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AFC Fylde snap up much loved four-season Premier League player

AFC Fylde have managed to snap up a much loved four-season Premier League player, boosting their hopes of securing promotion in 2021/22.

That man is experienced forward Stephen Dobbie, who has played at the very top, and many years later has worked his way down the pyramid to the sixth tier of English football.

During his 20 year career, he has scored 233 goals in 593 appearances and after his release from the Dumfries club he made his return to Lancashire, signing for AFC Fylde in the National League North.

CLUB STATEMENT:

AFC Fylde are delighted to complete the signing of experienced forward Stephen Dobbie.

The 38-year-old joins The Coasters on a one-year deal, following his departure from Scottish Championship outfit Queen of the South.

Stephen Dobbie’s name is widely respected on the Fylde coast, following successful spells at Blackpool and Fleetwood Town earlier on his career. During his time at Bloomfield Road, the Scot played a crucial role in helping Blackpool secure promotion to the Premier League in 2010, netting the goal against Nottingham Forest in the play-off semi-final which earned The Seasiders a spot at Wembley against Cardiff City.

Promotion to the top flight of English football became somewhat of a forte for ‘Dobbs’, as he once again played a key role in Swansea City’s victorious play-off squad during the 2011 Championship campaign, scoring nine times in 41 appearances.

For the past five seasons, Dobbie has been plying his trade in his home nation with Queen of the South, winning the Scottish Championship top goalscorer in back-to-back seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Throughout his time at The Doonhammers, he managed an impressive 69 goals in 138 appearances.

As part of the deal, Stephen has also agreed to take on the role as Academy Coach alongside his playing duties.

Commenting on the deal, Coasters boss Jim Bentley, said: “Stephen has had a fantastic career and from what we have seen and the checks we have made, he still has plenty to offer on the field of play.

“He has a desire to go into coaching when his playing days are finished and we can help him with that transition by welcoming him into our academy set up as a coach. He’s local, has vast experience in the game and he will be very valuable to our club not just within the first team set up but also in his new role in helping our young players develop.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Stephen, and I’m sure he will be a big success on and off the pitch for AFC Fylde.”

DOBBIE’S CAREER:

2002–2003 – Rangers
2002 → Northern Spirit (loan) – 3 games (0 goals)
2003–2005 – Hibernian – 35 games (2 goals)
2005 → St Johnstone (loan) – 8 games (2 goals)
2005–2007 – St Johnstone – 20 games (1 goal)
2006–2007 → Dumbarton (loan) – 17 games (10 goals)
2007–2009 – Queen of the South – 84 games (47 goals)
2009–2012 – Swansea City – 55 games (9 goals)
2010 → Blackpool (loan) – 16 games (4 goals)
2012 → Blackpool (loan) – 7 games (5 goals)
2012–2013 – Brighton & Hove Albion – 15 games (2 goals)
2013 → Crystal Palace (loan) – 15 games (3 goals)
2013–2015 – Crystal Palace
2013–2014 → Blackpool (loan) – 15 games (2 goals)
2014 → Blackpool (loan) – 12 games (2 goals)
2014–2015 → Fleetwood Town (loan) – 27 games (4 goals)
2015–2016 – Bolton Wanderers – 24 games (4 goals)
2016–2021 – Queen of the South – 138 games (69 goals)
2021- AFC Fylde

Fans reacted as AFC Fylde snap up the much loved four-season Premier League player…

@DSeddonPT: Brilliant signing @DrMStagg. Enjoy watching him play! He’s a legend!

@starstriker1919: Best of luck Stephen, thanks again for all you’ve done for @OfficialQosFC

@MartinRSmith_: 😍😍 Can’t wait to see how he does with you guys! Legend 🎉⚽

@jimgiggs: Good luck ‘God’s… AFC Fylde fans are going to love you 👌 #Legend

@dillonjahn: You have got yourselves not just a talented footballer, but an amazing man as well!

@HarryRossall199: No way, what a signing!!!

@paul97566884: He just wants to be close to the mighty pool

@seasider_: Great signing. Good luck to him and Fylde

@Gherkin_Sarny: One of my favourite ever players at Blackpool, I’m gonna have to catch a game or two now you’ve signed this legend!

@Martynmell: Really glad he’s back on the Fylde coast ..he was brilliant for the Pool and no doubt will do a fantastic job for AFC ..good luck to him and his family

@deluca2223: Brilliant to have you back on the Fylde coast…. always welcome @ Bloomfield

@ColeClayton1995: That’s Fylde’s top goal scorer next season by a mile

@KieranCraig2016: Got yourself a goodun there lads! Absolutely unreal signing, likes the play offs too so if you’re in them next season expect big things

@jon_gradwell: Great player 👍

@Will68719658: Great signing for uses all the best Dobbs 🍊🍊

@lucas1irving: Take care of him 😢🔵⚪️

@octupuspri2021: Amazing signing

@AShewy13: Think Fylde should do well next season now

@markyboy6336: All the best Dobbs. Now Morecambe have hot promoted and ruined my day out seeing Exeter it looks like a trip to see you at Fylde will be on the cards #TalkDobbieToMe #Only43 #AbsoluteGoalMachine

@HarrisoncBlount: You’re in for a treat with this one 😭💙

@mof147: All the best Dobbs #talkdobbietome

@Stephen60008980: All the best to the Dobmister. #qosfc #QueenOfTheSouthFC

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