Ryan Harley

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Ryan Harley
Ryan Harley 28-02-2015 1.jpg
Harley playing for Exeter City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ryan Bernard Harley
Date of birth (1985-01-22) 22 January 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Bristol, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Exeter City
Number 7
Youth career
Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Bristol City 2 (0)
2005 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
2006–2007 Weston-super-Mare (—)
2007–2011 Exeter City 108 (22)
2011 Swansea City 0 (0)
2011 Exeter City (loan) 21 (4)
2011–2013 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 (2)
2013 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2015 Swindon Town 21 (1)
2014–2015 Exeter City (loan) 7 (0)
2015– Exeter City 46 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 12 June 2016 (UTC).


Ryan Harley (born 22 January 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Exeter City in League Two.

Playing career[edit]

Bristol City[edit]

Born in Bristol, Harley began his career with hometown club Bristol City. On 28 August 2004, Harley made his professional debut in a 3–0 loss against Port Vale at Vale Park in League One.[1]

During the 2005–06 season, Harley was loaned to then Conference National side Forest Green Rovers. He made only 3 appearances for Rovers before returning to Bristol City.[2]

Weston-super-Mare[edit]

In October 2006, Harley signed for Conference South side Weston-super-Mare.

Exeter City[edit]

In November 2007, Harley signed for Conference side Exeter City. He made his debut for the Grecians on 4 March 2008, coming on as a substitute for Andrew Taylor in a 2–2 draw against Crawley Town.[3]

Harley's goal in the second leg of Exeter's play-off semi-final sparked a memorable comeback against rivals Torquay United. The victory took the Grecians to the play-off final at Wembley where they were promoted back to the Football League.[3]

On 16 January 2010, Harley scored both goals against Leeds United in a 2–0 victory at St. James Park.[4]

Harley scored the vital goal in the final game of the 2009–10 season against Huddersfield Town. The victory ensured Exeter's position in League One for the forthcoming season.[5]

Swansea City[edit]

On 21 January 2011, Harley signed for the then Championship side Swansea City on a free transfer. He was loaned back to Exeter for the remainder of the 2010–11 season. In spite of the move, Harley would not make an appearance for the Swans.[6]

Swansea beat Reading in the Championship play-off final on 30 May 2011 to progress to the Premier League.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 22 August 2011, Harley joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a 3-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[7]

Harley made his debut at home in a 1–0 victory against Sunderland in the League Cup.[8] He made his league debut against Peterborough United, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 win with a spectacular 30-yard free-kick.[9]

In December 2012, Harley joined League One side MK Dons on loan for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.[10] He made 11 appearances and scored 1 goal for the Dons.

Swindon Town[edit]

Harley completed a free transfer to League One side Swindon Town on 26 July 2013 after his contract at Brighton was terminated.[11] He made 25 appearances and scored 4 goals during the 2013–14 season for the Robins.

Return to Exeter City[edit]

On 20 November 2014 Harley was loaned to his former club Exeter City until January. He had previously trained with the club during the season.[12]

On 12 January 2015 Exeter signed Harley to an 18-month deal after his contract was cancelled by Swindon.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 April 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bristol City 2004–05[14] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2005–06[15] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Forest Green Rovers (loan) 2005–06[15] Conference 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Weston-super-Mare 2006–07 Conference South
Total
Exeter City 2007–08[3] Conference 12 1 0 0 0 0 3[b] 1 15 2
2008–09[16] League Two 31 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 34 5
2009–10[17] League One 44 10 2 0 1 0 0 0 47 10
2010–11[18] League One 21 6 1 0 1 2 3 3 25 11
Total 108 22 4 0 3 1 7 5 122 28
Swansea City 2011 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exeter City (loan) 2010–11[18] League One 21 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 22 4
Brighton & Hove Albion 2011–12[19] Championship 16 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 18 2
2012–13[20] Championship 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 18 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 21 2
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2012–13[20] League One 8 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Swindon Town 2013–14[21] League One 21 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 25 1
Total 21 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 25 1
Exeter City (loan) 2014–15[21] League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exeter City 2014–15[22] League Two 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 4
2015–16[23] League Two 28 4 1 0 1 0 2 1 32 5
Total 46 8 1 0 1 0 2 1 50 9
Career total 234 37 10 1 7 2 13 6 264 46
  1. ^ Includes Football League Trophy matches.
  2. ^ Includes 3 Conference Play-off Matches.

Honours[edit]

Exeter City
Swansea City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Exeter 2–0 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Exeter 2–1 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Swindon Town's Ryan Harley returns to Exeter City". BBC Sport. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Swansea's Ryan Harley completes Brighton move". BBC Sport. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Brighton 1–0 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Brighton 2–0 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ryan Harley joins MK Dons on loan from Brighton". BBC Sport. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Harley leaves Brighton for Swindon". BBC Sport. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  12. ^ "Swindon Town's Ryan Harley returns to Exeter City". BBC Sport. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ryan Harley: Exeter City sign Swindon Town midfielder". BBC Sport. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Ryan Harley in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 

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