Chris Gunter

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Not to be confused with Christian Günter.
Chris Gunter
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Gunter representing Wales in 2007
Personal information
Full name Christopher Ross Gunter[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 2
Youth career
000?–2006 Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Cardiff City 28 (0)
2008–2009 Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
2009 Nottingham Forest (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2012 Nottingham Forest 133 (2)
2012– Reading 69 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Wales U17 11 (2)
2006 Wales U19 3 (0)
2006– Wales U21 8 (0)
2007– Wales 57 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:49, 10 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Christopher Ross "Chris" Gunter (born 21 July 1989) is a Welsh footballer who plays for Reading, and the Wales national team, as a defender. An attacking full back, he is capable of playing on both flanks but usually plays on his preferred right side.

Born in Newport,[1] he joined Cardiff City's youth system and was signed by Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur for £4 million in January 2008. Rarely used at Tottenham, he returned to the Championship with Nottingham Forest, initially on loan, before joining Reading in 2012.

Gunter has been a Welsh international since under-17 level and holds the record as the second youngest debutant for the under-21 team. In 2007 he became the youngest player ever to play for the full Welsh team until Aaron Ramsey took that record. Gunter has earned over 55 caps for Wales.

Club career[edit]

Cardiff City[edit]

Gunter started out as a striker when he played for Durham Colts and Albion Rovers junior teams in Newport but switched to full-back at a young age and signed for the Cardiff City youth side at the age of eight. He signed his first professional contract with the club on 1 August 2006 along with fellow Cardiff academy graduate Darcy Blake.

Primarily a right-sided defender, Gunter made his debut for Cardiff City on 22 August 2006 against Barnet in the League Cup. His league debut came in a 1–0 home loss to QPR on 17 November 2006.[2] Gunter was praised for his performance by manager Dave Jones.[3]

In March 2007 he won the Football League's Apprentice of the Year award[4] after impressing in the first team squad due to injuries to some regular players and during the summer of 2007, Gunter was the subject of two bids from Premier League club Everton. Both, however, were rejected.[5]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

According to reports on 21 December 2007, Cardiff agreed a substantial fee with Tottenham Hotspur and therefore allowed Gunter to enter into talks with the club. Cardiff also stated that Tottenham had "met their valuation of the player" which had previously been reported at £4 million.[6] On 22 December Gunter passed a medical at White Hart Lane with a view to a £2 million move. The move was made official on 24 December and he joined the club after the transfer window opened on 1 January 2008.[7] Gunter made his debut for Spurs on 15 August in an FA Cup 3rd Round Replay against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, playing the entirety of a 1–0 victory.[8]

On 12 March 2009, Gunter moved on loan to Nottingham Forest for the rest of the 2008–09 season.[9]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Gunter playing for Nottingham Forest in 2011

On 17 July 2009 Tottenham Hotspur accepted a bid of £1.75 million from Nottingham Forest.[10] Forest completed the signing of Gunter on 20 July on a four-year contract.[11] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 victory at Plymouth Argyle on 27 September 2009.[12][13] It was also Gunter's first goal in senior football. In the match between Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace on 23 March 2010, Gunter made his 100th senior club appearance. In May 2010 he was selected in the Championship PFA Team of the Year for the 2009–10 season.[14]

On 15 August 2010, Gunter and Sanchez Watt were booked by referee Tony Bates for an on-field altercation; however later that month the FA retrospectively gave Gunter a three-match ban when replays showed him stamping on the Leeds United player.[15]

A regular at right-back during his time at Forest, Gunter scored his only other goal for the club on 16 August 2011, the only goal of a match at Doncaster Rovers.[16]

Reading[edit]

Gunter completed a move to Reading on 17 July 2012, signing a 3-year deal for the club who had been promoted to the Premier League.[17] The fee was undisclosed but has been reported to have been between £2.3 million[18] and £2.5 million.[19] He scored his first goal for Reading against Peterborough United in the League Cup on 28 August 2012, the 3–2 home victory putting the team into the third round.[20]

International career[edit]

Gunter lining up for Wales in 2011

Youth teams[edit]

Gunter started his Wales career during the 2003–04 season, making four appearances for the Schools under-15 development squad before moving up to the Welsh Schools under-16 squad and played in a friendly against Republic of Ireland plus three Victory Shield internationals. He then made 11 appearances at Wales under-17 level during 2005–06, playing in two rounds of the UEFA Championships as Wales qualified from the opening group to reach the elite stage. His next step was playing for the Wales U19 squad in the Milk Cup.[21]

At age 16 years and 299 days, Gunter was the youngest player to play for the Wales Under-21 team when he played against Cyprus Under-21 until his former clubmate Aaron Ramsey broke the record in August 2007.

Senior team[edit]

He eventually made his full international debut for Wales in a friendly match against New Zealand on 26 May 2007 at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham; in doing so he became the youngest ever Cardiff City player to play for the senior Wales team. Gunter started as a left-back in a young and inexperienced Wales side in the team's Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Germany giving very impressive performances in the games which ended 2–2 and 0–0. He was ever present at right back during 2010 World Cup qualifying and is the only player in the squad to have played in all ten matches. He was called up for a November friendly against Scotland but withdrew due to illness. On 8 October 2010 Gunter was sent off in the 94th minute for a professional foul against Dimitar Rangelov in the 0–1 home loss against Bulgaria in a Euro 2012 qualifying match. Still aged only 24, he won his 50th cap for Wales in the 1–1 away draw with Belgium on 10 October 2013.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 August 2014.[23]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cardiff City 2006–07 Championship 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
2007–08 Championship 13 0 0 0 4 0 17 0
Total 28 0 0 0 5 0 33 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2007–08 Premier League 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09 Premier League 3 0 1 0 1 0 7[a] 0 12 0
Total 5 0 3 0 1 0 7 0 16 0
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2008–09 Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Nottingham Forest 2009–10 Championship 44 1 2 0 2 0 2[b] 0 50 1
2010–11 Championship 43 0 2 0 0 0 2[b] 0 47 0
2011–12 Championship 46 1 2 0 2 0 50 1
Total 141 2 6 0 4 0 4 0 155 2
Reading 2012–13 Premier League 20 0 1 0 2 1 23 1
2013–14 Championship 44 0 1 0 1 0 46 0
2014–15 Championship 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Total 69 0 2 0 5 1 0 0 76 1
Career total 243 2 11 0 15 1 11 0 280 3
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Championship play-offs

Personal life[edit]

As a youngster Gunter attended Durham Road Junior School before moving on to St Julian's High School as a teenager. He and his brother Marc followed Cardiff City F.C., and he continued to go to away games on supporters' coaches until 2006. Gunter also holds a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Studies.[24] Gunter was a former flatmate of fellow Welshman Aaron Ramsey who plays for Arsenal, London rivals of Gunter's then team Spurs.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Cardiff 0–1 QPR". BBC Sport. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Debutant Gunter wins Jones praise". BBC Sport. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gunter and Ledley secure prizes". BBC Sport. 5 March 2007. 
  5. ^ McKenzie, Andrew (22 June 2007). "Everton fail in bids for Gunter". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Gunter agrees to Tottenham talks" BBC Sport Retrieved on 22 December 2007
  7. ^ "Tottenham confirm Gunter transfer" BBC Sport Retrieved on 24 December 2007
  8. ^ "Reading 0-1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Forest loan for Gunter TottenhamHotspur.com 12 March 2009
  10. ^ "Gunter: Fee and terms agreed". Nottingham Forest F.C. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Gunter & McKenna sign for Forest". BBC Sport. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Plymouth 0 – 1 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Forest looking for revenge in Watford". Nottingham Evening Post. 26 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Rooney is PFA player of the year". BBC Sport. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nottingham Forest and Leeds United fined by FA". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Moxley, Neil (16 August 2011). "Doncaster 0 Nottingham Forest 1: Gunter gets McClaren off the mark at last". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Nicholson, Fraser (17 July 2012). "Gunter Completes Reading Switch". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Reading land Forest star Chris Gunter". Reading Chronicle (Berkshire Media Group). 17 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  19. ^ Burns, Kenny (23 July 2012). "Sean O'Driscoll is a good choice for Nottingham Forest". thisisnottingham.co.uk (Nottingham Post). Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Reading 3–2 Peterborough United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  21. ^ Phillips, Terry (20 July 2007). "'Cardiff is a great place to be now' – Gunter". South Wales Echo (Media Wales). Retrieved 26 November 2007. 
  22. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24439786
  23. ^ "Chris Gunter career statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  24. ^ Phillips, Terry (21 July 2007). "Birthday boy is still in touch with roots". South Wales Echo (Media Wales). Retrieved 26 November 2007. 
  25. ^ Thomas, Graham (30 October 2009). "Gunter hails super tenant Ramsey". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 

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