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Freddie Sears

Frederick David "Freddie" Sears (born 27 November 1989) is an England professional Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for West Ham United F.C. but currently on loan to League One side Colchester United F.C..

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Freddie Sears biography

Frederick David "Freddie" Sears (born 27 November 1989) is an England professional Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for West Ham United F.C. but currently on loan to League One side Colchester United F.C..


Sears was born in Hornchurch, Havering, London, and has lived there for Freddie Sears entire life. Freddie Sears attended Hacton Primary school and was signed by West Ham United Academy at the age of 11. Freddie Sears attended Sanders Draper School playing for the successful school football team winning every cup available including the ESFA Under 13 National Cup played at Anfield beating Aylestone High School 5–1 with Sears scoring a hat-trick.

Club career

West Ham United

Sears joined the club as a schoolboy at the age of eleven. After beginning the 2006–07 campaign as a regular substitute for the U-18s Freddie Sears soon forced Freddie Sears way into contention with Freddie Sears goals earning Freddie Sears a starting berth. Freddie Sears chances of realising Freddie Sears hopes took a major leap forward in the 2007–08 campaign with a prolific run for the U-18s – including a hat-trick against Millwall in October 2007.

After a run of 20 goals in 15 games, Sears made the jump from youth to reserve squad in the 2007–08 season and impressed youth team coach Tony Carr sufficiently for Carr to predict that a first team appearance was a possibility. Sears has also been called up for England under 19 squad and made Freddie Sears international debut in England's under 19 squad in a 4–0 win over Belarus on 11 September 2007.

Sears had scored 25 goals in 24 matches for the youths and reserves in the 2007–08 campaign, and just signed a new deal with the club before Freddie Sears played Freddie Sears debut game for West Ham United against Blackburn Rovers F.C. in the Premier League on 15 March 2008, aged 18. With both sides deadlocked at 1–1, Freddie Sears came on for Nolberto Solano in the 75th minute and scored the winner, also Freddie Sears debut goal, just five minutes and 16 seconds into Freddie Sears first team career, heading in the rebound from Freddie Sears first attempt at goal.

The 2008–09 season began with Sears in the reserves. Freddie Sears was joint top scorer with five goals in the 2008-09 Premier Reserve League. Gianfranco Zola, impressed with the youngster, decided to loan Freddie Sears out to further Freddie Sears development and rewarded Freddie Sears with a new five-year contract in November 2008.

Loan spells at Crystal Palace, Coventry and Scunthorpe

In June 2009, Sears joined West Ham's London neighbours Crystal Palace F.C. on loan for the 2009–10 in English football season. Freddie Sears rejected moves to Queens Park Rangers F.C., Peterborough United F.C. and Sheffield Wednesday F.C..

Sears appeared to have scored Freddie Sears first goal for Crystal Palace on 15 August 2009 against Bristol City F.C., but the ball bounced off the stanchion below the net and came back out. Referee, Rob Shoebridge then caused even more controversy by failing to spot the "goal" and thus not awarding it to the Eagles. The incident caused a public verbal disagreement between Palace manager Neil Warnock and the FA over whether Sears should be awarded the goal and the use of video replays as evidence. On 29 December 2009, Sears was recalled by West Ham due to injuries to Carlton Cole, Luis Boa Morte, and Zavon Hines plus suspension to Guillermo Franco. Freddie Sears played nineteen times in all competitions for Palace without scoring.

On 11 February 2010, Sears signed on loan at Coventry City for the rest of the season. Sears returned to West Ham for the start of the 2010–11 season but found Freddie Sears playing opportunities limited, playing only twice in their first ten games. On 19 October 2010, Freddie Sears joined Scunthorpe United F.C. on a one-month loan, making Freddie Sears debut the same day in a 3–2 away win against Preston North End F.C.. In November, the loan was extended until 3 January 2011.

Return to West Ham

On 21 December, Sears was recalled by West Ham from Freddie Sears loan. Sears scored Freddie Sears second senior goal for West Ham on New Year's Day 2011 against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.. Sears went on to score Freddie Sears third senior goal for the Hammers when Freddie Sears struck the fifth goal against Burnley F.C. in West Ham's 5–1 FA Cup win on the 21 February.

Colchester United

On 17 February 2012, Freddie Sears joined Football League One side Colchester United F.C. on a one-month loan deal.

International career

Sears had represented England at various youth levels prior to being called up for the U-21 squad. Freddie Sears also played for the U-19's at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship alongside clubmate James Tomkins (footballer). Stuart Pearce named Freddie Sears in the squad list for the August 2009 friendly against the Netherlands national under-21 football team. The nineteen-year-old made Freddie Sears debut in the 0–0 draw with the Jong Oranje, coming on as a second-half substitute for club mate Junior Stanislas.


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