Kristian Dennis

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Kristian Dennis
Personal information
Full name Kristian Dennis[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town
(on loan from Notts County)
Number 8
Youth career
Macclesfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Macclesfield Town 4 (1)
2008Ashton United (loan)
2009–2010Woodley Sports (loan)
2010 Woodley Sports
2010–2011 Mossley 31 (16)
2011–2013 Curzon Ashton
2013–2016 Stockport County 60 (22)
2015–2016Macclesfield Town (loan) 38 (22)
2016–2018 Chesterfield 78 (27)
2018– Notts County 24 (3)
2019–Grimsby Town (loan) 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:13, 9th February 2019 (UTC)

Kristian Dennis (born 12 March 1990) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for League Two side Grimsby Town on loan from Notts County.

He began his career at Macclesfield Town, making his first-team debut in January 2008. He was released in May 2010, following brief loan spells with Ashton United and Woodley Sports. He joined Woodley Sports permanently, before moving on to Mossley in November 2010. He signed with Curzon Ashton in June 2011, and went on to score 72 goals in two seasons with the club, before joining Stockport County in May 2013. He spent three seasons with County, though spent the third season on loan at Macclesfield Town, where he scored 29 goals, picking up the National League Player of the Month award for November 2015. He returned to the English Football League when he signed with Chesterfield in May 2016, and despite suffering consecutive relegation from League One and League Two, he impressed with 32 goals in 90 appearances in a struggling team. He joined local rivals Notts County for a reported fee of £150,000 in May 2018 after Chesterfield were relegated.

Club career[edit]

Macclesfield Town[edit]

Dennis graduated through the youth teams of Macclesfield Town to make his first-team debut in a 3–0 defeat at Rotherham United on 1 January 2008, coming onto the pitch as an 89th-minute substitute for Danny Thomas.[2] In November 2008, Dennis joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ashton United on loan. Back with Macclesfield, he made his first League Two appearance of the 2008–09 season as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Morecambe at Moss Rose on 13 April.[3] He scored his first goal in the English Football League 12 days later, in a 2–1 home win over Barnet, after putting the ball into the net from a Macclesfield corner for the winning goal of the game.[4]

In November 2009, he joined Northern Premier League Division One North side Woodley Sports on an initial one-month loan,[5] which was extended for a second month,[6] before he returned to Macclesfield in mid-January 2010.[7] He scored regularly for the "Saxons", including a hat-trick against Radcliffe Borough.[8] On 14 May 2010, he was one of 11 players released by Macclesfield at the conclusion of the 2009–10 season.[9]

Non-league[edit]

Dennis had a trial with Kidderminster Harriers in July 2010.[10] He instead signed with Woodley Sports, and scored 12 goals for them before joining Mossley in November 2010.[11] He scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for the "Lilywhites", helping the club to a 15th-place finish in the Northern Premier League Division One North.[12] He signed for Curzon Ashton in June 2011.[13] The "Nash" finished as runners-up to AFC Fylde in the Northern Premier League Division One North during the 2011–12 campaign, losing out to Witton Albion in the play-off final.[14] They finished seventh in the 2012–13 season. On 1 April, Dennis scored six goals as Ashton recorded a club record 10–1 victory over Wakefield.[15] On 23 April, Curzon drew 1–1 with North Ferriby United in the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup Final at Throstle Nest, and lost 2–1 in the resulting penalty shoot-out, with Dennis being the only Curzon player to successfully convert his penalty. He scored 72 goals in his two seasons at the Tameside Stadium, scoring 26 goals in his first season and 46 goals in his second season.[16] During his time at the club he worked as an archive administrator for Just Costs Solicitors in Manchester city centre.[17]

Dennis signed for Ian Bogie's Stockport County in May 2013.[18] He scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win at Gainsborough Trinity on 4 January.[19] The "Hatters" went on to record a 14th-place finish in the Conference North by the end of the 2013–14 campaign, with Dennis contributing ten goals from 32 league games. He scored 12 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions in the 2014–15 season, as County posted an 11th-place finish. He was transfer-listed at Edgeley Park by new manager Neil Young in May 2015.[20]

On 24 June 2015, Dennis returned to Macclesfield Town on a season-long loan.[21] He was named as National League Player of the Month for November after scoring seven goals in four games for the "Silkmen".[22] He scored a total of 29 goals in 45 appearances during the 2015–16 season, helping John Askey's Macclesfield to a tenth-place finish. Stockport were keen to recall Dennis in the January transfer window in order to sell him on before the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, but were unable to do so as they had failed to insert a recall option in the loan deal.[23]

Chesterfield[edit]

On 10 May 2016, Dennis signed for League One side Chesterfield.[24] Manager Danny Wilson said that "he’s a very level-headed boy who is determined to do well in the Football League and become an established player. He is prolific and I think he can offer us a great deal".[25] He scored his first goal for Chesterfield in an EFL Trophy tie against Wolves Under-23s on 30 August.[26] He scored ten goals in 42 appearances during the 2016–17 campaign, finishing as the "Spireites" top-scorer, though could not prevent Gary Caldwell's side being relegated in last place.[27] He was nominated for the EFL League Two Player of the Month award for November after scoring three goals and providing one assist for Jack Lester's struggling side.[28] He again finished as top-scorer at the Proact Stadium in the 2017–18 season with 21 goals in 48 games, and despite his 19 goal tally being the joint-fifth highest in League Two, Chesterfield were again relegated in last place.[29] On 22 May 2018, Dennis was transfer-listed by incoming manager Martin Allen after rejecting the club's offer of a new contract in search of a return to the EFL.[30]

Notts County[edit]

On 31 May 2018, Dennis signed for local rivals Notts County on a three year contract (two years with the club having the option for a third term). He joined after Chesterfield were relegated for a reported fee of £150,000.[31]

On 31 January 2019, Dennis signed for League Two rival Grimsby Town until the end of the 2018/19 season.[32]

Style of play[edit]

Former Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell described Dennis as "first and foremost a team player... in terms of his workrate, running after lost causes, shutting people down and working for the team".[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 February 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Macclesfield Town 2007–08[34] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09[35] League Two 3 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 1
2009–10[36] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1
Mossley 2010–11[12] Northern Premier League Division One North 31 16 0 0 0 0 31 16
Stockport County 2013–14[37] Conference North 32 10 0 0 0 0 32 10
2014–15[37] Conference North 28 12 1 0 3[b] 0 32 12
2015–16[37] Conference North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 60 22 1 0 0 0 3 0 64 22
Macclesfield Town (loan) 2015–16[37] National League 38 22 2 3 5[b] 4 45 29
Chesterfield 2016–17[38] League One 35 8 2 0 0 0 5[a] 2 42 10
2017–18[39] League Two 43 19 1 0 1 1 3[a] 1 48 21
Total 78 27 3 0 1 1 8 3 90 31
Notts County 2018–19[40] League Two 24 3 1 0 0 0 4[a] 3 29 6
Total 24 3 1 0 0 0 4 3 29 6
Grimsby Town (loan) 2018–19[40] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total[c] 236 91 7 3 1 1 21 10 265 105
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances for Ashton United, Woodley Sports and Curzon Ashton not recorded.

Honours[edit]

Individual
Curzon Ashton

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Mixed fortunes for Reed and Dennis". Macclesfield Town F.C. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
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  15. ^ Collins, Ben (2 April 2013). "Non-league round-up: Kristian Dennis hits six as Curzon go goal-crazy". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  16. ^ Browne, Gavin (6 June 2013). "Kristian Dennis hopes to be a menace next season". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
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