Michael Rankine

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Michael Rankine
Michael Rankine York City v. Bedworth United 24-10-09.png
Rankine playing for York City in 2009
Personal information
Full name Michael Lee Rankine[1]
Date of birth (1985-01-15) 15 January 1985 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Gateshead
Number 19
Youth career
000?–2002 Doncaster Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Doncaster Rovers 0 (0)
2002 Armthorpe Welfare (loan)
2003–2004 Barrow 48 (10)
2004–2005 Scunthorpe United 21 (1)
2005 Barrow (loan) 11 (3)
2006 Armthorpe Welfare
2006 Alfreton Town 22 (3)
2006–2009 Rushden & Diamonds 117 (26)
2008 Bournemouth (loan) 3 (0)
2009–2011 York City 85 (20)
2011–2013 Aldershot Town 46 (3)
2012–2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 3 (0)
2013 York City (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2014 Hereford United 31 (7)
2014– Gateshead 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:42, 27 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Lee Rankine (born 15 January 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for Gateshead as a striker.

Rankine began his career with the Doncaster Rovers youth system, before playing for Armthorpe Welfare and Barrow in non-League football. He moved to Football League team Scunthorpe United in 2004 but after only scoring one goal for them he signed for Alfreton Town. He joined Conference National team Rushden & Diamonds in 2006, where he played for three seasons, before signing for York City in 2009. He played for them in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley Stadium before leaving in 2011 to sign for Aldershot Town.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire,[1] Rankine started his career in the youth system of hometown club Doncaster Rovers.[2] He played for Armthorpe Welfare on work experience in 2002 and was released by Doncaster at the end of the 2002–03 season after failing to progress into their first team.[3][4] He joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Barrow in the summer of 2003 after impressing against them for Armthorpe during a pre-season friendly.[5][6] He was unable to play for them in the opening game of the 2003–04 season after suffering whiplash following a car crash.[7] He made 47 appearances and scored nine goals in the 2003–04 season.[8]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Rankine signed for League Two team Scunthorpe United on non-contract terms on 15 September 2004, following a trial after being recommended to the club by Barrow manager Lee Turnbull.[1][9][10] The move came having made 11 appearances and scored three goals for Barrow up to that point during the 2004–05 season.[11] He scored the winning goal for Scunthorpe away at Bury on his debut with a close range finish from Andy Crosby's knock-down in the 89th minute, which gave his team a 1–0 victory.[12] He started for Scunthorpe in a 3–1 defeat to eventual FA Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup third round in January 2005,[13] after which he was given the shirt of striker Didier Drogba.[14] He scored one goal during the 2004–05 season, in which he made 24 appearances, as Scunthorpe won promotion to League One as League Two runners-up.[15] He signed a new six-month contract with the club in June 2005.[16]

Rankine rejoined former club Barrow on a one-month loan in August 2005,[17] and after scoring two goals, the loan was extended for a second month in September.[18] During the second month, he was recalled by Scunthorpe, due to injuries at the club,[19] meaning he finished the loan period with 11 appearances and three goals.[20] He was reported to have joined Lincoln City on trial in December,[21] but this claim was rejected by Lincoln manager Keith Alexander.[22] Following the expiry of his Scunthorpe contract on 9 December 2005,[1] he later joined Conference National team Altrincham on trial and scored for their reserve team.[23]

Alfreton Town and Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

After his contract at Scunthorpe expired, he had a period with former club Armthorpe Welfare to help his fitness, before joining Alfreton Town of the Conference North in January 2006.[24] He finished the 2005–06 season with 22 appearances and three goals for Alfreton,[20] after which he was offered a new contract in May 2006.[25] However, Rankine joined Conference National team Rushden & Diamonds on a one-year contract on 24 July 2006, after being on trial for three weeks.[3][26] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Crawley Town on 12 August 2006, which was followed by his first goal in the following game three days later, converting a Glenn Wilson cross in a 3–1 defeat to Grays Athletic.[27][28] He next scored with two goals in a 3–1 victory over League One team Yeovil Town in the FA Cup first round in November.[27] He signed a new two-year contract with Rushden in March 2007, which contracted him at the club until the summer of 2009, with the option of a further two years.[3][29] He scored two goals in the last five minutes against Weymouth on 3 April to help Rushden to a 4–1 victory.[30] He finished the 2006–07 season with 46 appearances and 10 goals for Rushden.[27]

Rankine played for Rushden in the Conference League Cup Final against Aldershot Town on 3 April 2008, and scored a goal during the first minute of stoppage time in extra time, ensuring a 3–3 draw and a penalty shoot-out, which Rushden lost 4–3.[31] He finished the 2007–08 season with 52 appearances and 15 goals for Rushden.[32] He joined League Two team Bournemouth on a one-month loan on 8 October 2008,[33] after having made eight appearances for Rushden up to that point during the 2008–09 season.[34] He made his debut in a 0–0 draw with Rotherham United three days later before finishing the loan period with four appearances.[35] Bournemouth were hoping to extend the loan, but Rushden wanted him to return.[36] He scored two goals for Rushden in a 9–0 victory over Weymouth on 20 February 2009, who had been forced to field a youth team.[37] He finished the 2008–09 season with 38 appearances and eight goals for Rushden.[34]

York City[edit]

Rankine playing for York City in 2009

He joined Conference Premier rivals York City on a two-year contract on 12 June 2009 for a fee of £10,000, with York's Craig Farrell moving in the opposite direction.[38] He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat to Oxford United on 8 August 2009.[39] He scored his first goal for York after winning and scoring a penalty kick in a 2–0 victory over Forest Green Rovers on 15 August.[39][40] He played in both legs of York's play-off semi-final victory over Luton Town, which finished 2–0 on aggregate.[39] He started in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on 16 May 2010, being substituted on 70 minutes, which was lost 3–1 to Oxford.[41] He finished the season with 55 appearances and 10 goals for York.[39]

Rankine made his first appearance of the 2010–11 season in the opening game, a 2–1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers on 14 August 2010, entering the game as a substitute in the 65th minute and scoring a penalty in the 86th minute.[42][43] His first goals of the season from open play came after scoring twice in a 3–0 victory over Altrincham on 28 August 2010.[42] Rankine finished the season as York's top scorer with 14 goals in 48 appearances.[42]

Aldershot Town[edit]

He rejected a new contract with York during the season and manager Gary Mills confirmed he was to leave the club to sign for League Two side Aldershot Town.[44] He agreed to sign for Aldershot on a free transfer on 12 May 2011.[45]

Rankine playing for York City in 2013

Rankine signed for Conference Premier club Grimsby Town on a one-month loan deal on 23 November 2012.[46] He made his debut a day later as a 66th minute substitute in Grimsby's 0–0 home draw with Buxton in the FA Trophy first round.[47] Rankine returned to Aldershot on 4 January 2013 as he wanted a more long-term extension to his loan at Grimsby, who were only offering a one-month extension.[48] He had made six appearances for Grimsby.[47] Rankine returned to former club York, by this time playing in League Two, on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season on 12 February 2013.[49] He made his first appearance since returning later that day, playing in York's 0–0 home draw with Gillingham.[50] Rankine was sent back to Aldershot on 4 April 2013 having been deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Nigel Worthington.[51] He had made eight appearance for York.[50] He finished the season with two goals in 28 games for Aldershot as they were relegated to the Conference Premier.[50]

Hereford United[edit]

He joined Tamworth on trial in July 2013, scoring in the club's 2–0 friendly win over Atherstone Town.[52] Shortly afterwards he joined Conference Premier club Hereford United on a one-year contract following a trial.[53] He made his debut in Hereford's 1–1 draw at home to Braintree Town in the opening match of the 2013–14 season on 10 August 2013.[47] Rankine scored his first goal for Hereford with the equalising goal in the 70th minute of a 2–2 draw away to Hyde on 17 August 2013.[47] He scored an 88th minute winner for Hereford in a 2–1 away win over Aldershot, a result that saw the club avoid relegation on goal difference.[54] However, Hereford were later expelled from the Football Conference and he commented that the situation at the club was "embarrassing" and a "disgrace".[55][56] He had made 34 appearances and scored seven goals for Hereford in the 2013–14 season.[47]

Gateshead[edit]

Rankine signed for Conference Premier club Gateshead, managed by his former Alfreton and York manager Mills, on a one-year contract 30 June 2014.[57]

Style of play[edit]

Rankine plays as a striker and has been described as a target man, not being a prolific goalscorer, and he has said "I just like to chip away and work as hard as I can and, hopefully, then you get rewarded with goals".[58] He has the "ability to hold the ball up, and cause the defenders problems" and is in possession of the long throw-in ability.[31][59] After Rankine signed for Bournemouth, manager Jimmy Quinn said "He's big, he's strong and I'm pleased to get him in".[60] York manager Martin Foyle said Rankine "will also work hard, close down and give us a presence in the final third. He's a good size, mobile and will certainly run the channels."[61]

Personal life[edit]

Rankine is the nephew of former player Mark Rankine and cousin of Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose.[2][62] He has one child, a boy, with his girlfriend.[62] He was arrested along with York players Michael Gash, Michael Ingham and Craig Nelthorpe in August 2009 following an incident involving two other men at a Subway outlet on a night out.[63] The four appeared at York Magistrates' Court on 14 January 2010 after being charged with affray.[64] Rankine denied a charge of affray and instead pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after appearing at York Crown Court on 1 September.[65]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barrow 2003–04[8] NPL Premier Division 37 7 2 1 8 1 47 9
2004–05[11] Conference North 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
Total 48 10 2 1 8 1 58 12
Scunthorpe United 2004–05[15] League Two 21 1 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 24 1
Barrow (loan) 2005–06[20] Conference North 11 3 1 0 0 0 12 3
Alfreton Town 2005–06[20] Conference North 22 3 0 0 0 0 22 3
Rushden & Diamonds 2006–07[27] Conference National 40 7 3 2 3[b] 1 46 10
2007–08[32] Conference Premier 42 12 3 1 7[c] 2 52 15
2008–09[34] Conference Premier 35 7 0 0 3[b] 1 38 8
Total 117 26 6 3 13 4 136 33
Bournemouth (loan) 2008–09[35] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
York City 2009–10[39] Conference Premier 43 8 4 2 8[d] 0 55 10
2010–11[42] Conference Premier 42 12 5 2 1[b] 0 48 14
Total 85 20 9 4 9 0 103 24
Aldershot Town 2011–12[66] League Two 22 2 3 1 4 2 1[a] 0 30 5
2012–13[50] League Two 24 1 2 0 1 1 1[a] 0 28 2
Total 46 3 5 1 5 3 2 0 58 7
Grimsby Town (loan) 2012–13[47] Conference Premier 3 0 0 0 3[b] 0 6 0
York City (loan) 2012–13[50] League Two 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Hereford United 2013–14[47] Conference Premier 31 7 2 0 1[b] 0 34 7
Gateshead 2014–15[47] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 395 73 27 9 5 3 38 5 465 90
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Four appearances in FA Trophy, three appearances and two goals in Conference League Cup
  4. ^ Five appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs

Honours[edit]

Scunthorpe United

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