Adnan Ahmed

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Adnan Ahmed
AdnanFarooqAhmed.jpg
Ahmed pictured training for Ferencvárosi TC in April 2010.
Personal information
Full name Adnan Farooq Ahmed[1]
Date of birth (1984-06-07) 7 June 1984 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Burnley, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nelson
Youth career
000?–1995 Bury
1995–1997 Manchester United
1997–2003 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Huddersfield Town 41 (1)
2007–2009 Tranmere Rovers 6 (1)
2008 Mansfield Town (loan) 9 (2)
2009 Port Vale (loan) 5 (1)
2009–2010 Ferencváros 14 (0)
2010–2011 Aboomoslem 5 (0)
2011–2012 Bradford Park Avenue
2012–2013 Nelson 11 (2)
2013 Droylsden 6 (1)
2013– Nelson 17 (2)
National team
2007– Pakistan 26 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:58, 31 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2013

Adnan Farooq Ahmed (Urdu: عدنان فاروق احمد; born 7 June 1984) is a Pakistan international footballer who plays for Nelson in the Premier Division of the North West Counties League.

Starting his career at Huddersfield Town in 2004, after three years he transferred to Tranmere Rovers. After a two-year spell which included loans to Mansfield Town and Port Vale, he signed with Hungarian club Ferencvárosi TC in 2009. A year later he moved to Iran to spend a brief period at F.C. Aboomoslem. He returned to England, and in October 2011 joined Bradford Park Avenue. He switched to Nelson in May 2012 and returned to Nelson after a brief spell with Droylsden in 2013. He helped Nelson to win the North West Counties League Division One title in 2013–14.

Early life[edit]

Ahmed was born in Burnley and lived in Barnoldswick, Lancashire during his early life, attending Moorland School in Clitheroe.[2] Ahmed is a British Asian of Pakistani descent.

Club career[edit]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Initially part of Bury youth academy, as well as a two-year stint at Manchester United Academy afterwards, Ahmed chose to join Huddersfield Town where he turned professional.

Despite making a few appearances for the club in league and cup competitions since turning professional, Ahmed's career has been hampered by persistent injury troubles.

Ahmed has the unfortunate distinction of being the very first player to be sent off at the Keepmoat Stadium, the new home of Doncaster Rovers. He was shown the red card for a two footed challenge on Rovers' Mark McCammon, the scorer of the very first goal in the stadium during Huddersfield's 3–0 defeat on 1 January 2007.

In January 2007, Ahmed went to Lincoln City, who had shown an interest in him, on a one-week trial with Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson saying "It will be a good experience for him and will hopefully make him appreciate what he's got here".[3] However, no deal was done between the clubs and as a result the player returned to Huddersfield. He was released from the club in May 2007.

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

On 25 May 2007, it was announced that Ahmed had joined Tranmere Rovers side on a free transfer, becoming manager Ronnie Moore's first summer signing of 2007.[4][5] He made his debut coming on as a substitute in the 2nd half at home in a 1–1 draw with Yeovil Town on 1 September 2007. However, competition for places in midfield saw him make just five further appearances during his debut season with the club.

Because of lack any real first team opportunities, Ahmed went on loan to Conference National side Mansfield Town at the end of October 2008, making his first team debut in a 2–0 defeat away to Torquay United on 1 November 2008. He became an instant hit with the Mansfield fans scoring a penalty in the 3–0 win against Salisbury City, also scoring a diving header against Weymouth to set up a 2–1 victory. Following his return to Tranmere, he joined Port Vale on trial.[6] He went on loan to Vale on 21 January 2009.[7] Ahmed opened his account with the "Valiants" by scoring the match winner in a 2–0 win at Macclesfield Town on 25 February 2009. He returned to Tranmere in late March after Vale manager Dean Glover rejected the opportunity to extend his loan,[8] despite impressing fans with his performances.

Ferencvárosi TC[edit]

In July 2009, having impressed coaching staff during pre-season trial matches at Hungarian team Ferencvárosi TC, Ahmed signed a two-year deal with the team to play in Nemzeti Bajnokság I.[9] He played his first competitive game for the team in a 2–0 win over Diósgyőri VTK in the 2009–10 Hungarian League Cup on 29 July 2009. After one season, he was released from the team having played a total of 20 games in all competitions with 1 goal in a 4–2 win against Kecskeméti TE in the Hungarian League Cup on 23 September 2009.

In July 2010 he went on trial at Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen, but was not offered a contract.[10]

FC Aboomoslem[edit]

In September 2010, after taking part in training sessions and trials, Adnan was given a one-year contract with Mashhad-based Iranian club Aboomoslem[11] for the 2010–11 Azadegan League season. He made his first team debut in a 1–0 home win over Iranjavan F.C. on 7 October 2010. However, at the start of 2011, Adnan left the side and headed back to England as a free agent after playing just five games for Aboomoslem.

English non-league[edit]

Ahmed signed with Northern Premier League Premier Division club Bradford Park Avenue in October 2011.[12] He scored a stoppage time winner on his debut, helping Avenue to defeat Chester 2–1 on 2 November.[13]

In May 2012, he joined Nelson in Division One of the North West Counties League. In November 2013, Ahmed rejoined Nelson after a short spell playing for Conference North side Droylsden.[14] He helped the "Admirals" to the Division One title in the 2013–14 season.

International career[edit]

Ahmed received his first formal call up to the Pakistan national football team squad for their World Cup 2010 preliminaries against Iraq on 22 October 2007 in Lahore, where he made his debut in a hefty 7–0 loss, and 28 October 2007 for the return leg in Aleppo, Syria[15][16] which surprisingly finished goal-less between the two sides, although Iraq went through the next round on aggregate scores. Adnan scored his first goal for Pakistan in a humiliating 7–1 loss against Sri Lanka in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup qualification.

Ahmed took part in the 2008 SAFF Cup where he scored a goal against arch-rivals India in a disappointing 2–1 loss and ended Pakistan's chances of going past the group stage. Ahmed scored two goals in 2010 AFC Challenge Cup qualification against Taiwan 1–1 draw and against Brunei 6–0 but in end they finished as 2nd and could not qualify for 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. He showed very good performance and skill.

Ahmed also took part in the 2009 SAFF Cup hosted by Bangladesh, but it was again disappointment as Pakistan crashed out in the group stages once again; Ahmed playing two games in which he missed a late crucial penalty in the 1–0 loss against Sri Lanka.

After missing out on the Pakistan squad for the 2010 Asian Games football tournament, Adnan returned to the senior team for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification Group B held in Malaysia where he played in all 3 games and starred in midfield despite Pakistan once again disappointing in another qualification tournament.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Pakistan's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 April 2008 Taipei, Taiwan  Sri Lanka 1–3 L 2008 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
2. 17 June 2008 Malé, Maldives  India 1–2 L 2008 SAFF Championship
3. 4 April 2009 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Chinese Taipei 1–1 D 2010 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier
4. 6 April 2009 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Brunei 6–0 W 2010 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 August 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huddersfield Town 2003–04[17] Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05[18] League One 18 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 1 20 2
2005–06[19] League One 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2006–07[20] League One 9 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 10 0
Total 41 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 45 2
Tranmere Rovers 2007–08[21] League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 7 0
2008–09[22] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2008–09[23] Conference Premier 9 2 1 0 0 0 10 2
Port Vale (loan) 2008–09[22] League Two 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Ferencváros 2009–10 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 14 0 0 0 3 0 17 0
Aboomoslem 2010–11[24] Azadegan League 5 0 5 0
Nelson 2012–13[25] NWCFL First Division 11 2 2[b] 0 13 2
Droylsden 2012–13[26] Conference North 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Nelson 2013–14[27] NWCFL First Division 14 2 2[c] 1 16 3
2014–15[28] NWCFL Premier Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 17 2 0 0 2 1 19 3
Career total 114 9 2 0 3 0 8 2 127 11
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ 1 appearance in Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy, 1 appearance in NWCFL League Challenge Cup
  3. ^ 1 appearance in Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy, 1 appearance in NWCFL First Division Challenge Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 5 September 2013.[29]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Pakistan 2007 2 0
2008 6 2
2009 4 2
2010 0 0
2011 8 0
2012 0 0
2013 6 0
Total 26 4

Honours[edit]

Nelson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 9781852916626. 
  2. ^ Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2010
  3. ^ "Ahmed training with Lincoln", TeamTalk, January 2007
  4. ^ "Rovers Sign Midfielder"
  5. ^ "Adnan signs for Tranmere"
  6. ^ "Tranmere midfielder in Vale trial". BBC SPORT. 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 20 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Breaking News: Port Vale sign Ahmed on loan". The Sentinel. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Shaw, Steve (30 March 2009). "Port Vale: Martin ready to seize his chance". The Sentinel. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Adnan Ahmed set to join FTC (Hungarian)". ftc.hu. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Latest news". afc.co.uk. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Latest news from Aboumoslem.net". aboumoslem.net. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ahmed Checks In!". 28 October 2011. bpafc.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Adnan scores winner for Bradford PA on debut". 3 November 2011. footballpakistan.com. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Adnan scores winner for Bradford PA on debut". 3 November 2011. Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Burnley's Ahmed gets Pakistan call-up"
  16. ^ "International call for Adnan"
  17. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2008/2009 for Mansfield Town". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2010/2011". NationalFootballTeams. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2012/2013". Football Mitoo. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed for Droylsden". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2013/2014". Nelson FC. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Adnan Ahmed in 2014/2015". Nelson FC. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Adnan Ahmed". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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