Wes Fletcher

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Wes Fletcher
Wes Fletcher 24-08-2013 1.jpg
Fletcher with York City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Wesleigh James Fletcher[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-28) 28 February 1991 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Ormskirk, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
The New Saints
Number 10
Youth career
Manchester United
2004–2007 Liverpool
2007–2009 Burnley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Burnley 0 (0)
2010 Grimsby Town (loan) 6 (1)
2010–2011 Stockport County (loan) 9 (1)
2011 Accrington Stanley (loan) 10 (2)
2011–2012 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 6 (1)
2013 Yeovil Town (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2015 York City 61 (16)
2015–2016 Motherwell 14 (1)
2016– The New Saints 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:33, 5 December 2016 (UTC).

Wesleigh James "Wes" Fletcher (born 28 February 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Welsh Premier League club The New Saints.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Ormskirk, Lancashire,[1] Fletcher played for the Manchester United youth team while he was at primary school.[citation needed] When he was 13 he joined Liverpool but failed to receive a Youth Team Scholarship (YTS).[citation needed] While representing Lancashire he was discovered by Burnley who did offer him a YTS.[citation needed]

Burnley[edit]

Fletcher was given his first professional contract by Burnley in March 2009 and became part of the first team for the 2009–10 season.[citation needed] In January 2010, Fletcher was sent out on loan to League Two club Grimsby Town and made his debut against Cheltenham Town on 16 January 2010, less than 24 hours after signing on loan.[3] He scored his first goal after coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat to Rotherham United on 23 January 2010.[3] He returned to Burnley on 24 February 2010.[4]

Fletcher made his debut for Burnley in the League Cup match against Morecambe on 24 August coming on as a substitute for Jay Rodriguez.[5] On 15 October 2010, he moved to Stockport County on a one-month loan.[6] He made his debut for the club on 16 October 2010, as part of a 2–1 victory over Barnet.[7] The loan was extended into a second, then third month.[8]

Fletcher had to wait almost another full year before his next appearance for Burnley, again in the League Cup coming on as a substitute for Jay Rodriguez in Burnley's 6–3 win over Burton Albion on 9 August 2011.[citation needed]

On 15 August 2011, Fletcher joined Accrington Stanley on loan until January 2012.[citation needed] On his Accrington debut he scored the winner in a 1–0 win at home to Bradford City.[citation needed] He returned to Burnley on 21 October 2011 after making 12 appearances.[citation needed]

On 28 February 2013, Fletcher joined League One club Yeovil Town on a one-month loan deal.[9] Fletcher was released by Burnley on 21 May 2013.[10]

York City[edit]

He signed for League Two club York City on a two-year contract on 13 June 2013.[11] His debut came as a 70th-minute substitute in a 4–0 home defeat to his former club Burnley in the first round of the League Cup on 6 August 2013.[12] Fletcher scored his first goals for York with two goals in a 4–2 home win over Portsmouth on 28 September 2013.[12]

Motherwell[edit]

On 27 June 2015, Fletcher signed with Scottish Premiership club Motherwell on a one-year contract.[13] On his debut, he scored after just four minutes, as Motherwell won 1–0 away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 1 August 2015.[14] He was released by the club at the end of 2015–16 after his contract expired.[15]

The New Saints[edit]

On 30 August 2016, Fletcher signed a two-year contract with Welsh Premier League club The New Saints.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Fletcher playing for York City in 2014
As of match played 22 November 2016
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
Burnley 2009–10[3] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[17] Championship 0 0 1 0 1 0
2011–12[18] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2012–13[19] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Grimsby Town (loan) 2009–10[3] League Two 6 1 6 1
Stockport County (loan) 2010–11[17] League Two 9 1 2 0 1[a] 0 12 1
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2011–12[18] League Two 10 2 2[a] 0 12 2
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2011–12[18] League Two 6 1 6 1
Yeovil Town (loan) 2012–13[19] League One 1 0 1 0
York City 2013–14[12] League Two 32 10 2 3 1 0 1[a] 0 36 13
2014–15[20] League Two 29 6 2 1 0 0 1[a] 0 32 7
Total 61 16 4 4 1 0 2 0 68 20
Motherwell 2015–16[21] Scottish Premiership 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
The New Saints 2016–17[22] Welsh Premier League 9 1 0 0 3 0 2[b] 0 14 1
Career total 116 23 6 4 6 0 7 0 135 27
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wes Fletcher". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2013). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2013–2014. London: Headline Publishing Group. p. 547. ISBN 978-0-7553-6413-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Games played by Wes Fletcher in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Scholes, Tony (24 February 2010). "Fletcher back at Turf Moor". Clarets Mad. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Scholes, Tony (25 August 2010). "Great night for Kingy and Wes". Clarets Mad. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Strike prospect Fletcher joins County set". Burnley F.C. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Stockport 2–1 Barnet". BBC Sport. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Stockport County extend Wes Fletcher's loan deal". BBC Sport. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Wes Fletcher: Burnley striker joins Yeovil Town on loan". BBC Sport. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Chris McCann: Burnley release long-serving midfielder". BBC Sport. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Flett, Dave (14 June 2013). "York City boss Nigel Worthington swoops to sign striker Wes Fletcher and keeper Chris Kettings". The Press. York. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Games played by Wes Fletcher in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Motherwell: Striker Wes Fletcher arrives from York City". BBC Sport. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Dowden, Martin (1 August 2015). "Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–1 Motherwell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Squad update: May 2016". Motherwell F.C. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Saints sign forward Fletcher". The New Saints F.C. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Wes Fletcher in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c "Games played by Wes Fletcher in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Wes Fletcher in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Wes Fletcher in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Wes Fletcher in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "W. Fletcher". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 

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