John Bostock

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John Bostock
John Bostock.jpg
Bostock in 2009 while at Tottenham
Personal information
Full name John Joseph Bostock
Date of birth (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Camberwell, England[1]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Royal Antwerp
Number 8
Youth career
1999–2007 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Crystal Palace 4 (0)
2008–2013 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2009–2010 Brentford (loan) 9 (2)
2010–2011 Hull City (loan) 11 (2)
2012 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 Swindon Town (loan) 11 (0)
2013 Toronto FC (loan) 7 (0)
2013– Royal Antwerp 29 (1)
National team
2006–2007 England U16 6 (0)
2007–2009 England U17 25 (0)
2009–2010 England U19 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 July, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Joseph Bostock (born 15 January 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Royal Antwerp[3] in the Belgian Second Division.

Club career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Bostock made his league debut on 29 October 2007 at the age of 15 years and 287 days, playing 20 minutes as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat to Watford at Selhurst Park, making him Palace's youngest ever player.[4] He also became the youngest ever Palace player to start a game,[5] aged 15 years and 295 days, on 6 November 2007 against Cardiff City at Ninian Park.[6] He has captained England at Under-17 level.[5]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 30 May 2008, Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Bostock on their club website.[7] Crystal Palace later issued a statement denying reports that an agreement had been reached with Tottenham.[8] Tottenham and Crystal Palace entered negotiations over the transfer fee, but agreement could not be reached, leading to the sum being decided at a tribunal. On 9 July the tribunal declared that Tottenham would pay £700,000 for Bostock, with add-on payments of up to £1.25m dependent on appearances and a further £200,000 should he make his full international debut. A sell-on clause entitles Crystal Palace to 15% of any profit Tottenham makes from any future sale of Bostock's contract.[9][10] Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan said he was so disgusted with Bostock and his stepfather that he intended to revoke and refund their Selhurst Park season tickets for 2008–09, which the pair had already purchased.[11]

Bostock made his first team debut for Spurs in an 8–0 pre-season win over Spanish side Tavernes, providing the cross for Aaron Lennon's opening goal.[12] On 6 November 2008 he made his competitive match debut in the 2008 UEFA Cup game against Dinamo Zagreb, coming on as a substitute, and becoming the youngest player ever to play for Spurs at 16 years, 295 days, just beating the previous record-holder Ally Dick by six days.[13][14] Bostock made a further two appearances in the Uefa Cup that season, however his career with Tottenham stalled after that and had to wait until January 2012 for his next appearance, in an FA Cup match against Cheltenham Town.[15]

Loan spells[edit]

On 13 November 2009, Bostock joined League One outfit Brentford on loan for a month,[16] he was handed the number 17 shirt immediately. Bostock scored twice on his debut against Millwall[17]

On 6 August 2010, Bostock had joined newly relegated Hull City on a season-long loan.[18] He scored with a 30-yard strike described as a "wonder goal" on his debut against Swansea on 7 August.[19] On 31 December 2010, Tottenham Hotspur announced that Bostock had returned early from his largely unsuccessful loan spell at Hull City.

Bostock joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan on 30 January 2012 for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.[20] He made his debut the following day as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with MK Dons.[21] He was recalled to Spurs in March after playing only 4 games.[22]

Bostock joined Swindon Town on loan on 22 March 2012 for the remainder of the season, after Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said it would be good for him to play under Paolo Di Canio.[23] He made his debut on 25 March in the 2012 Football League Trophy Final, which Swindon lost 2–0 to Chesterfield.[24] He made his league debut against Gillingham on 21 April.[25] He made his home debut on 28 April, in a 5–0 win against Port Vale in a game that saw Swindon crowned League Two champions.[26] He made his final appearance on the final day of the season in a 0–0 draw against Bradford.[27]

He returned on loan to Swindon on 30 August 2012 until January 2013.[28] He made his first appearance 2 days later against Preston.[29] He made his home debut on 5 September in the Football League Trophy against rivals Oxford United.[30] Bostock returned to Tottenham on 7 January 2013.[31]

In February 2013 it was reported that Bostock was having trials with two different MLS clubs with a view to a loan move.[32][33] Bostock officially joined Toronto FC on 8 March 2013, and made his debut for team the following day in a 2–1 home victory over Sporting Kansas City where he was substituted in the 85th minute.[34] On 24 May 2013, Bostock was given a waiver (release) by Toronto, ending his loan stint with the club.[35] On 7 June 2013, the Premier League confirmed that Bostock was one of a number of Premier League players who were being released by their clubs and were now free agents, advertising their availability to other clubs.[36] The official announcement from Tottenham was made on 10 June 2013, which included Bostock, amongst a number of Spurs players who would not be offered new contracts and were being released.[37]

Royal Antwerp[edit]

On 11 July 2013, Bostock joined Royal Antwerp in the Belgium second tier, on a two year deal. He spent a very successful first season with Belgium team as he was a crucial part of the team and one of the players that provided more assists in the league most of whom from free kicks and corners.

International career[edit]

In March 2013, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation announced that Bostock had shown interest in representing the Soca Warriors at international level.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 March 1914.[39]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 2007–08 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Brentford (loan) 2009–10 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Hull City (loan) 2010–11 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2011–12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2011–12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2011–12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
2012–13 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Canada League Canadian Championship MLS Playoffs North America Other2 Total
Toronto FC (loan) 2013 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Other2 Total
Royal Antwerp 2013-14 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
Career total 69 5 5 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 79 5

Honours[edit]

Swindon Town
England

References[edit]

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  3. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/8818698/Royal-Antwerp-sign-former-Tottenham-midfielder-John-Bostock-on-two-year-deal Signs for Antwerp
  4. ^ "Crystal Palace 0–2 Watford". BBC Sport. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Collins, Sam (16 May 2008). "Spurs braced for Bostock compensation battle". London: Guardian. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cardiff 1–1 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
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  13. ^ "Four-midable!". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Record breaker". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
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  16. ^ "Bostock joins Brentford on loan". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Brentford 2 – 2 Millwall". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
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  19. ^ Dulin, David (7 August 2010). "Hull City 2–0 Swansea City". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
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  21. ^ "MK Dons 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
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  23. ^ "Swindon sign Jay McEveley and John Bostock on loan". 
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  26. ^ "Swindon 5–0 Port Vale" BBC Sport. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  27. ^ "Bradford 0–0 Swindon" BBC Sport. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
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  29. ^ "Preston 4–1 Swindon" BBC Sport. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  30. ^ "Oxford Utd 1–0 Swindon" BBC Sport. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
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  33. ^ Dave Rowaan (26 February 2013). "Toronto FC Targets: Ephraim, Bostock, Earnshaw, and more". wakingthered.com. SB Nation – Waking The Red. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  34. ^ Bottjer, Steve (9 March 2013). "Reds Beat SKC at Rogers Centre". Toronto FC. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
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  36. ^ "Premier League Free Transfer List 2012/13". Premier League. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
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  39. ^ John Bostock career stats at Soccerbase

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