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Jonathan Woodgate
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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Simon Woodgate
Date of birth 22 January 1980 (1980-01-22) (age 29)
Place of birth    Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Tottenham Hotspur
Number 39
Youth career
1993–1996
1996–1998
Middlesbrough
Leeds United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–2003
2003–2004
2004–2007
2006–2007
2007–2008
2008–
Leeds United
Newcastle United
Real Madrid
Middlesbrough (loan)
Middlesbrough
Tottenham Hotspur
104 (5)
028 (0)
009 (0)
027 (0)
019 (0)
049 (2)   
National team2

1999–
England U21
England
001 (0)
008 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 10 November 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22 August 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Jonathan Simon Woodgate (born 22 January 1980 in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough) is an English footballer, who plays as a defender for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. He has previously played at Leeds United, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough as well as a spell in Spain with Real Madrid.

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Club career

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Leeds United

Woodgate began his career at Middlesbrough but moved to Leeds United at the age of sixteen after disagreements over his future between Middlesbrough and his family. He helped Leeds to win the FA Youth Cup in 1997, and in November the following year made his debut for the senior side. At Leeds Woodgate helped Leeds to reach the semi final of the UEFA Champions league in 2001

In 2000 he was a defendant with teammate Lee Bowyer in a Crown Court trial due to his involvement with an incident outside Leeds nightclub, Majestyks, in which a student suffered severe injuries. The initial trial collapsed and following a second trial, in December 2001, Bowyer was cleared of both charges while Woodgate was convicted of affray and sentenced to 100 hours' community service. He was also banned from international selection by the Football Association, which prevented him from being selected for the England squad for the 2002 World Cup.

Newcastle United

Woodgate signed for Newcastle United in January 2003 for £9 million. He impressed and quickly became a fan favourite, but a serious injury saw him end his final season somewhat early. Woodgate never really had an injury-free run in the team, although his finest moment in a Newcastle shirt arguably came in the UEFA Cup 2003–04 Semi-Final match against Marseilles at St James' Park where he marked Didier Drogba out of the game.

Real Madrid

Woodgate signed for Real Madrid in August 2004 for a transfer fee of £13.4 million.[1] This was to the surprise of many in the football world, [2] due to his frequent absences through injury at his previous clubs, and indeed he was injured at the time of the transfer.

Woodgate did not make any appearances for Real Madrid in his first season in Spain, eventually making his debut on 22 September 2005, in a league match against Athletic Bilbao. The game went badly for him, as he scored an own goal and was later sent off for a second bookable offence; however, Woodgate was applauded and cheered from the pitch and was regarded for a period of his time at the club as something of a cult-hero.[3 ] He scored his first goal for Real Madrid in the 4-1 UEFA Champions League defeat of Rosenborg on 19 October 2005, his first appearance for the club in European competition.

By February 2006, Woodgate had established himself as a first-team player, with the other centre half position rotating among Sergio Ramos, Iván Helguera, Francisco Pavon and Álvaro Mejía. One Spanish newspaper even described him as having "become Madrid's true leader". [4] However, further injury setbacks again stopped him playing. He was considered to have an outside chance of making the England squad for Germany 2006, but due to surgery on his back was not named in the squad.

In July 2007, Woodgate was voted the worst signing of the 21st century by users of the website of Spain's leading sports daily, Diario Marca, polling 37.11 percent of the votes cast. [5]

Middlesbrough

Woodgate playing for Middlesbrough in 2007.

On 30 August 2006, Woodgate signed a one-year loan move to hometown club Middlesbrough. He made his debut against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium on 9 September. He was later voted man of the match by local radio station, Century FM. He was made captain for his second game for Middlesbrough, as usual captain George Boateng was suspended. In April 2007 Middlesbrough announced Woodgate would be their first summer signing for £7 million. [6] He signed a four year contract, keeping him at the club till 2011. In October 2007 he was crowned North East Player of the Year by the Prince's Trust, beating players from Newcastle and Sunderland.[7] After his loan-deal ended Middlesbrough signed the defender for £7,000,000, but during 2007/2008 pre-season Woodgate suffered an injury that allowed fellow hometown defender David Wheater to start in his place during pre-season. Wheater's form in pre-season earened him a starting XI place for the opening day Premier League fixture - Wheaters form then continued which triggered the transfer of Woodgate to Tottenham as Wheater became the first name on the 'Boro team sheet.

Tottenham Hotspur

On 28 January 2008 Woodgate moved to Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £7 million and was given the number 39 shirt.[8][9] Woodgate made his Tottenham debut against Everton on 30 January 2008. He scored his first Tottenham goal on 24 February 2008 in the League Cup final against Chelsea in extra time to win Tottenham their first trophy since 1999. His performance won him the Man of the Match award.[10]

Woodgate playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2008

Woodgate scored his first Spurs league goal on 19 March 2008, coincidentally also against Chelsea, in a 4–4 draw at White Hart Lane[11] He first captained Tottenham in a 2-1 defeat at The Lane to Aston Villa on September 15, 2008. Following Harry Redknapp's appointment, Woodgate became the second vice-captain, behind Robbie Keane. On Spurs' disastrous start to the 2008-09 season, Woodgate told the press that it was worse than when Leeds were relegated. This despite the fact that Woodgate was transferred to Newcastle United some 16 months before Leeds's eventual relegation at the end of 2003-04.[12]

International career

He was capped several times by England while at Leeds, making his debut for the national side under manager Kevin Keegan in 1999, when he became the first player born in the 1980s to win a full England cap against Belgium. However, both his club and international career have frequently been interrupted, not only by injury, but by controversy.

Woodgate won his sixth cap - almost three years after his fifth - and his first start in an international friendly against Spain on 7 February 2007.

Career statistics

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
1998-99 Leeds United Premier League 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 2
1999-00 34 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
2000-01 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2001-02 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2002-03 17 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 23 1
2002-03 Newcastle United Premier League 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2003-04 18 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 27 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2004-05 Real Madrid La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 12 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006-07 Middlesbrough Premier League 30 0 6 0 0 0 - - 36 0
2007-08 16 0 0 0 0 0 - - 16 0
2007-08 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 12 1 - - 1 1 4 0 17 2
2008-09 34 1 1 0 4 0 5 0 44 1
2009-10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total England 199 7 11 0 6 1 20 0 252 8
Spain 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 12 1
Career Total 208 7 11 0 6 1 23 1 264 9

Stats accurate as at 15:00, 27 November 2009.

Honours

Leeds United

Tottenham Hotspur

Notes

  1. ^ "Real Madrid sign Woodgate". BBC Sport. 2004-08-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/3578830.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-19.  
  2. ^ "Astonishment as £13.4m Woodgate Joins Real Madrid". The Independent. 2004-08-21. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/astonishment-as-acircpound134m-woodgate-joins-real-madrid-557336.html. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  3. ^ "Real nightmare for Woodgate debut". BBC Sport. 2005-09-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/4273704.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-19.  
  4. ^ "Willing Woodgate emerges as a leader of Real quality". Guardian Unlimited. 2006-02-18. http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,,1712450,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-19.  
  5. ^ "Soccer-Roundup-Woodgate voted worst signing of the 21st century". Reuters. 2006-07-26. http://uk.reuters.com/article/UK_SOCCER/idUKL2625990220070726. Retrieved 2007-08-19.  
  6. ^ "Woody Unveiled As Boro's First Summer Signing". Middlesbrough FC. http://www.mfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,1~1016738,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-19.  
  7. ^ "Woodgate claims North East award". BBC Sport. 2007-10-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/middlesbrough/7026021.stm. Retrieved 2007-10-03.  
  8. ^ "Spurs win chase to sign Woodgate". BBC Sport. 28 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/t/tottenham_hotspur/7211311.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  
  9. ^ Jacob, Gary (28 January 2008). "Tottenham Hotspur confirm signing of Jonathan Woodgate from Middlesbrough". The Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article3263791.ece. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  
  10. ^ "Carling cup final events". BBC Sport. 24 February 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/7258806.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-24.  
  11. ^ Tottenham 4-4 Chelsea
  12. ^ "Woodgate admits Spurs drop fears". BBC Sport. 23 October 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/t/tottenham_hotspur/7687861.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-26.  

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Jonathan Woodgate
File:Jonathan Woodgate Tottenham
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Simon Woodgate
Date of birth 22 January 1980 (1980-01-22) (age 31)
Place of birth    Middlesbrough, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Tottenham Hotspur
Number 39
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998-2002
2003-2004
2004-2006
2006-2007
2008-
Leeds United
Newcastle United
Real Madrid
Middlesbrough
Tottenham Hotspur
National team
1999-2008 England

Jonathan Woodgate (born 22 January 1980) is an English football player. He plays for Tottenham Hotspur.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1998/99Leeds UnitedPremier League212000000212
1999/00341000000341
2000/01141000000141
2001/02130100000140
2002/03171101040231
2002/03Newcastle UnitedPremier League100000000100
2003/04180200070270
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2004/05Real MadridLa Liga0000000000
2005/0690000031121
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07MiddlesbroughPremier League3006000-360
2007/081600000-160
2007/08Tottenham HotspurPremier League121001140172
2008/09341104050441
2009/10
CountryEngland 1967110612002498
Spain 90000031121
Total 2057110612319|

International career statistics

[1]

England national team
YearAppsGoals
199910
200000
200100
200230
200300
200410
200500
200600
200710
200820
Total80

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