Former Birmingham City, Brighton and Leicester City star becomes free agent

David Stockdale played for Brighton & Hove Albion as well as Birmingham City. He’s now a free agent. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).David Stockdale played for Brighton & Hove Albion as well as Birmingham City. He’s now a free agent. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).
David Stockdale played for Brighton & Hove Albion as well as Birmingham City. He’s now a free agent. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).
One former Birmingham City and Hull City man was dealt bad news, but he took it well.

Former Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale is now a free agent after leaving York City.

A club statement read on Monday afternoon read: “York City can confirm the departure of David Stockdale and Matthew Lever from their roles at the Football Club with immediate effect.

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“York City places on record, despite it not working out in the end for all parties involved, its thanks to both staff members for their efforts during a difficult campaign and wishes them both well in their future endeavours.”

Stockdale as well as being a goalkeeper for the National League outfit was also their Head of Recruitment. A role he assumed in June 2023. He along with three players; Scott Barrow, Scott Burgess and Michael Duckworth have all departed. 

In response to his departure, the 38-year-old took the news well and said on his Twitter: “Well…. Anyone need a GK…..”

The six foot three inches goalkeeper has been involved in senior football for 21-years. He began his career with York in 2003 before getting his break in the Football League with Darlington. He landed at Fulham in 2008 and made 52 appearances for them including 21 in the Premier League, while also having loan spells at Rotherham United, Leicester City, Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town and Hull City.

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He eventually left Craven Cottage in 2014 and was regular for Brighton & Hove Albion, helping them win promotion from the Championship in 2017. Stockdale remained in the Championship and had one season with Birmingham, making 39 appearances for them in the 2017/18 campaign.

His time at the club was then spent out on loan with Southend United, Wycombe Wanderers and Coventry City. He left for Wycombe in 2020 and then moved on to Sheffield Wednesday in 2022 before being released which allowed him to play for York. During his time with them, he made eight appearances.

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