Simon Ramsden

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Simon Ramsden
Personal information
Full name Simon Paul Ramsden
Date of birth (1981-12-17) 17 December 1981 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Bishop Auckland, England[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Motherwell
Number 5
Youth career
Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre
Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Sunderland 0 (0)
2002–2003 Notts County (loan) 32 (0)
2004–2006 Grimsby Town 37 (0)
2006–2009 Rochdale 112 (6)
2009–2012 Bradford City 50 (1)
2012– Motherwell 57 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:08, 7 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Simon Paul Ramsden (born 17 December 1981) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.

He has previously played for Sunderland, Notts County, Grimsby Town, Rochdale and Bradford City.

Career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Born in Bishop Auckland, Ramsden started his career with Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre A.F.C., and was eventually scouted by Sunderland and after graduating from the club's youth academy he was promoted to the first team squad under Peter Reid during the 2001–02 season. He made his professional debut however for Notts County where he would spend the entire 2002–03 season on loan at, he made his debut on 24 August 2002 in the club's 2–0 league defeat against Wigan Athletic. In his absence Sunderland had dismissed Reid and his replacement Howard Wilkinson and were now under the stewardship of Mick McCarthy. On 24 January 2004 Ramsden came on as an 89th minute substitute for Darren Williams in the club's FA Cup victory over Ipswich Town which would be his first and only first team appearance for Sunderland. Following the conclusion of the 2003–04 season, Ramsden was released.

Grimsby Town[edit]

He soon signed with Football League Two side Grimsby Town in July 2004. Initially signed as cover for Tony Crane and Justin Whittle, Ramsden soon became a first team regular amongst Russell Slade's side down to the injuries of Crane and regular right back John McDermott. He made his Town debut on the opening day of the 2004–05 season when the club were defeated by Darlington 1–0. Ramsden soon lost his regular centre half place when Terrell Forbes was signed from Queens Park Rangers. At the end of his first season Ramsden played 26 times in both league and cup for Grimsby. During the 2005–06 season several new signings meant Ramsden very rarely featured and he was eventually offloaded in January 2006.

Rochdale[edit]

He joined Rochdale from Grimsby Town in January 2006. He left Grimsby because of lack of appearances at a time when the club were flying high. Subsequent departures and retirements of defenders left many Grimsby fans regretting his hasty decision to depart, and to rub salt into the wounds, he has developed a habit of scoring for Rochdale against his former club.[2]

Bradford City[edit]

In June 2009, he became Bradford City's first signing of the summer.[3] Ramsden started off well for the Bantams in his first season making 32 appearances and scoring 2 goals in his first season. He was named as the club captain at the start of the 2010–11 campaign but featured in only 2 league games due to injuries. In the 2011–12 season he regained fitness and took part in a behind closed doors friendly in November against Tranmere Rovers, marking his return to action.[4] Ramsden made his full return to the first team on 8 November 2011 in a Football League Trophy game against League One side Sheffield United. The game went to penalties Ramsden scored his penalty as Bradford went on to win the shootout.[5] He continued to feature for Bradford making 5 league appearances before breaking his toe in a 3–1 win over Shrewsbury. It was announced that he would be sidelined for 3–6 weeks.[6]

Motherwell[edit]

Ramsden trained with Scottish Premier League team Motherwell on trial after his release from Bradford.[7] He was then awarded a one-year contract by the club after his trial was successful.[8] On 17 May 2013, after a successful first season in Scotland, Ramsden signed a new two-year contract with the club.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 December 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[10] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Notts County (loan) 2002–03 32 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 0
Grimsby Town 2004–05 25 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
2005–06 12 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 15 0
Total 37 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 41 0
Rochdale 2005–06 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
2006–07 34 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 36 3
2007–08 38 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 41 2
2008–09 30 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
Total 117 6 1 0 4 0 2 0 124 6
Bradford City 2009–10 31 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 35 1
2010–11 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 18 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
Total 51 1 2 0 2 0 4 0 59 1
Motherwell 2012–13 29 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 31 0
2013–14 18 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 22 0
2014–15 10 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 14 0
Total 57 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 67 0
Career total 294 7 7 0 12 0 13 0 326 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Simon Ramsden profile". Official Motherwell FC Site. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Grimsby 0 Rochdale 4 BBC News, 1 January 2007
  3. ^ Parker, Simon (12 June 2009). "McCall strikes first blood with 'Rambo'". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ramsden makes playing return" Bradford City FC. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Sheffield Utd 1–1 Bradford (5–6 pens)" BBC Sport. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Ramsden's broken toe blow" Bradford City FC. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  7. ^ "James McFadden unlikely to sign after Motherwell training spell". BBC Sport. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Motherwell sign former Bradford defender Simon Ramsden". BBC Sport. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Simon Ramsden signs two-year Motherwell deal". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Appearances are in the Football League Trophy or Europe.

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