Sporting Stockdales

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Top left: David Stockdale; top right: Robbie Stockdale; bottom: Tim Stockdale

David Stockdale

David Adam Stockdale (born 20 September 1985) is an English footballer who currently plays for Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Championship – the second tier of English football – as a goalkeeper. Previously he played for two Premiership clubs, Fulham and Hull City while on loan from Fulham. He has played for at least 10 clubs, including non-league sides, often on loan.

Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Stockdale started his career with the Huddersfield Town youth system before joining York City’s youth system in 2000, where he became a trainee in 2002. He made his first team debut on the last day of the 2002–03 season. He established himself in the team during the 2004–05 season and in 2006, following loan spells at Wakefield-Emley and Worksop Town, was released by the club. He moved to Darlington and in his second season with the club played in the play-offs.

He signed for Premier League side Fulham for an undisclosed fee in 2008. He has been called up to the England squad but remains uncapped.

By March 2003 he had established himself as the York first team’s number two goalkeeper. He made his debut for York as a 17-year-old when coming on as a 46th minute substitute in the last game of the 2002–03 season, which the team lost 2–0 at Oxford United. Stockdale’s first appearance of the 2004–05 season came as a 20th minute substitute for Chris Porter in a 1–0 defeat to Accrington Stanley on 31 August 2004. After playing 19 successives game from August to December he was dropped by caretaker manager Viv Busby. After discussing his future at York with manager Billy McEwan he was offered a one-year professional contract in April 2005. Contract talks between Stockdale and York progressed and on 9 August he signed for the club.

Stockdale made a loan move to Northern Premier League Premier Division side Wakefield-Emley in September and made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Gateshead. After making seven appearances for Wakefield-Emley, he returned to York in October and was rewarded with a place on the bench for the team’s game against Canvey Island. Having lost his place on the bench, he signed for Conference North club Worksop Town on 1 March 2006. He made his debut in a 1–1 draw with Vauxhall Motors on 14 March and the loan was extended for a second month in April. Stockdale made six appearances for Worksop. He was released by York at the end of the 2005–06 season after being publicly criticised by McEwan about his weight

Stockdale joined League Two side Darlington on a one-year contract on 1 August 2006. He made eight appearances in the 2006–07 season and when first-choice goalkeeper, Andy Oakes, was sent off in the opening game of the 2007–08 season, Stockdale took over and became manager Dave Penney’s preferred choice in goal. Stockdale was rewarded with a new contract in November 2007 and went on to make over 40 appearances for Darlington in the 2007–08 season.

In April 2008 he was linked with Premier League sides Birmingham City and Newcastle United after these clubs were scouting him, but Darlington later accepted a bid, reported to be £350,000 rising to £600,000, from Fulham. Despite this, he played for Darlington in the play-offs, where they eventually lost 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out to Rochdale in the semi-final after the matches had ended 3–3 on aggregate. He completed his move to Fulham on 4 June 2008, on a two-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. He returned to League Two after joining Rotherham United on a one-month loan on 21 November. He made his debut a day later in a 2–0 defeat to Bradford City, and in his next game, a 1–1 draw away at Exeter City, Stockdale saved a Ben Watson penalty and made a late save from a Ryan Harley header.

On 2 March 2009, Stockdale joined League One team Leicester City on a one-month loan as cover for first choice keepers David Martin and Paul Henderson. He made his debut in Leicester’s 1–1 draw with Stockport County the following day. Stockdale extended his loan at Leicester until the end of the 2008–09 season on 6 April. He played for Leicester as their promotion to the Championship was confirmed after a 2–0 victory over Southend United.

Stockdale made his debut for Fulham on 13 September 2009, playing in a 2–1 victory against Everton at home. Stockdale was Fulham’s number two goalkeeper for the team’s UEFA Europa League; he suffered an injury and was ruled out of the match against FC Basel. On 29 December, he signed an extension to his contract, keeping him at Fulham until June 2013. On 22 January 2010, he joined Championship side Plymouth Argyle on a one-month loan until 18 February. He made 21 appearances for the club as they were relegated to League One.

Due to Mark Schwarzer being injured in pre-season and being linked with a move to Arsenal, Stockdale was the first choice goalkeeper at Fulham at the start of the season. He started the season by keeping a clean sheet at Bolton Wanderers and he followed this up by saving a penalty kick at Craven Cottage against Manchester United in a 2–2 draw on 22 August. He continued his run in the team in January due to Schwarzer’s participation in the AFC Asian Cup, starting with West Bromwich Albion where he kept a clean sheet. He went on to appear in five further games during January. Stockdale played 10 games under manager Mark Hughes during the 2010–11 season with seven of these coming in the Premier League.

In June 2011, new Fulham manager Martin Jol said he wanted to loan Stockdale out to get a regular run of games, but had no intention of selling the player. With Fulham signing Hungarian goalkeeper Csaba Somogyi to help facilitate a loan move, Stockdale revealed after interest from Swansea City that he would be willing to join the club and also was willing to drop down to the Championship in order to get regular football with Leeds United, who were also interested in signing the player. Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers made signing Stockdale his priority, although his side had a £2 million bid rejected on 11 July. The following day Stockdale revealed that he would “love to help my hometown club back to where they belong” if a move to Leeds became an option for him, but Stockdale revealed “complications” halted his move to Leeds.

On 26 July 2011, Stockdale signed a new four-year contract with Fulham and subsequently went out on a one-year loan to Championship side Ipswich Town. Having made 18 appearances for Ipswich he was re-called by Fulham on 14 December, due to Mark Schwarzer’s injury. On 22 November 2012, Stockdale moved to Hull City on loan until 2 January 2013. He made his debut on 24 November 2012 in the 0–1 loss at home to Burnley. After making five appearances for Hull he was recalled by Fulham on 19 December 2012. He returned to Hull on loan for the remainder of the 2012–13 season on 18 January 2013.

He was named in the England National Game XI squad (non-League under-23s) in October 2004 for a match against Italy, although he was named on the bench for the 1–0 victory on 10 November. He was included in the 25-man squad for England for the game against Denmark in February 2011 after impressing manager Fabio Capello with his calmness standing in for Schwarzer at Fulham. Stockdale was also called up for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland, however he withdrew from the squad and was replaced by Robert Green.

Robert Keith Stockdale

Robert Keith “Robbie” Stockdale (born 30 November 1979 in Redcar, North Yorkshire) is an English-born Scottish former professional footballer and the current Youth Team Coach at Premier League side Sunderland.

As a player he was a defender from 1997 to 2012. He notably played Premier League football for Middlesbrough having also appeared as a professional for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Rotherham United, Hull City, Darlington and Tranmere Rovers before joining Grimsby Town in 2008. Stockdale has five international caps to his name whilst representing the Scotland national football team. In 2010 he mixed his playing duties with a new role as Grimsby’s youth team manager, a position he held until moving to Sunderland in 2012.

Stockdale began his career at Middlesbrough in 1997 after breaking from its youth system, however this was playing as a striker where he scored two goals in 35 appearances against Watford and Chelsea, but the Middlesbrough team had no space for strikers with the likes of Alen Bokšić, Hamilton Ricard and Brian Deane in the senior squad. Stockdale was thus converted to a right back and made over 50 Premier League appearances as well as earning five international caps for Scotland. He had several loan spells during his time at Middlesbrough, to clubs such as Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United.

In 2004, Stockdale moved to Rotherham United after a successful loan spell in which he scored once against Burnley. He became an integral part of their defence, but the club and manager Ronnie Moore could not keep hold of Stockdale and several months later, midway through the 2004–05 season, he left Rotherham to move to another part of Yorkshire.

Stockdale signed for League One side Hull City and played out the season at the KC Stadium, but after the end of the league campaign he lost his place in the squad after a troubled 2005–06 season when he failed to make a league appearance for Hull.

Stockdale was signed on a two-year contract by his former Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore for Tranmere Rovers in a £100,000 deal. He made 35 league appearances during his debut season of 2006–07. Stockdale continued to be first choice at right back during the 2007/08 season, but was released by the club at the end of the campaign

Stockdale signed a two-year deal with Grimsby Town under Alan Buckley in June 2008 and was the first new signing for The Mariners in for the 2008–2009 campaign. He made his debut on 19 July in a pre-season friendly against Oldham Athletic at Blundell Park, and went on to score his first goal in a 2-1 defeat to Morecambe in the FA Cup. By this time Grimsby were under new stewardship following the sacking of Buckley in September 2008, with the club bringing in Mike Newell as his replacement. Following an injury spell in mid season, Stockdale remained on the sidelines for several months while his position was covered by Jamie Clarke. He managed a return to the first team in the closing months of the season and cemented his place at right back, eventually helping The Mariners stave off the threat of relegation from the Football League.

During the 2009–2010 season Stockdale suffed a hernia injury that kept him sidelined again for several months and would only see him compete 9 times during that season. Grimsby suffered relegation from the Football League in May 2010 and a month later Stockdale signed a new contract to keep him at Blundell Park for a further season but in the contract was the introduction of Stockdale as the new youth team manager as well as continuing to make himself available for selection as a player. Grimsby manager Neil Woods handed Stockdale the number 39 shirt for the 2010–2011 Conference National season. On 18 January 2011 Stockdale played his first competitive match in 18 months when he was called upon to start in the 2-1 home win over Kettering Town On 5 August 2011 he came on as a substitute in Town’s pre-season friendly away at Brigg Town

Although initially representing England at U21 level, Stockdale earned several call-ups to the Scotland team in 2002 whilst a Premier League regular for Middlesbrough. He was handed his Scotland debut by Berti Vogts in a 2-1 home defeat against Nigeria. In that same year he also played in defeats against Denmark, South Korea and South Africa as well as a 4-0 victory over Hong Kong.

In June 2010 Stockdale signed a new deal with The Mariners, which also included he became the clubs youth team manager as well as staying on as a player. The club had not appointed a new youth team boss since promoting Neil Woods to first team manager following the sacking of Mike Newell in November 2009. Stockdale was kept on the playing records as well for the 2010–2011 season and was handed a squad number to be used as cover for Peter Bore, Bradley Wood and Dwayne Samuels who were the club’s other contracted players who are capable of playing in Stockdale’s position.

On 4 March 2011 it was announced that Stockdale and assistant manager Dave Moore would take caretaker control of the first team for the home tie with AFC Wimbledon on 5 March, following the sacking of Neil Woods. The game ended in a 2-1 victory for The Mariners in what was Moore’s first managerial match in fifteen years and Stockdale’s first ever game as a manager.

On 23 March 2011, Stockdale and Moore relinquished managerial duties to the newly appointed duo of Paul Hurst and Rob Scott following 2 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat. Stockdale continued to manage the youth team at the club until stepping down on 29 August 2012.

On 29 August 2012 Stockdale became a youth team coach of Premier League side Sunderland, in return Sunderland offered to take their first team squad for a pre-season friendly at Grimsby for the following summer.

Tim Stockdale

Tim Stockdale (born August 12, 1964, Nottinghamshire) is an English equestrian who competes in the sport of show jumping. Stockdale competes in international competitions and rides a number of horses, owned by both himself and others. He has written a number of books and produced a three part training video titled Successful Showjumping With Tim Stockdale

Tim has had a successful show jumping career on a number of different horses. In 2000, he and Traxdata Winston Bridget placed 6th in the London Olympia CSIW Grand Prix. In 2002, he represented Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez with Fresh Direct Parcival. 2006 saw him narrowly miss out on the Olympia Grand Prix title to Eugenie Angot, coming 2nd on Fresh Direct Corlato, a mare with whom greater things were to come. Stockdale had a banner year in 2007 winning the Nantes Grand Prix and Bordeaux Grand Prix with Corlato on consecutive weekends, as well as placing fifth in the CN International “Million Dollar” Grand Prix.

Stockdale’s eyes were firmly set on getting to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, shown most poignantly by his decision not to take his qualified place at the FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg. His performances at the Samsung Super League Nations’ Cup competitions at Rome and St Gallen were enough to cement him a place on the 2008 squad, all the more impressive due to the fact that he had produced his horse from a four year-old. Despite the British team finishing 6th, Tim qualified for the individual final, producing a clear in the first round, one of just nine riders to do so. Unfortunately, he was unable to repeat his performance in the second round; finishing best of the British nonetheless in 16th place.

Tim completed his championship appearance hat-trick by representing Great Britain at the 2009 European Championships at Windsor Park with Fresh Direct Corlato after helping the British team to 2nd place in the Dublin CSIO Nations’ Cup. The loss of his top horse, Corlato, due to an injury sustained at Spruce Meadows in 2009 coincided with the rise of the ISH gelding Fresh Direct Kalico Bay (owned by Tim’s long-time owners, Colin and Ann Garrett) to form.

Stockdale and Kalico Bay won three international grands prix the following year including the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, which served as retribution after the last fence in the jump off denied Tim the title with Corlato in 2009. This form continued on British soil with Kalico Bay placing in both the Horse of the Year Show and Olympia grands prix.

While 2011 brought Nations’ Cup appearances at St Gallen and Falsterbo, as well as a near-defence of his King George V title, it was overshadowed by events that occurred far from the spotlight and glamour of the sporting arena. On October 17, while trying a young horse at a small farm in rural Wales, Tim sustained fractures to three vertebrae in his neck in a fall. He was kept in the Oswestry Spinal Unit for 6 weeks, four of them strapped to a bed to limit movement. Fortunately, no damage was done to his spinal chord, and Tim was allowed to leave hospital to complete his gruelling therapy programme at home.

In just four months after his accident, sooner than any doctor predicted at the time of his fall, Tim was back riding, something that at one point was considered impossible. Once back in the saddle, Tim embarked upon a course to make a claim for the 2012 Olympics in London, a feat touted as “one of the most remarkable comebacks by a British athlete in Olympics history”. At the CSIO Nations’ Cup of St Gallen, he and Fresh Direct Kalico Bay were unstoppable, producing one of only three double clears to lead Great Britain to second place, as well as taking second place in the Longines Grand Prix of St Gallen.The dream recovery did not have the fairy-tale ending it deserved, however; at the Nations’ Cup of Rotterdam the pair could not reproduce their form and, though they were short-listed for the British squad, they did not make the final team.

Stockdale is also a well-respected trainer in the world of show jumping, having taught celebrities to show jump in the Sport Relief series Only Fools on Horses which aired in 2006. He has also trained a number of young show jumpers who have gone on to represent Great Britain.

Stockdale was banned from Olympic competition in July 2002 when his horse’s urine tested positive for a prohibited sedative. However, he was reinstated in 2004 when the British Olympic Association deemed his offence minor, also taking into account that it did not meet the chief intent of the lifetime ban to cover offences involving drugs “of a performance enhancing nature”. This made him eligible to compete at the 2004 Athens Olympics, although he did not actually make the team.

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