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Jay Michael Conroy (born 2 March 1986) is a semi-professional footballer, model and actor who plays for Isthmian Division One South side Three Bridges.

Jay Conroy
Personal information
Full name Jay Michael Conroy
Date of birth (1986-03-02) 2 March 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Redhill, Surrey
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Three Bridges
Youth career
2002–2005 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Crystal Palace 0
2004–2005AFC Wimbledon (loan) 22 (0)
2005–2006 Canvey Island 10 (0)
2005–2006Sutton United (loan)
2006–2007 Chelmsford City 31 (2)
2007–2008 Lewes 35 (0)
2008–2009 Havant & Waterlooville 15 (0)
2009 Northwich Victoria
2009–2010 AFC Wimbledon 46 (0)
2010–2011 Farnborough 28 (0)
2011–2012 Sutton United
2016 Redhill
2016 Walton Casuals 1 (0)
2016– Three Bridges 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:45, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Having started his footballing career as a trainee at Crystal Palace, he spent almost 10 years in non-league football with his most notable spells coming for AFC Wimbledon, Chelmsford City, Lewes and Farnborough. He has won the Isthmian League Division One and Conference South during his career.

As a part-time model, Conroy has worked alongside brands including Nivea, Gillette and Abercrombie & Fitch, while fronting a national Breast Cancer campaign and featuring on Men's Health, Men's Fitness and GQ Fitness magazine covers.

He also appeared in Series 1 of The Only Way Is Essex, building a close relationship with TV personality Amy Childs.

Football careerEdit

Crystal PalaceEdit

Conroy began his career as a trainee at Crystal Palace, but was unable to break into the first team and failed to make his professional debut.[1] On 11 May 2004, he lined-up at Selhurst Park as part of a Crystal Palace XI for Steve Kember's testimonial.[2]

AFC Wimbledon (loan)Edit

After appearing for AFC Wimbledon during pre-season, Conroy joined the club on loan during the 2004-05 season.[1] Extending his initial short-term deal with the Dons, he totalled 22 appearances for the club in the season which saw them crowned champions of the Isthmian League Division One.[3]

His successful spell at the club was hindered in his final game before being recalled by Iain Dowie, which saw the youngster suffer a broken fibia, fractured tibia and ruptured ankle ligaments against Croydon. The injury kept Conroy out of action for 11 months.[2]

Canvey IslandEdit

In August 2005, Conroy completed a move to Canvey Island following his release from Crystal Palace. Despite lining-up for Aldershot Town on trial during the summer, he signed a one-year deal with the Gulls in the Conference National.[4] However, after struggling to break into the first team the 19-year-old was placed on the transfer list in November.[5] He managed 10 appearances before his release at the end of the season.[6]

Sutton United (loan)Edit

Unable to seal a permanent move away from Park Lane, Conroy joined Conference South club Sutton United on a one-month loan in December 2005.[7]

Chelmsford CityEdit

He later signed for Chelmsford City, where he spent the complete 2006-07 season. Netting his first and second goals in senior football, the defender made 31 appearances as he finished third in the Isthmian League Premier Division.[8]

LewesEdit

Conroy joined Lewes ahead of the 2007-08 season, and went on to make 35 appearances as his side clinched the Conference South title.[9]

On 20 October, Conroy was involved in an incident which saw Lewes manager Steven King "fear for his player's life". Playing in a 3-0 defeat to Eastleigh, Conroy was knocked unconscious and suffered convulsions following an aerial challenge with striker Paul Sales.[10]

Havant & WaterloovilleEdit

In May 2008, Conroy became one of five players to join Havant & Waterlooville from Lewes. However, his contract was terminated by mutual consent in January 2009, having made 15 appearances in his second season with the club.[6][9]

Northwich VictoriaEdit

Shortly after his departure from West Leigh Park, Conroy agreed terms with Northwich Victoria and completed a move on 23 January.[11] He remained with the club for two months as The Vics were later relegated to the Conference North at the end of the 2008-09 season.[12]

AFC WimbledonEdit

Conroy then re-joined AFC Wimbledon on a permanent basis in March 2009, after Luke Garrard and Andy Sambrook were ruled out of action due to injury. He made eight appearances in the closing weeks of the Conference South winning season, before become a first-team regular during the 2009-10 season.[1]

Making 37 appearances for the first team, as well as a single game for the reserves, he picked up two red cards during the club's inaugural season in the Conference National.[1] During his time at the club, he also worked as a fitness coach and nutritionist for the first team.[13]

In April 2010, manager Terry Brown announced that Conroy would be one of 12 players released by the club at the end of the season.[14] Following his departure, he admitted he would have liked to have remained with the club.[15] Conroy also thanked Brown for "rescuing his career" after his former club's financial difficulties.[16]

FarnboroughEdit

He joined Farnborough for the 2010-11 season, but suffered a broken ankle in the opening weeks of the campaign.[17] After a short spell on the sidelines, Conroy returned and went on to make 28 appearances for Boro. His final appearance came in a 1-0 victory over Woking in the Conference South play-offs.[6]

Sutton UnitedEdit

Conroy then made a return to Conference South side Sutton United for the 2011-12 campaign, and saw the club finish fourth before falling to Welling United in the play-off semi-finals.[18]

Modelling careerEdit

Joining Select Model Management in December 2009, Conroy has gone on to model for a variety of TV advertisements and health magazines. He has worked alongside Nivea, Gillette and Abercrombie & Fitch.[19]

In 2013, he was selected as Jeff Banks' Pink Pants Breast Cancer Campaign model.[20] He featured on the cover of UK Men's Health in January and February 2013, as well as the Italian Men's Health Cover in May 2013.[21] In September 2013, Conroy was the cover model for UK Men's Fitness, and worked as a GQ Fitness model between August 2013 and January 2014.[22]

Acting careerEdit

Conroy featured in Series 1 of The Only Way Is Essex, and first appeared in Episode 2. Conroy was first shown alongside a friend speaking to Sam Faiers and Amy Childs, before sparking a close relationship with the latter throughout the series.[23] The two were shown on a date in Episode 9, and again in Episode 10 when attending the series finale boxing match between Mark Wright and Kirk Norcross.[24]

He also played the role of Roger in 2012 Indian romantic drama film Jab Tak Hai Jaan.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Conroy is the older brother of footballer Dion Conroy.[26] Following the success of his modelling career, he has over 100,000 followers on social networking application Instagram.[27] Conroy was named Surrey National Golf Champion between 2001 and 2004, and also won the South England Brighton Open Swimming Champion 100m Breaststroke in 2003. He completed the UK London Triathlon in 2013.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "AFC Wimbledon | Player Profile | Jay Conroy". www.wimbledonheritage.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  2. ^ a b "Conroy reveals Dons dreams". Wimbledon Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  3. ^ "Football Club History Database - Isthmian League 2004-05". www.fchd.info. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  4. ^ "Conroy handed Canvey Island deal". BBC. 2005-08-11. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  5. ^ "Canvey boss transfer-lists Conroy". BBC. 2005-11-21. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  6. ^ a b c "Jay Conroy Profile | Aylesbury United FC". www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  7. ^ "Sutton recruit Gordon and Conroy". BBC. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  8. ^ "Football Club History Database - Isthmian League 2006-07". www.fchd.info. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  9. ^ a b "hawks.net : Jay Conroy player profile". www.havantandwaterlooville.net. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  10. ^ "Lewes boss feared for his player's life". The Argus. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  11. ^ "Transfers - January 2009". BBC. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  12. ^ "Football Club History Database - Football Conference 2008-09". www.fchd.info. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  13. ^ a b "Jay Conroy | LinkedIn". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  14. ^ "Twelve players exit AFC Wimbledon". BBC. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  15. ^ "Conroy wishes he was still at AFC Wimbledon". Kingston Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  16. ^ "Jay Conroy grateful for Terry Brown's rescue act". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  17. ^ "Farnborough FC on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  18. ^ "Under way at last!". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  19. ^ Jay Conroy - Select Model Management
  20. ^ "Gay Spy: Model reveals ripped torso in pants". 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  21. ^ "art8amby on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  22. ^ "51sdvsc". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  23. ^ "Essex girls are us! Denise Van Outen introduces The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs to the fame game". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  24. ^ "The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright KOs Kirk Norcross in bloody boxing match finale... as ex Lauren is in his corner". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  25. ^ "Jay Conroy".
  26. ^ "Dion Conroy". Chelsea Football Club. Retrieved 20 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  27. ^ "Jay Conroy (@jayconroy02) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20.