David Edgar (footballer)

David Edgar (footballer)
David Edgar
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Personal information
Full name David Edward Edgar
Date of birth 19 May 1987 (1987-05-19) (age 24)
Place of birth Kitchener, Canada
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Burnley
Number 15
Youth career
2001–2005 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Newcastle United 19 (2)
2009– Burnley 26 (0)
2010 → Swansea City (loan) 5 (1)
National team
2003 Canada U-17 2 (0)
2003–2008 Canada U-20 24 (2)
2011– Canada 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:19, 22 November 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011

David Edward Edgar (pronounced /ˈɛdɡər/; born 19 May 1987 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian football player who currently plays for Championship side Burnley.[1] He can play as a centre back, right back, left back or defensive midfielder.



Early life

Edgar was born to Eddie Edgar and Christine Edgar (née White). His father, a native of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, was a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Newcastle United (1 game only) and Hartlepool United in England, as well as playing for the New York Cosmos.[2] His mother is now a teacher in Canada. Edgar grew up in Kitchener, Ontario and attended Blessed Kateri Catholic Elementary School, where he broke many athletic records including the 800 m, 1500m and long jump. He also won athlete of the year in grade eight. A sports-obsessed child, Edgar tried his hand at ice hockey, long and middle distance running as well as football.[2]

When Edgar was nine, his father took him to England to compete in a football tournament which was sponsored by Manchester United. Edgar impressed at the tournament, to the extent he was offered a scholarship deal by Manchester United. However, Edgar turned down the opportunity, opting to stay in Canada for the time being.[3] He also excelled at hockey and was even considered to have had the potential to be drafted into the NHL.[4] From the age of 11 he began playing football at Provincial level for Ontario, along with his now international teammate Jaime Peters.[5] He continued to switch between playing hockey and football, however at 13 years of age he decided to quit hockey and focus primarily on playing football.[4] After impressing in trials for numerous football clubs including Celtic,[6] he was offered a scholarship at the Newcastle United academy, which he accepted. Aged 14, he left Canada and moved into his grandmother's home in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear.

Early career

Edgar began playing regularly in the academy and made his debut for the reserve team on 10 April 2003 against Bradford City. He made his debut for the Canada under-20 team on 15 October 2003, (just three months after first appearing at under-17 level), against Panama at the Torneo Mondialito, aged 16. The following month, he was named in the Canada squad for the World Youth Championships, that took place in the UAE. Edgar was an unused substitute in each of Canada's matches, as they finished third in their group. In June, 2005, Edgar was involved in the competition for a second time, appearing in all three of Canada's matches at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Netherlands. Canada finished bottom of their group. Edgar caught the eye of Spanish club Málaga CF in September, 2005 when Newcastle played the La Liga club in a pre-season friendly game. Málaga, as well as a few English clubs, declared an interest in signing him.[7] However, Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd was quick to announce that Edgar was not for sale, and that he had been given a new contract by the club to ward off any further interest.[7] Edgar began making more regular appearances in the reserve team during the 2005–06 season. On 19 May 2006, while celebrating his nineteenth birthday, he played and scored in the Canadian Under-20 side's 2–1 victory over the Brazilian Under-20 side. This was the first victory Canada have ever had over Brazil in any level of men's football.[8]

Senior career


David Edgar playing for Newcastle in 2008.

Edgar continued to appear for Newcastle's reserves and he was called up to the first team squad due to a lengthy injury list midway through the 2006–07 Premiership season. He made his first team debut for Newcastle against Bolton Wanderers on 26 December 2006.[9] On 1 January 2007 during his home debut, he scored his first goal for the club with a long range strike against Manchester United in a 2–2 draw.[10] Edgar was playing in the unfamiliar position of full back as part of a makeshift Newcastle defence consisting of three under-21 players and a winger, due to injuries to first team defenders. Edgar was later named man of the match[11] and drew praise from then Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder for his performance during the game, having kept Cristiano Ronaldo in his back pocket.[12]

During the 2007–08 season, Edgar voiced his concern at his lack of first team football at Newcastle, where at the time of the comment, he had yet to make any appearances for the senior team despite being the reserve team captain.[13] Towards the end of the season he was given a run of games in the first team and was praised by manager Kevin Keegan for his performance against Reading.[14] On 5 May 2007 he signed a contract with Newcastle that kept him at the club until 2009.[15] In April 2008 Edgar stated his belief that he needed to bulk up in order to compete in the Premier League, after facing players like Dean Ashton. On 28 December 2008, Edgar scored his second goal for the club in a 5–1 loss against Liverpool.[16] On 24 May 2009, he was sent off in the last minute of the final game of the season against Aston Villa, a game that Newcastle lost 1–0, thus confirming their relegation from the Premier League. After a terrible season, in which Newcastle failed to win a single match that Edgar featured in - 11 losses and 2 draws in his 13 games - Edgar rejected a contract offered by Newcastle and consequently left the club.


On 1 July 2009, it was announced that Edgar had joined Burnley on a four-year-deal.[17] On 24 December 2009, Burnley and Newcastle announced they had agreed to a transfer fee of £300,000 for Edgar, avoiding a tribunal hearing to settle the matter.[18]

Edgar made his debut for Burnley in the second round of the Carling Cup against Hartlepool on 25 August, however he found himself out of favour under the manager at the time, Owen Coyle, with this appearance being his only one, and was never included in one of his Premier League squads.

After Coyle's controversial departure in January 2010, Edgar was included in the starting lineup of Brian Laws first match in charge, against Manchester United.

Swansea City

In March 2010, Edgar moved to Swansea City on a loan extending to the end of the season.[19] Edgar scored his first goal for Swansea on April 5 in a 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United. David scored the first goal in the 27th minute from a well positioned corner, Ashley Williams and Shefki Kuqi both followed scoring goals in the home win.[20] In his time with Swansea Edgar was able to make 5 league appearances and score 1 goal before his return to Burnley.

On 31 January 2011 it was announced that Edgar would once again join Swansea City for the remainder of the season.,[1] but weeks later Edgar returned to Burnley due to FIFA refusing to give Edgar international clearance, due to an irregularity in the paperwork.[21]


On 1 February 2007 he was named as Canadian Youth Player of the Year for the 2006 season.[22] In 2007, he helped host Canada compete for the Under-20 World Cup and had been named as one of six ambassadors for the Canadian team during the competition,[23] which was the largest single-sport event ever hosted by Canada.[24] Edgar picked up a groin injury three weeks before the tournament began,[25] which put doubt over how much he would play. An MRI scan showed no tears in his abdominal wall, which helped quell fears that he would be lost to injury for the tournament.[26]

Style of play

Edgar has been acknowledged for having good leadership skills; he has been described as a player who organizes the other members of his defensive line through his vocality.[27] Dale Mitchell, Edgar's coach for the Canada Under-20 team, has labelled Edgar as a player who rises to the occasion against top competition, stabilizes the defence, and also has the ability to stretch opposing teams' defences.[26]

International career

Edgar has played for Canada Under-17 team and Canada Under-20 team. He was called-up for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship at only 16. In November 2008, Canada national football team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification against Jamaica.

Such was his form at the start of the 2010-11 season for Burnley, Edgar was called up to the Canadian senior team for their friendly against Ukraine on 8 October, but failed to make an appearance. Edgar was called up again for Canada in the countries next game against Greece. David made his senior team debut for Canada on February 9, 2011 as a second half sub in a 1-0 loss to Greece, the game was played at the brand new AEL FC Arena. Edgar was one of three Canadian players to make their international senior debut against Greece, Tosaint Ricketts and Milan Borjan were the other two.[28]

June 6, 2011 Edgar was selected for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Canadian 23 man roster as a replacement for Dejan Jakovic, who sustained a hamstring injury in a friendly approaching the tournament against Ecuador.[29] Edgar failed to make an appearance during Canada's disappointing Gold Cup, with an early exit out of the group stage.

International Stats

Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 7 0
Total 7 0

Statistics as of November 15, 2011

Career statistics

As of 19 November 2011.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United
3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
11 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 1
Total 19 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 23 2
Burnley 2009–10[33] 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11[34] 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2011–12[35] 15 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 19 0
Total 26 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 33 0
Swansea City (loan) 2009–10[36] 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Career totals 50 3 3 0 8 0 0 0 61 3
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Premier League and the Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the play-offs.



  • Canadian U-20 International Player of the Year: 2006

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b http://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/page/LatestHeadlines/0,,10413~2281535,00.html
  2. ^ a b Palmer, Ian S. "David Edgar's the new kid on the block at Newcastle United". Sports Express. http://www.sportsexpress.ca/soccer.htm#David%20Edgar%20plays%20with%20soccer%20Goliath%20Newcastle%20United. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Alan (2007-01-04). "Edgar was a Man U target". icNewcastle. http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/newcastleunited/chroniclesport/tm_headline=edgar-was-a-man-u-target%26method=full%26objectid=18376922%26siteid=50081-name_page.html. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  4. ^ a b Lai, Tim (2007-01-02). "Canadian an English soccer hero". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/News/article/167055. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Old pals hold Canuck hopes". fifa.com. http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/news/newsid=541535.html. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  6. ^ "Magpie flying high". National Post. 2007-01-03. http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/sports/story.html?id=b4731ca2-678f-4ef6-8744-bc5f87380878. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  7. ^ a b Stanton, Chris (2005-09-05). "Magpies: Edgar not for sale". Sky Sports. http://home.skysports.com/list.asp?hlid=304748&plid=56092&clid=4&cpid=8. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Canada achieve historic victory over Brazil". CONCACAF. 2006-05-19. http://www.concacaf.com/view_article.asp?id=3415. Retrieved 2007-01-03. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Match Formations". Football-Lineups.com. http://www.football-lineups.com/wiki/_match3125.php. Retrieved January 10, 2007. 
  10. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (2007-01-01). "Newcastle 21–21 Man Utd". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6205747.stm. Retrieved 2007-01-01. 
  11. ^ Walker, Michael (2007-01-02). "Edgar the unknown clips United's wings". London: The Guardian. http://football.guardian.co.uk/Match_Report/0,,-71045,00.html. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  12. ^ Dunn, Alex (2007-01-01). "Roeder praise for Edgar". Sky Sports. http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=438670&plid=56092&clid=4&cpid=8. Retrieved 2007-01-01. 
  13. ^ "Toon starlet unsettled". Sky Sports. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_3161329,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  14. ^ "Keegan hails Barton re-emergence". BBC Sport. 2008-04-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/7334337.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  15. ^ Buckingham, Mark (2007-05-05). "Edgar pens Magpies deal". Sky Sports. http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=465180&CPID=8&clid=4&lid=&title=Edgar+pens+Magpies+deal. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  16. ^ McNulty, Phil (28 December 2008). "Newcastle 1–5 Liverpool". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7788422.stm. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  17. ^ "Burnley bring in defender Edgar". BBC Sport. 2009-07-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/8128950.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  18. ^ "Burnley settle on fee with Newcastle for David Edgar". BBC News. 2009-12-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/8429612.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  19. ^ "Swansea City sign defender David Edgar from Burnley". BBC Sport. 2010-03-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/swansea_city/8583837.stm. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  20. ^ "Swansea 3 - 0 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 2010-04-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/8595494.stm. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  21. ^ http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/content.php?1191-Edgar-Back-to-Burnley-as-Swansea-Loan-Collapses
  22. ^ "David Edgar, Jodi-Ann Robinson named Canadian Youth Players of the Year". CanadaSoccer. 2007-02-01. http://www.canadasoccer.com/eng/media/viewArtical.asp?Press_ID=2617. Retrieved 2007-02-01. [dead link]
  23. ^ "Canada’s U-20 World Cup team to take part in adidas camp". CanadaSoccer. 2007-03-15. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930015643/http://www.canadasoccer.com/eng/media/viewArtical.asp?Press_ID=2641. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  24. ^ "Toronto to Host FIFA U-20 World Cup Championship Game". CanadaSoccer. 2006-01-26. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. http://web.archive.org/web/20070504042528/http://www.canadasoccer.com/eng/media/viewArtical.asp?Press_ID=2386. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  25. ^ Starnes, Richard (2007-06-04). "Canada's captain sits out under-20 loss". Canada.com. http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/story.html?id=8ca028d7-2a75-4f2a-b080-ee91639c908d&k=48521. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  26. ^ a b Petersen, Scott. "Edgar still stuck in the bleachers". Sports Express. http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/sports/story.html?id=927444e6-416c-41b8-ac2a-7de944f3f7b1&p=1. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  27. ^ Molinaro, John F (2007-06-26). "David Edgar: A case for the defence". CBSport. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/fifau20/newsmakers/edgar.html. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  28. ^ Canada vs. Greece stats; Canandasoccer.com, 9 February 2011
  29. ^ Molinaro, John (2011-06-06). "Canada set for Gold Cup showdown with USA". CBC Sports. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2011/06/06/sp-canada-us-gold-cup.html. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  30. ^ "Newcastle 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=1823&teamTabs=stats. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  31. ^ "Newcastle 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=1823&teamTabs=stats. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  32. ^ "Newcastle 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=1823&teamTabs=stats. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  33. ^ "Burnley 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=435&teamTabs=stats. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  34. ^ "Burnley 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=435&teamTabs=stats. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  35. ^ "Burnley 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=435&teamTabs=stats. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  36. ^ "Swansea 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=2513&teamTabs=stats. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 

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