Cameron Belford

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Cameron Belford
Belford, Cameron.jpg
Belford in 2013
Personal information
Full name Cameron Dale Belford[1]
Date of birth (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Nuneaton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Youth career
0000–2006 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Coventry City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2013 Bury 78 (0)
2007–2008 Worcester City (loan) 22 (0)
2012 Southend United (loan) 13 (0)
2012 Southend United (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 Accrington Stanley (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014 Tamworth 46 (0)
2014 Mansfield Town 0 (0)
2014–2015 Rushall Olympic 25 (0)
2015 Swindon Town 1 (0)
2015–2016 Wrexham 19 (0)
2016 Stranraer (loan) 16 (0)
2016–2018 Stranraer 58 (0)
2018– Forest Green Rovers 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:30, 26 January 2018 (UTC).

Cameron Dale Belford (born 16 October 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Forest Green Rovers.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Belford started his career at Coventry City and had a brief loan spell at Conference National side Tamworth during the 2006–07 season playing one game against Morecambe, where Tamworth lost 1–0, his father Dale was on the substitutes' bench as back up goalkeeper.[2] Belford returned to Coventry soon after the match and was assigned squad number 43, but was released by City in May 2007, without having made a first team appearance.[3]

Bury[edit]

Belford warming up for Bury in 2008

In August 2007, Belford joined League Two side Bury on a one-year contract after a short trial at Kettering Town.[4] With a lack of first team opportunities at Gigg Lane, Belford joined Conference North team Worcester City on loan for a month on 30 November, becoming one of Richard Dryden's first signings.[5] He made his City debut on 2 December against Barrow at St George's Lane; the game was drawn 1–1.[6] After impressing in the following games his loan spell with Worcester was extended until the end of the season.[7] His impressive form continued for City and he won the club's player of the month award for March.[8] In April 2008, Bury manager Alan Knill offered Belford a contract for the 2008–09 season.[8] and he was recalled from his loan spell at the same time.[8][9] He appeared in 22 league and 2 cup games for Worcester City.[10]

On 3 May 2008, Belford made his debut as a 75th-minute substitute against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground replacing Jim Provett with Bury winning the game 2–0.[11] In October 2009 Belford impressed many against Rotherham United when he came on after 27 minutes into the first half when first team goalkeeper Wayne Brown came off injured. He made a number of fine saves and denied Ian Sharps from scoring a late equalizer. He kept the score down to 2–1 to Bury.

In the 2010–11 season he had established a number one goalkeeper spot after some fine performances in the latter part of the season before.

Belford scored his first goal for Bury in a penalty shoot out in a Football League Trophy tie against Shrewsbury Town after calmly saving a Danny O'Donnell spot kick and slotting home the preceding kick himself. The shootout finished 6–5 to Bury. On 23 October 2010 during a League Two game against Sothend United Belford suffered a serious facial injury in a collision with an opposition forward. The injury was a fractured cheek bone so manager Alan Knill brought in Owain Fon Williams to replace Belford. On 25 April 2011, Belford played and helped Bury gain promotion to League One in a 3–2 win at Chesterfield, during which he was victim of an assault on his problem cheekbone from a Chesterfield youth during a pitch invasion after Chesterfield's equalising second goal.[12] On 3 March 2012, Belford joined League Two side Southend United on a one-month loan as cover for Glenn Morris. During that spell he helped the Shrimpers reach the League Two play-offs but was unable to help them progress beyond the semi-final stage.[13]

On 14 August 2012, Belford returned to Southend for a second loan spell.[14] He was brought in as Southend had no first choice goalkeeper prior to their League Cup fixture against Peterborough United. However, he made only 3 appearances after Southend signed Paul Smith to be their first choice goalkeeper. Once his loan spell finished, he returned to Bury, but ironically the next week Smith was injured in a match against Gillingham.[15] Belford declined the opportunity to return to Southend for a third loan spell.[16]

In late-December, Belford joined Accrington Stanley on a seven-day emergency loan deal, following Ian Dunbavin's injury and a cover for Paul Rachubka.[17]

On March 27, 2015, Belford announced on Social Media website Twitter that he had joined Swindon Town for the remainder of the 2014–15 season.[18]

Wrexham[edit]

On 27 May 2015, Belford signed a one-year deal with Wrexham.[19] After making 19 appearances for Wrexham, Belford lost his place to on loan goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, after the Dragons were knocked out of the FA Cup by National League North side Gainsborough Trinity[20] In January 2016, Belford moved on loan to Scottish League One side Stranraer in order to gain regular football.[20] His first appearance for the Blues came in a 2–0 league victory against Cowdenbeath.[21]

Stranraer[edit]

After being released by Wrexham, Belford returned to Stair Park to sign a permanent contract with Stranraer in June 2016.[22]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

Belford returned to England in January 2018, signing for EFL League Two club Forest Green Rovers on short-term deal until the end of the 2017–18 season.[23][24]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 26 January 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 2006–07[25] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tamworth (loan) 2006–07[25] Conference National 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Bury 2007–08[26] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09[27] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10[28] 8 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 9 0
2010–11[29] 39 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 41 0
2011–12[30] League One 23 0 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 27 0
2012–13[31] 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 79 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 86 0
Southend United (loan) 2011–12[30]| League Two 13 0 0 0 0 0 2[b] 0 15 0
Southend United (loan) 2012–13[31] 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2012–13[31] 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Tamworth 2013–14[32] Conference Premier 46 0 3 0 4[c] 0 53 0
Mansfield Town 2014–15[33] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rushall Olympic 2014–15 NPL - Premier Division 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Swindon Town 2015–16[34] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Wrexham 2015–16[34] National League 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Stranraer (loan) 2015–16[34] Scottish League Two 16 0 0 0 0 0 4[d] 0 20 0
Stranraer 2016–17[35] 36 0 2 0 2 0 3[e] 0 43 0
2017–18[36] 22 0 1 0 2 0 2[e] 0 27 0
Total 58 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 70 0
Forest Green Rovers 2017–18[36] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 267 0 7 0 8 0 18 0 300 0
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in the FA Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in the Scottish Championship play-offs
  5. ^ a b Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Tamworth goalkeeper Dale Belford and the brother of former Swindon Town goalkeeper Tyrell Belford.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Tamworth 0–1 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Championship form guide". BBC Sport. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Bury snap up Richardson & Belford". BBC Sport. 12 August 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "New City boss adds reinforcements". BBC Sport. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "City 1 Barrow 1". Worcester News. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Keeper Belford extends City stay". BBC Sport. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c "Belford returns to Bury". Worcester News. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Danks prepared to leave Worcester". BBC Sport. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Worcester City Player Cameron Belford". The Worcester City FC Archive. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Accrington Stanley 0–2 Bury". BBC Sport. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "Arrests after Bury goalkeeper assault". BBC News. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Southend bring in Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford". BBC Sport. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Belford returns on loan". Southend United Official Website. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Southend United sign Cameron Belford on loan from Bury for second time". Southend Standard. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Southend United's Daniel Bentley pleased with his 'perfect day'". Southend Standard. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Accrington Stanley sign Bury's Cameron Belford on loan". BBC. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Delighted to put pen to paper @Official_STFC till the end of the season.. Looking forward to the promotion push #GreatToBeBack #STFC". Twitter. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Wrexham AFC. "Wrexham AFC sign Lee Fowler and Cameron Belford". Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Keeper Heads Out On Loan". wrexhamfc.co.uk. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "Cowdenbeath 0–2 Stranraer". BBC Sport. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Belford Is Back". stranrearfc.org. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  23. ^ "FGR sign new goalkeeper". Forest Green Rovers FC. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  24. ^ "Belford exit". Stranraer FC. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  31. ^ a b c "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  32. ^ Cameron Belford at Soccerway. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  34. ^ a b c "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Cameron Belford in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  37. ^ "How Tamworth keeps on producing great 'keepers". This is Tamworth. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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