Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher’s younger brother Dan may not be as famous as his younger brother.
But the 26-year-old non-league footballer is finding his way in the match against National League side Dorking Wanderers.
Dan’s path into football began in AFC Wimbledon’s youth ranks, and he was handed a scholarship as the club rose through the EFL ranks.
Despite falling into non-league football, first on loan to Kingstonians, and then moving permanently to Leatherhead, Gallagher continued to pursue his hopes of turning professional.
Football runs in the Gallagher family, with older twins Jake and Josh also pursuing careers in the sport.
Jake and Josh currently play and manage Raynes Park Vale in Isthmian South Central.
Connor has been brilliant for Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.
Meanwhile, Dunn joined Leatherhead in July 2017 before moving to Dorking Wanderers in August 2019.
The iconic club achieved promotion 12 times in their first 23 seasons before reaching the National League in 2022.
Then, in 2023, after signing Tony Craig from Crawley Dunn, he showed new talent as a defensive midfielder and became an important player for the team, earning him a place in the England C provisional squad.
He ended up winning the Manager’s Player of the Year award for the 22/23 season.
Looking back on Gallagher’s upbringing, his older brother Josh said in 2020: “Mom and Dad never forced us to do anything.
“They understood our passion for football and supported us as we pursued our dreams.
“Dan and Connor had a little advantage that helped them go further than we did.
“They had a better understanding of the game and how to navigate the ups and downs that come with it.”
With a strong family support system and a love of the game, Dan Gallagher continues to make a name for himself in the world of non-league football.
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