Liam Coleman

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Liam Coleman

Appearances: 5+3 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 11th January 1986

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 2011/12

Season of last appearance: 2011/12

Also played for: Colchester United (0), Wivenhoe Town, Torquay United (9+9,0), Forest Green Rovers, Gravesend & Northfleet, Ebbsfleet United, Heybridge Swifts, Northwich Victoria, AFC Sudbury, Stanway Rovers, Aveley, FC Clacton and Maldon & Tiptree

5' 9" tall midfielder born in Colchester who started his career with his hometown club as a 16 year-old in 2002. Liam progressed through Colchester's youth ranks and in August 2004 he was signed as a professional.

He became a regular in the U's reserves during the 2004/05 campaign and Liam also had two loan spells with Wivenhoe, one at the end of 2004 and another early in 2005. He was released by Colchester in June 2005 having never made a senior appearance for the club.

In July 2005 Liam was signed by League Two outfit Torquay and he made his first team debut as a second half substitute in a 3-0 defeat at Mansfield on 13.8.05. He then started for the first time in a 3-2 home defeat against Bristol Rovers on 20.8.05 and Liam played regularly, often as a substitute, for the next few months. His last outing for Torquay came in a 3-3 draw with visitors Northampton on 6.12.05 and in March 2006 Liam was loaned to Conference club Forest Green.

He played twice in the league for the Gloucestershire outfit before going back to Torquay in April 2006.

At the end of the 2005/06 Liam was released having made a total of 18 appearances (nine as sub) without scoring for Torquay.

In the summer of 2006 he joined Conference club Gravesend & Northfleet and Liam joined his younger brother Luke, a future Margate player, at Stonebridge Road. Liam featured in 30 league games for the Fleet during 2006/07 and scored once. He stayed with the club as it changed its name to Ebbsfleet United ahead of the 2007/08 campaign but struggled to gain a regular first team place and at the end of September 2007 Liam was loaned to Isthmian League Premier Division club Heybridge.

He scored once from three league outings for the Swifts before going back to Ebbsfleet at the end of October 2007.

Liam then made six further sporadic appearances for the Fleet in the Conference but fell out favour completely in February 2008 and didn't feature after that, missing out as the club won the FA Trophy. Liam had made a career total of 47 Conference appearances (34 as sub) and scored once when he was released by Ebbsfleet in June 2008.

At the start of the 2008/09 season Liam had a brief spell back with Eastern Counties League outfit Wivenhoe but only played once there. His father Phil had previously been a Wivenhoe player as well as making over 200 Football League appearances for the likes of Colchester and Millwall.

In December 2008 Liam joined Conference club Northwich and he spent the remainder of the 2008/09 campaign there.

In the summer of 2009 he featured in some friendlies for Braintree but Liam ended up starting 2009/10 with AFC Sudbury and played twice for them before rejoining Heybridge in September 2009.

He made eight Isthmian League Division 1 North appearances (one as sub) and scored once during his second spell with the Swifts but left the club in the middle of November 2009 and signed for Stanway Rovers.

Liam played for the Eastern Counties League Premier Division outfit for the rest of the 2009/10 season.

In July 2010 he linked up with Aveley and Liam played five times (once as sub) without scoring for them in the Isthmian League Premier Division at the start of the 2010/11 campaign.

In September 2010 he moved on to FC Clacton of the Eastern Counties League and Liam's father Phil was the club's coach at the time whilst his brother Luke was also on Clacton's books. Liam scored on his debut in an FA Vase tie against Saffron Walden on 18.9.10 and he went on to make a total of 31 appearances for Clacton, scoring four times before leaving the club at the end of the 2010/11 season.

In July 2011 Liam signed for Margate after impressing in some friendly matches and he linked up with the club as a result of manager Chris Kinnear's son, also named Chris, contacting him via Facebook to suggest trying his luck at Hartsdown Park.

On the eve of the 2011/12 campaign Chris Kinnear spoke to the Isle of Thanet Gazette about Liam and said "I saw him play for Ebbsfleet in the Conference several times and he had a good game at Wembley in the FA Trophy final. He has masses of energy and will be looking to score some goals". Kinnear was actually incorrect about the FA Trophy final as Liam wasn't in the Ebbsfleet squad that day but he also said of Liam "He's very athletic, works hard and runs everywhere."

He made his debut in midfield as Margate drew 1-1 at Wealdstone in the opening Isthmian League Premier Division game of the season on 20.8.11 and Liam then started two of the next three matches before coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Horsham at Horsham YMCA on 3.9.11. He sat out Margate's next game but on 14.9.11 Liam wore the number eight shirt in a match at Metropolitan Police. Unfortunately he suffered a trapped nerve in his back and had to go off after 40 minutes. Margate won the game 3-1.

Having missed six matches due to injury Liam returned as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Cray in a Kent Senior Cup tie at Hartsdown Park on 11.10.11 and after one more outing from the bench he started as Margate beat visitors Kingstonian 3-1 in an Isthmian League Cup tie on 18.10.11. It turned out to be his last appearance for the club and at the end of October 2011 Liam was transfer-listed having played eight times (three as sub). Chris Kinnear told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "It's just one of those things really. We've changed the formation a little bit and brought RJ (Ryan Johnson) in and sometimes players don't fit in with what you're trying to do. We've had an enquiry from Thamesmead but he won't go there. He lives in Colchester so I think he'd like a club in Essex."

Liam was eventually released in December 2011 after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent and Chris Kinnear told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "It just hasn't worked out for him here with the way we've started to play and the other options we have. It's just one of those things. He's been travelling from Essex so maybe it's worth him trying to find a club closer to home."

After leaving Margate Liam had talks with Ramsgate but he ended up joining Maldon & Tiptree of the Isthmian League Division 1 North instead.

The Essex club's caretaker manager at the time was former Margate player Mike Flanagan and Liam scored once from ten league appearances (three as sub) before being released in February 2012.

By November 2012 he was living in America and working as a football coach at Sports Domain Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.










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