Jack Cork

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Jack Cork
Jack Cork.jpg
Cork playing for Southampton in 2013
Personal information
Full name Jack Frank Porteous Cork[1]
Date of birth (1989-06-25) 25 June 1989 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Carshalton, London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
1998–2006 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Chelsea 0 (0)
2006–2007 Bournemouth (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2008 Scunthorpe United (loan) 34 (2)
2008 Southampton (loan) 23 (0)
2009 Watford (loan) 19 (0)
2009–2010 Coventry City (loan) 21 (0)
2010 Burnley (loan) 11 (1)
2010–2011 Burnley (loan) 40 (3)
2011– Southampton 102 (0)
National team
2005 England U16 4 (0)
2005–2006 England U17 7 (0)
2006 England U18 1 (0)
2007–2008 England U19 14 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
2008–2011 England U21 13 (0)
2012 Great Britain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:29, 27 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:20, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

Jack Frank Porteous Cork (born 25 June 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Southampton. He is a versatile player who normally plays in midfield, but can also play in defence. He is the son of former Wimbledon player, former Bolton Wanderers coach, and former Sheffield United assistant manager Alan Cork.[2][3] He has also featured for the Great Britain Olympic football team.



Cork joined the Chelsea youth set up age of nine, and captained both the club's youth and reserve teams.

Bournemouth (loan)[edit]

During the 2006–07 season, Cork twice went on loan to Bournemouth. Cork was selected to go on Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States in summer 2007. He made his first appearance for the first-team against Club América on 14 July. He played out-of-position at left-back for most of the tour.[4]

Scunthorpe United (loan)[edit]

Cork spent the 2007–08 season on loan at Scunthorpe United. After 35 appearances, despite Scunthorpe's ultimate relegation from the Football League Championship, he was voted the club's Player of the Year.[5] His first league goals came for Scunthorpe, both against Coventry City; in a 1–1 away draw on 27 November 2007[2] and in a 2–1 home victory on 1 March 2008.[6]

Southampton (loan)[edit]

In August 2008, Cork joined Southampton on loan until 1 January 2009, after the Saints beat off reportedly stiff competition from both Sheffield Wednesday and Aberdeen.[7]

Watford (loan)[edit]

In January 2009, Cork joined Watford on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[8] On 24 January 2009, Cork scored his first goal for Watford in a 4–3 victory over Crystal Palace in the 4th round of the FA Cup.[9]

Coventry City (loan)[edit]

On 21 August 2009, Cork signed a new three year contract with Chelsea and immediately signed for Coventry City on loan until the end of December 2009.

Burnley (loan)[edit]

On 1 February 2010, Cork signed on loan to Burnley until the end of the season.[10] He made his first appearance for Burnley in a 3–0 defeat at Craven Cottage on his Premier League debut. He then played in a 5–2 defeat against Aston Villa on 21 February 2010 and got an assist for Burnley's second goal.[11]

Cork got his first goal for Burnley on 9 May 2010, in their 4–2 win over Tottenham Hotspur, he buried a diving header in emphatic style to score Burnley's second to turn over a two goal lead.[12] His father revealed the day before in a local newspaper, The Lancashire Telegraph, that Jack is looking to leave Chelsea in the summer and doesn't mind dropping down into the Football League Championship in order to do so.[13]

On 8 August 2010 Chelsea said that they would allow Cork to leave the club and were looking for offers of around £2 million;[14] however on 12 August Cork re-joined Burnley on a season long loan to the delight of manager Brian Laws.[15] On 27 November, Cork scored a last minute winner against Derby at Turf Moor taking Burnley into the play-off positions.


Cork playing for Southampton in 2013

On 7 July 2011, Cork signed for Southampton, after they agreed an undisclosed fee with Chelsea.[16] However, the fee is thought to be around £750,000 mark.[17] He scored for Saints in a pre-season draw with West Bromwich Albion. Cork ended a solid 2011–12 season as the only Saints player who appeared in every league match, as the club finished as runners-up in the Football League Championship.[18]

He was called up into the Team GB football squad for the London 2012 Olympics.

Cork missed Southampton's opening fixtures of the 2012–13 Premier League season, due to an ankle injury, sustained against Bristol City in a friendly. On 26 October 2013, Cork came on for the final minute of Southampton's 2–0 win over Fulham, making his 100th league appearance for Southampton.

International career[edit]

Cork has represented England at many youth levels, making his Under 19 debut against the Czech Republic Under-19s in May 2007.[19] He captained the England Under 19 squad to make 2008's European Championships, and has since gone on to receive calls into the Under 21 squad.

Great Britain Olympic football team[edit]

On 2 July 2012, Cork was named in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[20] He made his debut for Great Britain in a 2–0 loss to Brazil on 20 July, coming on at half time to replace Daniel Sturridge.




  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Coventry 1 Scunthorpe 1: 27 November 2007 (Match summary)". soccerbase. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Crook, Alex (15 February 2014). "Southampton star Jack Cork wants Saints to win the FA Cup". Daily Star. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Minute Detail: Chelsea 2 Club America 1". chelseafc.com. 
  5. ^ "Cork Loan to Saints". chelseafc.com. 
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe 2-1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jan bolsters defence". saintsfc.co.uk. 21 August 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Cork Loan to Watford". ChelseaFC.com. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Watford 4–3 Crystal Palace". BBC. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Burnley boss delighted with signing of Chelsea youngster". Ontheminute.com. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Bevan, Chris (21 February 2010). "Aston Villa 5 – 2 Burnley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Burnley 4–2 Tottenham". BBC News. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Flanagan, Chris (8 May 2010). "Burnley midfielder Cork is ready to leave Chelsea, says father". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Scholes, Tony (8 August 2010). "Cork can go say Chelsea". Clarets-mad. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Loan Star Jack's The Lad – Again!". Burnley FC. 12 August 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "Saints Sign Jack Cork". saintsfc.co.uk. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "It's a corking offer for Jack". thesun.co.uk. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Player appearances: 2011–12". Southampton FC. Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Lions grab consolation". TheFA.com. Archived from the original on 13 June 2009. 
  20. ^ "Pearce names squad". Sky Sport. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

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