Ryan Bird

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Ryan Bird
Personal information
Full name Ryan Bird[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Slough, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[3]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Cambridge United
Number 32
Youth career
Burnham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2013 Burnham 297 (114)
2013–2014 Portsmouth 20 (3)
2013 Havant & Waterlooville (loan) 3 (0)
2014 Cambridge United (loan) 9 (4)
2014– Cambridge United 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:10, 19 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ryan Bird (born 15 November 1987 in Slough) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Cambridge United.

Career[edit]

Burnham[edit]

Bird began his footballing career at Burnham's academy, and was promoted to first team in December 2004. His main position was firstly a central defender, but later moved to a more forward role, establishing himself as a striker.[4] As a part-time footballer, he was also an electrician.[5]

In 2010–11, Bird scored 24 goals and finished the season as the club's topscorer. He signed a new contract with Burnham in June 2011.[6] In 2012–13, Bird scored an impressive mark of 45 goals in 45 matches (41 league goals in 39 matches), being again topscorer as Burnham was crowned champions.[7] At the end of the season, Bird secured two trials at Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth. He was also asked to return in pre-season training.[3]

Portsmouth[edit]

Bird returned to Portsmouth on a trial basis in early June.[3] On 9 July, he scored twice in a friendly match against Havant & Waterlooville.[8] On the 22nd, Bird revealed on his Twitter account that he had signed a contract with Pompey.[9] A day later, the deal was officially announced, with Bird signing a one-year deal.[10]

Bird made his Portsmouth debut on 6 August, in a 0–1 away defat against Bournemouth.[11] He was handed his first start on 3 September, in a 0–0 away draw against Torquay for the season's League Trophy.[5] On 19 September, Bird joined Havant & Waterlooville in a one-month loan deal.[12] After appearing three times with the Hawks, he returned to Pompey.

Bird scored his first professional goal on 26 October, in a 1–1 away draw against Torquay.[13] He netted twice in his first league start in the following weekend, in a 3–2 home win over Exeter City.[14] Bird joined Cambridge United on loan on 24 January,[15] and scored twice in the first 16 minutes on his debut against Dartford in the following day.[16] He was instrumental in sending Cambridge to the FA Trophy final for the first time in their history, scoring all three goals over two legs against Grimsby in the semi-finals.[17] Bird scored the first goal in the FA Trophy final tie against Gosport Borough in a 4–0 win at Wembley Stadium.

Bird was recalled by Portsmouth on 27 March, and left the U's after scoring nine goals.[18] However, a groin injury took him out of the season's finale at Pompey, but the club did exercise the one-year extension on his contract on 9th May.

On 1 September 2014 Bird left Pompey by mutual consent,[19] in an attempt to find regular football elsewhere. He joined Cambridge United the same day on a one-year deal.

Cambridge United[edit]

Following his release by Portsmouth, Bird re-signed for Cambridge United on 1 September 2014 on a permanent deal following a spell on loan during the 2013/14 season.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 August 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burnham 2009–10 40 12 4 0 9 7 53 19
2010–11 37 19 3 4 3 1 43 24
2011–12 40 8 5 0 7 2 52 10
2012–13 39 42 1 0 5 3 45 45
Subtotal2 297 114 13 4 30 14 340 133
Portsmouth 2013–14 18 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 22 3
2014–15 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Subtotal 20 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 25 3
Havant & Waterlooville (loan) 2013–14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2013–14 9 5 0 0 0 0 4 4 13 9
Cambridge United 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 9 5 0 0 0 0 4 4 13 9
Career total 329 122 14 5 2 0 36 18 381 145

1 Including FA Trophy, Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, Red Insure Cup, Wycombe Senior Cup, Southern League play-offs and Football League Trophy.

2 Including all matches since 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2011 and 31/07/2011". The FA. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "@Ryan7Bird's tweet". Twitter. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pompey set to run rule over triallists". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Ryan Bird conversion gives Burnham FC lift off; Berkshire News, 29 November 2012
  5. ^ a b Bird: Goals will come; Portsmouth News, 4 September 2013
  6. ^ Burnham FC delight as Bird signs new contract; Maidenhead Advertiser, 2 June 2011
  7. ^ Ryan Bird targets professional deal after Burnham FC title win; Slough Observer, 29 April 2013
  8. ^ Hawks 0 Pompey 5; Portsmouth FC, 9 July 2013
  9. ^ Bird signs contract with Pompey; Portsmouth News, 22 July 2013
  10. ^ Pompey Swoop For Bird; Portsmouth FC, 23 July 2013
  11. ^ Bournemouth 1–0 Portsmouth; BBC Sport, 6 August 2013
  12. ^ Pompey swoop for Marquis; Portsmouth FC, 19 September 2013
  13. ^ Torquay 1–1 Portsmouth; BBC Sport, 26 October 2013
  14. ^ Portsmouth 3–2 Exeter; BBC Sport, 2 November 2013
  15. ^ Transfer window: Cambridge sign Ryan Bird and Josh Gillies;BBC Sport, 25 January 2014
  16. ^ Dartford 3–3 Cambridge United; BBC Sport, 25 January 2014
  17. ^ United Into FA Trophy Final; Cambridge United Official Web Site, 22 February 2014
  18. ^ Ryan Bird Recalled; Cambridge United FC, 27 March 2014
  19. ^ Bird leaves Blues; Portsmouth FC, 1 September 2014

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