Height / Weight
David Eyres

5' 11"
Date Of Birth
Place Of Birth
26th February 1964

Signed From
v Hednesford Town 14/10/06 Home D 1-1

Hyde United (October 2006)

Liverpool born David Eyres has been a good servant for all his clubs over the years. Eyres didn't get into the professional game until he was 25 years of age. He played non-league football with Morecambe, Southport and Rhyl. He was playing at Rhyl during the 1988/89 season, before getting his big break. 

He was given a trial by Jimmy Mullen at Blackpool in a reserve match at Boundary Park against Oldham Athletic. The Oldham manager Joe Royle was impressed, and looked into signing him, but he eventually joined Blackpool in August 1989. At the time he joined he had been working on a production line at Halewood's Ford plant in Liverpool. Joining Blackpool meant a drop in wages, but he was prepared to do this to fulfill his dream. 

He signed for Blackpool from Rhyl for £10000 in August of 1989 and formed a great wing partnership with Trevor Sinclair. The partnership was very similar to the Holden/Adams partnership at Latics in the early 90's. His league debut was a bit of a disaster. Blackpool lost 3-0 to Crewe, and Eyres was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs. Whilst at Blackpool, he played at Wembley twice in play-off finals. He was a loser against Torquay in 1990/91, losing on penalties. He was in a winner a year later in the 1991/92 final. Blackpool beat Scunthorpe United in the final on penalties. Eyres scored the the winning penalty that day. In four seasons at Blackpool, Eyres played 196 league and cup games, scoring 45 goals. The 1992/93 season saw Eyres scored 16 league goals, from 46 games. A superb record for a winger.

In July 1993, Eyres moved from Blackpool to local rivals Burnley. He played most of his games at Burnley at left-wing back. He was a real success there and in the 1996/97 season he got into the PFA divisional side. Jimmy Mullen signed Eyres for Burnley, and it was him that originally signed Eyres for Blackpool. His very first season at Burnley was a huge success. He scored 19 league goals in 45 league games. Burnley reached the play-off's that year, and Eyres was back at Wembley again. Burnely took 40,000 fans to Wembley, and they won 2-1. Eyres scored a goal that day, and it was a special goal. He bet three men before banging the ball in the net. In his first four seasons at Burnley he played over 150 games, scoring around 40 goals. His very next season saw Eyres play 13 games for Burnley, scoring once, before a major shock.

In October 1997 Eyres made a shock move to Burnley's most bitter rivals Preston North End. Chris Waddle surprisingly let him go for just £80,000. Eyres became a legend, as he had done at Blackpool and Burnley. His debut for Preston came in a 1-0 defeat at York City, but the very next game saw him score in a 3-1 win at Luton Town. He scored 28 league games in the 1997/98 season, scoring 4 goals. The 1998/99 season saw Eyres play 34 league games for Preston, scoring 8 goals. A famous moment and disaster for Eyres was when he was sent off in a televised match for chopping down Marc Overmars. Preston lost 4-2, but Eyres received hundreds of letters from Preston fans telling him it wasn't his fault. Preston lost in the play-off's that season to Gillingham. He scored in in the first leg of the semi-final at Deepdale. 

The 1999/2000 season was another great season for Preston. Preston won the second division title and Eyres played 41 league games, scoring 7 goals. He was included in the Carling Opta team of the season scoring over 800 points and that is a great amount. The 2000/01 season saw David start off on the bench for Preston. He wanted to go out on loan, but David Moyes wouldn't let him. He played four games, before Andy Ritchie offered him a chance of first team football at Oldham.

Preston agreed to let Eyres leave, and in October 2000 he joined Oldham Athletic on a free transfer. He signed a deal until the end of the season, although Latics did want him to have a 20 month deal. Eyres felt it was fairest for both parties to review it at the end of the season. Eyres joined and was a revelation for Latics. Eyres went on to play 30 league games in the 2000/01 season, scoring three goals against Brentford and Oxford home and away. His superb displays kept Latics in the division, and he was rewarded with a new contract.  

The 2001/02 season was superb for Eyres. He played 45 of the 46 league games, scoring 10 goals. He also played in most of Latics cup games, and scored a further 4 goals. His final tally for the season was 14 league and cup goals. Brilliant for a 38 year old. He scored in four consecutive games in December/January, and scored two of the best goals of the season. His goals away at Wrexham and at home to Bournemouth were nothing but superb.  His superb season, saw him make a clean sweep of the player of the season awards at Boundary Park that season. Eyres reward was a new contract with the club. Latics gave him a deal that would keep him at the club until the age of 40. Eyres was retained again after that and remained at Boundary Park until May 2006.

The 2006/07 season began with Eyres returning to his non league roots by signing for Hyde United before arriving at Mossley in October 2006.

League career stats:

Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Oldham Athletic 12-10-2000 08-05-2006
181 (25)
15 (2)
8 (0)
8 (2)
Preston North End 29-10-1997 12-10-2000
£ 80000 
89 (23)
10 (0)
3 (4)
4 (0)
Burnley 29-07-1993 29-10-1997
£ 90000 
171 (4)
14 (0)
17 (0)
7 (0)
Blackpool 15-08-1989 29-07-1993
£ 10000 
147 (11)
11 (0)
11 (1)
13 (2)
£ 180000
588 (63)
50 (2)
39 (5)
32 (4)
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