Canham, Sean

Birth Date

26th September 1984


Exeter, Devon



Biographical Text

Exeter-born Sean Canham scored a flurry of goals in the Conference in 2004 before eventually getting a relatively-belated opportunity in the Football League with Notts County and Hereford United. He later became a teacher in Australia.  

A product of the Exeter City youth scheme, Sean progressed to make his first-team debut against Halifax Town at St James’ Park in August 2003. He later scored five times in nine league appearances between January 2004 and April 2004. However this wasn’t a prelude to a regular first-team place as Sean only played in three games in 2004/05 prior to a loan spell at Tiverton Town and his eventual release in May 2005.  

Leaving his hometown club, Sean joined Team Bath where he became a huge success hitting 41 goals in 2007/08 making him the leading scorer in the top three tiers of non-league football. Such form earned Sean a move in August 2008 to League Two Notts County for whom he promptly scored on his return to St James’ Park. But this proved to be one of only four league and cup goals for the Meadow Lane club and, after a loan move to Hayes and Yeading, Sean was released in May 2010. Hereford United then offered Sean the chance to extend his Football League career and, at first, he played regularly making around twenty league and cup appearances by February 2011. He then fell out of favour and was loaned to Kidderminster Harriers and Bath City before playing again for Hereford, by now relegated from the Football League, during the autumn of 2012.

This was the final flurry to Sean's career in English football for, in January 2013, he moved to Australia and joined Melbourne-based Hume City in January 2013 before switching to Perth the following year to play for Sorrento. After three good seasons, including the club’s best-ever Australia Cup run, Sean suffered an Achilles injury causing him to retire. At the time the club’s chairman commented that:

“Sean will be a huge loss both on and off the park for the club. From the moment he arrived, Sean set high standards in training and games and his will to win carried the team on many occasions. Sean has worked extremely hard to recover from a horrific injury and all the committee, staff and players wish him all the best for this season as he pulls the boots back on again.”

Sean had, by this time, studied at Edith Cowan University in Perth and become a PE teacher.  


Exeter City

League 22; Cups 3 (25)


League 5



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