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David Matthew Mirfin (born 18 April 1985) is an English retired professional footballer who played as a centre back.

David Mirfin
Personal information
Full name David Matthew Mirfin[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-18) 18 April 1985 (age 34)[2]
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Playing position Centre back[4]
Youth career
0000–2003 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Huddersfield Town 161 (9)
2008–2011 Scunthorpe United 93 (4)
2011–2012 Watford 4 (0)
2012Scunthorpe United (loan) 19 (1)
2012–2017 Scunthorpe United 144 (6)
2015Hartlepool United (loan) 15 (0)
2017–2019 Mansfield Town 12 (1)
2019York City (loan) 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Huddersfield TownEdit

Mirfin was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.[5] He graduated from the Huddersfield Town Academy in the 2003–04 season and made an immediate impression, helping the team keep 16 clean sheets out of the 25 matches he appeared in that season and also scoring three goals as an emergency striker.[citation needed]

On 5 May 2007, Mirfin was voted the Player's Player of the Year, the Away Supporters' Top Performer and the Fans' Player of the Year.[citation needed] He also collected the Young Terriers Award and the Huddersfield Examiner Majority Man of the Match for the whole season.[citation needed]

During the 2007–08 season, Mirfin's chances seemed to be limited following a poor defensive partnership between him and Nathan Clarke, but following the arrival of Rob Page and the departure of manager Andy Ritchie, Mirfin found himself in a three-man central defence partnership with Page and Clarke, which after five matches kept four clean sheets.[citation needed]

Scunthorpe United and WatfordEdit

Mirfin signed for Huddersfield's League One rivals Scunthorpe United on 11 August 2008 on a three-year contract for a transfer fee of £150,000 plus add ons and a 25% sell-on clause.[6] He made his debut on 16 August in a 2–1 away defeat to Walsall, but his debut lasted just 10 minutes, after he was sent off for a foul on Jabo Ibehre.[7][8] His first goal for Scunthorpe came on 4 November in the Football League Trophy with a header in stoppage time in a 1–0 home over Rochdale, which put Scunthorpe into the northern area semi-final.[7][9] Mirfin was released by the club at the end of the 2010–11 season when his contract expired.[10]

Mirfin signed for Championship club Watford on 5 July 2011 on a two-year contract on a free transfer.[11] He made his debut on 23 August in a 1–1 draw away to Bristol Rovers in the League Cup, with Watford losing 4–2 in the resulting penalty shoot-out.[12]

Return to Scunthorpe UnitedEdit

Mirfin rejoined Scunthorpe United, now in League One, on 31 January 2012 on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season,[13] playing 19 matches.[12] He was released from his Watford contract by mutual consent on 31 July 2012 to re-sign for Scunthorpe permanently on a two-year contract.[14]

Mirfin joined League Two club Hartlepool United on 2 February 2015 on a one-month loan.[15]

Mansfield TownEdit

Mirfin signed for League Two club Mansfield Town on 23 May 2017 on a contract of undisclosed length on a free transfer.[16] He scored on his debut on 5 August in a 2–2 draw away to Crewe Alexandra with a shot at the far post from Joel Byrom's free kick.[17][18]

Mirfin joined National League North club York City on 1 February 2019 on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.[19] He made his debut the following day, starting in a 3–2 win away to Alfreton Town in the league.[20]

In May 2019 it was confirmed, that Mirfin had decided to retire.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 23 March 2019
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
Huddersfield Town 2002–03[22] Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04[23] Third Division 21 2 0 0 1 0 4[a] 1 26 3
2004–05[24] League One 41 4 1 0 1 0 1[b] 1 44 5
2005–06[25] League One 31 1 3 0 0 0 1[b] 1 35 2
2006–07[26] League One 38 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 39 1
2007–08[27] League One 29 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 34 1
Total 161 9 8 0 4 0 6 2 179 11
Scunthorpe United 2008–09[7] League One 33 0 2 0 0 0 9[c] 1 44 1
2009–10[28] Championship 37 1 2 0 3 0 42 1
2010–11[29] Championship 23 3 1 0 1 0 25 3
Total 93 4 5 0 4 0 9 1 111 5
Watford 2011–12[12] Championship 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2011–12[12] League One 19 1 19 1
Scunthorpe United 2012–13[30] League One 30 0 1 0 2 0 1[b] 0 34 0
2013–14[31] League Two 45 2 2 0 1 0 1[b] 0 49 2
2014–15[32] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[33] League One 35 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 38 2
2016–17[34] League One 34 2 0 0 1 0 2[d] 0 37 2
Total 163 7 5 0 5 0 4 0 177 7
Hartlepool United (loan) 2014–15[32] League Two 15 0 15 0
Mansfield Town 2017–18[17] League Two 12 1 0 0 1 0 1[e] 0 14 1
2018–19[35] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 12 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 14 1
York City (loan) 2018–19[36] National League North 7 0 7 0
Career total 455 21 18 0 15 0 20 3 508 24
  1. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, three appearances and one goal in Third Division play-offs
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Six appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, three appearances in League One play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  5. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Mansfield Town" (PDF). English Football League. p. 84. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ "David Mirfin". ESPN FC. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  3. ^ "David Mirfin". Mansfield Town F.C. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "David Mirfin". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ "David Mirfin". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Mirf signs for Iron". Huddersfield Town A.F.C. 11 August 2008. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Games played by David Mirfin in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Walsall 2–1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Scunthorpe 1–0 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Joe Murphy among seven released by Scunthorpe United". BBC Sport. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Mirfin signs for Hornets". Watford F.C. 5 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d "Games played by David Mirfin in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Scunthorpe United sign Parkin, Mirfin and Gibbons". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Scunthorpe United re-sign defender David Mirfin". BBC Sport. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Pools make loan move for Mirfin". Hartlepool United F.C. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Mansfield Town sign David Mirfin & Johnny Hunt on free transfers". BBC Sport. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Games played by David Mirfin in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Crewe Alexandra 2–2 Mansfield Town". BBC Sport. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  19. ^ Appleyard, Ian (1 February 2019). "City sign centreback David Mirfin". York City F.C. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  20. ^ Appleyard, Ian (2 February 2019). "Late drama as City win on road". York City F.C. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  21. ^ Former Scunthorpe United defender David Mirfin retires from football, grimsbytelegraph.co.uk, 16 May 2019
  22. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  28. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by David Mirfin in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  33. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  34. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  35. ^ "Games played by David Mirfin in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  36. ^ "D. Mirfin: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  37. ^ "Huddersfield 0–0 Mansfield". BBC Sport. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  38. ^ Fletcher, Paul (5 April 2009). "Luton 3–2 Scunthorpe (aet)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  39. ^ Fletcher, Paul (24 May 2009). "Millwall 2–3 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  40. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2014). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2014–2015. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 310–311. ISBN 978-1-4722-1251-1.

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