Connor Essam

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Connor Essam
Personal information
Full name Connor Essam[1]
Date of birth (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Sheerness, England[3]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Dover Athletic
Youth career
2002–2010 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Gillingham 18 (0)
2010–2011 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 10 (0)
2011 Dover Athletic (loan) 7 (0)
2011 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 7 (1)
2011–2012 Dartford (loan) 7 (1)
2012 Luton Town (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2014 Crawley Town 11 (1)
2013 Dartford (loan) 4 (1)
2014–2015 Dover Athletic 38 (4)
2015–2016 Leyton Orient 24 (0)
2016 Dover Athletic (loan) 8 (0)
2016–2017 Eastleigh 11 (0)
2016 Woking (loan) 6 (0)
2017 Dover Athletic (loan) 16 (1)
2017– Dover Athletic 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2017 (UTC).

Connor Essam (born 9 July 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Dover Athletic.

Club career[edit]

Born in Chatham, Kent,[4] Essam joined Gillingham in 2002 and progressed through the ranks of the youth team and also captained the side.[5] In March 2010, Essam was awarded his first professional contract along with Dean Rance and Charlie Stimson.[6] He was sent out to Conference South side Bishop's Stortford in October 2010 on an initial one-month loan which was later extended.[7] Later on in the season he joined Dover Athletic on loan in the same division.[8] In August 2011, Essam rejoined Bishop's Stortford of the Conference North on a one-month loan deal along with Dean Rance.[9] He scored his first goal for the club on 29 August in a 5–0 win over Hinckley United.[10] Essam joined Conference South outfit Dartford on loan in December 2011.[11] He scored in the 4–1 away league win over Staines Town.[12] Essam made his professional and Gillingham debut on 13 February 2012 in a 2–1 home defeat to Southend United.[13] On 31 August 2012 Essam signed for Luton Town on a month-long loan, later extended for a second month.[14][15] He returned to Gillingham on 2 November after making nine appearances for Luton, and was swiftly made available on a free transfer by Gillingham manager, Martin Allen.

On 23 January 2013, Essam signed for Crawley Town of Football League One on a free transfer, with Gillingham retaining an interest by inserting a sell-on clause into the contract.[16] In November 2013, Essam joined Conference Premier side Dartford on a one-month loan deal.[17]

On 27 July 2015, Essam signed for Football League Two side Leyton Orient. After a successful trial with the club he was offered a one-year contract. In May 2016, he was released from Leyton Orient when it was announced that he would not be retained when his contract expired.[18]

On 14 June 2016, Essam joined National League side Eastleigh on a one-year deal.[19] After only making five appearances in the space of a month, Essam joined Woking on a 93-day loan.[20] Two days later, Essam made his Woking debut in a 1–1 draw against Guiseley, playing the full 90 minutes.[21] However, just after a month into his loan spell with Woking, Essam was recalled by Eastleigh to cover an injury crisis.[22] After a short spell back at Eastleigh, Essam once again left the club on loan, this time returning to Dover Athletic on a deal for the remainder of the campaign.[23] Following a successful loan spell back at Dover, it was announced that Essam would leave Eastleigh in June 2017 upon the expiry of his current deal.[24]

On 20 June 2017, Essam joined Dover Athletic, returning to the Whites on a two-year deal.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 April 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gillingham 2010–11[26] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[27] League Two 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2012–13[28] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2010–11[29] Conference South 10 0 1[a] 0 11 0
Dover Athletic (loan) 2010–11[30] Conference South 7 0 7 0
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2011–12[31] Conference North 7 1 7 1
Dartford (loan) 2011–12[32] Conference South 7 1 1[a] 0 8 1
Luton Town (loan) 2012–13[33] Conference Premier 9 0 9 0
Crawley Town 2012–13[34] League One 9 1 9 1
2013–14[35] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 3 0
Total 11 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 1
Dartford (loan) 2013–14[33] Conference Premier 4 1 2[a] 0 6 1
Dover Athletic 2014–15[33] Conference Premier 38 4 5 1 6[a] 1 49 6
Leyton Orient 2015–16[33] League Two 24 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 26 0
Dover Athletic (loan) 2015–16[33] National League 8 0 1[c] 0 9 0
Eastleigh 2016–17[33] National League 11 0 5 0 0 0 16 0
Woking (loan) 2016–17[33] National League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Dover Athletic (loan) 2016–17[33] National League 16 1 0 0 16 1
Dover Athletic 2017–18[33] National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 176 9 10 1 1 0 13 1 200 11
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in National League play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 33. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Connor Essam". 11v11. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  3. ^ http://hugmansfootballers.com/player/22985
  4. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline Publishing Group. p. 472. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  5. ^ "Connor Essam profile". Gillingham FC. 13 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gillingham's Essam, Rance and Stimson get pro contracts". BBC Sport. 13 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Essam in Bishop's Stortford loan". Gillingham FC. 29 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Essam extends Dover loan". Football.co.uk. 20 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Essam extends Dover loan". Kent Online. 20 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "29/08/11 : Bishops Stortford 5 – 0 Hinckley United". Hinckley Info. 30 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dartford Loan Gills Defender". Non League Chat. 16 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Staines 1–4 Dartford". News Shopper. 25 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Gillingham 1–2 Southend". BBC Sport. 13 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Luton sign Connor Essam on loan from Gillingham". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Essam extends loan deal at Luton". Luton Today. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Crawley Town sign Mustapha Dumbuya and Connor Essam". BBC Football. 23 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Connor Essam: Dartford sign Crawley Town defender on loan". BBC Football. 22 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Leyton Orient: Mathieu Baudry among eight players to leave League Two club". BBC Sport. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "Eastleigh: Connor Essam and Mikael Mandron join National League club". BBC Sport. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "Connor Essam joins on loan". Woking F.C. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Guiseley 1-1 Woking". BBC Sport. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "FA Cup: Now Connor Essam joins Eastleigh's centre-back casualty list". Southern Daily Echo. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "Connor Essam: Dover Athletic re-sign central defender on loan from Eastleigh". BBC Sport. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  24. ^ "Player Update". Eastleigh Official Site. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  25. ^ "Essam signs on". Dover Athletic Official Site. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  26. ^ "Squad stats: 2010/11". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Connor Essam in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "Squad stats: 2012/13". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  29. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 172–173. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1. 
  30. ^ Williams; Williams (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2012. pp. 280–281. 
  31. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2012). Non-League Club Directory 2013. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 170–171. ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0. 
  32. ^ Williams; Williams (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2013. pp. 52–53. 
  33. ^ a b c d e f g h i "C. Essam". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Connor Essam in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Connor Essam in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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