Chris Cohen

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Chris Cohen
Personal information
Full name Christopher David Cohen[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Norwich, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 8
Youth career
1993–2003 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 West Ham United 18 (0)
2005–2007 Yeovil Town (loan) 30 (1)
2006–2007 Yeovil Town 44 (6)
2007– Nottingham Forest 232 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:37, 25 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher David "Chris" Cohen (born 5 March 1987) is an English footballer who plays for and captains Nottingham Forest. Initially a midfielder, able to operate equally in the centre or on the left, he has also been employed for periods as a left-back. During his time at Forest, Cohen has been known for his energetic and hard-working style of play and the consistency of his performances which have won him multiple player of the season awards.

Cohen started his career with West Ham United in 2003. He joined Yeovil Town on loan from 2005 until 2006 and signed for the club permanently later in 2006, before moving to Nottingham Forest in summer 2007.

Early years[edit]

Born in Norwich, Norfolk,[3] to Jewish family [4] Cohen went to William Edwards School and Sports College, Stifford Clays, Grays, Essex where he played alongside Max Porter in the school football team.

Career[edit]

West Ham United[edit]

Cohen was a product of the West Ham United youth system and he was scouted whilst playing for an amateur football club at the age of six.[3] Cohen made his first breakthrough into the West Ham first team during the 2003–04 season. He made his debut as a 16-year-old, coming on as a substitute in West Ham's 3–2 win over Sunderland on 13 December 2003,[5] which made him the youngest player to appear for the West Ham first-team for 80 years.[6] He featured another six times that season and went on to make 14 league and cup appearances the following season.[7]

Yeovil Town[edit]

As West Ham returned to the Premier League for the start of the 2005–06 season, Cohen found his first team chances limited. After a single League Cup appearance for the club in September,[7] he joined League One side Yeovil Town on a one-month loan in November 2005.[8] The deal was extended until the end of the season during the January transfer window.[9] Cohen finished the season with 31 appearances and one goal for Yeovil.[7] Cohen joined the club on a permanent basis on a two-year contract on 28 June 2006.[10] Following Yeovil's exit from the FA Cup against Rushden and Diamonds, manager Russell Slade exempted Cohen from criticism, praising his performance.[11] Slade said he would do everything in his power to keep Cohen at Yeovil, saying the club had received a bid from Nottingham Forest in January 2007.[12] At the end of the 2006–07 season, he won two Player of the Year Awards from Yeovil Town.[13] He made 81 league and cup appearances for Yeovil, scoring eight goals.[7]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

In a combined £1.2 million deal with Yeovil team-mate Arron Davies, Cohen moved to League One side Nottingham Forest on 6 July 2007, signing a four-year contract.[14] He missed the start of the 2007–08 season due to injury but recovered and started in Forest's 2–0 win at Port Vale in October.[15] He performed very well and contributed significantly to the opening goal and was praised by manager Colin Calderwood afterwards.[16] He then hit a rich vein of form by helping Forest achieve an eight-game unbeaten run to put them into second spot in the league at Christmas 2008, including an influential display in the 3–0 win at Cheltenham Town.[17] He finally got his first goal for the club, equalising just three minutes after coming off the bench in Forest's 2–1 victory over Huddersfield Town.[18] Cohen was a virtual ever-present for Forest in his first season for the club, only missing the first five league games of the season, and helped the club gain automatic promotion to the Championship as League One runners-up.

In the 2008–09 season, Cohen continued to impress with consistent displays, and was picked out for praise by visiting Charlton manager Alan Pardew after a 0–0 draw, as being the best player on the pitch. He was voted Forest Player of the Year for the season 2008–09. Manager Billy Davies said of Cohen, "He's a player with a wonderful attitude, can play in several positions, has tremendous energy and has got outstanding ability".[19]

In May 2009, Cohen was rewarded with a new four-year contract until 2013.[20] In the first leg of the 2009–10 Championship play-off semi-final against Blackpool on 8 May 2010, Cohen put Forest ahead with a curling outside-foot volley at Bloomfield Road.[21]

Cohen was controversially sent off in an away fixture against Leeds United on 2 April 2011 following his challenge on George McCartney. Forest appealed the decision,[22] however the decision made by referee Mark Halsey was upheld.[23][24]

In an East Midlands derby match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County, Cohen suffered damage to his knee ligament. Scans suggest he will be out for a year.[25] Cohen made his first start for Nottingham Forest since that horrific injury in the League Cup match on 28 August 2012.

On 30 September, Cohen made his league return for Forest against Derby County. On 8 October 2012, Cohen signed a new contract with Forest, keeping him at the club until 2016.[26] Cohen stated that he plans on making over 500 appearances for the club.[27]

Cohen was voted Player of the Season in the 2012–13 season by the Forest supporters.[28] On the back of his performances and longevity with Nottingham Forest, Cohen was made club captain for the 2013–14 season.[citation needed]

On 31 July 2013, the 26-year-old midfielder was made the club captain succeeding Danny Collins.[29] He made an immediate impact as captain, as he was an important part in Forest's first goal of the 2013-14 season, making a great run to the byline and pulling it back for Henri Lansbury to score against Huddersfield.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 August 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 2003–04[31] First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2004–05[32] Championship 11 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
2005–06[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 18 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 22 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2005–06[33] League One 30 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
Yeovil Town 2006–07[34] League One 44 6 1 1 1 0 4[a] 0 50 7
Total 74 7 2 1 1 0 4 0 81 8
Nottingham Forest 2007–08[35] League One 41 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 45 2
2008–09[36] Championship 41 2 3 1 2 1 46 4
2009–10[37] Championship 44 3 2 0 3 0 2[b] 1 51 4
2010–11[38] Championship 42 2 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 47 2
2011–12[39] Championship 7 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
2012–13[40] Championship 38 2 1 0 1 0 40 2
2013–14[41] Championship 16 1 0 0 1 0 17 1
2014–15[42] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 232 12 11 1 11 1 4 1 258 15
Career total 324 19 14 2 15 1 8 1 361 23
  1. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, three in League One play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

Nottingham Forest

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 87. ISBN 9-781845-966010. 
  2. ^ "Nottingham Forest FC Player Profiles". Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hernandez, James (18 April 2006). "Chris Cohen interview". BBC Norfolk. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "List of Jewish footballers". 4 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "West Ham 3–2 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 13 December 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, James (28 June 2006). "Interview: Chris Cohen". BBC Somerset. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Chris Cohen". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "Glovers swoop for midfield cover". BBC Sport. 7 November 2005. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "Cohen stays on loan with Yeovil". BBC Sport. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  10. ^ "Cohen ties up Huish Park switch". BBC Sport. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  11. ^ "Cohen escapes Yeovil boss's wrath". BBC Sport. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  12. ^ Sinnott, John (3 May 2007). "Slade keen to keep hold of Cohen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  13. ^ "Player Of The Season Awards". Yeovil Town F.C. 15 May 2007. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  14. ^ "Forest seal deal for Glovers duo". BBC Sport. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  15. ^ Grant, Paul (25 October 2007). "Resurgent Reds". BBC Nottingham. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  16. ^ "Port Vale 0–2 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  17. ^ "Cheltenham Town 0 v 3 Nottingham Forest". Nottingham Forest F.C. 16 October 2007. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  18. ^ "Nott'm Forest 2–1 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2008. 
  19. ^ "Chris Is Your Choice". Nottingham Forest F.C. 6 May 2009. Archived from the original on 6 May 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Chris Cohen has signed a four year deal at Nottingham Forest". Nottingham Evening Post. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Blackpool 2-1 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "Nottingham Forest to contest Chris Cohen red card". BBC Sport. 2 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "Nottingham Forest lose Cohen red card appeal". BBC Sport. 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  24. ^ "Cohen Appeal Unsuccessful". Nottingham Forest F.C. 5 April 2011. Archived from the original on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "Forest boss McClaren "distraught" by Chris Cohen injury". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  26. ^ Nicholson, Fraser (8 October 2012). "Cohen Pledges Future To Reds". Nottingham Forest F.C. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  27. ^ Taylor, Paul (9 October 2012). "Cohen wants to play 500 games for Forest after signing new deal". Nottingham Evening Post. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  28. ^ Richardson, Nick (4 May 2013). "Cohen Wins Player of the Season". Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Championship: Chris Cohen 'honoured' to captain Nottingham Forest". Sky Sports. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1-0 Huddersfield." Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  31. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Chris Cohen in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 09 August 2014. 

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