David McGurk

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David McGurk
David McGurk 3.jpg
McGurk playing for York City in 2007
Personal information
Full name David Michael McGurk[1]
Date of birth (1982-09-30) 30 September 1982 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Harrogate Town
Youth career
Sunderland
0000–2001 Darlington
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Darlington 56 (6)
2004 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2006 York City (loan) 21 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 15 (1)
2006–2014 York City 242 (4)
2014– Harrogate Town 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:18, 21 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Michael McGurk (born 30 September 1982) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Harrogate Town as a defender.

McGurk started his career with the Darlington youth system and broke into the first team during the 2001–02 season. He was eventually loaned out to York City in the Conference National in 2004. He had two further loan periods with York before joining the club permanently in 2006, after making 62 appearances for Darlington. He played for the team in the play-offs in his first season and won the club's Clubman of the Year award in his second season. He played in the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium and returned to the stadium for the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final.

Career[edit]

Darlington[edit]

Born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire,[1] McGurk played for Marton Boys from the age of nine up until under-15 level, when he was approached by Middlesbrough and Sunderland to play games for them.[2][3] He was invited back to Middlesbrough after playing for them, but was offered a contract by Sunderland and stayed with the club for six months before being released.[3] He was offered a Youth Training Scheme with Darlington and progressed through the club's youth system.[3][4] He started his career with the club, making his first team debut on 17 November 2001 against Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup first round.[5] He finished his first season, 2001–02, with 13 appearances and signed a professional contract with Darlington on 9 August 2002.[1][6] He scored Darlington's equalising goal against Kidderminster on 17 January 2004, halting a run of five 1–0 defeats out of six games for the team during the 2003–04 season,[7][8] which helped them avoid relegation from the Third Division.[9] He finished the season with 31 appearances and four goals.[10]

McGurk joined Conference National team York City on a one-month loan on 16 September 2004,[11] after the deal had been held up due to the club's wage budget,[12] where he made seven appearances in the 2004–05 season.[13] Despite York hoping to extend his loan,[14] he returned to Darlington following its expiration on 19 October 2005 and played against Swansea City in a 2–1 defeat on 17 November, with manager David Hodgson saying he "did very well".[15][16][17] McGurk picked up an injury to his knee cartilage, which was operated on in December 2004,[18] and after making "excellent progress" in recovering he made his return against Notts County on 12 February 2005, scoring Darlington's goal in a 2–1 defeat.[19][20] He was named in the League Two Team of the Week in March 2005 but later that month picked up a cartilage injury.[21][22] He featured in one more game in the 2004–05 season, which he finished with 10 appearances and 2 goals for Darlington.[23]

McGurk signed a new one-year contract with Darlington in May 2005 and was soon told he was allowed to leave the club after not being guaranteed first team football for the forthcoming season.[24][25] He was loaned out to York for a second time on 2 August 2005 on a six-month deal, so his progress could be monitored and could play regular first team football.[26][27] Darlington manager Hodgson said McGurk could have been brought back to the club when his loan at York ended,[28] which he did having made 24 appearances and scored one goal for York, and it was confirmed that he "will be going nowhere".[29][30] He made his first Darlington appearance in 10 months as a replacement for Shelton Martis in a 2–1 victory over Peterborough United on 14 January 2006.[31][32] However, after making one more appearance for Darlington,[32] he rejoined York on loan until the end of the 2005–06 season on 24 January 2006 and he finished the loan with 15 appearances and one goal.[33][30] Following this "hugely successful" loan spell he made his last appearance of the season with Darlington after starting in a 1–1 draw with Wrexham on 6 May 2006 to cover for the suspended Matthew Clarke.[34][35]

York City[edit]

McGurk playing for York City in 2007

York manager Billy McEwan hoped to re-sign him following the end of the season and McGurk declared he wanted to join the club permanently.[34][36] After turning down a new contract at Darlington he signed for York permanently on 28 June 2006.[37] He suffered from a throat infection in October 2006, which resulted in an operation,[38] eventually returning to the side in November.[39] He featured in both legs of their play-off semi-final defeat to Morecambe 2–1 on aggregate and finished the 2006–07 season with 41 appearances.[39] The club exercised their option to extend his contract for another season and was later persuaded by manager Colin Walker to sign an extended contract in January 2008.[40][41] He captained the side during Manny Panther's two-match omission from the squad during the 2007–08 season,[42] but Panther regained the captaincy after his return.[43] He was named as York's Clubman of the Year for the season, before their final home game of the season against Farsley Celtic,[44] and made 56 appearances and scored one goal during the season, missing one game.[45]

McGurk after playing for York City in the 2009 FA Trophy Final

He started the 2008–09 season as an ever-present in the team before pulling a calf muscle during an FA Trophy second round match against Oxford United on 13 January 2009, which ruled him out for three weeks.[46] He was expected to make his return ahead of schedule against Eastbourne Borough on 24 January 2009,[47] but was not named in the team.[48] His return for the reserve team eventually came in a game against Rotherham United on 4 March 2009 and came on as a 90th minute substitute in the league game against Ebbsfleet United four days later.[49][50] During the period of his injury, York signed defender Shaun Pejic, whose form alongside Danny Parslow in central defence resulted in McGurk being unable to reaffirm his place in the team.[51] He started in the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on 9 May 2009, which York lost 2–0 to Stevenage Borough.[52] He finished the season with 45 appearances.[53]

McGurk playing for York City in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final

McGurk and Parslow were appointed as club captains for the 2009–10 season,[54] although Parslow would wear the armband throughout the season.[55] He picked up a hamstring injury during a 2–1 victory over Gateshead in August 2009.[56] He captained York during their 2–0 victory over Southern Football League Division One Midlands team Bedworth United in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round in October 2009, which was his 200th appearance for the club.[57] He picked up a knee injury during a 2–1 defeat to Forest Green Rovers on 6 March 2010,[58] making his return as a 77th minute substitute in a 1–0 victory over Mansfield Town on 16 March after missing two games.[59][60] His first goal in over two years came with the equaliser against Altrincham on 5 April 2010, which York went on to win 2–1.[61] He signed a new contract with York in April 2010.[62] He played in both legs of York's play-off semi-final victory over Luton Town, which finished 2–0 on aggregate.[63][64] He started in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley on 16 May 2010, which was lost 3–1 to Oxford.[65] He finished the season with 46 appearances and one goal for York.[66]

McGurk made his first appearance of the 2010–11 season in the opening game, a 2–1 defeat to Kidderminster on 14 August 2010.[67] He handed in a transfer request in November 2010 having expressed his desire to join Luton Town, after they had a number of bids for him rejected and he had turned down a contract extension with York.[68] His transfer request was rejected by manager Gary Mills and McGurk went on to explain he wanted to join Luton as he believed they offered him a better opportunity of achieving his ambition of returning to the Football League.[69] Luton manager Richard Money eventually gave up on signing McGurk due to York demanding what he called a "ridiculous fee" for the player.[70] However, another Luton bid was rejected after the transfer window opened in January 2011.[71] He received the first red card of his York career after being sent off in the second minute of a 4–0 loss at Southport on 29 January 2011.[72] McGurk signed a new contract with York in March 2011, which contracted him to the club until June 2013.[73] An ankle ligament injury suffered in a 2–1 victory over Newport County on 9 April 2011 ruled him out for the rest of the season,[74] during which he made 40 appearances.[75]

Harrogate Town[edit]

McGurk retired from professional football in May 2014 as a result of injury problems, but remained playing as a part-timer after signing for Conference North side Harrogate Town on 2 June.[76][77][78] He made his debut in a 0–0 home draw with Tamworth on the opening day of the 2014–15 season on 9 August 2014.[79] His first goal for the club came on 20 September 2014 in Harrogate's 3–1 away win over Leamington, side footing the ball into the goal from an Adam Nowakowski cross in the 85th minute.[79][80]

Style of play[edit]

McGurk plays as a centre-back and is a "reliable performer at the heart of defence".[81]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 December 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Darlington 2001–02[6] Third Division 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2002–03[82] Third Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 6 0
2003–04[10] Third Division 27 4 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 31 4
2004–05[23] League Two 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2005–06[32] League Two 3 0 3 0
Total 56 6 2 0 3 0 2 0 63 6
York City (loan) 2004–05[13] Conference National 6 0 1[a] 0 7 0
2005–06[30] Conference National 36 2 2 0 1[b] 0 39 2
York City 2006–07[39] Conference National 38 0 0 0 3[c] 0 41 0
2007–08[45] Conference Premier 46 1 2 0 8[d] 0 56 1
2008–09[53] Conference Premier 37 0 2 0 6[e] 0 45 0
2009–10[66] Conference Premier 34 1 4 0 8[f] 0 46 1
2010–11[75] Conference Premier 34 0 5 0 1[b] 0 40 0
2011–12[83] Conference Premier 19 1 1 0 2[b] 0 22 1
2012–13[84] League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2013–14[85] League Two 23 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 1
Total 284 6 17 0 1 0 30 0 332 6
Harrogate Town 2014–15[79] Conference North 18 2 0 0 1[b] 0 19 2
Career total 358 14 19 0 4 0 33 0 414 14
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, two in Conference National play-offs
  4. ^ Seven appearances in FA Trophy, one in Conference League Cup
  5. ^ One appearance in Conference League Cup, five in FA Trophy
  6. ^ Five appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs

Honours[edit]

Individual

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