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Gary Caldwell
Personal information
Full name Gary Robert Caldwell
Date of birth 12 April 1982 (1982-04-12) (age 27)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Wigan Athletic
Number 5
Youth career
1995–1997 Celtic
1997–2001 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Newcastle United 0 (0)
2001 Darlington (loan) 4 (0)
2002 Hibernian (loan) 11 (0)
2002–2003 Coventry City (loan) 36 (1)
2003 Derby County (loan) 9 (0)
2004–2006 Hibernian 88 (5)
2006–2010 Celtic 106 (5)
2010– Wigan Athletic 11 (2)
National team
2001–2003 Scotland U21 19 (2)
2002– Scotland 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:23, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:23, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Gary Robert Caldwell (born 12 April 1982 in Stirling) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic and also for the Scottish national team.

Primarily considered a central defender, Caldwell has proved extremely versatile and has been deployed as a right back, defensive midfielder at various spells in his career. His brother, Steven, plays for Burnley and is also a defender.

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Club career

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Newcastle United

Caldwell started his career with Celtic Boys Club. At 16 he went to England, alongside his elder brother Steven at Newcastle United. Breaking through from the reserves proved difficult, however, and in search of first team football, he went on loan to other clubs on several occasions: Darlington and Hibernian in 2001–02, then Coventry and Derby County the following season.

Hibernian

During the 2003–04 season, Caldwell was given a free transfer by Newcastle.[1] He signed a short-term contract with Hibs for the second half of the season,[1] and during this period he played in their defeat by Livingston in the 2004 CIS Cup Final. After going on trial with Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2004,[1] he signed a two-year contract with Hibs.[1] During the 2005–06 season, rumours circulated that he had signed a pre-contract agreement to join Celtic in the summer of 2006.[2] This prompted Hibs fans to jeer Caldwell when he made a bad mistake in a game against Aberdeen.[2] After this, the deal was confirmed by Gordon Strachan.[2]

Celtic

Since joining Celtic in 2006, Caldwell has helped the club win two league championships, one Scottish Cup and one League Cup, although he was subject to criticism from Celtic fans.[3][4] Caldwell himself later said that this was due to injuries in his first season, and then having to play out of position at right back during the early part of the 2007–08 season (before Andreas Hinkel was signed).[5] He was also criticised during the 2006–07 season for a bad tackle on Kilmarnock player David Fernández, which damaged the Spaniard's cruciate ligament.[6] Caldwell apologised to Fernandez after the game, protesting that he had never intentionally hurt an opponent.[6]

Caldwell has since gained recognition and respect from the fans, becoming something of a cult hero, as shown by the chants of "heid" when he is in possession of the football.[5] After being named as the Writers' Player of the Year for the 2008–09 season, Caldwell stated his belief that this was due to him having a long run in his preferred position, and improved concentration and decision making on his part.[5]

During the 2009–10 season, however, Caldwell has had a contract dispute with the club, claiming that the club were "kidding themselves" if they thought he would accept their offer.[7] New manager Tony Mowbray, who had also worked with Caldwell at Hibernian, responded by stating that he would not ask the board to increase the offer.[7] Subsequent to this, Middlesbrough had a joint offer for Caldwell and Barry Robson accepted by Celtic.[8]

During what proved to be his final game for the club, an Old Firm derby against Rangers, Caldwell was beaten in the air by Lee McCulloch for the equalising goal.[9]

Wigan Athletic

Caldwell eventually signed for Wigan Athletic on a four-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee on 13 January 2010.[10] He made his Wigan debut in a 2–0 win against Wolves on 16 January 2010. He scored his first goal for Wigan in a 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 27 January 2010.[11]

International career

Caldwell's full international debut for Scotland came in the first match managed by Berti Vogts, a 5–0 defeat to France at the Stade de France. He scored the only goal of the game as Scotland defeated France 1–0 at Hampden Park, on 7 October 2006 in a Euro 2008 qualifying match.[12] He was sent off, however, in a key 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Norway.[13]

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 May 2004 Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 4–1 Friendly match
2 7 October 2006 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  France 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

Career statistics

Club

As of 14:25, 6 March 2010 (UTC).[14][15]
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
2001–02 Darlington (Loan) Division 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Hibernian (Loan) Scottish Premier League 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Coventry City (Loan) Division 1 36 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 41 0
2003–04 Derby County (Loan) Division 1 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Hibernian Scottish Premier League 17 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 1
2004–05 37 3 4 1 3 0 1 0 45 4
2005–06 34 1 4 1 1 0 2 0 41 2
Hibernian Total 88 5 8 2 6 0 3 0 105 7
2006–07 Celtic Scottish Premier League 21 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 28 0
2007–08 35 1 4 1 2 0 10 0 51 2
2008–09 36 3 2 1 3 0 6 0 47 4
2009–10 14 1 0 0 2 0 8 0 24 1
Celtic Total 106 5 8 2 8 0 28 0 150 7
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Wigan Athletic Premier League 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Wigan Athletic Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Career Total 262 11 19 4 19 2 31 0 331 17

Honours

Celtic

Personal

References

  1. ^ a b c d Caldwell stays on at Hibs, BBC Sport, 20 July 2004.
  2. ^ a b c Caldwell agrees Celtic summer switch, RTE, 20 January 2006.
  3. ^ CALDWELL PRAISES STRACHAN SUPPORT, Football 365, 29 May 2008
  4. ^ Gordon, Phil Gary Caldwell hits back at critics by pointing to defensive record, The Times, 29 May 2008
  5. ^ a b c In from the cold, Caldwell wins player of the year, Scotland On Sunday, 10 May 2009
  6. ^ a b Caldwell apologises to Fernandez, BBC Sport, 30 October 2006
  7. ^ a b Gary Caldwell handed contract ultimatum by Celtic manager Tony Mowbray, The Guardian, 18 September 2009
  8. ^ Celtic accept Boro bid for pair, BBC Sport, 8 January 2010
  9. ^ Lindsay, Clive (3 January 2010). "Celtic 1–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8436131.stm. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  10. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (13 January 2010). "Caldwell joins Wigan from Celtic'". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/8454362.stm. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Blackburn 2 - 1 Wigan". BBC. 27 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8475828.stm. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Scotland 1–0 France". BBC Sport. 7 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/5397614.stm. 
  13. ^ "Norway 4 - 0 Scotland". BBC. 12 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/8193604.stm. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Gary Caldwell Career Stats". Soccerbase. 13 February 2010. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=18874. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Gary Caldwell Career Stats". Premier League. 13 February 2010. http://www.premierleague.com/page/PlayerProfile/0,,12306~5948~2009,00.html. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 

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Simple English

Gary Caldwell
Personal information
Full name Gary Robert Caldwell
Date of birth 12 April 1982 (1982-04-12) (age 28)
Place of birth    Stirling, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Wigan Athletic
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club
2000-2003
2001
2002
2002-2003
2003
2004-2006
2006-2009
2010-
Newcastle United
Darlington (loan)
Hibernian (loan)
Coventry City (loan)
Derby County (loan)
Hibernian
Celtic
Wigan Athletic
National team
2002- Scotland

Gary Caldwell (born 12 April 1982) is a Scottish football player. He plays for Wigan Athletic and Scotland national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2000/01Newcastle UnitedPremier League200000-20
2001/02DarlingtonThird Division400000-40
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02HibernianPremier League1100010-120
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2002/03Coventry CityFirst Division3602030-410
2003/04Derby CountyFirst Division1710020-191
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2003/04HibernianPremier League900010-100
2004/05373413020464
2005/06341411020412
2006/07CelticPremier League210201040280
2007/083514120100512
2008/09362213060473
2009/10141002070231
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2009/10Wigan AthleticPremier League
CountryEngland 5912050-661
Scotland 197816414031025812
Total 256918419031032413

International career statistics

[2]

Scotland national team
YearAppsGoals
200240
200300
200491
200540
200661
200720
200860
200950
2010
Total362

References


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