Tuesday, 3 May 2011
370 Blair Sturrock
Position : Forward
Played : 2005-06
Appearances : 31
Goals : 6
Blair was signed on the eve of the season after being on trial pre-season because he "looked alive" according to Mr Parkin ( well I suppose that's better than going down to Dudley Cemetery and trying to sign Duncan Edwards) . Blair's career began under his father Paul at Dundee United but he never appeared for them playing his first senior games on loan at Brechin in 2001 scoring a trademark 6 goals (in 13 appearances). He moved with his father to Plymouth but became an almost permanent substitute making only 9 starts in his 63 appearances and scoring twice. When his father went to Southampton in 2004 he was left behind and eventually went on a free to Kidderminster scoring 6 goals in 22 appearances. They released him in may 2005 and he came to us on trial.
Blair turned out to be one of Parkin's better signings that season. He didn't have much pace or strength in the air but he had a good football brain and did a hell of a lot of chasing. Although 16 of his appearances were as substitute he did get a run in the team as part of a three-man attack with Holt and Lambert and got a few goals including a bizarre one at home to Chester where he guided it in with his chest. Unfortunately Blair tore a muscle in his hip at the end of January and was out for three months. Although he came on as a sub in four of the last 5 games the word was that he had "no chance" of getting another contract and that proved correct.
Whatever had gone on behind the scenes it was a bad decision (especially considering some of the strikers we fielded the following season) but Blair was rescued by his dad and signed for Swindon in December 2006 . Although Sturrock senior returned to Plymouth the following season Blair remained at Swindon until July 2009 . He scored his usual 6 goals. In his last season he had loan spells at Bournemouth and Torquay scoring twice in 8 games for the latter. He spent 2009-10 in the Conference with Mansfield scoring 3 goals in 24 games then in July 2010 he rejoined his dad once again at Southend and is currently on, you guessed it , 6 goals in 42 appearances.