David Eyres

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David Eyres
Personal information
Full name David Eyres
Date of birth (1964-02-26) 26 February 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Height 5'11"
Playing position Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Blackpool 147 (38)
1993–1997 Burnley 171 (37)
1997–2000 Preston North End 89 (20)
2000–2006 Oldham Athletic 181 (33)
2006 Hyde United 9 (2)
2006–2007 Mossley 23 (5)
2008 Hednesford Town 3 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Oldham Athletic (co-caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:21, 9 May 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Eyres (born 26 February 1964 in Liverpool, Lancashire) is an English former professional footballer.

Career[edit]

A relative latecomer to the professional game, Eyres began his career at Welsh non-league side Rhyl before signing, in 1989 at the age of 25, professional terms with Blackpool for a fee of £10,000. He made his debut for the club on 22 August 1989, in a 2–2 draw at Burnley in the League Cup first round, first leg.[1] He scored his first goal for the club three months later, on 11 November, in a 4–0 League victory over Brentford at Bloomfield Road.[1] He spent four seasons with the Seasiders, two of which ended with appearances at Wembley in the play-off finals (achieving promotion in 1991–92). He also finished as the club's top league goalscorer in 1992–93, with sixteen goals.

In the summer of 1993, Burnley and Jimmy Mullen (Eyres' former manager at Blackpool) came in for his services with an offer of £90,000. "I know the fans won't forgive me," said Eyres nine years later, "but things had gone a bit stale at Blackpool and I decided it was the right time to go."[2] Eyres remained at Turf Moor for seven years, and then continued his tour of Lancashire by signing for Blackpool's arch-rivals Preston North End in 1997 for £80,000.

Eyres moved to Oldham in 2000 on a free transfer and signed a one-year extension to his contract the following January,[3] which would keep him at the club until June 2002. He subsequently signed two more contracts,[4][5] which tied him to the club until 2006.

During the 2003–04 season, Eyres and teammate John Sheridan took on joint caretaker-manager roles after Iain Dowie's departure from the Latics hotseat. Earlier in the season, Eyres fractured a bone in his foot, which put him out of action between October and December.[6]

Eyres, who was voted Oldham fans' player of the season in 2001–02,[7] scored in his 234th and final appearance for Oldham in a 1–1 draw with Scunthorpe to close out the 2005–06 season and his 18-year professional career at the age of 42.[8] He then joined Conference North side Hyde United in August 2006, but left the club by mutual consent two months later. On 13 October 2006, Eyres signed for Northern Premier League side Mossley.

In May 2007, Eyres made a return to Burnley to play at Turf Moor in the testimonial of another ex-Claret, Graham Branch.

After leaving Mossley, Eyres joined the Everton academy in a bid to stay fit, even at 43 years old.

In January 2008 Eyres signed for Northern Premier League club Hednesford Town. He made his debut at left-back in an away game at Eastwood Town, but only made two further appearances for the Pitmen before his registration was cancelled by the club

Post-retirement[edit]

After retiring, Eyres became a match summariser for BBC Radio Lancashire.

Honours[edit]

Blackpool

Burnley

Preston North End

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  2. ^ "Old boy plans an Eyres raid" - Blackpool Gazette, 24 December 2002
  3. ^ Eyres pledges future to Latics - BBC Sport
  4. ^ Latics offer Eyres extension - BBC Sport
  5. ^ Eyres ponders Oldham offer - BBC Sport
  6. ^ Eyres forced into lay-off - BBC Sport
  7. ^ Eyres Oldham disappointment - BBC Sport
  8. ^ Veteran Eyres released by Oldham - BBC Sport

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