Liam Sercombe

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Liam Sercombe
Liam Sercombe 28-02-2015 1.jpg
Sercombe playing for Exeter City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Liam Michael Sercombe[citation needed]
Date of birth (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Exeter, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bristol Rovers
Number
Youth career
2000–2007 Exeter City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2015 Exeter City 243 (23)
2015–2017 Oxford United 75 (17)
2017– Bristol Rovers 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:32, 13 April 2017 (UTC).

Liam Michael Sercombe (born 25 April 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bristol Rovers.

Career[edit]

Exeter City[edit]

Sercombe came through the youth ranks at Exeter City, and signed a full professional contract with the club in June 2007.[1]

Sercombe made a number of appearances at reserve team level before making his debut on 11 August 2007 against Altrincham in the Conference National, coming on after just 11 minutes to replace the injured Andy Taylor. Exeter went on to win the match 4–1.[2] Sercombe made seven appearances that season, helping Exeter win promotion to League Two after a five-year absence, as they beat Torquay United in the play-off semi-finals,[3] and then Cambridge United 1–0 in the final at Wembley Stadium.[4]

Sercombe began to play more regularly the following season and scored his first goal on 21 October 2008 as Exeter beat Port Vale 3–1 at Vale Park.[5] He scored his second goal for the club in a 2–1 away win against Luton Town.[6]

Exeter achieved successive promotions, and Sercombe helped them seal promotion as they beat Rotherham United 1–0 away on the final day of the 2008–09 season, manager Paul Tisdale guiding Exeter to League One for only the fourth time in their 105-year history.[7] Sercombe scored just once in the 2009–10 season, in a 2–2 draw against Wycombe Wanderers on 20 March 2010.[8] He scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in a 5–1 win against Sheffield Wednesday;[9] he scored two further goals that season, in a 3–1 win against Charlton Athletic,[10] and a 1–1 draw against Tranmere Rovers.[11]

On 9 April 2012, Sercombe scored twice as Exeter beat Leyton Orient 3–0 at St James Park.[12] The following game, he scored in a 3–2 defeat to relegation rivals Rochdale. He had given Exeter a 2–0 lead at the time, but Rochdale scored three times in the last 10 minutes of the game to win the game 3–2.[13] Sercombe scored again the following game, this time in a 4–2 home win against Walsall.[14] On 28 April, he scored for the fourth game in a row; however, Exeter lost the game 4–1 to Carlisle United and were relegated from League One.[15]

Oxford United[edit]

On 13 May 2015, Sercombe signed a two-year contract with Oxford United after his contract expired with former club Exeter City.[16] He scored a career-best total of 17 goals from the centre of midfield in his first season, helping the Us secure promotion to League One. His goals included a penalty in a memorable 3–2 home win over Swansea City of the Premier League in the third round of the FA Cup.[17] In November the following season he ruptured his medial knee ligament and was expected to miss the rest of the season,[18] but his recovery was quicker than expected[19] and he returned to first-team action as a substitute against Rotherham United in an FA Cup third-round victory on 4 January 2017.[20] In February 2017 he scored Oxford's opening goal in a 2–1 away victory over local rivals Swindon Town.[21]

He appeared at Wembley Stadium in the 2016 Football League Trophy Final, in which Oxford lost 3–2 to Barnsley,[22] and scored his side's only goal in the final of the same competition the following year, a 2–1 defeat to Coventry City.[23]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

After being sidelined by Oxford for undisclosed "disciplinary reasons",[24] on 31 May 2017 Sercombe signed with Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed six-figure fee.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 April 2017
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Exeter City 2007–08[26] Conference National 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2008–09[27] League Two 29 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 2
2009–10[28] League One 28 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 31 1
2010–11[29] League One 42 3 1 0 1 0 5 0 49 3
2011–12[30] League One 33 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 7
2012–13[31] League Two 20 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 23 1
2013–14[32] League Two 44 5 1 0 1 0 1 0 47 5
2014–15[33] League Two 40 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 41 4
Total 243 23 7 0 5 0 8 0 263 23
Oxford United 2015–16[34] League Two 45 14 5 2 2 1 4 0 56 17
2016–17[35] League One 30 3 4 0 2 1 7 1 43 5
Total 75 17 9 2 4 2 11 1 99 22
Bristol Rovers 2017–18 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 318 40 16 2 9 2 19 1 362 45
  1. ^ Includes Football League Trophy matches.

Honours[edit]

Exeter City[edit]

Oxford United[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Liam Sercombe – Player Profile". Exeter City Football Club. 1 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Altrincham 1–4 Exeter City". Exeter City F.C. 11 August 2007. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Torquay 1–4 Exeter". Exeter City F.C. 5 May 2008. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Whyatt, Chris (18 May 2008). "Exeter 1–0 Cambridge Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Port Vale 1–3 Exeter" Exeter City F.C. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Luton 1–2 Exeter" Exeter City F.C. 7 March 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Rotherham 0–1 Exeter" Exeter City F.C. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Wycombe 2–2 Exeter" Exeter City F.C. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Exeter 5–1 Sheff Wed" Exeter City F.C. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Charlton 1–3 Exeter" Exeter City F.C. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Exeter 1–1 Tranmere" Exeter City F.C. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Exeter 3–0 Leyton Orient" BBC Sport. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Rochdale 3–2 Exeter" BBC Sport. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Exeter 4–2 Walsall" BBC Sport. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Carlisle 4–1 Exeter" BBC Sport. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Liam Sercombe: Oxford United sign Exeter midfielder" BBC Sport. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Oxford United 3–2 Swansea City". BBC Sport. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Oxford United: Liam Sercombe out for season with medial knee ligament injury". BBC Sport. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  19. ^ Pritchard, David (4 January 2017). "Liam Sercombe amazes Oxford United medical staff ahead of training return". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Rotherham 2 Oxford United 3". Oxford United F.C. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Swindon Town 1–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  22. ^ a b Cartwright, Phil (3 April 2016). "Johnstone's Paint Trophy final: Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  23. ^ a b Scott, Ged (2 April 2017). "EFL Trophy final: Coventry City 2–1 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Oxford United: Liam Sercombe set to stay but not play under new contract extension". BBC Sport. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  25. ^ "Rovers sign Liam Sercombe for an Undisclosed fee". Bristol Rovers. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Liam Sercombe in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

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