Sam Hird

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Sam Hird
Personal information
Full name Adrian Samuel Hird
Date of birth (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Doncaster, England[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
-1997 Aston Villa
1997–2006 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Leeds United 0 (0)
2007 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2007–2012 Doncaster Rovers 172 (2)
2007–2008 Grimsby Town (loan) 17 (0)
2012– Chesterfield 125 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:56, 4 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Adrian Samuel "Sam" Hird (born 7 September 1987 in Norton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Chesterfield.

He has previously played for Leeds United, Grimsby Town and Doncaster Rovers.


Leeds United[edit]

Hird signed terms with Aston Villa at a young age after catching the eyes of scouts, before moving on to sign for the Leeds United Academy at the age of nine.[2] Hird initially played as a striker before being developed into a defender at Leeds. He captained the youth and reserve sides before moving on.

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Hird was signed by Doncaster Rovers on a three-month loan from Leeds United in February 2007.[3] He was released by Leeds at the end of the 2006–07 season and was signed by Doncaster Rovers on 2 July 2007.[4][5] He joined Grimsby Town on a month's loan in November 2007.[6] This was extended for a second month in December.[7]

Hird broke into the Doncaster side late in the 2007–08 season after an injury crisis hit Rovers in defence. Hird put in several impressive performances and was part of the side that beat Leeds United (his former club) 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the League One Play-off final to win promotion to the Championship.

Hird formed an impressive partnership with Matt Mills in Rovers first season in the Championship. He has been in and out of the team over the years but in the summer of 2011, Hird once again signed a contract extension, this time for an extra year. In May 2012, Hird was released by the club after the expiry of his contract.[8]


On 2 June 2012 he agreed a 2-year deal with Chesterfield,[9] and was immediately given the captains armband. On 16 May 2014, Hird signed a new contract with the Spireites. In July 2014 Hird played a key role in his club's 3–1 pre-season win against his first club, Aston Villa of the Premier League, scoring the first goal in a 3–1 win.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Sam and his younger brother Steven grew up in Doncaster, the children of Adrian and Tina. Hird has a son with his girlfriend Francesca, Harrison Samuel Hird (born in 2010).


Doncaster Rovers
Chesterfield F.C.


  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 465. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ "Sam Hird Bio". Chesterfield FC. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Doncaster capture Hird from Leeds". BBC Sport. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Quartet are shown door by Leeds". BBC Sport. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Sullivan and Hird join Doncaster". BBC Sport. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Grimsby sign Doncaster defender". BBC Sport. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007. 
  7. ^ "Hird extends Grimsby loan spell". BBC Sport. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Dozen depart from Rovers". Sky Sports. 18 May 2012. 
  9. ^,,10435~2795992,00.html
  10. ^ "Paul Lambert's men slip to defeat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 

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