Joe Garner

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Joe Garner
Personal information
Full name Joseph Alan Garner[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-12) 12 April 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Blackburn, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 14
Youth career
000?–2005 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2007 Carlisle United (loan) 18 (9)
2007–2008 Carlisle United 31 (19)
2008–2011 Nottingham Forest 48 (9)
2010–2011 Huddersfield Town (loan) 16 (1)
2011 Scunthorpe United (loan) 18 (8)
2011–2013 Watford 24 (1)
2012 Carlisle United (loan) 16 (9)
2013– Preston North End 55 (22)
National team
2003–2004 England U16 4 (4)
2004–2005 England U17 10 (5)
2005–2006 England U19 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 14 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November, 2013

Joseph 'Joe' Alan Garner (born 12 April 1988 in Blackburn) is an English professional footballer who plays for Preston North End.

Footballing career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Garner started his career at Blackburn Rovers and playing as a striker played in the same position as his namesake Simon Garner, Blackburn's highest-ever goalscorer and club legend during the 1980s and early 1990s. Contrary to some stories, the two are not related. He played for the youth and reserve teams at Ewood Park. Despite not making the breakthrough into the Blackburn Rovers senior squad there was hope that Blackburn Rovers manager, Mark Hughes, would mould his undoubted raw talent into a complete player as he did with David Bentley, Robert Earnshaw and Morten Gamst Pedersen amongst others. Eventually the competition for places in the Blackburn line up over the last few years that included Paul Dickov, Paul Gallagher, Shabani Nonda, Craig Bellamy, Benni McCarthy, Roque Santa Cruz, Jason Roberts, Maceo Rigters and several other well known strikers, forced Garner to drop down two divisions and play for a side where he could be sure of playing regular first team football.

Carlisle United[edit]

On 19 January 2007, Garner joined Carlisle United on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season.[2] Garner scored his first ever league goal for Carlisle United at Brunton Park on 10 February 2007, in a game against Yeovil Town, which Carlisle went on to lose 4–1.[3] His powerful shot, from well outside the box, at Port Vale on 7 April 2007 was voted goal of the season by United fans.[4]

On 10 August 2007, Garner signed permanently for Carlisle United for a club record fee of £140,000, which could rise to £150,000 if United gain promotion to The Championship.[5] Scottish Premier League side Dundee United were also interested in signing Garner, before he joined Carlisle United.[6] His record for "United" stands at League 50 appearances, 48 starts, 28 goals, 14 yellow cards and one red card – which he received in the 1–1 draw against Huddersfield Town at Brunton Park, where he scored a first half stoppage time goal, got booked and sent off for 'diving' after a tackle from goalkeeper Matt Glennon, a former United player.[7]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 25 July 2008, less than a year after joining Carlisle, Garner was sold to Nottingham Forest for a fee of £1.14m.[8] He signed a four-year contract, keeping him at the Reds until 2012. He was recovering from a knee ligament operation at the time of the transfer. Garner returned from his injury in late October 2008, when he was given a surprise[citation needed] start in the 1–0 home defeat to Cardiff City.[9] He then scored his first goal for the club three weeks later, scoring the first goal in a 2–2 draw at Bristol City.[10] A further two weeks later, he scored his first goal at the City Ground in Forest's 1–0 victory against Barnsley,[11][12] and followed this up with another goal at Coventry City.[13] He then netted a 'majestic' 35-yard chip in a 2–0 victory at Southampton,[14] before scoring his fifth of the season in the 4–2 home loss against Doncaster Rovers,[15][16] a result which cost the Forest manager Colin Calderwood his job.[16]

After the arrival of new manager Billy Davies at Forest on 1 January 2009, Garner struggled to hold a regular first-team place during the remainder of the season and was limited to mainly substitute appearances. However, Garner netted his first goal under Davies with a crucial 82nd minute equaliser against Bristol City on 11 April 2009, a game that ended in a 3–2 Forest win.[17]

The beginning of the 2009–10 season saw Garner forge his way into Davies' plans, playing on the right side of midfield occasionally. He scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season on 17 April 2010 against Blackpool.[18] His second and last of the season was a 'cool finish' against Scunthorpe United, in a game that finished in a 2–2 draw.[19] He made 14 league starts during the season.

Continuing to be out of favour with Forest manager Billy Davies – and having to compete against fellow Forest forwards Robert Earnshaw, Dexter Blackstock, Nathan Tyson, David McGoldrick, Marcus Tudgay and Dele Adebola – Garner spent essentially the entirety of the 2010–11 season out on loan at Huddersfield Town and then Scunthorpe United. Davies went on record stating that the move to the Iron was to get "games under [Garner's] belt".[20]

In the opening fixture of the 2011–12 season, with a depleted number of striking options available to new manager Steve McClaren, Garner made his first appearance for Forest in over a year coming on as a second-half substitute against Barnsley.[21]

Huddersfield Town (loan)[edit]

On 21 July 2010, Garner joined League One side Huddersfield Town on a six-month loan deal.[22] He made his Terriers debut in the 3–0 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane on 7 August 2010.[23] He failed to score during his time at the Galpharm Stadium, and on 5 January 2011, he returned to Forest.[24]

Scunthorpe United (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2011 Garner joined Scunthorpe United on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season.[25] During this loan spell he made 17 appearances (16 starts; one as substitute) and scored six goals. He scored twice in Scunthorpe's 'shock' 4–1 win against league leaders Queens Park Rangers on 9 April 2011.[26] Scunthorpe finished bottom of the Championship league table and were relegated[27] and Garner returned to Forest at the end of the 2010–11 season.

Watford[edit]

On 31 August 2011, Garner signed for Watford for an undisclosed fee[28][29] believed to be £200,000.[30] Garner stated that he was 'desperate for first-team football',[31] while manager Sean Dyche said that he hoped he could 'revitalise' his new striker.[32] Garner made his Watford debut as a substitute in a 2–0 away win against Reading, replacing Marvin Sordell, on 10 September 2011.[33] His first start came on 24 September 2011 against his old club Nottingham Forest, a game which Watford lost 1–0.[34] His first goal for the Hertfordshire club came in a 2–0 away win at Millwall on 31 January 2012.[35]

Carlisle United (loan)[edit]

Garner signed a one-month loan deal with Carlisle United on 18 September 2012 confirming his second spell with the club.[36] Garner scored his first goal after his return to 'The Cumbrians' in a 2–1 victory away at Walsall.[37] Carlisle manager Greg Abbott stated his desire to extend Garner's stay at the club,[38] and a deal was agreed soon after.[39] On 16 October, Garner scored a late equaliser for Carlisle in a 1–1 away draw at Bury.[40] He then scored two against Oldham Athletic to help his side win 3–1 on 23 October.[41] After a goal in the 4–2 FA Cup win over Ebbsfleet United,[42] Garner opened the scoring in a 1–1 draw against Preston North End with a penalty.[43] Later that week, Garner scored against Brentford and had a penalty saved by Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore.[44] He hit his 8th goal (7th in the league) against Yeovil.

Preston North End[edit]

On 8 January 2013, Garner agreed an 18-month contract with Preston with an option for a further year, the club which Joe went and supported as a boy. This came after he was released by Watford. He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win away at Notts County on 12 March 2013. On 27 November 2013, in an away fixture at Port Vale, Garner was involved in a scuffle with Vale's Anthony Griffith, but the referee Andy Madley sent off Neil Kilkenny by accident instead. Garner controversially went on to score both goals in a 2–0 victory at Vale Park. Following the debacle the red card was switched from Kilkenny to Garner and a 3 match ban followed, despite Vale player Anthony Griffith stating that he was never struck by Garner. On 20 December 2013, Preston exercised the option of the further year contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015, after he had hit a rich vein of form which began with a late header against Tranmere at Deepdale. On 14 January 2014, Garner came on as a substitute in the 62nd minute of Preston's FA Cup game against Ipswich and scored a hat-trick, including 2 goals in the space of 1 minute to help them to a 3–2 win. He scored a "terrific 25-yard volley" to equalise against Rotherham United in the play-off semi-final first leg,[45] but Rotherham won the second leg to progress to the final.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League FA Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals


2006–07 Carlisle United League One 18 5 - - 18 5
2007–08 31 14 2 0 1 0 35 14
2008–09 Nottingham Forest Championship 28 7 2 1 - 30 8
2009–10 18 2 1 0 2 0 21 2
2010–11 Huddersfield Town League One 16 0 - 1 0 19 0
2010–11 Scunthorpe United Championship 14 6 - - 14 6
2011–12 Nottingham Forest 2 0 - 2 0 4 0
2011–12 Watford 22 1 2 0 - 24 1
2012–13 Carlisle United League One 16 7 2 1 - 18 8
2012–13 Preston North End 14 0 - - 14 0
2013–14 32 19 5 5 2 0 39 24
2014–15 5 3 0 0 0 0 5 3

Notes

A. Football League Trophy games included in seasonal totals
2013–14 statistics up to and including Tuesday 25 February 2014

England[edit]

Garner has represented England at U19 level.[4] During the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification, Garner scored in a 2–1 loss to the Belgium U19s[46] and also made appearances against Northern Ireland U19s[47] and Serbia & Montenegro.[48] Garner also appeared in a U19 friendly against the Netherlands.[49]

References[edit]

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