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Tom Cleverley
Personal information
Full name Thomas William Cleverley[1]
Date of birth 12 August 1989 (1989-08-12) (age 20)
Place of birth Basingstoke, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Watford
(on loan from Manchester United)
Number 20
Youth career
Bradford City
2005–2007 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Manchester United 0 (0)
2009 Leicester City (loan) 15 (2)
2009– Watford (loan) 21 (8)
National team
2009– England U20 1 (2)
2009– England U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:16, 17 December 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas William "Tom" Cleverley (born 12 August 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Watford on loan from Manchester United. Although his regular position is in midfield, he is also equally able to play in defence when required.




Club career

Cleverley was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, but grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire.[2] He was part of Bradford City's youth set up before he joined Manchester United as a 15-year-old trainee in July 2005.[3] During the 2005–06 season, he made nine appearances for the under-18 side. He also received a taste of reserve team football when he was named on the bench for the team's 4–1 away win over Everton on 21 February 2006. His first appearance for the reserves came in a 0–0 away draw to Bolton Wanderers almost a year later, on 15 February 2007, by which time he had become a regular in the under-18 team. However, just over a month later, he suffered a long-term injury and was ruled out for seven months.

He returned to action in October 2007, playing for the reserves in a 1–1 home draw with Liverpool. The 2007–08 season marked Cleverley's emergence as a regular in the Manchester United reserve team, making 21 appearances as the team went on to win both the Manchester Senior Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup, in which he scored in the final against Liverpool. He also scored his first goals in a Manchester United shirt on 23 January 2008, when he scored both of United's goals in a 2–0 away win over Bolton Wanderers in the Premier Reserve League. His consistent performances for the reserves earned him the captaincy of the team in the absence of regular captain Sam Hewson, as well as a nomination for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award – he lost out to Richard Eckersley.

In recognition of his sterling work for the reserves, on 24 July 2008, Cleverley was called up to the Manchester United first team for the remainder of their tour of South Africa and the match against Portsmouth in Nigeria.[4] He made his first team debut against Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the 2008 Vodacom Challenge, coming on in place of Rodrigo Possebon at half-time, before he scored the third of United's four goals just after the hour mark.[5]

He returned to regular reserve team duty for the 2008–09 season, but was given a first team squad number – 35 – when the first team squad list was announced on 15 August 2008,[6] and was named on the bench for United's League Cup matches against Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers.[7][8]

On 16 January 2009, Cleverley joined Leicester City for the remainder of the 2008–09 season and was given the number 7 shirt.[9] He made his debut on 19 January 2009 in a 2–0 away win over Yeovil Town, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute for Matty Fryatt.[10] After two goals in 15 matches for Leicester, Cleverley's loan spell came to a premature end after he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Colchester United. He then returned to Manchester United for treatment and underwent surgery on his shoulder on 2 April 2009.[11] Although his loan had ended, Cleverley was presented with a medal on April 24 after Leicester secured their promotion as champions of League One.[12]

Towards the end of the season, along with James Chester and Corry Evans, Cleverley was nominated by Manchester United reserve team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award.[13]

On 18 August 2009, Cleverley signed for Watford on loan. He was then able to play in the Hornets' match away to Nottingham Forest that evening.[14] He started the match and was booked within four minutes of the start of the second half, but then sealed a 4–2 win with a goal in the second minute of injury time at the end of the game.[15] He then scored another goal on his home debut four days later, scoring Watford's second goal in a 2–2 draw with Blackpool,[16] and became Watford's joint-top scorer with the second goal in a 2–0 win over Preston North End in November.[17] Shortly afterwards, he extended his loan deal at Watford until the end of the 2009–10 season.[18]

International career

Cleverley was called up to Noel Blake's England Under-20 team for the first time on 12 March 2009. However, following a dislocated shoulder suffered while on loan at Leicester City a few days later, he was forced to withdraw from the squad, and was replaced by Manchester City midfielder Adam Clayton.[19] Cleverley eventually made his Under-20 debut on 11 August 2009 in a 5–0 friendly win over Montenegro at The Hawthorns, missing an early penalty but going on to score two second-half goals.[20] He made his England U-21 debut as substitute for Junior Stanislas in a 2–1 win away to Macedonia on 4 September 2009.[21]

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[22] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leicester City (loan) 2008–09 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
Manchester United 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Watford (loan) 2009–10 21 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 8
Career total 36 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 10

Statistics accurate as of match played 3 January 2010



Leicester City


  1. ^ Findmypast
  2. ^ Thompson, Gemma (26 July 2008). "Dream debut for Tom". (Manchester United): p. 1.{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6614711. Retrieved 16 January 2009.  
  3. ^ Parker, Simon (11 February 2008). "Youth team provide conveyor-belt of talent". Telegraph & Argus (Newsquest Media Group). Retrieved 6 August 2009.  
  4. ^ Thompson, Gemma (24 July 2008). "Trio join senior squad". (Manchester United).{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6614553. Retrieved 16 January 2009.  
  5. ^ Coppack, Nick (26 July 2008). "Report: Chiefs 0 United 4". (Manchester United): p. 3.{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6614625&page=3. Retrieved 16 January 2009.  
  6. ^ Hibbs, Ben (15 August 2008). "Reds squad numbers registered". (Manchester United).{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6616127. Retrieved 15 August 2008.  
  7. ^ "Man Utd 3-1 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2008.  
  8. ^ Lyon, Sam (11 November 2008). "Man Utd 1-0 QPR". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 12 November 2008.  
  9. ^ "United Midfielder Joins Foxes". (Leicester City Football Club). 16 January 2009.,,10274~1522804,00.html. Retrieved 16 January 2009.  
  10. ^ "Yeovil 0-2 Leicester". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.  
  11. ^ "Cleverley sends message to fans". (Leicester City FC). 31 March 2009.,,10274~1607650,00.html. Retrieved 31 March 2009.  
  12. ^ "Champions Picture Special". (Leicester City FC). 25 April 2009.,,10274~1638777,00.html. Retrieved 25 April 2009.  
  13. ^ Bostock, Adam (1 April 2009). "Reserve Player of the Year". (Manchester United).{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6629830. Retrieved 1 April 2009.  
  14. ^ "Watford seal Cleverley loan deal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009.  
  15. ^ "Nottm Forest 2-4 Watford". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009.  
  16. ^ "Watford 2-2 Blackpool". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 August 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009.  
  17. ^ "Watford 2–0 Preston". BBC Sport. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-11-07.  
  18. ^ "Cleverley commits". Watford Football Club. 20 November 2009.,,10400~1880013,00.html. Retrieved 12 January 2010.  
  19. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (12 March 2009). "Squad named for QPR". (The Football Association). Retrieved 5 April 2009.  
  20. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (11 August 2009). "Five star England cruise to victory". (The Football Association). Retrieved 17 August 2009.  
  21. ^ Bradbury, Jamie (4 September 2009). "England made to work for opening win". (The Football Association). Retrieved 6 September 2009.  
  22. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Johnstone's Paint Trophy

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