Ryan Bird

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Ryan Bird
Personal information
Full name Ryan Bird[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Slough, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[3]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Dover Athletic
Number 17
Youth career
Burnham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2013 Burnham 297 (114)
2013–2014 Portsmouth 20 (3)
2013 Havant & Waterlooville (loan) 3 (0)
2014 Cambridge United (loan) 13 (9)
2014–2015 Cambridge United 24 (6)
2015 Hartlepool United (loan) 6 (2)
2015–2016 Yeovil Town 36 (8)
2016–2017 Eastleigh 16 (3)
2017 Newport County 19 (6)
2017– Dover Athletic 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:04, 12 August 2017 (UTC).

Ryan Bird (born 15 November 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Dover Athletic

Career[edit]

Burnham[edit]

Bird began his footballing career at Burnham's academy, and was promoted to first team in December 2004. His main position was firstly a central defender, but later moved to a more forward role, establishing himself as a striker.[4] As a part-time footballer, he was also an electrician.[5]

In 2010–11, Bird scored 24 goals and finished the season as the club's topscorer. He signed a new contract with Burnham in June 2011.[6] In 2012–13, Bird scored an impressive mark of 45 goals in 45 matches (41 league goals in 39 matches), being again topscorer as Burnham were crowned champions.[7] At the end of the season, Bird secured two trials at Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth. He was also asked to return in pre-season training.[3]

Portsmouth[edit]

Bird returned to Portsmouth on a trial basis in early June.[3] On 9 July, he scored twice in a friendly match against Havant & Waterlooville.[8] On the 22nd, Bird revealed on his Twitter account that he had signed a contract with Pompey.[9] A day later, the deal was officially announced, with Bird signing a one-year deal.[10]

Bird made his Portsmouth debut on 6 August, in a 0–1 away defeat against Bournemouth.[11] He was handed his first start on 3 September, in a 0–0 away draw against Torquay for the season's League Trophy.[5] On 19 September, Bird joined Havant & Waterlooville in a one-month loan deal.[12] After appearing three times with the Hawks, he returned to Pompey.

Bird scored his first professional goal on 26 October, in a 1–1 away draw against Torquay.[13] He netted twice in his first league start in the following weekend, in a 3–2 home win over Exeter City.[14] Bird joined Cambridge United on loan on 24 January,[15] and scored twice in the first 16 minutes on his debut against Dartford in the following day.[16] He was instrumental in sending Cambridge to the FA Trophy final for the first time in their history, scoring all three goals over two legs against Grimsby in the semi-finals.[17] Bird scored the first goal in the FA Trophy final tie against Gosport Borough in a 4–0 win at Wembley Stadium.

Bird was recalled by Portsmouth on 27 March, and left the U's after scoring nine goals.[18] However, a groin injury took him out of the season's finale at Pompey, but the club did exercise the one-year extension on his contract on 9 May.

On 1 September 2014 Bird left Pompey by mutual consent,[19] in an attempt to find regular football elsewhere.

Cambridge United[edit]

Following his release by Portsmouth, Bird re-signed for Cambridge United on 1 September 2014 on a permanent deal following a spell on loan during the 2013/14 season.[20] On 25 February 2015 he was loaned to fellow league team Hartlepool United in a one-month deal.[21] At the end of the 2014–15 season the club did not offer him a new deal when his contract expired.

Yeovil Town[edit]

On 14 July 2015, Bird joined League Two side Yeovil Town on a two-year contract.[22]

Eastleigh[edit]

On 1 August 2016, Bird signed for National League side Eastleigh.[23]

Newport County[edit]

On 23 January 2017, Bird joined League Two side Newport County.[24] He made his debut for Newport in a Football League Two match on 28 January 2017 in a 3–1 win against Hartlepool United, scoring the opening goal after 15 minutes.[25] He was released by Newport at the end of the 2016-17 season after scoring 6 goals in 19 games.[26]

Dover Athletic[edit]

On 27 June 2017, Bird joined National League side Dover Athletic on a one-year contract.[27] He made his debut on the 5 August 2017, in an opening day 1-0 away win against Hartlepool United.[28] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 victory over Wrexham on 12 August 2017, both Bird's and Dover's third game of the season.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 April 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other1 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burnham 2009–10 Southern Football League 40 12 4 0 9 7 53 19
2010–11 37 19 3 4 3 1 43 24
2011–12 40 8 5 0 7 2 52 10
2012–13 39 42 1 0 5 3 45 45
Subtotal2 297 114 13 4 30 14 340 133
Portsmouth 2013–14 League Two 18 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 22 3
2014–15 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Subtotal 20 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 25 3
Havant & Waterlooville (loan) 2013–14 National League South 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2013–14 National League 9 5 0 0 0 0 4 4 13 9
Cambridge United 2014–15 League Two 24 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 28 5
Subtotal 33 10 4 0 0 0 4 4 41 14
Hartlepool United (loan) 2014–15 League Two 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Yeovil Town 2015–16 League Two 36 8 3 0 0 0 3 0 43 8
Eastleigh 2016–17 National League 15 3 3 4 0 0 18 7
Newport County 2016–17 League Two 19 6 0 0 0 0 19 6
Dover Athletic 2017-18 National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 427 145 24 9 2 0 39 18 495 173

1 Including FA Trophy, Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, Red Insure Cup, Wycombe Senior Cup, Southern League play-offs and Football League Trophy.

2 Including all matches since 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2011 and 31/07/2011". The FA. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "@Ryan7Bird's tweet". Twitter. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pompey set to run rule over triallists". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Ryan Bird conversion gives Burnham FC lift off; Berkshire News, 29 November 2012
  5. ^ a b Bird: Goals will come; Portsmouth News, 4 September 2013
  6. ^ Burnham FC delight as Bird signs new contract; Maidenhead Advertiser, 2 June 2011
  7. ^ Ryan Bird targets professional deal after Burnham FC title win; Slough Observer, 29 April 2013
  8. ^ Hawks 0 Pompey 5; Portsmouth FC, 9 July 2013
  9. ^ Bird signs contract with Pompey; Portsmouth News, 22 July 2013
  10. ^ Pompey Swoop For Bird; Portsmouth FC, 23 July 2013
  11. ^ Bournemouth 1–0 Portsmouth; BBC Sport, 6 August 2013
  12. ^ Pompey swoop for Marquis; Portsmouth FC, 19 September 2013
  13. ^ Torquay 1–1 Portsmouth; BBC Sport, 26 October 2013
  14. ^ Portsmouth 3–2 Exeter; BBC Sport, 2 November 2013
  15. ^ Transfer window: Cambridge sign Ryan Bird and Josh Gillies;BBC Sport, 25 January 2014
  16. ^ Dartford 3–3 Cambridge United; BBC Sport, 25 January 2014
  17. ^ United Into FA Trophy Final; Cambridge United Official Web Site, 22 February 2014
  18. ^ Ryan Bird Recalled; Cambridge United FC, 27 March 2014
  19. ^ Bird leaves Blues; Portsmouth FC, 1 September 2014
  20. ^ Transfer deadline day: Cambridge sign Portsmouth's Ryan Bird; BBC Sport, 1 September 2014
  21. ^ Ryan Bird: Hartlepool United sign Cambridge United striker; BBC Sport, 25 February 2015
  22. ^ "Ryan Bird: Striker joins Yeovil after leaving Cambridge". BBC Sport. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "Eastleigh FC sign Northampton Town's Ryan Cresswell and Yeovil Town's Ryan Bird". BBC Sport. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  24. ^ Andrew Penman (23 January 2017). "Ryan Bird is 12th new addition to Exiles squad this month". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Newport County 3-1 Hartlepool United - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 28 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Newport County: Strikers Craig Reid and Ryan Bird the latest to depart club". BBC Sport. 17 May 2017. 
  27. ^ "Dover Athletic sign Femi Ilesanmi and Ryan Bird on one-year contracts". BBC Sport. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  28. ^ "Hartlepool United 0-1 Dover Athletic - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  29. ^ "Dover Athletic 1-0 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 

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