Simon Heslop

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Simon Heslop
Simon Heslop 11-09-2010 1.jpg
Heslop playing for Oxford United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Simon James Heslop[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth York, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town
Youth career
2004–2005 Barnsley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Barnsley 1 (0)
2006 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 22 (1)
2006–2007 Tamworth (loan) 26 (1)
2007 Northwich Victoria (loan) 6 (0)
2007–2008 Halifax Town (loan) 30 (5)
2008 Grimsby Town (loan) 8 (0)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 8 (0)
2010 Luton Town (loan) 11 (1)
2010–2013 Oxford United 91 (7)
2013–2014 Stevenage 27 (1)
2014– Mansfield Town 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:24, 14 September 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Simon James Heslop (born 1 May 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays for Mansfield Town in league two.

Heslop started his career at Barnsley, signing his first professional deal with the club in 2005. He made just one first-team appearance during his six-year association with the South Yorkshire side. During his time at Barnsley, Heslop was loaned out to Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers during the 2005–06 season, and spent the following campaign on loan with Tamworth. He then spent time on loan with Northwich Victoria and Halifax Town during the 2007–08 season, before having further loan spells at Grimsby Town, Kettering Town and Luton Town respectively. He was released by Barnsley in May 2010, and signed for League Two side Oxford United shortly after. Heslop made over 100 appearances for Oxford during his three-year stay there. He was released at the end of the 2012–13 season, and subsequently signed for League One club Stevenage on a free transfer in May 2013.

Career[edit]

Barnsley and loan spells[edit]

Born in York, North Yorkshire,[1] Heslop began his career at Barnsley, where he progressed through the youth team and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2005.[3] After playing regularly for Barnsley's reserve side,[4] Heslop went on loan to Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers at the start of the 2005–06 season, on an initial one-month deal.[5] The Kidderminster manager, Stuart Watkiss, was formerly Barnsley's academy manager, and stated — "He immediately caught my eye during my time at Barnsley, and he's a lad with a lot of natural ability".[5] He made his debut as a second-half substitute a day later, on 27 August, as Kidderminster drew 1–1 at home with Southport.[6] After impressing during his time with the club, the loan agreement was extended for a further month,[7] and then once again in October.[8] Heslop scored his first goal for the club on 5 November 2005, firing home a "sublime shot" in a 2–1 defeat to Exeter City at Aggborough.[9] The loan deal was extended until the end of January 2006, and Heslop returned to his parent club having made 26 appearances for Kidderminster during the campaign.[10] At the end of the season, on 31 May 2006, Heslop signed a new two-year deal at Barnsley.[11]

Having made no first-team appearances for Barnsley,[12] Heslop was loaned out for a second time in November 2006, joining another Conference National team in the form of Tamworth.[4] He signed on an initial one-month deal, and made his debut in a 3–1 victory over Woking at The Lamb Ground.[13] After making four starting appearances during his month at Tamworth,[12] Heslop's loan was extended for another month,[14] before later being extended for the remainder of Tamworth's 2006–07 season.[12] He made 28 appearances in all competitions during his time with the club,[12] and scored one goal in a 2–0 away win against Woking in February 2007.[15] He returned to Barnsley at the end of April 2007, and made his first-team debut for the club a week later, coming on as a 63rd minute substitute with the club already five goals down in an eventual 7–0 away loss to West Bromwich Albion.[16]

In September 2007, Heslop spent a month on loan at Northwich Victoria, the third time he had been loaned out to a Conference Premier club.[3] He played six times during his time with the Cheshire side, before returning to his parent club after Northwich's 2–0 away defeat to Weymouth.[17][18] Just a week after returning from his loan spell at Northwich, Heslop joined divisional rivals Halifax Town on a one-month loan agreement.[19] He made his debut as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Aldershot Town on 20 October 2007,[20] and scored in the club's next match, a 3–1 win over Evesham United in the FA Cup.[21] Just four days later, on 3 November, Heslop scored his second goal in as many matches, opening the scoring with a left-footed finish as Halifax comfortably beat Crawley Town at The Shay.[22] Following a successful first month with Halifax, during which he scored twice in four games, the loan deal was extended on 16 November, for a further two months until January 2008.[23] A day later, Heslop scored a long-range effort as Halifax came from two goals down to beat Stevenage at Broadhall Way.[24] After being a regular fixture in Halifax's midfield for the following two months, Heslop's loan was extended once more, this time until the remainder of the 2007–08 season.[25] He scored twice within the space of two weeks to take his goal tally to five for the season;[17] firstly scoring in a 2–1 reverse to Cambridge United,[26] before scoring the winner with a shot from 20-yards against Weymouth.[27] He also scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win over Ebbsfleet United on 10 April,[28] and made 34 appearances in all competitions as he impressed during his time at Halifax.[17]

Ahead of the 2008–09 campaign, back at Barnsley, Heslop trained with Rochdale with a view to a loan move.[29] However, no transfer materialised, and he had a trial with Port Vale later that month, although "budget restrictions" meant the deal collapsed.[30] A week before the start of the new season, Heslop joined League Two side Grimsby Town on an initial three-month loan deal, with the option to join permanently after the period was over.[31] On securing the loan signing, Grimsby manager Alan Buckley said — "He is a bit of everything, a box-to-box player. He's got a good chance of starting next week if he impresses in training".[31] He made his debut in a 0–0 home draw with Rochdale on the opening day of the season,[32] and went on to make eleven appearances during the three-month period.[33] Towards the latter stages of that season, in March 2009, Heslop spent a week on trial at Lincoln City, playing in a reserve match against Nottingham Forest.[34] The trial was unsuccessful, and he remained at Barnsley.[3]

In October 2009, over a year since his last first-team game for any club, Heslop was loaned out for a sixth time when he joined Kettering Town on a month-long deal.[3] He made his debut on 31 October, playing the whole match in Kettering's 1–1 home draw with Stevenage.[35] Heslop made five appearances during the month,[36] including receiving a red card for two bookable offences in a home loss to Kidderminster Harriers,[37] as the loan was extended for a further month.[38] He made eleven appearances during his time with Kettering,[36] three of which came in the FA Cup as the club were ultimately knocked out by Championship club Leeds United at Elland Road after extra-time, having taken them to a replay.[39][39] Two months later, Heslop signed for fellow Conference Premier club Luton Town on a 28-day emergency loan in March 2010.[40] He was brought in to replace Luton captain Kevin Nicholls, who had been ruled out for the rest of the season.[40] Heslop started in Luton's 1–0 win over Wrexham shortly after,[41] and scored his only goal for the club in a 4–0 win against Salisbury City at Kenilworth Road on 30 March.[42] He made 13 appearances during his time with the club, including two appearances as Luton lost 2–0 on aggregate to York City in the Conference Premier play-off semi-final.[36][43][44] Heslop was released by Barnsley at the end of the 2009–10 season, having made just one appearance during his six-year association with the South Yorkshire club.[45]

Oxford United[edit]

Shortly after his release from Barnsley, Heslop joined League Two side Oxford United on a free transfer in June 2010.[46] On signing Heslop, Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas stated — "We are pleased to secure Simon's services. He is an excellent player and the encouraging thing about him signing is that he was made bigger financial offers at other clubs but wanted to come here".[46] He made his debut on the opening day of the 2010–11 campaign, playing the whole match as Oxford marked their return to the Football League with a 0–0 draw at Burton Albion.[47] Just three days later, on 10 August 2010, Heslop scored twice in the club's 6–1 win over Bristol Rovers in the League Cup.[48] He scored his first league goal the following month, netting with a 30-yard drive to open the scoring in an eventual 4–0 win over Morecambe at the Kassam Stadium.[49] Heslop then scored with a "drilled right-foot shot" as Oxford secured a 2–1 home victory against Macclesfield Town on 28 December 2010.[50] He added one further goal to his tally that season, scoring in the first-half from Jack Midson's cut-back in a 2–1 home win against Rotherham United in February 2011.[51] Heslop scored five times, all of which at the Kassam, and made 40 appearances during his first season with the club.[52]

The 2011–12 season started well for Heslop, scoring twice in the club's opening two home games of the season.[53] The first of which was courtesy of a "25-yard drive following a surging run" in a 1–1 draw with Bradford City at the Kassam,[54] while the second came three days later when he scored a "stunning opener" from 35-yards out in a victory against Shrewsbury Town.[55] Heslop scored yet another long-range strike in September that year, "thumping" Oxford ahead with an effort from 25-yards in a 2–0 win over Barnet at Underhill, his first goal away from Oxford's home ground.[56] The goal ultimately turned out to be Heslop's last of the season,[53] and he went on to make 32 appearances as Oxford finished ninth in League Two, four points behind the last play-off place.[53][57] He remained at Oxford for the 2012–13 season, and made 30 appearances as Oxford once again finished in a mid-table position.[58][59] His only goal of the campaign came on 9 March 2013, scoring with a low shot in a 3–1 victory over Torquay United at Plainmoor.[60] Shortly after the end of the season, in May 2013, Heslop was released by Oxford upon the expiry of his contract.[61] During his three-year stay at Oxford, Heslop made 102 appearances and scored nine goals.[3]

Stevenage[edit]

Following his release from Oxford, Heslop signed for League One side Stevenage on a free transfer on 21 May 2013.[62] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2013–14 season, playing the whole match as Stevenage lost 4–3 to Oldham Athletic at Broadhall Way. He scored his first league goal for the club away to Gillingham on 26th November 2013.[63] On 12 May 2014, Simon Heslop was released by Stevenage.[64]


Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 September 2013.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnsley 2005–06[65] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[66] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08[67] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[68] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[69] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2005–06[70] 22 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 26 1
Tamworth (loan) 2006–07[71] 26 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 1
Northwich Victoria (loan) 2007–08[72] 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Halifax Town (loan) 2007–08[73] 30 5 2 1 0 0 2 0 34 6
Grimsby Town (loan) 2008–09[74] 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 11 0
Kettering Town (loan) 2009–10[75] 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Luton Town (loan) 2009–10[76] 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Total 111 7 8 1 2 0 8 0 129 8
Oxford United 2010–11[77] 38 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 40 5
2011–12[78] 29 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 32 3
2012–13[79] 24 1 1 0 2 0 3 0 30 1
Total 91 7 2 0 4 2 5 0 102 9
Stevenage 2013–14[80] 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Total 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Career totals 208 14 10 1 8 2 13 0 239 17
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy, Football League Trophy and play-offs.

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