|Full name||William Louis Sharp|
|Date of birth||5 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2005||→ Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||16||(9)|
|2009–2010||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||33||(15)|
|2012–2013||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||39||(10)|
|2013–2014||→ Reading (loan)||10||(2)|
|2014||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||12||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 8 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
William Louis "Billy" Sharp (born 5 February 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Southampton. He has also played for Sheffield United, Rushden & Diamonds, Scunthorpe United, Nottingham Forest and Reading.
Three days after the death of his newborn son in 2011, Sharp famously chose to play and scored the opener in that game, and 5 days later he was applauded by opposing fans following his goal against their team. He and his wife set up The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation in aid of gastroschisis research and to support other people affected by this condition.
Born in Sheffield, Sharp played for Middlewood Rovers Junior Football Club as a young player, he then went onto begin his career with the youth teams of Rotherham United and Sheffield United, before making his senior debut for Sheffield United during the 2004–05 season. He joined Rushden and Diamonds on loan in January 2005, before moving to Scunthorpe United in 2005.
Sharp netted 30 times in the league in the 2006–07 season guiding his team to promotion into the Championship. This was the highest total in the 4 leagues of England. He scored a header in the televised defeat to Aston Villa, which only served to enhance his reputation across the nation. In all, he scored 56 goals in 95 games for Scunthorpe during his two seasons at Glanford Park.
Return to Sheffield United
Ultimately, Sharp rejoined Sheffield United on 4 July 2007 for a fee of around £2 million, a deal that also saw Sheffield United's Jonathan Forte transferred to Scunthorpe. Sharp was allocated the number 24 shirt.
Sharp made his full Sheffield United first team debut in the opening game of the 2007–08 season, a 2–2 draw with Colchester United. He scored his first competitive goals for the club in September, scoring two against Morecambe in a 5–0 third round League Cup victory but had to wait until March to score his first league goal, in a 2–1 win at home against Coventry City. After finally breaking his duck he went on to score three more times before the end of the season.
Sharp started the 2008–09 season brightly, scoring a perfect hat-trick (header, right foot, left foot) in the Blades' first home game, against Queens Park Rangers. He scored the equaliser in a 1–1 home draw to Coventry a few weeks later, but that proved to be his last league goal of the season. Sharp did score twice more in the FA Cup including a goal against Hull City during a fifth-round replay. During the same game, Sharp was incorrectly booked for diving by referee Peter Walton who later apologised for his mistake. With the club rebuilding the team following their failure to gain promotion, Sharp was placed on the transfer list in July 2009.
Sharp signed a season long-loan with Championship club, Doncaster Rovers on 1 September 2009. He was given the number 5 for the season, an unusual choice for a striker. He made his debut on 12 September against Reading, he scored his first goal just two games later against former club, Scunthorpe United. With ten goals in seventeen games, meant interest came in from a number of clubs, and Sheffield United would allow the striker to move away during the January transfer market, with both Doncaster Rovers and fellow Championship club Barnsley reported to be looking to sign the striker. Near the end of the season, a knee injury stopped Sharp's season but however he still managed to finish with 15 goals in 33 league games.
During the summer transfer window, Sheffield United rejected an initial bid of what was though to be £1 million from Doncaster on 20 May, but they hadn't given up hope of signing the striker. On 29 June, Sharp rejected a move to relegated Premier League side Burnley, despite the £1 million being accepted by United. Sharp finally signed for Doncaster Rovers on 7 July 2010 for £1.15 million, beating their record fee of £300,000 for Matthew Mills from Manchester City. Sharp signed a three-year contract, which kept him at Keepmoat Stadium till the summer of 2013.
Sharp made his second debut on 7 August, scoring in his first game back against Preston North End. Sharp also managed to score against another of his former clubs, Sheffield United in a 2–0 victory for Rovers, but was forced off in the first half with a hamstring problem. It was later confirmed that he would be out for at least six weeks. In his return, against Leicester City, Sharp managed to score a six minute opener at the Walkers Stadium. On 3 March 2011, Sharp told BBC Radio that he would need a hernia operation but would try to hold it till the end of the season so that he could reach a 20 goal milestone. Despite failing to reach this milestone, bids still came in for Sharp in the summer window, Doncaster rejected two bids, £2.3 million from Ipswich Town. Shortly after Southampton put a bid in for £3.25m which Sharp himself rejected.
On 2 November 2011, three days following the death of his two-day-old son Luey Jacob, Sharp netted a superb volley to open the scoring against Middlesbrough in the 14th minute. He celebrated by taking off his jersey, unveiling an undershirt that read "THAT'S FOR YOU SON" and was not awarded the usual yellow card by referee Darren Deadman for his emotional celebration. Doncaster lost the game to Middlesbrough 3–1. Sharp scored another great goal on 7 November in his side's impressive 3–2 win against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. The home fans even had a standing ovation and applauded Sharp as he celebrated his goal, with the player later stating that the gesture brought a smile to him.
On 3 January 2012, Barnsley fans were accused of making vile chants about the death of Sharp's son as Doncaster beat Barnsley 2–0. Doncaster agreed an undisclosed fee with Championship rivals Leicester City for Sharp on 7 January, who rejected a bid days before from an unnamed club. Despite agreeing this fee, Doncaster offered Sharp a new deal which was said to be the most lucrative deal in their history. Following a goalless draw with Cardiff City, Rovers boss Dean Saunders said that Sharp had rejected the move to Leicester.
On 30 January 2012, Sharp signed for Southampton on a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be around £1.8m. Sharp scored his first goal for Southampton on his home debut in a 2–0 win over Burnley on 11 February 2012. He then scored twice in a 2–0 victory over former club Doncaster Rovers on 24 March. On 7 April he played in his first South Coast derby, and scored twice as Southampton drew 2–2 with Portsmouth at St Mary's Stadium. He scored his first two away goals for the club in a 3–1 victory at Peterborough United on 17 April. He finished the season with 19 goals, after deflecting a shot from Adam Lallana against Coventry City.
His first goal of the 2012–13 season came in a 4–1 victory at Stevenage in the League Cup. On 31 August 2012, Sharp joined Nottingham Forest on loan for the remainder of the 2012–13 season. He made his Nottingham Forest debut as a substitute on 1 September 2012 against Charlton Athletic at the City Ground. His first goal for Forest came on 20 October 2012 in a 3–1 win over Cardiff City.
On 26 September 2013, Sharp joined Reading on an emergency loan deal, linking up with former manager Nigel Adkins. Sharp scored his first goal for Reading on 3 December 2013 in their 1–0 home victory over Charlton Athletic. Sharp returned to Southampton on 2 January following the completion of his loan, he'd scored twice in ten games for the club.
Return to Doncaster Rovers (loan)
On 22 January 2014, Sharp re-joined his former side Doncaster Rovers on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season. On his debut at Blackpool on 25 January, he scored in the 85th minute to earn the visitors a point.
Sharp's son, Luey Jacob, died from gastroschisis when two days old in October 2011. Sharp gained great respect throughout the world of football as he continued playing immediately following the tragedy which was famously marked by him scoring the goal against Middlesbrough just two days after the death, and then five days later scoring away at Ipswich. Notable tributes included: the Middlesbrough manager, Tony Mowbray, said he was delighted Sharp had scored and called the goal against his club "A goal from heaven"; the Ipswich fans applauded him on scoring against them and chanted Luey's name; the Sheffield United fans gave applause for him in the 24th minute (Sharp's club number at Sheffield was 24) in an away game at Stevenage; Derby County players wore black armbands in their game against Cardiff City.
Along with his partner Jade Fair, Sharp set up The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation, a charity with the aim of raising money for research into gastroschisis and a support network for families affected by the condition.
In December 2012, Sharp's partner Jade gave birth to their second son, Leo.
- As of 22:00, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
|Club Performance||League||Domestic Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|2004–05||Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||League Two||16||9||0||0||0||0||—||16||9|
|2005–06||Scunthorpe United||League One||37||23||4||0||2||0||2||1||45||24|
|2009–10||Doncaster Rovers (loan)||Championship||33||15||2||0||0||0||—||35||15|
|2012–13||Nottingham Forest (loan)||Championship||39||10||1||1||0||0||—||40||11|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||12||4||0||0||0||0||—||12||4|
- Doncaster Rovers F.C. Player of the Year 2010–11
- League One PFA Team of the Year: 2005–06, 2006–07
- League One Player of the Year: 2007
- Championship Player of the Month: November 2011
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- Billy Sharp career stats at Soccerbase