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Darren Huckerby
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Personal information
Full name Darren Carl Huckerby
Date of birth 23 April 1976 (1976-04-23) (age 33)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Winger/Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Lincoln City 028 0(5)
1995–1996 Newcastle United 001 0(0)
1996 Millwall (loan) 006 0(3)
1996–1999 Coventry City 094 (28)
1999–2000 Leeds United 040 0(2)
2000–2003 Manchester City 069 (22)
2003 Nottingham Forest (loan) 009 0(5)
2003 Norwich City (loan) 016 0(5)
2003–2008 Norwich City 203 (46)
2008–2009 San Jose Earthquakes 028 0(9)
National team
1998 England B 001 0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 March 2009

Darren Huckerby (born 23 April 1976 in Nottingham) is a former English footballer who played as a forward.

Contents

Club career

Early career

Huckerby started playing professionally for Lincoln City, being purchased by Newcastle United in November 1995. After one uneventful year (which included a loan period at Millwall), he joined Coventry City for £1 million, signed by then City boss Gordon Strachan.

Coventry City

The striker's pace and dribbling ability, combined with a successful partnership with Dion Dublin saw Huckerby play a key role in Coventry's Premier League survival, culminating with a final day 2–1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in 1997. His success with the Sky Blues continued throughout the following season as Coventry enjoyed a ten-game unbeaten run and reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup, narrowly losing on penalties to Sheffield United. Huckerby scored several goals, most notably the winner in a 3-2 victory over Manchester United at Highfield Road, and he notched up 14 goals, his best Premier league return of goals.

Leeds United

He was sold to Leeds United the following summer for a reputed £6 million. His time at Elland Road was not a success, in 40 league games he scored only two goals against former club Coventry City[1] and Watford.[2] He had to contend with some top players such as Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Michael Bridges at his time at Leeds, and as a result he was never a regular, although he did play his part in some good European Cup runs for Leeds, scoring against Partizan Belgrade in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup,[3] and also scoring once in Leeds' 6-0 thrashing of Besiktas in their successful 2000/01 Champions League campaign.[4] He scored six goals in total, also scoring twice in the League Cup against Tranmere,[5] but his time at Leeds will be remembered as disappointing by both the player and the fans.

Manchester City

Manchester City signed him in December 2000 for £3.38 million[6], as they attempted to avoid relegation. Although the club did eventually go down, he stayed on and won a First Division championship medal, adding 26 goals in all competitions during the campaign, including two hat-tricks.

Huckerby started the new campaign as first choice, and scored the team's first goal of the season, a header against former employer Newcastle that secured a 1-0 win. However, the arrivals of Nicolas Anelka and Jon Macken meant less playing time, and he eventually ended up playing out the end of the season with Nottingham Forest, being part of the team that reached the Division One playoffs in 2003.

Norwich City

Huckerby spent a three-month loan spell with Norwich City, before signing permanently in December 2003, for a fee of £750,000, which rose to £1 million when the Canaries were promoted at the end of the season. At Norwich, Huckerby's career settled, and he netted 14 league goals in the First Division (citation needed ) in the 2003-04 season. He was instrumental in Norwich's march to the First Division championship in 2003–04, and came second in the supporters vote for player of the season behind Craig Fleming.

Reverting to a left wing role for much of Norwich's Premier League spell in 2004-05, Huckerby scored seven goals. He was linked with a move to Liverpool in January 2005 and to Celtic, the following summer, but spoke of his intention to see out his contract in East Anglia, even after relegation.[citation needed]

He was voted Norwich City player of the year by supporters in 2004-05 and 2006-07, and placed second behind Gary Doherty for the 2005-06 season, winning the award twice and adding two runner-up positions in his first four seasons. He was voted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2004. On 13 April 2008, he played his 200th game for Norwich, in the East Anglian Derby against Ipswich Town. He scored a goal after running almost the length of the pitch and beating many players against Birmingham City in 2007.[citation needed]

On 4 May 2008, Huckerby scored in his final game for the club in a 4-1 defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday.[7] Two days later, it was announced that his contract would not be renewed as he could not be guaranteed a place in the first team in the 2008–09 season.[8][9] This upset fans who felt that Huckerby, a fan favourite, deserved a proper farewell. However, an opportunity was made with a special tribute at a 'Greatest Ever' event at Carrow Road held later in May.[10]

Huckerby signing autographs for San Jose Earthquakes fans

San Jose Earthquakes

Huckerby moved to the United States joining Major League Soccer club, San Jose Earthquakes in July 2008.[11] He made his debut on 19 July 2008 against Toronto, in a 0–0 draw, and scored his first goal against New York Red Bulls on 27 July. Huckerby's move to San Jose went down in English folklore due to American television channel KRON proclaiming a few inaccuracies in an interview with him such as "He comes from the Nor Folk team in the North East of England" and proclaiming him to be a "Legend" several times. The video became a Youtube sensation, viewed almost 200,000 times.[citation needed]

In a crucial match for the Earthquakes, on 3 August 2008, Huckerby scored his second goal, against Los Angeles Galaxy, in a 3–2 Earthquakes win. On 30 August, he headed in the winning goal in the side's 2-1 victory over Kansas City Wizards, extending San Jose's unbeaten streak to seven games. During this stretch, Huckerby notched three goals and three assists.

On 11 November 2008, it was announced that Huckerby had won the 2008 MLS Newcomer of the Year Award.[12]

During the 2009 Major League Soccer season, Huckerby underwent surgery to eliminate his hip injury.[13] However on 16 September 2009, Huckerby announced that he was '99% sure' of his retirement.[14][15]

International career

Huckerby made one appearance with the England B team in 1998.[citation needed]

Career statistics

[16]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993-94 Lincoln City Third Division 6 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 6 2 0 0 0 0
1995-96 16 2 0 0 2 0
1995-96 Newcastle United Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0
1996-97 Millwall Second Division 6 3 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Coventry City Premier League 25 5 4 2 0 0
1997-98 34 14 5 1 1 0
1998-99 34 9 3 3 2 0
1999-00 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Leeds United Premier League 33 2 3 0 1 0
2000-01 7 0 0 0 1 2
2000-01 Manchester City Premier League 13 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 16 2
2001-02 First Division 40 20 3 1 3 5 0 0 46 26
2002-03 Premier League 16 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 19 2
2002-03 Nottingham Forest First Division 9 5
2003-04 Norwich City First Division 36 14 1 0 0 0
2004-05 Premier League 37 6 1 0 2 1
2005-06 Championship 43 8 0 0 2 1
2006-07 40 8 4 5 0 0
2007-08 34 5 2 0 1 0
USA League Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008 San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer 14 6
2009 San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer 11 3
Total England 437 106
USA 22 9
Career Total 459 114

Honours

References

  1. ^ "The day Hedman lost his head". The Independent. 11 September 1999. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football-the-day-hedman-lost-his-head-1117935.html. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Leeds ready to join Europe's elite". The Guardian. 3 May 2000. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2000/may/04/match.sport3. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Leeds United 1 Partizan Belgrade 0". OzWhiteLUFC. 30 September 1999. http://www.ozwhitelufc.net.au/30-09-1999%20LUFC%20v%20Partizan%20Belgrade.htm. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Leeds in overdrive to belittle Besiktas". The Independent. 26 September 2000. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/leeds-in-overdrive-to-belittle-besiktas-700832.html. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Parkinson pounces to delight Tranmere". The Independent. 31 October 2000. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/parkinson-pounces-to-delight-tranmere-637380.html. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/spieler/3136/huckerby-darren/transferdaten.html
  7. ^ "Sheff Wed 4-1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 2008-05-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7379759.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Canaries release forward Huckerby". BBC Sport. 2008-05-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7385477.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Roeder explains Huckerby release". BBC Sport. 2008-05-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7392943.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  10. ^ "City fans get Huckerby farewell". BBC Sport. 2008-05-13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7398239.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  11. ^ "Darren Huckerby joins San Jose Earthquakes". Mirror.co.uk. 2007-07-12. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/07/12/darren-huckerby-joins-san-jose-earthquakes-89520-20641073/. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  12. ^ San Jose Earthquakes Media Relations, Huckerby named Newcomer of the Year, http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20081111&content_id=203066&vkey=pr_sje&fext=.jsp&team=t110, retrieved 2008-11-11 
  13. ^ Beatty, Patrick (September 12, 2009), Earthquakes Midfielder Darren Huckerby Undegoes Season-Ending Surgery on Right Hip, http://www.mls-rumors.net/3617/2009/09/report-earthquakes-midfielder-darren-huckerby-undergoes-season-ending-surgery-on-right-hip/, retrieved February 10, 2010 
  14. ^ "Huckerby to hang up boots". www.pinkun.com. 2009-09-16. http://www.pinkun.com/content/pinkun/norwich-city/story.aspx?brand=PINKUNOnline&category=Norwich&tBrand=PINKUNOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=NOED16%20Sep%202009%2009%3A21%3A43%3A073. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  15. ^ "Huckerby hangs up his boots". .teamtalk.com. 2009-09-16. http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1811_5562985,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  16. ^ WorldSoccer.org stats

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Craig Fleming
Norwich City Player of the Season
2004/05
Succeeded by
Gary Doherty
Preceded by
Gary Doherty
Norwich City Player of the Season
2006/07
Succeeded by
Dion Dublin
Preceded by
Luciano Emilio
MLS Newcomer of the Year Award
2008
Succeeded by
Fredy Montero

Darren Huckerby
Personal information
Full nameDarren Carl Huckerby
Date of birth23 April 1976 (1976-04-23) (age 34)
Place of birthNottingham, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing positionWinger/Forward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1993–1995Lincoln City28(5)
1995–1996Newcastle United1(0)
1996Millwall (loan)6(3)
1996–1999Coventry City94(28)
1999–2000Leeds United40(2)
2000–2003Manchester City69(22)
2003Nottingham Forest (loan)9(5)
2003Norwich City (loan)16(5)
2003–2008Norwich City203(46)
2008–2009San Jose Earthquakes28(9)
National team
1998England B1(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 March 2009

Darren Huckerby (born 23 April 1976 in Nottingham) is a former English footballer who played as a forward.

Contents

Club career

Early career

Huckerby was born in Nottingham, England. His mother is of partial Georgian descent. Huckerby started playing professionally for Lincoln City, being purchased by Newcastle United in November 1995. After one uneventful year (which included a loan period at Millwall), he joined Coventry City for £1 million, signed by then City boss Gordon Strachan.

Coventry City

The striker's pace and dribbling ability, combined with a very successful partnership with Dion Dublin saw Huckerby play a key role at Coventry. Huckerby and Dublin's partnership did not go unnoticed and earned Huckerby a call up to the England B squad, whilst Dublin managed call ups to the full squad, under Glenn Hoddle. Huckerby played a major role in Coventry Premier League survival, culminating with a final day 2–1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in 1997. His success with the Sky Blues continued throughout the following season as Coventry enjoyed a ten-game unbeaten run and reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup, narrowly losing on penalties to Sheffield United. Huckerby scored several goals, most notably the winner in a 3-2 victory over Manchester United at Highfield Road, a dazzling run past a few defenders before slotting past Kevin Pilkington. He notched up 14 goals that season, his best Premier league return of goals.

Leeds United

He was sold to Leeds United the following summer for a reputed £6 million. His time at Elland Road was not a success, in 40 league games he scored only two goals against former club Coventry City[1] and Watford.[2] He had to contend with some top players such as Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Michael Bridges at his time at Leeds, and as a result he was never a regular, although he did play his part in some good European Cup runs for Leeds, scoring against Partizan Belgrade in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup,[3] and also scoring once in Leeds' 6-0 thrashing of Besiktas in their successful 2000–01 Champions League campaign.[4] He scored six goals in total, also scoring twice in the League Cup against Tranmere,[5] but his time at Leeds will be remembered as disappointing by both the player and the fans.

Manchester City

Manchester City signed him in December 2000 for £3.38 million,[6] as they attempted to avoid relegation. Although the club did eventually go down, he stayed on and won a First Division championship medal, adding 26 goals in all competitions during the campaign, including two hat-tricks.

Huckerby started the new campaign as first choice, and scored the team's first goal of the season, a header against former employer Newcastle that secured a 1-0 win. However, the arrivals of Nicolas Anelka and Jon Macken meant less playing time, and he eventually ended up playing out the end of the season with Nottingham Forest, being part of the team that reached the Division One playoffs in 2003.

Norwich City

Huckerby spent a three-month loan spell with Norwich City, before signing permanently in December 2003, for a fee of £750,000, which rose to £1 million when the Canaries were promoted at the end of the season. At Norwich, Huckerby's career settled, and he netted 14 league goals in the First Division (citation needed ) in the 2003-04 season. He was instrumental in Norwich's march to the First Division championship in 2003–04, and came second in the supporters vote for player of the season behind Craig Fleming.

Reverting to a left wing role for much of Norwich's Premier League spell in 2004-05, Huckerby scored seven goals. He was linked with a move to Liverpool in January 2005 and to Celtic, the following summer, but spoke of his intention to see out his contract in East Anglia, even after relegation.[citation needed]

He was voted Norwich City player of the year by supporters in 2004-05 and 2006-07, and placed second behind Gary Doherty for the 2005-06 season, winning the award twice and adding two runner-up positions in his first four seasons. He was voted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2004. On 13 April 2008, he played his 200th game for Norwich, in the East Anglian Derby against Ipswich Town. He scored a goal after running almost the length of the pitch and beating many players against Birmingham City in 2007.[citation needed]

On 4 May 2008, Huckerby scored in his final game for the club in a 4-1 defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday.[7] Two days later, it was announced that his contract would not be renewed as he could not be guaranteed a place in the first team in the 2008–09 season.[8][9] This upset fans who felt that Huckerby, a fan favourite, deserved a proper farewell. However, an opportunity was made with a special tribute at a 'Greatest Ever' event at Carrow Road held later in May.[10]

San Jose Earthquakes

Huckerby moved to the United States joining Major League Soccer club, San Jose Earthquakes in July 2008.[11] He made his debut on 19 July 2008 against Toronto, in a 0–0 draw, and scored his first goal against New York Red Bulls on 27 July. Huckerby's move to San Jose went down in English folklore due to American television channel KRON sports anchor Gary Radnich proclaiming several inaccuracies in an interview with him such as "He comes from the Nor Folk team in the North East of England" and proclaiming him to be a "Legend" several times. The video became a Youtube sensation, viewed almost 200,000 times.[12]

In a crucial match for the Earthquakes, on 3 August 2008, Huckerby scored his second goal, against Los Angeles Galaxy, in a 3–2 Earthquakes win. On 30 August, he headed in the winning goal in the side's 2-1 victory over Kansas City Wizards, extending San Jose's unbeaten streak to seven games. During this stretch, Huckerby notched three goals and three assists.

On 11 November 2008, it was announced that Huckerby had won the 2008 MLS Newcomer of the Year Award.[13]

During the 2009 Major League Soccer season, Huckerby underwent surgery to eliminate his hip injury.[14] However on 16 September 2009, Huckerby announced that he was '99% sure' of his retirement.[15][16]

International career

Huckerby made one appearance with the England B team in 1998.[citation needed]

Career statistics

[17]

Club performance League Cup League CupContinental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoalsAppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
England

LeagueFA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993-94Lincoln CityThird Division610000
1994-95620000
1995-961620020
1995-96Newcastle UnitedPremier League101000
1996-97MillwallSecond Division630000
1996-97Coventry CityPremier League2554200
1997-9834145110
1998-993493320
1999-00100000
1999-00Leeds UnitedPremier League3323010
2000-01700012
2000-01Manchester CityPremier League131310000162
2001-02First Division40203135004626
2002-03Premier League161102100192
2002-03Nottingham ForestFirst Division95
2003-04Norwich CityFirst Division36141000
2004-05Premier League3761021
2005-06Championship4380021
2006-074084500
2007-083452010
USA

LeagueLamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008San Jose EarthquakesMajor League Soccer146
2009San Jose EarthquakesMajor League Soccer113
TotalEngland 437106
USA 229
Career Total 459114

Honours

References

  1. ^ Culley, Jon (11 September 1999). "The day Hedman lost his head". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football-the-day-hedman-lost-his-head-1117935.html. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Daniel (3 May 2000). "Leeds ready to join Europe's elite". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2000/may/04/match.sport3. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Leeds United 1 Partizan Belgrade 0". OzWhiteLUFC. 30 September 1999. http://www.ozwhitelufc.net.au/30-09-1999%20LUFC%20v%20Partizan%20Belgrade.htm. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Phil (26 September 2000). "Leeds in overdrive to belittle Besiktas". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/leeds-in-overdrive-to-belittle-besiktas-700832.html. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Rich, Tim (31 October 2000). "Parkinson pounces to delight Tranmere". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/parkinson-pounces-to-delight-tranmere-637380.html. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/spieler/3136/huckerby-darren/transferdaten.html
  7. ^ "Sheff Wed 4-1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 2008-05-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7379759.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Canaries release forward Huckerby". BBC Sport. 2008-05-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7385477.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Roeder explains Huckerby release". BBC Sport. 2008-05-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7392943.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  10. ^ "City fans get Huckerby farewell". BBC Sport. 2008-05-13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7398239.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  11. ^ "Darren Huckerby joins San Jose Earthquakes". Mirror.co.uk. 2007-07-12. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/07/12/darren-huckerby-joins-san-jose-earthquakes-89520-20641073/. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  12. ^ "Huckerby on KRON". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B6ucoSoIy4. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  13. ^ San Jose Earthquakes Media Relations. "Huckerby named Newcomer of the Year". http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20081111&content_id=203066&vkey=pr_sje&fext=.jsp&team=t110. Retrieved 2008-11-11. [dead link]
  14. ^ Beatty, Patrick (September 12, 2009). "Earthquakes Midfielder Darren Huckerby Undegoes Season-Ending Surgery on Right Hip". http://www.mls-rumors.net/3617/2009/09/report-earthquakes-midfielder-darren-huckerby-undergoes-season-ending-surgery-on-right-hip/. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  15. ^ "Huckerby to hang up boots". www.pinkun.com. 2009-09-16. http://www.pinkun.com/content/pinkun/norwich-city/story.aspx?brand=PINKUNOnline&category=Norwich&tBrand=PINKUNOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=NOED16%20Sep%202009%2009%3A21%3A43%3A073. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  16. ^ "Huckerby hangs up his boots". .teamtalk.com. 2009-09-16. http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1811_5562985,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  17. ^ WorldSoccer.org stats

Pinkun News Article - Darren Huckerby Trust

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Craig Fleming
Norwich City Player of the Season
2004/05
Succeeded by
Gary Doherty
Preceded by
Gary Doherty
Norwich City Player of the Season
2006/07
Succeeded by
Dion Dublin
Preceded by
Luciano Emilio
MLS Newcomer of the Year Award
2008
Succeeded by
Fredy Montero








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