tevez, describing the game as “an experience in itself”. The game was surrounded by a huge media presence by reserve team standards and Preston’s 3-1 victory in front of the media will have provided the reserves with a rare boost in a disappointing season for the Lancashire club.
Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner was full of praise for his latest acquisition describing him as “a utility player, he can play in either full back position, he can play in midfield as well and he likes to go forward.”
The Shrews have been playing well this season and are in a good position for promotion at the end of the season. McLaughlin will provide cover in the position they seem thinnest though. Injury to Joe Jacobson has left them struggling at full back and McLaughlin will slot in straight away to fill that gap.