Scott Canham

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Scott Canham
Personal information
Full name Scott Walter Canham
Date of birth (1974-11-11) 11 November 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Newham, London, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aveley (Assistant Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 West Ham United 0 (0)
1995 Torquay United (loan) 3 (0)
1996 Brentford (loan) 14 (0)
1996–1998 Brentford 34 (1)
1998–1999 Leyton Orient 9 (0)
1999–2000 Chesham United ? (?)
2000–2003 Leyton Orient 40 (6)
2003 Woking (loan) 10 (2)
2003–2005 Woking 50 (3)
2005–2006 Farnborough Town 49 (4)
2006 Grays Athletic 0 (0)
2006–2007 Thurrock 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Scott Walter Canham (born 11 November 1974) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder for Torquay United, Brentford and Leyton Orient.[1][2] He went on to play for several years in non-League football.


Canham was born in Newham, London,[2] and was associated with West Ham United from the age of nine.[3] As a young professional he spent a month on loan at Torquay United in late 1995, where he made his debut in the Football League, and in January 1996, joined Brentford on loan for the remainder of the season, in which he played 14 league games.[2] West Ham offered him a new two-year contract, which he turned down, feeling that there was no point staying at a club where he felt he had little chance of first-team football,[4] so, in August 1996, Canham returned to Brentford on a permanent basis for a fee of around £25,000, potentially rising to £60,000 depending on appearances.[5]

He played 35 league games for Brentford, 11 of which were as a substitute, scoring only once before being released after Brentford's relegation in the summer of 1998. On 10 August 1998 he joined Leyton Orient, but the form of the other midfielders at Brisbane Road limited his chances and he joined Isthmian Premier League side Chesham United for a month's loan on 22 December. On his return to Orient, he failed to reappear in their first team, and in August 2000 was released to join Chesham United.

Such was his form for Chesham the following season, that Orient manager Tommy Taylor, who had released him a year before, brought Canham back to Brisbane Road for the 2001–02 season.[6] He earned a contract extension,[7] but then fell out of favour, and joined Conference club Woking on loan in March 2003.[8] After helping them avoid relegation, he joined the club on a free transfer at the end of the 2002–03 season. In February 2005 he moved to Farnborough Town,[9][10] where he spent some time as joint manager alongside Gerry Murphy,[11] but moved nearer his Romford home at the end of the 2005–06 season when he linked up with his former Farnborough manager Frank Gray at Grays Athletic.[12][13] Released after a couple of months without having appeared for the first team, he then moved to neighbours Thurrock.[14][15]

In May 2008, Canham became assistant manager to his former Leyton Orient teammate Carl Griffiths at Brentwood Town,[16] but the pair left the club before the 2009–10 season.[17]


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  2. ^ a b c "Scott Canham". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Scott Canham Makes Reluctant Move". 4theGame. Sportech. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Banks, Tony (10 July 1996). "Rebel Lee lets fly at foreign legions" (reprint). The Sun. NewsBank. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Football round-up". The Independent. London. 28 August 1996. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Canham signs for Orient again". Evening Standard. London. 28 June 2001. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Fudge, Simon (22 February 2002). "Canham signs new Orient deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Fudge, Simon (6 March 2003). "Canham goes to Woking". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Boro Switch For Canham". NonLeague Daily. 4 February 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Scott Canham". Farnborough F.C. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Murphy And Canham Put in Charge". NonLeague Daily. 7 April 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Canham Ponders Future". NonLeague Daily. 27 May 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Canham released by Grays Athletic". BBC Sport. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Thurrock 2006/07". Conference South guide. Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Results and fixtures 2006–07". Thurrock FC website. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Brentwood Reveal New Managerial Duo". NonLeague Daily. 26 May 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "Brentwood in Turmoil". NonLeague Daily. 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 

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