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Craig Gardner
Gardner, Craig.jpg
After training in December 2007
Personal information
Full name Craig Gardner
Date of birth 25 November 1986 (1986-11-25) (age 23)
Place of birth Solihull[1], England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Central midfielder / Right back
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 33
Youth career
0000–2005 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Aston Villa 59 (5)
2010– Birmingham City 6 (1)
National team
2007–2009 England U21 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:42, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:27, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Craig Gardner[2] (born 25 November 1986) is an English footballer who plays for Birmingham City. He plays as a midfielder or right back.

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Playing career

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Aston Villa

Born in Solihull, West Midlands[1], Gardner turned professional on 31 January 2005. Before Gardner made his Premier League debut on 26 December 2005 he played for the youth team Yardley Kings. This was before joining Aston Villa's youth system which then later took him to his debut, when he came on as a substitute for Steven Davis against Everton F.C. at Villa Park. He scored his first professional goal for Villa in the 3–1 away win on April 14 against Middlesbrough.[3] He also netted a contender for goal of the month on the last day of the season away to Bolton Wanderers.[4]. After a series of appearances Villa Manager Martin O'Neill entered contract talks with Gardner.[5]

In August 2007, Gardner signed a new four year deal, which ran until June 2011. On 1 October 2007 he scored two goals in two games with two free-kicks. First he scored away to Tottenham Hotspur in a 4–4 draw[6] and then the winner against West Ham 5 days later with a deflected free-kick.[7]

On 1 December 2007, Gardner scored the opener in a home match against Arsenal. Villa went on to lose the match 2–1.[8] Gardner has often played in the right-back slot, and impressed both his manager, Martin O'Neill, and captain, Gareth Barry, who said that Gardner could be a key player for years to come.

Gardner made just one appearance for Villa in the 2009-10 due to a groin injury. On 4th January 2010 it was announced that Birmingham City were preparing a £3.5 million bid. However it was revealed that Aston Villa had turned down the bid for the player. However, the club later offered a second deal including add-ons that was accepted by Aston Villa. He made exactly 80 appearances for Villa in all competitions.

Birmingham City

Gardner signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Birmingham City on 26 January 2010 for a fee reported as £3m plus £500,000 in add-ons.[9] He made his debut on 7 February as a 68th-minute substitute, and set up the first of Kevin Phillips' goals as Birmingham came back to beat Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1.[10] He scored his first goal for the club against Everton on 13 March 2010.[11]

Personal life

Gardner's younger brother Gary also played for England at youth level and turned professional with Aston Villa.[12][13] Growing up Gardner supported Birmingham City, the club he currently plies his trade at.[14]

Career statistics

All-time club performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe International Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Birmingham City 2009-10 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Aston Villa[15] 2009-10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008-09 11 0 4 0 1 0 11 1 0 0 26 1
2007-08 23 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 3
2006-07 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
2005-06 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career Total 56 5 6 0 2 0 11 1 0 0 74 6
Last updated 25 November 2009.

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.skysports.com/football/player/0,19754,11677_291914,00.html Sky Sports profile
  2. ^ Hugman, Barry J, ed (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3. 
  3. ^ "Middlesbrough 1-3 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 14 April 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6534775.stm. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bolton 2-2 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 13 May 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6627777.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Gardner ready to sign Villa deal
  6. ^ "Tottenham 4-4 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 1 October 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7008206.stm. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham". BBC Sport. 6 October 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7019621.stm. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 1 December 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7110956.stm. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  9. ^ Walker, Andy (26 January 2010). "Craig Gardner joins Birmingham City from Aston Villa for £3.5m". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/aston-villa-fc/aston-villa-news/2010/01/26/craig-gardner-joins-birmingham-city-from-aston-villa-for-3-5m-65233-25689227/. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Tattum, Colin (8 February 2010). "Birmingham City 2, Wolves 1: Colin Tattum's big match verdict". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/birmingham-city-fc/birmingham-city-fc-news/2010/02/08/birmingham-city-2-wolves-1-colin-tattum-s-big-match-verdict-97319-25784043/2/. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Birmingham 2 - 2 Everton". BBC. 13 March 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8564670.stm. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Howell, Bill (25 April 2009). "Gary Gardner impresses for Villa reserves and academy". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/aston-villa-fc/aston-villa-news/2009/04/25/gary-gardner-impresses-for-villa-reserves-and-academy-97319-23468396/. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Smith, Lisa (20 October 2009). "Brother of Aston Villa's Craig Gardner signs first contract with club". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/aston-villa-fc/aston-villa-news/2009/10/20/brother-of-aston-villa-s-craig-gardner-signs-first-contract-with-club-97319-24974505/. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  14. ^ Trevor Francis match commentary, 13 March 2010
  15. ^ "Craig Gardner: Player Profile". Aston Villa F.C.'s official website. 2008-11-19. http://www.avfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/PlayerProfiles/0,,10265~36072,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 

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