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Michael Coulson
Michael Coulson 21-07-2012 1.jpg
Coulson playing for York City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Michael James Coulson[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Scarborough, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
York City
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2004 Scarborough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Scarborough 44 (9)
2006–2010 Barnsley 16 (0)
2007 Northwich Victoria (loan) 6 (2)
2009 Chester City (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Grimsby Town (loan) 29 (5)
2010–2012 Grimsby Town 72 (16)
2012– York City 95 (15)
National team
2012 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:10, 2 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael James Coulson (born 4 April 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and a striker for York City.

Coulson started his career with hometown club Scarborough, making his first team debut in a Conference National match in 2004. His first goal for the club, scored later that year, made him the youngest goalscorer in the club's history. He signed for Championship side Barnsley in 2006, before making a return to Conference Premier football with a loan at Northwich Victoria in 2007. Coulson suffered two cruciate ligament injuries in the space of a year before being loaned to Chester City of the Conference in 2009. He joined League Two Grimsby Town on loan later that year, signing for the club permanently in 2010 after their relegation to the Conference. He left Grimsby two years later after turning down a new contract, before signing for newly promoted League Two side York City.

Club career[edit]

Scarborough[edit]

Born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire,[1] Coulson started his career in the youth system of his hometown club Scarborough at the age of nine.[2] In April 2004 he went on trial with FA Premier League side Everton, playing in a youth academy game against Liverpool.[3] Coulson captained the Scarborough under-19 team that won the Northern Alliance League title in the 2003–04 season.[2] He made his first team debut as a 16-year-old after coming on as a 79th minute substitute against Accrington Stanley in a 4–0 Conference National victory on 23 October 2004, making him the second youngest player in Scarborough's history.[4][5][6] Coulson became Scarborough's youngest goalscorer after he scored an equalising goal against Tamworth in a 2–2 draw on 15 March 2005 with 10 minutes of the game remaining.[6] He signed a one-year professional contract with Scarborough on 5 April 2005 and finished the 2004–05 season, his first in senior football, with two goals in 14 appearances.[7][8]

During pre-season Scarborough manager Nick Henry stated his hope that Coulson, along with fellow youngster Ryan Blott, would fill the gap left by some high-profile departures in the summer.[9] His first goal of the 2005–06 season came after scoring an 87th minute equaliser in a 1–1 draw away at Altrincham on 20 September 2005, having entered the game as a second-half substitute.[10] He went on trial with League One Barnsley in January 2006 and the following month manager Andy Ritchie expressed his desire to sign Coulson in the summer.[11][12] Despite this, Coulson decided against extending his trial at Barnsley, opting to return to the Scarborough team to help their fight against relegation.[13] He finished the season seven goals from 33 appearances as Scarborough were relegated to the Conference North and was awarded the club's annual Players' Player of the Year and Fans' Player of the Year awards.[4][14]

Barnsley[edit]

Coulson was signed by Barnsley on a two-year contract on 4 July 2006, following their promotion to the Championship.[15] Ritchie described him as a "good young, raw talent who I am sure will develop into a fine addition to our squad".[15] His debut came in Barnsley's 2–2 draw away at Blackpool in the League Cup on 22 August 2006, which Barnsley went on to win 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out, and was booked during the match for a collision with Blackpool goalkeeper Rhys Evans.[16] He scored his first Barnsley goal with a close range header in the third minute of stoppage time against Southend United in the FA Cup third round on 6 January 2007, making the score 1–1.[17][18] He finished his first season at Barnsley with one goal in six appearances.[17]

He joined Conference Premier side Northwich Victoria on a one-month loan on 31 August 2007 to provide cover for the injured Lee Steele.[19] He made his debut on 4 September 2007 in a 2–0 defeat at home to Burton Albion, in which he came close to scoring but goalkeeper Kevin Poole and defender John Brayford blocked his efforts on goal.[20] His first goal for Northwich came with the side's only goal in a 3–1 home defeat to Histon, before being substituted in the 79th minute with a calf strain.[21][22] Coulson returned to Barnsley after the loan expired on 30 September 2007, despite caretaker manager Paul Warhurst having convinced him to stay at Northwich for another month.[23] He finished the loan with two goals in six appearances.[24]

Coulson's return to the Barnsley first team came on 1 January 2008 after entering a 2–2 draw at home to Scunthorpe United as a half-time substitute.[25] Following this appearance, Coulson said: "I really enjoyed that chance and it has been a long time coming".[26] His second Barnsley goal came with the winner in an FA Cup third round 2–1 victory over Blackpool on 5 January 2008, which was his first goal at Oakwell.[27] He made an appearance as an 80th minute substitute for match winner Kayode Odejayi in the memorable 1–0 home victory over Premier League side Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final on 8 March 2008.[28] He suffered a knee injury in training on 21 April 2008, rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament, which was expected to keep him sidelined for seven to nine months.[29][30] Manager Simon Davey commented: "It's a complete disaster for him. He'd been coming on really well. He was the first name I looked to put on the bench".[29] Some consolation came after being named as Barnsley's Young Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season.[31] He finished the season with 16 appearances and one goal for Barnsley.[32]

Coulson returned to training in early November before making his return to action later that month, scoring in a reserve team game against Grimsby Town.[33][34] His first team return came on 22 November 2008 after entering Barnsley's 2–1 defeat away at Preston North End as an 90th minute substitute.[35] However, a recurrence of his knee injury in January 2009 ruled him out of action for the rest of the 2008–09 season, which he finished with three appearances.[36][37] On 16 October 2009, Coulson signed a one-month loan deal with Conference Premier side Chester City, making his debut on 17 October 2009 against Gateshead in a 1–0 home victory.[38][39] He scored his first goal for Chester on 7 November 2009 in a 3–1 win over Grays Athletic.[40] After Chester failed in an attempt to extend his loan he returned to Barnsley in November 2009, having made five appearances and scoring one goal.[41][42] However, these were later removed from the records after Chester were expelled from the Football Conference the following February as a result of the club breaching five Conference rules.[43][44]

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 19 November 2009, Coulson signed for League Two side Grimsby Town on an initial one-month loan.[45] He made his debut two days later after starting in a 0–0 draw at Lincoln City.[46] He scored his first goal for Grimsby on 5 December 2009 in his fourth appearance, a 1–1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge, opening the scoring in the 36th minute before Dagenham equalised in the second half.[46][47] His loan was extended for a second month in December 2009, keeping him at Grimsby until 23 January 2010.[48] Shortly before the loan was due to expire, Coulson's stay at Grimsby was extended until the end of the 2009–10 season on 19 January 2010.[49] He finished the season with five goals in 29 appearances for Grimsby, with the side being relegated to the Conference Premier.[46]

Coulson playing for Grimsby Town in 2011

Coulson was released by Barnsley at the end of the season, leaving him free to join up with Grimsby on a permanent basis, signing a two-year contract on 31 May 2010.[50] In the third game of the 2010–11 season against Hayes & Yeading United on 21 August 2010 he took a kick to his ankle, which was expected to keep him out of the team for a month.[51][52][53] He returned on 18 September 2010 after starting in a 2–1 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town, but was substituted at half-time.[54] Coulson's made a goalscoring second comeback from his ankle injury in Grimsby's 2–2 draw with Eastbourne Borough on 30 October 2010.[55] For the first time as a Grimsby player he scored twice in one game in a 2–1 victory at home to AFC Wimbledon on 5 March 2011, with a first half strike into the bottom left of the goal and a second half goal in the top-left corner from inside the box.[51][56] Coulson's first season as a permanent Grimsby player concluded having scored nine goals in 33 appearances.[51]

Coulson playing for Grimsby Town in 2012

His first goal of the 2011–12 season came with the winner in Grimsby's 1–0 away win at Forest Green Rovers on 3 September 2011 after capitalising on a defensive mistake.[57] Coulson was handed a one-match suspension after accumulating five yellow cards, missing the game against Newport County on 19 November.[58] He made an immediate return to the Grimsby line-up, starting in the side's 1–0 home win to League Two side Port Vale in the FA Cup first round on 22 November 2011.[59] His first two-goal haul of the season came in a 3–0 victory at home to Darlington in the FA Trophy first round on 10 December 2011, scoring Grimsby's first and third goals.[60] It was announced on 23 April 2012 that Coulson had rejected a new two-year contract on reduced terms with Grimsby, meaning he would leave the club at the end of the season.[61][62] Having been left out of the squad for Grimsby's final two games of the season, Coulson spoke that he was saddened by the manner of his departure, saying "It would have been nice to go out on a high".[62] He finished his final season at Grimsby with 52 appearances and 10 goals.[60]

York City[edit]

Coulson joined newly promoted League Two club York City on a two-year contract on 29 June 2012.[63][64] He scored on his debut with a long-range strike away at League One Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup first round to give York a 1–0 lead, with the game eventually finishing 1–1 after extra time.[65][66] Coulson missed York's first penalty kick in the ensuing penalty shoot-out, which the side went on to lose 4–2.[66] He then played in York's first Football League fixture since their promotion, a 3–1 defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers on 18 August 2012.[67] After picking up a cruciate ligament injury during York's game against Accrington Stanley on 23 October 2012, Coulson was expected to be out for the rest of the 2012–13 season.[65][68] However, he made his return as a 73rd minute substitute in York's 0–0 draw away to Bristol Rovers on 30 March 2013.[65] He finished the season with 21 appearances and five goals.[65]

International career[edit]

Coulson was called into the England C squad on 2 September 2010 for a match against Wales but injury prevented him from making his debut.[69] On 2 February 2012 he received a second call up to the England C setup, being selected in the squad to face Italy in the 2011–13 International Challenge Trophy on 28 February.[70] Coulson started and so made his England C debut, playing the entire game as he and fellow winger Matty Blair played well on the flanks with the game finishing a 1–1 draw.[71]

Style of play[edit]

He can operate as a striker or as a winger on either flank.[72] He regularly played on the right wing when playing for Grimsby.[59] Grimsby joint-manager Rob Scott noted Coulson's desire and work rate, saying "that isn't always evident in wingers. He does both sides of the game".[73] His ability to set up others has been praised, with Scott describing his assist tally for the 2011–12 season as "excellent".[73] While in the Scarborough youth team he played as an attacking midfielder.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Coulson supported Scarborough from a young age, living a short distance from the club's ground, the McCain Stadium.[74] He attended Graham School in Scarborough.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Coulson playing for York City in 2014
As of match played 2 May 2015.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scarborough 2004–05[8] Conference National 11 2 2 0 1[a] 0 14 2
2005–06[14] Conference National 33 7 0 0 0 0 33 7
Total 44 9 2 0 1 0 47 9
Barnsley 2006–07[17] Championship 2 0 2 1 2 0 6 1
2007–08[32] Championship 12 0 3 1 1 0 16 1
2008–09[37] Championship 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2009–10[75] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 0 6 2 3 0 25 2
Northwich Victoria (loan) 2007–08[24] Conference Premier 6 2 6 2
Grimsby Town (loan) 2009–10[46] League Two 29 5 29 5
Grimsby Town 2010–11[51] Conference Premier 29 8 2 0 2[b] 1 33 9
2011–12[60] Conference Premier 43 8 5 0 4[b] 2 52 10
Total 101 21 7 0 6 3 114 24
York City 2012–13[65] League Two 19 4 0 0 1 1 1[c] 0 21 5
2013–14[76] League Two 33 7 0 0 1 0 2[d] 0 36 7
2014–15[77] League Two 43 4 2 0 1 0 1[c] 0 47 4
Total 95 15 2 0 3 1 4 0 104 16
Career total 262 47 17 2 6 1 11 3 296 53
  1. ^ Appearance in Conference League Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs

Honours[edit]

Individual

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