Elliott Ward

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Elliott Ward
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Personal information
Full name Elliott Leslie Ward[1]
Date of birth (1985-01-19) 19 January 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Harrow, Middlesex, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2003 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 West Ham United 18 (0)
2004 Peterborough United (loan) 0 (0)
2004–2005 Bristol Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2006 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 16 (1)
2006–2010 Coventry City 116 (14)
2010 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (1)
2010 Preston North End (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2013 Norwich City 51 (1)
2012–2013 Nottingham Forest (loan) 12 (0)
2013 Nottingham Forest (loan) 19 (3)
2013– Bournemouth 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:13, 23 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Elliott Leslie Ward (born 19 January 1985, Harrow, Middlesex) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Bournemouth in the English Football League Championship. He has played in the Premier League for West Ham United and Norwich City.[3]

Playing career[edit]

West Ham United[edit]

Ward came through the youth system of West Ham United, making his debut for the Under-17 side before joining the first team in August 2003. In 2004, Ward went out for two loan spells, at Peterborough United and Bristol Rovers in July and December 2004 respectively.

Ward made an impact on the West Ham first team during the second half of the 2004–05 season, while the club were in the Football League Championship. Primarily due to injuries to more established defenders such as Christian Dailly and Malky Mackay, he found himself with the opportunity of partnering Anton Ferdinand in the centre of defence.

When Ward was brought into the first team, for the 1–3 loss against Reading on 12 March 2005,[4] the club were lying outside the playoff places and looked unlikely to make it back to the Premiership. The pairing of Ward and Ferdinand enabled the team to remain unbeaten for the rest of the season. This unbeaten run included the three playoff games, thus ensuring their return to the Premiership for the following season.[5]

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, to prepare for the upcoming Premiership campaign, West Ham signed a number of players, including central defenders Danny Gabbidon and James Collins from Cardiff City. Gabbidon became the preferred choice to partner Ferdinand, and this resulted in chances being few and far between for Ward. He played two League Cup games, but made only one substitute Premiership appearance (against Bolton on 27 August 2005)[6] before being loaned out to Plymouth Argyle in November. The month-by-month loan deal lasted three months, and after playing 16 games and scoring once against Wolves,[7] Ward returned to The Hammers in February 2006 playing three further games towards the end of the 2005–06 season.

Coventry City[edit]

Ward left West Ham in the summer of 2006, joining Coventry City for £1m.[8] Manager Micky Adams said of him: "In Elliott we have a young, talented and confident defender who I'm sure will bring a real presence to our back line. He is just the sort of player we are looking for to help the club progress."[9]

Ward made his debut for Coventry on 6 August 2006 in a 2–1 home win against Sunderland with his first goal coming on 12 September 2006 in a 2-1 away defeat to Ipswich Town.[10][11] The next three seasons saw him play 39, 37 and 32 league games for Coventry scoring 14 league goals but by season 2009-10 he was reduced to only eight games for the season.[12] Having fallen down the pecking order at Coventry, in February 2010 he joined Doncaster Rovers on a one-month emergency loan after Rovers suffered injuries to several first team defenders.[13] He made an instant impact at Doncaster, scoring an overhead kick goal on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.[14] He played only six league games for Doncaster before being signed by Preston North End manager Darren Ferguson, on loan until the end of the season, in March 2010.[15] He made only four league appearances for Preston before returning to Coventry City.

Norwich City[edit]

On 26 May 2010, Ward signed a two-year deal with Norwich City on a free transfer.[8] His Norwich debut came on 6 August in the opening game of the 2010–11 season, a 2–3 home defeat to Watford.[16] Ward picked up an injury in the 2–1 away win over Coventry City on 18 December, sidelining him until the end of January. He made his return to the team in the 2–1 win over Millwall on 1 February 2011, scoring his first goal for the club to equalise.[17]

Ward played 39 of a possible 46 league games in Norwich City's side which won promotion to the Premier League in 2010-11 season but in July 2011, during a pre-season tour of Germany, Ward picked up a knee injury which kept him out of action until January 2012.[18][19]

In October 2012 Ward joined Nottingham Forest on loan until 29 December 2012, with a view to a permanent transfer.[20] Ward returned to Norwich at the end of his loan spell and was named as a substitute for their FA Cup game away at Peterborough United. However in January 2013, after just over a week with Norwich, he returned on loan with Nottingham Forest.[21] His first Forest goal came in his first game of his second loan spell, on 12 January 2013. His headed goal in the 83rd minute from a Radosław Majewski cross saw Forest 2-1 winners against Peterborough United giving manager Alex McLeish his first win as Forest manager.[22]

AFC Bournemouth[edit]

On 18 June 2013 Ward signed an initial one-year deal with Bournemouth following their promotion to the Championship.[23]

Personal life[edit]

He is the brother of Swindon Town FC defender Darren Ward, who turned down the opportunity of joining West Ham and the Premiership, at the start of the 2005–06 season, instead opting for Championship side Crystal Palace F.C., claiming he did not want to keep his brother out of the team.[24]



West Ham United


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  2. ^ "E. Ward". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson heads a 10-man list of released players". pinkun.com. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Reading 3 West Ham 1". Sportinglife.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Preston 0 West Ham 1". Sportinglife.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  6. ^ "West Ham 1 Bolton 2". Sportinglife.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Wolves 1–1 Plymouth". BBC. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Coventry defender Elliott Ward agrees Norwich City deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Coventry recruit West Ham's Ward". BBC Sport. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  10. ^ "Ipswich Town v Coventry City, 12 September 2006". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Elliott Ward - Season 2006-07 statistics". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Elliott Ward". www.sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Doncaster Rovers land Elliot Ward on loan". BBC Sport. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Sheff Wed 0–2 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Coventry defender Elliott Ward joins Preston on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (6 August 2010). "BBC Sport – Football – Norwich 2–3 Watford". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  17. ^ "Norwich 2 - 1 Millwall". BBC Sport. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Elliott Ward - Season 2010-11 statistics". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Norwich City’s Elliott Ward and James Vaughan to make return in Premier Reserve League fixture against Chelsea". www.edp24.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Elliott Ward joins Nottingham Forest from Norwich City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Elliott Ward happy to be back among familiar faces at Nottingham Forest". www.thisisnottingham.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Notts Forest 2-1 Peterborough Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "AFC Bournemouth sign ex-Norwich defender Elliott Ward". BBC Sport. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  24. ^ "Quotes of the week". BBC Sport. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-02. There is a reason I didn't go to West Ham, as I'm sure everyone can work out - I didn't want to leave my brother on the bench! Darren Ward explains why he turned down a move to the Premiership and opted for Crystal Palace .... 

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