Boaz Myhill

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Boaz Myhill
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Myhill during training for Birmingham City
Personal information
Full name Glyn Oliver Myhill[1]
Date of birth (1982-11-09) 9 November 1982 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Modesto, California, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
West Bromwich Albion
Number 13
Youth career
1994–2000 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Aston Villa 0 (0)
2002 Stoke City (loan) 0 (0)
2002 Bristol City (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003 Bradford City (loan) 2 (0)
2003 Macclesfield Town (loan) 15 (0)
2003 Stockport County (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2010 Hull City 257 (0)
2010– West Bromwich Albion 28 (0)
2011–2012 Birmingham City (loan) 42 (0)
National team
2002 England U20 2 (0)
2008–2013 Wales 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:02, 3 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Glyn Oliver Myhill (born 9 November 1982), more commonly known as Boaz Myhill /ˈb.æz ˈmhɪl/, is a professional footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion as a goalkeeper. Myhill also represented Wales until his retirement in 2014. Having started his professional career at Aston Villa he later moved to Hull City, establishing himself as first choice goalkeeper.

Early life[edit]

Born in Modesto, California, the son of an American father and a Welsh mother from Llangollen, Myhill moved to England at the age of one. He attended the Marches School, Oswestry. He played his youth football invariably in midfield for Oswestry Boys Club.[citation needed]

Myhill's parents originally intended to name him Boaz, a Hebrew name which they encountered and liked while travelling in Israel, but were dissuaded from doing so by relatives. Nevertheless, Myhill has been called Boaz, rather than by his official name Glyn, throughout his life.[3]

Club career[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Myhill joined Aston Villa at the age of 12, working at Villa Park with Mark Bosnich, David James, Peter Schmeichel and Peter Enckelman. He signed his first professional contract with Villa in November 2000.[1]

In January 2002, a 19-year-old Myhill was signed on a one-month loan by Stoke City, to provide backup to their then first-choice keeper, Neil Cutler.[4] Myhill was recalled by Aston Villa just a week into this loan period.[5]

Following his spell at Stoke, Myhill spent a three-month period on loan at Bristol City, where he was an unused substitute for 18 of City's 19 matches during the loan period. He missed Bristol City's Football League Trophy match with Queens Park Rangers due to a call up to England's Under-20 international side.[6]

Myhill's first-team debut arrived whilst he was on loan in November 2002, to then First Division side Bradford City. On a forgettable afternoon at Valley Parade, Sheffield United scored five goals past the young keeper.[7]

After a brief trial period, Myhill joined Macclesfield Town for a three-month loan period at the start of the 2003–04 season.[8]

Although Macclesfield boss David Moss was eager to extend Myhill's loan period after 16 impressive appearances by the keeper,[9] Myhill was loaned by Aston Villa to Stockport County at the end of 2003.

Hull City[edit]

Hull City manager Peter Taylor moved quickly once it became apparent that Stockport were lining up a permanent deal for Myhill. Considering Hull to be a more appealing prospect,[10] Myhill signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club on 13 December 2003 at the cost of £50,000 to the East Yorkshire club.

Myhill in Hull City colours

Since signing for Hull City, Myhill's progress won over the Hull fans as he quickly became their first-choice 'keeper and played a key part in two back-to-back promotion seasons, which took Hull up from the old Third Division to the Football League Championship, missing only one league match in the 2004–05 season.[citation needed]

In the 2005–06 season, Myhill was again in fine form and again missed only one league game, through suspension after a controversial sending off for handling the ball outside his area in a game against Queens Park Rangers.[citation needed] In one memorable match at Stoke City he saved two penalties, prompting chants of "Myhill for England" from the travelling fans.[citation needed] At the end of the season he was named as the club's Player of the Year, and was the highest-ranked goalkeeper in FourFourTwo magazine's list of the top 50 Football League players.[citation needed] He was rewarded with a new, improved contract running until June 2008. Myhill signed a new three-year contract with Hull in August 2007.[11] He was part of the Hull City team which won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in May 2008, and along with teammates Ian Ashbee, Andy Dawson and Ryan France, joined an elite band of players to have taken their club up through four divisions.[12] In 2009, he was briefly dropped from the team in favour of Matt Duke but regained his position for the final six games of the season.

After impressive performances at the start of the 2009–10 season, he was rewarded on 3 September 2009 with a new contract, taking him to June 2012.[13] On 16 January 2010 Myhill was acclaimed for his performance in Hull's surprise 0–0 draw at top-four Tottenham Hotspur, which took the "Tigers" out of the relegation zone.[14]

Myhill left Hull City having represented the club in all four divisions of the English Football League, a rare occurrence in English football.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Myhill signed for newly promoted Premier League team West Bromwich Albion on a three-year contract on 30 July 2010 for an officially undisclosed fee of £1.5 million.[15][16]

Birmingham City[edit]

Myhill joined Championship club Birmingham City on loan on 29 July 2011, changing places with Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster for the 2011–12 season.[17] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the season, playing the whole of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County.[18] Myhill kept a clean sheet in the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, a match which marked his European debut and the first time his club had participated in major European competition for nearly 50 years.[19] He remained the first-choice goalkeeper for League matches for most of the season, missing the last few matches because of an injured thumb,[20] alternating in the Europa League with Colin Doyle, who played in the domestic cups.

International career[edit]

Myhill made international appearances for the England Youth and England U20 teams, but this did not affect his eligibility to play for US or any of the home nations. He was offered the chance to play for Wales in early 2006, but declined due to family reasons.[3] He was eventually called up for the first time for Wales on 17 March 2008 due to Wayne Hennessey returning to the U21 side in order to help them qualify from their group.[21] He made his debut on 26 March coming on as a halftime substitute for Lewis Price during a 2–0 win over Luxembourg. He has mostly been deputy to first-choice Hennessey. Myhill retired from international football in May 2014.[22]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 December 2013
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
2002–03[23] Bradford City Division One 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2003–04[24] Macclesfield Town Division Three 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Stockport County Division Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
Hull City Division Three 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2004–05[25] League One 45 0 3 0 0 0 1[a] 0 49 0
2005–06[26] Championship 45 0 1 0 0 0 46 0
2006–07[27] 46 0 2 0 3 0 51 0
2007–08[28] 43 0 1 0 2 0 3[b] 0 49 0
2008–09[29] Premier League 28 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
2009–10[30] 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2004–2010 Hull City total 257 0 11 0 5 0 4 0 277 0
2010–11[31] West Bromwich Albion Premier League 6 0 1 0 4 0 11 0
2011–12[32] Birmingham City Championship 42 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 47 0
2012–13 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 8 0 2 0 1 0 11 0
2013–14 14 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 341 0 14 0 11 0 5 0 5 0 376 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) made in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Football League Championship play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 450. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile of Boaz Myhill". Premier League. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Myhill proud to answer Wales call". BBC Sport. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Myhill joins Stoke", BBC Sport, 22 January 2002. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Stoke search for keeper", BBC Sport, 22 January 2002. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Myhill goes home", Bristol City F.C., 17 November 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Boaz Myhill". Hull City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Moss brings in Myhill", BBC Sport, 6 August 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Macclesfield hope for Myhill boost", BBC Sport, 2 September 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Hull set to snatch Myhill", BBC Sport, 11 December 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Keeper Myhill pens new Hull deal". BBC Sport. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  12. ^ http://www.tribalfootball.com/article.php?id=95180
  13. ^ "Boaz Myhill signs new Hull contract". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  14. ^ Reekie, Harry (16 January 2010). "Tottenham 0–0 Hull". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Myhill Completes West Brom Move". Hull City A.F.C. 30 July 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "West Brom capture goalkeeper Boaz Myhill from Hull". BBC Sport. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Boaz is a Blue". Birmingham City F.C. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Derby 2–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Birmingham settle for goalless draw after woodwork denies them thrice". The Guardian. Press Association. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  20. ^ Tattum, Colin (20 April 2012). "Boaz Myhill's Birmingham City injury concern and Ben Foster's loan". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Key players out of Wales friendly" BBC Sport Retrieved on 11 May 2011
  22. ^ "West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill quits Wales". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Boaz Myhill in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
    "Birmingham 3–0 Nacional (agg 3–0)". BBC Sport. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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