Connor Short

Football Age 19

Birthplace: Hartlepool

Previous school: Stranton

Clubs: St Francis, Greatham, Sunderland

Favourite sportsperson: Lionel Messi


AT THE age of six, Connor started to play football for his local team, St Francis. Three years later he was playing competitively for the first time and has flourished in to a goal-hungry striker in the Teesside Junior Alliance Football League.

In his first year at that level he scored 30 goals to help St Francis win the league and his form attracted the interest from Hartlepool United, where he spent some time before returning to Francis.

Connor’s preferred position is up front but he has played across the midfield as well as just behind a striker. He enjoys dribbling beyond defenders before scoring and creating goals.

His performances for St Francis ended up with Sunderland, the club he supports, taking him to the Academy of Light and he has been there since 2009.

He has worked under coaches such as Carlton Fairweather, the former Wimbledon and Carlisle player, and Stuart Brightwell, formerly of Hartlepool and Manchester United’s academy.

Connor dreams of becoming a professional footballer and has his sights on shining for Sunderland. 





THERE was no stopping Dyke House College’s girls at the Town Cross Country Championships at High Tunstall this week.