Date of birth6 February 2000
Conor Gallagher is a local boy who played mostly wide during his Under-16 season and as a central midfield player in his earlier schoolboy years.
He has a couple of brothers who have been scholars at other clubs so comes from a football family who are big Chelsea supporters. A development centre graduate, he has been training with Chelsea since the age of six and is a team player with a great attitude.
He made 31 appearances in his first season as a scholar, including two as a substitute in the Youth Cup, and made his development squad debut in March 2017. Among his five goals for the Under-18s, he crucially broke the deadlock in our title decider against Reading, kicking off the Cobham celebrations.
A late addition to the England Under-17 squad, he made his debut prior to the U17 World Cup finals in October 2017 and returned with a winner's medal, featuring regularly as a steadying influence in midfield in the latter stages of games, including the final. The midfielder continued to feature predominantly for our youth team throughout 2017/18, contributing to another unprecedented trophy haul, including playing in every game as the FA Youth Cup was retained once again.
In October 2018, Gallagher signed a new contract at the club that runs until the summer of 2021. After being handed the Academy Player of the Year award after the 2018/19 season, the midfielder joined Charlton Athletic on loan.
In January 2020 he returned from struggling Charlton having missed just one Championship game and scored six goals from midfield. He switched loans to another Championship club, Swansea, who were challenging for the play-offs. There he linked up with fellow Chelsea Academy graduate Marc Guehi, who made the loan move to South Wales a week earlier, as well as Steve Cooper, the England Under-17 manager who had the pair in his team when the young Lions won the World Cup at that age group in 2017. With the Swans, Gallagher dramatically secured a Championship play-off spot on the last day of the regular season, but despite Swansea having the advantage at the end of the first leg of the semi-finals, Brentford advanced to the Wembley final winning 3-2 on aggregate. The midfielder ended the season with a total of 21 games for the Welsh side.
After an impressive season in the Championship Gallagher signed a new five-year contract and earned a chance at Premier League football with West Brom. Ever-present in their midfield he made 32 outings and scored two goals in 2,683 minutes of football. Although West Brom would end the 2020/21 season in 19th place, meaning they were relegated, Gallagher's performances earned him the award of Young Player of the Year for the club.
Ahead of the 2021/22 season, Gallagher moved on another season-long loan to a Premier League club, this time to Crystal Palace.