Chris Zebroski

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Chris Zebroski
Personal information
Full name Christopher Matthew Zebroski
Date of birth (1986-10-29) 29 October 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Swindon, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
 – Cirencester Academy
2003–2004 Swindon Town
2004–2005 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Plymouth Argyle 4 (0)
2006–2008 Millwall 25 (3)
2007 Oxford United (loan) 8 (2)
2007–2008 Torquay United (loan) 46 (18)
2008–2010 Wycombe Wanderers 48 (11)
2009–2010 Torquay United (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2011 Torquay United 67 (16)
2011–2012 Bristol Rovers 39 (3)
2012–2013 Cheltenham Town 21 (5)
2013 Eastleigh 6 (6)
2013–2015 Newport County 71 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:27, 17 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher Matthew "Chris" Zebroski (born 29 October 1986) is an English footballer. A forward, he last played for Newport County. Following pleading guilty to four charges of robbery, attempted robbery and assault relating to two incidents, in April 2015 Zebroski was jailed for four years and four months.[1]

Club career[edit]

Zebroski was a youth player for his hometown club Swindon Town, but was released after failing to earn a professional contract.[2] After his release there he trained under the watch of former Wales international Steve Lowndes at Cirencester football academy, it was from here that he was spotted by scouts of Championship club Plymouth Argyle and signed as a youth player by the club. He later signed a professional contract,[3] and made four first-team appearances for Argyle before his contract was terminated after he was found guilty of gross misconduct by the club[4] This followed an incident involving the club captain Paul Wotton

Three weeks after leaving Plymouth Argyle, he was signed for Millwall by manager Nigel Spackman.[5] On 21 March 2007, Zebroski joined Oxford United on a month's loan.[6] On 31 July 2007, Zebroski signed for Conference National side Torquay United on loan until May 2008, and went on to score 19 goals in league and cup competitions during the 2007–08 season.

He was transferred to Wycombe Wanderers for £20,000 in June 2008.[7] Zebroski finished the 2008–09 season with seven goals from 33 league matches, mostly from the wing, helping the team win promotion to League One. The start of the 2009–10 season saw Zebroski score two goals in a 3–2 defeat at Charlton Athletic. On 20 November 2009, Zebroski returned to Torquay United on loan with a view to permanent transfer in January.[8] He scored twice in a 5–0 home win against Darlington on 12 December and the move later became permanent.

After helping the club avoid relegation from League Two during the 2009–10 campaign, Zebroski scored 16 league goals[citation needed] to help the club finish seventh and reach the play-offs the following season. In the semi-final first leg versus Shrewsbury at Plainmoor, Zebroski scored the first goal to set up a 2–0 victory. The second leg finished 0–0, leaving Torquay to play Stevenage in the play-off final at Old Trafford. Stevenage won the match 1–0. In July 2011 he followed former Torquay manager Paul Buckle to his new club, Bristol Rovers.[9]

On August 2012 Zebroski joined Cheltenham Town.His contract Cheltenham was cancelled by mutual consent on 4 January 2013 after Zebroski withdrew from the match day squad at short notice on a number of occasions.

On Monday 25 February 2013, it was announced that Zebroski had joined Conference South side Eastleigh.[10] He scored his first goal for the club in the 1–0 win over Eastbourne Borough on 2 March 2013.[11]

On 5 June 2013 Zebroski signed for newly promoted league two club Newport County.[12] Newport finished the 2013–14 season in a creditable 14th position in the league, Zebroski being top scorer with 13 goals.

Conviction[edit]

On 11 March 2015 Zebroski was charged with assault and attempted robbery during a drunken brawl in Swindon. He was already awaiting sentencing for a road rage incident in Swindon. [13] During a trial at Swindon Crown Court, Zebroski admitted four charges of robbery, attempted robbery and assault relating to two incidents. The court heard that on 18 December 2014 he crashed his BMW into a taxi, and then attacked another driver who filmed him. Subsequently arrested by Wiltshire Police, interviewed under caution Zebroski told police he was an alcoholic.[1] Released on police bail, in February 2015 whilst admittedly under the influence of alcohol, he assaulted and attempted to rob two men in Swindon, and was again arrested. At a sentencing hearing on 17 April 2015, Zebroski was jailed for four years and four months.[1] As a result of his conviction, his contract was immediately terminated by Newport County.[1]

Honours[edit]

Wycombe Wanderers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-32352672
  2. ^ "Youngster's Pilgrim's joy". 4thegame.com. 15 March 2006. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Plymouth youngster offered deals". Plymouth Argyle. BBC Sport. 28 February 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Argyle sack Zebroski after fracas". Plymouth Argyle. BBC Sport. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Argyle striker joins Millwall". Millwall. BBC Sport. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Smith swoops for Millwall striker". Oxford Utd. BBC Sport. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Chairboys seal Zebroski signing". BBC Sport. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Zebroski clinches Torquay return". BBC Sport. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bristol Rovers capture Torquay United's Chris Zebroski". BBC Sport. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Zebroski signs for Eastleigh". Eastleigh F.C. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  11. ^ http://eastleighfc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/eastleigh-1-0-eastbourne-borough.html
  12. ^ Zebroski joins Newport
  13. ^ Zebroski arrested

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