Greg Leigh

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Greg Leigh
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
NAC Breda
Number 21
Youth career
Sale United
2004–2014 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Manchester City 0 (0)
2014–2015Crewe Alexandra (loan) 38 (1)
2015–2016 Bradford City 6 (1)
2016–2018 Bury 86 (2)
2018– NAC Breda 5 (0)
National team
2013 England U19 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:26, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:41, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Gregory Leigh (born 30 September 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Dutch side NAC Breda. He has previously played for Bury and Crewe Alexandra whilst on loan from Manchester City.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Born in Sale, Greater Manchester, Leigh joined Manchester City Academy in 2004 at age nine, after he was spotted by scouts whilst playing for Sale United.[1] Initially, he joined the club as a striker before converting into a left–back position and progressed through the youth ranks for the side.[2] He was also nominated for the 2012–13 Academy player of the season award.[3]

Leigh was included in Manchester City's squad for the pre-season friendly tour and appeared in several friendly matches.[4] Afterwards, it was announced on 12 August 2014, Leigh joined League One club Crewe Alexandra on loan initially until January 2015,[5] later extended to the end of the 2014/2015 season.[6] Leigh made his professional debut in the League Cup against Barnsley on 12 August 2014; he started the match but was substituted by Jon Guthrie in the 62nd minute.[7] He scored his first league goal, opening the scoring in a 2–0 win over Scunthorpe on 7 March 2015.[8] This goal was voted the goal of the season for Crewe Alexandra as voted for by the fans.[9]

After his loan spell at Crewe Alexandra was concluded, making forty-two appearance in all competitions, Leigh was released by the club.[10] Following this, Manager Steve Davis was keen to sign Leigh on a permanent basis,[11] but Leigh turned down the offer of a deal.[12]

During his time at Manchester City despite lack of first team opportunities, Leigh reflected his time at the club, progressing through the new ownership and the club's development.[13]

Bradford City[edit]

After Crewe Alexandras attempts to sign him failed, Leigh went on trial at Bradford City.[14] But following a successful trial with the club, Leigh signed a one-year deal for Bradford City on 6 August 2015.[15]

However, Leigh struggled to fight for his first team place and spent most of the season as an un-used substitute bench.[16] Leigh then got his first team breakthrough his fellow team-mate James Meredith was absent, due to international commitment[16] and made his Bradford City debut on 13 October 2015, in the second round of Football League Trophy, in a 2–1 loss against Barnsley.[17] After continuously spending time on the substitute bench, Leigh made his league debut for the club on 14 November 2015 against his former club, Crewe Alexandra, following Meredith's absence and Bradford City won 2–0.[18] Leigh then scored his first Bradford City goal five days later in the first round of FA Cup replay, in a 2–0 win over Aldershot Town.[19] Three days later on 21 November 2015, Leigh scored his first league goal for the club, in a 2–0 win over Scunthorpe United.[20] Following Merderith's return to the first team, Leigh lost his first team place once again and because of this, Leigh made six appearance for the club.[21]

Bury[edit]

Despite being offered a new contract by Bradford City,[22] Leigh opted to move to Bury on 1 July 2016, signing a two-year contract and joining his team-mate Ben Williams.[23] Upon joining the club, Leigh was given number three shirt ahead of a new season.[24]

Leigh made his Bury debut, in the opening game of the season, playing in the left-back position and playing 90 minutes, in a 2–0 win over Charlton Athletic.[25] Since making his Bury debut, he quickly established himself in the left–back position at the starting eleven.[26] He played in a 5-3-2 formation under the management of Lee Clark.[27] He started in every matches since joining the club until he sent–off for a second bookable offence, in a 1–0 loss against Sheffield United on 22 November 2016.[28] After serving a one match suspension, he returned to the first team, regaining his place, in a 4–2 loss against Bristol Rovers on 10 December 2016.[29] However, in a follow–up match against Oxford United on 17 December 2016, he scored an own goal, in a 3–2 loss against Oxford United.[30] It wasn’t until on 14 March 2017 when he scored his first goal for the club, as well as, setting up two goals, including a penalty, in a 3–0 win over Bristol Rovers.[31] At the end of the 2016–17 season, having made 51 appearances and scoring once in all competitions, Leigh was named the disabled supporters’ player of the year after a strong season at Bury.[32]

At the start of the 2017–18 season, Leigh continued to establish himself in the starting eleven, regaining his place in the left–back position. [2][33] He then set up a goal for Nicky Ajose to score the club’s second goal in the game, in a 3–2 loss against Bristol Rovers on 19 August 2017.[34] Despite the club’s poor results, which resulted in Clark’s sacking, Leigh remained a standout for the side throughout the season.[35] He then scored his first goal of the season, in a 3–1 win over Stoke City U23 on 8 November 2017.[36] Then, on 21 November 2017, Leigh scored again, in a 1–0 win over Shrewsbury Town.[37] However, despite suffering from an injury; he returned to the first team, as Bury were relegated from League One after finishing 24th place at the end of the season.[38]

He was offered a new contract by Bury at the end of the 2017–18 season[39]

NAC Breda[edit]

Leigh moved abroad for the first time in his career when he opted to join Eredivisie side NAC Breda on a three-year-deal.[40]

International career[edit]

On 17 January 2013, Leigh was called up by England U19 for the first time.[41] Weeks later on 5 February 2013, Leigh made his England U19 debut, playing 90 minutes, in a 3–1 win over Denmark U19.[42] Leigh went on to make four appearance for the national team.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 31 July 2018
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 2014–15[43] League One 38 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 42 1
Bradford City 2015–16[44] League One 6 1 2 1 0 0 1[a] 0 9 2
Bury 2016–17[45] League One 45 1 2 0 1 0 3[b] 0 51 1
2017–18[46] 41 1 2 0 1 0 5 1 49 2
Bury 86 3 4 0 2 0 8 0 100 3
Career totals 96 3 6 1 4 0 4 0 110 4
  1. ^ Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Bury full-back Greg Leigh: Why I had to fly the Etihad nest". The Bury Times. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Get your votes in now for the 2012/13 Goal of the Season and Academy Player of the Year!". MCFC. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Manchester City profile: Greg Leigh". BBC Sport. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Greg Leigh: Crewe Alexandra sign Manchester City full-back". BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  6. ^ Prescott, Jack (6 January 2015). "Manchester City youngster Greg Leigh extends Crewe Alexandra loan". Sportsmole. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Teenager Billy Waters scored his first senior goal as Crewe Alexandra beat fellow League One club Barnsley 2–0 in the first round of the League Cup". BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Crewe 2–0 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
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  12. ^ "Leigh Unlikely To Return To Crewe". Crewe Alexandra F.C. 23 June 2015. Archived from the original on 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Fast learner Greg Leigh hoping to make name for himself at Bradford City". The Yorkshire Post. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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  20. ^ "Scunthorpe United 0–2 Bradford City". BBC Sport. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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    "CONFIRMED: Left Back Leigh signs for Bury". Bury F.C. 1 July 2016. Archived from the original on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  24. ^ "CONFIRMED: The Squad List". Bury F.C. 19 July 2016. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  25. ^ "FULL TIME: Bury 2 Charlton Athletic 0". The Bury Times. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  26. ^ "Bury winger Danny Mayor: I'm never going to be predictable". The Bury Times. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
    "Bury full-back Leigh is up for the survival scrap". The Bury Times. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Bury boss Clark 'disappointed' after Fleetwood stalemate". The Bury Times. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Shakers heartbreak as Blades finally find their cutting edge". The Bury Times. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Chris Brass: Let's show the Gigg Lane faithful what we can do". The Bury Times. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
    "VERDICT AND PICTURES: Bury head coach Brass asks for patience after Oxford United defeat". The Bury Times. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
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  31. ^ "Bury 3 – 0 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
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  33. ^ "MATCH REPORT: Bury 1 Walsall 0". The Bury Times. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
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  35. ^ "Lee Clark hails 'terrific' Bury display as they end seven-month wait for an away win". The Bury Times. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
    "SHAKERS MATCH VERDICT: Bury 2-3 Fleetwood Town". The Bury Times. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  36. ^ "FULL-TIME: Bury 3 Stoke U21s 1". The Bury Times. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  37. ^ "FULL TIME: Bury 1 Shrewsbury Town 0". The Bury Times. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
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  40. ^ "NAC versterkt zich met Gregory Leigh" [NAC reinforces itself with Gregory Leigh] (in Dutch). NAC Breda. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  41. ^ "SQUAD NAMED FOR DANISH TEST". The FA Official Website. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  42. ^ "England U19s 3–1 Denmark U19s: Akpom Brace Sinks Denmark Ship". The Youth Radar. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  43. ^ "Games played by Greg Leigh in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  44. ^ "Games played by Greg Leigh in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 Jul 2017.
  45. ^ "Games played by Greg Leigh in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 Jul 2017.
  46. ^ "Games played by Greg Leigh in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 Jul 2017.

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