Carl Dickinson

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Carl Dickinson
Carl Dickinson.jpg
Dickinson pictured in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Carl Matthew Dickinson
Date of birth (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Swadlincote, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Left back / Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Port Vale
Number 3
Youth career
2001–2002 Derby County
2002–2004 Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Stoke City 51 (0)
2006 Víkingur (loan) 2 (0)
2006 Blackpool (loan) 7 (0)
2009 Leeds United (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2010 Barnsley (loan) 28 (1)
2010–2011 Portsmouth (loan) 36 (0)
2011–2013 Watford 43 (2)
2012 Portsmouth (loan) 6 (0)
2013 Coventry City (loan) 6 (0)
2013– Port Vale 48 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 17 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Carl Matthew Dickinson (born 31 March 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for League One side Port Vale; he is also the club captain.

Dickinson started his career at Stoke City, and had loan spells at Víkingur (Iceland) and Blackpool before helping the "Potters" to win promotion into the Premier League in 2007–08. He then dropped out of the first team picture, and spent time on loan at Leeds United, Barnsley, and Portsmouth. He was sold to Watford for a £250,000 fee in July 2011 and was a first team regular in the 2011–12 campaign. However he fell out of favour the following season and was loaned out to Portsmouth and Coventry City before being allowed to join Port Vale on a free transfer in July 2013.

Playing career[edit]

Stoke City[edit]

Dickinson spent his early youth at the Derby County academy, before he joined Stoke City's academy in 2002.[1] He made his senior debut on 11 December 2004, replacing Carl Asaba in the last moments of a 1–0 victory over Coventry City at the Britannia Stadium.[2]

His next first team involvement came on 1 April 2006, when he played the full ninety minutes of a 1–1 draw with Sheffield United.[3] Two days later he signed a professional contract with the club.[4] He played four further Championship games in what remained of the 2005–06 season. His chance to shine at first team level came after manager Johan Boskamp decided to blood Stoke's young players.[5]

Dickinson spent summer 2006 on loan at Icelandic club Víkingur, along with teammate Keith Thomas,[6] and played two Úrvalsdeild games.

He played four games for Stoke at the beginning of the 2006–07 season, before he was allowed to join League One side Blackpool on a one month long loan on 20 October.[7] Manager Simon Grayson later extended the loan for a further month, as Dickinson continued to cover for injured left-backs Danny Coid and Paul Tierney.[8] He played a total of ten games during his time at Bloomfield Road. After returning to Stoke, Dickinson put in a series of impressive performances at left-back. His commitment and ability led to him becoming a firm favourite with the club's supporters and earned him a contract extension.[9]

Dickinson played 27 times for Stoke during the 2007–08 season as Tony Pulis led the "Potters" to promotion into the Premier League.

He played in the first three opening Premier League games for Stoke before he lost his first team to Danny Higginbotham. On 15 January 2009, Dickinson joined Leeds United on a one month loan, having been signed by Simon Grayson for the second time in his career.[10][11] He made his first appearance for the club two days later at Brighton, where Leeds won 2–0. In total he made seven League One starts at Elland Road and was recalled to Stoke at the end of the loan period, despite Leeds wishing to extend the deal.[12] In total, he played five top-flight games in the 2008–09 campaign.

On 23 September 2009, Dickinson joined Championship side Barnsley on loan for three months, along with fellow team-mate Ryan Shotton.[13] He scored his first goal in the Football League on 21 November, with a 93rd minute free kick against Cardiff City that proved to be the only goal of the game at Oakwell.[14] He remained with Mark Robins's "Tykes" for the rest of the 2009–10 season,[15] putting in 29 appearances. A knee injury picked up in mid-March ended his season prematurely.[16]

Dickinson joined Championship side Portsmouth on loan for the whole of the 2010–11 season.[17] He went on to play 39 games for Steve Cotterill's "Pompey", though started just 23 league games.

Watford[edit]

In July 2011, Dickinson signed for Sean Dyche's Watford on a three-year contract.[18] The fee for the deal was undisclosed, though was thought to be in the region of £250,000.[19] Dickinson's work rate and robust style of defending earned him comparisons with former Watford fans' favourite Paul Robinson at the start of his Watford career.[20] He scored his first goal for the "Hornets" on 27 September against fellow relegation strugglers Millwall, in a 2–1 win at Vicarage Road.[21] He also scored a long-range strike against Bristol City in a 2–2 draw on 29 November.[22] He ended the 2011–12 campaign with 41 appearances to his name.

On 22 October 2012, Dickinson re-joined former club Portsmouth on an initial month long loan.[23] Manager Michael Appleton was replaced by Guy Whittingham during this spell, and Whittingham decided not to extend Dickinson's loan.[24] On 12 February 2013, Dickinson joined Coventry City on a 28-day loan, in a move that reunited him with former Barnsley boss Mark Robins.[25] He started six League One games for both Portsmouth and Coventry. On 24 July 2013, Dickinson had his contract at Watford cancelled by mutual consent, after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Gianfranco Zola.[26]

Port Vale[edit]

Dickinson joined Port Vale in July 2013, signing a one-year contract.[27] Manager Micky Adams stated that: "Carl has performed at a higher level than League One and that experience will be invaluable for us, especially as he can perform at centre-back as well as left-back."[1] He was well received by Vale supporters despite previously being a popular player at local rivals Stoke.[28] He opened the 2013–14 season in a centre-back partnership with Chris Robertson, and said he "enjoyed the challenge" and that "if I can make centre-half my shirt, happy days."[29] He managed to start every game until picking up a suspension in mid-October.[30] His performances made him a strong contender for the club's Player of the Year award and made him a popular player with supporters.[31] At the end of the season he signed a new two-year contract.[32]

He was appointed as club captain in August 2014, taking the armband from the departed Doug Loft.[33] He scored his first goal for the "Valiants" and only his fourth career goal in a 3–1 victory at Doncaster Rovers on 16 August.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Dickinson is a Nottingham Forest supporter, as are the rest of his family.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Dickinson playing for Watford in May 2012.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2004–05[36] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2005–06[37] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2006–07[38] Championship 13 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
2007–08[39] Championship 27 0 2 0 1 0 30 0
2008–09[40] Premier League 5 0 1 0 3 0 9 0
2009–10[41] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010–11[42] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 51 0 3 0 6 0 0 0 60 0
Víkingur (loan) 2006 Úrvalsdeild 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Blackpool (loan) 2006–07[38] League One 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Total 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Leeds United (loan) 2008–09[40] League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Barnsley (loan) 2009–10[41] Championship 28 1 1 0 0 0 29 1
Total 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
Portsmouth (loan) 2010–11[42] Championship 36 0 1 0 2 0 39 0
Total 36 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
Watford 2011–12[43] Championship 39 2 1 0 1 0 41 2
2012–13[44] Championship 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Total 43 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 47 2
Portsmouth (loan) 2012–13[44] League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Coventry City (loan) 2012–13[44] League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Port Vale 2013–14[45] League One 40 0 4 0 1 0 2 0 47 0
2014–15[46] League One 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 1
Total 48 1 4 0 3 0 2 0 57 1
Career total 234 4 12 0 14 0 4 0 264 4
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

with Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stoke City old boy Carl Dickinson signs on to become a Valiant". The Sentinel. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stoke 1-0 Coventry". BBC Sport. 11 December 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stoke 1-1 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 1 April 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dickinson signs professional deal". BBC Sport. 3 April 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Boskamp to blood Stoke starlets". BBC Sport. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Stanton, Chris. "Potters pair off to Iceland". Sky Sports. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Blackpool bring in Stoke defender". BBC Sport. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Blackpool extend Dickinson's loan". BBC Sport. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Dickinson signs new Potters deal". BBC Sport. 19 April 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Stoke defender joins United in loan deal...". leedsunited.com. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Stoke's Dickinson in Leeds move". BBC Sport. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Stoke call back Leeds' Dickinson". BBC Sport. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Barnsley snap up three defenders". BBC Sport. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Barnsley 1 - 0 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Barnsley extend loans of Ryan Shotton & Carl Dickinson". BBC Sport. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dickinson may miss rest of season". BBC Sport. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Portsmouth sign Stoke City's Carl Dickinson on loan". BBC Sport. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Watford snap up Stoke City's Carl Dickinson". BBC Sport. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Carl Dickinson leaves Watford by mutual consent". Watford Observer. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Smith, Frank (30 September 2011). "Dickinson appreciates Robinson comparison". Watford Observer. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Watford 2–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Watford 2–2 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Portsmouth sign Carl Dickinson on loan from Watford". BBC Sport. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  24. ^ Wilson, Steve (19 November 2012). "Defender leaves Blues". portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Coventry City: Watford defender Carl Dickinson signs on loan". BBC Sport. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "Dickinson Departs". Watford F.C. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Port Vale sign former Stoke City defender". BBC Sport. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  28. ^ Baggaley, Michael (17 August 2013). "Carl Dickinson warmed by reception of the fans following his move from Stoke City". The Sentinel. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Carl Dickinson says they have no reason to fear anyone". BBC Sport. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Suspended Carl Dickinson vows to reclaim place". BBC Sport. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  31. ^ Baggaley, Michael (2 May 2014). "Carl Dickinson stunned by Port Vale song in his honour". The Sentinel. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "Carl Dickinson pledges future after signing new deal". BBC Sport. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  33. ^ "Carl Dickinson so proud to be named Port Vale captain". The Sentinel. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  34. ^ "Doncaster 1 - 3 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  35. ^ "Mrs Dickinson won't be happy with Carl". Daily Mirror. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  41. ^ a b "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  42. ^ a b "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  44. ^ a b c "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Carl Dickinson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 

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