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Liam Dickinson
Personal information
Full name Liam Michael Dickinson
Date of birth 4 October 1985 (1985-10-04) (age 24)
Place of birth Salford, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Peterborough United
(on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
Number 7
Youth career
Blackpool
Bolton
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Irlam Town
2002–2003 Swinton Town
2003–2004 Trafford 43 (11)
2004–2005 Woodley Sports 38 (9)
2005–2008 Stockport County 94 (33)
2008–2009 Derby County 0 (0)
2008 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (6)
2008 Blackpool (loan) 7 (4)
2009 Leeds United (loan) 8 (0)
2009– Brighton & Hove Albion 27 (4)
2010 Peterborough United (loan) 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:52, 12 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Liam Michael Dickinson (born 4 October 1985 in Salford, Greater Manchester) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for English Championship One side Peterborough United, where he is on loan from League One team Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Career

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Early career

Dickinson began his career at Blackpool's Centre of Excellence where he was offered a contract, but he chose instead to sign for Bolton Wanderers[1] before joining Blackburn Rovers where he was in their academy but at sixteen was released before signing a full time contract.[2][3] He then spent some time out of the game, working full time as a graphic designer for a graphic design company[4] and playing sunday league football before playing in the Manchester League with Irlam and then Swinton Town. When he was eighteen he started playing semi-professionally when he signed for North West Counties Football League club Trafford after a short trial in December 2003. He made 43 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals until a move to Woodley Sports in 2004 where, despite injury problems, he scored nine goals in 38 appearances.[3][5][6]

Dickinson later said of his early career, "Playing football on a Saturday was just an activity for me, a hobby, something you do for fun than an actual career prospect."[6]

Stockport County

After impressing during a trial in November 2005, Stockport County signed him for £2,000 in December.[2][3]

He made his debut on 2 January 2006 as a 71st minute substitute against Cheltenham Town at Edgeley Park scoring just five minutes later in a 2-2 draw.[5][7] On 21 March 2006 he signed a contract extension with the club until July 2008.[8]

His tally of seven goals in the 2005-06 season played a large part in the club's survival in League Two. He also added seven more league goals for County in the 2006-07 season. He did not score until Boxing Day in a 2-0 win over Notts County, then adding six more before the end of the season.

During the 2007-08 season he had his most prolific term as a Football League player hitting the net 21 times from 32 starts, winning Stockport's Player of the year award in the process. He got the decisive goal in the League Two Semi-Final, Second Leg on 17 May 2008 against Wycombe Wanderers at Edgeley Park[9] and then scored Stockport's third goal in the League Two Play-Off Final against Rochdale at Wembley Stadium on 26 May as Stockport won 3–2 and were promoted to League One[10] to enhance his reputation on a national scale.

In June 2008, he was linked with a move to Championship clubs Derby County [11] and Blackpool [12] On 11 June Stockport stated that they had received no offers for Dickinson and insisted he was not for sale despite reports Derby County had an offer rejected.[13]

Derby County

Dickinson signed for Derby County on 1 July 2008 for a fee of around £750,000,[14] becoming Paul Jewell's ninth signing of the 2008-09 pre-season. In order for Dickinson to gain more experience, Jewell sent him on an initial one-month loan to League One club Huddersfield Town, on 19 August 2008. He made his debut in Town's 3-1 defeat by Milton Keynes Dons on 23 August. His first goal for the Terriers came in their 2-1 defeat by Millwall in which he fired in a powerful overhead kick to give the Terriers the lead on 30 August. On 13 September, he grabbed his first goal at the Galpharm Stadium where he scored to give Town the lead against Tranmere Rovers, but Town lost 2-1. Dickinson had his loan spell extended twice more before returning to Derby on 17 November 2008.

On 27 November 2008 Dickinson signed for Blackpool on loan.[15] Two days later he made a scoring debut for Blackpool, netting both of the Seasiders' goals in their 2–1 victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. His first came just three minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for fellow loanee Steve Kabba.[16] In his full home debut for Blackpool, on 6 December, Dickinson again scored twice in the second half as the Tangerines beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 at Bloomfield Road.[17][18] Blackpool manager Simon Grayson said of Dickinson, "He has character and he's an honest lad. He's had a bit of a rollercoaster career but he might now have earned legend status here."[19] Two days later Dickinson was named by the Football League in the Championship "Team Of The Week".[20][21] Interviewed by Sky Sports on 12 December 2008, Dickinson said of his meteoric rise in football, "It's only three years ago, I was paying subs on a Sunday to play football and it's changed dramatically. To be at a massive club like Derby County and on loan to a big club like Blackpool, I have to pinch myself sometimes."[4].

When Paul Jewell resigned as Derby manager on 28 December,[22] the first move by caretaker manager Chris Hutchings was to recall Dickinson from his loan spell at Blackpool. [23]

Loan Move To Leeds United

On the last day of the January 2009 transfer window Dickinson agreed to a loan move to Leeds United, but the papers arrived at the Football League 14 minutes after the deadline. The transfer was thus void despite appeals to the Football League from Leeds.[24] Negotiations between Leeds United and Derby County for Dickinson to sign on an emergency loan for 93 days continued and he was expected to move at the end of February, however the move was put on hold because he suffered an injury.[25] He joined Leeds on loan for the rest of the season on 13 March 2009.[26] However, he failed to score a goal whilst at Leeds as they failed to earn promotion. The loan move was regarded as a total disaster by fans, and Dickinson received some abuse during the games from Leeds fans because of his poor performances. On his return to Derby, Dickinson was told he was not part of the plans at Derby and that it was likely he would be allowed to move on a season-long loan.[27] On 3 July it was revealed that Dickinson was the subject of two 'small' bids from Norwich City, both of which were rejected,[28] leaving Dickinson to criticise the club for placing an 'unrealistic' valuation on him.[29]

Brighton & Hove Albion

On 14 July 2009, Dickinson transferred to League One side Brighton & Hove Albion for £300,000, where he signed a three-year contract.[30] After finding first-team opportunities difficult to come by, manager Gus Poyet allowed Dickinson to sign a loan deal with Championship side Peterborough until the end of the season. [31]

Loan Move To Peterborough United

Dickinson scored on his debut against Ipswich Town. He received a standing ovation when he was replaced with minutes to go. Peterborough went on to win 3-1. He Said in an interview shortly after the game "I'd be happy to spend the rest of my career here". His second goal for Peterborough came in a 1-0 away win against Watford FC; where he lobbed keeper Scott Loach from 30 yards. This was the Posh's first away win of the season.

Honours

Stockport County

References

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  2. ^ a b "Stockport sign striker Dickinson". BBC Sport. 2005-12-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stockport/4553806.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ a b c "Profiles - Liam Dickinson". Stockport County F.C.. http://www.stockportcountyfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10419~36087,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Big League Weekend 1, 12 December". Sky Sports Big League Weekend. 2008-12-12.
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  7. ^ "Stockport 2 Cheltenham 0". Soccerbase. 2 January 2006. http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=474390. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
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  24. ^ "Leeds miss out on Derby striker". bbc.co.uk. 3 February 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leeds_united/7868062.stm. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  25. ^ "Leeds wait on injured Dickinson". bbc.co.uk. 23 February 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leeds_united/7883352.stm. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  26. ^ news.bbc.co.uk/sport (13 March 2009). "Leeds snap up Dickinson on loan". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leeds_united/7942049.stm/. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  27. ^ Derby Evening Telegraph (19 June 2009). "Striker Liam in line for long loan". http://therams.co.uk/stories/striker-liam-in-line-for-long-loan. 
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  31. ^ "Dickinson Departs". The Argus. 2010-02-15. http://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/argusgeneralsportsnews/5008293.Dickinson_departs/. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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