Mike Sheron

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Mike Sheron
Mike Sheron.jpg
Sheron pictured in 2013
Personal information
Full name Michael Nigel Sheron
Date of birth (1972-01-11) 11 January 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Manchester City 100 (24)
1991 Bury (loan) 5 (1)
1994–1995 Norwich City 28 (2)
1995–1997 Stoke City 69 (34)
1997–1999 Queens Park Rangers 63 (19)
1999–2003 Barnsley 152 (33)
2003–2004 Blackpool 38 (8)
2004–2005 Macclesfield Town 26 (3)
2005 Shrewsbury Town 7 (2)
2005 Warrington Town 2 (0)
Total 490 (126)
National team
1992–1993 England U21 16 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Nigel "Mike" Sheron (born 11 January 1972) is an English former footballer, born in Liverpool, who made nearly 500 appearances in the Premier League and the Football League playing as a striker for Manchester City, Bury, Norwich City, Stoke City, Queens Park Rangers, Barnsley, Blackpool, Macclesfield Town and Shrewsbury Town.[1] Sheron was capped by England at under-21 level.[2]

Career[edit]

Sheron started his career with Manchester City, whom he joined as a schoolboy. His first league appearance came in March 1991 on loan at Bury, for whom he played five times. His Manchester City debut came in the 1991–92 season in a match against Everton. Sheron a total of 29 appearances over the course of the season, scoring seven times. The majority of Sheron's Manchester City appearances were in a striking partnership with Niall Quinn, particularly in the 1992–93 season when Sheron scored 14 goals. Following the arrival of Paul Walsh and Uwe Rosler in March 1994, Sheron's first team opportunities become limited, and in August 1994 he joined Norwich City for a fee of £1,000,000.[3] His time at Norwich was not a happy one. Struggling with injuries, Sheron scored just two league goals for Norwich, and moved to Stoke City in October 1995 in a player exchange deal that took Keith Scott to Carrow Road.[4] Sheron performed considerably better for Stoke, scoring 39 goals in 71 starts, including a brace in the last ever Potteries derby match at the Victoria Ground.[1][5]

His success at Stoke prompted Queens Park Rangers to pay £2.75 million for his services. After 18 months at QPR, the club were facing financial difficulties, and as one of the highest wage earners, Sheron was sold to Barnsley for £1.5 million.[6][7] Sheron spent four years at Barnsley, making more appearances for them than for any of his other clubs.[1]

Towards the end of his playing career Sheron had short spells at several lower division clubs, playing for Blackpool, Macclesfield and Shrewsbury.[1]

After leaving Shrewsbury, Sheron signed for Warrington Town of the Northern Premier League who he briefly played for before hanging up his boots to join the club's coaching staff.[8][9] In January 2007 Sheron joined former club Bury as Centre of Excellence manager, and was appointed youth team manager a few months later.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 1990–91 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–92 First Division 29 7 1 0 3 1 1 0 34 8
1992–93 Premier League 38 11 5 3 2 0 0 0 46 14
1993–94 Premier League 33 6 2 0 5 0 0 0 40 6
Total 100 24 8 3 10 1 1 0 119 28
Bury (loan) 1990–91 Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 1
Norwich City 1994–95 Premier League 21 1 4 2 4 1 0 0 29 4
1995–96 First Division 7 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 9 3
Total 28 2 4 2 6 3 0 0 38 7
Stoke City 1995–96 First Division 28 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 31 15
1996–97 First Division 41 19 1 0 4 5 0 0 46 24
Total 69 34 1 0 4 5 2 0 77 39
Queens Park Rangers 1997–98 First Division 40 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 42 11
1998–99 First Division 23 8 0 0 4 1 0 0 27 9
Total 63 19 2 0 4 1 0 0 69 20
Barnsley 1998–99 First Division 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
1999–2000 First Division 36 9 1 0 4 2 0 0 41 12
2000–01 First Division 34 1 1 0 5 5 0 0 40 6
2001–02 First Division 33 12 2 0 2 0 0 0 37 12
2002–03 Second Division 34 9 1 0 1 0 1 0 37 9
Total 152 33 7 0 12 7 1 0 172 34
Blackpool 2003–04 Second Division 38 8 2 0 3 0 7 3 50 11
Total 38 8 2 0 3 0 7 3 50 11
Macclesfield Town 2004–05 League Two 26 3 3 1 1 0 3 0 33 4
Total 26 3 3 1 1 0 3 0 33 4
Shrewsbury Town 2004–05 League Two 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Total 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Career Total 488 126 27 6 40 17 16 3 571 152
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs, Full Members Cup.

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mike Sheron". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Clayton, David (2002). Everything Under the Blue Moon. Mainstream Publishing. p. 179. ISBN 1-84018-687-9. 
  4. ^ "Mike Sheron". Flown From The Nest. Steve Whitlam. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Shaw, Phil (21 April 1997). "Sheron casts veil over Rudge's hopes". The Independent. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Gerard, Jasper (15 February 2007). "The crazy world of QPR: Loftus Road heads for meltdown". The Independent. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Why Sheron just had to go" (reprint, subscription required for full story). Evening Standard (HighBeam Research). 15 February 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sheron on the move". Manchester Evening News. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Final Whistle Blows on Sheron's Playing Career". Warrington Guardian. 25 November 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Sheron is new Shakers youth boss". BBC Sport. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 

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