Kyle Vassell

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Kyle Vassell
Personal information
Full name Kyle Thomas Vassell[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Milton Keynes, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Peterborough United
Number 9
Youth career
0000–2007 Norwich City
2007–2010 Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Brentford 0 (0)
2010 Woking (loan) 1 (0)
2011 St Albans City (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Dover Athletic 2 (0)
2011–2012 Sutton United 26 (4)
2011 Tooting & Mitcham United (dual-registration) 2 (0)
2012 Whitehawk (dual-registration) 6 (2)
2012 Staines Town (loan) 7 (2)
2012–2013 Chelmsford City 23 (5)
2013 Bishop's Stortford 12 (6)
2013– Peterborough United 23 (5)
2015 Oxford United (loan) 6 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:35, 17 July 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Kyle Thomas Vassell (born 7 February 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Peterborough United. He began his career as a youth at Norwich City and Brentford, before embarking on a nomadic period in non-League football.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Vassell began his career as a schoolboy at Norwich City and joined Brentford at age 15 after having difficulty with commuting from his London home to Norfolk.[3] He later acknowledged that at the time he found the change of clubs difficult to comprehend.[4] He failed to feature in the first team while at Brentford and spent work experience loan spells at Conference South sides Woking[5] and St Albans City during the 2010–11 season. He was released by Brentford in June 2011[6] after he completed his two-year scholarship[7] and later felt that he had given away his opportunity at being a professional footballer.[8]

Dover Athletic[edit]

Following interest from Gillingham and Burton Albion[7] and an unsuccessful trial with League Two side Crewe Alexandra, Vassell signed non-contract terms with Conference South side Dover Athletic in October 2011,[9] linking up with former Brentford manager and player Nicky Forster.[6] He scored on his debut against in a 6-3 Kent Senior Cup win over Maidstone United on 12 October.[10][11] He made three further appearances before leaving the club.

Sutton United, dual-registrations and loan[edit]

Vassell signed non-contract terms with Conference South side Sutton United on 30 November 2011[12] and scored on his debut in a 1-0 Surrey Senior Cup win over Epsom & Ewell on 6 December. Vassell bagged four goals in a 6-0 Surrey Senior Cup win over Godalming Town on 17 January 2012.[13] In December 2011 and January 2012, Vassell had dual-registration spells with Isthmian League Premier Division side Tooting & Mitcham United[14] and Isthmian League Division One South side Whitehawk respectively.[15] He signed for Conference South side Staines Town on loan on 21 March 2012.[12] During the 2011–12 season, he made fifteen Sutton appearances, scored seven goals and helped the club into the Conference South playoffs, where they were knocked out in the semi-finals by Welling United. Vassell made 17 appearances and scored three goals for Sutton during the early months of the 2012–13 season before leaving the club in November 2012.

Chelmsford City[edit]

Vassell signed for Conference South side Chelmsford City on 6 December 2012.[12][16] He scored his first goal for the club on his second appearance in a 2-1 league victory over Boreham Wood on 29 December. From early January 2013 to early February, he was in fine form and bagged five goals in five games. He helped secure a fifth-place finish for Chelmsford, but he suffered playoff heartbreak for the second season running as Chelmsford were beaten in the semi-finals by the eventual promoted team Salisbury City. He finished the season having made 25 appearances and scored seven goals, despite being utilised predominantly in a wide midfield role.

Bishop's Stortford[edit]

Vassell signed for Chelmsford City's neighbours and divisional rivals Bishop's Stortford on 30 June 2013.[12][17] He scored a hattrick in his first competitive game for the club, a 6-1 Herts Charity Cup win over Ware on 1 August.[18] Vassell scored his first league goal for Bishop's Stortford in a 2-2 draw with Boreham Wood on 19 August. Vassell bagged four goals in 17 minutes[19] in a 5-0 FA Cup second qualifying round win over Hendon on 29 September, which saw him receive an FA Cup Player Of The Round nomination.[20] Another hattrick followed for Vassell in the FA Cup third qualifying round in a 6-1 victory over Chipstead.[21] Vassell's run of 16 goals in 16 games saw him hailed as "the new Dwight Gayle"[22] (after Gayle secured a move to League One with Peterborough United and subsequently Premier League side Crystal Palace the previous year on the back of a prolific goalscoring spell for Bishop's Stortford), though Vassell dismissed the comparison.[23] Vassell was the subject of national attention[3][8] when Bishop's Stortford's FA Cup first round tie with League Two side Northampton Town was chosen to be screened by ITV.[24] Vassell started the match on 10 November, but suffered a dead leg[23] early in the second half and was substituted as Northampton ran out 2-1 winners.[25] It was his last appearance for the club.

Peterborough United[edit]

After his goalscoring exploits for Bishop's Stortford led to interest from Football League clubs, Vassell signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with League One side Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee on 11 November 2013.[23] Vassell made his Peterborough debut (his first appearance in the Football League) on 24 November, starting in a 1-0 home league defeat to Stevenage.[26] He was replaced by Shaun Jeffers after 71 minutes. Vassell was an unused substitute for a 3-2 league defeat to former club Brentford on 26 November[citation needed] and his third Posh appearance came in the return fixture on 1 January 2014.[27] He replaced Mark Little after 76 minutes of the 3-1 defeat. Vassell scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 Football League Trophy Southern Area Final first leg draw at home to Swindon Town on 5 February.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 54. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kyle Vassell". Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Badcock, Matt. "Forget Dwight Gayle – I’m The New Bishop’s Stortford King | The Non League Football Paper - Daily football news". The Non League Football Paper. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Non-League Football News". Footballexclusives.co.uk. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Woking Football Club | News | Two Players Sign From Brentford". Wokingfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  6. ^ a b "The Official Football Conference League Website". Footballconference.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  7. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  8. ^ a b FA Cup (2013-11-10). "Kyle Vassell determined to make each moment count as Bishop's Stortford take on Northampton in FA Cup". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  9. ^ Hoad, Alex (2011-10-12). "Dover Athletic complete signings of Agustin Battipiedi and Kyle Vassell". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Match Details - Maidstone United 3-6 Dover Athletic - KSC - 12 October 2011". Aylesbury United FC. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  11. ^ "The Official website of Dover Athletic Football Club | Profile for Kyle Vassell". Doverathletic.com. 1992-06-05. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  12. ^ a b c d "England - K. Vassell - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  13. ^ "Match Details - Sutton United 6-0 Godalming Town - SSC - 17 January 2012". Aylesbury United FC. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  14. ^ "Tooting & Mitcham searching for a goalscoring hero (From Your Local Guardian)". Yourlocalguardian.co.uk. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  15. ^ http://football.mitoo.co/PlayersHistory2.cfm?PI=1213383&LeagueCode=ISTH2011
  16. ^ "Striker Kyle Vassell Joins Clarets Squad". Chelmsford City FC. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  17. ^ "Bishop's Stortford FC new signings relish the challenge | Blues News - all the latest from Bishop's Stortford Football Club". Hertsandessexobserver.co.uk. 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  18. ^ http://www.bsfc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Ware-Home-HCC-01072013.pdf
  19. ^ "Posh Sign Stortford Hot-Shot". Theposh.com. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  20. ^ Coney, Steven. "Four Up For FA Cup Accolade | The Non League Football Paper - Daily football news". The Non League Football Paper. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  21. ^ "Hat-trick for Vassell as Blues hit six to march on in FA Cup | Blues News - all the latest from Bishop's Stortford Football Club". Hertsandessexobserver.co.uk. 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  22. ^ "A number of Football League clubs are tracking Bishop's Stortsford's Kyle Vassell". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  23. ^ a b c "BBC Sport - Peterborough United complete deal for Kyle Vassell". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  24. ^ "Watch FA Cup first round live on ITV - Bishop's Stortford v Northampton | FA Cup - ITV Sport". Itv.com. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  25. ^ "FA Cup match report and highlights: Bishop's Stortford 1-2 Northampton | FA Cup - ITV Sport". Itv.com. 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  26. ^ "BBC Sport - Peterborough United 0-1 Stevenage". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  27. ^ "BBC Sport - Peterborough United 1-3 Brentford". Bbc.com. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  28. ^ Osborne, Chris. "BBC Sport - Peterborough United 2-2 Swindon Town". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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