George Sykes (footballer)

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George Sykes
Personal information
Full name George Robert James Sykes[1]
Date of birth (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Buckhurst Hill, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Canvey Island
Youth career
0000–2012 Barnet
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Barnet 7 (0)
2013Bishop's Stortford (loan) 12 (2)
2014Farnborough (loan) 8 (1)
2014St Albans City (loan) 7 (2)
2014–2015Bishop's Stortford (loan) 14 (1)
2015Canvey Island (loan) 19 (8)
2015–2016 Dartford 25 (1)
2015Canvey Island (loan) 4 (1)
2016–2017 Canvey Island 45 (18)
2017 Braintree Town 0 (0)
2017– Canvey Island 43 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:02, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

George Robert James Sykes (born 14 September 1994) is an English footballer of Scottish ancestry who currently plays for Canvey Island as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Sykes joined the Barnet youth team as an under-16 and was top scorer in the English U-18 youth system in the 2011-12 season with 24 goals.[2] He made his senior debut at the age of 17 against Bristol Rovers on 21 August 2012.[3] Sykes signed his first professional contract with the Bees in November 2012.[4] He won the League Two Apprentice of the Year award at the Football League Awards in March 2013.[5] On 15 August 2013, he joined Bishop's Stortford on loan.[6]

On his return to Barnet in November, Sykes came on as substitute at home to Cambridge United. With the score at 2-2, Sykes put the ball in the net in injury time after it had dropped from a cloud of smoke caused by a smoke bomb, obscuring the view of the assistant referee, who controversially disallowed the goal, claiming the ball had gone out of play, and Sykes was denied his first goal for Barnet.[7] His first goal for Barnet came on 30 November, when he scored an 89th minute acrobatic winner in an FA Trophy first round tie against Hayes & Yeading United.[8]

Sykes joined Farnborough on loan on 31 January 2014, along with Jon Nurse.[9] On 13 March, he joined St Albans City on loan until the end of the season,[10] and was part of the team that won the Southern Football League Premier Division play-offs.[11]

Sykes re-joined Bishop's Stortford on loan on 22 August 2014 until 1 January.[12] Two weeks after his return from loan, he went out on loan for a fifth time, at Canvey Island.[13]

Sykes joined Dartford on a free transfer in June 2015.[14] After scoring only one goal in the National League South in the entire 2015-16 season, Sykes rejoined Canvey Island for 2016-17.

On 15 June 2017, after an impressive campaign with Canvey Island, Sykes joined National League South side Braintree Town.[15]

On 20 July 2017, it was announced that Sykes had rejoined Canvey Island despite only recently signing for Braintree.[16]

International career[edit]

In September 2012, Sykes was called up by Ricky Sbragia to the Scotland U-19 training camp ahead of qualifying games against Armenia, Romania and Switzerland in October 2012.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 April 2018.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnet 2012–13[18] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2013–14[19] Conference Premier 4 0 1[a] 1 5 1
2014–15[19] Conference Premier 0 0 0[a] 0 0 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 1
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2013–14[20] Conference South 12 2 1 0 13 2
Farnborough (loan) 2013–14[20] Conference South 8 1 8 1
St Albans City (loan) 2013–14[20] Southern League Premier Division 7 2 2[b] 0 9 2
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2014–15[21] Conference South 14 1 2 0 1[a] 0 17 1
Canvey Island (loan) 2014–15[22] Isthmian League Premier Division 19 8 19 8
Dartford 2015–16[23] National League South 25 1 1 0 0 0 26 1
Canvey Island (loan) 2015–16[22] Isthmian League Premier Division 4 1 4 1
Canvey Island 2016–17[22] Isthmian League Premier Division 45 18 3 1 3[c] 2 51 21
2017–18[22] Isthmian League Division One North 43 25 1 0 4[d] 1 48 26
Total 88 43 4 1 7 3 99 47
Career total 184 59 8 1 0 0 11 4 203 64
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Southern League Premier Division play-offs
  3. ^ One appearance and two goals in FA Trophy, two appearances in Isthmian League Cup
  4. ^ Two appearances and one goal in Essex Senior Cup, one appearance in Alan Turvey Trophy, one in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

St Albans City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Youth Team Profiles Archived 30 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Barnet 1 – 1 Bristol Rovers
  4. ^ Sykes signs
  5. ^ Barnet striker George Sykes named LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 2
  6. ^ Sykes and Lowe leave on loan
  7. ^ Up in smoke! Barnet have late winner chalked off after ball gets lost in white mist
  8. ^ Last minute Sykes goal helps Bees progress
  9. ^ Duo join Farnborough on loan
  10. ^ Sykes joins on loan
  11. ^ Frendo celebrates with a double as Saints secure promotion
  12. ^ By George - he's back!
  13. ^ New striker joins ahead of Hendon trip
  14. ^ "More player news - Friday 5 June". Archived from the original on 13 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Sykes leaves Canvey...but six new faces join club". Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "George Sykes is Back!". Canvey Island FC. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  17. ^ Scotland summon Sykes
  18. ^ "Games played by George Sykes in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "George Sykes - Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c "George Sykes - Aylesbury United profile". Aylesbury United F.C. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "George Sykes - Bishop's Stortford profile". Bishop's Stortford F.C. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  22. ^ a b c d "George Sykes - Canvey Island profile". Canvey Island F.C. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Games played by George Sykes in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 

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