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Kris Commons
Personal information
Full name Kristian Arron Commons
Date of birth 30 August 1983 (1983-08-30) (age 26)
Place of birth Mansfield, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Winger, Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club Derby County
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Stoke City 41 (5)
2004–2008 Nottingham Forest 138 (32)
2008– Derby County 53 (8)
National team
2008– Scotland 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 20 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:23, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Kristian Arron "Kris" Commons (born 30 August 1983) is an English footballer who currently plays for Derby County.

Commons plays internationally for the Scotland national football team, having qualified through his Scottish grandparents.


Club career


Stoke City

Commons started his senior football career at Stoke City, after being a YTS trainee at Notts County[citation needed]. He signed a professional contract with Stoke City on his 17th birthday and made his debut in a 3-2 Football League Trophy defeat away to Blackpool on 16 October 2001. However, shortly after making his first team debut, he was out injured for a year due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Commons managed to come back from this and made a total of 46 appearances for the club in all competitions (22 of which were starts), scoring five goals, the first of which came in a 1-1 draw against Norwich City on 28 August 2002. His good form and promise led to him moving to Nottingham Forest in a £300k deal on 1 July 2004.

Nottingham Forest

Commons during his Forest days

Commons made his Nottingham Forest debut in a 2–0 League Cup victory over Scunthorpe United on 25 August 2004 and scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 away win at QPR in the FA Cup. The FA Cup proved to be a successful competition for Commons, as during his time in Nottingham as he was named the FA's Player of the round for Round One of the FA Cup, with over 60% of the votes, after his hat-trick and match winning display against Yeading. In doing so, he became the first player to win the award twice in different seasons having also won it in 2005 after his performance in the 5th round against Tottenham Hotspur.

Commons endured an injury plagued 2006–07 season but still managed to hit 14 goals in all competitions, in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to keep the club's League One promotion dream alive, which including a vital goal against League 1 leaders Scunthorpe. He had a particularly productive last 6 matches scoring 6 and chipping in with a further 4 assists, though Forest ultimately came unstuck in the Playoff Semi Finals against Yeovil Town. Despite rumours that he was going elsewhere on a Bosman deal, Commons signed a new 1 year deal with Forest on the 2 July 2007[1] and made his 100th league appearance for Forest in the opening game of the 2007-08 campaign which finished 0–0 at home to Bournemouth. Forest eventually won promotion back into the second tier as runners up to Swansea City, following a 3–2 home victory against Yeovil, the team who had denied them promotion 12 months earlier. He was named in the League 1 Team of the Year. As Commons' contract began to run out it was rumoured that he would reject an offer of a new contract, despite Forest's promotion, and move to Forest's fierce rivals Derby County.[2] As expected, Commons informed Forest manager Colin Calderwood that he was not interested in staying at the City Ground and joined Derby on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Derby County

In June 2008 it was announced that Commons had signed for Derby County on a free transfer.[3] He made his full league debut against Doncaster on 9 August 2008, and scored his first goal for the club from a free kick in the 3-2 defeat to Blackpool.[4] Commons scored his first home goal against Sheffield Wednesday on the 15 November 2008.[5] On 7 January 2009 Commons scored the only goal, a strike from 25 yards out, in the first leg of the Football League Cup Semi Final against Manchester United and was awarded man of the match.[6] He was linked with a £3m move to Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United during the January transfer window, but no bids ever materialised. On 31 January, he scored against Coventry City in a 2-1 win. On 4 February, Commons returned to the City Ground for the first time since his high profile move in the summer, and scored the winner in a 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup 4th round replay. Commons grabbed 2 goals on 18 February against Blackpool in a 4-1 win, the second goal a screamer from just outside the penalty box into the corner of the net. Commons once again returned to the City Ground on 21 February and helped Derby to a 3-1 victory over their fierce East Midland rivals. Commons made his 200th league appearance on 17th January at home to Queens Park Rangers. After missing 8 games because of a calf injury, Commons came off the bench against Newcastle and helped a hard working Derby to gain a point from St. James Park.

International career

Despite being born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England, Commons qualifies to play for Scotland through his Scottish grandparents. On 12 August 2008, Commons was named in the Scotland squad for the friendly against Northern Ireland on 20 August.[7] He made his international debut in that game, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for James Morrison.[8]

Commons made his competitive debut for Scotland in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on 6 September 2008, again coming on as a substitute, this time for Paul Hartley.[9] His first full 90 minutes in International football came in Scotland's 1-0 home defeat to Argentina on 19 November 2008.

Personal life

Commons was educated at Quarrydale School in Sutton-in-Ashfield. His first child, a son, was born in early January 2010.


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