Adam Eckersley (footballer)

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Adam Eckersley
Personal information
Full name Adam James Eckersley
Date of birth (1985-09-07) 7 September 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Worsley, England[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Heart of Midlothian
Number 39
Youth career
2002–2004 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Manchester United 0 (0)
2006 Royal Antwerp (loan) 16 (1)
2006 Brøndby (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Barnsley (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Port Vale (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Port Vale 16 (1)
2008–2010 Horsens 40 (2)
2010–2014 AGF 75 (5)
2014– Heart of Midlothian 0 (0)
National team
2001 England U16 3 (0)
2001 England U17 1 (0)
2003 England U18 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:50, 3 November 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Adam James Eckersley (born 7 September 1985) is an English footballer who plays primarily as a left back, but is also capable of playing at right back. Eckersley plays for Scottish Championship side Heart of Midlothian. He is the older brother of Richard Eckersley.

He started his career with Manchester United in 2004, and was loaned out to Royal Antwerp, Brøndby, Barnsley, and Port Vale in a four-year career as a "Red Devil". In 2008, he transferred to Danish club Horsens via Port Vale. In 2010, he moved on to AGF Aarhus. He won the Danish 1st Division championship with both clubs, in 2009–10 and then in 2010–11. In 2014, he moved to Heart of Midlothian.

He also played for England at U16, U17, and U18 level.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, Eckersley first joined Manchester United as a nine-year-old, and signed his first contract with the club in 2002. He became a professional in July 2004[2] and was a member of the United reserve team that won the quadruple in 2005. He made his senior team debut in the League Cup on 26 October 2005, starting at left back in the 4–1 home win over Barnet.[3] Eckersley then went on loan to the Belgian Second Division club Royal Antwerp in January 2006, to gain further first team match experience. Eckersley was linked with a move to NEC of the Netherlands as a replacement for Jeffrey Leiwakabessy in April 2006,[4] but instead he was loaned out to Brøndby in August 2006. He was injured during his stay at Brøndby, however, and only played six matches for the club before the loan ended on 31 December 2006.

He joined Barnsley on 8 January 2007 on loan until the end of the season,[5] but the loan was effectively cut short in April 2007 when Eckersley returned to Manchester United after suffering a torn thigh muscle and did not play for Barnsley again.[6] He was promoted to the first-team squad as cover for the injured Mikaël Silvestre at the start of the 2007–08 season, before moving to Port Vale on a month-long loan on 12 October 2007.[7] He made his debut in a defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on 13 October 2007, in which he was sent off.[8] However, he only made one more appearance before picking up a knee injury and returning to Manchester United for treatment.

On 1 January 2008, Eckersley moved back to Port Vale, this time on a permanent basis, though only signing a six-month deal, becoming manager Lee Sinnott's first non-loan signing.[9] Eckersley scored his first goal in English football and his first anywhere since a loan spell at Royal Antwerp in a 2–2 home draw with Yeovil Town on 29 January 2008,[10] but he soon left the club when his contract expired at the end of the 2007–08 campaign,[11] following Port Vale's relegation to League Two.[12]

Prior to the 2008–09 season, he joined Danish Superliga team Horsens on a free transfer.[13] The "Yellow Danger" were relegated at the end of 2008–09, after manager Kent Nielsen resigned and short-term replacement Henrik Jensen failed to spark a revival; Horsens finished four points behind the safety of SønderjyskE. The club made an immediate return to the top-flight by topping the 1st Division in 2009–10 under Johnny Mølby. Over the course of his seasons, Eckersley made forty league appearances, scoring twice.

In the summer of 2010, Eckersley moved to AGF Aarhus, manager Peter Sørensen intending him to replace Dennis Cagara. In his first season he helped the club to promotion into the Danish top-flight as champions of the 1st Division,[14] and after some consistently great performances for AGF as attacking left back and a tremendous first half season in the Danish Superliga, including a stunning free-kick goal against Lyngby in round 13, he was selected for Les Rosbifs 'Team of the Year 2011' for best Englishmen playing overseas.[15] AGF finished fifth in 2011–12, with Eckersley scoring seven goals in 48 appearances. The club finished in seventh place in 2012–13, and Eckersley played 35 games, including two Europa League matches. AGF dropped out of the top-flight after suffering relegation in 2013–14.

In August 2014, Eckersley signed for Scottish Championship side Heart of Midlothian until the end of the season.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Eckersley married Elizabeth, a Danish woman, during his time playing in Denmark.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 September 2013[18][19]
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2005–06 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Royal Antwerp (loan) 2006–07 Belgian Second Division 16 1 0 0 16 1
Total 16 1 0 0 16 1
Brøndby (loan) 2006–07 Danish Superliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 4 0
Barnsley (loan) 2006–07 Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Port Vale (loan) 2007–08 League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Port Vale 2007–08 League One 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
Total 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Horsens 2008–09 Danish Superliga 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
Total 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
AGF Aarhus 2011–12 Danish Superliga 26 4 6 1 3 1 13 1 48 7
2012–13 26 5 0 0 2 0 7 0 35 5
2013–14 11 1 1 0 0 0 12 1
Total 63 10 7 1 5 1 20 1 95 13
Heart of Midlothian 2014–15 Scottish Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 189 16 27 6 5 1 45 2 2 0 268 25
Notes

Honours[edit]

AC Horsens
AGF Aarhus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "ADAM ECKERSLEY". MUFCInfo.com. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Man Utd 4–1 Barnet". BBC Sport. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  4. ^ van Leeuwen, Gerrit (20 April 2006). "United starlet in demand". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  5. ^ Pearson, James (8 January 2007). "Tykes land Man Utd starlet". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  6. ^ Buckingham, Mark (18 April 2007). "Joynes goes back to Barnsley". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  7. ^ Pass, Steve (12 October 2007). "Vale bring in duo". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Port Vale 0–1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 13 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "Port Vale complete Eckersley deal". BBC Sport. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Port Vale 2–2 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Eckersley waits on contract talks". BBC Sport. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "Vale snap up duo". Sky Sports. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 
  13. ^ "Transfer deadline day: PL ins and outs". BBC Sport. 1 September 2008. Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 
  14. ^ Gav (3 June 2011). "Adam Eckersley - Former Manchester United man in Denmark". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  15. ^ Gav (24 December 2011). "Les Rosbifs TEAM OF THE YEAR 2011". lesrosbifs.net. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  16. ^ Anderson, Barry (21 August 2014). "Hearts agree terms with ex Man Utd kid Adam Eckersley". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "I played with Beckham and Ronaldo - but Becks was better... and on one of the few occasions Fergie spoke to me, he warned me of dangers of gambling". Daily Mail. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Eckersley stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Adam Eckersley stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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