Steven Leslie

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Steven Leslie
Personal information
Full name Steven William Leslie[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-05) 5 November 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Fullback / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
000?–2006 Shrewsbury Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2012 Shrewsbury Town 103 (7)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 11 (2)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 10 (2)
2012 Wrexham 13 (1)
2012–2013 AFC Telford United 39 (4)
2013-2014 Worcester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:48 17 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven William Leslie (born 5 November 1987) is a Scottish born footballer. He is predominantly a left-sided midfielder and has had spells in the English lower leagues, playing for teams including Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United. After a spell coaching Children alongside former team-mate Gavin Cowan, he is currently attempting to forge a career in football in Australia.[2]

Career[edit]

Despite being born in Glasgow, he moved to Shrewsbury at a very young age and attended Sundorne School and Sports College. He made his debut for Shrewsbury Town on 18 April 2006 as an 83rd minute substitute in the 4–1 win over Rushden & Diamonds. This was his sole appearance in the 2005–06 season. At the end of the season, two years into his three-year scholarship programme, he was handed a one-year professional contract.

He played seven times in 2006–07, and sat on the bench for the League Two playoff final at Wembley. In July 2007, he signed a new one-year contract.[3]

Leslie scored his first senior goal for Shrewsbury on the opening day of 2007–08, scoring late in the match as the Shrews out 4–0 winners against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. In February 2008 he signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2009.[4] He made a total of 21 appearances over the course of the season, and started to establish himself within the first team.

The following season Leslie made 33 appearances, but was sent off in the League Two playoff semi-final against Bury. This meant that he missed the final at Wembley. At the end of the season he signed a new two-year contract.[5]

In 2009–10 Leslie found some goalscoring form, as he scored six times in 35 appearances. The following season, after finding first team opportunities limited, he joined Hereford United for a months loan on 17 March 2011 this was later extended until the end of the season after an impressive few games including a stunning strike against league leaders Chesterfield in a 3–0 win. He the returned to Shrewsbury for their league two play-off campaign, making a lively cameo off the bench in the semi-final second leg game against Torquay United.

On Friday 27 January 2012 it was announced Steve Leslie had left Shrewsbury by mutual consent[6] and joined Conference side Wrexham, becoming Andy Morrells first signing since he was appointed manager.[7] After only managing 13 league appearances and one goal he was then released by Wrexham in the summer of 2012. On 7 August 2012 he joined Telford. He made his AFC Telford United debut against Barrow, where he played 90mins in a 0–0 draw.

In July 2013, he joined Torquay United on trial, but failed to earn a contract.[8]

Leslie joined Worcester City in November 2013,[9] but left in March 2014 having deciding to emigrate to Australia.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 251. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ http://crossbarcoaching.com/news/steve-heads-down-under
  3. ^ "Shrewsbury duo sign new contracts". BBC Sport. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Steve Leslie". Shrewsweb. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Update from Simmo". Shrewsweb. 
  6. ^ "Midfielder Leaves". 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Reds Capture Scottish Winger". 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Departure-Ian-Morris-frees-cash-Torquay-United/story-19405675-detail/story.html
  9. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/afctelfordunited/news/telford-ready-for-worcester-in-trophy-1106120.html
  10. ^ "City squad "down to bare bones"". 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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