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Brian Saah

Brian Saah
Saah playing for Dagenham & Redbridge in 2014
Personal information
Full name Brian Ebo Saah[1]
Date of birth (1986-12-16) 16 December 1986 [2]
Place of birth Rush Green, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Woking
Number 5
Youth career
0000–2003 Leyton Orient
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Leyton Orient 93 (1)
2009–2011 Cambridge United 71 (6)
2011–2013 Torquay United 78 (2)
2013–2015 Dagenham & Redbridge 66 (0)
2015 Woking (loan) 8 (0)
2015– Woking 18 (1)
National team
2010 England C 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:28, 31 October 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:00, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Brian Ebo Saah (born 16 December 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Woking.

Contents

  • Club career 1
    • Leyton Orient 1.1
    • Cambridge United 1.2
    • Torquay United 1.3
    • Dagenham & Redbridge 1.4
    • Woking 1.5
  • International career 2
  • Career statistics 3
  • Honours 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Leyton Orient

Saah started his career in the youth system at Leyton Orient, making his debut at the age of sixteen in a 3–0 defeat to Huddersfield Town in September 2003.[3] Despite starting as a central midfielder, Saah was converted to a central defender and won praise for his displays deputising for first team regulars John Mackie and Gabriel Zakuani during the 2005–06 promotion season to Football League One.[4] At the end of the season he was rewarded with his first professional contract.[5] He began to establish himself in the side and become a first team regular during the 2006–07 season, and was rewarded with a new two-year contract in March 2007.[6] There was also speculation that Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur had offered £2,000,000 for the defender, after scouts had been sent to see him action.[7] However, Orient manager Martin Ling rubbished the story saying the offer would have been accepted, but still claimed that Saah was the best defender outside the Football League Championship.[7] Saah featured quite frequently over the next two seasons but was released at the end of his contract in May 2009, after making a total of 110 appearances scoring twice.[3]

Cambridge United

Following his release from Orient, he spent time in pre-season at Southend United and Tranmere Rovers on trial, featuring in friendlies against Dagenham & Redbridge and Shrewsbury Town.[8][9] In August 2009, Saah dropped into the non-league game, re-uniting with former Orient boss Martin Ling at Conference Premier side Cambridge United.[10] He started in all of the U's first seventeen league games, scoring twice before a double hernia operation in November kept him out of action for six weeks.[11] In May 2010, he signed a new two-year contract extension after in impressive first season where he made 33 league appearances and came runner-up in the Internet Player of the Year awards.[12] He was also made club captain, taking some off-field responsibilities away from team captain Paul Carden.[13] In January 2011, Saah found himself playing in a defensive midfield role which coincided with two back-to-back away victories.[14] In total, Saah made eighty appearances for Cambridge scoring eight times.

Torquay United

In July 2011, Saah signed for Football League Two side Torquay United reuniting again with Martin Ling, despite him having a year to run on his Cambridge contract. The club didn't want him to leave, but he didn't fit into the new wage structure that the club adopted as they had to slash the playing budget by twenty-five per cent.[15][16] He was made club captain in his first season at the club as the Gulls missed out on promotion via the play-offs with defeat to Cheltenham Town.[17] Saah again remained a first team regular with Torquay during his second season with the club making 46 appearances, but rejected the offer of a new contract and chose to leave the Gulls in the summer of 2013.[18] He stated that he wanted to find a club nearer his family home in London as his son was starting school.[18] He left having played a total of 86 games, scoring twice.

Dagenham & Redbridge

In July 2013, he signed for his hometown club Scott Doe as the Daggers finished in the top half narrowly avoiding the play-offs.[20] Featuring 48 times for the club, he was also named as runner-up in the Player of the Year awards.[21] He started the 2014–15 season as first choice centre-back continuing his partnership with Scott Doe, but lost his place in the side around Christmas due to the emergence of loan signing Ayo Obileye.[22] In March 2015, he was sent out on loan to Conference Premier side Woking on a 28-day loan in order to help boost their promotion push.[22] The loan deal was extended three weeks later until the end of the season. In May 2015, Saah was released from the club after two seasons, having made 75 appearances and scoring twice.[23]

Woking

On 1 August 2015, upon his release from Dagenham & Redbridge, Saah re-joined Woking on a permanent deal after his previous successful loan spell at the club.[24]

International career

In May 2010, Saah was called-up to an eighteen-man squad to play for England C for an International Challenge Trophy match against the Republic of Ireland in Waterford.[13] However, he remained an unused substitute in a 2–1 England win.[25] He made his debut for the side in September 2010, playing in a 2–2 draw with the Wales Semi-Pro team, replacing Aden Flint as a substitute.[26]

Career statistics

As of matches played 31 October 2015.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leyton Orient 2003–04[27] Third Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2004–05[28] League Two 12 0 1 0 1 0 3[1] 1 17 1
2005–06[29] League Two 3 0 1 0 0 0 1[1] 0 5 0
2006–07[30] League One 32 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
2007–08[31] League One 25 1 1 0 0 0 1[1] 0 27 1
2008–09[32] League One 15 0 2 0 1 0 2[1] 0 20 0
Total 93 1 7 0 3 0 7 1 110 2
Cambridge United 2009–10[33] Conference Premier 33 3 3 0 3[2] 0 39 3
2010–11[34] Conference Premier 38 3 1 0 2[2] 2 41 5
Total 71 6 4 0 5 2 80 8
Torquay United 2011–12[35] League Two 35 1 1 0 1 0 3[3] 0 40 1
2012–13[36] League Two 43 1 1 0 1 0 1[1] 0 46 1
Total 78 2 2 0 2 0 4 0 86 2
Dagenham & Redbridge 2013–14[37] League Two 43 0 1 0 1 0 3[1] 2 48 2
2014–15[38] League Two 23 0 2 0 1 0 1[1] 0 27 0
Total 66 0 3 0 2 0 4 2 75 2
Woking (loan) 2014–15[38] Conference Premier 8 0 8 0
Woking 2015–16 National League 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Career total 334 10 16 0 7 0 20 5 377 15
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in Football League Two play-offs

Honours

Leyton Orient

References

  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 89. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London:  
  3. ^ a b "Orient let eight players go". Sky Sports. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Leyton Orient promotion squad 2005/06: Where are they now?". View From the West Stand. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ O's Will Hold Their Own'-Mackie"'". Vital Football. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Saah extends O's stay". Football.co.uk. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Orient: No Spurs bid for Saah". Sky Sports. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Scannell injury blow for Southend". BBC Sport. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Tranmere Rovers' John Barnes in defender search". Wirral News. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Defender Saah signs for United". Cambridge United F.C. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Cambridge United's Brian Saah ruled out for six weeks". BBC Sport. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Saah signs for U's". Cambridge United F.C. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Defender Saah signs new Cambridge United contract". BBC Sport. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Brian Saah lays claim to Cambridge United role". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Too costly' U's defender Brian Saah in transfer talks"'". BBC Sport. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Brian Saah lays claim to Cambridge United role". Cambridge News. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Torquay United defender Brian Saah's on a Wembley mission". Torquay Herald Express. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "THE SAAH SITUATION". Torquay Herald Express. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Defender Signs for the Daggers". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Daggers squad has the belief to reach League Two play-offs, says Saah". Barking & Dagenham Post. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Daggers captain Ogogo 'proud' after clean sweep of awards". Barking & Dagenham Post. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Defender Moves On Loan". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Dagenham release trio". Sky Sports. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Brian Saah signs for the Cards". Woking FC. 1 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "England C start strongly". The FA. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Appleby, Mike (15 September 2010). "Fairclough's food for thought". The Football Association. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2009/2010". Aylesbury United F.C. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2010/2011". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Brian Saah in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Brian Saah in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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