David McGoldrick is an English centre forward who was born in Nottingham on 29th November 1987. He can also play in midfield, and began his youth career at Notts County. McGoldrick made his debut for The Magpies on 24th January 2004 against Swindon. The striker made three more appearances for the club in 2003/04 before being snapped up by Premiership outfit Southampton in the summer of 2004.
McGoldrick was part of the academy side at Southampton which narrowly lost out in the FA Youth Cup final to Ipswich in 2005. Harry Redknapp, who was first team manager at the time, said McGoldrick had more potential than most of that team. Redknapp handed the youngster his first team debut on 20th September 2005 in a League Cup defeat at Mansfield. Days later McGoldrick returned to his former club Notts County for a loan spell, which saw him play seven times without scoring. He returned to Saints at the end of the season and started in the 2-0 win over Millwall on 17th April. When he wasn't out on loan at Notts County, McGoldrick was banging in goals for fun in the reserves.
McGoldrick's first appearance of the 2006/07 campaign saw him score in an impressive 4-0 Carling Cup win at Millwall. The Nottingham born man played infrequently for Saints after that, mainly as a late substitute. He had a successful loan spell at Bournemouth which began in February. McGoldrick scored 6 in 12 at Dean Court. He returned to Saints to make a brief appearance in the penultimate match of the season at Norwich.
After coming off the bench against Peterborough on 13th August 2007 in the League Cup, McGoldrick was loaned out again, this time to Port Vale. He scored twice for the League One side after 18 appearances. He appeared sporadically in 2007/08 once he returned to Southampton, mostly from the subs bench.
After a decent pre season which saw him score twice against Premiership West Ham, McGoldrick was handed a starting spot for Saints in 2008/09. He started the season well, scoring 4 times in his first 4 matches. McGoldrick struggled for form later in the season however, as the goals dried up. Fans grew tired of McGoldrick's performances, and perceived lack of work rate. Rumour spread that Rupert Lowe had instructed manager Jan Poortvliet to select McGoldrick as a first choice starter ahead of big earners such as Stern John and Bradley Wright-Phillips who were more acomplished. McGoldrick did improve later in the campaign under new manager Mark Wotte when moved to midfield. He ended the season with 14 goals in all competitions, which wasn't a bad return given his patchy form between September and February. Back in January 2009, McGoldrick was arrested after an alleged assault on a Saints supporter during a night out. Charges were later dropped however.
After Southampton were relegated to League 1, McGoldrick moved to Nottingham Forest for £1,000,000. He joined a Forest squad that was already well stocked with strikers. His debut came on 8TH August 2009 in a 0-0 draw at Reading. McGoldrick's return of 3 goals in 38 matches in 2009/10 was considered a disappointment. Things got slightly better in 2010/11. McGoldrick scored some important goals, which helped secure a play-off spot for Forest, including a brace against Burnley on April 12th and a screamer from outside the area against Crystal Palace on the final day of the season. David missed a golden chance in early stages of the play-off semi final second leg against Swansea that would have put Forest 1-0 up (Swansea went on to win 3-1).
On 15th September 2011 McGoldrick joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan. He marked his Owls debut with a goal against Yeovil two days later. He returned to the City Ground, but rarely featured during the remainder of the 2011/12 season. His final appearance of the campaign came on January 17th in a humiliating 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Leicester.