Chris Maxwell (footballer)

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Chris Maxwell
Chris Maxwell Wrexham FC at Wembley.jpg
Maxwell playing for Wrexham in the 2013 Conference Premier play-off Final
Personal information
Full name Christopher Ethan Maxwell[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-30) 30 July 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth St Asaph, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Fleetwood Town
Number 28
Youth career
1998–2000 Penrhyn Bay
2000–2008 Wrexham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Wrexham 76 (0)
2008–2009 Gap Connah's Quay (loan) 16 (0)
2012– Fleetwood Town 62 (0)
2013 Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2013–2014 Cambridge United (loan) 24 (0)
National team
2005–2007 Wales U17 6 (0)
2006–2009 Wales U19 10 (0)
2008–2011 Wales U21 16 (0)
2008–2009 Wales U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:26, 18 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:38, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

Christopher Ethan "Chris" Maxwell (born 30 July 1990) is a Welsh footballer who plays for Fleetwood Town as a goalkeeper. He has featured in the Wales national under-21 football team, and during previous seasons in the under-19, under-17 and under-16 schoolboys teams.[2]

Club career[edit]

Wrexham Youth[edit]

Born in St Asaph, Maxwell began his career coming through Wrexham's youth system, and signed a one-year professional contract in June 2008,[2] which was extended under the management of Dean Saunders in January 2009, keeping him at the club until May 2010.

Maxwell joined his local professional club Wrexham at the age of 10. He was a fixture between the posts throughout all age groups, enjoying several notable points in his development: action for the reserves aged 15; and joined the first team squad for three consecutive games at the end of 2007 as second choice senior goalkeeper at the age of 17. The journey to a professional contract was not easy for the young players at Wrexham due to the clubs financial difficulties, which included 18 months in administration between 2004 and 2006.[3] Maxwell was one of only two players offered a professional contract by the club at the end of their two-year Youth Training Scheme at the close of the 2007–08 season.[4]

Gap Connah's Quay (loan)[edit]

Maxwell spent a six-month loan spell at Welsh Premier League team Gap Connah's Quay during the 2008–09 season, making 16 league appearances, before being called back by Wrexham in January 2009.[5]


In April 2009, Maxwell made his professional debut at the age of 18 and went on to start the remaining 3 league games of the 2008–09 season, claiming his first senior clean sheet on the last day of the season against Weymouth.

After playing all of their 2009–10 pre-season games, Maxwell was joined at Wrexham by the more experienced Sam Russell, who was handed the number one jersey by Dean Saunders. After only four games of the season, new signing Russell was sidelined with a dislocated elbow,[6] allowing Maxwell the opportunity to start.[7]

Maxwell went on to play 21 consecutive games and kept 10 cleen sheets during Russell's absence. His contribution was acknowledged when he agreed an extension to his contract keeping him at the club until the end of the 2011 season.[8] Maxwell regained the place ahead of Russell to play the last nine games of the season keeping a further five clean sheets. A number of defensive club records were broken; clean sheets, goals conceded and the first season where no more than two goals were conceded in a single game.[9][10] Maxwell completed a successful season with a number of Fans awards including the Wrexham Football Association 'young player of the season'.[11]

During the 2010–11 pre-season, Maxwell was joined at Wrexham by the more experienced Scott Shearer, and found himself once again fighting for the starting place when Shearer was handed the number one jersey by Dean Saunders.[12] Maxwell took over the position in the starting line up just 10 games into the new season and soon started to attract the attention of higher league clubs.[13] He cemented his claim to the number one position when Shearer left the club during the January transfer window.[14] Maxwell retained the number one position throughout the season which included semi final play off games against Luton Town. Maxwell completed a successful season with a number of Fans awards including the Wrexham Football Association 'young player of the season for the second year running.

Maxwell remained at Wrexham for the start of the 2011–12 season following a difficult period for the club during the closed season. Without an eleventh hour effort by Wrexham fans who raised over £130,000 in just one day to satisfy the Conference league's requirement for a security bond the club would have folded.[15] Maxwell started the season as the club's number one without either himself or Cameroon international Joslain Mayebi securing the number one jersey from manager Dean Saunders.

Fleetwood Town[edit]

After a frustrating season and starting only 11 times after losing the number one position to Mayebi as a result of being on International duty with Wales U21.[16] He decided he wanted to leave the club and was released by player-manager Andy Morrell.[17] Maxwell was immediately signed by newly promoted Football League newcomers, Fleetwood Town on 23 May 2012.[18]

Return to Wrexham (loan)[edit]

Chris Maxwell takes another cross Wrexham FC at Wembley 2013 during the Conference Premier Play-Off Final defeat against Newport County

On Transfer deadline day in January 2013 Maxwell signed for his former club Wrexham on loan for the remainder of the 2012–13 season[19] after first team goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi was ruled out with an injury for the rest of the season.[20] Maxwell made his second Wrexham debut in a Conference Premier match away to Forest Green Rovers. In March 2013 Maxwell picked up his first career honour winning the FA Trophy at Wembley with Wrexham. Wrexham went on to play at Wembley a second time where they lost to Newport County in the Conference play off final.

Return to Fleetwood Town[edit]

On his return to Fleetwood 12 senior players had been released,[21] none of which were goalkeepers meaning Maxwell still had to battle both Scott Davies and David Lucas for the number one spot.

Cambridge United (loan)[edit]

Maxwell signed for Cambridge United on loan until January 2014 [22] and quickly established himself as part of the team. Cambridge are widely tipped to be one of the front runners for promotion. Maxwell was handed the number 1 shirt by manager Richard Money despite being on loan and made his team debut on the first day of the 2013/14 season with a win against F.C. Halifax Town. The season started with a 16-game unbeaten run.[16] This is a club record and with 11 clean sheets 6 of which were consecutive another club league record was established. Maxwell was awarded the Conference Premier player of the month for October after keeping 5 clean sheets and not conceding throughout the month, this involved saving a penalty as Cambridge beat Grimsby 1–0 at Blundell Park.[23] His loan with Cambridge ended on 6 January 2014 and he returned to Fleetwood Town.[24] During his loan period Maxwell kept a total of 18 clean sheets and conceded only 10 times during 24 league games.

Return to Fleetwood Town[edit]

After Cambridge failed to secure Maxwell's services for the remainder of the season Maxwell again returned to Highbury to battle both Scott Davies and David Lucas for the number one spot.[25] Maxwell finally made his club and simultaneously his Football League debut under new manager Graham Alexander away from home against Wycombe Wanderers F.C. in a 1–1 draw on 11 February 2014[26] Maxwell retained his place for the remainder of the season helping Fleetwood to a fourth-place finish and a place in the league 2 play off finals.[27] Maxwell kept a total of 11 clean sheets in 22 games for Fleetwood bringing his season total to 29 in 50 games with 24 in 41 competitive league games.[27][28] Fleetwood went on to win the play-off final at Wembley on 26 May, beating Burton Albion 1–0 in normal time.[29] Following Fleetwood's promotion to League One, Maxwell signed a two-year contract extension with Fleetwood until the summer of 2016.[30]

Fleetwood made an impressive start to the 2014–15 season with 10 points from the first 4 games good enough to top the league 1 table.[31] Maxwell continued collecting clean sheets with 3 consecutive shut outs and only conceding 1 goal from a penalty in the season opener against Crew.[32]

International career[edit]

Maxwell is eligible to play for three home nations. He is Welsh by birth but has an English father and a Scottish grandfather.

He was a member of the U16 squad that won the 2005 Victory Shield,[33] during the 2005–06 season, won his first U17 cap at the age of 15 and went on to win his first U19 cap at the age of just 16 and three days. During the 2008–09 season, Maxwell added a further two international age groups to his tally U23 semi professional and U21 honours both before his 19th birthday.[34][35]

At the start of the 2009–10 season, Maxwell retained his place in the Wales U21 squad and played in all of Wales' Group 3 qualification games for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[36] Maxwell continued as number 1 in the Wales U21 squad during 2010 and played in all of the remaining Wales' Group 3 qualification games for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[36] Wales narrowly missed out on qualification for the next stage on an away goal rule to Italy.[37] Maxwell continued to be a key member of the 2011–13 Wales U21 squad for qualification games in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 April 2015.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wrexham 2008–09[38] Conference Premier 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2009–10[39] Conference Premier 26 0 3 0 0 0 29 0
2010–11[40] Conference Premier 36 0 1 0 4[a] 0 41 0
2011–12[41] Conference Premier 10 0 0 0 1[b] 0 11 0
Total 76 0 4 0 5 0 85 0
Gap Connah's Quay (loan) 2008–09[5] Welsh Premier League 16 0 16 0
Fleetwood Town 2012–13[42] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[42] League Two 18 0 1 0 3[c] 0 22 0
2014–15[42] League One 44 0 1 0 1 0 1[d] 0 47 0
Total 62 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 69 0
Wrexham (loan) 2012–13[42] Conference Premier 17 0 6[e] 0 23 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2013–14[42] Conference Premier 24 0 4 0 0 0 28 0
Career total 195 0 9 0 2 0 15 0 221 0
  1. ^ Two appearances in FA Trophy, two in Conference Premier play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Three appearances in League Two play-offs
  4. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  5. ^ Three appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs


Personal 2009/10

  • North Wales Region Scottish Power 2009 Your Champions Award
  • Wrexham Supporters Association Young Player of the season 2009–10[11]
  • Mold & District Reds(Wrexham AFC) Young Player of the season 2009–10[43]
  • Kings Mills Reds(Wrexham AFC) most improved player season 2009–10[43]

Club – Wrexham A.F.C. 2009/10

  • Reserve League West winners 2009–10[44][45]
  • Reserve League Central Champions 2009–10[46]

Personal 2010/11

  • Manchester Reds (Wrexham AFC) 'Player of the Season' 2010/11
  • Wrexham Supporters Association Young Player of the season 2010–11

Club – Wrexham A.F.C. 2010/11

  • National Conference play off semi final

Club – Wrexham A.F.C. 2012/13

  • FA Trophy winners [47]
  • National Conference play off final runners up

Personal 2013/14

  • Skrill Conference Premier 'player of the month' for October [23]

Club – Fleetwood Town 2013/14

  • National League 2 play off winners and promotion to National League 1


  • Victory Shield winner 2005


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  20. ^ "BBC Sport – Wrexham goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi injury prognosis improves". 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
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