Tuesday, 25 January 2011

266 Miguel De Souza

Position : Forward

Played : 1998-99  (on  loan  from  Peterborough)

Appearances : 5

Goals : 0

With both Mark Leonard and Graham Lancashire injured in October , Graham Barrow needed some more strikers and the first to arrive was Miguel on loan from Peterborough. He was on the books of Charlton and Bristol City as a youngster but drifted into non-league without making an appearance for either. Barry Fry’s Birmingham signed him from Dagenham for £25,000 in February 1994 but he failed to score in 15 appearances plus 3 on loan at Bury. Surprisingly Wycombe paid £100, 000 for him less than a year later and he found his shooting boots with them , netting 29 goals in 83 appearances; he still holds their record for most goals in a season. Barry Fry, now at Peterborough, re-signed him for £50,000 in March 1997 but the results were disappointing with just 5 goals in 35 appearances. He started the 1998-99 season on loan at Southend but didn’t score in 2 games.

Miguel made his debut in the win at Barnet in October which I missed but apparently he was quite good. However in subsequent games he looked lazy and disinterested. His last appearance was away at Chester where he did nothing until a great run in the second half where he beat a number of players then scuffed his shot. Barrow responded by immediately substituting him to howls of derision from the Dale fans; as one said to me “he’s just started playing and he takes him off !”

We had just witnessed the end of Miguel’s League career. Three weeks later Birmingham released him to sign for Rushden & Diamonds in the Conference. He did OK there scoring 11 in 29 appearances before moving on to short spells at Boston and Farnborough. In 2002 he signed for St Albans City and played there for four years eventually becoming player-coach. He was last heard of coaching Chesham United’s Ladies team.

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