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Nile Ranger
Personal information
Full name Nile Ranger
Date of birth 11 April 1991 (1991-04-11) (age 18)
Place of birth London, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 30
Youth career
2007–2008 Southampton
2008–2009 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Newcastle United 25 (2)
National team
2009– England U19 12 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:31, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:52, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

Nile Ranger (born 11 April 1991 in Highgate, London) is an English footballer who plays as a striker and currently plays for Championship side Newcastle United.


Early Days

Born in Highgate, London, Ranger attended Alexandra Park School. He began his football career at Crystal Palace Football Academy and was at their development centre from a young age. He was with the Protec Football Development School for a few weeks before being scouted by Southampton. His career was almost over before it began, whilst playing for the club he was sentenced to 11 weeks in a Young Offender's Institute for his part in an armed street robbery in Muswell Hill committed before signing for the club. He returned to Southampton after completing his sentence, but was eventually released as a player with a bad reputation.[1] He was offered terms by Swindon Town after a successful trial before Newcastle snapped him up.

Club Career


Newcastle United

In July 2008, then Director of Football of Newcastle, Dennis Wise brought the raw talent to Newcastle United. Ranger made his academy debut against Leicester City on 23 August 2008 and made his debut for the reserve team against Sunderland at St James' Park on 1 September 2008. He impressed hugely in these levels, finishing with fifteen goals for the Under-18s and seven for the reserves in his first season on Tyneside. That resulted him in winning the "Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy" in 2009. He was subsequently rewarded by then-manager Alan Shearer with a new and improved three-and-a-half year contract.[2]

Ranger's Newcastle debut came as a second-half injury-time substitute for Shola Ameobi against West Bromwich Albion in the Championship on 8 August 2009.[3] He made his first senior league start against Leicester City on 31 August 2009, where he won the man of the match award. He played just over 84 minutes before been substituted and received a standing ovation from fans.[4] He scored his first senior goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Coventry City on 9 December 2009. Ranger scored his second goal of the season in a 2-0 home win against Crystal Palace who had recently been deducted 10 points for going into administration.

International Career

Ranger made his debut for the England U19 on 25 March 2009 against the Czech Republic U19s and came very close to breaking the deadlock in the dying minutes of the game with a shot that hit the post. He got his first goal for the Under-19s in his second match, against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a fine headed effort. He helped his team to the final of the UEFA U-19 Championship but his team eventually lost the final to host nation Ukraine 2–0.

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
2009–10 Newcastle United Championship 25 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 30 2
Total England 25 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 30 2
Career Total 25 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 30 2

Stats accurate as of 21:31, 17 March 2010.


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