Tommy Spurr

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Tommy Spurr
Tommy Spurr Doncaster.jpg
Spurr playing for Doncaster Rovers in 2011
Personal information
Full name Thomas Spurr
Date of birth (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
Number 3
Youth career
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2011 Sheffield Wednesday 192 (5)
2011–2013 Doncaster Rovers 65 (1)
2013– Blackburn Rovers 43 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:44, 5 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tommy" Spurr (born 30 September 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Blackburn Rovers.

Career[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Spurr was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Where he played for Seacroft Colts AFC as a youngster. He joined Sheffield Wednesday at a young age and worked his way up through the academy before signing for them full-time in 2004 and in his first season established himself in the reserves and won a place on the bench for the first team. He was named Academy player of the year in the 2004–05 season and made his first team debut against Reading on 22 April 2006. He was awarded Sponsor's Man of the Match for his performance in the game.

The 2006–07 season saw Spurr hold down a regular place in the starting eleven at left back ahead of the more experienced Peter Gilbert and John Hills. In December 2006, Spurr was given a new two-and-a-half-year contract which took his contract up until the summer of 2009.

Spurr scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday against Charlton Athleic on 25 August 2007 in a 3–2 defeat. He scored his second career goal and first Hillsborough goal on 14 April 2008 against Plymouth Argyle. It proved to be the equaliser in what was a crunch game for Sheffield Wednesday and was voted Sky Sports Championship Goal of the Season.[citation needed]

In December 2007 Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers made an offer for Spurr. It was turned down, however, as he was described as a 'top asset in the playing squad.'[1] Later in the month Queens Park Rangers made an improved offer which was also rejected by Sheffield Wednesday.

Spurr scored his third goal for Wednesday against Watford in a 2–0 win at Hillsborough on 13 September 2008. Despite playing at centre back for the game due to an injury sustained by Mark Beevers, Spurr found himself 50 yards out on the left wing and played a give and go with Etienne Esajas, before sliding the ball right footed past Mart Poom from 8 yards.

Spurr scored another eye-catching goal in a 2–1 defeat by Fulham in the FA Cup 3rd Round on Saturday, 3 January 2009, when he collected a square ball from James O'Connor to score from 30 yards.[2] During the 7 February 2009 Steel City derby Spurr scored his fourth league goal for the club from a Michael Gray cross just 45 seconds into the game.[3]

Spurr was handed the team's captaincy in the game on 21 February 2009 against Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace, in the absence of team captain Richard Wood. In September, he signed a three-year contract extension. However Sheffield Wednesday were relegated from The Championship on the final day of the season against Crystal Palace. After staying with the club in League 1, Spurr found himself out of favour when manager Gary Megson took over the club.

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

In June 2011, it was reported that Sheffield Wednesday had accepted an undisclosed fee said to be around the £200,000 area from Doncaster Rovers for the services of Spurr.[4] He signed for Doncaster Rovers on 28 June 2011. When fit, Spurr is a regular starter at left back for Doncaster.[5]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Spurr's Doncaster contract expired in June 2013. Despite lengthy talks, no new contract was agreed, and only a few days before the start of the new season, he signed a two-year deal with Blackburn Rovers, replacing regular left-back Martin Olsson who had departed for Norwich City of the Premier League.[6] He went straight into the starting eleven for Blackburn's opening-day draw at Derby County. On 10 August 2013, he started and played the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park.[7] On 7 May 2014, Spurr signed a new two-year contract with Rovers.[8]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 7 May 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2005-06[9] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006-07[10] Championship 36 0 2 0 1 0 39 0
2007-08[11] Championship 41 2 2 0 2 0 45 2
2008-09[12] Championship 41 2 1 0 1 0 43 2
2009-10[13] Championship 46 1 1 0 2 0 49 1
2010-11[14] League One 26 0 4 1 1 0 2[a] 0 33 1
Total 192 5 10 1 7 0 2 0 211 6
Doncaster Rovers 2011-12[15] Championship 19 0 0 0 2 0 21 0
2012-13[16] League One 46 1 2 0 3 0 1[b] 0 52 1
Total 65 1 2 0 5 0 1 0 73 1
Blackburn Rovers 2013-14[17] Championship 43 3 2 0 0 0 45 3
Career total 300 9 14 1 12 0 3 0 329 10
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League One Playoffs
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Doncaster Rovers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Owls turn down bids for duo". Sky Sports. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  2. ^ Sheffield Wednesday 1 Fulham 2 – Hodgson happy with progress | Mail Online
  3. ^ Marcus Tudgay seals Sheffield Wednesday's derby glory with his best-ever goal – Telegraph New
  4. ^ Door closed on loan duo as Owls defender heads to Rovers Yorkshire Post, 17 June 2011
  5. ^ Doncaster Rovers sign Sheffield Wednesday's Tommy Spurr BBC Sport, 28 June 2011
  6. ^ "Doncaster Rovers: Spurr seals Blackburn switch". Doncaster Free Press. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
    Morgan, Steve (4 August 2013). "Tommy Spurr blames Doncaster for last-minute Blackburn switch". Daily Star. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Cryer, Andy (4 August 2013). "Derby 1–1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Spurr extends Ewood stay". Blackburn Rovers FC. 7 May 2014. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2005-06". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2006-07". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2007-08". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2008-09". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2009-10". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2010-11". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2011-12". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2012-13". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Matches played by Tommy Spurr in 2013-14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Richard Wood
Sheffield Wednesday captain
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Rob Jones