Steven Drench

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Steven Drench
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Personal information
Full name Steven Mark Drench[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Guiseley
Youth career
0000–2005 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2005–2006 Morecambe (loan) 24 (0)
2006–2008 Morecambe 45 (0)
2008 Southport (loan) 19 (0)
2008–2009 Southport 0 (0)
2008–2009 Cambridge United (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Leigh Genesis 45 (0)
2010– Guiseley 56 (0)
National team
England U17 ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:18, 5 January 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Mark Drench (born 11 September 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Drench began his career with the Blackburn Rovers youth system.[3] Following an injury to Ryan Robinson, he joined Conference National team Morecambe on loan as goalkeeping cover in November 2005.[4] The loan was extended for a second month in December and until to the end of the 2005–06 season in February.[5][6]

Following his release by Blackburn, Drench signed for Morecambe permanently in the summer of 2006.[2] After beginning the 2006–07 season competing with Robinson for the starting goalkeeper's spot, Drench was confirmed as the club's first choice goalkeeper when Robinson left to join Forest Green Rovers.[4] However, he dislocated his elbow in a challenge with York City's Clayton Donaldson in the play-off semi-final second leg,[7] which forced him to miss the successful play-off Final against Exeter City.[8] He finished the season with 47 appearances and won Morecambe's Player of the Year award.[2][9] Following this injury, he struggled to regain his first team place following the signing of Joe Lewis on loan and Drench joined Conference North team Southport on a month's loan in January 2008.[2][10] His stayed at Southport until the end of the season and he made 26 appearances for the club.[11]

Drench while on trial with York City in 2010

After being released by Morecambe in June 2008, he signed for Southport permanently in July.[12] However, he was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer and had a one-week trial with Conference team Stevenage Borough due to Drench's desire to remain full-time after the club reverted to part-time status following the departure of manager Gary Brabin to Cambridge United.[13] Drench was reunited with Brabin after signing for Cambridge on a six-month loan on 21 August to provide cover for Danny Potter.[12] He subsequently left the club following the expiration of the loan in January 2009.[14]

Southport released Drench on 26 March 2009 and he signed for Leigh Genesis, finishing the 2008–09 season with five appearances for the team.[15] He made 47 appearances in the 2009–10 season.[15]

He had a trial with Conference team Barrow in July 2010 and he played in a pre-season friendly against Oldham Athletic.[16] He later joined York City on trial and after featuring in pre-season friendlies against Hull City and Barnsley he was not offered a contract by the club.[17][18][19][20] Guiseley: He joined Conference North team Guiseley on trial in August,[21] and played a large part in Guiseley's début season in the Conference North.[22] Drench is now goalkeeping coach for Blackburn Rovers Academy. Steven was been voted supporters player of the year in 2014 after the Conference North Play Off final loss to Altrincham F.C. Drench has been voted Goalkeeper in the Conference North team of the year.

International career[edit]

Drench played for the England Schoolboys and England national under-17 team while with Blackburn.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/08/2010 and 31/08/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "First Team". Morecambe F.C. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Quinn, Derek (17 May 2007). "Super Shrimps!". BBC Lancashire. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Steven Drench – Goalkeeper". Leigh Genesis F.C. Retrieved 13 July 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Shrimps extend Drench's loan stay". BBC Sport. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Shrimps extend Drench loan spell". BBC Sport. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Morecambe 2–1 York (2–1 agg)". BBC Sport. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Exeter 1–2 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Morecambe 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Morecambe secure Watford keeper". BBC Sport. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Southport FC complete NL player list as at 24 April 22 May 2010" (PDF). Southport FC Stats. Retrieved 13 July 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b "Keeper Drench joins U's on loan". BBC Sport. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Latest News". Southport F.C. Retrieved 13 July 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Brabin rules out more departures". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Steven Drench". TheFootballNetwork.net. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Good Kompany kept as Barrow AFC take on Oldham". North-West Evening Mail. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Flett, Dave (13 July 2010). "Quartet of trialists hope to catch eye of York City manager Martin Foyle". The Press. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Flett, Dave (19 July 2010). "York City 0, Hull City 1". The Press. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  19. ^ Flett, Dave (21 July 2010). "York City 0, Barnsley 2". The Press. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  20. ^ Carroll, Steve (23 July 2010). "York City's David McGurk and Greg Young primed to make pre-season starts". The Press. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  21. ^ "Guiseley trialists catch the eye in away triumph". Wharfedale Observer. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  22. ^ "Goalkeepers". Guiseley A.F.C. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 

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