Sean McAllister

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Sean McAllister
Personal information
Full name Sean Brian McAllister
Date of birth (1987-08-15) 15 August 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Bolton, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United
Number 4
Youth career
1996–1999 Manchester United
1999–2003 Bolton Wanderers
2003–2006 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Sheffield Wednesday 68 (4)
2007 Mansfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2008 Bury (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2012 Shrewsbury Town 35 (1)
2012–2013 Port Vale 2 (0)
2013 Cowdenbeath 9 (0)
2013– Scunthorpe United 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Sean Brian McAllister (born 15 August 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for League One side Scunthorpe United.

Primarily as a central midfielder, he has good vision and passing ability. He began his professional career at Sheffield Wednesday in 2006, and had spells on loan at Mansfield Town and Bury, before establishing himself in the "Owls" first team in the 2008–09 season. He was allowed to join Shrewsbury Town in July 2010, and helped the "Shrews" to win promotion out of League Two in 2011–12. He joined Port Vale on a short-term contract in November 2012, and then signed with Cowdenbeath in March 2013, before joining Scunthorpe United four months later. He helped Scunthorpe to win promotion out of League Two in 2013–14.

Playing career[edit]

Early life[edit]

McAllister, born in Bolton, started playing at Deans Sports in Swinton before going on a successful trial at Manchester United at the age of nine. He spent three years as a schoolboy at Old Trafford before joining Bolton Wanderers, where he stayed for four years.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

He switched to the Sheffield Wednesday Academy in 2003. Having previously been an unused substitute in the Sheffield derby at Hillsborough, McAllister made his senior debut for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship the following week on 25 February 2006, coming on as a substitute after 56 minutes when Wednesday were already 3–0 down to Southampton at St Mary's.[1] On 12 April, he was named as the club's Young Player of the Year, despite playing only 35 minutes of first team football, having impressed with his many reserve team and academy appearances. He did not appear in the first team again until the end-of-season, when he played all 90 minutes of a 2–0 victory against Derby County at Pride Park.

On 19 August 2006, McAllister scored his first senior goal for Wednesday to inspire an "Owls" comeback, as they went on to beat Plymouth Argyle 2–1 at Home Park following his 52nd minute equaliser. He would rarely feature in the rest of the 2006–07 season, only making one substitute appearance under Paul Sturrock's successor Brian Laws. Despite this, he signed a new contract in May 2007.[2]

After failing to feature for the first team during the start of the 2007–08 campaign, he was sent out on a one month loan to League Two side Mansfield Town in September 2007.[3][4] He made four league starts, and manager Bill Dearden had the loan deal extended to cover a second month.[5] However he then lost his first team place at Field Mill, and returned to Sheffield. He then joined Chris Casper's Bury on loan in November 2007, and remained at Gigg Lane for two months without making a first team appearance.[6][7] He was recalled by Wednesday as a back-up early into his second month with the "Shakers". He went on to break into the first team again in February 2008, but missed the end-of-season run-in with a calf injury.[8]

He signed a two-year contract extension in May 2008.[9] He became a key player in the 2008–09 campaign, making 42 appearances and claiming three league goals against Preston North End, Crystal Palace, and Reading.[10][11][12] However he lost his first team spot in September 2009, and later struggled with a stomach injury.[13] He was released by new manager Alan Irvine at the end of the 2009–10 season, after he was limited to 14 appearances throughout the campaign.

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

McAllister signed a two-year contract with Shrewsbury Town in July 2010.[14] Manager Graham Turner stated that "McAllister's an attacking, exciting player and I'm a bit surprised he was still on the market. We were a little short in midfield and with his Championship experience he could be a real gain for us."[15] He made his first appearance at the New Meadow as a substitute in a 3–1 victory over Bradford City on 7 August 2010.[16] He was named as Shrewsbury Town's player of the month for August 2010,[17] but found first team opportunities harder to come by in the second half of the season due to a hernia injury and the arrival of new signings Nicky Wroe and David Davies.[18] He had an operation to correct the hernia injury in February 2011.[19]

McAllister made a return to fitness during the 2011–12 pre-season, scoring against a Manchester United XI in a 2–1 home victory in July 2011.[20] He scored his first competitive goal for the "Shrews" when he was recalled to the starting line-up in a 2–0 win over Crewe Alexandra on 20 August.[21] However the form of Matt Richards and loan signing David McAllister again left him sitting on the sidelines for much of the season.[22] Shrewsbury won promotion to League One as runners-up of League Two, yet McAllister was not offered a new contract.[23] He said that "Hopefully my experience at a higher level, and the fact that I've got a promotion under my belt, will help my cause. I'm disappointed, I thought I was worth a new deal, but I've had two good years at Shrewsbury."[24]

Port Vale[edit]

McAllister failed to find a club before the start of the 2012–13 season, despite a trial at Oxford United.[25] In October 2012, he went on trial at Port Vale,[26] after personally ringing manager Micky Adams to enquire about a vacancy in midfield created when Doug Loft picked up an injury.[27] He signed an eight-week deal with the "Valiants" on 9 November.[28] The League Two club were in administration, and applied for special permission to sign McAllister after asking the Football League for leniency after they underwent a shortage of available midfielders.[29] He made his debut from the bench at Vale Park on 17 November, replacing Rob Taylor 74 minutes into a 2–2 draw with York City.[30] However he would only feature twice more for the club, and left the club on 8 January 2013, with Adams saying "it's unfortunate we weren't able to offer Sean more first-team opportunities, but that underlines the competition for places we have among the squad, but he's a great kid, a model professional and I'd recommend him anywhere."[31]

Cowdenbeath[edit]

McAllister joined Scottish First Division side Cowdenbeath in March 2013.[32] He made nine appearances at the end of the 2012–13 season, helping the club to avoid relegation.

Scunthorpe United[edit]

In July 2013, McAllister made a return to League Two when he signed a one-year contract with Scunthorpe United.[33] He made 43 appearances in the 2013–14 season as the "Iron" won promotion as divisional runners-up, and was also crowned the club's Player of the Year for his "high energy and consistent performances".[34][35]

Style of play[edit]

In describing his playing style, McAllister has said that "I work hard and I read the game well... [and] I like to get forward".[36] Port Vale assistant manager Mark Grew said that "he's a good passer, he has excellent vision and great energy".[37]

Statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[38] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06[39] Sheffield Wednesday Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006–07[40] 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 1
2007–08[41] 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2007–08[41] Mansfield Town (loan) League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2007–08[41] Bury (loan) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[42] Sheffield Wednesday Championship 40 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 42 3
2009–10[43] 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Total 68 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 73 4
2010–11[44] Shrewsbury Town League Two 18 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 23 1
2011–12[45] 17 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 22 1
Total 35 0 3 0 4 0 3 0 45 0
2012–13[46] Port Vale League Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2012–13[46] Cowdenbeath First Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2013–14[47] Scunthorpe United League Two 39 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 43 0
Total 39 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 43 0
Career total 160 5 6 0 9 0 5 0 180 5

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Shrewsbury Town
with Scunthorpe United

References[edit]

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  38. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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