David Button

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David Button
Ben Alnwick Spurs 2010.jpg
Button as a Tottenham Hotspur player
Personal information
Full name David Robert Edmund Button[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-27) 27 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Stevenage, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Brentford
Number 27
Youth career
????–2005 Stevenage Borough
2005–2008 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2008 Grays Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2008 Rochdale (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Grays Athletic (loan) 13 (0)
2009 Bournemouth (loan) 4 (0)
2009 Luton Town (loan) 0 (0)
2009 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (0)
2009 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 3 (0)
2009 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 26 (0)
2010–2011 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 30 (0)
2011 Leyton Orient (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Barnsley (loan) 9 (0)
2012–2013 Charlton Athletic 5 (0)
2013– Brentford 61 (0)
National team
2003–2004 England U16 3 (0)
2004–2006 England U17 17 (0)
2006–2008 England U19 10 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19.58, 4 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Robert Edmund Button (born 27 February 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Brentford. He earned 31 caps for England from U16 to U20 level.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Growing up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Button joined hometown club Stevenage Borough at a young age and attended the club's Centre Of Excellence.[2]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Button joined Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur's youth academy during the 2005–06 season. He signed his first professional contract on 28 December 2007, running until the summer of 2011.[3] An injury to second-choice goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes[3] saw Button receive his first call-up to senior team substitutes' bench early in the 2009–10 season for a 2–1 Premier League win over West Ham United on 23 August 2009.[4] Button made his debut in the next game, replacing Carlo Cudicini after 81 minutes of a 5–1 League Cup victory over Championship side Doncaster Rovers.[5] He was an unused substitute on a further two occasions during the 2009–10 season and signed a new contract after the season, running until 2013.[6] Button spent most of his time as a Tottenham player on loan to other clubs. He proclaimed himself a "journeyman", having played for 12 different clubs by the age of 23.[7] In August 2012, despite having not been called into the first team squad in nearly three years, Tottenham goalkeeping coach Tony Parks said he held Button in "high regard" and that Button was a late developer in terms of increasing his strength.[8] Button departed Tottenham in late August 2012, having just played eight minutes in one first team appearance for the club.[9]

2007–08 - Grays Athletic and Rochdale loans[edit]

Button moved on loan to Conference Premier side Grays Athletic on a month's loan on 10 January 2008. The only appearance during his loan spell came on 19 January, when he played the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 victory over Cambridge United.[10] Button returned to Tottenham on 10 February and moved to League Two side Rochdale on a month's loan on 27 March. He made no appearances for the club and was an unused substitute on seven occasions.[11]

2008–09 - Grays Athletic, Bournemouth, Luton Town and Dagenham & Redbridge loans[edit]

Button rejoined Grays Athletic on a three-month loan on 19 September 2008. He made 15 appearances during his spell and kept four clean sheets.[12] On 16 January 2009 he moved to League Two side Bournemouth on a month's loan.[13] Button made his Football League debut away at Rotherham United, in a game which they lost 1–0.[14] He made four appearances for the club and returned to Tottenham on 28 February.[15] Button joined fellow League Two side Luton Town on a one-month loan deal on 6 March,[16] and was an unused substitute on eight occasions.[15] He was on the bench in Luton's 3–2 2009 Football League Trophy Final victory over Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium, which was his last involvement for Luton before his return to Tottenham. Button joined League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on an emergency loan as cover for the injured Tony Roberts in April 2009.[17] Button was, unusually for a goalkeeper, handed the squad number 6, and made his debut for the club in the 3–0 home victory against Bradford City on 18 April.[18] He made two more appearances before returning to Tottenham.[15]

2009–10 - Crewe Alexandra and Shrewsbury Town loans[edit]

Button joined League Two side Crewe Alexandra on a month's loan on 22 July 2009 and he played in the first three games of the season, keeping two clean sheets.[19] Button was recalled by Tottenham after his loan finished, but he re-joined Crewe on a three month loan on 1 September.[20] He made his second debut for Crewe 5 September against Macclesfield Town and was credited with an assist for Joel Grant's winning goal in the 2–1 victory.[21] After a further six appearances,[19] Tottenham recalled Button on 27 October.[22] On 20 November 2009, Button joined League Two side Shrewsbury Town on loan until January 2010.[23] His loan was extended by a further month in January[24] and then until the end of the season in February.[25] He had a successful spell, making 26 appearances and keeping 9 clean sheets.[19]

2010–11 - Plymouth Argyle loan[edit]

On 3 August 2010, Button joined League One side Plymouth Argyle on a season-long loan.[26] Playing for the first time at League One level, injuries from September though to November disrupted his spell and he was dropped on 22 February 2010 after an eight-game losing run.[3] Button managed to oust Romain Larrieu as number-one and regain his place in early April, though his efforts were in vain as Plymouth finished 23rd and suffered relegation to League Two. Button made 30 appearances during the season.[27]

2011–12 - Leyton Orient, Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley loans[edit]

Button joined League One side Leyton Orient on 26 August 2011, on a loan running until 7 January 2012.[28] He made only two appearances before suffering a shoulder injury which kept him out until Boxing Day.[29] On 1 January 2012, Button left Leyton Orient[30] and joined Championship side Doncaster Rovers on a one-month loan, which was later extended by another month.[31] he made eight appearances during his stint.[29] On 19 March 2012, Button joined fellow Championship side Barnsley on an emergency loan deal, to cover for the injured David Preece.[32] He made nine appearances.[29]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 28 August 2012, Tottenham Hotspur reached an agreement with Championship side Charlton Athletic for the permanent transfer of Button.[33] Button's transfer was completed for a fee of £500,000,[9] which made him the Addicks' fifth summer signing.[34] He served as backup to Ben Hamer and had to wait until January 2013 for his debut, in a 1–0 FA Cup third round defeat to Huddersfield Town.[35] Hamer was dropped by manager Chris Powell in March,[36] and the first of four consecutive appearances came on 2 March in a 1–0 league defeat at home to Burnley. After Button's third appearance against Huddersfield in the league on 9 March, Powell said "David has now got the shirt",[36] but Hamer soon regained his place and Button made only two further appearances. He made a total of six appearances for Charlton and departed The Valley in July 2013.[37][38] Button revealed the following year that though Chris Powell wanted him to stay, he had a difficult year with the Addicks and forced his departure from the club.[39]

Brentford[edit]

On 30 July 2013, League One side Brentford announced they had signed Button on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[38] The departure of Simon Moore to Cardiff City and injury to Richard Lee saw Button begin the season as manager Uwe Rösler's first-choice goalkeeper. Button started each of Brentford's opening six league games, but disaster struck on 7 September against Bradford City when with the score at 0–0, Button received a straight red card for a challenge on Bradford player Nahki Wells just outside the penalty box after 26 minutes.[40] During his three-match suspension, Jack Bonham and then the fit-again Richard Lee took over the goalkeeping position. Button made his next appearance in a 1–0 defeat to Rotherham United on 5 October and regained his position as first-choice goalkeeper.[41] An open forum between players and management in the dressing room after a 2-1 defeat to Stevenage on 12 October saw a turnaround in the team's fortunes and the beginning of a run of nine consecutive wins in the league,[42] with Button appearing in eight of those matches and keeping seven clean sheets.[43] In a league match versus Preston North End on 21 December, Button pulled off a penalty save to preserve the scoreline at 2–0 to Brentford, who later won 3–0.[44] With Button as a virtual ever-present, the Bees secured automatic promotion to the Championship after a 1–0 win in the return match with Preston North End on 18 April 2014.[45] Button made 45 appearances and kept 20 clean sheets in league matches during the 2013–14 season.[41] Button signed a new three year contract on 27 June, which will keep him at Griffin Park until the summer of 2017.[46]

International career[edit]

Button made regular appearances for England at U16, U17, U19 and U20 level between 2003 and 2009.[47] He appeared in England's three group games at the 2008 European U19 Championship, keeping clean sheets against Italy and Greece as England failed to progress past the group stage.

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Brentford

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2007–08[11] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[15] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[19] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010–11[27] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[29] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Grays Athletic (loan) 2007–08[10] Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 3 0
Rochdale (loan) 2007–08[11] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grays Athletic (loan) 2008–09[12] Conference Premier 13 0 3 0 1[a] 0 17 0
Bournemouth (loan) 2008–09[15] League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Luton Town (loan) 2008–09[15] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 2008–09[15] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2009–10[19] League Two 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2009–10[19] League Two 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2010–11[27] League One 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2011–12[29] League One 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2011–12[29] Championship 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Barnsley (loan) 2011–12[29] Championship 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Charlton Athletic 2012–13[37] Championship 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Brentford 2013–14[41] League One 42 0 1 0 0 0 2[b] 0 45 0
Career total 151 0 6 0 2 0 5 0 164 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

Personal life[edit]

Button attended Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.[48]

References[edit]

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