Frank Fielding

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Frank Fielding
Personal information
Full name Francis David Fielding[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Blackburn, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bristol City
Number 1
Youth career
2004–2007 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2007 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 15 (0)
2008 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 21 (0)
2008 Northampton Town (loan) 12 (0)
2009 Rochdale (loan) 25 (0)
2009 Leeds United (loan) 0 (0)
2010 Rochdale (loan) 16 (0)
2010 Derby County (loan) 10 (0)
2011 Derby County (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2013 Derby County 60 (0)
2013– Bristol City 27 (0)
National team
2007 England U19 2 (0)
2008–2011 England U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:03, 11 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:00, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Francis David "Frank" Fielding (born 4 April 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bristol City.

Club career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Born in Blackburn Lancashire, Fielding is a product of Blackburn Rovers Academy. He joined League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on 28 September 2007 on a three-month loan deal alongside Bolton Wanderers' Polish goalkeeper Przemyslaw Kazimierczak. The deal was made due to Wycombe having injury problems with both first team goalkeepers Scott Shearer and Jamie Young. Fielding made his debut a day after signing on loan, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win at Bradford City. His loan was extended until the end of the season on 10 January 2008 and he managed to keep his place after the return to fitness of Young.[3]

He then joined Northampton Town on loan for three months on 9 September[4] where he made 12 appearances before returning to Blackburn.

Fielding moved out on loan again, this time to Rochdale on 6 January 2009, where he starred before eventually featuring in an unsuccessful playoff attempt, losing to Gillingham in the semi-finals.[5] On 2 February, Fielding extended his stay with Rochdale until the end of the 2008–09 season.[6]

On 29 September 2009, Fielding joined Leeds United on a one-month emergency loan to cover for the injured Shane Higgs.[7] He was named as an unused substitute in Leeds' game against Carlisle. He was unavailable for Leeds' Football League Trophy game against Darlington as he was called up to England under-21 team. Fielding played his first game for Leeds the reserve team against Hartlepool United on 13 October. After being unable to displace Casper Ankergren, On 26 October, Leeds announced they would not be renewing his loan and he returned to Blackburn. On 1 February 2010, Fielding returned to Rochdale on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season and made his debut in the 1–0 defeat at Bury, eventually helping Rochdale to a third place finish and promotion to Football League One.

Fielding again started the 2010–11 season out of the first team picture as Paul Robinson's understudy. He was linked with a move to Championship side Derby County.[8] The interest caused Fielding to issue a "come-and-get-me" plea, stating "It is the worst feeling when you are training all week and not playing - so if anyone wants me on loan, I'm available!"[9] He joined Derby on a four-week emergency loan on 15 October 2010 and went straight into the squad for the home match against Preston North End the next day,[10] keeping a cleansheet on his debut as the team ran out 3–0 winners. The loan was extended for an additional month on 13 November, after his seven appearances had reaped three clean sheets and 15 points from a possible 21 as Derby moved to fourth in the table.[11] After Stephen Bywater returned from his wrist injury, Fielding returned to Blackburn in December.[12] He was then named on the subs bench for Blackburn to cover from Mark Bunn when Paul Robinson picked up an injury.[13][14][15] In February 2011, after Bywater and Saul Deeney picked up injuries, Fielding returned to Derby on loan.[16] Though the deal was initially announced as being until the end of the 2010-11 season, Fielding's two month emergency loan deal with the club in October and November meant that he could only remain at the club for an additional month, with his second stay ending after the away fixture at Crystal Palace on 19 March 2011,[17] though Fielding would train with the Derby squad for the remainder of the season.

Having left Derby 7th in the table, Fielding returned to the club in 19th after it had claimed only six points from the thirteen fixtures since his departure. In his first five games back at Derby, Fielding kept two clean sheets helping The Rams to an important wins against Sheffield United and Swansea City and draws with Barnsley and Crystal Palace. The 8 points from six games played in Fielding's second loan spell, came in stark contrast to the mere six point return from the 12 games since Fielding's previous loan spell finished.

Derby County[edit]

On 9 May 2011, it was announced that Fielding had signed a three-year deal subject to the FA and Premier League's approval,[18] for a fee of £400,000.[19] On 17 September 2011, Fielding was sent off after 67 seconds in the East Midlands derby match against Nottingham Forest, despite this Derby still won the match 2-1.[20] After his ban Fielding was restored to Derby's starting line up and has since been impressive, especially as Derby played out a one-all draw with Southampton and during a run of games in January 2012 where he recorded a clean sheet in 4 straight games. Fielding featured in every minute of Derby's first team action since the game he missed against Millwall in September 2011 but this run was ended on 21 April 2012, in the penulitmate game at Portsmouth when Fielding was substituted off at half-time due to a groin injury,[21] which ruled him out of the final game of the season at home to Peterborough United.[22] Fielding kept 12 clean sheets in the 47 games he played in during the 2011–12 season and finished 3rd in the fans Player of the Season vote.[23]

Fielding started the first ten games 2012–13 season, keeping his 1st clean sheet against local rivals Nottingham Forest, resulting in a 1-0 victory at the City Ground. Fielding missed the game against Brighton & Hove Albion on 6 October 2012 due to a groin injury. Clough was hopeful that Fielding would return for the game against former club Blackburn Rovers on 20 October 2012.[24] However, Fielding was ruled out for a further month.[25] Fielding returned to the first team squad 17 November however, Fielding had to be content with a place on the substitutes bench as he lost his place in the first team to Adam Legzdins.[26] Therefore, Fielding was limited to playing as an overage goalkeeper in the under-21 league, Clough did praise Fielding's and said he was getting closer to regaining his place.[27] In March 2013, Fielding regained his place in the starting eleven in Derby's 2–1 win against Leicester City after a 30 game absence lasting five and a half months.[28] In April 2013 five weeks after his return, Fielding was sent off for a professional foul in Derby's 3–1 win against Peterborough United, Fielding's second red card for Derby[29] After Derby signed Burnley keeper Lee Grant in May, Fielding was made available for transfer with a year left on his contract.[30] In June, Derby accepted a transfer bid of £200,000 for Fielding from Bristol City.[31]

Bristol City[edit]

On 26 June 2013, Fielding joined Bristol City, who had just been relegated to League One.[32]

He made his debut on 3 August 2013, in a 2–2 draw against Bradford City. The club made a disastrous start to the season, winning just four points from their opening eight games as Fielding conceded nineteen goals. He was subsequently replaced as first choice 'keeper by Elliot Parish.[33]

International career[edit]

Fielding was capped twice by the England under-19s, playing in games against the Netherlands and Czech Republic in May 2007.[34] He made his England under-21 debut on 18 November 2008, replacing the injured Joe Lewis in the 33rd minute at Bramall Lane against the Czech Republic.

Fielding received his first England call-up on 10 August 2010 for the friendly against Hungary, after Ben Foster withdrew from the squad.[35][36] The decision to call up a keeper whose highest level of domestic experience was in the third tier of English football drew criticism.[37] England won the match 2-1, with Fielding an unused substitute.[38]

Fielding was called up to the under-21 squad for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Although Fielding was 23 at the time of his call up, he was under 21 when the qualification phase began, making him eligible for the tournament.[39] Fielding played the full 90 minutes of a pre-tournament friendly against the Norway under-21s on 5 June, keeping a clean sheet as England won 2-0.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20 April 2013
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2007–08 36 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 39 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2008–09 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
Rochdale (loan) 2008–09 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Leeds United (loan) 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rochdale (loan) 2009–10 16 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
Loan Totals 89 0 3 0 1 0 4 0 97 0
Derby County (loan) 2010–11 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Derby County 2011–12 44 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 47 0
2012–13 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Total 76 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 80 0
Bristol City 2013–14 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Career Total 173 0 5 0 4 0 4 0 186 0
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the play-offs.

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Keeper Fielding to stay on for an extra month at DerbyCounty". Derby Telegraph. 13 November 2010. 
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