Jack Hobbs (footballer)

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Jack Hobbs
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Hobbs playing for Leicester City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Jack Hobbs[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 25
Youth career
1999–2004 Lincoln City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2005–2009 Liverpool 2 (0)
2008 Scunthorpe United (loan) 9 (1)
2008–2009 Leicester City (loan) 44 (1)
2009–2011 Leicester City 70 (0)
2011 Hull City (loan) 13 (0)
2011–2014 Hull City 62 (1)
2013–2014 Nottingham Forest (loan) 25 (1)
2014– Nottingham Forest 2 (0)
National team
2007–2008 England U19 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:20, 10 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jack Hobbs (born 18 August 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Club career[edit]

Lincoln City[edit]

Hobbs was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire,[1] but grew up in Moulton, a small village near Spalding, Lincolnshire, and Hobbs played for Moulton Harrox from the age of 10. The former Spalding Grammar School student left Moulton Harrox a few years later when he joined Lincoln City. Whilst at Lincoln City he was allowed to play for Spalding Athletic for one season at under 13.

Hobbs quickly made an impression in the youth set-up and, at the age of 14, scored his first goal in his fourth appearance for the Lincoln City U19 side in a 1–1 draw with Bradford City U19 on 22 March 2003.[2] In March 2004 he was offered and accepted a three-year scholarship with the Imps, commencing at the start of the 2004–05 season.[3] His progress continued to be rapid and, at the age of just 16 years and 149 days, Hobbs made his league debut on 15 January 2005 coming off the bench to play just three minutes of League Two football at home for Lincoln City, in the 1–1 draw against Bristol Rovers, in the process becoming the youngest ever player to play for the Sincil Bank based club in the Football League.[4]

Liverpool[edit]

Hobbs moved from Lincoln City to Liverpool for a reported £750,000 on 2 August 2005 after spending a trial there. He made his Liverpool reserves debut at the age of 16 in a mini-derby with Everton and signed a three-year professional contract with the Merseyside club on his seventeenth birthday after initially agreeing to a pre-contract with the club. The young defender spent the 2005–06 season in the centre of midfield for the reserves having been put there by Paco Herrera. Hobbs also captained the reserves team after David Raven went on loan to Tranmere Rovers and played an important role in helping the club to win the FA Youth Cup against Manchester City. During the summer of 2006, Hobbs made his first appearances for the first team in friendly matches against Crewe and Wrexham, before going on tour of Switzerland with the first team. He endured a nightmare match against Kaiserslautern which Liverpool lost 3–2, with Hobbs placed at fault, although he did redeem himself a few days later when he was one of only a select few to come out of a 2–0 defeat to Zürich club Grasshopper with any credibility.

On 28 April 2007, Hobbs was named amongst the substitutes for the first time in Liverpool's Premier League match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, however he did not make it onto the pitch. Hobbs went on to represent England at under 19 level on 3 occasions at the end of the 2006–07 season. He was expected to start the game against Reading in the League Cup on 25 September 2007, but he started on the bench and came on to make his first-team debut as a late substitute in a 4–2 win. Hobbs later made his first full debut with Liverpool against Cardiff City in the League Cup on 31 October 2007, playing all 90 minutes and gaining praise from pundits and teammates for his composed performance.[5] His first appearance in the Premier League came when he replaced Jamie Carragher after 51 minutes in the 4–0 win against Bolton on 2 December 2007. On 8 December he made his first League start in place of Sami Hyypiä against Reading in which Liverpool lost the game three goals to one. He joined Football League Championship side Scunthorpe United on 24 January 2008 on a season-long loan deal.[6] He scored his first senior goal on 15 February against Stoke City.[7] The following season he was unable to gain a first team place as Liverpool's central defence was well covered.

Leicester City[edit]

Looking to gain first team experience, Hobbs joined League One side Leicester City on another season-long loan.[8] He scored his first goal (his second in his career) for Leicester in a 4–2 home win over Huddersfield Town on 24 January 2009.[9] Hobbs proved an imposing presence in defence, helping Leicester secure their promotion as league champions.[10]

Hobbs playing for Leicester City in a pre-season friendly on 24 July 2010

Alongside Leicester's League One title, Hobbs was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year and was voted Leicester City supporters club young player of the season for the 2008–09 season.[11] A day later Leicester signed Hobbs on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee on 24 April 2009, signing a four-year contract after a successful season with the club.[12] His overall performance in the 2009–10 season earned him the club's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year (shared with teammate Andy King) awards on 27 April 2010.[13]

Loan to Hull City[edit]

Hobbs joined Championship rivals Hull City on 15 February 2011 on loan until the end of the season, to play first team football after the arrival of several new defenders.[14] Hobbs made his debut on 22 February 2011 after coming on as a substitute for Matty Fryatt in the away match against Derby County.[15]

Hull City[edit]

Hobbs playing for Hull City in 2012

2011–12[edit]

At the end of the 2010–11 season Hull City negotiated a permanent deal with Leicester City for Hobbs and he signed a three-year deal with Hull City on 30 June 2011 for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £800,000.[16] He made his debut in the first game of the season on 5 August 2011 at the KC Stadium in the 0–1 defeat to Blackpool, where he was also made captain.[17] He has since formed a strong centre-back partnership with James Chester. Hobbs opened the scoring in the 3–0 win against Bristol City on 11 February 2012 at the KC Stadium with his first goal for the club.[18] On 31 March 2012, during a match against Coventry City, Hobbs suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury which at the time was set to keep him out of action for up to eight months.[19][20]

2012–13[edit]

Hobbs returned for Hull City on 8 December 2012 against Watford at Vicarage Road. He came on as a 29th minute substitute for Paul McShane and helped The Tigers to a 2–1 victory.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

2013–14[edit]

On 16 July 2013 Hobbs signed for Nottingham Forest in a deal seeing the defender move on loan for the season with an option for a 2-year contract after this.[21] He made his debut in a 1–0 win against Huddersfield Town.[22] Hobbs scored his first Forest goal against Derby County on 28 September 2013.[23] Hobbs was recalled by Hull City on 24 January 2014 to cover for an injury to James Chester.[24] On transfer deadline day, 31 January, Hobbs signed a four-and-half-year deal with Forest for an undisclosed fee.[25]

International career[edit]

On 18 March 2010, it was announced that England U21 manager Stuart Pearce was looking to give him a call to the squad. He has been described by him and his coaches as a fantastic young prospect, who will be capable of Premier League Football in the future.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 February 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lincoln City 2004–05 League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Liverpool 2005–06 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Premier League 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Total 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2007–08 Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Leicester City (loan) 2008–09 League One 44 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 49 1
Leicester City 2009–10 Championship 44 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 49 0
2010–11 Championship 26 0 2 0 2 0 30 0
Total 114 1 6 0 4 0 4 0 128 1
Hull City (loan) 2010–11 Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Hull City 2011–12 Championship 40 1 2 0 1 0 43 1
2012–13 Championship 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total 75 1 2 0 1 0 78 1
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2013–14 Championship 25 1 1 0 1 0 27 1
Nottingham Forest 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 27 1 1 0 1 0 29 1
Career total 228 4 9 0 9 0 4 0 250 4

Honours[edit]

Liverpool
Leicester City
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 9781845966010. 
  2. ^ "Youth Team Held By Bantams". Lincoln City F.C. 24 March 2003. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Five Youngsters Offered Scholarships". Lincoln City F.C. 10 March 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Teenager Hobbs Makes History". Lincoln City F.C. 17 January 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Barrett, Tony (1 November 2007). "Sami Hyypia: Jack's the lad for me!". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hobbs seals Scunthorpe switch". Liverpool F.C. 24 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Stoke 3–2 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Liverpool agree to loan Jack Hobbs to Leicester". Daily Mirror (London). 26 July 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Leicester 4–2 Huddersfield". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Leicester City's season in photos". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 April 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Trio honoured at awards". Leicester City F.C. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "Hobbs signs permanent Foxes deal". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  13. ^ "Hobbs Lands Awards Double". Leicester City F.C. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Tigers Bring in Hobbs". Hull City A.F.C. 15 February 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Derby 0–1 Hull". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hobbs Signs in With City". Hull City A.F.C. 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hull 0–1 Blackpool". BBC Sport (BBC). 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Hull V Bristol City". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jack Hobbs knee injury adds to Hull City's worries". BBC Sport (BBC). 2 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Hobbs Set For Long Spell Out". The Tigers Official Website (Hull City A.F.C.). 5 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Jack Hobbs on Board". Nottingham Forest F.C. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1 Huddersfield Town 0". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1–0 Derby County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "Jack Hobbs: Hull City recall Nottingham Forest's loan defender". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Transfer Deadline Day: Jack Hobbs joins Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport (BBC). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  26. ^ The Leicester Mercury – Leicester City defender Jack Hobbs set for England call-up

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matty Fryatt
Leicester City Players' Player of the Season
2010 (shared)
Succeeded by
Andy King