David Bates (footballer)

David Robert Bates (born 5 October 1996) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a defender for Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from German club Hamburger SV, [2] and the Scotland national team. Bates has previously played for Raith Rovers, East Stirlingshire, Brechin City and Rangers.

David Bates
Bates with Hamburger SV in 2018
Personal information
Full name David Robert Bates[1]
Date of birth (1996-10-05) 5 October 1996
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
(on loan from Hamburger SV)
Number 26
Youth career
Raith Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Raith Rovers 10 (0)
2015East Stirlingshire (loan) 17 (1)
2015Brechin City (loan) 10 (1)
2016–2017Rangers (loan) 0 (0)
2017–2018 Rangers 22 (1)
2018– Hamburger SV 25 (1)
2019–Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2018 Scotland U21 4 (0)
2018– Scotland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:41, 24 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:58, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Raith Rovers

Born in Kirkcaldy, Bates began his career at his hometown club Raith Rovers. He was first included in a matchday squad on 21 September 2013, remaining an unused substitute in their 4–2 Scottish Championship home win over Alloa Athletic.[3] He was again unused in 13 more league games and two Scottish Challenge Cup fixtures.

In January 2015, Bates was loaned to Scottish League Two team East Stirlingshire for the remainder of the campaign.[4] He made his debut on 3 January, playing the full 90 minutes of a 3–0 loss at Berwick Rangers.[5] Two weeks later, he received a straight red card in a 3–1 home defeat to Annan Athletic.[6] He made 17 appearances in all for the Shire; in his last one he headed the first goal of his career as they finished the season with a 5–1 loss to Albion Rovers at Ochilview Park.[7]

On 25 July 2015, Bates made his first appearance for Raith, playing the entirety of a 1–0 win at Cowdenbeath in the first round of the Challenge Cup.[8] On 8 August, he played his first league game, a 3–0 win over Livingston at Stark's Park on the first day of the Championship season.[9] On 11 September 2015, Bates moved on loan to Brechin City in Scottish League One until 12 December 2015.[10]

Rangers

On 5 August 2016, Bates moved on a development loan to Rangers until January 2017.[11] At the end of his loan, Bates moved on a permanent basis to Rangers.[12] He made his debut for Rangers in a Scottish Premiership match against Kilmarnock on 6 April 2017, starting at centre-back.[13] Bates made his European debut in the opening game of Rangers' 2017–18 season against Progrès Niederkorn on 29 June 2017.[14]

Hamburger SV

On 12 April 2018, Hamburger SV announced the signing of Bates on a four-year contract after his contract expired with Rangers in the summer of 2018.[2][15] By February 2019 he was described as a "favourite" at the club, having started in 13 of 20 Hamburg's league games. Football writer Daniel Busch commented that Bates "plays like a 'no-nonsense centre-back' and already has strong physical attributes. Having improved his passing so quickly, he will further improve and become a more rounded player".[16] In May 2019, he suffered a ligament part rupture in his left ankle during the away game against SC Paderborn 07, effectively ending his season.[17]

Sheffield Wednesday

On 8 August 2019, Bates signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan.[18]

International career

Bates was selected for the Scotland under-21 team in September 2018.[19] He made four appearances for the under-21 team, all in the early part of the 201819 season.[20] Bates was then called into the full Scotland squad in November 2018,[21] and he made his international debut in a 40 win against Albania on 17 November.[22]

Career statistics

As of match played 25 May 2019)[23]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Raith Rovers 2013–14 Scottish Championship 00000000
2014–15 00000000
2015–16 100201020150
Total 100201020150
East Stirlingshire (loan) 2014–15 Scottish League Two 1710000171
Brechin City (loan) 2015–16 Scottish League One 1010000101
Rangers 2016–17 Scottish Premiership 70100080
2017–18 151300020201
Total 22140000020281
Hamburger SV 2018–19 2. Bundesliga 2513000281
Sheffield Wednesday 2019–20 EFL Championship 00000000
Career total 84490100040984

References

  1. "Notification of shirt numbers: Sheffield Wednesday" (PDF). English Football League. p. 65. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. "12.04.18 HSV VERPFLICHTET VERTEIDIGER DAVID BATES". hsv.de (in German). Hamburg SV. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. "Raith Rovers 4-2 Alloa Athletic". BBC Sport. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. Lindsay, Clive (11 February 2015). "Scottish Championship ins and outs - January 2015". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  5. "Berwick 3-0 East Stirling". BBC Sport. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. "East Stirling 1-3 Annan". BBC Sport. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  7. "East Stirling 1-5 Albion". BBC Sport. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  8. "Cowdenbeath 0-1 Raith". BBC Sport. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  9. "Raith 3-0 Livingston". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  10. "David Bates Goes On Loan to Brechin City". Raith Rovers F.C. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  11. "One In One Out". Raith Rovers F.C. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  12. "Rangers to sign defender David Bates from Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  13. Campbell, Andy (5 April 2017). "Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers". BBC Sport.
  14. "Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn". BBC Sport. 29 June 2017.
  15. "Rangers: Defender David Bates signs four-year deal with Hamburg". BBC Sport. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  16. "David Bates: Former Rangers defender relishing life in Germany with Hamburg". BBC Sport. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  17. "David Bates suffers a part rupture in ligament". HSV. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  18. "David Bates joins Wednesday". Sheffield Wednesday FC. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  19. "David Bates has improved after leaving Rangers for Hamburg - Scot Gemmill". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  20. David Bates at the Scottish Football Association
  21. "David Bates: Hamburg's ex-Rangers defender 'can be Scotland success story'". BBC Sport. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  22. Southwick, Andrew (17 November 2018). "Albania 04 Scotland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  23. "D. BATES". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
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