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Rory Fallon (born 20 March 1982 in Gisbornemarker) is a New Zealandmarker footballer who currently plays for Englishmarker Championship team Plymouth Argyle as a striker. He is the son of former New Zealand national coach Kevin Fallon.

Career

Fallon started his career at Barnsley, becoming a professional in 1999 after moving up through their trainee programme. He had just begun to cement his place in the first-team when he suffered a stress fracture of his foot, which saw him struggle to regain his place.

Fallon was signed for an undisclosed fee by Swindon Town in November 2003 after a number of impressive performances against them with Barnsley, which caught the eye of manager Andy King. After breaking into the team he scored a number of important goals in the 2003–04 campaign; including an overhead kick from the edge of the box to secure a point against Bristol City.

Despite the departure of Tommy Mooney, Fallon found himself regularly on the bench in the 2004–2005 season. He was loaned out to Yeovil Town to increase his confidence and he scored on his debut. He didn't manage to score in the remainder of the season, but a red card for kicking Huddersfield Town defender David Mirfin in the face meant he missed the opening two games of the following season. After Sam Parkin was sold in summer 2005, Fallon was given greater opportunities to play at Swindon, scoring on his return to action against Nottingham Forest.

He signed for League One team Swansea City in January 2006 for a fee believed to be £300,000, the second highest fee ever paid by the Welsh club. A productive year followed for the striker, scoring 13 goals in all competitions from 48 appearances. This prompted interest from Championship side Plymouth Argyle and they paid £300,000 for Fallon on 19th January 2007.

Fallon had only started a handful of games for Plymouth Argyle, and had struggled to get in to the team. He went without a competitive goal at Home Park until 19 January 2008, exactly 1 year after he signed for the club, when he scored a second half equaliser for Plymouth vs. Southampton. It was only his 4th goal for the Pilgrims. The 2007/2008 campaign saw Fallon continue to be a regular bench warmer, but he continued with his optimistic attitude that he can become a first team regular, and even rejected a £250,000 move to League One side Southend United, in January 2008.

On 29 September 2009 Fallon scored the winning goal for Argyle against Peterborough United earning the Pilgrims their first win of the season after seven straight defeats, lifting them off the bottom of the table. Fallon then scored the opening goal in Argyle's next game against Scunthorpe United which they also won 2-1.

International career

Despite being born in New Zealandmarker and having a father who coached New Zealand at the 1982 World Cup, Fallon chose to represent England at junior level. He did, however, represent New Zealand in an unofficial U-16 World Cup in Francemarker in 1998 where Wynton Rufer was the coach. Shortly after, he departed for England to be an apprentice at Barnsley.

In January 2006, New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert suggested that Fallon might still get a chance to represent New Zealand at senior level. Herbert claimed that the only reason why Fallon wasn’t picked was due to lack of correspondence from FIFAmarker regarding this matter. Fallon had until he was 21 years old to get clearance from FIFA to change nationalities. It found, however, that Fallon did not apply in the 2004 window to change allegiance for over-21s players. This year-long window was made available by FIFA upon introduction of a rule which allows players with dual nationality to switch their allegiance before their 21st birthday. Under this criterion Fallon could not be available for New Zealand.

On 3 June 2009, FIFA Congress passed a motion removing the age limit for changing associations for players who had already played for a country's national team at youth level under article 18 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes. This allowed for the possibility of Fallon again representing New Zealand.

In August 2009, Fallon was called up to the New Zealand squad for a friendly against Jordan the following month and the crucial two-legged World Cup play-off matches against Bahrain later in the year.Fallon scored on debut in the match against Jordan, which New Zealand won 3-1.

On 14 November 2009, Fallon scored the only goal in the second leg of New Zealand's World Cup qualifier against Bahrain, to send New Zealand to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, their first appearance at the finals in 28 years.

Career statistics

Club

Updated to games played November 7th, 2009.
Club Season League Cup Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Barnsley
2000–01 1 0 - 0 0 - 1 0 -
2001–02 9 0 - 1 0 - 10 0 -
Shrewsbury Town
2001–02 11 0 - 0 0 - 11 0 -
Barnsley
2002–03 26 7 2 2 0 - 28 7 2
2003–04 16 4 1 1 0 - 17 4 1
Swindon Town
2003–04 21 7 1 0 0 - 21 7 1
2004–05 31 3 3 5 0 1 36 3 4
Yeovil Town
2004–05 6 1 - 0 0 - 6 1 -
Swindon Town
2005–06 25 12 - 2 1 1 27 13 1
Swansea City
2005–06 20 5 1 0 0 - 20 5 1
2006–07 24 8 4 4 0 - 28 8 4
Plymouth Argyle
2006–07 15 1 1 0 0 - 15 1 1
2007–08 29 7 2 3 0 - 32 7 2
2008–09 44 5 7 2 0 - 46 5 7
2009–10 13 3 2 1 0 - 14 3 2
Career 291 63 24 21 1 2 312 64 26


International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 September 2009 Ammanmarker, Jordanmarker 3–1 Win Friendly match
2 14 November 2009 Wellingtonmarker, New Zealandmarker 1–0 Win 2010 World Cup qualification


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