|Full name Frederick David Sears|
2000–2008 West Ham United
Weight 75 kg
Height 1.70 m
|Playing position |
Name Freddie Sears
|Date of birth (1989-11-27) 27 November 1989 (age 26)|
Current team Ipswich Town F.C. (#20 / Forward)
Place of birth Hornchurch, England
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Frederick David "Freddie" Sears (born 27 November 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ipswich Town. He started his career with his local club West Ham United at the age of eleven, progressing through the West Ham United Academy. He made a scoring first-team debut in March 2008 when he netted the winner against Blackburn Rovers after coming on as a second-half substitute. Sears made over 50 first-team appearances for West Ham, but never held down a regular starting position.
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- Freddie sears ghost goal
- West Ham United
- 200708 season
- 200809 season
- 200910 season
- Crystal Palace loan
- First return to West Ham
- Coventry City loan
- 201011 season
- Scunthorpe United loan
- Second return to West Ham
- 201112 season
- Colchester United loan
- 201213 season
- 201314 season
- 201415 season
- Ipswich Town
- Under 19s
- Under 20s
- Under 21s
Sears had fruitless loan spells with Crystal Palace, Coventry City and Scunthorpe United, before joining Colchester United for the latter half of the 2011–12 season. He scored two goals in 11 appearances for the U's, prompting the club to sign him on a permanent basis from the Hammers in July 2012. After joining the Essex club, Sears rediscovered his scoring form, grabbing 34 goals in 99 games in his two-and-a-half year stay before departing for Ipswich. Sears has also represented England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels.
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West Ham United
Born in Hornchurch, Sears scored his first goal in the Premier Reserve League South on 20 November 2006 when West Ham drew 1–1 with Portsmouth. He scored a further three goals in 14 reserve appearances, making ten starts. In addition, Sears made 28 appearances in the Academy League, where he netted nine goals and started 19 games.
Sears began the 2007–08 season in good scoring form during a prolific run with the clubs' under-18 side, which included a hat-trick against Millwall in early October 2007. Having been consistent and scoring 20 goals in 15 games to February 2008, Academy coach Tony Carr warned Sears that he needed to remain focused in order to achieve his goal of breaking into the first-team squad. Sears had already been asked on a frequent basis to train alongside the first-team under Alan Curbishley's stewardship. Sears managed a total of 17 under-18 games, starting 16 matches scoring 22 goals. He also appeared in one FA Youth Cup game, and started four reserve games, appearing in six and scoring three goals.
On the back of his excellent form at both Reserve and Academy levels, Sears was first handed a new contract on 11 March 2008 to tie him to the club until 2010, and he was then handed his first-team debut on 15 March, aged 18, in a Premier League game against Blackburn Rovers. With both sides deadlocked at 1–1, Sears came on for Nolberto Solano in the 75th minute and scored the winner, also his debut goal, just five minutes and 16 seconds into his first-team career, heading in the rebound from his initial attempt at goal. Sears said that he was buzzing following his debut, and it was made even sweeter as a West Ham fan with his friends and family in the stands at the Boleyn Ground. Sears again appeared as a substitute one week later as West Ham grabbed a draw at Everton. He had a chance to win the game in the 90th minute, but his effort clipped the post.
Sears made his first senior start for West Ham on 19 April for a match with Derby County. After featuring for 75 minutes, manager Alan Curbishley was verbally abused by the home fans when he withdrew Sears and replaced him with Carlton Cole. However, Curbishley's decision was justified just two minutes later when Cole scored the winner for the Hammers. Sears ended the season with a total of seven first-team appearances.
Sears missed 2008–09 pre-season with West Ham due to international duty with the England under-19s in the European Under-19 Championship. He featured in his first game of pre-season in a youthful Hammers side that beat Thurrock on 27 July. He made his first appearance of the season for the first-team in West Ham's 2–1 win over Wigan Athletic on 16 August 2008. Sears signed a new five-year contract in November 2008. Sears played 17 Premier League games during the season, alongside three FA Cup and two League Cup appearances. He also featured for the Reserve side, making seven appearances and scoring five goals. He scored all four goals for the Hammers in a 4–3 win over West Bromwich Albion on 30 September 2008.
Prior to the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola announced his intention to send Sears out on loan to 'prove himself'. Leyton Orient manager Geraint Williams expressed an interest in signing Sears on loan, but showed concern that he may but put off in signing for a League One club. Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock also showed his interest in taking Sears on loan, before confirming his signing on a season-long loan deal on 22 June 2009.
Crystal Palace loan
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock said he was "delighted" to have Sears on board at the club following his loan signing, praising the player for agreeing to the switch despite late interest from Queens Park Rangers. Sears scored in his first appearance in Palace colours on 14 July, scoring in a 5–2 win in Baltimore, United States, against Crystal Palace's American affiliates Crystal Palace Baltimore. He made it two goals in two pre-season games, netting a 20-yard shot in their 3–1 win against Harrisburg City Islanders on 17 July. Sears later told Warnock that he was happy to play where his manager wanted following his positive start to his Crystal Palace career. He grabbed his third goal in four games in a 3–0 friendly win over Bristol Rovers on 24 July, before starting in Palace's Championship opening fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 8 August. Sears admitted that he should have scored a debut goal but was confident he would be on the scoresheet before too long.
Sears started in Palace's next match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, and looked to have scored his first goal for the club in the fixture on 15 August. However, the match officials failed to see the ball cross the line and the goal was not awarded after Sears shot had flown into the back of the net, hit the stanchion at the back of the goal and bounced back out. Palace went on to lose 1–0 to a late goal from Nicky Maynard. Following his appearances for England under-21s and a goal against Macedonia, Neil Warnock hoped that Sears' goal for his country would help to break his duck at Crystal Palace. He returned to first-team action as a second-half substitute in Palace's 4–0 defeat by Scunthorpe United on 12 September, where he missed a penalty despite wrestling the ball from usual penalty taker Neil Danns with the intention of scoring his first goal for the club. Sears injured his ankle late in the game, and left Selhurst Park wearing a cast. He returned to action as a substitute for the injured Victor Moses in the Eagles 1–1 draw at Cardiff City on 17 October.
In November 2009, Warnock confirmed that Sears was not able to be recalled by West Ham before January, with his parent club struggling for forwards following an injury to Carlton Cole, although Warnock later said that he was aiming to get Sears scoring for the team, with West Ham now reportedly willing to allow Sears to join Palace on a permanent basis in January. In December, despite still failing to find the back of the net for the club, West Ham announced their intention to recall Sears from his loan to attempt to ease their injury troubles. Warnock confirmed that following Crystal Palace's game with Swansea City on 28 December, Sears would return to the Hammers. After making 19 appearances in the league and League Cup, Sears completed his loan spell without making the scoresheet.
First return to West Ham
Sears returned to West Ham after his Crystal Palace loan and went into the squad to face Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup on 3 January 2010. He came on as a substitute for Frank Nouble in the 2–1 home defeat to a warm reception from the Hammers faithful. He played just once more for the club during the season, with his last appearance coming in the Premier League, once again as a late substitute for Nouble in a 0–0 home draw with Blackburn Rovers on 30 January. He did however score twice in the Premier Reserve League 4–2 defeat to Arsenal on 12 January. He made two appearances in the Reserve League across the season.
Coventry City loan
Coventry City signed Sears on 11 February 2010 in a 93-day loan deal to see him spend the rest of the season at the Ricoh Arena, while Sears was reassured by West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola that he still had a future at Upton Park. Sears said that City manager Chris Coleman was a major influence in his decision to join the club based on his past achievements with Fulham, and that Bristol City had made a late attempt to sign the player. He made his City debut on 13 February, replacing Clinton Morrison after 67 minutes in a scrappy 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Despite making only substitute appearances for his first six games for the Sky Blues, Sears hoped to push for a starting position, and confirmed that there was a possibility that he could return to the Ricoh Arena for the 2010–11 season. He then made his first start for the club on 27 March in a 1–1 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday. After starting for Coventry in their 1–0 away defeat to Sheffield United on 10 April, Sears suffered an ankle injury in training, ruling him out of action briefly, but a set-back in his recovery effectively ruled him out of contention for the remainder of the season. Sears' loan spell ended with ten league appearances for the Sky Blues, once again failing to find the back of the net. At the end of the campaign, Coleman admitted that it would be unlikely that Sears would return to the club for the 2010–11 season.
Sears returned to West Ham in May 2010 following his loan stint with Coventry, where he played in Academy director Tony Carr's testimonial match, scoring West Ham's fourth goal in their 5–1 win against an Academy All-Star team. On 30 July, Sears scored all four goals in a pre-season game for the reserves against Bishop's Stortford in his quest to earn a place in the West Ham first team. He made a late substitute appearance against Bolton Wanderers on 21 August, replacing Carlton Cole with three minutes remaining of the Hammers' 3–1 home loss. Sears then made his first start since 16 March 2009 three days later when West Ham faced Oxford United in the League Cup. Sears played for 78 minutes in the 1–0 victory before being replaced by Benni McCarthy.
Scunthorpe United loan
Sears returned to the Championship on loan once again on 19 October 2010, joining Scunthorpe United for one month ahead of their clash with Preston North End the same day. He made his debut in the match, playing the full 90 minutes as the Iron emerging 3–2 victors. Manager Ian Baraclough was pleased with the impact Sears had in the game, with his 83rd minute shot hitting the post, allowing Martyn Woolford to score. The club extended Sears loan stay in November ahead of their clash with Cardiff City, keeping him with Scunthorpe until January. After making nine starts but failing to score for the club, Sears was recalled by his parent club in December 2010 following yet another injury crisis at Upton Park.
Second return to West Ham
On his return to West Ham, Sears was thrust into the starting lineup for the Hammers' Boxing Day clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage, a game in which he played the full 90 minutes and West Ham won 3–1. Manager Avram Grant opted to play Sears in a right midfield role for the games against Fulham and a 1–1 draw with Everton on 28 December, games in which Sears put in solid performances. Sears said that his loan spell away with Scunthorpe left him feeling "refreshed" and he felt "like a new man". Sears then scored his second-ever goal for the club on New Year's Day 2011 in the basement battle against Wolverhampton Wanderers, sealing their 2–0 victory with a 15-yard strike eleven minutes from the full-time whistle.
Sears featured in all of West Ham's January 2011 fixtures, but fell out of favour, before returning to action for the Hammer's 5–1 FA Cup win against Burnley on 21 February. Having started the game, Sears scored in the 90th minute to complete the scoring for his side and seal their place in the quarter-finals. Although Sears had a resurgence in form, breaking back into the West Ham starting eleven, West Ham were relegated from the Premier League, finishing the season in 20th position. Sears ended his season with two goals in 15 games for the Hammers.
In spite of the Hammers' relegation to the Championship, Sears remained with the club, where he scored the only goal of the game in a pre-season friendly victory over F.C. Copenhagen in Denmark. He also scored in their 2–0 friendly home win against Real Zaragoza on 30 July. New West Ham manager Sam Allardyce handed Sears a start for their opening Championship fixture on 7 August, a 1–0 home defeat to Cardiff City. However, after making twelve first team appearances, Sears began to find his chances limited by new arrivals in the January transfer window.
Colchester United loan
League One side Colchester United signed Sears in an emergency loan signing from West Ham on 17 February 2012 for one month. He made his debut the following day in a 3–2 away defeat to Yeovil Town, but with the club due to play seven further fixtures for the duration of his month-long stay, Sears hoped that he would start to hit the goal trail with so many matches in a short period of time. The U's extended Sears loan stay until the end of the season, but the striker had only started three games until that point, with Sears targeting a run in the team when his next opportunity arose.
Sears scored his first goal in over a year with an 81st minute penalty which secured a 1–1 draw with Hartlepool United on 6 April. Two games later, Sears netted again in Colchester's 4–2 defeat of Tranmere Rovers in their final home game of the 2011–12 season. Sears' solo effort ended a streak of eleven League One matches without a win. He ended his loan stint with the U's having scored twice in eleven appearances.
In June 2012, Sears left West Ham United by mutual consent. He had made 58 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.
On 4 July 2012, Colchester United confirmed the permanent signing of Sears from West Ham United on a three-year deal following his release from the Hammers. His U's career got off to a goalscoring start, with a brace in Colchester's 6–0 opening pre-season friendly against Heybridge Swifts on 14 July. He scored his third goal in two games in their 3–2 win against Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands on 18 July, before facing his former club West Ham for the first time since leaving in a friendly at the Colchester Community Stadium, a game which the Hammers edged 2–1. He described the experience of playing against his former employers as "a bit surreal". Sears was on target again in Colchester's 2–1 win at Maldon & Tiptree on 28 July and then scored a further brace against Championship opposition in the shape of Derby County on 3 August in a 2–2 draw.
Sears made his full-time debut for Colchester on 18 August in their 0–0 away draw with Preston North End. He scored his first goal in his second stint with the club in the Football League Trophy defeat to Northampton Town on 9 October, scoring Colchester's goal in the 2–1 loss, with his first league goal arriving as the opener in Colchester's 3–2 defeat to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on 10 November. Sears netted in the following game to bring his tally to three for the season when the U's hosted Bury on 17 November, grabbing the second goal in a 2–0 victory. His next goal came in the U's 2–1 home defeat to his former club Scunthorpe United on 12 January 2013, a game in which the club set a record with their ninth consecutive league defeat. However, Sears netted in the 89th minute of their next game, a 2–0 win against Walsall to earn his fifth of the season, converting a low cross from George Porter. He scored from the penalty spot to help Colchester on their way to another three points in their next match against Portsmouth in their 3–2 win at Fratton Park on 2 February. Sears rich vein of form continued on 9 February with his fourth goal in five matches, his close range effort proving decisive in their 1–0 home triumph against Preston. He scored his eighth and final goal of the season on 26 February in a 2–0 home win against Yeovil Town. Sears said of his recent good form that "this is the first time in a long while I've really been enjoying it [playing]". A short time after, he suffered a knee injury that kept him out of action for seven games, making his return as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat to Notts County on 13 April as Colchester battled for League One survival. Sears ended his first full season with the club with eight goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.
Sears scored his first pre-season goal with a rebound effort for Colchester in their 2–1 win against Maldon & Tiptree, having scored in the same fixture with the same result last season. Sears opened his League One account for the 2013–14 season in a 1–1 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 17 August and followed this up by scoring an equaliser in another 1–1 draw with Carlisle United at home six days later. Sears missed two games with a groin injury in September, but he returned to action on 14 September in Colchester's trip to Bradford City. Sears grabbed his third goal of the season with the opening goal in Colchester's 1–1 draw with Crawley Town on 21 September, and then scored his fourth consecutive 1–1 draw at home to Walsall on 12 October.
A hamstring problem forced Sears to limp from the pitch after just 30 minutes of their 1–1 away draw with Shrewsbury Town on 22 October, Having seemingly recovered from the hamstring injury, Sears was selected to face Preston North End on 23 November, but he broke down after just 28 minutes in the game. The recurrence of that injury kept him out of the side until 11 January 2014, where he featured as a late substitute in a 3–0 victory over Gillingham. He scored with the last kick of the game after five minutes of injury time to bring his goal count to five for the season. His sixth goal came as the opener in a 2–1 home victory against his former club Coventry on 8 March, netting after five minutes, before collecting his seventh of the season against Bristol City on 22 March with a levelling goal in the sides' 2–2 draw, securing a point with an effort from 20-yards after being brought on when the U's had a two-goal deficit. He scored again on 5 April as his side fell to a 2–1 defeat at home to Tranmere Rovers, and scored twice in Colchester's crunch relegation-battle tie with Stevenage on 12 April. Sears scored on the stroke of half-time to level the scores at 1–1, before following up a goal from Jabo Ibehre to hand the U's an unassailable 3–1 lead in the game, which eventually ended 3–2. He again scored twice to bring his total number for the season to twelve goals, as Colchester all but assured safety from League One relegation with a comprehensive 4–1 victory over already-promoted Brentford on 26 April.
2014–15 pre-season began with an opening fixture goal for Sears in the U's 4–1 win at Brantham Athletic on 12 July 2014, before scoring a brace in the 8–0 rout at Heybridge Swifts three days later. He scored again on 17 July with a penalty against Sudbury, before scoring in his fourth consecutive match with four goals in an 8–1 win over Leiston on 19 July. He scored his first goal of the campaign in League One during a 2–1 defeat to Notts County at Meadow Lane on 19 August. He notched his second of the season in a 3–1 home defeat to Peterborough United on 30 August, reducing the U's deficit at 2–1, and then secured his third goal of the season on 13 September when Colchester defeated Leyton Orient 2–0 at Brisbane Road. He continued his good scoring form when he tapped home a spilled save from Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard in an eventual 3–2 defeat to the Blades on 16 September. His fifth goal of the season began proceedings in a 3–0 win away to Crewe Alexandra on 27 September when he converted a Sanchez Watt cross from six yards. In the Football League Trophy, Sears notched his sixth goal of the season with a late equaliser in a 3–3 draw with Gillingham on 8 October, slotting home Elliott Hewitt's low cross. He fired in an equaliser from the edge of the box in a 1–1 draw with Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on 18 October, before grabbing his eighth of the season with an 87th-minute winner at the Community Stadium against Chesterfield on 21 October. He earned a consolation goal for his side in their 2–1 home reverse by Port Vale on 1 November, but took his goal tally into double figures for the season in the next match on 9 November when Colchester faced Gosport Borough in the FA Cup first round. Having already provided an assist for Sanchez Watt and with Colchester 2–0 up, Sears converted a penalty kick after he was brought down in the area. He scored again in the 78th minute to restore a three-goal cushion for his side, tapping home into an empty net in a match that eventually ended 6–3. He scored his fourth goal in three games in the U's 3–2 away defeat to Barnsley on 14 November. After not scoring for all of December as Colchester fell into the relegation positions, Sears' 13th goal of the campaign finally arrived as a consolation in the U's 3–1 FA Cup defeat to Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on 2 January 2015 following a neat passing move. He scored his tenth League One goal and 14th of the season with the opener in Colchester's 2–0 away victory over Peterborough on 10 January.
With his deal at Colchester set to expire in the summer of 2015, Sears signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Championship side Ipswich Town for a transfer fee of £100,000 on 16 January 2015. After making his debut on 17 January in Ipswich's 3–1 win over Millwall at The Den, where he came on as a substitute and provided the assist for Jonathan Parr's goal, he scored his first goal for the Blues in their 3–2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion from the bench on 21 January. Sears finished with nine goals in his debut season and formed an impressive partnership with League top-scorer Daryl Murphy as Town reached the Play-Offs. His searing pace and versatility was at the fore at the beginning of the 2015–2016 season as he notched 4 goals in his first 6 games. In December a superb run and finish saw him score after 16 seconds as Fulham were defeated 2–1 at Craven Cottage on 15 December 2015. After that goal, he did not score for a further 38 matches, the equivalent of an entire Premiership season, until he eventually scored in a 2–0 win over Burton Albion.
Sears made his England under-19s debut on 11 September 2007 when the Young Lions defeated Belarus 4–0. He came on as a substitute for Andy Carroll in the tie held at the City Ground, Nottingham. He was once again called up to the England under-19 side in February 2008 for a friendly with Croatia at the County Ground, Swindon. He again came on as substitute in the 2–0 victory held on 5 February, replacing Febian Brandy. Sears made his first start for the under-19s in England's elite qualification group win against Poland on 26 May, opening the scoring after 29 minutes and sealing the victory with an 85th minute penalty. He also appeared in England's 1–0 win over Serbia on 28 May. Sears again made an appearance in their 0–0 draw with Belarus to seal qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Sears then featured in the finals held in Czech Republic, starting in the Young Lions 2–0 defeat to the host nation on 14 July 2008. He started for England in their 0–0 draw with Italy on 17 July, before scoring a penalty in his final under-19s appearance on 20 July as England beat Greece 3–0, a result which was not enough to see England qualify for the competition semi-finals. Sears scored three goals in eight appearances for the under-19 side.
Alongside teammates Junior Stanislas and James Tomkins, Sears was called up to the England under-20 team on 31 March 2009 to face Italy. He played his one and only under-20 game in the match held at Loftus Road on 1 April as England won 2–0.
Sears was named in Stuart Pearce's England under-21 squad to face Netherlands in a friendly in Groningen on 11 August 2009, having impressed Pearce with his early season displays during his loan with Crystal Palace. He made his debut at the age of nineteen in the 0–0 draw with the Jong Oranje, coming on as a second-half substitute for fellow West Ham player Junior Stanislas and playing for seven minutes.
Sears made his second appearance in a competitive qualifying fixture for the 2011 European Under-21 Championship against Macedonia on 4 September 2009. He came on as a half-time substitute for Fabrice Muamba, and later scored from six yards to level the scores at 1–1, with the match eventually ending 2–1 to England. He made his third and final appearance at under-21 level on 8 September in England's 1–1 qualifying draw with Greece, replacing Danny Welbeck after 75 minutes. Sears was provisionally selected for the 2011 Finals in Denmark, but did not make the final squad.