Simon Lappin

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Simon Lappin
Simon Lappin 2017-02-11 1.jpg
Lappin playing for York City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Simon Lappin[1]
Date of birth (1983-01-25) 25 January 1983 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender / Winger
Club information
Current team
York City
Number 19
Youth career
0000–2001 St Mirren
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 St Mirren 152 (9)
2007–2013 Norwich City 109 (2)
2008 Motherwell (loan) 14 (2)
2012–2013 Cardiff City (loan) 2 (0)
2013–2014 Cardiff City 0 (0)
2013–2014 Sheffield United (loan) 9 (0)
2014–2016 St Johnstone 50 (3)
2016– York City 7 (0)
National team
2001 Scotland U19 4 (0)
2002–2003 Scotland U20 2 (1)
2004–2005 Scotland U21 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:36, 12 February 2017 (UTC).

Simon Lappin (born 25 January 1983) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a defender or a winger for National League club York City.

Lappin began his career with St Mirren before moving to Norwich City in 2007. He had short loan spells at Motherwell and Cardiff City before moving to Cardiff permanently in 2013. He had a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday, before playing for St Johnstone from 2014 to 2016. He was capped 10 times by the Scotland national under-21 team.

Early life[edit]

Lappin was born in Glasgow and began his career in St Mirren's youth system, signing a professional contract in July 1999.[1] He had ambitions to stay-on at school, take his Highers and become an airline pilot, but St Mirren's Head of Youth Development at the time, Joe Hughes, who lived near to the Lappin family, persuaded his parents that he had the talent to make it in football and he left school to sign for the club.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

St Mirren[edit]

Lappin was an unused substitute in several games during St Mirren's 2000–01 Scottish Premier League campaign.[citation needed] After relegation that season he was fast-tracked into the first team where his precision crosses from the left, both in open play and from set pieces led to a number of goals for team mates.[citation needed] He made the first of his ten Scotland Under-21 appearances during 2003–04 the season and helped the club gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League for 2006–07, after which he signed a two-year contract extension.[2] Lappin made more than 170 appearance for the Buddies before he was signed by Norwich City manager Peter Grant.[citation needed]

Norwich City[edit]

Lappin celebrating promotion to the Championship with Norwich City in 2010

On 31 January 2007, Lappin signed a two and a half-year contract with Norwich City for a £100,000 fee.[3] He made his debut for Norwich on 3 February at Carrow Road in a 2–1 win against Leeds United, in which he earned the official sponsor's Man of the Match award.[citation needed] Lappin then scored his first goal for Norwich against Luton Town on 27 February.[citation needed] City were awarded a free-kick in the 90th minute of the game at Kenilworth Road, with the scores level at 2–2, when Lappin curled in a match-winning goal.[citation needed] Lappin played in most of Norwich City's games under Peter Grant in the 2007–08, but when Grant was replaced by Glenn Roeder Lappin found himself out of favour after a 3–0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle.[citation needed] Lappin was one of six players criticised by Roeder after a 5–1 reserves defeat to Ipswich Town.[citation needed]

Lappin was loaned to Motherwell for the rest of 2007–08 on 31 January 2008.[4] During this spell, he played 15 matches and scored two goals, including the only goal of the game in Motherwell's shock 1–0 win against Celtic at Celtic Park.[5] Somewhat surprisingly, Lappin remained at Norwich through the following summer.[citation needed] Despite the club's poor start to 2008–09, he still failed to get near the first team, even being made to train with the youths by Roeder.[6] Many Norwich fans felt Lappin was being badly treated and should have been recalled to the team.[7] After Bryan Gunn's appointment as Norwich manager, Lappin made his first appearance for Norwich's first team in 16 months on 21 March 2009, in a 1–1 draw against Birmingham City at St Andrew's.[citation needed] Although his performances were not enough to prevent the club being relegated to League One, Lappin signed a two-year contract extension with the club in June 2009.[8]

When Paul Lambert took over as Norwich manager early in 2009–10, Lappin began to feature more regularly and ended up starting 42 league games, more than any other player, even captaining the side in a Football League Trophy match with Brentford when Grant Holt and Gary Doherty were both absent.[6][9] Lappin continued to play a prominent role in the Norwich City side during 2010–11, signing another two-year contract extension in January 2011.[9] He was rushed into hospital on 19 February suffering with appendicitis and was ruled out of playing for a number of weeks.[10]

By the start of 2011–12, players such as Andrew Surman and Elliott Bennett were regular choices, which resulted in Lappin only making four Premier League appearances, along with two substitute appearances in cup competitions.[citation needed] This included deputising at left back for the last two matches following injuries to both Marc Tierney and Adam Drury.[citation needed]

At the start of 2012–13, Lappin scored his first goal for the club in over five years in a League Cup tie against Scunthorpe United, beating Sam Slocombe with a powerful effort from the edge of the box.[11] He made his last appearance for the club on 5 January 2013, in a 3–0 win over Peterborough United in the third round of the FA Cup.[12]

Cardiff City[edit]

In November 2012, Lappin moved to Cardiff City on an emergency loan until 1 January 2013.[13] He made his debut for the club in a 2–1 victory at Barnsley, but was sent off after picking up two yellow cards, the first Cardiff player to be dismissed in over a year. Following Andrew Taylor's return to the side, Lappin was restricted to appearances on the bench, ensuring his second appearance for the Bluebirds didn't come until New Years Day in a 1–0 win at Birmingham City, which was his last before returning to Norwich the next day.[14]

In January 2013, Lappin was announced as a Cardiff player having left Norwich by mutual consent earlier in the month.[15][16] In October 2013, Lappin signed for League One club Sheffield United on a one-month loan.[17] Having made five appearances for the South Yorkshire club in his first month, Lappin agreed to extend his stay until January 2014.[18] With his loan deal close to ending, Manager Nigel Clough insisted he would be willing to extend Lappin's loan spell until the end of the season.[19]

Following his loan spell at Sheffield United, Lappin never played for Cardiff again and at the end of the season, was released upon expiry of his contract.[20]

St Johnstone[edit]

After leaving Cardiff, Lappin was reported to be on trial with Rangers in August 2014,[21] however this was denied by Rangers manager Ally McCoist.[22] Lappin then signed a two-year contract with St Johnstone.[23] Upon signing, St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright said that the club had signed Lappin ahead of other clubs who were interested, including one in Major League Soccer in America.[24]

Lappin made his St Johnstone debut on 23 August 2014, coming on as a substitute for Scott Brown in the 72nd minute, in a 1–0 win over Aberdeen.[25]

York City[edit]

On 16 November 2016, Lappin signed for National League club York City on a contract until the end of 2016–17.[26]

International career[edit]

Lappin was capped four times by the Scotland national under-19 team (2001), two times by the under-20 team (2002 to 2003) and ten times by the under-21 team (2004 to 2005).[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Lappin playing for York City in 2017
As of match played 11 February 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Mirren 2001–02[28] Scottish First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002–03[29] Scottish First Division 34 0 1 0 2 1 2[a] 0 39 1
2003–04[30] Scottish First Division 24 4 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 28 4
2004–05[31] Scottish First Division 34 1 3 0 1 0 1[a] 0 39 1
2005–06[32] Scottish First Division 35 3 4 0 2 0 4[a] 2 45 5
2006–07[33] Scottish Premier League 24 1 1 0 2 0 27 1
Total 152 9 11 0 7 1 9 2 179 12
Norwich City 2006–07[33] Championship 14 1 1 0 15 1
2007–08[34] Championship 15 1 0 0 3 1 18 2
2008–09[35] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2009–10[36] League One 44 0 2 0 2 0 2[b] 0 50 0
2010–11[37] Championship 27 0 1 0 2 0 30 0
2011–12[38] Premier League 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2012–13[39] Premier League 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1
Total 109 2 6 0 9 2 2 0 126 4
Motherwell (loan) 2007–08[34] Scottish Premier League 14 2 1 0 15 2
Cardiff City 2012–13[39] Championship 2 0 2 0
2013–14[40] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 0 0 2 0
Sheffield United (loan) 2013–14[40] League One 9 0 2 0 1[b] 0 12 0
St Johnstone 2014–15[41] Scottish Premiership 27 1 2 0 2 0 31 1
2015–16[42] Scottish Premiership 23 2 0 0 3 1 1[c] 0 27 3
Total 50 3 2 0 5 1 1 0 58 4
York City 2016–17[43] National League 7 0 2[d] 0 9 0
Career total 343 16 22 0 21 4 15 2 401 22
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

St Mirren

Norwich City

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Norwich loan Lappin to Motherwell". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Celtic 0–1 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Lappin revels in Norwich return". BBC Sport. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
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  9. ^ a b "Norwich deals for Simon Lapin and Wes Hoolahan". BBC Sport. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Norwich City pair Simon Lappin and Chris Martin injured". BBC Sport. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Capital One Cup: Norwich City 2, Scunthorpe United 1". Eastern Daily Press. Norwich. 28 August 2012. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Peterborough United 0, Norwich City 3". Eastern Daily Press. Norwich. 5 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Malky Mackay pondering Cardiff City defensive cover". BBC Sport. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
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  16. ^ "Simon Lappin leaves Norwich City". Eastern Daily Press. Norwich. 21 January 2013. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lappin arrives on loan". Sheffield United F.C. 4 October 2013. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
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  19. ^ "Porter praised". Sheffield United F.C. 2 January 2014. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Bywater, Alex (23 May 2014). "Tommy Smith and Simon Lappin to leave Cardiff City, but Don Cowie has been offered a new contract". Wales Online. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Nicolson, Eric (21 August 2014). "St Johnstone sign Simon Lappin". The Courier. Dundee. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Ally McCoist keen to keep Lee Wallace as Rangers deny bids for defender". STV News. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
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  24. ^ "St Johnstone fought off MLS interest to sign midfielder Simon Lappin". STV News. 22 August 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  25. ^ Southwick, Andrew (23 August 2014). "St Johnstone 1–0 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  26. ^ Appleyard, Ian (16 November 2016). "York City sign former Premier League winger Simon Lappin". The Press. York. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  27. ^ "Simon Lappin". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
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  30. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
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  32. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
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  33. ^ a b "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  34. ^ a b "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  39. ^ a b "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Simon Lappin in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
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