Cameron Belford

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Cameron Belford
Belford, Cameron.jpg
Belford in 2013
Personal information
Full name Cameron Dale Belford[1]
Date of birth (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Nuneaton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
000?–2006 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Coventry City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2013 Bury 78 (0)
2007–2008 Worcester City (loan) 22 (0)
2012 Southend United (loan) 13 (0)
2012 Southend United (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 Accrington Stanley (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014 Tamworth 46 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:00, 10 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Cameron Dale Belford (born 16 October 1988) is an English footballer who most recently played for Conference National side Tamworth, where he played as a goalkeeper.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Belford started his career at Coventry City and had a brief loan spell at Conference National side Tamworth during the 2006–07 season playing one game against Morecambe, where Tamworth lost 1–0 - his father Dale was on the substitutes' bench as back up goalkeeper.[2] Belford returned to Coventry soon after the match and was assigned squad number 43, but was released by City in May 2007, without having made a first team appearance.[3]

Bury[edit]

Belford warming up for Bury in 2008

In August 2007, Belford joined League Two side Bury on a one-year contract.[4] With a lack of first team opportunities at Gigg Lane, Belford joined Conference North team Worcester City on loan for a month on 30 November, becoming one of Richard Dryden's first signings.[5] He made his City debut on 2 December against Barrow at St George's Lane; the game was drawn 1–1.[6] After impressing in the following games his loan spell with Worcester was extended until the end of the season.[7] His impressive form continued for City and he won the club's player of the month award for March.[8] In April 2008, Bury manager Alan Knill offered Belford a contract for the 2008–09 season.[8] and he was recalled from his loan spell at the same time.[8][9] He appeared in 22 league and 2 cup games for Worcester City.[10]

On 3 May 2008, Belford made his debut as a 75th minute substitute against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground replacing Jim Provett with Bury winning the game 2–0.[11] In October 2009 Belford impressed many against Rotherham United when he came on after 27 minutes into the first half when first team goalkeeper Wayne Brown came off injured. He made a number of fine saves and denied Ian Sharps from scoring a late equalizer. He kept the score down to 2–1 to Bury.

In the 2010–11 season he had established a number one goalkeeper spot after some fine performances in the latter part of the season before.

Belford scored his first goal for Bury in a penalty shoot out in a Football League Trophy tie against Shrewsbury Town after calmly saving a Danny O'Donnell spot kick and slotting home the preceding kick himself. The shootout finished 6–5 to Bury. On 23 October 2010 during a League Two game against Sothend United Belford suffered a serious facial injury in a collision with an opposition forward. The injury was a fractured cheek bone so manager Alan Knill brought in Owain Fon Williams to replace Belford. On 25 April 2011, Belford played and helped Bury gain promotion to League One in a 3-2 win at Chesterfield, during which he was victim of an assault on his problem cheekbone from a Chesterfield youth during a pitch invasion after Chesterfield's equalising second goal.[12] On 3 March 2012, Belford joined League Two side Southend United on a one-month loan as cover for Glenn Morris. During that spell he helped the Shrimpers reach the League Two play-offs but was unable to help them progress beyond the semi-final stage.[13]

On 14 August 2012, Belford returned to Southend for a second loan spell.[14] He was brought in as Southend had no first choice goalkeeper prior to their League Cup fixture against Peterborough United. However, he made only 3 appearances after Southend signed Paul Smith to be their first choice goalkeeper. Once his loan spell finished, he returned to Bury, but ironically the next week Smith was injured in a match against Gillingham.[15] Belford declined the opportunity to return to Southend for a third loan spell.[16]

In late-December, Belford joined Accrington Stanley on a seven-day emergency loan deal, following Ian Dunbavin's injury and a cover for Paul Rachubka.[17]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Tamworth goalkeeper Dale Belford and the brother of Swindon Town goalkeeper Tyrell Belford.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Tamworth 0-1 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Championship form guide". BBC Sport. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Bury snap up Richardson & Belford". BBC Sport. 12 August 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "New City boss adds reinforcements". BBC Sport. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "City 1 Barrow 1". Worcester News. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Keeper Belford extends City stay". BBC Sport. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c "Belford returns to Bury". Worcester News. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Danks prepared to leave Worcester". BBC Sport. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Worcester City Player Cameron Belford". The Worcester City FC Archive. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Accrington Stanley 0-2 Bury". BBC Sport. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "Arrests after Bury goalkeeper assault". BBC News. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Southend bring in Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford". BBC Sport. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Belford returns on loan". Southend United Official Website. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Southend United sign Cameron Belford on loan from Bury for second time". Southend Standard. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Southend United's Daniel Bentley pleased with his ‘perfect day’". Southend Standard. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Accrington Stanley sign Bury's Cameron Belford on loan". BBC. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "How Tamworth keeps on producing great 'keepers". This is Tamworth. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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