Sam Parkin

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Sam Parkin
Personal information
Full name Samuel Parkin[1]
Date of birth (1981-03-14) 14 March 1981 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Roehampton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
000?–1998 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Chelsea 0 (0)
2000 Millwall (loan) 7 (4)
2000–2001 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 8 (0)
2001 Oldham Athletic (loan) 7 (3)
2001–2002 Northampton Town (loan) 40 (4)
2002–2005 Swindon Town 124 (67)
2005–2006 Ipswich Town 22 (5)
2006–2009 Luton Town 50 (10)
2008–2009 Leyton Orient (loan) 13 (0)
2009–2010 Walsall 24 (3)
2010–2012 St. Johnstone 23 (4)
2012 Queen of the South 15 (6)
2012–2013 St Mirren 27 (2)
2013–2014 Exeter City 26 (3)
National team
2005 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:45, 9 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 August 2011

Samuel "Sam" Parkin (born 14 March 1981) is an English born professional footballer who has played as a forward for Chelsea, Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers, Oldham Athletic, Northampton Town, Swindon Town, Ipswich Town, Luton Town, Leyton Orient, Walsall, St. Johnstone, Queen of the South, St Mirren, and most recently Exeter City in League Two.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Parkin started his career at Chelsea as a trainee. For first team experience he was loaned out.

Millwall[edit]

Parking joined Millwall on loan during the 2000-01 season. He scored 4 goals in 7 appearances for The Lions.

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

Parking joined Wycombe on loan during the 2000-01 season.

At Wycombe, Parkin scored perhaps the most important goal in their history, when he headed in the winner against Wolverhampton during Wycombe's run to the semi finals of the FA Cup.[2] However his loan had finished and he returned to Chelsea denying him a chance to play in the quarter or semi finals. He scored two other goals for Wycombe, including one in the Football League Trophy against Leyton Orient.[3]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Parking joined Oldham Athletic on loan during the 2000-01 season. He scored 3 goals in 7 appearances for The Latics.

Northampton Town[edit]

Parking joined Northampton Town on loan during the 2001-02 season. He scored 5 goals in 46 appearances for The Cobblers.

Swindon Town[edit]

In 2002, Parkin signed for Swindon Town, then in the Second Division. In his three seasons at the County Ground he quickly became one of the most feared goalscorers in the division, scoring 67 goals in 124 league games. He was affectionately nicknamed 'Super Sammy Parkin' by Swindon fans during his time at the club.

Ipswich Town[edit]

In the summer of 2005, Parkin was signed by Ipswich Town on a four-year deal for £550,000. Several other clubs, notably Reading, Brighton, and Norwich City had also been interested in signing him. He made his Ipswich debut against Cardiff City and scored on his second game against QPR.

Parkin was Town's top scorer with five goals in 19 games before on 22 November he incured his first serious injury when he broke his ankle. He did not play for the first team again until the last day of April. He played two games for Ipswich in August 2006/07 before changing clubs again.

Luton Town[edit]

On 25 August 2006, Parkin was transferred to Luton Town for a fee of £340,000. He played ten games up to 17 October before serious injury struck a second time ruling out for the rest of the season. Luton were relegated to League One.

In his comeback Parkin was badly injured in his second game in August in the 2007–08 season but scored on his return to the team in late January. Luton, now in administration, suffered a second successive relegation with Parkin scoring a total of 5 goals in 19 league games.

Parkin returned fully recovered in the 2008–09 season, scoring 3 goals in the first 4 league games. However, as a result of financial restructuring at Luton and Parkin being one of the club's highest earners, any offers from other clubs were to be considered.

Leyton Orient[edit]

On 23 October 2008, Parkin joined League One side Leyton Orient on a three-month loan deal under O's manager Martin Ling. Following the resignation of Ling, Parkin's loan was terminated, and he returned to Luton on 19 January 2009 without scoring in his time at Brisbane Road.[4]

Parkin played in 18 further Luton games during the season, including as a substitute in Luton's Football League Trophy final success at Wembley Stadium, scoring one goal in that time. Luton were relegated for the third successive season, dropping out of the Football League, and on 27 May 2009, Parkin was released by Luton after coming to the end of his contract.[5]

Walsall[edit]

On 16 July 2009, Parkin signed a one-year contract with Walsall in League One.[6] He scored 3 goals in 27 appearances for The Saddlers.

St. Johnstone[edit]

On 15 July 2010 Parkin signed for Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone on a two-year contract.[7][8]

Parkin scored five goals for St. Johnstone before suffered a broken ankle in February 2011.[9] He only made two substitute appearances for Saints in the 2011–12 season before he was released from his contract by mutual consent in January 2012.[9]

Queen of the South[edit]

On 24 January 2012 Parkin signed for Dumfries club Queen of the South until the end of the 2011–12 season.[10]

Parkin scored two goals on his debut in a 2–1 victory over Greenock Morton.[11]

St Mirren[edit]

Parkin signed a one-year deal with St Mirren on 7 June 2012.[12]

Parkin scored his first goal for the club against Dundee on 13 August 2012.

Exeter City[edit]

On 9 July 2013, Parkin completed a move to Exeter City on a free transfer.[13] Parkin scored on his debut in a 2-1 win against Bristol Rovers on 3 August 2013.

Parkin was released by the club on 8 May 2014 after scoring 3 goals in 29 appearances at St James Park.[14]

International[edit]

Parkin was eligible to play for Scotland through his Scottish mother.[citation needed]

He made his Scotland debut in a Scotland Future international against Austria. He was injured early in the match and was substituted.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 October 2013
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2000–01[15] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02[16] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Millwall (Loan) 2000–01[15] Second Division 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
Total 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
Wycombe Wanderers (Loan) 2000–01[15] Second Division 8 0 3 1 0 0 2 1 13 4
Total 8 0 3 1 0 0 2 1 13 4
Oldham Athletic (Loan) 2000–01[15] Second Division 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Total 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Northampton Town (Loan) 2001–02[16] Second Division 40 4 2 0 2 1 2 0 46 5
Total 40 4 2 0 2 1 2 0 46 5
Swindon Town 2002–03[17] Second Division 43 25 2 0 1 0 2 1 48 26
2003–04[18] Second Division 40 19 1 0 2 3 2[d] 1 45 23
2004–05[19] League One 41 23 3 0 2 0 3 1 49 24
Total 124 67 6 0 5 3 7 3 142 73
Ipswich Town 2005–06[20] Championship 20 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 5
2006–07[21] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 5
Luton Town 2006–07[21] Championship 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
2007–08[22] League One 19 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 5
2008–09[23] League Two 23 4 0 0 2 0 3 0 28 4
Total 50 10 0 0 3 0 3 0 56 10
Leyton Orient (Loan) 2008–09[23] League One 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Walsall 2009–10[24] League One 24 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 27 3
Total 24 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 27 3
St. Johnstone 2010–11[25] Scottish Premier League 21 4 2 0 3 1 0 0 26 5
2011–12[26] Scottish Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 23 4 2 0 3 1 0 0 28 5
Queen of the South 2011–12[26] Scottish First Division 15 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 6
Total 15 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 6
St Mirren 2012–13[27] Scottish Premier League 27 2 2 0 3 1 0 0 32 3
Total 27 2 2 0 3 1 0 0 32 3
Exeter City 2013–14[28] League Two 26 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 29 3
Total 26 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 29 3
Career total 386 111 21 1 18 6 16 4 441 122
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup and Scottish Cup matches.
  2. ^ Includes League Cup and Scottish League Cup matches.
  3. ^ Includes Football League Trophy and Second Division play-off matches.
  4. ^ Appearances in Second Division play-off matches.

Honours[edit]

Luton Town
St Mirren

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Wycombe shock Wolves". BBC Sport. 27 January 2001. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Leyton Orient 0–2 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 9 January 2001. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Parkin in line for shock recall". Luton Town FC. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hatters release quintet". Luton Town FC. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Saddlers seal Parkin deal". Sky Sports. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Sam relishing chance to prove himself" St Johnstone FC 15 July 2010
  8. ^ "St Johnstone sign stiker Sam Parkin". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 July 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "St Johnstone and Sam Parkin part company by mutual consent". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "A new signing" www.qosfc.com 24 Jan 2012
  11. ^ "Queen of the South 2 – 1 Greenock Morton" 28 Jan 2012
  12. ^ "St Mirren sign striker Sam Parkin on one-year contract". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Exeter City sign St Mirren striker on free transfer". BBC Sport (BBC). 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Artur Krysiak: Exeter City release goalkeeper after four year spell". BBC Sport. 8 May 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Sam Parkin in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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