Asa Hall

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Asa Hall
Asa Hall 21-12-2013 1.jpg
Hall playing for Oxford United in 2013
Personal information
Full name Asa Philip Hall[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-29) 29 November 1986 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Dudley, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cheltenham Town
Number 14
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
000?–2004 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Boston United (loan) 12 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (Kent) (loan) 10 (0)
2008 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 15 (3)
2008–2010 Luton Town 75 (15)
2010–2012 Oxford United 75 (11)
2012–2014 Shrewsbury Town 32 (2)
2013 Aldershot Town (loan) 16 (0)
2013 Oxford United (loan) 19 (3)
2014– Cheltenham Town 12 (0)
National team
2005 England U19 1 (0)
2005 England U20 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:54, 11 October 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Asa Philip Hall (born 29 November 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays for Cheltenham Town.

Hall, who plays as a midfielder, turned professional with Birmingham City, but never played for their first team. He went on to play in the Football League for Boston United, Shrewsbury Town (on loan), Luton Town and Oxford United before rejoining Shrewsbury Town in 2012. He went on to spend time on loan at Aldershot Town and back at Oxford United in 2013.

He represented England at under-19 and under-20 level.


Birmingham City[edit]

Hall was born in Dudley, West Midlands. He played football in the youth system at Wolverhampton Wanderers before moving to Birmingham City,[2] where he signed his first professional contract at the age of 17.[3] By 18 he was a regular in the reserve team.[4] Birmingham's Academy director Stewart Hall described him as "the outstanding prospect in the under-18 group" and he was expected to challenge for a first team place.[2] In March 2005 he made his debut for England under-19s,[5] and in May, he was named Birmingham's young player of the 2004–05 season.[6] Later that year he played for England under-20s.[7]

Loan spells[edit]

Hall made 12 Football League appearances during three months spent on loan at League Two side Boston United in the 2005–06 season.[8] He signed a one-year contract with Birmingham before the 2006–07 season,[9] spent the last month of the season on loan at Ashford Town (Kent),[10] and signed a further year's contract with Birmingham before the 2007–08 season.[11]

In January 2008, Hall joined Shrewsbury Town of League Two on loan for the remainder of the season.[12] He made his debut for the Shrews on 19 January against Morecambe, and scored the first goal in a 2–0 win.[13] Hall was offered a permanent deal with Shrewsbury by their manager Gary Peters before his sacking in March. In May, when Hall was released by Birmingham, Peters' replacement Paul Simpson also offered him a contract. The player appeared keen to sign but eventually rejected the offer.[14]

Luton Town[edit]

Hall joined Luton Town in August 2008.[15] He was a regular member of the first team,[16] and helped the club reach the final of the Football League Trophy in 2009, scoring in the penalty shootout to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-final.[17] The next season, Hall was again a regular player, though the arrival of Simon Heslop in March saw him demoted to the bench by new Luton manager Richard Money.[citation needed] Hall was released from his Luton contract at the end of the season, having made 89 appearances and scored 17 goals in his time at the club.[18]

Oxford United[edit]

Hall playing for Oxford United in 2010

On 20 May 2010 Hall signed for Oxford United, newly promoted back to the Football League, on a two-year deal.[19]

Hall decided not to renew his contract with Oxford, preferring to return nearer his Midlands home.[20]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

In May 2012, Hall agreed to rejoin Shrewsbury Town in July after his Oxford contract expired,[20] and made his second Shrewsbury debut as a substitute in a League Cup match against Leeds United on 11 August.[21] In February 2013 Hall moved to Aldershot on loan; he made 16 league appearances before returning to Shrewsbury at the end of the season. In May 2013, Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner said he intended to talk to Hall about his future with the club,[22] and he was sent on another loan spell at Oxford United on 3 July.[23]

Hall returned to Shrewsbury at the end of his loan in January 2014, with Turner indicating he was no longer part of his plans and was available for transfer.[24] Despite this, he was allocated a squad number and appeared as a substitute in Shrewsbury's next match against Leyton Orient.[25] With Turner departing the club later that month, Hall expressed his desire to stay at Shrewsbury and fight for his place, despite interest from his former Oxford manager Chris Wilder to sign him at his new club Northampton Town.[26]

Following Shrewsbury's relegation, Hall was released at the end of his contract.[27]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

On 28 May 2014, Hall joined Cheltenham Town on a two-year contract.


Luton Town


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  2. ^ a b "Young star Asa set for big break". Evening Mail (Birmingham). 18 February 2005. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "United borrow City's Hall". Boston United F.C. 6 January 2006. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Young star gets England call". Birmingham City F.C. 18 March 2005. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Graham, Pam (30 March 2005). "Leadbitter on the spot". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005. 
  6. ^ "Heskey cleans up at awards". Birmingham Mail. 12 May 2005. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "U20s suffer in Russia". The Football Association. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hall leaves Pilgrims after loan". BBC Sport. 9 April 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  9. ^ Tattum, Colin (9 May 2006). "Blues stunner as axe falls on Kenny". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Quartet offered new deals". Birmingham City F.C. 14 May 2007. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Tattum, Colin (5 July 2007). "Wright rejects new Blues deal". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hall joins the Shrews". Birmingham City F.C. 15 January 2008. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Shrewsbury 2–0 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 19 January 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2008. 
  14. ^ "Hall turns down Shrewsbury deal". BBC Sport. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008. 
  15. ^ "After the wait, here's the first eight!". Luton Town F.C. 7 August 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2008. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Asa Hall in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Price sends Luton to Wembley". Sky Sports. 17 February 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  18. ^ "Town release quartet". Luton Town F.C. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "Oxford United sign former Luton Town man Asa Hall". BBC Sport. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  20. ^ a b "Asa Hall joins Shrewsbury Town on free transfer". Shropshire Star. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Leeds 4–0 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Shrewsbury to decide on the future of Asa Hall". Shropshire Star. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Asa Hall set for six-month loan return to Oxford United". The Oxford Times. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Up-for-sale Asa Hall back at Shrewsbury Town". Shropshire Star. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Northampton boss Wilder tracking Shrewsbury's Hall". Shropshire Star. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "The Retained and Released List". Shrewsweb. 13 May 2014. 

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