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Mark James Halstead (born 17 September 1990) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Morecambe.

Mark Halstead
Personal information
Full name Mark James Halstead[1]
Date of birth (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Blackpool, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Morecambe
Number 21
Youth career
2006–2009 Blackpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Blackpool 3 (0)
2009Burscough (loan) 6 (0)
2010Hyde (loan) 8 (0)
2010Barrow (loan) 1 (0)
2011Kettering Town (loan) 3 (0)
2011Stockport County (loan) 4 (0)
2014–2017 Shrewsbury Town 20 (0)
2017–2018 Southport 12 (0)
2018– Morecambe 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:38, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

He began his career at Blackpool, and notably made a single appearance in the Premier League during the 2010–11 season.[2] After his release from the Tangerines he joined Shrewsbury Town in 2014.[3]

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CareerEdit

BlackpoolEdit

Born in Blackpool, Halstead is a product of the Blackpool Centre of Excellence and Youth Department, and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2009.[4] In his first season as a professional he spent loan spells at non-league sides Burscough and Hyde United.[5]

On 21 August 2010, he was an unused substitute in Blackpool's 6–0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the club's second game of their debut season in the Premier League.[6] Three days later, he made his first-team debut in the second round of the 2010–11 League Cup, against MK Dons at Stadium MK.[7]

After further brief loan spells at Barrow,[5] and Kettering Town[8] in the Conference Premier, Halstead made his league debut for Blackpool, as a substitute for Richard Kingson in a 3–1 defeat to Chelsea at Bloomfield Road. The score was 3–0 when he came on in the 66th minute.[2]

In November 2011, he went on loan to Stockport County.[9]

Halstead made his first league start for Blackpool on 9 February 2013, in a 2–1 victory over Millwall at Bloomfield Road.[10] It was ultimately also his last appearance for the club.

Shrewsbury TownEdit

Following his release from Blackpool, Halstead joined Shrewsbury Town in League Two on a free transfer on 5 June 2014.[11] He made his debut as a substitute in a first-round FA Cup tie away at Walsall on 8 November,[12] and made one subsequent appearance that season in a league match against Cambridge United, as a half-time substitute for first-choice goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler in a 0–0 draw.[13]

The following season, now in League One, Halstead made his first start for Shrewsbury against his former club Blackpool on 26 September 2015, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 win for the club's first home victory of the season.[14][15]

Although Leutwiler was reinstated immediately after recovering from a back injury, Halstead had another run in the first-team when Leutwiler suffered a serious facial injury in an FA Cup second-round tie away at Grimsby Town. Coming on as a substitute, he helped Shrewsbury keep a clean sheet to set up a replay back at New Meadow,[16][17] where he featured again in a 1–0 victory, to confirm a third-round tie away at Cardiff City.[18] After conceding ten goals in two league games,[19] he lost his place once again to Leutwiler for an away match at Burton Albion,[20] but returned to the side for a further consecutive six matches during March and April, including one win and three draws, before being sent-off late on in a 3–1 defeat against Millwall.[21] Halstead made one final appearance that season in the penultimate match, where despite losing 4–3 to Peterborough United, same day defeats for Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers ensured another season of League One football with one game to spare.[22]

Halstead signed a new one-year contract extension in August 2016.[23] Starting the season again as second-choice, he returned to the starting line-up under new manager Paul Hurst following Leutwilers first call-up to the Canada national team.[24] It was announced Halstead was to be released by the club at the end of his contract in May 2017.[25]

SouthportEdit

After leaving Shrewsbury, Halstead joined National League North side Southport.[26]

MorecambeEdit

Despite Halstead being named on Southport's retained list at the end of the 2017-18 season,[27] he signed for Morecambe on 9 July 2018. Halstead, in an interview on the club's official website, said his move to Morecambe “was an opportunity to resurrect [his] career and one [he] couldn’t turn down” and he was “delighted” to make the move back into the Football League. Morecambe manager Jim Bentley described Halstead as “experienced,” “a decent all round goalkeeper” and “hungry to prove he can be number one.”[28] He signed a new two-year contract with the club in June 2019.[29]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 26 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackpool 2009–10 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[30] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12[31] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[32] 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14[33] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Burscough (loan) 2009–10[34] N.P.L. Division One North 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Hyde (loan) 2009–10[34] Conference North 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Barrow (loan) 2010–11[30] Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kettering Town (loan) 2010–11[30] Conference Premier 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stockport County (loan) 2011–12[31] Conference Premier 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Shrewsbury Town 2014–15[35] League Two 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2015–16[36] League One 16 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2016–17[37] 3 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 5 0
Total 20 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 26 0
Southport 2017–18 National League North 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Career total 57 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 65 0
  1. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists". premierleague.com. Premier League. 1 September 2010. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Blackpool 1–3 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Shrewsbury Town sign midfielder Wesolowski and keeper Halstead". BBC Sport. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Halstead signs new deal". Blackpool F.C. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Barrow close in on Blackpool keeper after Masters injury blow". News & Star. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Ornstein, David (21 August 2010). "Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  7. ^ "MK Dons v Blackpool". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Kettering Town bring in Jon Challinor and Mark Halstead". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Blackpool keeper Mark Halstead joins Stockport County". BBC Sport. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Blackpool 2–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Mark Halstead Nets Town Move". Shrewsweb. 5 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Walsall 2–2 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Cambridge United 0–0 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 2–0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Mark Halstead hopes for run as first team keeper". BBC Sport. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Jayson Leutwiler: Shrewsbury keeper suffers bad facial injury". BBC Sport. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Grimsby 0–0 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Shrewsbury 1–0 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Mark Halstead | Football Stats | Shrewsbury Town | Age 25 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Burton Albion 1–2 Shrewsbury Town". BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Millwall 3–1 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 3–4 Peterborough United". BBC Sport. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  23. ^ "Mark Halstead: Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper signs new one-year contract". BBC Sport. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Mark Halstead pre Oxford". Shrewsweb. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  25. ^ "Town announce retain list". Shrewsweb. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  26. ^ "Southport FC announce signing of ex-Premier League goalkeeper". Southport Visiter. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Southport FC announce retained list". Southport F.C. Official Website. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  28. ^ "MARK HALSTEAD SIGNS". Morecambe F.C. Official Website. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Mark Halstead: Morecambe keeper signs new two-year deal". 17 June 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  30. ^ a b c "Games played by Mark Halstead in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Mark Halstead in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  32. ^ "Games played by Mark Halstead in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  33. ^ "Games played by Mark Halstead in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  34. ^ a b "Mark Halstead (Blackpool)". Eurorivals. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  35. ^ "Games played by Mark Halstead in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  36. ^ "Games played by Mark Halstead in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  37. ^ "Games played by Mark Halstead in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 August 2016.

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