Sam Hird

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Sam Hird
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Hird Playing for Chesterfield in July 2016
Personal information
Full name Adrian Samuel Hird[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chesterfield
Number 4
Youth career
0000–1997 Aston Villa
1997–2005 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Leeds United 0 (0)
2007 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2007–2012 Doncaster Rovers 157 (2)
2007–2008 Grimsby Town (loan) 17 (0)
2012– Chesterfield 185 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:03, 9 December 2016 (UTC).

Adrian Samuel "Sam" Hird (born 7 September 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays for Chesterfield. Although primarily a central defender, he can also play as a defensive midfielder.

Career[edit]

Leeds United[edit]

Born in Norton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Hird signed terms with Aston Villa at a young age after catching the eyes of scouts, before moving on to sign for the Leeds United Academy at the age of nine.[3] Hird initially played as a striker before being developed into a defender at Leeds. He captained the youth and reserve sides before moving on.

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Hird was signed by Doncaster Rovers on a three-month loan from Leeds United in February 2007.[4] He was released by Leeds at the end of the 2006–07 season and was signed by Doncaster Rovers on 2 July 2007.[5][6] He joined Grimsby Town on a month's loan in November 2007.[7] This was extended for a second month in December.[8]

Hird broke into the Doncaster side late in the 2007–08 season after an injury crisis hit Rovers in defence. Hird put in several impressive performances and was part of the side that beat Leeds United (his former club) 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the League One Play-off final to win promotion to the Championship.

Hird formed an impressive partnership with Matt Mills in Rovers first season in the Championship. He has been in and out of the team over the years but in the summer of 2011, Hird once again signed a contract extension, this time for an extra year. In May 2012, Hird was released by the club after the expiry of his contract.[9]

Chesterfield[edit]

On 2 June 2012 he agreed a 2-year deal with Chesterfield,[10] and was immediately given the captain's armband. On 16 May 2014, Hird signed a new contract with the Spireites. In July 2014 Hird played a key role in his club's 3–1 pre-season win against his first club, Aston Villa of the Premier League, scoring the first goal in a 3–1 win.[11] Hird signed a new deal keeping him at the 'Spireites' until the summer of 2017 after a successful first season with the club in League One after reaching the playoffs.

After the 2015–16 season, Hird was named Chesterfield's Player of the Year, as well as winning the additional Player of the Year awards from several club sponsors and local newspapers.[12] In March 2017, Hird triggered a clause in his contract, meaning he was given an automatic one-year contract extension.

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 November 2016
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 2006–07 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2006–07 League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Doncaster Rovers 2007–08[13] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 9 0
2008–09[14] Championship 38 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 42 2
2009–10[15] 36 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
2010–11[16] 36 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
2010–11[17] 36 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
Total 157 1 9 1 5 0 5 0 176 2
Grimsby Town (loan) 2007–08[18] League Two 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Chesterfield 2012–13[19] League Two 41 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 44 2
2013–14[20] 35 2 2 0 1 0 6 0 44 2
2014–15[21] League One 30 3 5 0 1 0 2 0 38 3
2015–16[22] 40 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 43 2
2016–17 15 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
Total 161 10 9 0 5 0 10 0 185 10
Career totals 341 11 19 1 10 0 15 0 365 12

Honours[edit]

Doncaster Rovers
Chesterfield F.C.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 465. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Sam Hird Bio". Chesterfield FC. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Doncaster capture Hird from Leeds". BBC Sport. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Quartet are shown door by Leeds". BBC Sport. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Sullivan and Hird join Doncaster". BBC Sport. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Grimsby sign Doncaster defender". BBC Sport. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "Hird extends Grimsby loan spell". BBC Sport. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Dozen depart from Rovers". Sky Sports. 18 May 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk/page/ClubAnnouncements/0,,10435~2795992,00.html
  11. ^ "Paul Lambert's men slip to defeat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Player of the Year Awards: Full List of Winners". Chesterfield FC. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Sam Hird in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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