Playing squad 2013/2014
Squad No: 9 - Michael Rankine's Picture
9: Michael Rankine 2013/2014

Michael Rankine: 2012/2013 Biography & Statistics

Michael is a big, strong, hard-working forward, who is the nephew of ex-Preston North End midfielder Mark Rankine and the cousin of Tottenham Hotspur winger Danny Rose.

He is surprisingly mobile for someone of his size and his ability to hold the ball up makes him a good 'target man'; he also possesses a long throw and a penchant for penalty-taking.

Michael had a youth trial at hometown club Doncaster Rovers during the 2002-03 season, with the highlight being the scoring of five goals in an FA Youth Cup match against Workington. Amazingly, he wasn't offered a youth team contract at Belle Vue and subsequently joined Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Armthorpe Welfare in December 2002. He stood out during the campaign and his performance the following summer in a pre-season friendly against Barrow led to him signing for the Northern Premier League outfit.

Unfortunately, Michael missed the opening day of the 2003-04 season as a result of whiplash injuries that he had sustained in a recent car accident. Having made his first two appearances for the Bluebirds as a substitute, he started the fourth game of the campaign (against Blyth Spartans) and marked the occasion with a goal; he soon became a favourite with the Holker Street faithful, who dubbed him 'Shabba', a reference to Jamaican reggae artist Shabba Ranks.

Barrow finished the campaign in third spot, thus affording them entry into the newly-formed Conference North for the following season. Meanwhile, Michael finished the season having scored nine goals in 47 games in all competitions, including one of the goals in the 6-6 aggregate draw against Workington in the Northern Premier League President's Cup, which Barrow won on away goals.

Michael began the 2004-05 season with the Bluebirds and scored twice in 10 games before stepping up to League 2 in the September by signing for Scunthorpe United, with the move having come about following a recommendation from Lee Turnbull, who was not only the Iron's Football in the Community Officer, but also Michael's boss at Barrow.

He made his Scunthorpe (and Football League) debut from the bench against Bury midway through his signing month and scored the only goal of the game in the last minute. He then started the LDV Vans Trophy tie against Hereford United at the end of that month, but didn't make his first (and only) league start of the season until the first week of January against Mansfield Town; he also started the FA Cup third round tie against Chelsea the following weekend and finished the season with 21 of his 24 appearances in all competitions being made as a substitute.

In August 2005, Michael made a temporary return to Barrow, scoring in both his debut game against Harrogate Town and in his final game against Worksop. He was released by Scunthorpe towards the end of the year and trialled at Altrincham and Aldershot Town before having a brief spell back at Armthorpe, for whom he scored on his debut against Selby Town and again in his last match against Maltby Main.

He saw out the season in Conference North with Alfreton Town, scoring on his debut against Vauxhall Motors and going on to perform well enough to be offered the chance to stay with the Reds for the following season. However, Michael decided to accept an offer to join Conference National side Rushden and Diamonds, who were newly-relegated from the Football League and with whom he had been trialling for a few weeks and duly signed for them in July 2006. Having made his debut against Crawley Town on the opening day of 2006-07, he scored his first goal for his new club three days later against Grays Athletic and finished the season with a total of 10 goals from 46 games in all competitions, which included a hat-trick against Weymouth in the April.

The following season, Michael netted 15 times in 52 games, including an equaliser in the last minute of extra time against Aldershot Town in the final of the Setanta Shield, a game that the Shots eventually won by way of a penalty shoot-out. In October 2008, Michael had another chance of playing in the Football League, when he joined AFC Bournemouth on loan. He made his debut against Morecambe and put in some pleasing performances, prompting the Cherries to want to extend the loan past the four games that he played, but Rushden wanted Michael back and he was then a fairly regular inclusion in the matchday squad for the remainder of the season; he finished the campaign having scored seven goals, including two in the 9-0 demolition of Weymouth in mid-February and one against Woking on the final day.

The aforementioned goal turned out to be his last contribution at Nene Park, as he moved to the Diamonds' Conference Premier rivals York City in June 2009 for a fee of £10,000, with Craig Farrell moving in the opposite direction. Michael's first goal for the Minster Men came in their (and his) third game of the season against Forest Green Rovers and he contributed nine goals in all competitions as City qualified for the play-offs by virtue of their fifth-place finish; he played in all three of the resultant end-of-season games (including the infamous semi-final second leg at Luton Town, the end of which saw City's players come under attack from home fans) as York eventually lost to Oxford United in the Wembley-staged final.

Michael began the 2010-11 season by scoring a late penalty on the opening day against Kidderminster Harriers and added a brace against Altrincham two weeks later. Gary Mills (Michael's boss when he was at Alfreton) was appointed as York's manager in October 2010, which had a noticeably positive effect on Michael's performances and led to him scoring four goals in three games the following month, including a brace in the Minster Men's shock FA Cup first round replay victory over neighbouring League 2 side Rotherham United.

Having played in York's courageous 2-0 defeat at the hands of FA Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round in the January (the scores were level until the final seven minutes of the match), Michael earned countless plaudits of his own at the beginning of the following month, when he scored a wonderful long-range goal against AFC Wimbledon; the strike was later described in several quarters as one of the best goals ever seen at KitKat (Bootham) Crescent.

By the end of the season, Michael had top-scored for eighth-placed York with 14 goals from 46 games in all competitions, but he turned down the offer of a new contract and, in the face of reported interest from several other Football League clubs, became Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth's first signing of summer 2011.

He made his Shots debut on opening day of the 2011-12 season at Bradford City and was a playing substitute in the giant-killing defeat of Championship side West Ham United in the League Cup first round at Upton Park in late August (the Shots' first-ever victory in the competition)before scoring his first goal for the club in the victory over League 1 Carlisle United in the competition's second round six days later. He also scored a spectacular overhead kick against League 1 Rochdale in the next round before being part of the team that lost to FA Premier League giants Manchester United at a filled-to-capacity EBB Stadium in round 4 (the furthest the club had ever gone in the competition).

Michael suffered ankle ligament damage against Gillingham in early January 2012 and missed the rest of the campaign.

Career Stats:

Armthorpe Welfare - not known;

Barrow - 28 + 29 appearances, 11 goals;

Scunthorpe United - 3 + 21 appearances, 1 goal;

Barrow (on loan) - 4 + 10 appearances, 3 goals;

Armthorpe Welfare - appearances not known, 2 goals;

Alfreton Town - 15 + 7 appearances, 3 goals;

Rushden and Diamonds - 105 + 40 appearances, 40 goals;

AFC Bournemouth (on loan) - 4 appearances;

York City - 73 + 22 appearances, 23 goals;

Grimsby Town (on loan) - 1 + 4 appearances

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Michael Rankine's Details
Squad No: 9
Position: Forward
Weight: 14st 2lbs
Height: 6' 3"
Date of Birth: 15/01/1985
Place of Birth: Doncaster
Former Clubs: Armthorpe Welfare (NC), Barrow, Scunthorpe United, Barrow (on loan), Armthorpe Welfare (NC), Alfreton Town, Rushden and Diamonds, AFC Bournemouth (on loan), York City
Debut Match: v Bradford City (A), League 2, 6.8.11
Joined Club: 1.7.11
Transfer Fee (Bought): Free
Michael's Club Stats: This Season Club Total
Appearances: 9 35
Sub Appearances: 10 14
Goals: 1 6
Penalties: - -
Own Goals: - -
Total Apps/Goals: 19/1 49/6