Liam Hearn

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Liam Hearn
Liam Hearn 17-01-12.jpg
Hearn playing for Grimsby Town
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-08-27) 27 August 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Hucknall Town
2006–2007 Hucknall Town
2007 Eastwood Town
2007 Chasetown
2007–2008 Quorn
2008–2011 Alfreton Town 94 (65)
2011–2014 Grimsby Town 61 (33)
2014– Mansfield Town 0 (0)
National team
2009 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:24 9 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Liam Hearn (born 27 August 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for Mansfield Town as a striker.

He has previously played for Hucknall Town, Eastwood Town, Chasetown, Quorn, Alfreton Town and Grimsby Town.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hearn began his career in the Central Midlands League with Santos FC where he was spotted by Hucknall Town scouts at one of his games. He joined Hucknall in the 2003–04 season and he went on to be top goal scorer at Watnall Road.[2] During his debut season, and at the age of 19, he finished with 16 goals in the Northern Premier League. He moved on to Eastwood Town[3] another Nottinghamshire based team, before joining Chasetown in the summer.[4]

In Christmas 2006, he joined Leicestershire-based Northern Premier League Division One South team Quorn[2] where he scored 13 times in the remainder of the season. Hearn then scored six in the 2008–09 season campaign before moving to Alfreton Town.

Alfreton Town[edit]

Hearn completed his move to Alfreton Town[5] on 22 September 2008, Alfreton having beaten off interest from a number of other clubs to clinch his signature.[6]

On 22 November 2008 in the FA Trophy third qualifying round, Hearn came on as a last minute substitute and scored against Blyth Spartans to win the game 4–3 and to assure them to a victory to advance to the next round.[7]

Hearn was called up to the England national football C team – along with teammate Paul Clayton – to play a friendly against Malta under-21s at Hibernian in Paola on 17 February 2009.[8] However, due to having no passport Hearn was unable to make the call up even though dispensation from the Home Office to speed up the process to two weeks was not enough.[9]

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law hailed Liam Hearn "He is probably the best ever find I have made in football management anywhere."[10]

At Alfreton he scored 71 goals in 110 appearances.[11][12][13][14] The striker netted 31 goals[13][14] in his final season as Alfreton won promotion to the Conference Premier,[15] finishing the top scorer in the Conference North, this also earned him the divisional player of the year award in the 2010–11 season.[16]

Grimsby Town[edit]

2011–12[edit]

Hearn signed a three-year contract with Grimsby Town[2] on 17 June 2011, for a £30,000 transfer fee.[17] His first Grimsby goal came 11 games into the 2011–12 season against Wrexham, Hearn took a nice through ball from Craig Disley down the right hand channel and in space had time to steady himself before firing a low shot passed Chris Maxwell.[18] The following week he scored 4 goals against his former club Alfreton on 1 October 2011, scoring the equaliser on 57 minutes after Duffy's header bounced off the crossbar for Hearn to finish from close range. His 2nd came only 3 minutes later when Duffy fed Hearn a neat ball over the top to shoot past the keeper, the hat-trick goal came in the 70th minute when he fired in a shot the keeper could only assist into the net. Hearn's fourth goal of the afternoon came in the 86th minute when he took the ball past the defence and the keeper to slide home and put Grimsby 4–1 up, the game finished a 5–2 victory to the Mariners.[19][20] Two games later on 11 October 2011 Hearn scored his 2nd hat-trick of the campaign in a 5–2 win over Barrow, he scored the 1st after racing clear of the defence to shoot underneath keeper Danny Hurst, after Barrow equalised Hearn scored his 2nd in first-half stoppage time, a one-two with Craig Disley put him in again and with his strength held off his marker, he side-footed home this time with his left-foot, his 3rd came on 75 minutes, he muscled his way through to turn in the box and beat Hurst with a low shot from six yards.[21]

Hearn helped Grimsby Town to a 5–0 rout over Ashington in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on 29 October 2011, Coulson and Duffy combined on 38 minutes to put Hearn through, who skipped round Dryden the keeper, cutting back before his first shot effort was well saved by Dryden, but he made no mistake at the second attempt, then 2 minutes later another ball from Robert Duffy to Hearn who then muscled through the defence again, smashing past Dryden from 10 yards.[22]

On 26 November 2011 he scored 2 more goals in a 1–2 victory at Kettering, scoring the 1st on 14 minutes when Hearn read a lofted ball forward and muscled past defender Jamie Navarro before slotting past goalkeeper Aldi Haxia's goal from a tight angle, his 2nd came when Michael Coulson whipped in a cross that wasn't cleared, and Hearn unleashed a superb right-footed shot on the turn, across goal and in off the far post for his 10th league goal of the season.[23]

Grimsby Town's biggest win of the season came on 29 November 2011 in a 7–0 thrashing over Stockport County and Hearn scored his 3rd hat-trick, on 18 minutes Hearn got an assist when he robbed Danny O'Donnell before passing to Michael Coulson who struck into the middle of the goal, on 22 minutes Grimsby were 2–0 up when Jamie Green from inside the box intelligently squared to the unmarked Hearn who scored a tap-in to the bottom left corner of the goal inside the area, on 45 minutes Hearn put Grimsby 5–0 up when Anthony Elding found Hearn who struck from 10 yards out, Mark Halstead got a hand to it but was unable to keep it out, on 58 minutes Green took a corner which was met by Charlie I'Anson providing the knockdown to Hearn who then rifled into the roof of the net from a few yards for the 6th goal.[24]

On 17 December 2011 he scored a double in the 4–3 home win against Ebbsfleet United, in the opening 2 minutes latching on to a poor back pass by Ram Marwa to racing away and fire past Preston Edwards, he scored the 3rd goal for Grimsby on 13 minutes, Luke McCarthy slipped a terrible back pass through to Hearn who was composed and clinical as he shot beyond Edward's from inside the penalty area for 3–0.[25] On 26 December 2011 Hearn scored the crucial winning goal to put Grimsby 1–2 up in the derby against Lincoln City when Manny Panther combined with Craig Disley who then flicked it over the defence for Hearn to accelerate into the box, keeping his composure to fire under Farman and into the left corner of the goal.[26]

The following calendar year he helped Grimsby do the double in a 3–1 home victory over rivals Lincoln City, scoring the opening goal on 25 minutes, Townsend beating the opposing defenders to curl in a cross from the left through to Hearn who lashed it home from eight yards.[27] The following Saturday on 8 January 2012 he scored twice against former club Alfreton, Townsend with a perfect long ball to Hearn who cut off the defence to shoot Grimsby ahead on 11 minutes with a low effort from the edge of the penalty area taking a deflection before finding the bottom corner, a quality through ball from Andi Thanoj sent Hearn racing in and side-stepped the on rushing home keeper Day to steer the ball into an empty net from 12 yards for 3–1 on 40 minutes, Grimsby ended up winning 2–5 thus doing the double over Alfreton.[28]

After racking up 25 goals in all competitions by January, Hearn was reported to be admist much transfer speculation with numerous clubs reportedly scouting the Grimsby frontman. On 15 January 2012 Premier League side Chelsea and Football League Championship club Reading amongst other clubs began watching the forward,[29] whilst Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry confirmed the clubs interest in bringing Hearn to London Road.[30] On 28 January 2012 Grimsby released a club statement intending there desire to keep hold of Hearn at all costs.[31]

Hearn's 24th goal of the season came on the 17 February 2012, when he scored the crucial winning goal in the 1–2 win at Southport, Anthony Church stole the ball on the goal-line, he slotted the ball to Hearn whose first strike was parried, but the ball came back to him and he placed the ball into the corner of the net in the 83rd minute.[32]

On 24 April 2012 Hearn was voted "Supporters Player of the Year" award, also taking five other minor awards.[33][34] He finished the season with 29 goals in 51 appearances.[14][35]

2012–13[edit]

During pre-season Hearn picked up a Calf and Achilles problem on his right leg, thus missing Grimsby's following pre-season games against Hull City, Scunthorpe United and Lincoln City.[36] Hearn appeared to be on the road to recovery, on 14 August 2012 in the 1–2 defeat against Stockport County he came on as a 58th minute substitute.[37] On 17 August, however, he injured his left leg in training, tests revealed an Achilles tendon rupture and he would be out for several months.[38][39]

2013–14[edit]

Hearn began the 2013–14 season ready and fit and played in the clubs opening 1–1 draw with Aldershot Town.[40] Three days later he scored the first goal in the clubs 2–1 win against Gateshead.[41] On 21 March 2014 Hearn had his contract cancelled by mutual consent after he asked to leave the club following a series of injury issues that had limited his season to 15 appearances in all competitions. Manager Paul Hurst said "It is really unfortunate for Liam and we would like to wish him well for the future. Hurst went on to add that Hearn would be welcome to return to the club in the future.[42]

Mansfield Town[edit]

On 9 June 2014 Hearn signed for Mansfield Town on a one-year contract, having spent three months training with the League Two side.[43]

International career[edit]

Hearn was selected and called up to the England C team in 2009,[44] and went on to earn one cap.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 November 2013.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alfreton Town 2008–09[11] Conference North 27 18 0 0 4[a] 1 31 19
2009–10[12] Conference North 35 18 3 2 3[b] 1 41 21
2010–11[13][14] Conference North 32 29 2 1 4[c] 1 38 31
Total 94 65 5 3 11 3 110 71
Grimsby Town 2011–12[14][35] Conference Premier 42 27 5 2 4[c] 0 51 29
2012–13[14] Conference Premier 5 1 0 0 2[d] 0 7 1
2013–14[14] Conference Premier 14 5 2 0 0 0 16 5
Total 61 33 7 2 6 0 74 35
Mansfield Town 2014–15[46] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 155 98 12 5 0 0 17 3 184 106
  1. ^ Two appearances and one goal in FA Trophy, two appearances in Conference North play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Conference North play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in Conference Premier play-offs

Personal life[edit]

Hearn used to play for The Scots' Grey pub in his hometown of Bulwell where he scored a staggering 67 goals in the 2007–08 season,[2] (now closed) which was featured in a television programme entitled "The Ten Hardest Pubs in Britain."[47]

Prior to becoming a professional footballer with Grimsby Town, Hearn used to be a full-time roofer.[34] Liam is a keen supporter of Manchester United football club.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

Alfreton Town

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". Grimsby Town F.C. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Hitman Hearn moves to Grimsby". Hucknall Dispatch. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cox: Hearn signing just the beginning". Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hearn chases FA Cup dream". Hucknall Dispatch. January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hearn in for Reds". Derbyshire Telegraph. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alfreton Town sign hit man Hearn". Ripley & Heanor News. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Heroic Hearn on target with late Trophy decider". Derbyshire Telegraph. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Alfreton's deadly duo earn England call-up". Nottingham Telegraph. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hearn England dream in tatters". Nottingham Telegraph. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Alfreton boss Law: Hearn is my 'best find'". 28 February 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2009). Non-League Club Directory 2010. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 180–181. ISBN 978-1-869833-66-4. 
  12. ^ a b Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2010). Non-League Club Directory 2011. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 176–177. ISBN 9-781869-833688. 
  13. ^ a b c Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 28–29. ISBN 9-781869-833701. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Liam Hearn profile at Soccerway
  15. ^ "Alfreton Town beat Redditch United to seal title". BBC Sport. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Hearn: 'I can be a rock and goal star'". Grimsby Telegraph. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Grimsby Town: Mariners snap up hitman Hearn". Grimsby Telegraph. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ful-time: Grimsby Town 1–3 Wrexham". Grimsby Telegraph. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Grimsby 5–2 Alfreton Town". BBC Sport. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "FULL-TIME: Grimsby Town 5–2 Alfreton Town". Grimsby Telegraph. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Grimsby 5–2 Barrow". BBC Sport. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Report: Grimsby Town 5 Ashington 0". Grimsby Telegraph. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Kettering 1–2 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Grimsby 7–0 Stockport". BBC Sport. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Grimsby 4–3 Ebbsfleet". BBC Sport. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Lincoln 1–2 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "Grimsby 3–1 Lincoln". BBC Sport. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  28. ^ "Alfreton 2–5 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  29. ^ "Liam Hearn being watched by Chelsea and other Premier League clubs". The People. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  30. ^ Peterborough United weigh up Liam Hearn offer, BBC Sport, 17 January 2012; Retrieved 28 January 2012
  31. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT: Liam Hearn". Grimsby Town Football Club. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  32. ^ "Southport 1–2 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  33. ^ "Liam's The Man". Grimsby Town Football Club. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  34. ^ a b c "Liam Hearn: From roofer to Grimsby Town star". Grimsby Telegraph. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  35. ^ a b Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2012). Non-League Club Directory 2013. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0. 
  36. ^ "Grimsby Town striker Liam Hearn 'gutted' to miss Lincolnshire Senior Cup semi-final". Grimsby Telegraph. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  37. ^ "Grimsby 1–2 Stockport". BBC Sport. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  38. ^ "Grimsby Town dealt Liam Hearn injury blow". BBC Sport. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  39. ^ "Club Statement – Liam Hearn". Grimsby Town Football Club. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  40. ^ "Grimsby 1–1 Aldershot". BBC Sport. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  41. ^ "Gateshead 1–2 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  42. ^ "Liam Departs". Grimsby Town Football Club. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  43. ^ "Hitman Liam Hearn agrees Mansfield deal". Hucknall Dispatch. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  44. ^ a b "Hearn picked for England". Hucknall Dispatch. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  45. ^ Williams; Williams (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2013. pp. 1003, 1008. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Liam Hearn in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  47. ^ "New lease of life for battle-hardened Scots Grey". Hucknall Dispatch. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  48. ^ "Liam Hearn named player of the month for April". Alfreton Town Football Club. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  49. ^ "Blue Square Awards Ceremony". Blue Square Bet. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  50. ^ "Liam Makes Top BSP Team". Grimsby Town Football Club. 12 Jun 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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