Bondz N'Gala

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Bondz N'Gala
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N'Gala playing for West Ham United in 2009
Personal information
Full name Bondz N'Gala[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-13) 13 September 1989 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Forest Gate, Newham, London, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
2006–2008 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 West Ham United 0 (0)
2008 Weymouth (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 3 (0)
2009 Scunthorpe United (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2011 Plymouth Argyle 26 (1)
2011–2012 Yeovil Town 31 (2)
2012–2013 Stevenage 25 (0)
2013 Barnet (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2014 Portsmouth 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:16, 26 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Bondz N'Gala (born 13 September 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central defender.

N'Gala began his career at West Ham United, progressing through the youth ranks before signing a professional deal with the club in 2008. In January 2008, he joined Conference National side Weymouth on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season, although the loan deal was ultimately cut short. The following season, N'Gala was loaned to Milton Keynes Dons for a month. He returned to his parent club, and made his first-team debut for West Ham in September 2009. Two months later, in November 2009, N'Gala was briefly loaned to Scunthorpe United, playing just two games for the club. In March 2010, N'Gala joined Plymouth Argyle on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 campaign. On returning to West Ham, he was released, and opted to sign for Plymouth on a permanent basis ahead of the 2010–11 season. He spent one season with the club, before signing for Yeovil Town on a free transfer in July 2011. A year later, N'Gala signed for Stevenage for an undisclosed fee, spending a month on loan at Barnet during the season. He was released by Stevenage in May 2013. He was released by Portsmouth on the 4th June 2014

Club career[edit]

West Ham United[edit]

N'Gala began his career at West Ham United, joining the club at the age of 13 and progressing through the youth ranks, before signing a professional contract in 2008.[3] N'Gala featured regularly in West Ham's reserve side for several seasons, including captaining the side on a number of occasions.[3] In January 2008, N'Gala was loaned out to Conference National side Weymouth for the remainder of the 2007–08 campaign.[4][5] He made his debut in Weymouth's 0–0 home draw with Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy,[6] and made two further appearances in defeats against Woking and Rushden & Diamonds.[7] Although N'Gala's loan deal was supposed to run until the end of the season, he returned to West Ham a month into his loan agreement following a change of management at Weymouth.[3] Ahead of the 2008–09 season, N'Gala travelled with the first-team squad on their pre-season tour of the United States.[8] Reserve team manager Alex Dyer stated a desire for the player to go out on loan to a Football League side during the season in order to gain match experience, and he was subsequently loaned out to Milton Keynes Dons in November 2008.[8][9] During his one-month loan deal, N'Gala made three appearances, making his debut in a 3–0 victory over Walsall on 22 November 2008.[10][11] He returned to his parent club in December 2008, and spent the rest of the season playing in the club's reserve side.[3]

In September 2009, N'Gala made his first-team debut for West Ham, coming on as a 63rd minute substitute in the club's 3–1 League Cup defeat away at Bolton Wanderers.[12] It ultimately turned out to be his only first-team appearance for the club.[13] A month later, he signed for Championship side Scunthorpe United on a one-month loan deal.[14] He made his debut for Scunthorpe in a 4–1 away defeat to Blackpool, with N'Gala coming on as a second-half substitute in the match.[15] N'Gala returned to West Ham at the end of November 2009, having made only two appearances for Scunthorpe.[16] In March 2010, he was loaned out for a fourth time, this time signing for Championship club Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season.[17] He made his debut a week after signing, on 23 March, playing the whole match as a relegation threatened Plymouth secured an important 2–0 away victory over Ipswich Town.[18] He made nine appearances during his loan spell,[19] and was singled out for praise by Plymouth manager Paul Mariner,[20] in a season that witnessed the club suffer relegation back to League One.[21] N'Gala was released by West Ham at the end of the season, with the club opting against renewing his contract.[22]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Following his release by West Ham, N'Gala joined Plymouth Argyle on a permanent basis in May 2010, signing a two-year contract.[22][23][24] He played in the club's first game of the 2010–11 season, a 1–0 victory over Southampton at St Mary's.[25] N'Gala received the first red card of his career in Plymouth's 3–2 home win against Sheffield Wednesday on 18 September 2010, being dismissed for bringing down Neil Mellor when through on goal.[26] He scored his first professional goal in March 2011, netting the opening goal of the match with a "low drive" from just inside the area, in a 4–2 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.[27] He made 28 appearances in all competitions during the campaign, scoring once, as Plymouth struggled with financial difficulties throughout the season[28][29] — a season in which the PFA provided Plymouth players with "financial support" due to unpaid wages.[30] Plymouth were deducted ten points by the Football League for an 'insolvency event', which breaks Football League sanctions and commands an automatic ten-point penalty,[29] and the club were ultimately relegated for a second consecutive season.[31]

Yeovil Town[edit]

Due to Plymouth entering administration, N'Gala was told he was free to leave the club.[32] In July 2011, he subsequently signed for League One side Yeovil Town on a free transfer.[32][33] He made his Yeovil debut in the club's 2–0 defeat to Brentford on the opening day of the 2011–12 season.[34] N'Gala scored his first goal for the club in October 2011, scoring just before half-time when he headed in Ed Upson's inswinging corner in an eventual 2–2 draw with Leyton Orient.[35] He doubled his goal tally for the campaign the following month, scoring the only goal of the game as Yeovil secured a 1–0 away victory at Hartlepool United.[36] The goal came in similar fashion to his first for the club, with N'Gala heading in an Ed Upson corner.[36][37] During his one season at Yeovil, N'Gala made 35 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice.[38]

Stevenage[edit]

In July 2012, N'Gala signed for Stevenage for an undisclosed fee, signing a one-year contract with the club, with the option of another year.[39][40][41] Stevenage manager Gary Smith stated he signed N'Gala on recommendation, after assistant manager Mark Newson had worked with the player during his time coaching at West Ham's academy.[41] N'Gala made his debut in the club's first game of the 2012–13 season, playing the whole match in the centre of defence as Stevenage defeated AFC Wimbledon 3–1 in the League Cup.[42]

N'Gala playing for Barnet in 2013

Having appeared sporadically for Stevenage during the first half of the season, N'Gala joined Barnet on a one-month loan deal on 15 February 2013, in order to regain his match fitness.[43][44] He made his debut a day later as an 80th minute substitute for Chiró N'Toko in a 2–1 away win at York City, but was stretchered off with a head injury just a few minutes later.[45][46] The injury required "a few stitches",[47] but he returned to first-team action for Barnet's next game a week later, playing the whole match as Barnet kept a clean sheet in a draw with Rochdale.[48] N'Gala went on to make six appearances during the brief loan spell, before being recalled by Stevenage on 13 March, due to injuries and suspensions within the first-team squad.[49] On his return to his parent club, N'Gala played the whole match in Stevenage's 4–0 home victory over Sheffield United, helping the side keep an important clean sheet.[50] He ended the season playing regularly in central defence, and made 28 appearances for Stevenage during the season.[51] Despite his return to the first-team towards the end of the campaign, Stevenage opted against taking up the option of another year on N'Gala's contract, and he left the club when his contract expired in May 2013.[52][53]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 2 August 2013, N'Gala signed a one-month deal with Portsmouth,[54] extending this until January on 29 August.[55] He made his debut in a League Cup defeat to Championship side Bournemouth, he scored his first goal in over two years and first goal for Pompey with a header from a Ricky Holmes corner on 5 October 2013, it came against Rochdale, he netted in the 52nd minute and then scored a second again from a Holmes corner just 14 minutes later, the match ended 3–0 to Pompey. He was not offered a new contract and left the club on the 4th June 2014.

Personal life[edit]

N'Gala was born in Forest Gate, London.[56] He is of Congolese descent.[57] N'Gala supports West Ham United, and has done from a young age.[58] He has stated that he has always aspired to play like Ledley King.[58]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 April 2014.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United
2007–08[59]
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[60]
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[61]
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Weymouth (loan)
2007–08[62]
2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan)
2008–09[63]
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Scunthorpe United (loan)
2009–10[64]
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Plymouth Argyle
2009–10[65]
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2010–11[66]
26 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 28 1
Total 35 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 37 1
Yeovil Town
2011–12[67]
31 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 35 2
Total 31 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 35 2
Stevenage 2012–13[68] 25 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
Total 25 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
Barnet (loan) 2012–13[69] 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Portsmouth 2013–14 27 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 31 3
Total 27 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 31 3
Career totals 131 6 5 0 3 0 7 0 146 6
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Trophy and Football League Trophy.

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