Lewis Alessandra

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Lewis Alessandra
Lewis Alessandra 30-04-2016 1.jpg
Alessandra playing for York City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Lewis Peter Alessandra[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Heywood, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Hartlepool United
Number 15
Youth career
Roach Dynamos
0000–2007 Oldham Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Oldham Athletic 67 (8)
2009 Chester City (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2013 Morecambe 82 (7)
2013–2015 Plymouth Argyle 86 (18)
2015–2016 Rochdale 8 (1)
2016 York City (loan) 11 (2)
2016– Hartlepool United 41 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 8 April 2017 (UTC).

Lewis Peter Alessandra (born 8 February 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for League Two club Hartlepool United. He previously played for Oldham Athletic, Chester City, Morecambe, Plymouth Argyle, Rochdale and York City.

Career[edit]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Alessandra training with Oldham Athletic in 2009

Alessandra was born in Heywood, Greater Manchester.[2] Along with his teammate Deane Smalley, Alessandra graduated from Oldham Athletic's youth system. He was a regular in the reserve squad, receiving a contract extension in the summer of 2008. The club awarded the youngster a three-year contract.

On 20 October 2007, Alessandra made his first-team debut in a 1–1 draw versus Huddersfield Town,[3] with his first start coming on 2 February 2008 in a loss to Swansea City.[4] His first goal with the senior squad came at Boundary Park in a 3–1 win over Tranmere Rovers on 8 March 2008.[5] On 26 April 2008, Alessandra scored his second league goal in the 87th minute versus Cheltenham Town, giving Oldham a 2–1 win.[6]

In Oldham's first game of the 2008–09 season, Alessandra scored Oldham's third goal in a 4–3 victory over Millwall.[7] He scored his first senior hat-trick on 28 October, in a 3–0 victory over Scunthorpe United.[8]

At the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Alessandra was converted to a wide player for upcoming season by the new manager enabling him to play up front or on either wing. At the end of the campaign his contract expired and he was informed that he would not be offered a new one.[9]

Chester City (loan)[edit]

On 31 July 2009, it was reported that Alessandra was set to join Conference Premier club Chester City on loan.[10] The move was done with the idea of giving the player more time playing and he commented himself that "if he was not getting games with Latics, he might as well go on loan to Chester."[10] The move was initially a trial until the club was able to sign players again. Alessandra scored in a trial game for the club against a Burnley XI and scored his second goal in two games with an early effort against Droylsden.[11]

After briefly returning to Oldham, Chester confirmed they had signed Alessandra on an initial one-month loan on 21 August.[12] The following day, he made his debut in a scoreless draw versus Luton Town, playing more than 90 minutes before he was substituted for defender Kristian Platt.[13] He made four appearances for Chester but after club was expelled from the Football Conference their record was expunged.[14][15]

Morecambe[edit]

Alessandra signed for League Two side Morecambe on 23 June 2011.[16] In two years with the club, he made 82 league appearances and scored nine goals playing in a number of different positions. He was offered a new contract at the end of the 2012–13 season and agreed to sign it but then decided against it and joined Plymouth Argyle.[17]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Alessandra signed a two-year contract with Plymouth Argyle in June 2013.[18][19] "I know Lewis very well, and his strengths as a striker," said Argyle manager John Sheridan, who gave him his first team debut at Oldham in 2007.[20] "Lewis can play on the right and left of the front line as well as down the middle."[20] Alessandra made his debut in the club's first game of the new season at Southend United,[21] and scored two goals in a League Cup game at Birmingham City three days later.[22] Alessandra scored his first league goal for Argyle against Northampton Town in November.[23] In total Alessandra scored 12 goals in 49 games in all competitions in his first season with the Pilgrims.

In November 2014, be scored his 18th goal in Argyle colours, scoring in a 3–0 win against Portsmouth. This rose Argyle up to 4th in the table, just off the automatic promotion spots. Alessandra's initial role at Plymouth was to be used as a right midfielder, where he spent the duration of the first half of the Pilgrims' 2013–14 season. Sheridan later saw the Midfielder's attacking attributes and decided to play him as a striker, alongside Reuben Reid. Alessandra ended the season with 12 goals in 49 games, with Plymouth finishing 10th in League Two. Alessandra scored 13 goals in 51 games the following season as his side qualified for the League 2 play offs, but were defeated by Wycombe Wanderers in the semi final.[24]

Rochdale[edit]

On 8 June 2015, Alessandra signed a two-year contract with League One club Rochdale.[25] Having had limited chances at Rochdale,[26] he joined League Two club York City on a one-month emergency loan on 8 March 2016.[27][28] He scored in the 20th-minute of his debut in a 1–1 home draw with Barnet on 12 March 2016.[29]

Hartlepool United[edit]

On 29 June 2016, Alessandra signed for League Two club Hartlepool United on undisclosed terms,[30] after having his contract with Rochdale cancelled by mutual consent.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Alessandra playing for York City in 2016
As of match played 28 February 2017
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
Oldham Athletic 2007–08[32] League One 15 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
2008–09[33] League One 32 5 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 37 5
2009–10[34] League One 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11[35] League One 19 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 1
Total 67 8 4 0 4 0 1 0 76 8
Morecambe 2011–12[36] League Two 42 4 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 46 4
2012–13[37] League Two 40 3 3 0 2 1 2[a] 0 47 4
Total 82 7 4 0 4 1 3 0 93 8
Plymouth Argyle 2013–14[38] League Two 42 7 5 2 1 2 1[a] 1 49 12
2014–15[39] League Two 44 11 2 0 1 0 4[b] 2 51 13
Total 86 18 7 2 2 2 5 3 100 25
Rochdale 2015–16[29] League One 8 1 0 0 1 0 2[a] 1 11 2
York City (loan) 2015–16[29] League Two 11 2 11 2
Hartlepool United 2016–17[40] League Two 34 6 2 0 1 0 1[c] 0 38 6
Career total 288 42 17 2 12 3 12 4 329 51
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances and two goals in Football League Trophy, two appearances in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Lewis Alessandra". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Huddersfield 1–1 Oldham". BBC Sport. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Swansea 2–1 Oldham". BBC Sport. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Oldham 3–1 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Oldham 2–1 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Oldham 4–3 Millwall". BBC Sport. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Oldham 3–0 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Lactics offer new contracts". Sky Sports. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Bugby, Tony (31 July 2009). "Lewis lines up Chester loan". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Lewis Alessandra impresses Blues fans". Chester Chronicle. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Struggling Chester in triple coup". BBC Sport. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Luton 0–0 Chester". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "2009/10 Game Log". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Chester City results erased from Blue Square Premier". BBC Sport. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Morecambe net Gary McDonald & Lewis Alessandra". BBC Sport. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Alessandra quits Morecambe to join Plymouth". The Visitor. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Alessandra agrees". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Plymouth Argyle sign Morecambe's Lewis Alessandra". BBC Sport. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Richards, Bill (12 June 2013). "Alessandra puts Pilgrims ahead of Morecambe". Western Morning News. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Plymouth Argyle start new season with defeat at Southend". Plymouth Herald. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  22. ^ Errington, Chris (7 August 2013). "Proud Plymouth Argyle lose thriller in extra-time at Birmingham". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  23. ^ Errington, Chris (2 November 2013). "Plymouth Argyle 1 Northampton Town 0: Match report". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Plymouth Argyle". 14 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Lewis set to join". Rochdale A.F.C. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  26. ^ Flett, Dave (8 March 2016). "Lewis Alessandra joins York City on loan from Rochdale". The Press. York. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "Lewis Alessandra: York sign striker on month-long loan from Rochdale". BBC Sport. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  28. ^ Cope, Niall (8 March 2016). "Minstermen Swoop For Alessandra". York City F.C. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  29. ^ a b c "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  30. ^ "Lewis Alessandra: Hartlepool United sign forward after Rochdale exit". BBC Sport. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  31. ^ "Lewis Alessandra departs". Rochdale A.F.C. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Lewis Alessandra in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 

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