Andy Welsh

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Andy Welsh
Personal information
Full name Andrew Peter David Welsh
Date of birth (1983-11-24) 24 November 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC United of Manchester
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Stockport County 85 (3)
2002 Macclesfield Town (loan) 6 (2)
2004–2007 Sunderland 25 (2)
2006 Leicester City (loan) 10 (1)
2006–2007 Leicester City (loan) 7 (0)
2007 Toronto FC 20 (1)
2007–2008 Blackpool 24 (0)
2008–2011 Yeovil Town 113 (6)
2011–2013 Carlisle United 33 (0)
2013–2014 Scunthorpe United 4 (0)
2014- FC United of Manchester 0 (0)
National team
Scotland U19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew Peter David "Andy" Welsh (born 24 November 1983) is an English footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for FC United of Manchester. Despite being born in Manchester, Welsh qualifies to play for Scotland and has played for the Under-19 side.

Career[edit]

Stockport County[edit]

After getting a trial by writing to the club and asking for one, left-footed Welsh made his professional debut for Stockport County in October 2001, going on to make 85 appearances in his three years at the club. He also made six appearances on loan at Macclesfield Town in 2002.

Sunderland[edit]

After impressing in a three-day trial with Sunderland in November 2004, Welsh signed for the club, who paid an initial fee of £15,000 for his services, although this fee may have risen to as much as £35,000, depending on the amount of appearances he made. Upon signing for Sunderland he was allocated the vacant number 11 shirt, and made his club debut in a 3–2 defeat to Preston North End on 1 January 2005, replacing Marcus Stewart in the 68th minute.

Welsh made his first start for Sunderland a week later on 8 January 2005, scoring a free kick in a 2–1 victory against Crystal Palace. Welsh went on to make eight appearances that season, scoring again, against QPR at Loftus Road on 2 April.

After Sunderland's promotion to the Premier League, Welsh retained the number 11 shirt, starting the season in place of injured defender George McCartney. However, Welsh was controversially sent off in only the second game of the season against Liverpool at Anfield on 20 August 2005, although the decision was later overturned on appeal.

Welsh found himself out of the Sunderland team after Christmas, and many thought he had played his last game for the club after he was loaned to Championship club Leicester on 1 March 2006. Welsh went on to make ten appearances for Leicester, scoring one goal,helping to stave off relegation for the Foxes.

Four days after playing his last game for Leicester, Welsh was back at Sunderland, playing in the club's last two games, against Fulham and Aston Villa, under new caretaker manager Kevin Ball. Following the transfer of popular midfielder Julio Arca to Middlesbrough in the summer, Welsh was expected to start the season as first choice winger, however injury hit early on in pre-season.

Welsh picked up an injury during a pre-season win against League of Ireland club, Shelbourne, prompting Quinn and new manager Roy Keane to sign Swedish winger Tobias Hysen and Celtic midfielder Ross Wallace to fill the left-midfield role. Welsh subsequently re-joined Leicester on loan when he regained fitness, although he managed only four league starts for them, and returned to Sunderland in the New Year. Coincidentally, Sunderland's next game was against Leicester at the Walkers Stadium, where Welsh was named as an unused substitute.

Toronto FC[edit]

After failing to break back into Sunderland's first team, it was announced in March 2007, that Welsh would be heading to Canada for a medical before signing a contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) club, Toronto FC, after the clubs agreed a deal to end his contract at Sunderland.[1]

On 16 May 2007, Welsh scored his first goal for Toronto in a rain soaked 1–0 home win over defending MLS champions, Houston Dynamo.[2] Fans subsequently voted him "Man of the Match" on the club's official website. However, after the first few games Toronto struggled to find points hard to come by, Welsh was in and out of the team and soon decided to return to England.

Blackpool FC[edit]

On 30 August 2007, it was reported that Welsh would be leaving Toronto for Blackpool, [3] who he signed for the following day.[4] During the 2007–08 season he made 21 appearances in the Championship, mostly as a substitute.[5] On 7 May 2008 he was released by Blackpool.[6]

Yeovil Town[edit]

In August 2008 Welsh went on trial at Football League One club Yeovil Town.[7] On 3 September, Yeovil manager Russell Slade confirmed that the club had a verbal agreement to sign Welsh with him due to have a medical at the club the following day.[5] Welsh signed a contract with the club until the end of the 2008–09 season.[8] Welsh played 38 games for Yeovil in his first season,he became a bit of a fans favourite when the team went on a 4-game winning streak the team scoring 4 goals direct from his set pieces. He ended the season with Yeovil's most assists on 7 and most crosses on 80, in his 38 appearances.

At the end of the 2008–09 season, Welsh signed a new two-year deal keeping him at the club until the summer of 2011. In the 2009–10 season Welsh started well and was the divisional top goal maker with 7 assists. However, formation changes saw him slip out of the side a bit, making most of his appearances from the subs bench. However, he was Yeovil's leading creator for the second consecutive season with 10 assists.[9] He also scored his first two goals for the club, in the 2 – 0 win over Brentford and the 4 – 1 win over Wycombe.

Welsh scored in his second game of the season 2010–11 against local rivals Exeter City FC a stunning low volley and then a header against Tranmere Rovers FC two weeks later. Welsh again has been one of Yeovil Town FC outstanding performers this season leading the way in assists again and also scoring some important goals. Welsh recently secured Yeovil's league one status for another season with an 85th minute equaliser at home to Oldham Athletic the day after his first child was born.[10]

He was informed by the club at the end of the 2010–11 season that he was one of seven Yeovil players who would be awarded new contracts.[11]

Carlisle United[edit]

On 1 June 2011, Welsh became Greg Abbott's first signing of the summer when he joined Carlisle United on a two-year deal.[12] It was revealed on 27 May 2013 that Welsh was not going to be offered a new contract and would no longer be a Carlisle United player come the end of the 2012/13 season.[13]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

On 24 June 2013, Andy Welsh become Scunthorpe United's 5th signing of the summer where he has signed a one year deal for the league two club with an option of a further year.

FC United of Manchester[edit]

On 12 September 2014, Andy Welsh signed for FC United of Manchester.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Welsh is a keen Manchester United supporter and he also has his own Twitter account which he updates regularly and even shared the picture of the birth of his first child.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKenzie, Andrew (19 March 2007). "Sunderland winger heading for MLS". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 22 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  2. ^ Polishuk, Mark (16 May 2007). "Toronto claim second straight win". MLS. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  3. ^ Millson, Larry (16 May 2007). "Welsh Cut Loose". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Transfer Latest". Blackpool F.C. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Free agent Welsh heads for Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 September 2008. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Retained List Latest". Blackpool F.C. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  7. ^ "Pontins Holiday Comibination". Yeovil Town F.C. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Welsh Joins to the End of Season". Yeovil Town F.C. 3 September 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  9. ^ http://www.ytfc.net/page/Assists/0,,10673~200910673,00.html
  10. ^ "Welsh Agrees New Contract". Yeovil Town F.C. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  11. ^ "Terry Skiverton offers seven new Yeovil Town deals". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 5 May 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  12. ^ ."Midfielder Andrew Welsh has signed a two-year deal with United". Carlisle United (Carlisle United F.C). 1 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  13. ^ ."Wide man to depart". Carlisle United (Carlisle United F.C). 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. .
  14. ^ http://fc-utd.co.uk/m_story.php?story_id=5703

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