Steve Basham

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Steve Basham
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Steve Basham in 2006
Personal information
Full name Steven Brian Basham
Date of birth (1977-12-02) 2 December 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Southampton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1994–1996 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Southampton 19 (1)
1998 Wrexham (loan) 5 (0)
1998 Preston North End (loan) 0 (0)
1999 Preston North End (loan) 17 (10)
1999–2002 Preston North End 51 (5)
2002–2007 Oxford United 168 (43)
2007–2009 Exeter City 54 (7)
2009–2010 Luton Town 5 (0)
2009–2010 Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 14 (8)
2010–2011 Brackley Town
2011–2014 Oxford City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:05 7 May 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Brian Basham (born 2 December 1977 in Southampton, England) is a retired English footballer.

Career[edit]

Basham began his career at Southampton, playing nineteen Premier League games for the club. Basham's only goal for Southampton came in a 2–0 win away to Blackburn Rovers in November 1998. This result led to the resignation of then Blackburn and future England manager Roy Hodgson.[1] He then transferred to Preston North End for £200,000 after a successful loan spell. He won promotion to Division One with Preston in the 1999–2000 season.[2] A series of injuries, including a broken leg, limited Basham's playing opportunities at Preston, and he was released from the club in the summer of 2002.[3]

Shortly after his release, Basham signed for Oxford United.[4] Over the course of five seasons, Basham made 187 appearances for the club, scoring 49 goals. He was part of the side that was relegated to non-league football at the end of the 2005–06 season. His final season at the Kassam Stadium was blighted by a set of serious injuries, resulting in Oxford's decision not to offer him a new contract.[5][6]

Having been released, he signed a two-year contract for Oxford's Conference Premier rivals Exeter City in the summer of 2007.[7] With Basham as a regular squad member, Exeter were promoted to League Two via the play-offs in 2007–08, and then immediately won direct promotion to League One the next season. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Exeter announced that Basham's contract was not to be extended.[8]

On 6 August 2009, Basham signed for Conference side Luton Town on a one-year contract.[9] After playing in just six games in three months at Luton, in which he scored two goals in the FA Cup against Rochdale,[10] Basham was loaned out to Hayes & Yeading United on 26 November by new Luton manager Richard Money, for an initial period of two months.[11] He scored three goals in seven games, and, during the January transfer window, Basham's loan at Hayes was extended to the end of the 2009–10 season.[12] Over the next seven games, Basham scored five goals, including two in a 2–1 victory over former club Oxford United. On 6 May 2010, it was announced that Basham had refused a contract offer from Hayes & Yeading, and was sent back to parent club Luton Town. He was released from his Luton contract a day later.[13][14]

In June 2011 he joined Oxford City.[15]

Honours[edit]

Preston North End

Exeter City

Oxford City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hodgson quits as Rovers hit bottom". BBC. 21 November 1998. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Promotion glory for North End". BBC Sport. 2 July 2000. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Basham exits Preston". BBC Sport. 16 May 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Oxford bag Basham". BBC Sport. 7 August 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Oxford star Basham out for season". BBC Sport. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Basham delays decision on future". BBC Sport. 3 June 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Striker Basham seals Exeter move". BBC Sport. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Exeter release five". BBC Sport. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Hatters Bag Striker Basham". Luton Town F.C. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Luton 3 – 3 Rochdale". BBC. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Basham loaned to Hayes & Yeading". Luton Town F.C. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Luton to pay part of Hayes striker's wages". Uxbridge Gazette (Trinity Mirror Southern). 26 January 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mass clear-out at Hayes & Yeading United as 11 players told they can leave". Uxbridge Gazette (Trinity Mirror Southern Ltd.). 6 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Town release quartet". Luton Town F.C. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Oxford City sign ex-Oxford United striker Steve Basham". BBC Sport. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 

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