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Dean Sturridge
Personal information
Full name Dean Constantine Sturridge
Date of birth July 26, 1973 (1973-07-26) (age 36)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–2001 Derby County 190 (53)
1994 Torquay United (loan) 10 (5)
2001 Leicester City 22 (6)
2001–2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers 75 (28)
2003–2004 Sheffield United (loan) 4 (0)
2005–2006 Queens Park Rangers 11 (0)
2006–2007 Kidderminster Harriers 6 (0)
Total 318 (92)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dean Constantine Sturridge (born July 26, 1973 in Birmingham, England) is an English former footballer, who played as a striker.

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Playing career

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Derby County

Sturridge began his career as a trainee at Derby County, and worked his way through the ranks to make his first team debut on January 11, 1992 in a 1-0 defeat at Southend United.

He gained more first team action over the next years, particularly at lowly Torquay United during a loan spell in the 1994-95 season. He then returned to score 20 goals that fired Derby to the Premier League. His first year in the top flight was also successful, scoring 11 league goals, including one of the goals of the season against Arsenal.

He played five seasons in the Premier League for the club, and is their record goalscorer in the Premier League era (32 Premier League goals). After 9 years service, he left for local rivals Leicester City in January 2001 for £375,000.

Leicester City

Sturridge's time at Leicester was far less successful than at Derby, and the subsequent big money (£5million) buy of Ade Akinbiyi saw his place often under threat. He scored 7 goals during 25 appearances in total before being loaned to First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2001, just 10 months after his arrival at Filbert Street.[1]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

His time at Wolves started brightly as he netted four times in his opening two games. This convinced the club to make the loan permanent after the initial month and he signed for £350,000 on Christmas Eve 2001. [2]

His goalscoring form continued throughout the season, and he finished as the club's leading goalscorer with 21 goals in total, which took them to the play-offs. The following season saw him notch another 11 which again helped the team achieve a play-off finish, where they won promotion to the Premier League after a 3-0 final win over Sheffield United.

The striker didn't enjoy much of the team's top flight season as a combination of injuries and new arrivals sidelined him for all but 5 games, and he was loaned out to Sheffield United.[3]

He was unable to put his injury problems behind him though and never regained a regular starting place for Wolves again. He moved on to Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer in March 2005.[4]

Queens Park Rangers

Here, his injury problems continued and he was only able to appear in 11 matches for the team, and never scored for them. In December 2005, it was announced that he would be leaving the club.

Kidderminster Harriers

On June 26, 2006 Sturridge joined Kidderminster Harriers on a one-year deal along with former Tamworth goalkeeper Scott Bevan, possibly becoming the biggest name player the club have ever signed[5].

Sturridge's time at Kidderminster didn't work out well, despite initially earning praise from his new manager Mark Yates over his positive attitude[6]. He featured in six matches without finding the net, before suffering an Achilles tendon injury which ended his season prematurely.

He was not offered a new contract at the end of season.[7]

BBC Radio Derby

Sturridge was acting as match summariser for BBC Radio Derby, following the sudden departure of Ted McMinn after the first match of the 2007-08 season[8]. In this role he co-commentates, alongside Ross Fletcher, on all games played by his old club, Derby County. However on the last game of the season, he revealed that he would not be returning to this role for the 2008-09 season as he wanted to focus on his coaching work.

Trivia

  • His brother Simon was also a professional footballer, most notably playing for Birmingham City and Stoke City.
  • His nephew Daniel is a striker at Chelsea F.C.
  • Dean appeared in the fictional football drama Dream Team on Sky One (as himself) as a Harchester United player and was valued as a £5 million player.

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