Andrew playing for Mansfield Town in 2013
|Full name||Calvin Hyden Andrew|
|Date of birth||19 December 1986|
|Place of birth||Luton, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Current club||Mansfield Town|
|2005||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||8||(1)|
|2006||→ Bristol City (loan)||3||(0)|
|2009||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||9||(3)|
|2010||→ Millwall (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011||→ Swindon Town (loan)||10||(1)|
|2012||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:38, 2 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He began his career at Luton Town, making his debut in the 2004–05 League One title winning campaign. He was loaned out to Grimsby Town and Bristol City, before becoming a first team regular for the "Hatters" in the 2007–08 relegation season. He moved on to Championship club Crystal Palace, where he was dogged by injuries. He spent four years at Selhurst Park, and spent time on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion, Millwall, Swindon Town, and Leyton Orient. He signed with Port Vale in November 2012, and helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2012–13. He joined Mansfield Town in August 2013.
Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, Andrew began his career at Luton Town by joining the club's academy in 2004. He made his full first team debut on 28 September 2004, in a 2–0 defeat to Swansea City in a Football League Trophy match at Vetch Field. In November 2004, Andrew and Leon Barnett both signed three-year senior contracts with the club. He made his debut in League One on 7 December, replacing Rowan Vine 84 minutes into a 3–0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. He made his first league start four days later, in a 1–0 victory over Port Vale at Kenilworth Road. He totalled 11 appearances in the 2004–05 campaign as Mike Newell's "Hatters" were promoted as champions.
Andrew began the 2005–06 season on loan at League Two side Grimsby Town. He played nine games for Russell Slade's "Mariners", and scored his first goal in the Football League on 27 August, in a 1–0 win over Barnet at Underhill. His loan spell at Blundell Park was ended on 20 November. He spent the second half of the 2005–06 season on loan at Gary Johnson's Bristol City, but because of a knee injury he made just one start and two substitute appearances during his time at Ashton Gate. He returned to Luton to score in a 2–1 win over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on 17 April. A knee ligament injury prevented him from featuring in the ill-fated 2006–07 season that saw the "Hatters" relegated from the Championship until the end of March. He featured seven times towards the end of the campaign, scoring once in a 3–1 win over Southend United at Roots Hall on 28 April.
He claimed four goals in 48 appearances playing under Kevin Blackwell and Mick Harford in the 2007–08 campaign, as points deductions for financial irregularities led to massive problems on and off the field at Kenilworth Road and the club were relegated again as a result. Despite his low tally, Andrew's four goals were enough to win two FA Cup ties and three league points. Luton were deducted a record 30 points at the start of the 2008–09 season, making a third relegation almost certain. With this is mind, the club needed to free-up their wage bill and reduce further debt, and decided to sell Andrew once their appeal was rejected.
Andrew moved to Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace in July 2008 for a fee believed to be around £80,000. He played seven Championship games for the Eagles, scoring one goal in a 4–2 defeat by Reading at the Madejski Stadium. In January, Andrew signed on loan with League One side Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the season. Andrew scored two goals during his spell with Micky Adams's "Seagulls", but his loan spell ended when he picked up a serious knee injury during a 1–0 win over Stockport County at the Withdean Stadium. Palace assistant manager Mick Jones said that it was "one of the worst injuries I have ever seen".
Andrew returned to first-team action with Palace in November, and went on to play 32 games in the rest of the 2009–10 campaign, scoring goals against Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End. He began the 2010–11 season on the bench under new boss George Burley, and was loaned out to league rivals Millwall in November. He featured just three times for Kenny Jackett's "Lions", and spent only three weeks at The Den. He enjoyed another brief spell in and around the Palace first team, before joining Swindon Town on loan in March after two months on the sidelines; the move reunited him with Paul Hart, who was Andrew's manager at Palace for a brief time in early 2010. He played ten League One games for the "Robins" as the lone striker in a 4–5–1 formation, scoring one goal in a 1–0 victory over Brentford at Griffin Park.
He featured five times for Palace at the start of the 2011–12 season, but did not feature for ten weeks after scoring the winning goal in a 2–1 League Cup victory over Middlesbrough at Selhurst Park on 20 September. On 1 March, he signed for League One side Leyton Orient – and was reunited with manager Russell Slade – on loan until the end of the season. He failed to find the net in ten games for the "O's", though he only started two games at Brisbane Road. He left Palace in May 2012, after manager Dougie Freedman rejected the opportunity to offer him a new contract.
Andrew joined League Two side Port Vale on a two-month deal on 26 November 2012; the move came days after the club failed to secure Lee Hughes on loan. The move reunited him with former Brighton manager Micky Adams, and Andrew said that "I think I'll do well here and score a lot of goals". Assistant manager Mark Grew said that his arrival was a "big plus" and that he would provide cover for top goalscorer Tom Pope as both players were "big and strong" strikers. He made his full debut at Vale Park on 4 December, in a 2–0 defeat to Bradford City in the Football League Trophy. Though often on the bench, he ended the month with "a hard-working and eye-catching display" on the left side of midfield in a 3–2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. After his short-term contract expired, he agreed to extend his stay until the end of the 2012–13 season. He scored his first goal for the "Valiants" after he was given the rare chance to start a match as a striker on 23 February, in a 1–0 win over Torquay United at Plainmoor, after a Doug Loft shot deflected off Andrew into the net. Vale secured promotion with a third-place finish, with Andrew making 24 appearances. He was not offered a new contract at the end of the season and was released as a free agent.
Andrew signed with League Two side Mansfield Town following a trial period in August 2013. He scored his first goal for the "Stags" on 28 September, the only goal of the game against promotion rivals Chesterfield.
Style of play
Speaking in November 2012, Andrew described himself as "a pacey striker, I'm strong, I hold the ball up well, I can play in behind and go past people. I think I'll be quite exciting for the fans."
|Club||Season||Division||League[A]||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[B]||Total|
|Grimsby Town (loan)||
|Bristol City (loan)||
|Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||
|Swindon Town (loan)||
|Leyton Orient (loan)||
- A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League.
- B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy.
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- "Games played by Calvin Andrew in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- "Games played by Calvin Andrew in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- "Games played by Calvin Andrew in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
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- "Games played by Calvin Andrew in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- "Games played by Calvin Andrew in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
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