Christopher Maguire (born 16 January 1989) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Sunderland. He has previously played for Aberdeen, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Oxford United and Bury, and also for Kilmarnock, Portsmouth, Coventry City and Oxford in loan spells. He made two international appearances for Scotland in 2011.
Maguire playing for Aberdeen
|Full name||Christopher Maguire|
|Date of birth||16 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Bellshill, Scotland|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2010||→ Kilmarnock (loan)||14||(4)|
|2012||→ Portsmouth (loan)||11||(3)|
|2013||→ Coventry City (loan)||3||(2)|
|2015–2016||→ Oxford United (loan)||6||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:38, 12 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2011
Maguire made his debut for Aberdeen on 7 May 2006, coming on as a substitute in their final match of the 2005–06 season, where he set up John Stewart for the equaliser in a 2–2 draw against SPL champions Celtic, his lifelong heroes. His first starting appearance in the senior team was on 26 December against Kilmarnock, where he also scored his first senior goal in the sixth minute.
The following season, Maguire scored some vital goals, including a 94th-minute winner in a thrilling 4–3 match against Inverness CT on 29 March 2008 and a brace in the 2–1 win over Falkirk five days later. On 16 July 2008, Maguire signed a three-year contract extension with the Dons.
In February 2009, having been regularly kept out of the starting eleven by first-choice striking pair Darren Mackie and Lee Miller, Maguire requested to go out on loan in search of regular first-team football. After this request was promptly turned down, Maguire scored two goals in Aberdeen's 5–0 Scottish Cup victory over East Fife.
During the January transfer window in 2010, Maguire moved on loan to Kilmarnock, reuniting him with former Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood. On his debut against Celtic, he scored the only goal of the game to give Kilmarnock their first league win in eight games. Maguire's form after signing saw him win the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month award for February 2010. He scored 4 goals in 14 games to help Kilmarnock stay in the Scottish Premier League.
On 1 June 2011, it was announced Maguire would sign for English Championship side Derby County on the expiration of his Aberdeen contract, having agreed a three-year deal with Derby. The transfer was formally completed on 29 June when Derby agreed a compensation package with Aberdeen, speculated to be in the region of £400,000. Maguire's first start, and first goal, came on 29 October, in a 3–1 win over Portsmouth. He was subsequently praised for his patience and work ethic by first-team coach Andy Garner, having been kept out of the team by the form of fellow strikers Jamie Ward, Theo Robinson and Steve Davies. However, he failed to cement a place in the first team, finding himself behind strikers Theo Robinson, Steve Davies, Jamie Ward and youth product Callum Ball. Maguire scored a hat-trick against Pinxton in a 4–0 win during the quarter final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
On 9 March 2012, Maguire joined Championship strugglers Portsmouth on a month-long emergency loan. He wore the number 22 shirt during his time at Fratton Park. Maguire scored his first Portsmouth goal in his side's 4–1 victory over Birmingham City at Fratton Park on 20 March 2012. Maguire received praise from Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton for his role in a 2–0 win against Hull City on 27 March 2012 and hoped for an extension to his loan. After one month at Pompey, the club extended Maguire's loan until the end of the season. Maguire impressed for Portsmouth where he scored 3 goals in 11 appearances, and picked up the club's Player of the Month award in the game against parent club Derby County (a game which Maguire was ineligible to play in) on 21 April 2012, a game which saw Portsmouth relegated in a 2–1 defeat.
On 22 May 2012, Maguire was transfer-listed by Derby. Sheffield Wednesday, newly promoted to the Championship, had two bids rejected to buy Maguire in May 2012 but on 21 June 2012, they announced that Maguire had joined them on a three-year deal. He made his Owls debut in the 4–2 League Cup win over Oldham Athletic on 13 August. However Maguire had to wait until 16 March 2013 for another league appearance in the 0–2 defeat against Cardiff City. When right midfielder Michail Antonio was brought down and injured, Maguire came on as substitute. Maguire made his second league appearance, again as substitute, in the 2–1 victory against South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley. Maguire made a fourth appearance for the Owls in a 3–2 victory over Blackburn Rovers, replacing Jermaine Johnson in the 84th minute. Maguire came on as substitute and grabbed a late six-yard goal in the 92nd minute in his first goal for the Owls against Millwall in 2–1 away victory on 9 April 2013.
Maguire scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season against Millwall, a 57th-minute free-kick with the game ending 1–1. Maguire had to wait until 4 October 2014 for his second goal of the season, a thunderous strike against local rivals Leeds United in the 52nd minute with the game ending 1–1. Maguire's third goal of the season came against Blackpool on Boxing Day, a 39th-minute penalty which proved to be the winner in a 1–0 victory. On 10 January 2015, Maguire scored his fourth goal of the 2014–15 season at Nottingham Forest in Wednesday's 2–0 victory and followed that up the following week with a penalty against Bolton Wanderers in a 2–1 defeat. On 4 March 2015, Maguire scored his sixth goal of the season, after coming on as substitute, against Blackburn Rovers in another 2–1 defeat. On 18 April 2015 Maguire scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 95th minute of the game against AFC Bournemouth in a 2–2 draw. The following week on 25 April 2015, Maguire scored his eighth and final goal of 2014–15 against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, which was again from the penalty spot; Wednesday went on to lose the game 2–1.
Coventry City (loan)Edit
On 28 November 2013, Maguire signed on loan for Coventry City until 5 January 2014. He made his Sky Blues debut on 30 November away to Milton Keynes Dons, replacing Carl Baker in the 65th minute. He scored two free-kicks in the 86th and 90th minutes to win the game for Coventry. Maguire was recalled by caretaker manager Stuart Gray for Sheffield Wednesday's Boxing Day fixture against Blackburn Rovers.
On 24 July 2015, Maguire signed a one-year contract with Rotherham United. He made his debut in the first game of the season on 8 August 2015 against MK Dons at the New York Stadium. In total, he made 14 league appearances (8 as a substitute) for Rotherham, plus one substitute appearance in the League Cup, but did not score during his spell at the club.
Oxford United (loan)Edit
On 26 November 2015, Maguire signed a two-month loan deal with Oxford United. He made six League appearances, played in a notable victory over Premier League side Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup, and scored against Yeovil Town in the area semi-finals of the Football League Trophy.
On 1 February 2016, Maguire's contract with Rotherham was terminated by mutual agreement, and on the same day he signed a contract with Oxford until the end of the 2015–16 season. Maguire scored 4 league goals in 2015–16, all during the final six games of the season culminating in Oxford's promotion to League One. After prolonged negotiations he signed a further one-year deal in July 2016. He scored a career-best 17 goals for Oxford in 2016–17 but declined their offer of a new contract.
- As of match played 12 September 2017 
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Aberdeen||2005–06||Scottish Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|2006–07||Scottish Premier League||19||1||2||0||1||0||0||0||22||1|
|2007–08||Scottish Premier League||28||4||3||0||0||0||4[a]||0||35||4|
|2008–09||Scottish Premier League||31||3||3||2||1||1||0||0||35||6|
|2009–10||Scottish Premier League||17||1||1||0||1||0||2[b]||0||21||1|
|2010–11||Scottish Premier League||35||7||5||4||4||1||0||0||44||12|
|Kilmarnock (loan)||2009–10||Scottish Premier League||14||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||4|
|Derby County total||7||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||8||2|
|Sheffield Wednesday total||79||18||6||1||7||0||0||0||92||19|
|Coventry City (loan)||2013–14||League One||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||2|
|Coventry City total||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||2|
|Rotherham United total||14||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||15||0|
|Oxford United (loan)||2015–16||League Two||6||0||1||0||0||0||2[c]||1||9||1|
|Oxford United||2015–16||League Two||15||4||0||0||0||0||1[c]||0||16||4|
|Oxford United total||63||17||5||1||1||0||10||4||79||22|
Aberdeen fans call him 'Bebo' after his profile on the social networking site of the same name was allegedly hacked into. In February 2007, Maguire's profile was seen to leave abusive comments on a friend's page about Rangers players Barry Ferguson and Alan Hutton.
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