David Unsworth

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David Unsworth
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Unsworth playing for Wigan Athletic in 2007
Personal information
Full name David Gerald Unsworth[1]
Date of birth (1973-10-16) 16 October 1973 (age 41)[2]
Place of birth Chorley, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Centre-back, left-back
Club information
Current team
Everton (U21 Coach)
Youth career
000?–1992 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Everton 116 (11)
1997–1998 West Ham United 32 (2)
1998 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1998–2004 Everton 188 (23)
2004–2005 Portsmouth 15 (2)
2005 Ipswich Town (loan) 16 (1)
2005–2007 Sheffield United 39 (4)
2007 Wigan Athletic 10 (1)
2007–2008 Burnley 29 (1)
2008–2009 Huddersfield Town 4 (0)
Total 449 (45)
National team
1994–1995 England U21 7 (0)
1995 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Preston North End (caretaker)
2011–2012 Preston North End (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Gerald Unsworth (born 16 October 1973 in Chorley) is an English football coach and former professional player. As a player, Unsworth played as a centre-back or left-back from 1991 until 2009.

Unsworth is best remembered for his time at Everton during the 1990s, where he was part of their FA Cup winning team of 1995 and commonly known as "Rhino". He earned one full England cap in 1995. He also played in the Premier League for West Ham United, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic, and in the Football League for Ipswich Town, Burnley and Huddersfield Town. After retiring he moved into coaching with Preston North End where he was twice appointed caretaker manager.

He returned to Everton in September 2013 as assistant to Everton U21s head coach Alan Stubbs.

Club career[edit]

Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa[edit]

Born in Chorley, Unsworth began his career at Everton, and was part of the 1995 FA Cup winning team. After 133 league and cup games over several impressive seasons at Everton, Unsworth transferred to West Ham United for the 1997–98 season. He made his West Ham debut on 23 August 1997 against his old club, Everton. After receiving an ovation from Everton fans, Unsworth was on the losing side as West Ham lost 2–1.[3] After his family failed to settle in London and only one season and 41 games he asked for a move closer to his Merseyside home.[4] Rather than moving back to Merseyside, he was signed by Birmingham-based club Aston Villa for £3 million but his family did not settle in Birmingham. After only a month, before the season had even begun, citing problems with the lengthy commute from his home, he returned to Everton who paid Villa the same £3 million West Ham had accepted only a few weeks before.[4]

Return to Everton[edit]

Unsworth was a consistent performer in his second spell with Everton, being first choice left-back, but also scoring some vital goals in his role as dead-ball specialist, mostly penalties, he became a fan's favourite and still is a shown when he came onto the pitch at Goodison Park to an uproar of "Rhino" which was the nickname he received for his gutsy ruthless playing style and physique. At the end of the 2003–04 season, after a further 216 games and his contract expired, a disagreement with the club over the length of a new contract led to Unsworth leaving on a free transfer. Although his status as a hero waxed and waned during his second spell at The Toffees, 'Rhino' as he was known is still held in affection by the fans. He returned to Goodison Park the following season as a fan and was mobbed by Evertonians as he sat on the Gwladys Street Terrace for the derby game against Liverpool.

Portsmouth[edit]

On 12 July 2004, he was signed by Portsmouth for the 2004–05 season on a free transfer.[5] He made his debut in a 1–1 home draw with Birmingham City, scoring the equaliser from a penalty.[6] He also scored another spot-kick in Portsmouth's famous 2–0 victory over Manchester United in October 2004.[7] However, following the resignation of manager Harry Redknapp, Unsworth lost his place having played just 18 games, and spent the second half of the season on loan at Ipswich Town, making 16 appearances, scoring on his debut against Sheffield United.[8]

Sheffield United and Wigan[edit]

On 22 August 2005, Unsworth was signed by Sheffield United on a three-year contract, on a free transfer after it became clear that Ipswich could not afford his wages.[9] He was part of the team which were promoted to the Premier League as Championship runners-up at the end of the season. He missed a penalty for United in a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers on 9 September 2006.[10] Unsworth fell out of favour at Sheffield United under the management of Neil Warnock, and was placed on the transfer list in the January window.

On 5 January 2007, Unsworth signed for Wigan Athletic from Sheffield United on a free transfer.[11] He played his first match on 13 January against Chelsea.[12] On the last day of the 2006–07 Premier League season, in a twist of fate, Unsworth would score the penalty that sent down his former club Sheffield United, whilst simultaneously saving his new employers Wigan Athletic from relegation.[13] Unsworth was released by Wigan at the end of the 2006–07 season on 17 May 2007.[14]

Burnley[edit]

On 11 August, he signed for Burnley on a one-year contract,[15] scoring his first goal against Leicester City.[16] At the end of the season, he was offered a new deal as a player-coach by manager Owen Coyle, but he rejected the offer and left the club on 30 June 2008.[17]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

On 8 August 2008, Unsworth joined Huddersfield on a one-year deal after impressing on trial in their pre-season.[18] He along with five other players made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Stockport County at the Galpharm Stadium on 9 August 2008. Unsworth missed a penalty in a 2–1 defeat away at Millwall on 30 August 2008 and did not feature again. He was released from his contract on 30 March 2009 after making four appearances.[19] He announced his retirement from football shortly afterwards.

International career[edit]

Unsworth was part of England's U20 squad that finished third at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia, scoring the first goal in their 2–1 third-place play-off win over Australia at the Sydney Football Stadium.[20] He played for the England under-21 team on 7 occasions between 1994 and 1995.

He was also capped once by England at full national team level, in a 2–1 victory against Japan at Wembley on 3 June 1995. Other debutants that day included Gary Neville and Stan Collymore.

Coaching career[edit]

Preston North End[edit]

Unsworth announced his retirement on 3 April 2009.[21] After retiring, Unsworth joined Preston North End as development coach. He was promoted to first team coach following the departure of Alan Irvine, and appointed caretaker manager on 30 December 2010 following the departure of Darren Ferguson,[22] until the arrival of Phil Brown on 6 January 2011. On the dismissal of manager Phil Brown and Brian Horton as assistant manager, Unsworth was appointed caretaker manager in December 2011 with Graham Alexander. On the appointment of new manager Graham Westley, Unsworth was dismissed.[23]

Sheffield United[edit]

He turned down the chance to manage Sligo Rovers in 2012.[24] On 6 December 2012, Unsworth returned to former club Sheffield United as Head of Academy Coaching. Following the departure of Blades manager Danny Wilson in April 2013, Unsworth was named as assistant to caretaker-manager Chris Morgan at United.[25] The following summer, and having reverted to his previous role following the arrival of David Weir as club manager, Unsworth was given permission to speak with Kilmarnock about their vacant managerial position.[26] However, Unsworth rejected the approach,[27] only to subsequently leave the Blades on 1 August 2013.[28]

Everton[edit]

Since departing Sheffield United, he had been working alongside the Scottish FA as a course tutor and within the Everton academy system. In September 2013, he was appointed as assistant manager of the Everton U21 team.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

[30]

Club performance League FA Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1991–92 Everton First Division 2 1 2 1
1992–93 Premier League 3 0 3 0
1993–94 8 0 1 0 2 0 11 0
1994–95 38 3 4 0 3 0 45 3
1995–96 31 2 2 0 3 1 36 3
1996–97 34 5 2 0 36 5
1997–98 West Ham United Premier League 32 2 4 0 5 0 41 2
1998–99 Everton Premier League 34 1 3 1 3 0 40 2
1999–2000 33 6 5 3 1 0 39 9
2000–01 29 5 1 0 2 0 32 5
2001–02 33 3 3 1 36 4
2002–03 33 6 1 0 3 1 37 7
2003–04 26 3 3 0 2 0 31 3
2004–05 Portsmouth Premier League 15 2 1 0 3 0 19 2
2004–05 Ipswich Town Championship 16 1 16 1
2005–06 Sheffield United Championship 34 4 34 4
2006–07 Premier League 5 0 1 0 6 0
2006–07 Wigan Athletic Premier League 10 1 10 1
2007–08 Burnley Championship 29 1 2 0 31 1
2008–09 Huddersfield Town League One 4 0 4 0
Career total 445 46 28 5 29 1 3 1 509 53

Honours[edit]

FA Cup: Everton 1995

Football League Championship Runners-Up: Sheffield United 2006

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Unsworth and De Zeeuw leave Wigan". BBC Sport. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2007. 
  15. ^ BBC Radio Lancashire, 11 August 2007
  16. ^ "Burnley 1–1 Leicester". BBC. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "Unsworth Leaves Burnley". Burnley FC. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 
  18. ^ Huddersfield Town – Unsworth Signs Up at Town
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  20. ^ "World Youth Cup (U-20) 1993". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "Rhino Retires". Everton F.C. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "David Unsworth made Preston North End caretaker boss". BBC Sport. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "Preston North End's David Unsworth leaves club whilst Paul Coutts will captain the side". www.clicklancashire.com. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "David Unsworth turns down Sligo Rovers managerial role". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Promotion is the aim". Sheffield United FC Official web Site. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "David Unsworth a candidate for Kilmarnock manager's post". BBC Sport. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
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