Sam Aiston

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Sam Aiston
Personal information
Full name Samuel James Aiston
Date of birth (1976-11-21) 21 November 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1995 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Sunderland 20 (0)
1997–1999 Chester City (loan) 23 (0)
1999 Stoke City (loan) 6 (0)
2000 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (0)
2000–2005 Shrewsbury Town 167 (7)
2005–2006 Tranmere Rovers 36 (3)
2006–2008 Northampton Town 22 (0)
2007 Burton Albion (loan) 5 (0)
2007–2008 Wrexham (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2009 Wrexham 30 (0)
2009 Stafford Rangers 18 (0)
2009–2010 Hednesford Town 18 (0)
2010–2011 Gainsborough Trinity 53 (5)
Total 416 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Samuel James "Sam" Aiston (born 21 November 1976) is an English retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder He made over 200 appearances in the Premier League and the Football League, particularly for Sunderland, Chester City, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers, Northampton Town and Wrexham.

Career[edit]

Aiston began his career at Newcastle United in 1994 but made no appearances for the club before joining Sunderland in 1995, where he made over 20 first-team appearances, most as substitute.[1] He was loaned to Chester City, Stoke City and Shrewsbury Town,[1] before joining Shrewsbury for a £50,000 transfer fee in the summer of 2000.[1] Aiston made 165 league appearances for Shrewsbury, scoring seven goals,[1] helping the club to promotion from the Football Conference at the end of the 2003–04 season.[2] Whilst at Shrewsbury Town Aiston endeared himself to the Shrewsbury faithful owing to his style of play.[3]

He was released by Shrewsbury at the end of the 2004–05 season and joined Tranmere Rovers in July 2005,[4] where he made over 40 league and cup appearances in the 2005–06 season.[1] He was released by Tranmere at the end of the season, and joined Northampton Town.[5] Injuries meant he struggled to command a regular first team place and he dropped into the Conference National for a loan spell with Burton Albion.[6]

In November 2007, Aiston joined Wrexham on loan, having previously played for Wrexham manager Brian Little at Tranmere Rovers.[7] Aiston made his debut in a 2–2 draw with Chester City three days later. In January 2008, Aiston's move to Wrexham was made into a permanent signing.[8] He was transfer listed by Wrexham in May 2008 following the club's relegation to the Football Conference.

Aiston went on to play for Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town before joining Gainsborough Trinity in February 2010. He was released in May 2011.

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from playing football Aiston became a primary school teacher.[9] He got married in August 2012.[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
Sunderland 1995–96 First Division 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
1996–97 Premier League 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1997–98 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1998–99 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
1999–2000 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 20 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Chester City (loan) 1996–97 Third Division 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 16 0
1998–99 Third Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
Total 25 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 28 0
Stoke City (loan) 1999–2000 Second Division 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Total 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Shrewsbury Town 1999–2000 Third Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2000–01 Third Division 42 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 45 2
2001–02 Third Division 35 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 2
2002–03 Third Division 21 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 25 2
2003–04 Conference National 34 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 37 0
2004–05 League Two 35 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 38 1
Total 177 7 6 0 3 0 5 0 191 7
Tranmere Rovers 2005–06 League One 36 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 39 3
Total 36 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 39 3
Northampton Town 2006–07 League One 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
2007–08 League One 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 22 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Burton Albion (loan) 2007–08 Conference National 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Wrexham 2007–08 League Two 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2008–09 Conference National 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Total 38 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
Career Total 329 10 11 0 9 0 9 0 358 10
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Sam Aiston". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Shrews secure promotion". BBC Sport. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Shrewsbury Town dressing room was spilt – Aiston". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tranmere complete double signing". BBC Sport. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Aiston and Holt join Northampton". BBC Sport. 27 June 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Burton pair's loan deals extended". BBC Sport. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Wrexham get winger Aiston on loan". BBC Sport. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Aiston completes permanent switch". BBC Sport. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  9. ^ Pinnington, Sam (8 July 2010). "Ex-Shrews player Sam Aiston to become a ‘sir’". Shropshire Star. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Former Shrewsbury Town winger Sam Aiston nets stunning Hollie". Shropshire Star. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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