David Edgar (footballer)

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David Edgar
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Edgar in 2007
Personal information
Full name David Edward Edgar[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-19) 19 May 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Kitchener, Canada
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 6
Youth career
2001–2005 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Newcastle United 19 (2)
2009–2014 Burnley 99 (4)
2010 Swansea City (loan) 5 (1)
2014– Birmingham City 0 (0)
National team
2003 Canada U17 2 (0)
2003–2008 Canada U20 24 (2)
2011– Canada 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:23, 6 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:27, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

David Edward Edgar (/ˈɛdɡər/; born 19 May 1987) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Birmingham City. He can play as a centre back, right back, left back or defensive midfielder.

Edgar has represented Canada at various levels and is currently a member of the Canadian senior squad. He was a member of the of Under-20 team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut for the Canadian senior squad on 9 February 2011.


Early life[edit]

Edgar was born in Kitchener, Ontario to Eddie Edgar and Christine Edgar (née White). His father, a native of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, was a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Newcastle United (1 game only) and Hartlepool United in England, as well as playing for the New York Cosmos.[3] His mother is now a teacher in Canada. Edgar grew up in Kitchener, Ontario and attended Blessed Kateri Catholic Elementary School, where he broke many athletic records including the 800 m, 1500m and long jump. He also won athlete of the year in grade eight. A sports-obsessed child, Edgar tried his hand at ice hockey, long and middle distance running as well as football.[3]

When Edgar was nine, his father took him to England to compete in a football tournament which was sponsored by Manchester United. Edgar impressed at the tournament, to the extent he was offered a scholarship deal by Manchester United. However, Edgar turned down the opportunity, opting to stay in Canada for the time being.[4] He also excelled at hockey and was even considered to have had the potential to be drafted into the NHL.[5] From the age of 11 he began playing football at Provincial level for Ontario, along with his now international teammate Jaime Peters.[6] He continued to switch between playing hockey and football, however at 13 years of age he decided to quit hockey and focus primarily on playing football.[5] After impressing in trials for numerous football clubs including Celtic,[7] he was offered a scholarship at the Newcastle United academy, which he accepted. Aged 14, he left Canada and moved into his grandmother's home in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear.

Early career[edit]

Edgar began playing regularly in the academy and made his debut for the reserve team on 10 April 2003 against Bradford City. He made his debut for the Canada under-20 team on 15 October 2003, (just three months after first appearing at under-17 level), against Panama at the Torneo Mondialito, aged 16. The following month, he was named in the Canada squad for the World Youth Championships, that took place in the UAE. Edgar was an unused substitute in each of Canada's matches, as they finished third in their group. In June 2005, Edgar was involved in the competition for a second time, appearing in all three of Canada's matches at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Netherlands. Canada finished bottom of their group. Edgar caught the eye of Spanish club Málaga CF in September 2005 when Newcastle played the La Liga club in a pre-season friendly game. Málaga, as well as a few English clubs, declared an interest in signing him.[8] However, Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd was quick to announce that Edgar was not for sale, and that he had been given a new contract by the club to ward off any further interest.[8] Edgar began making more regular appearances in the reserve team during the 2005–06 season. On 19 May 2006, while celebrating his nineteenth birthday, he played and scored in the Canadian Under-20 side's 2–1 victory over the Brazilian Under-20 side. This was the first victory Canada have ever had over Brazil in any level of men's football.[9]

Senior career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Edgar playing for Newcastle United in 2008

Edgar continued to appear for Newcastle's reserves and he was called up to the first team squad due to a lengthy injury list midway through the 2006–07 Premiership season. He made his first team debut for Newcastle against Bolton Wanderers on 26 December 2006.[10] On 1 January 2007 during his home debut, he scored his first goal for the club with a long range strike against Manchester United in a 2–2 draw.[11] Edgar was playing in the unfamiliar position of full back as part of a makeshift Newcastle defence consisting of three under-21 players and a winger, due to injuries to first team defenders. Edgar was later named man of the match[12] and drew praise from then Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder for his performance during the game, having kept Cristiano Ronaldo in his back pocket.[13]

During the 2007–08 season, Edgar voiced his concern at his lack of first team football at Newcastle, where at the time of the comment, he had yet to make any appearances for the senior team despite being the reserve team captain.[14] Towards the end of the season he was given a run of games in the first team and was praised by manager Kevin Keegan for his performance against Reading.[15] On 5 May 2007 he signed a contract with Newcastle that kept him at the club until 2009.[16] In April 2008 Edgar stated his belief that he needed to bulk up in order to compete in the Premier League, after facing players like Dean Ashton. On 28 December 2008, Edgar scored his second goal for the club in a 5–1 loss against Liverpool.[17] On 24 May 2009, he was sent off in the last minute of the final game of the season against Aston Villa, a game that Newcastle lost 1–0, thus confirming their relegation from the Premier League. After a terrible season, in which Newcastle failed to win a single match that Edgar featured in – 11 losses and 2 draws in his 13 games – Edgar rejected a contract offered by Newcastle and consequently left the club.


On 1 July 2009, it was announced that Edgar had joined Burnley on a four-year-deal.[18] On 24 December 2009, Burnley and Newcastle announced they had agreed to a transfer fee of £300,000 for Edgar, avoiding a tribunal hearing to settle the matter.[19]

Edgar made his debut for Burnley in the second round of the League Cup against Hartlepool on 25 August, however he found himself out of favour under the manager at the time, Owen Coyle, with this appearance being his only one, and was never included in one of his Premier League squads.

After Coyle's controversial departure in January 2010, Edgar was included in the starting lineup of Brian Laws first match in charge, against Manchester United.

After becoming the regular starting center-back during the 2011–12 season Edgar scored two goals in 4 minutes to lead Burnley to a 3–2 away win over Hull City on 26 November.[20]

Following Burnley's promotion to the Premier League, Edgar was one of three players released by the club following the expiry of their contracts.

Swansea City[edit]

In March 2010, Edgar moved to Swansea City on a loan extending to the end of the season.[21] Edgar scored his first goal for Swansea on 5 April in a 3–0 victory over Scunthorpe United. David scored the first goal in the 27th minute from a well positioned corner, Ashley Williams and Shefki Kuqi both followed scoring goals in the home win.[22] In his time with Swansea Edgar was able to make 5 league appearances and score 1 goal before his return to Burnley.

On 31 January 2011 it was announced that Edgar would once again join Swansea City for the remainder of the season,[23] but weeks later Edgar returned to Burnley due to FIFA refusing to give Edgar international clearance, due to an irregularity in the paperwork.[24]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 12 June 2014, Edgar joined Birmingham City on a two-year contract.[25]


On 1 February 2007 he was named as Canadian Youth Player of the Year for the 2006 season.[26] In 2007, he helped host Canada compete for the Under-20 World Cup and had been named as one of six ambassadors for the Canadian team during the competition,[27] which was the largest single-sport event ever hosted by Canada.[28] Edgar picked up a groin injury three weeks before the tournament began,[29] which put doubt over how much he would play. An MRI scan showed no tears in his abdominal wall, which helped quell fears that he would be lost to injury for the tournament.[30]

Style of play[edit]

Edgar has been acknowledged for having good leadership skills; he has been described as a player who organizes the other members of his defensive line through his vocality.[31] Dale Mitchell, Edgar's coach for the Canada Under-20 team, has labelled Edgar as a player who rises to the occasion against top competition, stabilizes the defence, and also has the ability to stretch opposing teams' defences.[30]

International career[edit]

Edgar playing against United States at BMO Field on 3 June 2012 for The CSA's Centenary match.

Edgar has played for Canada Under-17 team and Canada Under-20 team. He was called up for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship at only 16. In November 2008, he played for Canada national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification against Jamaica.

Such was his form at the start of the 2010–11 season for Burnley, Edgar was called up to the Canadian senior team for their friendly against Ukraine on 8 October, but failed to make an appearance. Edgar was called up again for Canada in the country's next game against Greece. David made his senior team debut for Canada on 9 February 2011 as a second half sub in a 1–0 loss to Greece, the game was played at the brand new AEL FC Arena. Edgar was one of three Canadian players to make their international senior debut against Greece; Tosaint Ricketts and Milan Borjan were the other two.[32]

6 June 2011 Edgar was selected for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Canadian 23-man roster as a replacement for Dejan Jakovic, who sustained a hamstring injury in a friendly approaching the tournament against Ecuador.[33] Edgar did not join the team since he was a late addition during Canada's disappointing Gold Cup, with an early exit out of the group stage. Edgar became a regular starter for the national team in late 2011. He assisted Olivier Occean's game-winning goal against Cuba in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification on 8 June 2012.[34] He scored his first goal for Canada in a crucial World Cup qualification match against Cuba on 12 October 2012, the match ended in a 3–0 Canadian victory.[35]

On 27 June 2013 Edgar was listed as a part of the confirmed 23-man squad for Colin Miller's Canada squad for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[36]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 18 April 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United
Premier League 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Premier League 11 1 1 0 1 0 13 1
Total 19 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 23 2
Burnley 2009–10[40] Premier League 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2010–11[41] Championship 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
2011–12[42] Championship 44 2 1 0 4 0 49 2
2012–13[43] Championship 27 2 1 0 2 0 30 2
2013–14[44] Championship 17 0 0 0 4 0 21 0
Total 99 4 3 0 12 0 114 4
Swansea City (loan) 2009–10[45] Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Career total 123 7 5 0 14 0 0 0 142 7


As of match played 15 October 2013.[46]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Canada 2011 7 0
2012 8 1
2013 7 0
Total 22 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 Oct 2012 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Cuba 3–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification




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