Jamie Langfield

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Jamie Langfield
Personal information
Full name James Robert Langfield
Date of birth (1979-12-22) 22 December 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Dundee 33 (0)
2003–2004 Raith Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2004 Partick Thistle 10 (0)
2004–2005 Dunfermline Athletic 0 (0)
2005– Aberdeen 275 (0)
2011 Forfar Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2007 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:42, 17 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 February 2007

James Robert "Jamie" Langfield (born 22 December 1979 in Paisley) is a Scottish professional football goalkeeper who currently plays for Aberdeen.

Career[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Langfield started his career as a youth player at Dundee and went on to play for Partick Thistle,[1] Raith Rovers (loan) and Dunfermline Athletic[2] before moving to Aberdeen in 2005.[3] At the start of his Aberdeen career, Langfield was the second choice goalkeeper behind Ryan Esson, but he soon took over from Esson as first choice and during season 2006–07, Aberdeen finished third and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

In May 2007, he rejected a move to Rangers,[4] preferring the option of more first-team opportunities at Aberdeen. In June 2007, while enjoying his stag party on holiday in Magaluf, he had a drunken argument with Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood after bumping into him in a chance encounter. Langfield, himself, says he wasn't able to remember his drunken argument with Calderwood, as he was so drunk.[5] His Aberdeen future was in doubt.[6] The club later confirmed that they had made him available for transfer, with an asking price of £100,000.[7] As a result of the incident, Langfield was not only demoted to the bench, with Derek Soutar made first choice, but it caused some supporters to turn on him.[8]

Having being on the bench for the first six matches, Langfield played his first match of the season, in a 0-0 draw against Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.[9] Aberdeen went through to the next round after a 1-1 draw in the second leg, which resulted in a victory on away goals.[10][11] The day after Aberdeen's UEFA cup victory over FC Copenhagen on 20 December 2007, Langfield signed a three-year extension to his contract which will keep him at the club until 2011.[12] During February 2008 Langfield experienced a drop in form. This started on 5 February when Aberdeen lost to Dundee United in the CIS Insurance Cup 4–1.[13] This led him being dropped as a first choice, but once again, regained it after being on the bench for seven matches.

Langfield was ever present in the league for the 2008-09 season and was linked a move to England, but was happy to stay at Aberdeen.[14] After Jimmy Calderwood left the club at the end of the season, he said Langfield was looking to leave the club but the player pledged his commitment to the club.[15]

Ahead of the 2010-11 season, in July 2010, Langfield injured himself by spilling boiling water on his foot.[16] Because of the injury, Langfield didn't return to the team until 18 September 2010, in a 1-1 draw against Motherwell and after the game, Langfield described the injury as "a freak accident and it was bloody painful."[17] Langfield was in goal as Celtic beat Aberdeen 9-0 on 9 November 2010. The match holds the record not only as the biggest ever win in the SPL, but it is also the biggest ever defeat in Aberdeen's history.[18] Langfield revealed he was in tears following the match.[19] Langfield also said he will be remembered as a keeper who conceded nine goals for the rest of his career.[20] Then, on 11 December 2010, he conceded five goals, in a 5-0 loss against Hearts.[21] Langfield played his 200th match in his Aberdeen career, in a 2-0 win over St. Mirren.[20]

In May 2011, Langfield signed a one year extension to his Aberdeen contract.[22] Langfield was previously told he had to take a pay-cut if he were to stay at the club, having been amongst three of the Dons highest-paid players.[23]

Later that month, he suffered a brain seizure and was taken to hospital in Glasgow.[24] Two days later, he was released from the hospital, as he continued his recovery.[25] Manager Craig Brown said he would allow Langfield to decide when he would resume playing and said he won't be back in action until he is 100 per cent.[26] He returned to training in September 2011.[27] Following his return, Manager Brown says he was considering letting Langfield join a club on loan, describing it as "a bit premature to be thinking about putting him into the first team".[28] Langfield admitted he thought the seizure could have ended his career.[29] Langfield says he believes his brain seizure can make him a better keeper and he would be taking medication in case of another seizure.[30] Then, Langfield was loaned to Forfar Athletic in November for one month to gain some match practice.[31] After making two appearances, Langfield returned to Aberdeen.

After nine months out, Langfield made his return to the Aberdeen first team in a 2–0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 21 April 2012.[32][33] After the match, Langfield says enjoyed making his comeback.[34]

After speculation in March 2012, that Langfield could leave the club in order to search for regular first team football,[35] he was offered a new contract on 25 April 2012,[36] and then signed a two-year contract seven days later.[37]

The start of the 2012–13 season saw Langfield start the opening game against champions Celtic. Aberdeen lost the game 1–0 with the only goal coming from Kris Commons, a shot which Langfield let slip under his body. The goalkeeper was then subject to abuse on the social networking site Twitter, with references made to his brain seizure that he had suffered the previous year.[38] In November, he went a second scheduled operation and following this, he was given the all clear.[39] On 15 December 2012, Langfield was sent-off after a straight red card following a foul on Borja Perez in the penalty box, resulting a penalty.[40] After the match, the club said they would appeal his sending off,[41] but this was rejected by The Scottish Football Association, meaning he will serve a one match suspension.[42] Langfield scored an own goal on 2 Jan 2013, in a 2-2 draw against the club's rivals, Dundee United.[43] Following a 0-0 draw against Hibernian on 22 April 2013, Langfield earned his 84th SPL clean-sheet, which is a step closer to overtaking Stefan Klos, Allan McGregor and Rab Douglas, the only players with more.[44]

In the 2013-14 season, Langfield gave away a penalty and received a red card in the third match of the season, as Aberdeen lost 2-0 against Celtic.[45] In September and October 2013, Langfield only conceded a total of 2 goals. The following month, Langfield signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2016.[46] Langfield started in goal in the Scottish League Cup final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he played the entire match which finished 0–0 after extra–time, going to a penalty-shootout. Aberdeen won 4–2 on penalties, with Langfield saving one of the Inverness penalties to win the match.[47] After the match, Langfield said "winning a cup at Parkhead with a team I love and I want to be part of. That’s incredible."[48] The club's goalkeeper coach Jim Leighton said of Langfield: "I’ve never seen Jamie play better than he is at the moment. It’s great to see him reaping the rewards for the effort I see him putting in at training every day."[49]

International[edit]

Langfield has made one Scotland B appearance. He has been called up to the full Scotland team several times but has yet to play.[50][51]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 October 2014
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee 1998–99 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1999–2000 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2001–02 21 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 25 0
2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 33 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 38 0
Raith Rovers (loan) 2003–04 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Partick Thistle 2003–04 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Dunfermline Athletic 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aberdeen 2005–06 20 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
2006–07 38 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
2007–08 25 0 3 0 3 0 8 0 39 0
2008–09 38 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
2009–10 35 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 41 0
2010–11 31 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
2011–12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2012–13 37 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 43 0
2013–14 37 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 46 0
2014–15 10 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 16 0
Total 275 0 26 0 16 0 16 0 333 0
Forfar Athletic (loan) 2011–12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 325 0 27 0 18 0 18 0 388 0

Honours[edit]

Aberdeen[edit]

2013/14

Personal life[edit]

Following his brain seizure that affected his career, Langfield helped raise money for the charity, BareAll4BTs, which helps those affected by brain tumours, by auctioning his gloves.[52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jags swoop for Langfield". BBC Sport. 15 January 2004. 
  2. ^ "Pars sign up Langfield". BBC Sport website. 12 May 2004. 
  3. ^ "Langfield completes move to Dons". BBC Sport. 21 June 2005. 
  4. ^ "Langfield rejects move to Ibrox". BBC Sport. 20 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Saturday's gossip column". BBC Sport. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Keeper Pays for Stag Night Antics". BBC Sport. 8 June 2007. 
  7. ^ Keeper pays for stag night antics, BBC Sport, 8 June 2007
  8. ^ "Jamie Langfield: My good form is down to settled domestic life". Daily Record. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Aberdeen 0-0 Dnipro Dnipropertovsk". BBC Sport. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dnipro Dnipropertovsk 1-1 Aberdeen (agg 1-1)". BBC Sport. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Calderwood hails heroes". Sky Sports. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Langfield pens new Dons deal". Sky Sports. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Aberdeen 1–4 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2008. 
  14. ^ "Langfield happy at Dons". Sky Sports. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dons duo staying put". Sky Sports. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield in hot water injury". BBC Sport. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "Jamie Langfield: It's been hard missing start of season after scalding but I'm pleased to be back". Daily Record. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Celtic 9 - 0 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Monday's Scottish gossip". BBC Sport. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "My career will be defined by match I conceded nine goals against Celtic, admits Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield". Daily Record. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "SPL: Hearts 5 Aberdeen 0". Daily Record. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Jamie Langfield extends Aberdeen stay". BBC News. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Aberdeen stars facing more cuts". Scottish Daily Express. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield recovering from seizure". BBC Sport. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  25. ^ "Aberdeen goalie Jamie Langfield to be allowed home from hospital as he recovers from seizure". Daily Record. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  26. ^ jamie-langfield-told-1104568 "Aberdeen No.1 Jamie Langfield told he can decide when he wants to resume career after seizure". Daily Record. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Aberdeen star Jamie Langfield set for September return after suffering seizure". Daily Record. 
  28. ^ "Aberdeen explore Jamie Langfield loan deal". BBC Sport. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield admits he feared seizure had ended career". Daily Record. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Aberdeen star Jamie Langfield: Brain seizure can make me a better keeper". Daily Record. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  31. ^ "Goalkeeper Jamie Langfield joins Forfar for a month". BBC Sport. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  32. ^ "Inverness CT 0–2 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  33. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield to make his comeback after brain seizure". Daily Record. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  34. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield admits he 'enjoyed' being back in action after seizure". Daily Record. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  35. ^ "Jamie Langfield could leave Aberdeen in search of first team football". STV Sport. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  36. ^ "Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie among six to exit". BBC Sport. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  37. ^ "Langfield commits to Dons". Sky Sports. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  38. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield Twitter 'abuse' probed". BBC News. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  39. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield is given health all-clear". BBC Sport. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  40. ^ "Aberdeen 0 - 2 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  41. ^ "Aberdeen to appeal against Jamie Langfield red card". BBC Sport. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  42. ^ "Aberdeen: Jamie Langfield red card appeal rejected". BBC Sport. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  43. ^ "Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  44. ^ "Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield proud to be SPL shut out king". Daily Record. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  45. ^ "Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admits he had no arguments with Jamie Langfield's red card". Daily Record. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  46. ^ "Aberdeen: Hayes, Pawlett and Langfield sign new contracts". BBC Sport. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  47. ^ "Aberdeen 0–0 (a.e.t.) Inverness Caledonian Thistle". BBC Sport. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  48. ^ "Aberdeen shoot-out hero Jamie Langfield: Two years ago I almost died but after League Cup Final win I'll be smiling forever". Daily Record. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  49. ^ "Dons coach Jim Leighton says Jamie Langfield has never played better". Evening Express. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  50. ^ "Broadfoot called up by Scots". Sky Sports. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  51. ^ "Langfield earns Scotland call". Sky Sports. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  52. ^ "Jamie Langfield auctions gloves to help brain tumour charity". Sport STV. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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