Sean Rigg

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Sean Rigg

Rigg playing for Port Vale in 2010
Personal information
Full name Sean Michael Rigg
Date of birth (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988[1]
Place of birth Wotton-under-Edge, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Newport County
Number 27
Youth career
2003–2004 Forest Green Rovers
2004–2006 Bristol Academy of Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Bristol Rovers 57 (2)
2008Grays Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
2009Forest Green Rovers (loan) 14 (6)
2009–2010Port Vale (loan) 4 (1)
2010Port Vale (loan) 22 (2)
2010–2012 Port Vale 67 (13)
2012–2014 Oxford United 72 (7)
2014–2016 AFC Wimbledon 83 (7)
2016– Newport County 18 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:21, 30 Nov 2016 (UTC).

Sean Michael Rigg (born 1 October 1988) is an English footballer who plays for League Two club Newport County. He can play on the wing or as a striker.

Having graduated through the Bristol Academy of Sport, his professional career began at Bristol Rovers in 2006. He recovered from a broken jaw sustained in November 2006 to become a first-team regular in 2006–07, also appearing in the club's play-off final victory. He retained his place in the club's subsequent 2007–08 League One campaign, though he lost his place in 2008–09, and was instead sent out on loan at Conference club Grays Athletic. He started the 2009–10 season on loan at Conference side Forest Green Rovers, before he joined Port Vale on a loan deal that was made permanent in January 2010. He switched to Oxford United in May 2012, where he stayed for two seasons. He signed with AFC Wimbledon in May 2014, but was released a day after he was an unused substitute in the club's League Two play-off final victory in May 2016. He joined Newport County in June 2016.

Playing career

Bristol Rovers

Rigg joined the Bristol Rovers-backed Bristol Academy of Sport at Filton College in 2004, and earned his first professional contract in the summer of 2006.[2] He made his league debut on 19 August 2006, coming on as a substitute in the second half against Milton Keynes Dons. The next month he signed a new deal to keep him at Rovers until summer 2008.[3]

On 11 November 2006, he suffered a double fracture of the jaw after being punched in an FA Cup first-round match by Barrow defender James Cotterill.[4] The match and incident were televised.[5] Rigg had to drink through a straw and eat with a teaspoon following the attack. Cotterill was later jailed for four months for the assault,[6] and suspended from football by The FA,[7][8] having pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.[9] Rigg managed to recover to match fitness within six weeks,[10] having had a plate put in to help speed up the healing process.[11]

"I didn't aggravate Cotterill in any way for him to react like that. But it happened and he broke my jaw in two places."
Rigg was shocked by the assault.[12]

He returned to the first team by January, and helped Rovers to a play-off place. He then scored against Lincoln City in a 7–4 aggregate win at the play-off semi-final, and made an appearance as a substitute against Shrewsbury Town in the final; the game was won 3–1, and Rovers were promoted into League One.[13] A regular in the 2007–08 season, he scored his first senior goal in a 1–1 home draw with Northampton Town on 12 March,[14] and finished the campaign with 38 appearances to his name.

Rigg joined Conference National side Grays Athletic on a one-month loan in September 2008.[15] He played six games at the New Recreation Ground. At the end of the season Paul Trollope placed Rigg on the transfer list,[16] having used Rigg only ten times in 2008–09.

In August 2009, Rigg signed for Forest Green Rovers, a club where he had spent some time as a youth player, on a one-month loan.[17] He scored six minutes into his debut for Forest Green against Rushden & Diamonds.[18] The loan was extended for a further month and Rigg enjoyed a rich vein of scoring form,[19] scoring seven goals in nineteen games.[20]

Port Vale

In November 2009, he signed on loan to Port Vale until January 2010,[21] joining "Pirates" teammate Lewis Haldane.[22] His opener at Grimsby Town gave manager Micky Adams food for thought over whether to sign Rigg permanently in the January 2010 transfer window.[23] He returned to Rovers in January, though later in the month he returned to Vale Park on loan until the end of the season,[24] where he and Marc Richards began to develop a lethal strike partnership.[25] In all he scored three goals in 26 appearances for the club. Attempting to keep the "nucleus" of his side together, Adams offered Rigg a permanent two-year deal at Vale Park at the end of the season.[26]

"I like playing up the middle, but I also like to come deep to get the ball and try to create things."
A self-assessment from Sean Rigg.[27]

Along with fourteen other players, he was released by Rovers at the end of the 2009–10 season.[28] He was offered a full contract at Port Vale,[29] and became the seventh player to commit his future to Port Vale in May 2010, his contract expiring in the summer of 2012.[30] For the 2010–11 season he set himself a target of 20 goals.[31] However Adams started using the young striker as a winger, and Rigg adapted well to the position.[32] He ended the season with five goals in 33 appearances, falling short of his pre-season target of twenty goals.[33]

He started 2011–12 in fine form, bagging two against Barnet at Underhill, the first of which, a long-range effort, he described as the best of his career.[34] However he lost his first-team spot after missing a month due to a hamstring injury.[35] He made his return in October, and added his fifth of the season at former club Bristol Rovers.[36] Despite remaining Vale's second-highest scorer, he did not start a game in the last six weeks of 2011 and had to make do with seven substitute appearances;[37] though he did add a further two goals to his tally from the bench, before admitting that the club's lack of activity during the January transfer window would give him a chance to win back his first-team place.[38] The club entered administration in March, but Rigg rejected a move up a division to Exeter City as almost all of his teammates stayed loyal to the struggling Burslem club.[39] He finished the season with ten goals in 45 appearances.

Oxford United

In May 2012 he signed a two-year contract with Oxford United, who had just missed out on a place in the League Two play-offs; manager Chris Wilder admitted that "Sean is a player we have been watching for a while now".[40] In moving to the Kassam Stadium he received a rise in pay, as well as a "fresh start".[41] He stated he was hopeful of winning promotion in his first season at the club.[42] He was nominated for the League Two Player of the Month award in December 2012.[43] Rigg ended the 2012–13 campaign with seven goals in his 53 appearances. He made 32 appearances for the "Yellows" in the 2013–14 season, scoring two goals, before being released in the summer by manager Gary Waddock.[44]

AFC Wimbledon

In May 2014 he signed for Neal Ardley's League Two side AFC Wimbledon.[45] He marked his debut for the "Dons" with a goal in a 2–2 draw with Shrewsbury Town at Kingsmeadow on 9 August.[46] He scored seven goals in 52 appearances in the 2014–15 season, but said the team under-achieved by finishing in mid-table.[47] He made 44 appearances in the 2015–16 season, and was an unused substitute in the play-off final victory over Plymouth Argyle at Wembley Stadium that won Wimbledon promotion into League One.[48] He was released from the club the day after promotion was secured.[49]

Newport County

Rigg joined League Two club Newport County on a two-year contract in June 2016.[50] He made his debut for the "Exiles" on 6 August, in a 3–2 defeat to Mansfield Town at Rodney Parade on the opening day of the 2016–17 season.[51] He scored his first goal for Newport with a header two weeks later, to secure a 1–1 draw with Crewe Alexandra.[52]

Style of play

He prefers to play as a striker, though is also comfortable as a winger.[53]

Personal life

In January 2011, Rigg began training to become a tattooist, and Port Vale teammate Lewis Haldane allowed him to practice his tattooing techniques on him.[54] Later in the year his fiancée gave birth to a baby daughter.[39]


As of 23 May 2016.
Club Season Division League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Grays Athletic (loan)2008–09[55]Conference National6000000060
Forest Green Rovers (loan)2009–10[56]Conference National146200000166
Bristol Rovers2006–07[57]League Two18120105[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 2]1[lower-alpha 2]262
2007–08[58]League One31150101[lower-alpha 1]0381
2008–09[55]League One8000101[lower-alpha 1]0100
2009–10[59]League One0000100010
Total 572704071753
Port Vale2009–10[59]League Two263000000263
2010–11[60]League Two25341212[lower-alpha 1]0335
2011–12[61]League Two42102010004510
Total 931661312010418
Oxford United2012–13[62]League Two44541203[lower-alpha 1]1[lower-alpha 1]537
2013–14[63]League Two282301000322
Total 727713031859
AFC Wimbledon2014–15[64]League Two44541103[lower-alpha 1]1[lower-alpha 1]527
2015–16[65]League Two39210103[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 2]0442
Total 837512061969
Newport County2016–17[66]League Two0000000000
Career total 3253827312118338245
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Appearance/s and goal/s in the EFL Trophy.
  2. 1 2 3 Appearance/s and goal/s in the play-offs.


with Bristol Rovers
with AFC Wimbledon


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