Solly March

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Solly March
Solly March 2018.jpg
March playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018
Personal information
Full name Solomon Benjamin March[1]
Date of birth (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Eastbourne, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 20
Youth career
2009–2010 Eastbourne Borough
2010–2011 Lewes
2011–2013 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Lewes 1 (0)
2011– Brighton & Hove Albion 146 (9)
National team
2014 England U20 4 (0)
2014–2017 England U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:23, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Solomon Benjamin March (born 20 July 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Early life[edit]

March was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex. His father, Steve, had been an apprentice footballer at Brighton & Hove Albion in the late 1980s.[4] March attended secondary school at Ringmer Community College and St Bede's School, Hailsham.[5] Between 2008 and 2012 March played cricket for Hellingly C.C.[6]

Club career[edit]

Lewes[edit]

March played at Crystal Palace between the ages of 11 and 13 and then switched from Eastbourne Borough to fellow East Sussex club Lewes as a youth player.[7][8] Lewes were playing in the Isthmian League Premier Division, and the 17-year-old March made his first-team debut on 10 September 2011, coming on in the 86th minute as a substitute against Aveley,[9] when he was offered a scholarship by Brighton & Hove Albion.[4]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

Early days at Brighton[edit]

March signed a three-year contract with Brighton in December 2011.[10] At the time of his transfer it was reported by the Brighton Argus that March had also been offered a contract with Millwall and a trial with Newcastle United.[11] Lewes manager Steve King suggested that March had been attracted to Brighton because of the style of football they were playing under manager Gus Poyet and because the move to another East Sussex club would allow him to remain close to his family.[4]

While progressing through Brighton's youth squad, March quickly made an impact for the side and scored a hat–trick, in a 3–1 win over Stevenage's youth squad on 18 February 2012.[12] While still a member of Brighton's development squad, 2013 saw the beginning of March's senior career. During the last half of the 2012–13 season, March made the bench for three senior Championship games but did not make an appearance.[13] March impressed in Brighton's youth squad, earning himself the team's Young Player of the Year Award 2013[14] and a contract extension until 2015.[15]

2013–14[edit]

He then performed well in pre-season friendlies with the first team prior to the start of the 2013–14 season; highlighted with a 'superb' goal against Norwich City.[16] March was a named substitute in five of the first six games in the 2013–14 season and was substituted on in the 85th and 91st minutes against Derby County and Burnley respectively,[17] thus creating his debut in Brighton's first team. Around November, March's first team opportunities became limited, leading to rumours that he's expected to be loaned out.[18] However, the move never happened and he stayed at the club.[19] Despite this, March scored his first senior goal for the Albion in an FA Cup fourth round tie at Port Vale on 25 January 2014. The game also saw Rohan Ince and Jon Obika score their first goals for the club in a 3–1 win.[20] For the rest of the season, March was given a handful of first team opportunities, resulting him making 28 appearances in all competitions.[21][22][23] Because of this, March signed a new four-year deal with the Seagulls in April 2014.[24]

2014–15[edit]

March playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2014 against former club Lewes in a pre season friendly.

To begin the 2014–15 season, March worked on improving his match fitness.[25] However, his progress stalled as he suffered a lower back problem that would rule him out for several months.[26] After returning to training from injury,[27] March made his first appearance of the season, coming on as a second half substitute, in a 2–1 loss against Fulham on 29 November 2014.[28] In the club's second meeting against Fulham thirty days later, on 29 December 2014, he scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–0 win.[29] This was followed up by setting up a goal for Rohan Ince, who scored the only goal of the game, in a win over Charlton Athletic.[30] March went on to have a handful of first team appearances until February when he suffered a calf injury during a 3–2 loss against Nottingham Forest on 7 February 2015, in what turns out to be his last appearance of the season.[31] Initially out for weeks, March was eventually for the rest of the season.[32][33] Despite this, he went on to make 13 appearances and scoring once in all competitions.

2015–16[edit]

In the 2015–16 season, March returned to the first team from injury[34] and started the season well when he set up a goal for Kazenga LuaLua, in a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest.[35] Since returning from injury, March regained his first team place at the club, mostly in the right–midfield position.[36] He then scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–1 win over Leeds United on 17 October 2015.[37] He went on to score two goals later in the season against MK Dons[38] and Birmingham City.[39] His performance throughout November earned him a nomination for November's Player of the Month but lost out to Daryl Murphy.[40][41] However, on 12 December 2015, March suffered a season ending knee injury during a 2–2 draw against Derby County.[42] Despite this, March made 17 appearances and scored three times for Brighton in the 2015–16 season.

2016–17[edit]

At the beginning of the 2016–17 season, March remained sidelined out of the first team since returning from a knee injury.[43] He returned to action from injury in a reserve match against Aston Villa’s U23 side on 22 August 2016.[44] After playing in the reserve side for the first few months since returning from injury,[45] March signed a contract extension with Brighton, keeping him at the club until 2020.[46] March made his return to the first team on 5 November 2016, coming on as a second–half substitute in a 2–0 win over Bristol City.[47] March then scored his first goal of the season, in a 3–3 draw against Brentford on 5 February 2017.[48] This was followed up by setting up two goals in a 4–1 win over Burton Albion.[49] March went on to score two more goals throughout the season, against Rotherham United[50] and Wigan Athletic, with the Wigan goal on 17 April 2017 being the decider in Brighton's promotion.[51] Since returning to the first team from injury, March began to regained his first team in the midfield position and played a key role in the side gaining promotion to the Premier League.[52][53][54] At the end of the 2016–17 season, March went on to make 24 appearances and scoring three times in all competitions.

2017–18[edit]

In the 2017–18 season, March made his Premier League debut, where he started and played for 75 minutes before being substituted, in a 2–0 loss against Manchester City.[55] March scored his first Premier League goal for Brighton on 15 September 2017, the opening goal in a 2–1 away defeat to AFC Bournemouth.[56]

2018–19[edit]

On 16 December 2018 March scored his 10th goal for the Albion in a 2−1 home defeat to Chelsea in which was his first Premier League goal at The Amex.[57] On 17 March 2019, Jurgen Locadia scored in the FA Cup quarter final away against Millwall. His goal gave Brighton a lifeline putting them just a goal behind at The Den. A few minutes later March scored a last gasp free kick making it 2–2 and to take it to extra time. The game stayed level throughout extra time and Brighton went to win on penalties 5–4 (in which Locadia and March both scored in) to take them to Wembley.[58]

International career[edit]

March was named by Gareth Southgate as a forward in the England Under-21 squad in May 2014. The squad will play a Euro U-21s qualification match against Wales and at least four games at the Toulon Tournament. March had not previously played for England at any level.[59] After appearing as an unused substitute against Wales U21 on 19 May 2014,[60] Solly made his England under-21 debut against Qatar U20 on 22 May 2014.[61] On 27 March 2017, March scored his first international goal in a U21 friendly against Denmark U21 with a strike from outside the box.[62]

Style of play[edit]

March typically plays on the wing either in midfield or as part of a forward line. Steve King, his former manager at Lewes, described March as a "technically very good" player who "has bags of energy, is a box-to-box player, has a good left foot, a good shot, he sees things early and the weight of his passes is very good."[4][8]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2017, following Brighton & Hove Albion's promotion to the Premier League, March became engaged to girlfriend Amelia Goldman after proposing to her in Dubai.[63]

Career statistics[edit]

As of end of 2018–2019 season
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
Lewes 2011–12[64] Isthmian League
Premier Division
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2012–13[65] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[66] Championship 23 0 4 1 0 0 1[a] 0 28 1
2014–15[67] Championship 11 1 2 0 0 0 13 1
2015–16[68] Championship 16 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 3
2016–17[69] Championship 25 3 2 0 0 0 27 3
2017–18[70] Premier League 36 1 3 0 1 0 40 1
2018–19[71] Premier League 35 1 2 1 0 0 37 2
Total 146 9 14 2 2 0 1 0 163 11
Brighton & Hove Albion U23 2016–17[69] 1[b] 0 1 0
Career total 147 9 14 2 2 0 2 0 165 11
  1. ^ Appearance in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion

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