Simon Ainge

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Simon Ainge
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Personal information
Full name Simon Christopher Ainge
Date of birth (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Shipley, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bradford Park Avenue
Youth career
?-2006 Bradford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Bradford City 14 (0)
2008 Halifax Town (loan) 12 (0)
2009 Cambridge United (loan) 2 (0)
2009 Bradford Park Avenue 2 (0)
2009–2013 Guiseley 111 (11)
2012–2013 Luton Town (loan) 12 (1)
2013 Luton Town 10 (0)
2013–2015 FC Halifax Town 60 (3)
2015- Bradford Park Avenue 0 (0)
National team
2012– England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:45, 3 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:01 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Simon Christopher Ainge (born 18 February 1988) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Bradford Park Avenue as a defender. He began his career at Bradford City and spent three seasons playing for Guiseley before transferring to Luton Town. He was released by Luton in July 2013 and subsequently joined Halifax.

Career[edit]

Born in Shipley, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, Simon Ainge is a product of Bradford City's youth system, winning a senior contract in March 2006.[1] He broke into the first team the following season making his debut in a 2–1 defeat to Scunthorpe United on 17 October 2006 in the Football League Trophy. He made his first league appearance the following month before his first start was in a 4–0 FA Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra on 4 November 2006.[2] He played four times during November 2006 winning praise from his manager Colin Todd, a former England international centre back.[3] Ainge played a total of 11 games during the 2006–07 season but he was limited to just four games the following season, including three as substitute, and was instead given a trial at Scunthorpe United.[4] He returned to Bradford before he joined Conference side Halifax Town in January 2008 in a loan deal for the rest of the season.[5]

Ainge was an unused substitute as Halifax went out of the FA Trophy as they lost to Rushden & Diamonds 2–0,[6] and instead made his league debut the following weekend against the same team when he gave away a penalty for handball.[7] Two days earlier Ainge had been one of five substitutes, who were all on loan at Halifax, during their 4–1 West Riding County Cup victory over Ossett Albion.[8] Ainge came on during the victory but Halifax were later thrown out of the competition because loan players are not eligible.[9] Ainge did not feature again for Halifax following their expulsion from the West Riding County Cup until 24 March 2008, when he came on as a substitute in the 16th minute when Halifax lost 2–0 to Droylsden.[10][11] On 15 April 2008, he received the first red card of his career for two bookable offences during Halifax's 2–1 defeat by Burton Albion.[12] He played 12 games during his loan spell for Halifax,[13] helping them to avoid relegation from the Conference by just one point from Altrincham.[14] He returned to Bradford in time to play in their final game of the season with Wycombe Wanderers as a late substitute.[15] Ainge made his first start for City in more than a year as replacement for injured full backs Paul Arnison and TJ Moncur in a 1–1 draw with Luton Town on 4 October 2008.[16] It was Ainge's only game for Bradford during the 2008–09 season, and instead he joined Cambridge United in the Conference on another loan deal on the March transfer deadline day for the final two months of the season.[17] He made his debut for Cambridge when he came on as substitute in Cambridge's 1–0 victory against Woking.[18]

At the end of the 2008–09 season, Ainge was released by Bradford City; he joined their cross-city rivals Bradford Park Avenue of the Northern Premier League Premier Division in July 2009.[19] He stayed at Avenue until November 2009 after playing in only 3 games, when he signed for their league rivals Guiseley. Ainge was part of the Guiseley team that won promotion to the Conference North during the 2009–10 season, and he was made the club's captain for the start of the 2010–11 season. Ainge led Guiseley to their then-highest ever league position of fifth, but the club lost in the play-off final to AFC Telford United to a stoppage-time goal.[20] In the 2011–12 season he captained Guiseley to an even higher finish of second place though they again lost in the play-offs, this time to Nuneaton Town at the semi-final stage. Ainge scored eight goals from central defence during the campaign.

At the end of the season, Ainge was called up to play for the England C semi-professional national team in a game against Russia U23 on 5 June 2012, which England C lost 4–0. He later captained England C to a 2–1 win over Belgium U23 on 12 September 2012.[21]

Ainge's performances for Guiseley were picked up by Conference Premier side Luton Town, who moved to take him on an initial one-month loan on 27 September 2012.[22] After playing in four wins and one loss, in which he scored one goal, Luton extended his loan for a further two months and reached an agreement with Guiseley for the transfer to become permanent in January 2013.[23] Ainge officially joined Luton for an undisclosed fee on 2 January 2013.[24] He was transfer listed by the club in April 2013 following a change in Luton's management.[25] Ainge had his contract terminated on 4 July 2013.[26]

Following his release from Luton Town, he joined newly promoted Conference Premier club FC Halifax Town.[27] On 11 August 2013, Ainge made his debut for Halifax in a heavy 5–1 defeat to Cambridge United.

In January 2015, Ainge joined Bradford Park Avenue.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 February 2014.[citation needed]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[29] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bradford City 2006–07 League One 9 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
2007–08 League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Halifax Town (loan) 2007–08 Conference Premier 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Bradford City 2008–09 League Two 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 14 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 18 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2008–09 Conference Premier 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Bradford Park Avenue 2009–10 Northern Premier 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Guiseley 2009–10 Northern Premier 24 1 0 0 0 0 24 1
2010–11 Conference North 38 2 5 0 9 0 52 2
2011–12 Conference North 40 8 2 0 6 0 48 8
2012–13 Conference North 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Total 111 11 8 0 0 0 15 0 134 11
Luton Town (loan) 2012–13 Conference Premier 12 1 0 0 3 1 15 2
Luton Town 10 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
Total 22 1 0 0 5 1 27 2
FC Halifax Town 2013–14 Conference Premier 33 2 2 0 1 0 36 2
Career total 196 14 13 0 1 0 23 1 232 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contract reward for City's two Joes". Telegraph & Argus. 25 March 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Come on you Lions, roars Todd". Telegraph & Argus. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Parker, Simon (23 November 2006). "Ainge can be pick of crop against Cherries". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Scunthorpe capture Ameobi on loan". BBC Sport. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Ainge leaves Bradford for Halifax.". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  6. ^ Fletcher, Dave (4 February 2008). "Halifax Town 0 v Rushden and Diamonds 2 – Town's Trophy dreams are over". Evening Courier. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Rushden & Diamonds 2–2 Halifax". BBC Sport. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Halifax Town 4 Ossett Albion 1: Two goals in each half as Town win". Evening Courier. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Avenue face Ossett not Halifax". Telegraph & Argus. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Droylsden 2–0 Halifax". BBC Sport. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  11. ^ "Simon Ainge". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "Burton 2–1 Halifax". BBC Sport. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Simon Ainge". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Halifax 1–2 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2008. 
  15. ^ "Wycombe 2–1 Bradford". BBC Sport. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Simon Ainge in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  17. ^ "Ainge makes Cambridge loan move". BBC Sport. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  18. ^ "Woking 0–1 Cambridge Utd". BBC Sport. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  19. ^ Whiting, Ian (26 July 2009). "City old boy signs up for Avenue". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  20. ^ "AFC Telford 3–2 Guiseley". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Belgium U23 1–2 England C". The FA. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Simon Ainge joins Luton Town from Guiseley on loan". BBC Sport. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Town confirm Ainge extension". Luton Today (Johnston Publishing Ltd). 11 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Simon Ainge joins Luton Town permanently". Guiseley AFC. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "FA Cup goalscoring hero Rendell among transfer-listed Town quartet". Luton Today. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  26. ^ "Spiller and Ainge depart Hatters". Luton Today (Johnston Publishing Ltd.). 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Ainge earns move to FC Halifax". Leighton Buzzard Observer (Johnston Publishing Ltd.). 6 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Simon Ainge". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  29. ^ Includes play-offs, the Football League Trophy and FA Trophy.

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