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Billy Sharp
Personal information
Full name William Louis Sharp
Date of birth February 5, 1986 (1986-02-05) (age 24)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Doncaster Rovers
(on loan from Sheffield United)
Number 5
Youth career
Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Sheffield United 2 (0)
2005 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 16 (9)
2005–2007 Scunthorpe United 82 (53)
2007– Sheffield United 51 (8)
2009– Doncaster Rovers (loan) 30 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:35, 13 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

William Louis "Billy" Sharp (born 5 February 1986 in Sheffield) is an English professional footballer currently playing as a striker for Doncaster Rovers, whom he joined on loan from Sheffield United.

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Career

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Sheffield United

Sharp started at Rotherham United as a schoolboy in the Academy after leaving his Sunday league team, but opted to join the Sheffield United Academy after Rotherham turned him away.

Sharp signed for Sheffield United as a schoolboy in 2002 but, after leaving the Academy, he failed to establish himself in manager Neil Warnock's squad. He made only two brief substitute appearances for United, the second and final of which coming in the last game of the 2004-2005 season.

Rushden and Diamonds (loan)

In January 2005, he went on loan to Rushden and Diamonds. Despite playing only 16 games Sharp became a very popular figure.[citation needed] Scoring 9 goals, one of them a last minute winner in the 3-2 win over local rivals Northampton Town, he helped prevent the club being relegated.

Scunthorpe United

After returning from his loan spell, Sharp made two substitute appearances for Sheffield United before he was sold to Scunthorpe United for £100,000 in August 2005. He soon became a firm favourite at Glanford Park scoring 24 goals in his first season with the league one club.

Sharp scored the 50th goal of his career in the 2-0 win at Carlisle United on 9 December 2006. He was featured on ITV's The Championship, and Scunthorpe United chairman Steve Wharton claimed he would reject a bid of £2 million for Sharp.

Sharp broke the Iron's 45 year old club record for most goals scored in a season on 28 April 2007. Barrie Thomas was the previous holder.

Sharp netted 30[1] times in the league in the 2006-07 season guiding his team to promotion into the Coca Cola Championship. This was the highest total in the 4 leagues of England [2] [3] [4] [5]. He scored a header in the televised defeat to Aston Villa, which only served to enhance his reputation across the nation. In all, he scored 56 goals in 95 games for Scunthorpe during his two seasons at Glanford Park.

With his goalscoring feats in the 2006–07 season, there was predictable interest from other clubs in Sharp, and a number of clubs made bids for the striker as the season ended. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Return to Sheffield United

Ultimately, lifelong Blades fan Sharp rejoined Sheffield United on 4 July, 2007 for a fee of around £2 million, a deal that also saw Sheffield United's Jonathan Forte transferred to Scunthorpe. Sharp was allocated the number 24 shirt.[11]

Sharp made his full Sheffield United first team debut in the opening game of the 2007–08 season, a 2–2 draw with Colchester United.[12] He scored his first competitive goals for the club in September, scoring two against Morecambe in a 5-0 third round Carling Cup victory[13] but had to wait until March to score his first league goal, in a 2-1 win at home against Coventry City.[14] After finally breaking his duck he went on to score three more times before the end of the season.

Sharp started the 2008–09 season brightly, scoring a perfect hat-trick (header, right foot, left foot) in the Blades' first home game, against Queens Park Rangers. He scored the equaliser in a 1-1 home draw to Coventry a few weeks later, but that proved to be his last league goal of the season. Sharp did score twice more in the FA Cup including a goal against Hull City during a fifth-round replay. During the same game, Sharp was incorrectly booked for diving by referee Peter Walton who later apologised for his mistake.[15] With the club rebuilding the team following their failure to gain promotion, Sharp was placed on the transfer list in July 2009. [16]

Doncaster Rovers

Sharp was constantly linked with moves to both Doncaster and Notts County over the summer of 2009, and on transfer deadline day he signed for Doncaster on a season-long loan.[17] His first goal for the club came against his former club Scunthorpe United on 26 September 2009. He then scored against Peterborough United on 20 October and bagged a brace against Blackpool on 31 October. He then scored the first in a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. He is fast becoming a hero to the Rovers supporters. He added to his tally with a consolation goal in the 4-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Sharp also scored away to Crystal Palace and home to Sheffield Wednesday in the first week of December. Sharp then got the winner as he scored the only goal against Bristol City and then scored again scored in Doncaster's 2-0 win over Derby County, this was his 10th of the Season. His excellent form resulted in him winning the PFA Championship Player of the Month award for December 2009 and led to speculation that Rovers would try to sign him on a permanent basis.[18]

Statistics

Club Performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2009-10 30 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 15
Sheffield United 2009-10 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2008-09 22 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 5
2007-08 29 4 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 36 6
Scunthorpe United 2006-07 45 30 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 50 32
2005-06 37 23 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 45 24
Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 2004-05 16 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 9
Sheffield United 2004-05 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 156 71 13 2 9 4 0 0 2 1 179 77


1 Last updated 17 March 2010

Notes and References

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT Football - My Club - Sheff Utd - Sharp gets Blades return ticket". BBC News. 2007-07-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/6249576.stm. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - My Club - Chelsea - Drogba collects Golden Boot award:". BBC News. 2007-05-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/low/football/teams/c/chelsea/6664459.stm. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Divisional Scorers - The Football League - Stats - FLC". The Football League. http://www.football-league.premiumtv.co.uk/page/DivisionalScorers/0,,10794~20067,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Divisional Scorers - The Football League - Stats - FL1". The Football League. http://www.football-league.premiumtv.co.uk/page/DivisionalScorers/0,,10794~200625,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Divisional Scorers - The Football League - Stats: FL2". The Football League. http://www.football-league.premiumtv.co.uk/page/DivisionalScorers/0,,10794~200626,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Sharp must make decision on Owls". BBC Sport. 2007-05-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/scunthorpe_utd/6656749.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Iron reject Owls offer for Sharp". BBC Sport. 2007-05-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/scunthorpe_utd/6656749.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Iron confirm Norwich's Sharp bid". BBC Sport. 2007-05-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/6701663.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  9. ^ "Preston confirm interest in Sharp". BBC Sport. 2007-05-19. http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/preston/6672551.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Sharp in talks with Norwich". The Pink 'Un. 2007-06-20. http://www.pinkun.com/content/ncfc/story.aspx?brand=PINKUNOnline&category=Norwich&tBrand=PinkUnOnline&tCategory=Norwich&itemid=NOED20%20Jun%202007%2012%3A21%3A57%3A380. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  11. ^ "Sharp gets Blades' return ticket". BBC Sport. 2007-07-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/6249576.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  12. ^ "Sheff Utd 2-2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 2007-08-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/6931101.stm. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  13. ^ "Sheff Utd 5-0 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 2007-09-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/7008014.stm. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  14. ^ "Sheff Utd 2-1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 2008-11-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7285092.stm. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  15. ^ "Referee apologises for Hull goal". BBC Sport. 2009-02-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/7915275.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  16. ^ "Sharp put on Blades transfer list". BBC Sport. 2009-07-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/8173816.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  17. ^ "Doncaster bring in Sharp on loan". BBC Sport. 2009-09-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/doncaster/8232556.stm. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  18. ^ "Sharp win Championship award". Sky Sports. 2010-01-05. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11734_5833260,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 

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