Simon Mensing

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Simon Mensing
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Personal information
Full name Simon Ross Mensing
Date of birth (1982-06-27) 27 June 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Wolfenbüttel, West Germany
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Airdrieonians
Youth career
Kingstonian
Acton Ealing Whistlers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Wimbledon 0 (0)
2001 Stenhousemuir (loan) 15 (1)
2001–2002 Clyde (loan) 23 (1)
2002–2005 Clyde 96 (4)
2005–2007 St Johnstone 62 (7)
2007–2008 Motherwell 2 (0)
2007–2008 Hamilton Academical (loan) 5 (3)
2008–2012 Hamilton Academical 148 (24)
2012 Greenock Morton (trial) 1 (0)
2012–2013 Raith Rovers 32 (2)
2013–2015 Livingston 33 (2)
2015 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 (0)
2016–2017 Carolina RailHawks 19 (0)
2017– Airdrienonians 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 June 2016.

Simon Ross Mensing (born 27 June 1982) is a German-born English professional footballer, who plays as a centre back for Airdrieonians.

During his career Mensing has played for 10 different clubs, including spells with Wimbledon in England; Stenhousemuir, Clyde, St Johnstone, Motherwell, Hamilton Academical, Greenock Morton, Raith Rovers and Livingston in Scotland; and Atlanta Silverbacks & Carolina RailHawks in America.

Career[edit]

Clyde[edit]

In 2001, Mensing joined Clyde on loan from Wimbledon. He quickly became a regular in his right back role, and won the Young Player of the Year award in his first season. He joined Clyde permanently in May 2002. Mensing became a huge fans favourite, with his aggressive style of play and was given the nickname "Gunter" due to his German roots. His versatility was also an important feature of his game, playing in every defensive role, as well as midfield on several occasions, and occasionally as a striker.

St Johnstone[edit]

Mensing scored the only goal of the game in St Johnstone's win at Queen of the South in the second league game of the 2006–07 season. On 28 February 2007, Mensing was named as the BBC's Man of the Match in St Johnstone's televised 2–1 Scottish Cup win at Motherwell, a result which took the Perth club into their second cup semi-final of the season.[1]

Hamilton Academical[edit]

Mensing moved from Motherwell to local rivals Hamilton Academical on a three-month loan deal in September 2007, after finding it difficult to progress beyond being a squad player. After extending the deal for an additional month Hamilton then signed Mensing permanently on 18 January 2008.[2] He won promotion to the Scottish Premier League with the Accies in 2007–08 as Division One champions. Mensing was banned for a month in 2011 for testing for a banned substance methylhexaneamine. The positive urine test was taken after the game against Aberdeen on 29 December. He missed five games for Hamilton in total. Mensing revealed that the substance was in a dietary supplement he had been taking purchased of the high street and he had taken advise before taking and believed there to be no banned substances in it.[3] Hamilton and Mensing only revealed details of the ban after it had been served. He was banned between 29 January and 28 February 2011.[4] Despite the ban, Mensing maintain his innocent for testing for a banned substance methylhexaneamine.[5] Mensing left Hamilton after season 2011–12 after spending five years at the club.

Raith Rovers[edit]

After being released by Hamilton Academical, Mensing went on trial with Morton for most of the summer 2012 pre-season,[6] and played as a trialist in a 1–1 draw with his former club Hamilton.[7] On 14 September 2012, Mensing signed for Raith Rovers on a one-year contract despite Hamilton offering him a new contract. On his debut against Airdrie United, he got the man of the match award[8] and his performance was praised by manager Grant Murray.[9] Mensing scored his first goal for Raith Rovers in a 4–4 draw with fife neighbours Cowdenbeath.

Livingston[edit]

On 22 May 2013, Mensing signed for Livingston on a two-year contract.[10] He was named captain of his new club on 10 July 2013,[11] and scored a penalty on his competitive debut on 3 August 2013 in a Scottish Challenge Cup match against Berwick Rangers.[12]

America[edit]

On 27 January 2015, Coach Gary Smith bolstered the Atlanta backline with the signings of Mensing and fellow Englishman Paul Black. However he left the club in January 2016 due to the side folding after failing to find local ownership. Returning to Scotland, Mensing trained with Scottish League One side Dunfermline Athletic with a view to signing for the Pars who were suffering an injury crisis, with four defenders out through injury.[13]

However, Mensing opted to stay in America and signed with Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League on 22 January 2016.[14]

Return to Scotland[edit]

After leaving Carolina RailHawks, Mensing signed for Scottish League One club Airdrieonians on 27 January 2017, in a deal until the end of the 2016–17 season/[15]

Honours[edit]

Clyde

Hamilton Academical

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simon reflects on cup win – St Johnstone's official website
  2. ^ Mensing leaves for Hamilton – Motherwell's official website
  3. ^ "Hamilton's Simon Mensing serves ban after drugs test". BBC News. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sfa Simon Mensing Ban". Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hamilton midfielder Mensing pleads innocence after doping ban 'fiasco'". Daily Mail. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Tait, Chris (26 June 2012). "Morton trial for Ex-Accies". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (18 August 2012). "Ton held to disappointing away draw". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Simon signs for the rest of the season". Raith Rovers FC. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Raith Rovers boss excited by Simon Mensing's 'excellent' debut". The Courier. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Simon Mensing signs two-year deal". Livingston F.C. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Simon Mensing appointed club captain". Livingston F.C. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Berwick Rangers 3-2 Livingston (aet)". BBC Sport. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dunfermline weigh up move for former Hamilton defender Simon Mensing". Herald Scotland. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.carolinarailhawks.com/news/2016/01/22/veteran-defender-simon-mensing-joins-railhawks-for-2016
  15. ^ "Simon is a Diamond". Airdrieonians FC. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 

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