Sean McAllister

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Sean McAllister
Personal information
Full name Sean Brian McAllister[1]
Date of birth (1987-08-15) 15 August 1987 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Bolton, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–1999 Manchester United
1999–2003 Bolton Wanderers
2003–2006 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Sheffield Wednesday 68 (4)
2007Mansfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2008Bury (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2012 Shrewsbury Town 35 (1)
2012–2013 Port Vale 2 (0)
2013 Cowdenbeath 9 (0)
2013–2016 Scunthorpe United 73 (0)
2016–2018 Grimsby Town 4 (0)
2017–2018York City (loan) 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:40, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

Sean Brian McAllister (born 15 August 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder; he left Grimsby Town in May 2018.

Primarily as a central midfielder, he has good vision and passing ability. He began his professional career at Sheffield Wednesday in 2006, and had spells on loan at Mansfield Town and Bury, before establishing himself in the Wednesday first team in the 2008–09 season. He was allowed to join Shrewsbury Town in July 2010, and helped them to win promotion out of League Two in 2011–12. He joined Port Vale on a short-term contract in November 2012, and then signed with Cowdenbeath in March 2013, before joining Scunthorpe United four months later. He helped Scunthorpe to win promotion out of League Two in 2013–14. He signed with Grimsby Town in June 2016 and had a loan spell with York City from December 2017 to January 2018.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

McAllister was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester.[citation needed] He started playing at Deans Sports in Swinton before going on a successful trial at Manchester United at the age of nine.[citation needed] He spent three years as a schoolboy at Old Trafford before joining Bolton Wanderers, where he stayed for four years.[citation needed]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

He switched to the Sheffield Wednesday Academy in 2003.[citation needed] Having previously been an unused substitute in the Steel City derby at Hillsborough,[4] McAllister made his first-team debut for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship the following week on 25 February 2006, coming on as a substitute after 56 minutes when Wednesday were already 3–0 down to Southampton at St Mary's.[5] He did not appear in the first team again until the end-of-season, when he played all 90 minutes of a 2–0 victory against Derby County at Pride Park.[5] He was named as the club's Young Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season.[6]

On 19 August 2006, McAllister scored his first senior goal to inspire a Wednesday comeback, as they went on to beat Plymouth Argyle 2–1 at Home Park following his 52nd-minute equaliser.[7] He collected the ball from Burton O'Brien's cross and shot into the top corner of the goal.[8] He would rarely feature in the rest of the 2006–07 season, only making one substitute appearance under Paul Sturrock's successor Brian Laws.[7] Despite this, he signed a new contract in May 2007.[9]

After failing to feature for the first team during the start of the 2007–08 season, he was sent out on a one-month loan to League Two club Mansfield Town in September 2007.[10][11] He made four league starts, and manager Bill Dearden had the loan deal extended to cover a second month.[12] However, he then lost his first-team place at Field Mill, and returned to Wednesday.[citation needed] He then joined Chris Casper's Bury on loan in November 2007,[13] and remained at Gigg Lane for two months without making a first-team appearance.[14][15] He was recalled by Wednesday as a back-up early into his second month with Bury.[citation needed] He went on to break into the first team again in February 2008,[15] but missed the end-of-season run-in with a calf injury.[16]

He signed a two-year contract extension in May 2008.[17] He became a first-team regular in the 2008–09 season, making 42 appearances and claiming three league goals against Preston North End, Crystal Palace, and Reading.[18] However, he lost his first-team spot in September 2009, and later struggled with a stomach injury.[19] He was released by new manager Alan Irvine at the end of the 2009–10 season,[20] after he was limited to 14 appearances throughout the season.[21]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

McAllister signed a two-year contract with Shrewsbury Town in July 2010.[22] Manager Graham Turner stated that "McAllister's an attacking, exciting player and I'm a bit surprised he was still on the market. We were a little short in midfield and with his Championship experience he could be a real gain for us."[23] He made his first appearance at the New Meadow as a 77th-minute substitute in a 3–1 victory over Bradford City on 7 August 2010.[24] He was named as Shrewsbury's Player of the Month for August 2010,[25] but found first-team opportunities harder to come by in the second half of the season due to a hernia injury and the arrival of new signings Nicky Wroe and David Davies.[26] He had an operation to correct the hernia injury in February 2011.[27]

McAllister made a return to fitness during the 2011–12 pre-season, scoring against a Manchester United XI in a 2–1 home victory in July 2011.[28] He scored his first competitive goal for Shrewsbury when he was recalled to the starting line-up in a 2–0 win over Crewe Alexandra on 20 August.[29] His goal came in the 23rd minute[29] with a glancing header from Lionel Ainsworth's cross.[30] However, the form of Matt Richards and loan signing David McAllister again left him sitting on the sidelines for much of the season.[31] Shrewsbury won promotion to League One as runners-up of League Two,[32] although McAllister was not offered a new contract.[33] He said that "Hopefully my experience at a higher level, and the fact that I've got a promotion under my belt, will help my cause. I'm disappointed, I thought I was worth a new deal, but I've had two good years at Shrewsbury."[34]

Port Vale[edit]

McAllister failed to find a club before the start of the 2012–13 season, despite a trial at Oxford United.[35] In October 2012, he went on trial at Port Vale,[36] after personally ringing manager Micky Adams to enquire about a vacancy in midfield created when Doug Loft picked up an injury.[37] He signed an eight-week contract with Vale on 9 November.[38] The League Two club were in administration, and applied for special permission to sign McAllister after asking the Football League for leniency after they underwent a shortage of available midfielders.[39] He made his debut from the bench at Vale Park on 17 November, replacing Rob Taylor 74 minutes into a 2–2 draw with York City.[40] However, he would only feature twice more for Vale,[40] and left the club on 8 January 2013, with Adams saying "it's unfortunate we weren't able to offer Sean more first-team opportunities, but that underlines the competition for places we have among the squad, but he's a great kid, a model professional and I'd recommend him anywhere."[41]

Cowdenbeath[edit]

McAllister joined Scottish First Division club Cowdenbeath in March 2013.[42] He made nine appearances at the end of the 2012–13 season,[40] helping the club to avoid relegation.[43]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

On 19 July 2013, McAllister made a return to League Two when he signed a one-year contract with Scunthorpe United.[44] He made 43 appearances in the 2013–14 season[45] as Scunthorpe won promotion as divisional runners-up,[46] and was also crowned the club's Player of the Year for his "high energy and consistent performances".[47][48]

He signed a new two-year contract in May 2014.[49] However, after Mark Robins replaced Russ Wilcox as manager, McAllister found first-team football hard to come by in the second half of the 2014–15 season.[50] He made 15 appearances across the 2015–16 season,[51] and was released at the end of the season.[52]

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 23 June 2016, McAllister signed a two-year contract with newly promoted League Two club Grimsby Town on a free transfer.[53] However, he played just four matches throughout the 2016–17 season[54] as he struggled with a recurring groin injury.[55]

McAllister joined National League North club York City on 8 December 2017 on a one-month loan.[56] He made his debut on 16 December 2017, when starting in a 2–1 away defeat to Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy first round.[57][58] He finished the loan with four appearances.[59] He was released by Grimsby at the end of the 2017–18 season after making just six appearances in two years.[60]

Style of play[edit]

In describing his playing style, McAllister has said that "I work hard and I read the game well... [and] I like to get forward".[61] Port Vale assistant manager Mark Grew said that "he's a good passer, he has excellent vision and great energy".[62]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 March 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2005–06[5] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006–07[7] Championship 6 1 0 0 1 0 7 1
2007–08[15] Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2008–09[18] Championship 40 3 1 0 1 0 42 3
2009–10[21] Championship 12 0 0 0 2 0 14 0
Total 68 4 1 0 4 0 73 4
Mansfield Town (loan) 2007–08[15] League Two 7 0 7 0
Bury (loan) 2007–08[15] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shrewsbury Town 2010–11[24] League Two 18 0 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 23 0
2011–12[29] League Two 17 1 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 22 1
Total 35 1 3 0 4 0 3 0 45 1
Port Vale 2012–13[40] League Two 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
Cowdenbeath 2012–13[40] Scottish First Division 9 0 9 0
Scunthorpe United 2013–14[45] League Two 39 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 43 0
2014–15[63] League One 23 0 4 0 2 0 2[a] 1 31 1
2015–16[51] League One 11 0 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 15 0
Total 73 0 8 0 4 0 4 1 89 1
Grimsby Town 2016–17[54] League Two 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2017–18[64] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 2 0
Total 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
York City (loan) 2017–18[59] National League North 3 0 1[c] 0 4 0
Career total 201 5 12 0 13 0 10 1 236 6
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

Shrewsbury Town

Scunthorpe United

Individual

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