Mike Trusson

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Mike Trusson
Personal information
Full name Michael Sydney Trusson
Date of birth (1959-05-26) 26 May 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Northolt, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Plymouth Argyle 73 (15)
1980–1983 Sheffield United 126 (31)
1983–1987 Rotherham United 124 (19)
1987-1989 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 (2)
1989-1991 Gillingham 74 (7)
1991-1992 Sing Tao
1992 AFC Bournemouth 0 (0)
1994-1996 STAMCO
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Sydney "Mike" Trusson (born 26 May 1959) is an English former professional association football player. He made over 400 appearances in a fifteen-year professional career, and later worked in sports marketing and as a scout.

Football career[edit]

Born in Northolt London, Trusson had trials with Chelsea as a schoolboy but was not signed by the club.[1] After relocating to Somerset, he was spotted playing local amateur football by Plymouth Argyle, then of the Football League Second Division, and began his professional career for the club in the 1976–77 season.[1] In his first season with the club, Argyle were relegated to the Third Division,[2] but he remained with the club until 1980, making over 80 appearances in total. In 1980 he was transferred to another Third Division club, Sheffield United,[1] but again saw his team relegated in his first season, as the "Blades" dropped into the Fourth Division.[3] In the 1981–82 season Trusson missed only two of United's 46 league games and scored 11 goals to help the club gain promotion back to the Third Division at the first attempt. He was also the Sheffield United player of the year in seasons 1981-82 and 1982-83. In December 1983 he joined near-neighbours Rotherham United, where he spent four years and made nearly 150 appearances. In 1987 he moved to yet another Third Division club, Brighton & Hove Albion, and once again helped the team gain promotion. In 1989, he stepped down to the Fourth Division to join Gillingham, and rounded off his league career with three injury-blighted seasons at the Kent-based club before moving to Hong Kong to play for Sing Tao.[1] On his return to England he signed for AFC Bournemouth, where former Gillingham team-mate Tony Pulis was manager, but never played a match for the club. He did, however, spend two years serving as the club's youth team coach, and later had a brief spell as first team coach.[1] After leaving Dean Court, he finished his football career playing non-league football in Sussex firstly as a player for Stamco in the Sussex League and then as player coach as Stamco got promoted through the English football league system to the Southern League.[4]

Post-football career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Trusson worked as marketing manager for Football Football, a football-themed restaurant in London.[5] He also worked for the Professional Footballers' Association in a marketing role,[1] and was described as a prominent figure in the marketing of the sport.[6] He also worked as sponsorship manager for the World Snooker Association. In 2000 he was appointed as chief scout for Premier League club Portsmouth.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. pp. p321. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ "Plymouth Argyle". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield United". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Metcalf, Rupert (13 January 1996). "Stamco ready to ride the hard road". The Independent. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Eleanor (1 September 1996). "Fame 'n' fries - that's eatertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rowe has a shoulder to cry on". The Argus. 9 December 1999. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Pompey boss rings Fratton Park changes". The Romsey Advertiser. 14 March 2000. Retrieved 2 December 2008.