Craig Noone

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Craig Noone
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Noone playing for Cardiff City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Craig Stephen Noone[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-17) 17 November 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Kirkby, England[2]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[3]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Skelmersdale United
2007–2008 Burscough 24 (4)
2008 Southport 1 (0)
2008–2011 Plymouth Argyle 55 (5)
2009 Exeter City (loan) 7 (2)
2011–2012 Brighton & Hove Albion 59 (4)
2012– Cardiff City 46 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:42, 5 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Stephen Noone (born 17 November 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Cardiff City. Born in Kirkby, he has also played professional football for Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Early life[edit]

Noone was born in Kirkby. He joined Liverpool when he was nine years old and was released two years later.[4][5] He then played junior and amateur football before signing with Wrexham when he was 15.[4] Having been released after a year there, Noone played non-league football and went to Myerscough football college for six months.[4][5] He trained as a roofer while a non-league player and in 2008 worked on an extension at Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's house.[4][6]

Playing career[edit]

Non-league football[edit]

He joined Skelmersdale United as a youth team player and made his first team debut during the 2005–06 season. Noone had a trial with Belgian club Royal Antwerp in January 2007 and later that year joined Burscough, which Skelmersdale manager Tommy Lawson described as a "great opportunity" for him.[7] Having been signed by Liam Watson,[8] Noone played regularly in the Conference North in 2007–08. Watson left Burscough for Southport in June 2008 and Noone joined him a few days later.[9][10] In August, he made his league debut before Southport received a club record offer of £110,000 for him from Plymouth Argyle.[11]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Noone signed a two-year contract with Argyle the next day.[12] "I am very excited by this signing," said manager Paul Sturrock. "Craig comes to us with a glowing reputation. It is now up to him to prove that it is merited."[12] He made his debut at the end of the month in a 0–0 draw at Burnley,[13] and scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win at Coventry City in November.[14][15]

After 10 substitute appearances for Plymouth, Noone made his first start for the club in the league match versus Southampton on Boxing Day 2008, where his team won 2–0. On 3 January 2009, Noone made his FA Cup debut coming off the bench during a 3–1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. On 10 September 2009, after Noone had only made two league substitute appearances so far in the 2009/10 season, Exeter City signed him on a 3-month loan deal.[16] He made his debut against Leyton Orient and scored the equaliser in a 1–1 draw. Noone scored in his final appearance for Exeter against Brentford before being recalled on 2 November.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 31 December 2010 it was confirmed that Noone had transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.[17] He became a fan favourite at Brighton with his pace and his unerring ability to beat the defender. He scored twice for Brighton in their League One title season, a great individual goal at home against Colchester United[18] and a volley at home against Hartlepool United.[19]

He was part of Brighton's first match of pre-season in preparation for the 2011–2012 season against Burgess Hill. He played 45 minutes and impressed, having a long range effort well saved and he earned a penalty which he subsequently scored to make it 2–0.[20]

On 21 September 2011, Noone was announced as the stadium sponsor's man of the match in a 1–2 defeat against his former employers and boyhood club, Liverpool, in a third round League Cup match at Falmer Stadium. The Liverpool-born player hit the crossbar from a long-range shot during the game and was praised by his boyhood hero Steven Gerrard.

In January 2012, Noone was subject to a £500,000 bid from Championship rivals Cardiff City, which was rejected by Albion.[21] Noone extended his contract at Brighton in March 2012, keeping him at the club until June 2015.[22][23]

Cardiff City[edit]

In August 2012, Noone joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £1m, and signed a four-year contract.[24][25] He made his debut in a 3–1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of September,[26] and scored his first goal for the club later in the month as Cardiff won 2–0 at Millwall.[27] Two months after joining the club, Noone scored in three consecutive games; a win against Burnley in October, and defeats at Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic in November.[28][29][30] He was sent off for two bookable offences against Derby County later that month.[31] Noone's goal against Bolton in April ensured that Cardiff avoided defeat in their final home game of the season,[32] which was followed by the club being presented with the Football League title for winning the Championship.[33][34] Noone made 32 appearances in his first season with Cardiff and scored seven goals.[35] Noone scored his first Premier League goal in January 2014 against Manchester City and was praised for his performance by Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 2 March 2014.[37]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Plymouth Argyle 2008–09 Championship 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
2009–10 Championship 17 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 19 1
2010–11 League One 17 3 1 0 1 0 2[a] 1 21 4
Total 55 5 3 0 2 0 2 1 62 6
Exeter City (loan) 2009–10 League One 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Brighton & Hove Albion 2010–11 League One 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
2011–12 Championship 33 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 37 2
2012–13 Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 59 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 64 4
Cardiff City 2012–13 Championship 32 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 7
2013–14 Premier League 14 1 3 1 2 1 0 0 19 3
Total 46 8 3 1 2 1 0 0 51 10
Career total 167 19 7 1 8 1 2 1 184 22
  1. ^ Appearances in the Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion

Cardiff City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Details: Craig Noone". The English National Football Archive. SoccerData. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 440. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Craig Noone". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hayward, Paul (20 September 2011). "Craig Noone typifies remarkable rise of Brighton & Hove Albion". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Pearce, James (17 February 2012). "Brighton winger Craig Noone can't wait to take on his Liverpool FC heroes – and ask for Wembley tickets while he’s there". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Joyce, Paul (20 September 2011). "Brighton's Craig Noone has the tools to raise roof". Daily Express. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lawson delighted with support over swop deal". Liverpool Echo. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Teen dream is big boost for Watson". Liverpool Echo. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Watson raids old club Burscough". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Bassett, David (9 August 2008). "Southport exit on the cards for Noone". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Plymouth make record Noone bid". Lancashire Evening Post. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Plymouth sign left-winger Noone". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Noone could be new Phillips". The Herald. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Coventry 0–1 Plymouth". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 November 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Noone goal completes 'fairytale'". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Noone joins Exeter on loan". Exeter City F.C. 
  17. ^ "Noone Signs". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 31 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "Colchester (H) Match Report". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 25 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Hartlepool (H) Match Report". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 12 February 2011. 
  20. ^ Naylor, Andy (10 July 2011). "Hoskins on target as Albion stroll to victory". The Argus. 
  21. ^ "Brighton reject Cardiff City's bid for Craig Noone". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  22. ^ Jago, Will (6 March 2012). "Noone signs new contract". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Craig Noone signs new Brighton & Hove Albion contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  24. ^ Wathan, Chris (29 August 2012). "Brighton winger Craig Noone signs for Cardiff City in £1m deal". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  25. ^ Camillin, Paul (30 August 2012). "Noone completes Cardiff switch". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Cardiff 3–1 Wolves". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  27. ^ Phillips, Terry (18 September 2012). "Millwall 0–2 Cardiff City: Noone and Whittingham fire Bluebirds to win". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  28. ^ Clutton, Graham (28 October 2012). "Cardiff City's Craig Noone scores a stunning goal as his side beat Burnley and go top of the Championship". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  29. ^ "Bolton 2–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  30. ^ Phillips, Terry (7 November 2012). "Charlton 5 Cardiff City 4". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  31. ^ West, Jon (27 November 2012). "Derby County 1 Cardiff City 1: match report". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "Cardiff 1–1 Bolton". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  33. ^ Blanche, Phil (26 April 2013). "Cardiff City 1-1 Bolton Wanderers: Bluebirds lift trophy after final home draw". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  34. ^ Cadden, Phil (28 April 2013). "Cardiff 1 – Bolton 1: Craig Noone gets the party started". Daily Star. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "C. Noone". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  36. ^ Tucker, Steve (18 January 2014). "Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails wing wizard Craig Noone after stunning display in Manchester City defeat". Wales Online. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "Craig Noone". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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