Simon Rusk

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Simon Rusk
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Rusk after playing for York City in the 2009 FA Trophy Final
Personal information
Full name Simon Edward Rusk[1]
Date of birth (1981-12-17) 17 December 1981 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Peterborough, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion (youth team coach)
Youth career
1995–2000 Peterborough United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Peterborough United 0 (0)
2000 Cambridge City (loan)
2001–2007 Boston United 140 (12)
2007–2008 Northwich Victoria 16 (2)
2007 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 York City 51 (0)
2009–2011 Crawley Town 54 (0)
National team
Scotland U18 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Simon Edward Rusk (born 17 December 1981) is a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Born in England, he played for Scotland at under-18 level. He is currently youth team coach at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Club career[edit]

Boston United[edit]

Born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,[2] Rusk joined the Peterborough United youth system in 1995 and had a spell on loan in the Southern Football League Premier Division with Cambridge City during the 1999–2000 season.[3][4] He was signed on a free transfer by Boston United in March 2001 after being released by Peterborough.[5] His Boston debut came in March 2001 in a match at Doncaster Rovers. He was fined by manager Steve Evans for receiving a red card against Shrewsbury Town in December 2005.[6] He had surgery on a knee injury in December 2006, which ruled him out until after Christmas.[7]

Northwich Victoria[edit]

He left Boston to join Northwich Victoria on a free transfer on 2 July 2007, being signed by former Boston teammate Neil Redfearn.[8][9] Rusk scored on his debut for Northwich, in the 2–1 loss against Ebbsfleet United, which was the first game for Ebbsfleet under this name, having previously been known as Gravesend & Northfleet.[10] In September 2007, Rusk was placed on the club's transfer list and joined Rushden & Diamonds on a one-month loan later that month.[9][11]

York City[edit]

Manager Dino Maamria confirmed in January 2008 he was to move, with Weymouth believed to be his next destination.[9] However, he signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with York City on a free transfer on 8 January.[12] He made his debut in the team's 2–0 win against Aldershot Town in January and finished the season with 14 appearances for the club.[13][14] He suffered a medial knee ligament injury during York's 1–1 draw with Torquay United on 28 August,[15] which saw him substituted for Niall Henderson in the 73rd minute.[16] He made his return on 20 September in a 1–1 with Salisbury City.[17] He scored the winning penalty for York in a 4–2 penalty shoot-out victory against Mansfield Town in the Conference League Cup third round on 4 November, which finished 1–1 after extra time.[18] He started in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on 9 May 2009, which York lost 2–0 to Stevenage Borough.[19] He was released by York following the end of the 2008–09 season,[20] during which he made 47 appearances and scored one goal.[21]

Crawley Town[edit]

Rusk joined Conference Premier team Crawley Town on 27 May 2009.[22] He made his debut as a 22nd-minute substitute in a 4–0 defeat against Mansfield Town.[23] Rusk went on to feature regularly during his first season for the club, making 42 appearances, many of which were at right-back. He was offered a new one-year contract in April 2010, which he signed in May.[24][25] He retired following the end of the 2010–11 to take a role with Crawley's Centre of Excellence ahead of their first season in the Football League.[26] He was appointed a youth team coach at Brighton & Hove Albion on 6 March 2012, a role involving overseeing the development of the club's scholars and managing the under-18 team.[27]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Rusk was capped three times by the Scotland national under-18 team.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Rusk playing for York City in 2008
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boston United 2000–01[28] 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
2001–02[29] 27 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 29 2
2002–03[30] 18 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 21 2
2003–04[31] 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
2004–05[32] 31 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 38 3
2005–06[33] 34 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 38 4
2006–07[34] 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 140 12 8 1 5 0 5 0 158 13
Northwich Victoria 2007–08[35] 16 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 19 2
Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 2007–08[35] 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
York City 2007–08[14] 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2008–09[21] 37 0 2 0 0 0 8 1 47 1
Total 51 0 2 0 0 0 8 1 61 1
Crawley Town 2009–10[36] 38 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 42 0
2010–11[37] 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Total 54 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 59 0
Career total 267 14 15 1 5 0 16 1 303 16
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Conference League Cup, FA Trophy and Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Boston United

Crawley Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 539. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ a b "Simon Rusk Biography". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Simon Rusk Career History". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1999/00 Transfers". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Boston United Squad 2001/2002". Boston United FC – The Original Website. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Talbot and Rusk have to pay price". BBC Sport. 12 December 2005. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rusk sidelined until the New Year". BBC Sport. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Rusk becomes Vics' latest signing". BBC Sport. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c Simpson, Andrew (5 January 2008). "Rusk heads for Vics exit". Northwich Guardian. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Ebbsfleet 2–1 Northwich". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Rushden recruit Northwich's Rusk". BBC Sport. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "York recruit Vics midfielder Rusk". BBC Sport. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "York 2–0 Aldershot". BBC Sport. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Batters, Dave (2008). York City The Complete Record. The Breedon Books Publishing Company Limited. pp. 411–421. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  15. ^ "York City v Woking". Blue Square Premier. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  16. ^ "Torquay 1–1 York". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "York 1–1 Salisbury". BBC Sport. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  18. ^ Flett, Dave (5 November 2008). "Setanta Shield: York City 1, Mansfield Town 1 (4–2 on pens)". The Press. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Stevenage Borough 2–0 York City". BBC Sport. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "York City release seven players". BBC Sport. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Season 2008/2009:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Midfielder Rusk joins Crawley". BBC Sport. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Mansfield 4–0 Crawley". BBC Sport. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "Crawley Town release Simon Rayner and Karl Broadhurst". BBC Sport. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  25. ^ "CTFC – Posted 7th May 2010". Crawley Town F.C. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  26. ^ "Craig McAllister rejects Crawley Town deal". BBC Sport. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "Rusk is new Albion youth team coach". The Argus. Brighton. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Season 2000/2001:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  29. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Season 2001/2002:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
    "Boston 3–1 Telford". BBC Sport. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  30. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Season 2002/2003:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
    "Wrexham 1–1 Boston United". BBC Sport. 17 August 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
    "Bristol Rovers 0–2 Boston". BBC Sport. 20 August 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  31. ^ "Season 2003/2004:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  32. ^ "Season 2004/2005:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  33. ^ "Season 2005/2006:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  34. ^ "Season 2006/2007:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  35. ^ a b "Season 2007/2008:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  36. ^ "Season 2009/2010:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  37. ^ "Season 2010/2011:". Sportbox.tv. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 

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