Craig Forsyth

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Craig Forsyth
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Forsyth training with Watford in 2012
Personal information
Full name Craig Forsyth[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-24) 24 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Carnoustie, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Left back, Left midfield
Club information
Current team
Derby County
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2006 Carlogie Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Dundee 59 (10)
2008 Montrose (loan) 9 (0)
2008–2009 Arbroath (loan) 26 (2)
2011–2013 Watford 24 (3)
2012 Bradford City (loan) 7 (0)
2013 Derby County (loan) 10 (0)
2013– Derby County 46 (2)
National team
2014– Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:15, 11 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:40, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Craig Forsyth (born 24 February 1989) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a left-sided defender and midfielder for English club Derby County. He previously played for Dundee before joining Watford in 2011, before joining Derby County in 2013. He has also had loan spells at Montrose, Arbroath, Bradford City and Derby County.

Career[edit]

Dundee[edit]

Forsyth began his career with Carlogie Boys Club before joining First Division side Dundee in 2006.[2] He was given his debut by manager Alex Rae at the age of 17 in a 3–2 win at Livingston on 11 November 2006.[3] He joined Third Division club Montrose on loan in February 2008 until the end of the season.[2] He made nine league appearances for Montrose and one in the play-offs.[4][5] The following season, Forsyth was loaned out to Arbroath.[6] He scored his first senior goal in a 1–0 win at Brechin City on 28 March 2009.[7] Having scored two goals in 26 league appearances for Arbroath,[8] Forsyth returned to Dundee and established himself in the club's first team under the management of Jocky Scott.[2] Having scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 League Cup win against Aberdeen,[9] Forsyth managed five more goals during the 2009–10 season, including the winner against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Challenge Cup Final.[10] He helped Dundee finish sixth in the First Division the following season, despite the club being docked 25 points for entering administration.[11] Forsyth made 33 league appearances and scored eight goals, including a brace in a 3–2 win against Partick Thistle on 30 April 2011.[12]

Watford[edit]

In June 2011, Forsyth joined Watford for an undisclosed compensation fee,[13] and signed a three-year contract.[14] He scored on his debut against Burnley on the first day of the season.

Bradford City (loan)[edit]

On 19 October 2012, Forsyth joined Bradford City on a two-month loan deal.[15] He made his debut the following day, helping the team to a 3–1 win at home to Cheltenham Town.[16] He scored his first goal for the club on 4 December, completing a 2–0 win against Port Vale in the Football League Trophy.[17]

Derby County (loan)[edit]

On 4 March 2013, Forsyth joined Derby County on loan, ahead of their match against Cardiff City the following day, subject to clearance from The Football League.[18] Forsyth started against Cardiff City, before being replaced at 71 minutes in the 1–1 draw.[19] Forsyth started as a make shift left-back in his third game for Derby County against Leicester City on 16 March 2013, assisting Derby's second goal which was scored by fellow loanee Chris Martin in a 2–1 victory. Forsyth was recalled by Watford on 29 April 2013, a game before the end of the regular season.[20] He played 10 times for Derby during his loan spell.

Derby County[edit]

On 1 July 2013, Forsyth joined Derby County from Watford on a three-year contract for a reported fee of £150,000.[21] Forsyth went into the 2013–14 season as first choice left back, with Clough stating Forsyth was also considered as an option at centre back in case of injuries and suspensions.[22] Forsyth started the opening game a 1–1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers, his first game as a permanent player.[23]

On 27 June 2014, Forsyth extended his contract at Derby County as he signed a new four-year contract to stay at the club until the end of the 2017–18 season.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 March 2014[25]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup[A] Other[B] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee 2006–07 Scottish First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 Scottish First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2008–09 Scottish First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 Scottish First Division 24 2 2 1 3 1 2 1 31 5
2010–11 Scottish First Division 33 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 35 8
Montrose (loan) 2007–08 Scottish Third Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Dundee Total 59 10 3 1 4 1 3 1 69 13
Watford 2011–12 Championship 20 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 22 5
2012–13 Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Bradford City (loan) 2012–13 League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 1
Watford Total 22 3 1 2 3 0 0 0 26 5
Derby County (loan) 2012–13 Championship 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Derby County 2013–14 Championship 46 2 1 0 3 0 3 0 53 2
Derby County Total 56 2 1 0 3 0 3 0 63 2
Career totals 141 14 5 3 10 1 5 2 163 20
A. ^ The "League Cup" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Cup and Scottish League Cup.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Scottish Challenge Cup and Scottish Second Division Play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Dundee

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 25. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Craig Forsyth". Dundee. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Livingston 2–3 Dundee". BBC Sport. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Craig Forsyth". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Montrose". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dodds in, Forsyth out at Dens". BBC Sport. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Brechin City 0–1 Arbroath". BBC Sport. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Arbroath". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Dundee 3–2 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Dundee 3–2 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dundee docked 25 points by Scottish FA for going into administration". The Daily Telegraph. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dundee 3–2 Partick". BBC Sport. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Smith, Frank; Bass, Matt (21 June 2011). "Dundee midfielder Craig Forsyth becomes Watford boss Sean Dyche's first signing". Watford Observer. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Watford capture Dundee midfielder Craig Forsyth". BBC Sport. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Bradford City sign Craig Forsyth on loan from Watford" BBC Sport. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Bradford 3–1 Cheltenham" BBC Sport. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Port Vale 0–2 Bradford" BBC Sport. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  18. ^ "Derby Bring In Forsyth". Derby County. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cardiff 1–1 Derby" BBC Sport. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  20. ^ "Forsyth Recalled By Watford". Derby County. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Craig Forsyth joins Derby County from Watford". BBC Sport. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Nigel Clough in no rush to land central defender for Derby County". Derby Telegraph. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Derby 1–1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Craig Forsyth Signs A New Long Term Contract With Derby County". Derby County F.C. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Craig Forsyth Stats". Soccerbase. 

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