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Michael Devlin (born 3 October 1993)[2] is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Aberdeen as a central defender. He has previously played for Hamilton Academical and served loan spells at Stenhousemuir.

Michael Devlin
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland[1]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen
Number 6
Youth career
Heart of Midlothian
2007–2009 Aberdeen
2009–2010 Celtic
2010–2011 Hamilton Academical
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2018 Hamilton Academical 125 (4)
2011Stenhousemuir (loan) 10 (3)
2012Stenhousemuir (loan) 13 (0)
2018– Aberdeen 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:37, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Hamilton AcademicalEdit

Raised in Motherwell, Devlin grew up in the same street as fellow footballer Mark Reynolds and attended the same school, where the older pupil was held up as an example to follow.[3] As a teenager Devlin spent time in the youth systems of Heart of Midlothian, Aberdeen and Celtic,[3] making the squad for a Glasgow Cup final with the latter in May 2010[4] but being released soon afterwards. He was picked up by Hamilton Academical, with assurances that hard work would result in a swift path to first team football.[3] He made his senior debut for Hamilton in the Scottish Premier League on 15 January 2011, aged 16,[5] in a 0–4 defeat away at Rangers;[6] the performance of Devlin and other young players in that match, including Lee Kilday who also made his debut, was praised by manager Billy Reid.[7]

He signed on loan for Stenhousemuir on 16 March 2011,[8] and re-joined the Warriors on an emergency loan in February 2012,[9] at the same time signing a two-year contract extension with Hamilton.[10]

He scored his first goal for the Accies in the Scottish Cup in December 2012.[11] In February 2014, he signed a contract extension until the end of the 2014–15 season.[12]

In August 2016 he was appointed the club's new captain.[13] In May 2017, he was involved in an altercation with a fan following a 1–0 home Lanarkshire derby defeat to relegation rivals Motherwell.[14] In the last regular game of the 2016–17 season, Devlin suffered a serious knee injury, meaning he missed the club's two relegation playoff matches.[15]

AberdeenEdit

Devlin moved to Aberdeen in January 2018 for an undisclosed fee, despite having not yet fully recovered from the knee injury suffered in May 2017.[16][5] He eventually made his competitive debut for Aberdeen on 26 July 2018, in the first leg of a Europa League tie against Burnley at Pittodrie Stadium.[17][18]

International careerEdit

Devlin was included in the Scotland squad for the first time in October 2018.[19] He was recalled in May 2019, one of five uncapped players to feature.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 12 July 2019[1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hamilton Academical 2010–11[6] Scottish Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[21] Scottish First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13[22] Scottish First Division 22 1 2 1 2 0 1[a] 0 27 2
2013–14[23] Scottish Championship 27 1 1 0 3 0 1[a] 0 32 1
2014–15[24] Scottish Premiership 28 0 0 0 4 0 32 0
2015–16[25] Scottish Premiership 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
2016–17[26] Scottish Premiership 28 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 36 2
2017–18[27] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 125 4 8 1 13 0 2 0 148 5
Stenhousemuir (loan) 2010–11[6] Scottish Second Division 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
2011–12[21] Scottish Second Division 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
Aberdeen 2017–18[27] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19[17] Scottish Premiership 22 1 3 0 3 0 2[b] 0 30 1
2019–20[28] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
Total 22 1 3 0 3 0 3 0 31 1
Career total 170 8 11 1 16 0 5 0 202 9
  1. ^ a b Appearance in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the Europa League

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Michael Devlin at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Squad Numbers 2010–11". Hamilton Academical F.C. official website. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Matchday interview: Michael Devlin". Aberdeen F.C. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Gers Retain Glasgow Cup". Rangers Youths. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Club Statement- Michael Devlin". Hamilton Academical FC. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Billy Reid praises young Hamilton team". BBC Sport. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Stenhousemuir add Devlin". Scottish Football League. 16 March 2011. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Devlin Goes on Loan". Hamilton Academical F.C.
  10. ^ "Two Agree New Deals". Hamilton Academical F.C. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014.
  11. ^ McGilvray, Andrew (20 December 2012). "Devlin thrilled with wonder goal". Hamilton Advertiser.
  12. ^ "Devlin Extends Contract". Hamilton Academical F.C. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Michael Devlin: 'I'm ready for captaincy at Hamilton Accies'". BBC Sport. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  14. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (15 May 2017). "Hamilton Accies: Manager Martin Canning calls for unity in relegation battle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  15. ^ Barnes, John (23 May 2017). "Hamilton Accies' Mikey Devlin to miss both legs against Dundee United through injury". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Michael Devlin: Aberdeen sign defender and reject third McKenna bid". BBC Sport. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  18. ^ English, Tom (26 July 2018). "Aberdeen 1-1 Burnley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  19. ^ Lewis, Jane (13 October 2018). "Scotland: Charlie Mulgrew, John Souttar, Kieran Tierney and Robert Snodgrass withdraw from squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Scotland squad: Steve Clarke selects five uncapped players". 28 May 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  26. ^ "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  28. ^ "Games played by Michael Devlin in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2019.