Colin Heath

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Colin Heath
Personal information
Full name Colin Heath
Date of birth (1983-12-31) 31 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Chesterfield, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
000?–? Darley Dale
1995–1998 Leeds United
1998–2000 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2003–2004 Royal Antwerp (loan) 13 (0)
2004–2005 Cambridge United (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Swindon Town (loan) 11 (1)
2006 Chesterfield 4 (0)
2006–2007 Macclesfield Town 25 (4)
2007–2008 Farsley Celtic 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Colin Heath (born 31 December 1983) is an English former footballer who played as a striker or attacking midfielder for Cambridge United, Swindon Town, Chesterfield and Macclesfield Town[1] and for Belgian club Royal Antwerp.

Career[edit]

Heath was born in Chesterfield, grew up in Birchover, and played for Darley Dale as a boy. He joined Leeds United's youth system as an 11-year-old, and moved to Manchester United at 14.[2] He earned his professional contract at the end of 2000. He joined Royal Antwerp of the Belgian First Division on loan in January 2003; he played 13 league games in the 2003–04 season, but saved his goalscoring for friendly matches.[3] He then joined Football League Two side Cambridge United on a month's loan in late 2004, and made his English first-team debut on 7 December in a 2–1 defeat at home to Scunthorpe United.[4] He spent the first half of the 2005–06 season on loan to Swindon Town, but scored only once, against Yeovil Town in his home league debut, and struggled to maintain a first-team place.[5]

He returned to Manchester United in January 2006 and was released, to join Chesterfield until the end of the season.[2][6] He moved on to Macclesfield Town, linking up with former Manchester United colleague Tommy Lee,[7] but was released by manager Paul Ince after just one season.[8] In September 2007, after an extended trial with Chester City, he signed for Farsley Celtic of the Conference National.[9] Heath struggled to hold down a first-team place due to the form of Damien Reeves.[citation needed] After a handful of appearances, including helping Farsley to reach the last 16 of the FA Trophy for the first time,[10] he left the club.

Although no longer a professional, Heath still plays football in the Northern Counties East League Division 1 for Knaresborough Town.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colin Heath". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Geoff (3 February 2006). "I Will Put Myself About". Chesterfield F.C. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Colin Heath" (in Dutch). Royal Antwerp F.C. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cambridge vs Scunthorpe". Cambridge United F.C. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Colin Heath". Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Bartram, Steve (1 February 2006). "Heath leaves/Heaton on loan". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Lee backs Heath to be success". Macclesfield Express. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ince rings changes at Moss Rose". BBC Sport. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Turner, Neil (13 September 2007). "Accomplished display from Chester reserves". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Farsley Celtic set up a plum home tie". Farsley Today (Johnston Press). 2 August 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Knaresborough Town urged to keep concentration". Wetherby News. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 

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