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Paul Heffernan
Nationality:Irl
Rovers apps (gls)1:11 (4)
Date of birth:29 December 1981
Place of birth:Dublin
Height:5 ft 10 in
Position:Forward
Date joined:9 February 2010
Joined from:Doncaster Rovers
Date left:4 April 2010
1 League appearances and goals only.

Paul Heffernan joined Rovers on loan from Doncaster Rovers on 8 February 2010 in order to replace Darryl Duffy, who had joined Carlisle United on loan a week earlier. He joined on loan initially for a month, later extended to three months, and eventually to the end of the 2009–10 season. Heffernan was recalled early to Doncaster on 4 April however, due to an injury crisis at the club. This resulted in Darryl Duffy, who was on loan at Carlisle United, having to be recalled to the Memorial Stadium to cover his absence.

Rovers had hoped to sign him permanently when his Doncaster contract expired in the summer of 2010, but he opted to join Sheffield Wednesday instead of returning to Bristol.

CareerEdit

Paul started his career playing for Welsh side Newtown, before joining Notts County in 1999. He made exactly 100 League appearances for The Magpies and was good enough to command a transfer fee of £150,000 when Bristol City signed him in the summer of 2005.

His time at City was not particularly successful, starting just ten games and coming on as a sub seventeen times, and scoring five goals in the process in League One. He moved on to Doncaster Rovers the following year, in 2006, and played 121 times for them in the League before joining Oldham Athletic on loan midway through the 2009–10 season. After making one more League and one FA Cup appearance for Doncaster he joined Bristol Rovers for one month in February 2010. Rovers and Doncaster later negotiated an extension to the initial month on expiry of the deal, keeping Heffernan in Bristol until April 2010.

He was released by Doncaster at the end of the 2009–10 season, and signed for Sheffield Wednesday where he spent a year before signing for Scottish side Kilmarnock in 2011. During his first year in Scotland he picked up a Scottish League Cup winners medal, having been on the side that beat Celtic 1–0 in the final at Hampden Park.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1999–00Notts County 20
2000–01Notts County 10
2001–02Notts County 236
2002–03Notts County 3610
2003–04Notts County 3820
2004–05Bristol City 275
2005–06Doncaster Rovers 268
2006–07Doncaster Rovers 2911
2007–08Doncaster Rovers 277
2008–09Doncaster Rovers 2810
2009–10Doncaster Rovers 170
2009–10Oldham Athletic (loan)41
2009–10Bristol Rovers (loan)114
2010–11Sheffield Wednesday 173
2011–12Kilmarnock 2911
2012–13Kilmarnock 279

Record against RoversEdit

Paul has got a perfect record when playing against Rovers. In the three games he has played in his career against The Gas he was won three times and scored in each one. The first time he faced Rovers was in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Millennium Stadium, and another two League One meetings followed during the 2007-08 season.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
1 April 2007Doncaster RoversMillennium Stadium, Cardiff3–2 to Doncaster (AET)Scored Doncaster's second goal, after 5 minutes
9 February 2008Doncaster RoversKeepmoat Stadium2–0 to DoncasterSubbed on after 70 mins & scored 90th minute penalty
4 March 2008Doncaster RoversMemorial Stadium1–0 to DoncasterScored after 3 minutes, subbed off and replaced by Gareth Taylor after 88 minutes
11 December 2010Sheffield WednesdayHillborough6–2 to WednesdayScored in the 81st minute after being subbed on in the 64th minute

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