Sean Scannell (born 17 September 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Blackpool.

Sean Scannell
Sean Scannell 2012.jpg
Scannell playing for Huddersfield Town in 2012
Personal information
Full name Sean Scannell[1]
Date of birth (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Croydon, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Blackpool
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2002 Addiscombe Corinthians
2003–2007 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Crystal Palace 130 (12)
2012–2018 Huddersfield Town 158 (8)
2017–2018Burton Albion (loan) 18 (0)
2018–2019 Bradford City 15 (1)
2019– Blackpool 7 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Republic of Ireland U17 10 (3)
2007 Republic of Ireland U18 2 (0)
2009 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (1)
2008–2012 Republic of Ireland U21 10 (0)
2008 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:18, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

In 2012, Scannell signed for Huddersfield Town, ending the player's spell at Crystal Palace, which had lasted nine years. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U18, U19, U21 and B level.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Croydon, London,[2] Scannell is the brother of Tonbridge Angels player Damian Scannell[3][4] and as a youngster growing up played for Addiscombe Corinthians and Afewee Academy.[5]

Scannell's father is from County Armagh, and he is also of Jamaican heritage.[6]

Club careerEdit

Crystal PalaceEdit

First-team breakthrough 2007–2009Edit

He joined Palace at 14 and notched 23 goals for the academy during the 2006–07 season, graduating to the reserves before breaking into the first team in the 2007–08 season. Scannell made his debut for Crystal Palace in a 2–1 win at London rivals QPR in December 2007, coming on as a substitute for Franck Songo'o. In his home debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 15 December, he again came on to replace Songo'o in the second half and scored a 90th-minute winner, his first senior goal in a 2–1 victory for Crystal Palace. He finished that campaign having featured in 25 games, earning him a call up to the Republic of Ireland Under-17's squad, and was named Palace's Young Player of the Year in 2008.[7]

Following this, Scannell was offered a two and a half year professional contract with Palace, and to beat off interest from, among others, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, chairman Simon Jordan placed his value at £3million. Scannell signed the contract at the beginning of the new year, and celebrated by scoring Palace's second goal in a 3–0 victory at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers the following weekend.

Young Player of the Year and injuryEdit

Scannell is described as an exciting player with searing pace[8] and is one of many talents to emerge from Palace's academy in the last few years. He has also won the Crystal Palace Young Player of the Year Award 2008.[9]

At the end of the 2008–09 season, and still only 18 years old, Scannell was voted Championship Apprentice of the Year due to the outstanding potential he demonstrated throughout the season.[10] He made steady progress over the following two campaigns, but missed the first half of the 2010–11 campaign because of a knee injury, that restricted him to 19 outings over the 2010–11 league campaigns although he did manage to score twice in both seasons.[7]

2011–12 seasonEdit

The 2011–12 season was Scannell's best season for the Eagles, with 37 league appearances, four goals and three assists. His form early in the season earned him a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Palace in September 2011.[11] He was given the freedom to play down the middle or out wide drifting in and out of dangerous positions in the attacking line.[12] Scannell hit the ground running by scoring the equalising goal in Palace's game against Coventry City on 16 August 2011 where two goals in injury time would turn a 1–0 deficit into a 2–1 win.[13]

Huddersfield TownEdit

It was reported on 22 June 2012 that newly promoted Huddersfield Town were poised to make Scannell the club's first signing of 2012 since winning promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs. The reports stated that Scannell who was linked with the Terriers in January 2012, had agreed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee and would move subject to a medical.[14] Later that day, Scannell signed a three-year contract with Huddersfield, making him Simon Grayson's first permanent signing for the club.[9] He made his league debut in the 1–0 defeat by Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on 17 August. On 3 November 2012, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 victory versus Bristol City.

On 18 August 2017, Scannell joined Championship club Burton Albion on loan for the 2017–2018 season.[15]. The loan was cut short on 11 January 2018 due to an injury.[16]

Bradford CityEdit

On 19 July 2018 Scannell signed for League One club Bradford City on an initial two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[17]

BlackpoolEdit

After one year at Valley Parade, Scannell joined Blackpool on a free transfer.[18]

International careerEdit

Republic of IrelandEdit

As Scannell was born in England and is of Irish and Jamaican heritage, he is eligible to play international football for four national teams. His father being from County Armagh allows him the choice between Northern Ireland or the Republic.[6] He has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-21 and Ireland B levels.[14]

Scannell made his under-21 debut in a 1–1 draw with Montenegro in March 2008 at Terryland Park in Galway.[19] In 2007, he was awarded the Young Player of the Year award by the Football Association of Ireland.[9] Scannell was named man of the match in the under-21s' 1–1 draw with Germany on 10 February 2009 at Turners Cross in Cork.[20] He made 10 appearances for the under-21s between 2009 and 2012. On 30 July 2012, Scannell received his first call up to the under-21 squad since joining Huddersfield Town, for the European Championship qualifier against Turkey. He would play the final 10 minutes for the Irish in his 10th appearance.[21][22]

His good form with Palace led to him being recognised for the Republic of Ireland senior team by coach Giovanni Trapattoni, who called Scannell into his 28-man squad for friendlies against Serbia and Colombia in 2008.[23][24]

Northern IrelandEdit

In May 2018, it was reported that Scannell had submitted the required paperwork to FIFA to declare for Northern Ireland and would be involved in the squad's upcoming Nations League campaign.[6][25]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 3 September 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
Crystal Palace 2007–08[26] Championship 23 2 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 25 2
2008–09[27] Championship 25 2 1 1 1 0 27 3
2009–10[28] Championship 26 2 1 0 2 0 29 2
2010–11[29] Championship 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
2011–12[30] Championship 37 4 0 0 4 0 41 4
Total 130 12 3 1 7 0 1 0 141 13
Huddersfield Town 2012–13[31] Championship 34 2 4 1 0 0 38 3
2013–14[32] Championship 38 1 2 0 2 0 42 1
2014–15[33] Championship 42 4 1 0 2 0 45 4
2015–16[34] Championship 29 1 1 0 0 0 30 1
2016–17[35] Championship 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
2017–18[36] Premier League 0 0 0 0
Total 158 8 8 1 5 0 0 0 171 9
Burton Albion (loan) 2017–18[36] Championship 18 0 0 0 1 0 19 0
Bradford City 2018–19[37] League One 10 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 12 0
2019-20[38] League Two 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
Total 15 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 18 1
Blackpool 2019–20[38] EFL League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
Career total 316 20 11 2 14 0 3 0 350 23
  1. ^ Appearance in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Scannell set for Eastleigh return". Eastleigh F.C. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  5. ^ Dominic Fifield. "The Brixton volunteers who made Nathaniel Clyne an England player". the Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "All you need to know about Sean Scannell and Niall Keown as duo close in on Northern Ireland switch". Belfast Telegraph. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b Doug Thomson. "Lowdown on Huddersfield Town new boy Sean Scannell". huddersfieldexaminer. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
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  9. ^ a b c "Town set to sign Scannell". Huddersfield Town A.F.C. 22 June 2012. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  10. ^ SCANNELL NAMED TOP CHAMPIONSHIP APPRENTICE Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine The Football League, 29 March 2009
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  12. ^ "Sean Scannell profile". Crystal Palace F.C. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  13. ^ "BBC Sport - Crystal Palace 2-1 Coventry". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  14. ^ a b huddersfieldexaminer Administrator. "Huddersfield Town poised to sign Crystal Palace's Sean Scannell". huddersfieldexaminer. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Sean Scannell: Huddersfield Town winger joins Burton Albion on loan". BBC Sport. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Sean Scannell: Injury forces early end to Huddersfield winger's loan at Burton". BBC Sport. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
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  18. ^ "Sean Scannell: Blackpool sign winger after Bradford City release". bbc.co.uk. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Under 21 Player Profiles". FAI. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  20. ^ "Young Irish record impressive draw". Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  21. ^ Sykes, Dave. "Scannell in Ireland U21 Squad". Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Under-21 2013 - History - Republic of Ireland-Turkey". UEFA. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Trapattoni names his first Republic squad". RTE. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Scannell revelling in international experience". RTE. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  25. ^ Fullerton, Darren (20 May 2018). "Huddersfield winger WILL be part of Nations League plans". BelfastLive. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
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  34. ^ "Games played by Sean Scannell in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  35. ^ "Games played by Sean Scannell in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Sean Scannell in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Sean Scannell in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
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