Alan Judge (footballer, born 1988)
Alan Judge playing for Notts County in 2012
|Full name||Alan Christopher Judge|
|Date of birth||11 November 1988|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 6 ½ in (1.69 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, winger|
|2005–2006||St Joseph's Boys|
|2009||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||17||(2)|
|2009–2010||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||37||(5)|
|2010–2011||→ Notts County (loan)||12||(0)|
|2014||→ Brentford (loan)||22||(7)|
|2005–2006||Republic of Ireland U18||3||(0)|
|2006–2007||Republic of Ireland U19||11||(1)|
|2007–2010||Republic of Ireland U21||13||(2)|
|2008||Republic of Ireland U23||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:09, 26 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Alan Christopher Judge (born 11 November 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Brentford. Judge began his career at Blackburn Rovers and returned to the club in 2013 after a two-and-a-half season spell with Notts County. He spent the second half of the 2013–14 season on loan at Brentford in League One, before signing for club permanently in the summer of 2014. Judge represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level.
- 1 Career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Honours
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Judge began his career at St. Joseph's National School in Dún Laoghaire, appearing for the school's Senior Boys team. In 2006, Judge joined the academy at Premier League club Blackburn Rovers. He turned professional at 17 and was a regular in their reserve team during the 2007–08 season, scoring seven goals. He made his debut for the senior team as a substitute in the League Cup against Grimsby Town in August 2008 and his first start followed in the FA Cup victory against Blyth Spartans in January 2009. Judge featured regularly for the club during the 2009–10 pre-season, including friendlies against Italian giants AS Roma and Portuguese side CD Nacional. He signed a new contract to tie him to the club until June 2011. Towards the end of the 2009–10 season, Judge said he was open to offers for a permanent transfer after being told by Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce that he was surplus to requirements at the club. "I have still got a year left at Blackburn, but I think my time there will be up in the summer," he said. "We have talked over the phone, so I know more or less what's going to happen. I will just see what clubs are interested in me." Judge departed Blackburn in January 2011 after making only two appearances.
Plymouth Argyle (loans)
Judge joined Championship club Plymouth Argyle on loan in January 2009, for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. He made his debut for the Pilgrims against Ipswich Town as a substitute and went on to feature regularly in the starting eleven for then manager Paul Sturrock's team. He scored his first goal for the club against Burnley in March 2009 and followed that up with a well-worked goal against Coventry City in April. The season ended with Judge having made 17 appearances in all competitions.
Judge rejoined Argyle on loan for the duration of the 2009–10 season. He continued to feature regularly in the first-team and added another three goals to his tally, against Derby County in August, Scunthorpe United in October, and Doncaster Rovers in November, four days before his 21st birthday. He scored his first brace in senior football with two goals in an impressive 4–1 win over Reading. The club were relegated from the Championship at the end of the season and Judge returned to Blackburn before his contract expired.
Notts County (loan & permanent signing)
On 31 August 2010, Judge signed a six-month loan deal with League One club Notts County. His loan finished on 1 January 2011, but County re-signed the player on an initial one-month loan so he would be available for forthcoming matches whilst a permanent deal was finalised. He made 14 appearances during his loan spell and scored no goals.
On 14 January 2011, Judge completed a permanent move to Notts County, signing a two-year deal with the club. Just days after signing, Judge broke a metatarsal bone in his right foot in a match against Hartlepool United. After a seven-week spell on the sidelines, Judge returned to action against Swindon. He scored the equaliser, before setting up Lee Hughes to give County the three points. Judge scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season in a 3–1 away win against Chesterfield. His form saw him pick up consecutive player of the month awards for November and December respectively. He believed that his good form was aided by Notts County manager Martin Allen, saying "I had a meeting with the gaffer and he was really encouraging. He said I need to play with a lot more confidence and he's giving me that." Judge took his goal tally for the 2011–12 season to seven after his brace earned Notts County a 4–3 win at Wycombe Wanderers on 28 April. He ended the season by scoring in a 4–1 victory over Colchester United. Judge finished the season with 8 league goals and 13 assists. At the end of season awards Judge scooped both the "Players' Player of the Year" and "Fans' Player of the year" for the 2011–12 season. He scored his first goal in the 2012–13 season in a 2–0 win over Bury. He scored his second goal of the season and picked up the Man Of The Match award against Portsmouth in a 3–0 victory. He scored the only goal in 1–0 over Swindon, allowing Notts to move back into the play-off positions. In a 1–0 win over Carlisle Judge's fine solo effort in which he delicately chipped the ball over Mark Gillespie won the Sky Sports Goal Of The Day award. Judge's performances saw him named in the 2012–13 League One PFA Team of the Year. Judge finished the season with three league goals and 11 assists. It was announced after a spell of two years at the club that Judge would not renew his contract. Judge expressed the main reason being his desire to play at a higher level, saying "there just comes a time when you think it’s right to move on and I’ve given everything to this club, it’s just a matter of a new challenge. I’m an ambitious person and I hope fully would like to try myself up another level if that comes.”
Return to Blackburn
On 16 May 2013, it was revealed that Judge would be returning to Blackburn Rovers at the end of his contract with Notts County. Judge re-signed for Rovers, now in the Championship, on a three year deal on 1 July 2013. Judge scored his first Blackburn goal in a 3–3 League Cup first round shootout defeat to Carlisle United on 7 August 2013. He made 12 appearances during the 2013–14 season, scoring one goal. Despite spending the second half of the 2013/14 season on loan, manager Gary Bowyer assured stated in late March 2013 that Judge has a future with the club. It was reported in May 2014 that Bowyer had been impressed with Judge's exploits while on loan and that the door would be open for Judge to return to the fold at Blackburn. Judge departed the club on 2 June 2014 for former loan club Brentford.
Brentford (loan & permanent signing)
On 8 January 2014, Judge joined League One side Brentford on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season. He was awarded the number 18 shirt, vacated earlier in the season by Javi Venta. Judge's debut came in a 2–0 win over Port Vale on 11 January. He played 67 minutes before being substituted for Jake Reeves. Judge scored his first Bees goal on his fourth appearance, netting the second in a 3–1 win over Bristol City on 28 January. In a "majestic display", Judge bagged two goals from long-range in a 3–1 away victory over Crewe Alexandra on 15 February and received recognition with a place in the Football League Team Of The Week. His form prompted former Blackburn teammate and fellow Irishman Jonathan Douglas to suggest that Brentford sign Judge permanently. After a slight dip in form, Judge got back to goalscoring ways with a brace in a 3–1 win over former club Notts County on 5 April. On 18 April, Judge scored the penalty which saw Brentford beat Preston North End 1-0 at Griffin Park, to confirm the Bees' promotion to the Championship with three games to spare. After the game, Judge said "when I came here I just wanted to play games and try to contribute in some way, so to score the goal that got us promoted is unbelievable. It was the best moment of my career". Ahead of the final game of the season, it was reported that manager Mark Warburton was keen on signing Judge permanently and the player himself stated that "if I’m surplus to requirements (at Blackburn Rovers) then Brentford would be one of the clubs I would love to come to". Judge scored his seventh goal of the campaign in a 2-0 win over Stevenage on the final day. He made 22 appearances during his spell with the Bees and returned to Blackburn after the season. On 2 June 2014, Judge signed for Brentford permanently on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Judge represented the Republic of Ireland U18 side at the 2005 summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. A 4–2 victory over Switzerland in the third-place playoff saw the U18s win the bronze medal. Judge made his U19 debut in a 2–1 friendly win over Ukraine at Terryland Park on 15 August 2006. He was a regular for the U19s during their qualifying campaign for the 2007 European U19 Championship and scored his first goal in a 2–1 qualifying win away to Macedonia on 6 October 2006. Judge appeared in all three of the U18s' elite qualification games, but despite victories over Bulgaria and Hungary, defeat to Germany saw the Germans qualify for the finals. Judge also represented the U19s in the 2007 Oporto Tournament in Portugal, but went home without any silverware. Judge made his U21 debut in a 3–2 friendly victory over Sweden on 12 October 2007, coming on as a substitute for Jim O'Brien after 68 minutes. Judge made two appearances during the U21s unsuccessful 2009 UEFA U21 Championship qualifying campaign. He appeared in all of the qualifying games for the 2011 UEFA U21 Championship, with an early goal scored in a 1–1 draw with Georgia being the sole highlight of a campaign which saw the U21s finish bottom of their group. He won 13 U21 caps and scored two goals. Judge made four appearances for the U23s in the 2008 Inter Continental Cup, but came away without the trophy. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill was in the stands at Griffin Park to watch Judge appear for Brentford on 5 April 2014, though Judge played down the speculation about a call up to the senior side, saying "it's an ambition of mine to play for my country, but I think he (O'Neill) isn't looking at players below the Championship, which is fair enough".
Style of play
Judge is known for his energy and his driving runs, as well as his ability to score spectacular long range goals. This has led to him being nicknamed "The Irish Messi" by players, fans and pundits.
As a player
As an individual
- Notts County Players' Player of the Year (1): 2011-12
- Notts County Fans' Player of the Year (1): 2011-12
- Notts County Player of the Month (2): November 2011, December 2011
- Football League One PFA Team of the Year (1): 2012-13
- Football League Team Of The Week (1): 10–16 February 2014
- As of match played on 3 May 2014
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