Gareth Seddon

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Gareth Seddon
Personal information
Full name Gareth Jon Seddon
Date of birth (1980-05-23) 23 May 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Burnley, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Salford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Bury 79 (18)
2003 Northwich Victoria (loan) 1 (0)
2004–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 0 (0)
2005–2006 Padiham[1] ? (18)
2006 Worcester City[2] 1 (1)
2006–2008 Hyde United[3] 75 (52)
2008–2009 Kettering Town 46 (15)
2009–2012 Fleetwood Town 98 (26)
2012–2013 FC Halifax Town 34 (13)
2013–2014 Chester 35 (7)
2014– Salford City
National team
2007 England C 2 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:08, 26 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Gareth Jon Seddon (born 23 May 1980) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Salford City. He played 80 games in the Football League for Bury.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Seddon was a fitness instructor in the RAF when he came close to joining Reading in 2001.[4] When he failed to win a deal with the Berkshire club Gareth still chose to quit the forces in order to begin a football career at Bury. While at Bury he scored the club's 6000th goal.[5] He was Bury's leading scorer in the 2001–02 season with eight goals[6] but made just a handful of appearances in the next season, and joined Northwich Victoria on loan in January 2003.[7] After three seasons at Bury, in the last of which he again finished as leading scorer, he rejected a new deal and instead joined Rushden & Diamonds on a Bosman free transfer in 2004.[6] However Seddon was plagued by the onset of reactive arthritis, a condition brought on by the rigours of full-time training. He never gained fitness to play for his new team and doctors advised him to retire from the professional game.[8][9][10]

During his time out of the game he also taught football part-time at St Theodore's RC High School in Burnley, a school which he himself had attended. In 2005 he returned to football and completed an entire season with North West Counties League side Padiham. This extended break from the professional game allowed Seddon to recuperate and by March 2006 the illness had left his system.[10] He joined up with his former Bury manager Andy Preece at Worcester City and played one match for the team on a non-contract basis in April 2006, scoring in a 3–2 win against Stalybridge Celtic. He was set to sign for the Midlands team and agreed personal terms but baulked at the distance he would have to commute from his Accrington home.[9]

Hyde[edit]

Despite interest from several fully professional Conference National clubs such as Morecambe, Seddon chose to continue his recuperation at part-time level and joined Hyde United in the summer of 2006.[10] Seddon has gained a reputation for scoring spectacular goals and on 1 January 2007 scored 5 goals in a 7–3 local derby win away at Stalybridge Celtic.[11] This achievement won him the Hyde United Magic Moment of the Season award along with the Fans' and Players' Player of the Season titles during his first year with the club.[12]

During the summer of 2007 Gareth was called up to the England National Game squad for the Four Nations Tournament. He won his first cap against the Republic of Ireland, then scored twice in a 3–0 win over Wales.[13] Seddon scored 62 goals in 87 appearances for Hyde over the two seasons, winning the Conference North golden boot in both.[14]

Kettering Town[edit]

In July 2008 he joined Conference National side Kettering Town on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[15] Seddon was leading scorer with 21 goals in his first season most noticeably the winning fa cup 2nd round goals against notts county and Eastwood in the 3rd round.

Fleetwood Town[edit]

In September 2009, Seddon signed for Conference North outfit Fleetwood Town becoming a regular first team player and helping the club gain promotion to the Conference National in 2010. After promotion Seddon was key in helping the club gain a play-off spot in their first season in the top-flight non-league league where they lost to play-off winners A.F.C. Wimbledon in the semi-finals. In 2011–12 Seddon became one of Fleetwood's top scorers, being a super-sub after scoring several goals from coming on as a substitute. He was released by the club in May 2012.[16]

FC Halifax Town[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Seddon signed for Conference North side FC Halifax Town, opting to turn part-time and focus on his modelling career instead of going full-time with Luton or Macclesfield. In a game against Bradford Park Avenue, Seddon scored in the club's 1–1 draw in the West Yorkshire derby, however he was also awarded a red card for an off the ball incident. In the First Round of the FA Trophy Seddon set a new record the fastest hat-trick in an FA Competition, recorded at 2 minutes and 37 seconds. The hat-trick included a fine solo run past the Altrincham defence. Seddon scored his second hat-trick for the club away to Droylsden in February 2013 in a 6–0 victory.[17]

Chester[edit]

In May 2013 he moved to Chester.[18]

Salford City[edit]

In the summer of 2014 he moved to Salford City.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seddon Back in Big Time?". Seddon Back in Big Time?. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Worcester City Player Gary Seddon". Worcester City FC Archive. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Player Statistics: Gareth Seddon". Hyde United F.C. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Royals deserve to go up with us". Reading Post. 2 May 2001. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "6,000 Goals – Gareth Seddon". Bury F.C. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Seddon heads south". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 29 May 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Games played by Gareth Seddon in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Official Club History". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Seddon says no to City transfer". Worcester News. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c Geldard, Suzanne (2 June 2007). "Saturday Interview: Gareth Seddon". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Celtic Humiliated". 1 January 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "nonleaguezone.com :: View Topic – End of season bash!". Retrieved 5 December 2006. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Kettering sign Seddon from Hyde". BBC News. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Dunlavy, Chris (10 August 2008). "The 181 New Boys". Non-League Paper. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Poppies swoop for Seddon". Non League Daily. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "Town Release List". Fleetwood Town FC. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Liam Norcliffe (16 February 2013). "Droylsden: Match Report". FC Halifax Town. 
  18. ^ "Chester FC sign Gareth Seddon from FC Halifax Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Ammies 2014-2015 Squad Update". Salford City FC. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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