Simon Weaver

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Simon Weaver
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Weaver playing for Tamworth in 2007
Personal information
Full name Simon Daniel Weaver
Date of birth (1977-12-20) 20 December 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Harrogate Town (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1997 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
1998–2000 Ilkeston Town ? (?)
2000–2002 Nuneaton Borough 63 (0)
2002–2004 Lincoln City[1] 88 (4)
2004 Macclesfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers 23 (0)
2005–2006 Scarborough 22 (1)
2006 York City 0 (0)
2006–2007 Tamworth 38 (1)
2007–2008 Boston United 13 (3)
2008–2009 King's Lynn 16 (2)
2008–2009 Redditch United 2 (0)
2008–2009 Ilkeston Town ? (?)
2009–2012 Harrogate Town 14 (0)
Teams managed
2009– Harrogate Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:00, 10 April 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Simon Daniel Weaver (born 20 December 1977) is an English former professional footballer who is the current manager of Harrogate Town.

Career[edit]

Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Weaver plays as a central defender and began his career as an apprentice with Sheffield Wednesday and made his professional debut during a loan spell with Doncaster Rovers in February 1997. Released by Wednesday, he moved into the non-league circuit with first Ilkeston Town and then Nuneaton Borough.

In the summer of 2002, he made a return to the Football League, signing for Lincoln City,[2] who were managed by Keith Alexander, his former boss at Ilkeston. He signed a new one-year contract in July 2004,[3] but lost his place in the Lincoln team at the start of the 2004–05 season and was transfer listed at his request.[4] Following a loan period at Macclesfield Town,[5] he joined Kidderminster Harriers,[6] and was one of ten players released at the end of the season after Kidderminster were relegated to the Conference National.[7] He signed a 12-month contract with Scarborough in June 2005,[8] but despite initial optimism,[9] the spell was not successful and with Scarborough in disarray, Simon was in need of a new club for the 2006–07 season.

Weaver signed a short-term contract with Conference National side York City at the beginning of the 2006–07 season but having been an unused substitute for the first two games of the season, he was released by York so that he could take up the offer of a 12-month contract at Tamworth.[10] Although Weaver played in many of Tamworths games in the 2006–07 season, he was not offered a new contract following the club's relegation.

In the summer of 2007, he briefly trialled with Conference Premier newcomers Salisbury City and had discussions with Droylsden. He was injured playing in a pre-season friendly in Scotland: an injury that required the bones in his foot to be pinned. The injury caused him to miss the first four months of the season but, returning to fitness, he signed for Boston United on 11 December 2007.[11]

On 29 May 2008, Weaver joined Conference North newcomers King's Lynn, after failing to agree a new deal with Boston.[12][13] He scored three goals in 22 appearances but left King's Lynn in January after failing to get a regular start in recent weeks.[14] He joined Redditch United, debuting in their 2–1 victory at Hyde United on 31 January 2009.[15] After one further appearance for the club in the away defeat to Fleetwood Town a fortnight later, Weaver rejoined his former club Ilkeston Town. He made a successful debut for the club, netting twice in a 4–3 Northern Premier League Challenge Cup victory at Boston United on 18 February 2009.[16]

Weaver was appointed as the new player-manager of Harrogate Town on 20 May 2009.[17] His first season in charge did not go well and Harrogate finished bottom of the Conference North. Only a reprieve, due to Northwich Victoria's demotion due to financial issues, saved Weaver from being relegated during his first season in charge. In Weaver's second year, Harrogate Town finished 12th in a season which included a 10 game unbeaten run. In between Weaver's second and third year of management, his father, Irving, took over Harrogate Town. The Weavers led Harrogate to finish 6th in the 2012–13 Conference North season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Many sources, such as Soccerbase, credit Richard Logan with scoring Lincoln's goal in the 1–1 draw with Kidderminster Harriers on 10 August 2002. However, the club officially credited the goal to Weaver, see ""The Goal Was Mine" Says Weaver". Lincoln City F.C. 10 August 2002. Retrieved 19 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Simpson joins Lincoln". BBC Sport. 5 July 2002. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Imps swoop for Blackwood". BBC Sport. 14 July 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Imps accept Weaver request". BBC Sport. 15 September 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Weaver joins Macclesfield on loan". BBC Sport. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Harriers get Weaver and Beardsley". BBC Sport. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Player clear-out at Kidderminster". BBC Sport. 9 May 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Weaver makes Scarborough switch". BBC Sport. 21 June 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Scarborough star Weaver positive". BBC Sport. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Tamworth close in on Weaver deal". BBC Sport. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Pilgrims recruit defender Weaver". Boston United F.C. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Weaver and Ellender leave Boston". BBC Sport. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  13. ^ "Weaver spill blood for the cause". Non League Daily. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008. 
  14. ^ "Lynn release Weaver". Non-League Daily (International Publishing Group). 22 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 
  15. ^ Lawrence, David (1 February 2009). "Beswick secures vital victory". Redditch Advertiser. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  16. ^ "Pilgrims beaten after extra time". Boston United F.C. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  17. ^ "Weaver named new Harrogate boss". BBC Sport. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 

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