Dave Syers

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Dave Syers
Personal information
Full name David Thomas Syers
Date of birth (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Ossett Albion
2009 Harrogate Town
2009–2010 Farsley Celtic
2010 Ossett Albion
2010 Harrogate Town 10 (6)
2010 Guiseley
2010–2012 Bradford City 55 (10)
2012–2014 Doncaster Rovers 34 (3)
2013–2014 Scunthorpe United (loan) 15 (5)
2014– Scunthorpe United 24 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:25, 30 August 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

David Thomas Syers (born 30 November 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays for Scunthorpe United, as a midfielder.

Syers played non-league football for Ossett Albion, Harrogate Town, Farsley Celtic and Guiseley while studying at University, before turning professional in 2010 with Bradford City. After spending two seasons with them, he moved to Doncaster Rovers in 2012. While at Doncaster he spent a loan spell with Scunthorpe United, before signing a permanent deal with the club in January 2014.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Leeds, Syers attended Leeds Grammar School, representing the school at cricket.[2]

He attended the University of Leeds, where he read classics[3] and represented the English Universities football team during the 2008–09 season.[4][5]

Dave married his girlfriend Hannah Bickers in June 2013.[6]

Football career[edit]

Non-league career[edit]

Syers started his career with Ossett Albion while still at school.[7] After playing more than 150 games with Ossett,[7] he moved to Harrogate Town in April 2009.[8] After making three appearances for Harrogate, Syers moved to Farsley Celtic in June 2009.[9] During that season Syers scored nine league goals for Farsley. After a second spell with Ossett Albion in the latter stages of the 2009–2010 season,[10] Syers returned to Harrogate in March 2010.[11] During his second spell with Harrogate, Syers scored six goals in ten league appearances.[12] Syers joined Guiseley on 1 July 2010.[13]

Bradford City[edit]

Syers went on trial to League Two side Bradford City on 15 July 2010.[14] He signed on non-contract terms with Bradford on 10 August 2010, before making his professional debut for them that same day, in a 2–1 League Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, in which Syers scored the first goal to take the game into extra-time.[15] By the end of the week, Syers signed a full-time contract with City for the rest of the season after impressing manager Peter Taylor.[16][17] A day later, Syers made his Football League debut, coming on as a second half substitute for Tommy Doherty in 1–0 victory over Stevenage.[18] In March 2011, Syers' contract was automatically extended by Bradford until the end of the 2011–12 season, following the activation of a clause in his contract regarding match appearances.[19] Following his first season in professional football, Syers was awarded Bradford City's Player's Player of the Year award by his teammates in May 2011.[20] The full Player of the Year award had been cancelled two weeks earlier by the City board following a "rubbish season."[21]

Syers was injured in the second match of the 2011–12 season, a 2–3 defeat against Leeds United in the League Cup; it was announced that he would be out of action for 10–12 weeks.[22]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

After his contract with Bradford expired, he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers on 14 June 2012.[23][24][25] Syers said he was attracted by the ambition of Doncaster's manager – and ex-Bradford player – Dean Saunders,[26] after the club made him "an offer I couldn't refuse."[27] On the final day of the season, he helped Doncaster win the League One title with a 1–0 against Brentford.[28]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

He signed an initial one-month loan deal with Scunthorpe United on 5 October 2013.[29] He was re-called by Doncaster on 3 January 2014.[30]

In January 2014 he was linked with a return to former club Bradford City, though the club denied the speculation.[31] Later that month he signed a permanent two-and-a-half year contract with Scunthorpe.[32] On 22 February 2014, Syers scored the first hat-trick of his career in a 5–1 home victory over Portsmouth.[33] Syers was injured in the opening game of the 2014–15 season, and would miss the rest of the campaign.[34] He later stated that his time injured while with Bradford City was helping him with his latest injury.[35]

Cricket career[edit]

Syers played Bradford League cricket for Spen Victoria, Pudsey St Lawrence, Collingham and Farsley, playing as a wicket-keeper and batsman.[3] In 2010, he scored 225 runs at an average of 75.00 in four innings to help Farsley to the final of the Priestley Cup Final, but was unable to play in the final because of his new professional football career.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 August 2015[37]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bradford City 2010–11 37 8 1 1 2 1 0 0 40 10
2011–12 18 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 19 2
Total 55 10 1 1 3 1 0 0 59 12
Doncaster Rovers 2012–13 32 3 2 0 3 2 1 0 38 5
2013–14 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 34 3 2 0 4 2 1 0 41 5
Scunthorpe United 2013–14[38] 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 5
2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 39 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 10
Career total 128 23 3 1 7 3 1 0 139 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 437. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ "Wetherall Awards". The Cricket Society. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Bradford City: Football tests are a boon for Syers". Yorkshire Evening Post. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "English universities men's football – 2008/2009 season". British Universities and Colleges Sport. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "English Universities Men's Football defeat Guernsey". British Universities and Colleges Sport. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Doncaster Rovers: Syers meets his match". Doncaster Free Press. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Bradford City: David Syers interview". Yorkshire Evening Post. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Syers Goes To Town". Non-League Daily. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Three New Celts". Non-League Daily. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Nick Rigg (16 October 2013). "Ossett Albion slip into relegation zone". Ossett Today. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Farsley Four Join Town". Non-League Daily. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Dave Syers profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  13. ^ "Four in, two out for Guiseley". Telegraph & Argus. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "Bradford City: Syers on trial with City". The Yorkshire Post. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bradford 2 – 1 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Syers signs City deal". Telegraph & Argus. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "David Syers awarded Bradford City contract". BBC Sport. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "Bradford 1 – 0 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Syers' contract clause triggered". Bradford City A.F.C. official website. Archived from the original on 20 March 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Syers wins end of season award". Bradford City A.F.C. official website. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Simon Parker (19 April 2011). "Bradford City bin awards night after rubbish season". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Bradford City star Syers out for three months". Telegraph & Argus. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Doncaster Rovers sign David Syers from Bradford City". BBC Sport. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "ROVERS SIGN FORMER BANTAM SYERS". Doncaster Rovers Official SIte. 14 June 2012. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  25. ^ Ross Heppenstall (14 June 2012). "David Syers quits Bradford City for Doncaster Rovers". Telegraph & Argus. 
  26. ^ Ross Heppenstall (15 June 2012). "Dean Saunders tempts David Syers to quit Bradford City for Doncaster". Telegraph & Argus. 
  27. ^ Simon Parker (22 June 2012). "Bradford City: An offer I couldn't refuse, says David Syers of Doncaster move". Telegraph & Argus. 
  28. ^ "Brentford 0–1 Doncaster" BBC Sport. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  29. ^ "Scunthorpe United: Doncaster's David Syers joins Iron on loan". BBC Sport. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Doncaster recall midfielder David Syers from Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  31. ^ Simon Parker (7 January 2014). "Bradford City rule out David Syers return". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Transfer Window: Scunthorpe sign Paddy Madden and David Syers". BBC Sport. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "Scunthorpe 5 – 1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. David Syers helped himself to the first hat-trick of his career as promotion-chasing Scunthorpe thrashed Pompey. 
  34. ^ Shaun Ringwood (13 August 2014). "Scunthorpe United's Dave Syers reveals devastation at horror injury". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  35. ^ Simon Parker (18 December 2014). "Frustrated Syers learns to cope with long-term absence after Bantams experience". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  36. ^ Alan Birkinshaw (27 August 2010). "New Bradford City player Syers sits out Priestley Cup final". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  37. ^ Dave Syers career statistics at Soccerbase
  38. ^ Note – Syers made 16 appearances on loan for the club before joining permanently on 10 January 2014