Paul Huntington

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Paul Huntington
Paul Huntington 2016.jpg
Huntington with Preston North End in 2016
Personal information
Full name Paul David Huntington[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-17) 17 September 1987 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Carlisle, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 23
Youth career
0000–2005 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Newcastle United 11 (1)
2007–2010 Leeds United 23 (1)
2009 Stockport County (loan) 9 (0)
2010 Stockport County 17 (0)
2010–2012 Yeovil Town 77 (7)
2012– Preston North End 238 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:07, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Paul David Huntington (born 17 September 1987) is an English professional footballer who is a centre back for Preston North End and has made more than 435 career appearances (over 280 of those for Preston North End). Since winning the Sir Tom Finney Trophy and promotion in 2015, he was given the nickname and song ‘The Cumbrian Cannavaro',[3] named after World Cup winning defender Fabio Cannavaro.

Club career

Newcastle United

Huntington joined Newcastle United Academy on 1 July 2004. He was promoted to the reserve squad in late 2004 to play tougher opposition and gain experience. He made his reserve debut for the club on 7 December in a 3–0 home win over Middlesbrough, and made his official England Under 18 debut against Scotland fifteen days later where he won 1–0, partnered with David Wheater at centre back. He got his 2nd cap on 10 June 2005 vs. Norway at Vale Park in a 0–0 draw. He signed his first professional contract at the club in July 2005.

His first involvement with the first team at Newcastle was when he appeared on the bench for the club's Intertoto Cup games against ZTS Dubnica and Deportivo La Coruña in July 2005. In the summer of 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Jackie Milburn trophy. He was named for the first team squad for the FA Cup third-round tie against Mansfield Town. He made the substitutes bench for the UEFA Cup match against Celta Vigo.

On 9 December 2006 he made his first Newcastle appearance as a late substitute against Blackburn Rovers and duly received praise from Newcastle legend Alan Shearer on BBC programme "Match Of The Day". On 14 December he started his first game for Newcastle, appearing at right back away at Chelsea in the Premier League. In that game, he received the Man Of The Match accolade. He scored his first ever goal for Newcastle on 14 January 2007, the first equaliser in Newcastle's 3–2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[4] He played in a UEFA Cup last-16 match against AZ Alkmaar, losing on away goals over the two legs. He went on to make 16 appearances for the first team whilst making the bench for most of the 2006/07 season.

Leeds United

On 31 August 2007, he transferred to Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.[5] He made his home debut for the club as a substitute in the 2–0 victory on 8 September at home to Hartlepool United.[6]

On 9 October 2007, he opened his Leeds account by scoring against Darlington in the Football League Trophy Second Round on his full debut to help Leeds move to the next stage. He scored his first league goal against Luton Town on 26 January 2008. He scored against Leyton Orient on 5 April. There were controversies surrounding whether it was Huntington or Bradley Johnson who scored the goal, but was officially given to Huntington.[7]

Huntington was Leeds' first-choice centre-back. He was in good form during the run-in to the end of the 2007–08 season. Manager Gary McAllister said Huntington has a bright future ahead of him. Huntington played at Wembley on 25 May 2008 in the League One Play-Off Final against Doncaster, losing 1–0.[8] He was handed the captain's armband during the 2008–09 pre-season tour of Ireland in the game against Shelbourne. He was ruled out during the remainder of the season after undergoing hernia and groin operations. At this time, Gary McAllister was fired and replaced by Simon Grayson.

On 10 September 2009, Huntington joined League One rivals Stockport County on a month's loan.[9] He made his Stockport debut in the 2–2 draw against Yeovil Town, and then made the League 1 team of the week after his appearance against Huddersfield. After nine appearances for Stockport, his two-month loan ended. Stockport County wanted to extend the loan for a third and final month but Huntington was told to return by Leeds United.

Stockport County

After leaving Leeds, he signed to Stockport County on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

Yeovil Town

On 16 July 2010 Huntington signed to Yeovil Town on a two-year contract.[10] He scored his first goal for Yeovil and their 3rd in a 3–1 win over Tranmere Rovers on 11 September and made the League One Team Of The Week. He repeated this achievement on 9 October after a 1–0 win at Rochdale. On 3 January 2011 he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Milton Keynes Dons at home and received Man of the Match.[11] He won the League One Player of the Month for January, beating competition from Brighton's Elliott Bennett, Craig Dawson from Rochdale, and Bournemouth's Liam Feeney to win this award which was presented by his manager Terry Skiverton. During this month he scored three times against Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons, and Brentford and was part of a defence that kept four clean sheets.[12] He was appointed captain of the club as Yeovil finished in 14th place, their second highest finish. He was runner-up in the Green and White Player of the Season Award and the Western Gazette Player of the Season Award.[13]

Huntington scored his first goal of the 2011/12 season in the 3–2 home defeat against Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day and followed this up with a goal in the New Year's Eve defeat against Bournemouth. On 22 May 2012, the club announced that he had rejected a new deal citing that he wanted to move to a club closer to his hometown.[14]

Preston North End

Following his rejection of a new contract with Yeovil Town, he joined Preston North End.[15] He scored his first goal for Preston against Crawley Town in a 2–1 loss.[16] He then scored in the JPT 2nd round in a 4–2 win at Morecambe, On Tuesday 9 October 2012. Huntington scored his 3rd goal of the season away at Tranmere Rovers in a 1–1 draw on 27 October 2012. On 8 December he scored against Crewe Alexandra. On 11 April 2013 Huntington was nominated for Npower League One Player Of The Month for March with three clean sheets.

His first goal of the 2013/14 season came on 14 September against Stevenage in a 3–0 win.[17] On 17 December 2013, Huntington extended his contract with Preston North End, thus keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015.[18] His second goal of the season came in a 2–2 draw at Crawley Town on 14 December.

Huntington scored his first goal of the 2014-15 season on 21 October with a powerful header at Gillingham in a 1–0 win. He scored his second goal in three league games at Leyton Orient on 28 October 2014 in a 2–0 win. His third goal of the season came against ex-club Yeovil Town on 29 November in a 2–0 victory, heading into the top left corner. On 6 December Huntington's left-footed half volley was the winning goal in a 1–0 2nd round FA Cup tie at home to Shrewsbury Town; it was his 4th goal in 13 games. His goalscoring run continued on 16 December when he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory at Notts County, in the northern section semi-final of the Football League Trophy. He headed his 6th goal of the season away at Crawley Town on 31 January 2015. He followed it up with his second goal in two games at Sheffield United in the FA Cup 4th round replay at Bramall Lane 3 February in a 3–1 win. Huntington's 8th goal of the season came away at Oldham Athletic 28 February in a 4–0 win.

He won promotion with the Lilywhites in the 2014-15 season, scoring the second goal of a 4–0 victory over Swindon Town in the 2015 League One Play-Off Final at Wembley. Huntington won the Sir Tom Finney Trophy for the 2014/15 season awarded by the supporters. He signed a new two-year contract with Preston North End on 26 May 2015 which ran until the summer of 2017.

On 16 November 2015 Huntington won League One Player Of The Year at the North West Football Awards for the 2014–15 season. Preston North End finished 11th in their first season in the EFL Championship after gaining promotion.

Huntington signed a new two-year contract with Preston North End on 22 August 2016 with the option of a third year. His first goal of the 2016-17 season came on 14 January 2017, scoring a header against Brighton & Hove Albion in a 2-0 win and was subsequently named in the EFL Team of the Week.[19] Huntington extended his contract with Preston North End until the summer of 2019. A second 11th placed finish in the Championship was achieved in the 2016/17 season

He scored his only goal of the 2017-18 season against Nottingham Forest on 23 December in a 1-1 draw. Preston just missed out on the play-off places on the last day of the season in May 2018, finishing 7th.[20]

On 10 July 2018 Huntington signed a new three-year contract with Preston North End.[21]

Career statistics

As of match played 6 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 2006–07[22] Premier League 11 1 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 16 1
Total 11 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 16 1
Leeds United 2007–08[23] League One 17 2 2 0 0 0 5[b] 1 24 3
2008–09[24] League One 4 0 0 0 2 0 1[c] 0 7 0
2009–10[25] League One 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 21 2 2 0 3 0 6 1 32 3
Stockport County 2009–10[25] League One 26 0 26 0
Total 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Yeovil Town 2010–11[26] League One 40 5 1 0 1 0 1[c] 0 43 5
2011–12[27] League One 37 2 3 0 1 0 1[c] 0 42 2
Total 77 7 4 0 2 0 2 0 85 7
Preston North End 2012–13[28] League One 37 3 3 0 3 0 1[c] 1 44 4
2013–14[29] League One 23 2 4 0 2 0 1[c] 0 30 2
2014–15[30] League One 32 5 6 2 0 0 9[d] 2 47 9
2015–16[31] Championship 38 0 1 0 2 0 41 0
2016–17[32] Championship 33 1 1 0 4 0 38 1
2017–18[33] Championship 44 1 2 0 0 0 46 1
2018–19[34] Championship 23 0 0 0 2 0 25 0
2019–20[35] Championship 8 0 0 0 1 1 9 1
Total 238 12 18 2 14 1 11 3 280 18
Career total 372 22 26 2 20 1 21 4 439 29
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Three appearances in League One play-offs, two appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ a b c d e Appearance in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Three appearances, one goal in League One play-offs, six appearances, one goal in Football League Trophy

Honours

Preston North End

Personal

References

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Preston North End" (PDF). English Football League. p. 57. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  3. ^ ""It makes me smile" - Paul Huntington on being PNE's Cumbrian Cannavaro - Lancashire Evening Post". www.lep.co.uk. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Tottenham 2–3 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 14 January 2007.
  5. ^ "Leeds recruit Martin & Huntington". BBC Sport. 1 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Leeds 2-0 Hartlepool". 8 September 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Leyton Orient 0–2 Leeds". Leeds United FC. 5 April 2008.
  8. ^ "Doncaster 1-0 Leeds". 25 May 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Leeds United: Huntington joins Stockport". www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Yeovil Town sign Jean-Paul Kalala and Paul Huntington". BBC Sport. 16 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Yeovil 1–0 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Huntington named Player of the Month". The Football League. 10 February 2011. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Yeovil Town -Player of the Season". Yeovil Town FC. 1 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Yeovil Town's Paul Huntington turns down new contract". BBC Sport. 22 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Yeovil Town's Paul Huntington to join Preston North End". BBC Sport. 22 May 2012.
  16. ^ "Preston 1-2 Crawley Town". 15 September 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Preston 3–0 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  18. ^ "PNE Extend Nine Players' Contracts". Preston North End Official Website. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Week". www.efl.com. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Championship (Sky Sports)". SkySports. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Paul Huntington Signs New Three-Year Deal". www.pnefc.net. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  22. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  24. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  26. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  27. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  28. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  29. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  30. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  32. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  33. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  34. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  35. ^ "Games played by Paul Huntington in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

External links

  • Paul Huntington at Soccerbase
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