Dean Sturridge

Dean Constantine Sturridge (born 26 July 1973) is an English former footballer who played as a striker. As of the 2013/14 Premier League season, he is a football match commentator for beIN Sports.

Dean Sturridge
Personal information
Full name Dean Constantine Sturridge
Date of birth 26 July 1973 (age 45)
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)
1994Torquay United (loan) 10 (5)
2001 Leicester City 22 (6)
2001–2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers 75 (28)
2003–2004Sheffield 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

Playing career

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 11 January 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, where he gained many admirers for his performances. 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, and the club's very first in the Premier League when they drew 3–3 at home to Leeds United in an opening day thriller at the Baseball Ground (from which they relocated to the new Pride Park Stadium 12 months later). Leeds had been 2–0 up when Sturridge found the net for the Rams in the 77th minute, before Paul Simpson pulled them level a minute later. Lee Bowyer sent Leeds back ahead in the 85th minute, before Sturridge scored again in the 87th minute to rescue the game for his team.[1]

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 nearly a decade with the Rams, 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, consistent injury problems and a change of manager saw his place 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.[2]

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. [3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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 26 June 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.[6]

Sturridge's time at Kidderminster didn't work out well, despite initially earning praise from his new manager Mark Yates over his positive attitude.[7] 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.[8]

International

In 1998, René Simões attempted to call up Sturridge for international duty with the Jamaica national football team for the 1998 World Cup but the offer was rejected.

Media

In 1998, Sturridge appeared in season one of the fictional football drama Dream Team on Sky One (as himself) as a Harchester United player and was valued as a £5 million player.[9]

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.[10] 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.

Personal life

His brother, Simon, was also a professional footballer, most notably playing for Birmingham City and Stoke City. He is the uncle of Daniel Sturridge, a striker who plays for Liverpool and the England team.

References

  1. ^ "Football Stats 17-08-1996 Derby vs Leeds". Statbunker.com. 17 August 1996. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Sturridge joins Wolves". BBC News. 22 November 2001. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Sturridge seals Wolves move". BBC News. 24 December 2001. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Sturridge joins Blades". BBC News. 30 December 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Sturridge completes move to QPR". BBC News. 18 March 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Harriers sign Sturridge and Bevan". BBC News. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Yates praises star man Sturridge". BBC News. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Kidderminster release Sturridge". BBC News. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Dream Team Official Website". Harchester.net. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  10. ^ Sturridge replaces McMinn at Radio Derby This is Derbyshire

External links

1991–92 Derby County F.C. season

During the 1991–92 English football season, Derby County F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division, following relegation from the First Division the previous season.

1994–95 Derby County F.C. season

During the 1994–95 English football season, Derby County F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

1996–97 Derby County F.C. season

The 1996–97 season was Derby County's first in the Premier League, following their promotion from the First Division the previous season.

1997–98 Derby County F.C. season

The 1997–98 English football season was Derby County's second consecutive season in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

1998–99 Derby County F.C. season

The 1998–99 English football season was Derby County F.C.'s third consecutive season in the Premier League.

1999–2000 Derby County F.C. season

The 1999–2000 English football season was Derby County F.C.'s fourth consecutive season in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

2000–01 Derby County F.C. season

During the 2000–01 English football season, Derby County competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

2000–01 Leicester City F.C. season

During the 2000–01 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

2001–02 Leicester City F.C. season

During the 2001–02 English football season, Leicester City competed in the FA Premier League (known as the Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

2001–02 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

The 2001–02 season was the 103rd season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

The season proved a notable disappointment for the club after being denied promotion in the play-offs. The team had sat in the automatic promotion spots for the majority of the campaign, but a late slump in form saw local rivals West Bromwich Albion pip them to second place. Defeat to Norwich City in the semi-finals then ended their hopes of returning to the top flight for the first time since 1984.The club had spent in excess of £11 million before and during the season to try to achieve promotion, in this, manager Dave Jones' first full season in charge.

2003 Football League First Division play-off Final

The 2003 Football League First Division play-off Final was a football match played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 26 May 2003 at the end of the 2002–03 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from the First Division to the Premier League, and was contested by Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves won the match 3–0, with three first-half goals, taking them back to the top flight for the first time in nineteen years.

2003–04 Sheffield United F.C. season

During the 2003–04 English football season, Sheffield United competed in the Football League First Division.

2003–04 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

The 2003–04 season was the 105th full season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the Premiership, the highest level of English football. This marked their first ever appearance in the modern Premier League, and their first season in the top flight since 1983–84. The club had been promoted after having won the play-off final at the end of the previous season to earn the final promotion spot.

Their return to the top level proved short-lived as the team struggled throughout the campaign and were eventually relegated in 20th place, finishing bottom of the division on goal difference, seven points short of safety. They became the third team in Premier League history to fail to win an away game in the process. Contributing to this outcome was a series of serious injuries to key players, with Matt Murray and Joleon Lescott missing the entire season and Mark Kennedy and Kenny Miller kept out for long periods.

2004–05 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

The 2004–05 season was the 106th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the 2nd tier of the English football system, the Football League Championship, after having suffered relegation from the Premier League during the previous campaign.

2005–06 Queens Park Rangers F.C. season

During the 2005–06 English football season, Queens Park Rangers F.C. competed in the Football League Championship.

Derby County F.C.–Leicester City F.C. rivalry

The fixture between Leicester City and Derby County is a football rivalry in the East Midlands. The fixture is often called an East Midlands derby. Although both clubs have a strong mutual dislike of each other, they both consider Nottingham Forest their main rivals.

List of Derby County F.C. players

This is a list of notable footballers who have played for Derby County. Generally, this means players that have played 100 or more first-class matches for the club. Other players who have played an important role for the club can be included, but the reason why they have been included should be added in the 'Notes' column.

For a list of all Derby County players, major or minor, with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Derby County F.C. players, and for the current squad see the main Derby County F.C. article.

List of Derby County F.C. seasons

This article chronicles the seasons of Derby County Football Club from their formation in 1884 to the present day.

Details of Derby County's final league position is given (from the 1888-1899 season, when The Football League was founded), along with which round they made it to in both the FA Cup, the League Cup (which began in the 1960-1961 season) and any European competitions that Derby had qualified for.

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