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 22)
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)
2013 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 12 (2)
2014 Farnborough (loan) 8 (1)
2014 St Albans City (loan) 7 (2)
2014–2015 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 14 (1)
2015 Canvey Island (loan) 19 (8)
2015–2016 Dartford 25 (1)
2015 Canvey Island (loan) 4 (1)
2016– Canvey Island 17 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:44, 27 November 2016 (UTC).


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

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.

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.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 November 2016.
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[16] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2013–14[17] Conference Premier 4 0 1[a] 1 5 1
2014–15[17] 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[18] Conference South 12 2 1 0 13 2
Farnborough (loan) 2013–14[18] Conference South 8 1 8 1
St Albans City (loan) 2013–14[18] Southern League Premier Division 7 2 2[b] 0 9 2
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2014–15[19] Conference South 14 1 2 0 1[a] 0 17 1
Canvey Island (loan) 2014–15[20] Isthmian League Premier Division 19 8 19 8
Dartford 2015–16[21] National League South 25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Total 25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Canvey Island (loan) 2015–16[20] Isthmian League Premier Division 4 1 4 1
Canvey Island 2016–17[22] Isthmian League Premier Division 17 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 20 8
Total 17 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 20 8
Career total 113 23 7 1 0 0 4 1 124 25
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Southern League Premier Division play-offs

Honours[edit]

St Albans City

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