Aswad Thomas

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Aswad Thomas
Personal information
Full name Aswad Kwame Thomas[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Westminster, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1][2]
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Woking
Number 14
Youth career
2005–2007 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2008 Accrington Stanley (loan) 13 (2)
2008 Barnet (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Lewes (loan) 14 (0)
2009–2011 Woking 76 (3)
2011–2012 Braintree Town 43 (5)
2012–2015 Grimsby Town 90 (1)
2015– Woking 2 (0)
National team
2012 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:25 14 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:06 3 February 2015 (UTC)

Aswad Kwame Thomas (born 9 August 1989 in London) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Conference National side Woking.

Having started his career with Charlton Athletic, he spent time on loan with Accrington Stanley, Barnet and Lewes before signing for Woking in 2009, and Braintree Town in 2011. He then went on to play for Grimsby Town for 2 and a half years before returning to Woking during the transfer window of the 2014–15 season.

Career[edit]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Thomas started his career with the Charlton youth system.[3] Although he never made his senior debut, Thomas appeared on the bench twice,[4][5] but he did make four appearances for the U18s[6] and featured 11 times for the reserves in the 2007–08 season,[6] scoring in the 8–4 home victory over Southampton in September 2007.[6] Thomas had been compared to former Charlton hero Richard Rufus,[7] and noted as a clean striker of a ball, athletic and strong in the tackle.[3]

He joined Accrington Stanley on loan in January 2008[7] where he made his Football League debut against Wycombe Wanderers.[8] He scored twice in a 2–3 victory against Chester City, firing in Leam Richardson's defence-splitting pass and Thomas followed up John Danby's parry from his own shot to level.[9] He returned to Charlton after serving his suspension for being sent off against Macclesfield Town when he had threw the ball in the face of Shaun Brisley.[10] He also played twice on loan at Barnet at the start of the 2008–09 season,[11] after completing his month-long loan with League Two side Barnet,[6] shortly afterwards he joined Lewes on loan.[12]

Woking[edit]

He signed a one-year contract with Conference South outfit Woking in 2009[13] and scored on his debut against Welling United which Woking went on to win 2–1.[14]

Braintree Town[edit]

In June 2011, Thomas signed for the newly Conference National promoted Braintree Town.[15] After playing five games with three clean sheets, Thomas received his first of seven yellow cards on 29 August 2011 in the 50th minute, in the 2–3 defeat against Ebbsfleet.[16] He scored his first of five goals in the 2011–12 season, a close range shot into the bottom right corner in the 6–2 defeat at York City.[17] Three games later he scored in the 5–4 defeat against Kidderminster, lashing his foot through it and crashed the ball past Dean Lyness and into the back of the net with the aid of a deflection.[18]

England C manager Paul Fairclough confirmed that Thomas had been close to getting an international call-up,[19] and on 10 November 2011 Aswad Thomas was included in the stand-by contingency squad for the England C team in the friendly against Gibraltar on the following Tuesday.[20] On 26 November 2011 Thomas received his 2nd yellow card of the season in the 10th minute for unsporting behaviour and was sent off in the 85th minute for his second bookable offence, an unfair foul on Curtis Obeng, serving a one match ban after the 0–0 stalemate against Wrexham.[21] On 26 December 2011 he received his 3rd yellow card in 78th minute for a foul on substitute defender Jonathon Thorpe in the 2–0 away defeat at Cambridge Utd.[22] Thomas scored his 5th and final goal for Braintree

At the start of the new calendar year and in the following game on New Year's Day, again Thomas fouled Jonathon Thorpe to receive his 4th yellow card in the 19th minute in the 3–2 victory at home against Cambridge Utd.[23] His third goal of the season came when he scored the opening goal, Thomas volleyed in Ben Wright's cross in the 2–2 draw at home against Stockport County.[24] He scored a crucial 79th minute goal in the 1–0 home win against Barrow, a low pass from defender Dean Wells to Thomas, he scored inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal.[25] On 18 February 2012 he received his 5th yellow card in the 1–0 away defeat at Telford Utd for unsporting behaviour, after giving away a free kick for an unfair challenge on striker Chris Sharp.[26] On 17 March 2012 Thomas received his 6th yellow card in the 1–4 defeat at home to Kidderminster for unsporting behaviour, after conceding a free kick for a foul on defender Lee Vaughan.[27] On 24 March 2012 Thomas scored the opening goal in the 0–4 thrashing of Barrow, latching onto striker Sean Marks' header from 18 yards at the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal.[28]

On 14 April 2012 Thomas was forced to sit on the bench despite not being 100 per cent fit at Stockport County[29] and missed the following home game against York City also due to the knee injury.[30] Having missed the previous two games, Thomas played in what became his last and final game of the season for Braintree in the 5–1 defeat at Wrexham.[31]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Thomas signed a two year deal with Conference National side Grimsby Town on 4 July 2012, for an undisclosed fee,[19][32][33] thought to be around £15,000.[citation needed]

Having impressed in his first five games for Grimsby, Thomas was named in the England C squad to face Belgium in Brussels on Wednesday 12 September in an International Challenge Trophy game.[34]

In his first two seasons with Grimsby, Thomas was a runner-up in the 2013 FA Trophy as well as losing in the Conference Premier semi-final in both years. On 4 January 2014 he scored a last minute own goal which meant Grimsby were dumped out of the FA Cup third round in a 2–3 defeat against Huddersfield Town.[35] On 22 January 2015, Thomas was signed off from work with the club after suffering from stress. Thomas had requested the cancellation of his contract in order to resolve personal issues and sort out a transfer away from the club, however Grimsby decided in this case to allow the player a month's leave.[36] On 3 February Thomas was released by Grimsby on mutual consent.[37]

Return to Woking[edit]

Shortly after being given a months leave by Grimsby, it was confirmed by Conference National side Woking that Aswad had returned to the club and had signed contractual forms for the rest of the season.[38]

International career[edit]

Thomas was called up to the England C team in 2012.[34]

Career Statistics[edit]

As of Matches played on 14 March 2015.[39][40]
Club Season Division League Play-offs FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Charlton Athletic F.C. 2007–08[41] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2007–08[41] League Two 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
Charlton Athletic F.C. 2008–09[42] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnet (loan) 2008–09[42] League Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2 0
Lewes (loan) 2008–09[43] Conference Premier 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[b] 0 14 0
Total 29 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 30 2
Woking 2009–10 Conference South 39 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0[b] 0 40 2
2010–11 Conference South 37 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 2[b] 0 42 1
Total 76 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 82 3
Braintree Town 2011–12[44] Conference Premier 43 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 3[b] 0 47 5
Total 43 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 47 5
Grimsby Town 2012–13[45] Conference Premier 41 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5[b] 0 48 1
2013–14[46] Conference Premier 36 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 2[b] 0 45 0
2014–15[47] Conference Premier 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2[b] 0 16 0
Total 90 1 4 0 6 0 0 0 9 0 109 1
Woking 2014–15[47] Conference Premier 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 240 11 4 0 11 0 0 0 15 0 270 11
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Appearance(s) in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grimsby Town

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Charlton U18s 1 Watford U18s 1". Charlton Athletic Football Club. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charlton 5 – 2 Stockport". BBC Sport. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Luton 3 – 1 Charlton". BBC Sport. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Aswad shines for Stanley". Charlton Athletic Football Club. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Chester 0 – 2 Accrington". BBC Sport. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Macclesfield 2 – 1 Accrington". BBC Sport. 29 March 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Aswad Thomas Joins On Loan". Barnet Football Club. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Thomas handed Lewes debut". The Argus. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
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  14. ^ "Welling United 1–2 Woking". BBC Sport. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Braintree 2 – 3 Ebbsfleet". BBC Sport. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "York 6 – 2 Braintree". BBC Sport. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Kidderminster 6 – 2 Braintree". BBC Sport. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
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  33. ^ "Aswad Agrees Town Move". Grimsby Town Football Club. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  34. ^ a b "Town Duo Get England Call". Grimsby Town Football Club. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  35. ^ "Grimsby 2–3 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  36. ^ "Aswad Thomas has been signed off from Grimsby Town 'due to stress'". Grimsby Telegraph. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  37. ^ http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/news/article/aswad-leaves-town-2244998.aspx
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  39. ^ Aswad Thomas career statistics at Soccerbase
  40. ^ Aswad Thomas profile at Soccerway
  41. ^ a b "Games played by Aswad Thomas in 2007/2008". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  42. ^ a b "Games played by Aswad Thomas in 2008/2009". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Aswad Thomas in 2008/2009". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Aswad Thomas in 2011/2012". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Aswad Thomas in 2012/2013". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Aswad Thomas in 2013/2014". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  47. ^ a b "Games played by Aswad Thomas in 2014/2015". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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