Chris Higgins (footballer)

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Chris Higgins
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Personal information
Full name Christopher James Higgins
Date of birth (1985-07-04) 4 July 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Broxburn, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre back/Left back
Club information
Current team
Queen of the South
Number 6
Youth career
2001–2002 Motherwell
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Motherwell 0 (0)
2005–2009 Clyde 132 (5)
2009–2011 Dunfermline Athletic 38 (1)
2011– Queen of the South 94 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:44, 3 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher James "Chris" Higgins (born 4 July 1985 in Broxburn) is a Scottish professional footballer, who currently plays for Queen of the South. A left sided player, he usually plays as a defender. Higgins has previously played for Motherwell, Clyde and Dunfermline.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Higgins started his career as a youth team player with Motherwell, but didn't make any first team appearances.

Clyde[edit]

Higgins signed for Clyde on 12 June 2005,[1] and made his début on 30 July 2005, in a Scottish Challenge Cup clash against Brechin City.[2] Higgins became a vital part of the team in his centre half role, and only missed 2 league games during the 2005–2006 season. He was part of the Clyde side that shocked Celtic with a 2–1 win in the third round of the Scottish Cup on 8 January 2006, in a match notable for the Celtic debut of Roy Keane.[3]

Higgins scored his first Clyde goal against Greenock Morton on 27 September 2006, in a 3–1 win in the Challenge Cup.[4] He played in the club's run to the 2006 Scottish Challenge Cup Final, where they faced Ross County. With the match level at 1–1 after extra time, it went to a penalty shoot-out. After five penalties each and with the score level at 1–1 Higgins missed his kick allowing Jason Crooks the opportunity to win the trophy for Ross County.[5]

Higgins was once again very consistent in his second season at the club, missing only two games again due to suspension. He was an integral part of the Clyde defence that conceded the fewest goals in the division. He made his 100th Clyde appearance on Boxing Day 2007, in a Scottish First Division match against Hamilton Academical.[6]

Higgins captained Clyde on the final day of the season, coinciding with his 100th league appearance. Despite winning 3–0 against Stirling Albion, Clyde still finished in the playoff position due to Greenock Morton winning.[7]

He won the Clyde website Player of the Year award for the 2008–2009 campaign.[8] After Clyde's relegation to the Scottish Second Division, Higgins was amongst thirteen players released in June 2009, with the club saying they couldn't afford to offer new contracts. [9]

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

After leaving Clyde, Higgins signed for Dunfermline Athletic.[10] His debut for the club came on 22 July 2009, in a 2–1 victory over Arbroath in the Challenge Cup.[11] He spent two season with Dunfermline Athleti, scoring once, in a 6–1 win against Queen of the South on 16 April 2011.[12] In his second season, the club won the Scottish First Division title and promotion to the Scottish Premier League. However two days before the club were due to receive the trophy Higgins was told he would be released at the end of the season.[13]

Queen of the South[edit]

On 4 July 2011, manager Gus MacPherson announced on the website of Dumfries club, Queen of the South that Higgins had agreed terms to join the Palmerston Park side. MacPherson commented, "He`s experienced, versatile and can play on three different areas on the left flank.".[14] His Queens debut was on 23 July 2011, in a 2–0 defeat against Ayr United after extra time in the Challenge Cup.[15] Despite the club being relegated in his first season, Higgins signed a new contract on 30 May 2012.[16]

In his second season at Queen of the South, the club won the 2012–13 Scottish Second Division title[17][18] and the Scottish Challenge Cup, beating Partick Thistle 6–5 on penalties following a 1–1 draw. In the final Higgins was involved in an incident with Partick Thistle defender Aaron Muirhead that saw Muirhead receive a red card for a headbutt on him.[19]

On 15 May 2014, Higgins signed a new contract with Queen of the South.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 September 2014[21]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[22] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Motherwell 2003–04 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clyde 2005–06 34 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 39 0
2006–07 34[23] 2 1 0 1 0 4 1 40 2
2007–08 32[24] 2 2 0 1 0 6 0 41 2
2008–09 32[25] 2 2 0 2 0 3[26][27] 0 39 2
Total 132 5 7 0 6 0 14 1 159 6
Dunfermline Athletic 2009–10 17 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 20 0
2010–11 21 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 23 1
Total 38 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 43 1
Queen of the South 2011–12 32 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 39 1
2012–13 32 2 2 0 3 1 4 0 41 3
2013–14 26 2 3 0 2 0 3 0 34 2
2014–15 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Total 94 5 8 0 10 1 8 0 120 6
Career total 264 11 15 0 19 1 24 1 322 13

Honours[edit]

Clyde
Dunfermline Athletic
Queen of the South

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Become the website sponsor of Chris Higgins". Clyde F.C. 16 June 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brechin City 3-2 Clyde". BBC Sport. 30 July 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Clyde 2-1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 8 January 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Murray, Graham (27 September 2006). "Clyde 3 v 1 Greenock Morton". Clyde F.C. Retrieved August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dream debut for Crooks as County win Challenge Cup". The Scotsman. 12 November 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Higgy's Hundred "Higgy's Hundred". Clyde F.C. 24 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Clyde 3–0 Stirling Albion". BBC Sport. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Awards Presented". Clyde F.C. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Players Released". Clyde F.C. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pars swoop for defender". Dunfermline Press. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "DUNFERMLINE 2 ARBROATH 1". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "DUNFERMLINE 6 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Parks, Gordon (15 June 2011). "Stars on the scrapheap: Chris Higgins helped Dunfermline win promotion to SPL.. and was rewarded with a free". Daily Record. Retrieved August 2014. 
  14. ^ "A tough old start". Queen of the South F.C. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Queens knocked out of cup". Dumfries & Galloway Standard. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Robertson, Craig (30 May 2012). "Queens squad boosted by familiar faces". Dumfries & Galloway Standard. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  17. ^ McNair, Andrew (29 March 2013). "Queen of the South are the champions". Dumfries & Galloway Standard. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Rinaldi, Giancarlo (28 March 2013). "Queen of the South savour Second Division title victory". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Miller, Stevie (7 April 201). "Queen of Sth 1-1 Partick (Queen of South win 6-5 on penalties)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ "McIntyre reshapes QOS squad". Scottish Professional Football League. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Chris Higgins Soccerway profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  22. ^ Includes Scottish Challenge Cup, Scottish Football League Play-offs and Scottish Professional Football League play-offs
  23. ^ includes 1 appearance on 13 August 2006, v Gretna not recorded on Soccerbase "Clyde 1-2 Gretna". BBC Sport. 13 August 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  24. ^ includes 1 appearance on 11 November 2007 v Dundee not recorded on Soccerbase "Dundee 0-1 Clyde". BBC Sport. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  25. ^ includes 1 appearance on 4 October 2008 v Dunfermline not recorded on Soccerbase "Clyde 0-2 Dunfermline". BBC Sport. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  26. ^ includes 1 appearance on 26 July 2008 v Annan in the Challenge Cup not recorded on Soccerbase "Clyde 2-0 Annan Athletic". BBC Sport. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  27. ^ includes 1 appearance on 7 September 2008 v Ross County not included on Soccerbase "Clyde 0-1 Ross County". BBC Sport. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 

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