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Mark Travers

Position:
Goalkeeper
Date of birth:
18th May 1999
Nationality:
Irish
Previous clubs:
Cherry Orchard, Shamrock Rovers

Mark Travers has won international honours, played in the Premier League and scored in a cup final since joining AFC Bournemouth as a 17-year-old in 2016.

He became the 15th youngest goalkeeper to appear in the top flight when he was handed his debut in May 2019.

The Irishman kept a clean sheet and helped the Cherries register a 1-0 win over Champions League finalists Tottenham at Vitality Stadium, the club's first Premier League victory against the North London club.

Travers was 19 years and 351 days old when he lined up against Spurs.

Four months later, he won his first full cap for Republic of Ireland when he started in a 3–1 win over Bulgaria in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Travers started his career playing as an outfield player for youth teams Confey in Kildare and Lucan United in Dublin before moving to Cherry Orchard as an under-16.

He joined the youth ranks at Shamrock Rovers in July 2015, playing in the SSE Airtricity Under-17 League, before moving to AFC Bournemouth in July 2016 following a successful trial spell.

Travers initially worked with the Cherries under-21s at Vitality Stadium before being elevated to the first-team squad under goalkeeper coach Neil Moss.

He spent the first half of the 2017/18 season on loan to Southern Premier League Weymouth.

And he hit the headlines when he scored the winning goal on his debut in August 2017. His chip from inside his own half earned the Terras a 3-2 win at Bishop's Stortford in the Southern Premier League

In July 2018, Travers signed a new long-term contract with the Cherries.

In April 2019, he helped the Cherries win the Central League Cup, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win against Notts County in the final at Meadow Lane.

He pulled off several fine saves during his Premier League debut against Tottenham and was named man of the match by the sponsors.

Travers kept his place for the Cherries' final game of 2018/19, an eventful 5-3 defeat at Crystal Palace.

The form of Aaron Ramsdale restricted him to five appearances in all competitions in 2019/20.

Travers started the Cherries' 2020/21 Championship curtain-raiser against Blackburn Rovers and also lined up against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

He made eight appearances in League One during a loan spell with Swindon Town at the start of 2021 before being recalled to Vitality Stadium in February 2021.

In May 2021, Travers played a starring role as the Cherries lifted the Hampshire Senior Cup following a dramatic conclusion to the final against Eastleigh at AFC Totton’s Snows Stadium.

The Cherries were trailing 2-1 in added time when he came up for a corner and headed home Gavin Kilkenny’s delivery to take the tie to penalties.

Travers, who had saved Dan Smith’s first-half spot-kick, kept out Dan Bradshaw’s first penalty in the shootout to set up a 5-3 win for the Cherries.

On the international front, Travers has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-15, under-16, under-18, under-19 and senior level. 

In March 2019, he was called up by Mick McCarthy to the full squad and was an unused substitute in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

A hand injury ruled him out of the Republic's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar in May 2019.

Travers made his senior international debut in September 2019, starting in a 3–1 win over Bulgaria in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium.

He won his second cap when he replaced Kieran O'Hara in the 66th minute of a 3-1 victory over New Zealand in a friendly in Dublin in November 2019.

And he made his competitive debut in March 2021 when he started a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade, the Republic suffering a 3-2 defeat.

As a youngster, Travers was a single-figure handicapper and a member at Carton House Golf Club in County Kildare.

He played on the Golf Union of Ireland circuit and was crowned champion of Munster at under-13 level.

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