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Iain Hume
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Personal information
Full name Iain Edward Hume
Date of birth 30 October 1983 (1983-10-30) (age 26)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Barnsley
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Tranmere Rovers 149 (32)
2005–2008 Leicester City 122 (33)
2008– Barnsley 42 (7)
National team
2001–2003 Canada U20 18 (7)
2003– Canada 28 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 18 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:26, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Iain Edward Hume (born 30 October 1983 in Edinburgh) is a professional Association football player who plays for Barnsley.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Hume plays internationally for Canada.


Club career


Tranmere Rovers

He made his debut for Tranmere at the age of 16. He progressed through the youth ranks at Tranmere and spent the last 18 months of his career at Prenton Park under the guidance of Brian Little. Hume, who was linked with moves to Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday prior to signing for Leicester, helped his previous club, Tranmere Rovers claim the scalp of Bolton Wanderers in an FA Cup campaign. He scored the winner in a replay at the Reebok Stadium as Tranmere went on to reach the quarter finals in 2004. His best season for Tranmere was during the 2004-05 campaign where he finished top scorer with 16 goals.

Leicester City

Signed on transfer deadline day at the end of August 2005, Hume was Craig Levein's most expensive signing in his first year as manager. The 22-year-old was born in Edinburgh but plays his international football for Canada and had been tracked by Levein for some time. He was bought as a direct replacement for David Connolly who moved to Wigan the same day. Hume put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal after leaving Tranmere Rovers where he made 176 appearances, scoring 37 goals. The fee for Hume was an initial £500,000 that could rise to £750,000, while Tranmere were entitled to a 10% sell-on clause.[1]

Hume signed a new three-year deal on 5 June 2007 to stay at the club.[2] He scored his first goal of the 2007-08 season against Watford on August 25,[3] and was named in the Championship Team of the Week two days later.[4] The goal was voted Goal of the Season on April 28, 2008.[5] Despite scoring a goal in his 100th match for Leicester on December 11, his team still lost 3-1 to Ipswich.[6] Hume scored his 30th goal for Leicester on 16 February 2008, beating Norwich City 4-0.[7] Despite finishing as the club's top goalscorer with 11 league goals, Hume could not prevent Leicester from being relegated at the end of the season.


Hume playing for Barnsley in August 2008, prior to the incident in which he suffered a fractured skull.

Despite announcing that he would stay at Leicester, on June 25, Barnsley secured the signing of Hume for £1.2 million.[8] He signalled his intent to live up to the price tag he had been signed for. He was handed the new number 7 shirt, taking the number from Sam Togwell. On the opening day of the season, Hume scored just five minutes into his Barnsley debut away to Queens Park Rangers, however Barnsley lost the game 2-1. Hume was sent off on his home debut for Barnsley, a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City on 16 August 2008. He then scored his second goal for Barnsley in front of the Oakwell crowd with a stunning strike against Derby County. He then scored the 4th of Barnsley's 4-1 win over local rivals Doncaster Rovers, also at Oakwell, with a curling 30yard strike past Neil Sullivan. He scored his fourth Reds goal in the home game with rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Barnsley ended up winning 2-1.

Fractured skull incident

On 8 November 2008, he sustained a fractured skull and internal bleeding following an elbow to the head, prior to challenging for the ball, from Chris Morgan against Sheffield United. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He underwent surgery after the incident.[9]

Sheffield United issued a statement following the injury to Hume:

"Sheffield United are saddened and concerned to hear that Barnsley striker Iain Hume is being monitored in a high dependency unit following last Saturday's fixture, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery."[10]

On 11 November Hume was moved out of the high dependency unit at Manchester Hospital and into a normal ward. Reds manager Simon Davey visited Iain and said he was "in a bad way, very groggy, but talking". He was released from hospital on 17 November to continue his convalescence at home but subsequently re-admitted after feeling unwell. According to Sky Sports News this was due to an infection which was treated with antibiotics. Following due observation he was discharged once again. Hume has now returned to light training with the Barnsley squad participating in running and finishing activities.

Return to the first team

Hume made his long awaited return to the Reds first team with a 50th minute substitute appearance against Gainsborough on July 21 2009, his first appearance for nearly nine months.


Hume played at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, alongside Atiba Hutchinson and Mike Klukowski among others. He was also part of the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship Quarter-finalists squad for Canada where he scored three goals.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a February 2003 friendly match against Libya. By December 2009, he earned a total of 28 caps, scoring 2 goals.[11] He has represented Canada in 9 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[12].

Coming on as a substitute in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final versus the United States, he made an immediate impact, making his presence known through a few tough tackles and a remarkable goal, snapping Canada's 705-minute scoring drought in matches versus the United States. Minutes later he kept Canada within a goal's reach courtesy of an unbelievable goal-line clearance with his heel, to deny Clint Dempsey an apparent goal.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 November 2005 Stade Alphonse Theis, Hesperange, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
2 21 June 2007 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  United States 1–2 1-2 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup


  1. ^ "Hume completes Leicester switch". BBC Sport. 2005-08-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/4202656.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ Hitman Hume signs new deal
  3. ^ Leicester 4-1 Watford, BBC Sport 2007-08-25. Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
  4. ^ Team of the Week, Football League 2007-08-27. Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Ipswich 3-1 Leicester City, BBC Sport 2007-12-11. Retrieved on 2007-12-30.
  7. ^ "Leicester 4-0 Norwich". BBC Sport. 2008-02-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/7248818.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  8. ^ Hume signs for Barnsley
  9. ^ "Barnsley ponder Hume legal action". BBC Sport. 2008-11-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/barnsley/7719713.stm. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  10. ^ "Blades concern for Hume". Sheffield United F.C.. 2008-11-10. http://www.sufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10418~1450122,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  11. ^ Appearances for Canada National Team - RSSSF
  12. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA

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Preceded by
Joey Guðjónsson
Leicester City Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Richard Stearman
Preceded by
David Connolly
Leicester City Top Goalscorer
2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
Succeeded by
Matty Fryatt


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