Asa Hall

Asa Philip Hall (born 29 November 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League club Torquay United.

Asa Hall
Asa Hall 2017-02-25 1.jpg
Hall playing for York City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Asa Philip Hall[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-29) 29 November 1986 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Dudley, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Torquay United
Number 8
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
0000–2004 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006Boston United (loan) 12 (0)
2007Ashford Town (Kent) (loan) 10 (1)
2008Shrewsbury Town (loan) 15 (3)
2008–2010 Luton Town 74 (15)
2010–2012 Oxford United 75 (11)
2012–2014 Shrewsbury Town 32 (2)
2013Aldershot Town (loan) 16 (0)
2013Oxford United (loan) 19 (3)
2014–2017 Cheltenham Town 45 (3)
2017York City (loan) 13 (1)
2017–2018 Barrow 37 (3)
2018– Torquay United 65 (14)
National team
2005 England U19 1 (0)
2005 England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:33, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Hall turned professional with Birmingham City, but never played for their first team. He went on to play in the Football League for Boston United, Shrewsbury Town (on loan), Luton Town and Oxford United before rejoining Shrewsbury Town in 2012. He spent time on loan at Aldershot Town and back at Oxford United in 2013.

He represented England at under-19 and under-20 level.

CareerEdit

Birmingham CityEdit

Hall was born in Dudley, West Midlands.[1] He played football in the youth system at Wolverhampton Wanderers before moving to Birmingham City,[2] where he signed his first professional contract at the age of 17.[3] By 18 he was a regular in the reserve team.[4] Birmingham's Academy director Stewart Hall described him as "the outstanding prospect in the under-18 group" and he was expected to challenge for a first team place.[2] In March 2005 he made his debut for England under-19s,[5] and in May, he was named Birmingham's young player of the 2004–05 season.[6] Later that year he played for England under-20s.[7]

Loan spellsEdit

Hall made 12 appearances during three months spent on loan at League Two club Boston United in the 2005–06 season.[8] He signed a one-year contract with Birmingham before the 2006–07 season,[9] spent the last month of the season on loan at Ashford Town (Kent),[10] and signed a further year's contract with Birmingham before the 2007–08 season.[11]

In January 2008, Hall joined Shrewsbury Town of League Two on loan for the remainder of the season.[12] He made his debut for the Shrews on 19 January against Morecambe, and scored the first goal in a 2–0 win.[13] Hall was offered a permanent deal with Shrewsbury by their manager Gary Peters before his sacking in March. In May, when Hall was released by Birmingham, Peters' replacement Paul Simpson also offered him a contract. The player appeared keen to sign but eventually rejected the offer.[14]

Luton TownEdit

Hall signed for Luton Town in August 2008.[15] He was a regular member of the first team,[16] and helped the club reach the 2009 Football League Trophy Final, scoring in the penalty shoot-out to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-final.[17] The next season, Hall was again a regular player, though the arrival of Simon Heslop in March saw him demoted to the bench by new Luton manager Richard Money.[citation needed] Hall was released from his Luton contract at the end of the season, having made 89 appearances and scored 17 goals in his time at the club.[18]

Oxford UnitedEdit

On 20 May 2010, Hall signed for Oxford United, newly promoted back to the Football League, on a two-year deal.[19]

Hall decided not to renew his contract with Oxford, preferring to return nearer his Midlands home.[20]

Shrewsbury TownEdit

 
Hall playing for Oxford United in 2013

In May 2012, Hall agreed to rejoin Shrewsbury Town in July after his Oxford contract expired,[20] and made his second Shrewsbury debut as a substitute in a League Cup match against Leeds United on 11 August.[21] In February 2013 Hall moved to Aldershot Town on loan; he made 16 league appearances before returning to Shrewsbury at the end of the season. In May 2013, Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner said he intended to talk to Hall about his future with the club,[22] and he was sent on another loan spell at Oxford United on 3 July.[23]

Hall returned to Shrewsbury at the end of his loan in January 2014, with Turner indicating he was no longer part of his plans and was available for transfer.[24] Despite this, he was allocated a squad number and appeared as a substitute in Shrewsbury's next match against Leyton Orient.[25] With Turner departing the club later that month, Hall expressed his desire to stay at Shrewsbury and fight for his place, despite interest from his former Oxford manager Chris Wilder to sign him at his new club Northampton Town.[26]

Following Shrewsbury's relegation, Hall was released at the end of his contract.[27]

Cheltenham TownEdit

On 28 May 2014, Hall signed for League Two club Cheltenham Town on a two-year contract.[28] He tore his calf four minutes into his debut, and complications from that injury kept him out for a year.[28][29]

On 23 February 2017, Hall joined National League club York City on a one-month loan.[30] On 21 May 2017, he started as York beat Macclesfield Town 3–2 at Wembley Stadium in the 2017 FA Trophy Final.[31] Hall was released by Cheltenham at the end of 2016–17.[32]

BarrowEdit

Hall signed for National League club Barrow on 23 June 2017.[33] He was made available for transfer at the end of the 2017–18 season.[34]

Torquay UnitedEdit

Hall signed for newly relegated National League South club Torquay United on 21 June 2018.[35]

Career statisticsEdit

{{Updated|match played 2 January 2021}

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2005–06[36] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Boston United (loan) 2005–06[36] League Two 12 0 12 0
Ashford Town (Kent) (loan) 2006–07[37] Isthmian League Division One South 10 1 10 1
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2007–08[38] League Two 15 3 15 3
Luton Town 2008–09[16] League Two 42 10 2 0 2 0 5[a] 1 51 11
2009–10[39] Conference Premier 32 5 5 1 1[b] 0 38 6
Total 74 15 7 1 2 0 6 1 89 17
Oxford United 2010–11[40] League Two 41 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 44 4
2011–12[41] League Two 34 7 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 38 7
Total 75 11 2 0 3 0 2 0 82 11
Shrewsbury Town 2012–13[42] League One 15 2 1 0 1 0 1[a] 1 18 3
2013–14[43] League One 17 0 17 0
Total 32 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 35 3
Aldershot Town (loan) 2012–13[42] League Two 16 0 16 0
Oxford United (loan) 2013–14[43] League Two 19 3 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 21 3
Cheltenham Town 2014–15[44] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16[45] National League 34 2 2 0 1[c] 0 37 2
2016–17[46] League Two 10 1 0 0 1 0 2[d] 0 13 1
Total 45 3 2 0 1 0 3 0 51 3
York City (loan) 2016–17[45] National League 13 1 3[c] 0 16 1
Barrow 2017–18[45] National League 37 3 0 0 1[c] 0 38 3
Torquay United 2018–19[45][47] National League South 32 6 3 1 1[c] 0 36 7
2019–20[45] National League 19 4 0 0 1[c] 0 20 4
2020–21[45] National League 14 4 2 3 0 0 16 7
Total 65 14 5 4 2 0 72 18
Career total 413 56 17 5 8 0 19 2 457 63
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in Conference Premier play-offs
  3. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

Luton Town

Cheltenham Town

York City

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Young star gets England call". Birmingham City F.C. 18 March 2005. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012.
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  7. ^ "England's matches: The under 20's". England Football Online. Chris Goodwin, Glen Isherwood & Peter Young. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Hall leaves Pilgrims after loan". BBC Sport. 9 April 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  9. ^ Tattum, Colin (9 May 2006). "Blues stunner as axe falls on Kenny". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Quartet offered new deals". Birmingham City F.C. 14 May 2007. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011.
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  14. ^ "Hall turns down Shrewsbury deal". BBC Sport. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
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  17. ^ "Price sends Luton to Wembley". Sky Sports. 17 February 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
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  41. ^ "Games played by Asa Hall in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
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  43. ^ a b "Games played by Asa Hall in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  44. ^ "Games played by Asa Hall in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
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  47. ^ For FA Cup ties not covered by Soccerway: "FA Cup: Lymington Town 0–7 Torquay United". Torquay United F.C. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
    "Emirates FA Cup: Brightlingsea Regent 0–3 Torquay United". Torquay United F.C. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2020.

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