David Edgar (footballer)

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David Edgar
David Edgar.jpg
Edgar playing for Newcastle United in 2008
Personal information
Full name David Edward Edgar[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-19) 19 May 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
(on loan from Birmingham City)
Number 34
Youth career
2001–2005 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Newcastle United 19 (2)
2009–2014 Burnley 99 (4)
2010 Swansea City (loan) 5 (1)
2014– Birmingham City 16 (1)
2015 Huddersfield Town (loan) 12 (0)
2015– Sheffield United (loan) 20 (2)
National team
2003 Canada U17 2 (0)
2003–2008 Canada U20 24 (2)
2011– Canada 35 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31, January 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:09, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

David Edward Edgar (/ˈɛdɡər/; born 19 May 1987) is a Canadian footballer who plays for Sheffield United on loan from Birmingham City. He can play as a centre back, right or left back or defensive midfielder.

Edgar has represented Canada at various levels and is currently a member of the Canadian senior squad. He was a member of the Under-20 team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut for the Canadian senior squad on 9 February 2011.


Early life[edit]

Edgar was born in Kitchener, Ontario, to Eddie Edgar and Christine Edgar (née White). His father, a native of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Newcastle United (1 game only) and Hartlepool United in England, as well as playing for the New York Cosmos.[3] His mother is now a teacher in Canada. Edgar grew up in Kitchener and attended Blessed Kateri Catholic Elementary School, where he broke many athletic records including the 800 m, 1500m and long jump. He also won athlete of the year in grade eight. A sports-obsessed child, Edgar tried his hand at ice hockey, long and middle distance running as well as football.[3]

When Edgar was nine, his father took him to England to compete in a football tournament which was sponsored by Manchester United. Edgar impressed at the tournament, to the extent he was offered a scholarship deal by Manchester United. However, he turned down the opportunity, opting to stay in Canada for the time being.[4] He also excelled at hockey and was even considered to have had the potential to be drafted into the NHL.[5] From the age of 11 he began playing football at Provincial level for Ontario, along with his future international teammate Jaime Peters.[6] He continued to switch between playing hockey and football, however at 13 years of age he decided to quit hockey and focus primarily on playing football.[5] After impressing in trials for numerous football clubs including Celtic,[7] he was offered a scholarship at the Newcastle United academy, which he accepted. Aged 14, he left Canada and moved into his grandmother's home in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear.

Early career[edit]

Edgar began playing regularly in the academy and made his debut for the reserve team on 10 April 2003 against Bradford City. He made his debut for the Canada under-20 team on 15 October 2003, (just three months after first appearing at under-17 level), against Panama at the Torneo Mondialito, aged 16. The following month, he was named in the Canada squad for the World Youth Championships, that took place in the UAE. Edgar was an unused substitute in each of Canada's matches, as they finished third in their group. In June 2005, Edgar was involved in the competition for a second time, appearing in all three of Canada's matches at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Netherlands. Canada finished bottom of their group. Edgar caught the eye of Spanish club Málaga CF in September 2005 when Newcastle played the La Liga club in a pre-season friendly game. Málaga, as well as a few English clubs, declared an interest in signing him.[8] However, Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd was quick to announce that Edgar was not for sale, and that he had been given a new contract by the club to ward off any further interest.[8] Edgar began making more regular appearances in the reserve team during the 2005–06 season. On 19 May 2006, while celebrating his nineteenth birthday, he played and scored in the Canadian Under-20 side's 2–1 victory over the Brazilian Under-20 side. This was the first victory Canada have ever had over Brazil in any level of men's football.[9]

Senior career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Edgar in 2007

Edgar continued to appear for Newcastle's reserves and he was called up to the first team squad due to a lengthy injury list midway through the 2006–07 FA Premier League season. He made his first team debut for Newcastle against Bolton Wanderers on 26 December 2006.[10] On 1 January 2007 during his home debut, he scored his first goal for the club with a long range strike against Manchester United in a 2–2 draw.[11] Edgar was playing in the unfamiliar position of full back as part of a makeshift Newcastle defence consisting of three under-21 players and a winger, due to injuries to first team defenders. Edgar was later named man of the match and drew praise from Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder for his performance during the game, having marked Cristiano Ronaldo effectively.[12][13]

During the 2007–08 season, Edgar voiced his concern at his lack of first team football at Newcastle, where he had yet to make any senior appearances despite being the reserve team captain.[14] Towards the end of the season he was given a run of games in the first team and was praised by manager Kevin Keegan for his performance against Reading.[15] On 5 May 2007 he signed a contract with Newcastle that kept him at the club until 2009.[16] In April 2008 Edgar stated his belief that he needed to bulk up to compete in the Premier League, after facing players like Dean Ashton.[citation needed] On 28 December 2008, Edgar scored his second goal for the club in a 5–1 loss against Liverpool.[17] On 24 May 2009, he was sent off in the last minute of the final game of the season against Aston Villa, a game that Newcastle lost 1–0, thus confirming their relegation from the Premier League. After a season in which Newcastle failed to win a single match that Edgar featured in – 11 losses and 2 draws in his 13 games – Edgar rejected a contract offered by Newcastle and consequently left the club.[18][19]


Edgar playing for Burnley in 2012

On 1 July 2009, it was announced that Edgar had joined Burnley on a four-year-deal.[20] On 24 December, Burnley and Newcastle announced they had agreed to a transfer fee of £300,000 for Edgar, avoiding a tribunal hearing to settle the matter.[21]

Edgar made his debut for Burnley in the second round of the League Cup against Hartlepool United on 25 August,[22] however he found himself out of favour under the manager at the time, Owen Coyle, with this appearance being his only one, and was never included in one of his Premier League squads.[citation needed] After Coyle's controversial departure in January 2010, Edgar was included in the starting line-up for Brian Laws' first match in charge, against Manchester United.[23][22]

Loan to Swansea City[edit]

In March 2010, Edgar moved to Swansea City on a loan extending to the end of the season.[24] Edgar scored his first goal for Swansea on 5 April in a 3–0 victory over Scunthorpe United; he opened the scoring in the 27th minute "from close range after a well-worked short corner".[25] In his time with Swansea Edgar made five league appearances and scored that one goal.[22]

On 31 January 2011, it was announced that Edgar would once again join Swansea City for the remainder of the season,[26] but a couple of weeks later he returned to Burnley after FIFA refused to grant international clearance because of an irregularity in the paperwork.[27]

Return to Burnley[edit]

After becoming the regular starting centre-back during the 2011–12 season, Edgar scored two goals in four minutes to lead Burnley to a 3–2 away win over Hull City on 26 November.[28]

Following Burnley's promotion to the Premier League, Edgar was one of four players released by the club following the expiry of their contracts.[29]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 12 June 2014, Edgar joined Championship club Birmingham City on a two-year contract.[30] He made his debut in the starting eleven for the opening-day defeat at Middlesbrough,[31] and opened the scoring in a 2–2 draw with Ipswich Town on 19 August.[32]

Loan to Huddersfield Town[edit]

Edgar joined fellow Championship club Huddersfield Town on 21 January 2015 on loan for the remainder of the season.[33] He made his début in the 1–0 win over Wigan Athletic three days later and finished the season with twelve appearances, of which nine were as a member of the starting eleven.[31]

Loan to Sheffield United[edit]

Edgar joined League One Sheffield United on 10 August 2015 on a season-long loan. [34]

Style of play[edit]

Edgar has been acknowledged for having good leadership skills; he has been described as a player who organizes the other members of his defensive line through his vocality.[35] Dale Mitchell, Edgar's coach for the Canada Under-20 team, has labelled Edgar as a player who rises to the occasion against top competition, stabilizes the defence, and also has the ability to stretch opposing teams' defences.[36]

International career[edit]

Edgar playing against United States at BMO Field on 3 June 2012 for The CSA's Centenary match.

Edgar has played for Canada Under-17 team and Canada Under-20 team. He was called up for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship at only 16.

On 1 February 2006 he was named as Canadian Youth Player of the Year for the 2006 season.[37] In 2007, he helped host Canada compete for the Under-20 World Cup and had been named as one of six ambassadors for the Canadian team during the competition,[38] which was the largest single-sport event ever hosted by Canada.[39] Edgar picked up a groin injury three weeks before the tournament began,[40] which put doubt over how much he would play. An MRI scan showed no tears in his abdominal wall, which helped quell fears that he would be lost to injury for the tournament.[36]

In November 2008, he was on the bench for Canada's 2010 World Cup qualifier against Jamaica.[41]

Such was his form at the start of the 2010–11 season for Burnley, Edgar was called up to the Canadian senior team for their friendly against Ukraine on 8 October, but failed to make an appearance. Edgar was called up again for Canada in the country's next game against Greece. David made his senior team debut for Canada on 9 February 2011 as a second half sub in a 1–0 loss to Greece, the game was played at the brand new AEL FC Arena. Edgar was one of three Canadian players to make their international senior debut against Greece; Tosaint Ricketts and Milan Borjan were the other two.[42]

Edgar was selected for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Canadian 23-man roster as a replacement for Dejan Jakovic, who sustained a hamstring injury in a friendly approaching the tournament.[43] Edgar did not join the team since he was a late addition during Canada's disappointing Gold Cup, with an early exit out of the group stage. Edgar became a regular starter for the national team in late 2011. He assisted Olivier Occean's game-winning goal against Cuba in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification on 8 June 2012.[44] He scored his first goal for Canada in a crucial World Cup qualification match against Cuba on 12 October; the match ended in a 3–0 Canadian victory.[45]

On 27 June 2013 Edgar was listed as a member of Colin Miller's confirmed 23-man squad for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[46]

Edgar was given the captain's armband for the first time during opening game of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup against El Salvador due to a last minute injury to Julian de Guzman, the game ended in a 0–0 draw. [47]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2012 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Cuba 3–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 9 September 2014 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Jamaica 1–1 3–1 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 22 October 2015
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 2006–07[10] Premier League 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
2007–08[48] Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
2008–09[19] Premier League 11 1 1 0 1 0 13 1
Total 19 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 23 2
Burnley 2009–10[22] Premier League 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2010–11[49] Championship 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
2011–12[50] Championship 44 2 1 0 4 0 49 2
2012–13[51] Championship 27 2 1 0 2 0 30 2
2013–14[52] Championship 17 0 0 0 4 0 21 0
Total 99 4 3 0 12 0 114 4
Swansea City (loan) 2009–10[22] Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Birmingham City 2014–15[31] Championship 16 1 1 0 2 0 19 1
2015–16[53] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 1 1 0 2 0 19 1
Huddersfield Town 2014–15[31] Championship 12 0 12 0
Sheffield United 2015–16[53] League One 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 161 8 6 0 17 0 0 0 178 8


As of match played 14 July 2015[54]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Canada 2011 7 0
2012 8 1
2013 7 0
2014 4 1
2015 6 0
Total 32 2




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