Grant Basey

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Grant Basey
Personal information
Full name Grant William Basey[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-30) 30 November 1988 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Farnborough, London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
000?–2007 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Charlton Athletic 46 (1)
2007 Brentford (loan) 8 (0)
2010–2011 Barnet 11 (1)
2011–2012 Peterborough United 10 (1)
2011 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 12 (0)
2012–2013 Wycombe Wanderers 23 (2)
2013 Ebbsfleet United 0 (0)
2014–2015 VCD Athletic 42 (1)
2015–2017 Cray Wanderers 54 (10)
National team
2005–2006 Wales U17 2 (0)
2006–2008 Wales U19 12 (1)
2006–2009 Wales U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:07, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

Grant William Basey (born 30 November 1988) is an English-born Welsh footballer, who last played as a left back for Cray Wanderers.

Career[edit]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Basey joined Charlton's academy, having been spotted on one of the club's community courses, and signed his first professional contract with Charlton in March 2007.[2] At the start of the 2007–08 season he had a three-month spell on loan at Brentford and making his debut in the opening game of the season,[3] in a 1–1 draw against Mansfield Town.[4] Despite extending his loan spell at Brentford for another month,[5] he went on to make eight appearances for Brentford before returning to his parent club in mid-October 2007.[6]

Soon after returning to his parent club, Basey made his Charlton Athletic debut against Queens Park Rangers on 27 October 2007, where he started and played the whole, in a 1–0 loss.[2][7] But during a 3–0 loss against Sheffield United on 27 November 2007, he suffered a groin injury that kept him out for several months.[8] Although he was told by the club's management that he's expected to be loaned out,[9] this never happened and stayed. Basey scored his first ever professional goal in the 4–1 victory over Coventry City on 4 May 2008, just three days after signing a new two-year deal keeping him at The Valley until 2010.[10][11] At the end of the 2007–08 season, he went on to make nine appearance and scoring once.

Ahead of the 2008–09 season, Basey was expected to fight for a first team place by Manager Alan Pardew.[12] Basey did make a good start in the opening game of the season when he set up a goal for Andy Gray from a free-kick, just several minutes coming on as a second-half substitute, in a 2–0 win over Swansea City.[13] However, Basey lost his first team place and never played again from February onward, which saw the club relegated to League One.

Following the club's relegation, Basey didn't make an appearance until on 3 October 2009, where he came on as a late substitute, in a 0–0 draw against Leeds United.[14] Then, Basey then provided assists six times this season against Bristol Rovers,[15] Brighton & Hove Albion,[16] Stockport County,[17] Millwall,[18] Swindon Town[19] and Hartlepool United.[20] All of six matches Basey assisted were a win and draw. However, in a 2–1 loss Bristol Rovers on 15 February 2010, he suffered an ankle ligament damage in the early-first half.[21] Although "it was bad as it feared", Basey, however, was ruled for the rest of the 2009–10 season.[22]

In July 2010, Basey returned to the club's first team in the pre-season from injury.[23]

Barnet[edit]

After spending time on trial at Aberdeen, Basey signed for League Two club Barnet on a four-month contract.[24] It came after when Basey would not return to Charlton.[25]

He made his debut in the centre of defence alongside Clovis Kamdjo in the 2–0 victory over Hereford United on 2 October 2010.[26] However, in the next game, on 9 October 2010, with a 2–0 loss against Bradford City, Basey suffered ankle injury in the early-second half.[27] After three weeks on the sidelined,[28] he returned to the first team against Stevenage on 2 November 2010, which saw Barnet lose 3–0.[29] Several weeks after returning to the first team, Basey scored his first Barnet goal, in a 4–0 win over Northampton Town on 20 November 2010.[30] From that moment on, Basey continued to be in the first team regular for the side until his departure, making thirteen appearance and scoring once for the side.

On 6 January 2011, Basey had his contract with Barnet terminated by temporary manager Paul Fairclough after his dedication to the club had been questioned.[31]

Peterborough United[edit]

Basey joined Peterborough United on 21 January 2011 on a contract until the end of the season.[32]

However, Basey spent five matches as an unused substitute since joining the club.[33] But was given a first team chance following the club's defensive crisis.[34] He made his debut on 15 February 2011 in the 2–0 victory away at Yeovil Town, and scored Peterborough's second as they look to climb up the League One table.[35] Three days later, he signed a contract extension with Peterborough, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2011–12 season.[36] Although he returned to the substitute bench later on, Basey appeared in the first team several times before being sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury.[37][38]

Following the club's promotion to the Championship, Basey played three times for the side in the 2011–12 season, playing in the left-back.[39] However, Basey lost his first place in the left-back to Craig Alcock.[40]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

After Peterborough United's failed attempt to get Basey leave the club in the summer transfer window,[41] Basey subsequently moved to Wycombe Wanderers initially on loan.[42]

Two days after signing for the club, Basey made his Wycombe Wanderers debut on 8 October 2011, where he played and started the whole game, in a 1–1 draw against Walsall.[43] After making five appearance since joining the club, his loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers was extended until the end of December.[44] Just he was about to return to his parent club, he signed a permanent contract with the club, keeping him until the end of the 2012–13 season.[45] Basey then provided two assists on 25 February 2012, in a 5–0 win over Hartlepool United.[46] After returning to the first team from injury at a car accident,[47] he went on to score two more goals as the 2011–12 season progressed, against Stevenage[48] and Notts County[49] At the end of the 2011–12 season, which saw Wycombe Wanderers relegated back to League Two, Basey went on to make thirty-three appearances and scoring two times in all competitions.

However, in the 2012–13 season, Basey appeared four times at the start of the season in all competitions before being sidelined for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in training.[50] At the end of the 2012–13 season, Basey was released by the club.[51] During his time there, he made 35 appearances over two seasons.

Later career[edit]

After leaving Wycombe Wanderers, Basey joined Ebbsfleet United on 1 October 2013.[52] He made his Ebbsfleet United debut on 29 October 2013, in a 1–0 loss against Dartford.[53] Although he made another appearance for Ebbsfleet United, his brief spell at Ebbsfleet United, however, was cut short by injury.[54]

Basey resumed his playing career at VCD Athletic before joining Cray Wanderers in July 2015.[55] He was voted Supporters' Player of the Year in his first season at Cray.[56] Having attempted a comeback after a serious injury, sustained in an F.A. Cup tie at Faversham Town, had sidelined him for a long period, Basey announced his retirement from playing in February 2017.[57]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Basey chose to represent Wales, qualifying for the Welsh set-up on account of his grandmother being born in Cardiff. Basey was also previously called up for the Wales U17 and Wales U19.[58]

He was selected for the Welsh Under-21s squad for a 3–2 loss to Israel in 2007.[59][60] Basey received another call up to the Wales squad for the friendly match against England on 15 May 2008.[61] Given the number 12 shirt, he was an unused substitute in his team's 2–0 loss at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.[62] It wasn't until on 27 March 2009 when he made his Wales U21 debut, making his first start and playing the whole game, in a 0–0 draw against Luxembourg U21.[63]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Chislehurst[2] and attended Red Hill Primary School in Chislehurst before attending Coopers Technology College for his secondary education.[64]

Basey took part in the 2016 London Marathon to raise money for the Institute of Cancer Research after losing his mother to bowel cancer. He also took part the previous year.[65][66]

Career statistics[edit]

Correct as of 2009.
All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic
League
FA Cup League Cup Other[67] Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Charlton Athletic 2007–08 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2008–09 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Total Subtotal 25 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
Brentford (loan) 2007–08 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Total Subtotal 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Career Totals 07–Present 33 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 37 1

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