Aaron Martin (footballer)

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Aaron Martin
Personal information
Full name Aaron Martin[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Newport, Isle of Wight, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Eastleigh
2009–2014 Southampton 20 (1)
2010 Salisbury City (loan) 14 (1)
2012–2013 Crystal Palace (loan) 4 (0)
2013 Coventry City (loan) 12 (0)
2014– Birmingham City 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:45, 30 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Aaron Martin (born 29 September 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a centre back for Birmingham City.

Martin began his career with Conference South (sixth-tier) club Eastleigh before turning professional with Southampton, then playing in League One, in 2009. He spent time on loan at Conference Premier club Salisbury City, and played his part in two promotions with Southampton, but never played for them in the Premier League, instead going on loan to Crystal Palace and Coventry City. After missing the first half of the 2013–14 season through injury, his Southampton contract was ended by mutual consent in January 2014, when he signed for Birmingham City of the Football League Championship.

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in Newport, Isle of Wight,[2] and attended Heathfield School and Itchen College in Southampton, Hampshire. He represented the English Schools' under-18 football team on several occasions.[3]

Career[edit]

Eastleigh[edit]

Martin began his career with Conference South club Eastleigh as a 14-year-old,[4] and went on to make 47 first-team appearances for the club, scoring 5 goals in all competitions.[5]

Southampton[edit]

He joined League One club Southampton on 4 November 2009 for "an undisclosed five-figure sum, plus appearance and sell-on increments", and signed an 18-month contract; he was recommended to the club by Eastleigh manager Ian Baird, a former striker for the Saints.[6] After playing in Southampton's reserve team, Martin signed on loan for Conference Premier side Salisbury City in March 2010.[7] The loan was extended to the end of the season,[8] and Martin made 15 appearances and scored once, in a 3–1 win against Ebbsfleet United on 2 April,[9] before returning to Southampton in late April.

On 1 May, Martin made his debut first-team appearance for the Saints, starting alongside José Fonte in the centre of defence against Gillingham in the penultimate game of the season.[10] Saints manager Alan Pardew said he thought Martin was Southampton's best player in the game, adding that "he passed it well and looked comfortable in the shirt".[11] He also started the final game of the season, against Southend United, playing alongside Radhi Jaïdi.[10]

Martin committed to a new three-year deal with Southampton ahead of the 2011–12 Championship season.[12] Again partnering Fonte, he played the whole of Southampton's first game of the new season, against Leeds United.[13] His first goal proved to be the matchwinner in a 2–1 victory over Coventry City in the FA Cup in January 2012, and in February, he came on as a half-time substitute against Derby County to score his first league goal, Southampton's second in a 4–0 win.[14]

He made 17 appearances as Southampton were promoted to the Premier League, but was then moved out to Championship club Crystal Palace on loan for the 2012–13 season.[15] He played five matches in his first month at the club, but then played only once more, and the loan was cancelled by mutual agreement in January 2013.[16] The following month Martin was again loaned out, this time to League One side Coventry City, where he played regularly until the end of the season.[17][18]

An injury sustained in pre-season kept Martin out of action until January 2014. His contract with Southampton was ended by mutual consent on 28 January.[19]

Birmingham City[edit]

Two days after his release, he joined Championship club Birmingham City on a short-term deal until the end of the season.[20] He made his debut on 1 February, coming off the bench after 14 minutes to replace the injured Tom Thorpe, in a 3–3 draw at home to Derby County.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 March 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eastleigh 2007–08[5] Conference South 4 1
2008–09[5] Conference South 29 3
2009–10[5] Conference South 14 1
Total 47 5
Southampton 2009–10[10] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11[22] League One 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
2011–12[14] Championship 10 1 3 1 4 0 17 2
2012–13[18] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[23] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 20 1 4 1 5 0 0 0 29 2
Salisbury City (loan) 2009–10[9] Conference National 14 1 1[a] 0 15 1
Crystal Palace (loan) 2012–13[18] Championship 4 0 2 0 6 0
Coventry City (loan) 2012–13[18] League One 12 0 12 0
Birmingham City 2013–14[23] Championship 8 0 8 0
Career totals 58 2 4 1 7 0 1 0 117 8
  1. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

Southampton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League: Professional retained list 2012/13" (PDF). Premier League. June 2013. p. 22. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 530. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "ESFA Under 18 Squad Wembley 2008". English Schools' Football Association. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Saints consider deal for Martin". BBC Sport. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Player stats". Eastleigh F.C. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Saints complete Martin transfer". BBC Sport. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Salisbury City loan Southampton defender Aaron Martin". BBC Sport. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Turner, Mike (29 March 2010). "Saints agree to extend Martin's loan with the Whites". Sport4Salisbury. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Soccerbase attribute these appearances to a Neil Martin who played for Salisbury in 2008–09: "Games played by Neil Martin in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
    FA Trophy: "Barrow AFC are halfway to fulfilling Wembley dream". North-West Evening Mail (Barrow-in-Furness). 15 March 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
    Proctor, Lee (24 March 2010). "Mighty Barrow AFC are going to Wembley". North-West Evening Mail (Barrow-in-Furness). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Games played by Aaron Martin in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "We were off the pace". Southampton F.C. 1 May 2010. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Aaron agrees new deal". Southampton F.C. 4 July 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Saints 3–1 Leeds – Match Facts". Southampton F.C. 6 August 2011. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Martin in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Martin joins Eagles on season's loan". Southampton F.C. 7 June 2012. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Southampton recall Aaron Martin from his loan at Crystal Palace". Sky Sports. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Defender makes Coventry switch". Southampton F.C. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Games played by Aaron Martin in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Defender departs". Southampton F.C. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Aaron Martin joins". Birmingham City F.C. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Birmingham 3–3 Derby". BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Aaron Martin in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Martin in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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