Rhodes pictured in February 2013
|Full name||Jordan Luke Rhodes|
|Date of birth||5 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Oldham, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Blackburn Rovers|
|2007||→ Oxford United (loan)||4||(0)|
|2008||→ Rochdale (loan)||5||(2)|
|2009||→ Brentford (loan)||14||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:30, 26 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He started his career at Ipswich Town and after loan spells at Oxford United, Rochdale and Brentford he joined Huddersfield Town. In the 2011–12 season, he was the top scorer in England with 36 league goals, breaking Huddersfield's club record for most league goals scored in a season.
In August 2012, he became English football's most expensive player outside the top flight when he joined Blackburn Rovers for £8,000,000, equalling Blackburn's record transfer fee.
Although born in England, Rhodes opted to play for Scotland, becoming eligible through having attended school in Scotland while his father Andy Rhodes played as a goalkeeper for Scottish football clubs.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Records
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Rhodes was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England while his father, English footballer Andy Rhodes was playing for Oldham Athletic. Rhodes senior moved to Scotland later that year when he joined Dunfermline Athletic and stayed in Scotland until 1998 also playing for St Johnstone and Airdrieonians. There were breaks in the time Andy Rhodes spent playing in Scotland when he had loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Scarborough. Thus Jordan Rhodes spent much of his childhood living and being schooled in Scotland. Initially he followed in his father's footsteps and played as a goalkeeper as a youngster.
Rhodes joined Ipswich Town in March 2005 when his father joined the club as a goalkeeping coach. He scored over 40 goals for Ipswich Town under-16s, under-18s and reserve teams in his first full season at the club. He was also selected by the England under-17s team, but withdrew due to injury.
At the start of the 2006–07 season Rhodes suffered numerous injuries including a dislocated shoulder and being knocked unconscious. He made his debut for Ipswich in the 2007–08 season, coming on as a late substitute against Burnley.
Oxford United (loan)
He joined Oxford United in the Conference National on a one month loan deal on 10 October 2007. He failed to score in his four league appearances and he was recalled from his loan spell on 6 November by Ipswich as he was required for their FA Youth cup.
On 23 January 2009, he joined Brentford on a one month loan deal, and made his debut the following day in a 2–0 defeat away at Macclesfield Town in a League Two fixture. The loan was later extended until the end of the season. He scored his first Brentford goal on his home debut in the 3–0 win at home to Aldershot Town. Rhodes scored his first hat-trick in 29 minutes of the first half in the 3–1 away win at Shrewsbury Town on 31 January, also making him the youngest Brentford player to score a hat-trick in the club's history, five days short of his 19th birthday. His loan spell was cut short after he suffered a broken toe.
On 31 July 2009, Rhodes signed for Huddersfield Town on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be £350,000 plus a sell-on fee, becoming manager Lee Clark's sixth signing of the season. Rhodes started the season well scoring six goals in his first six games at the club. He made his debut coming off the bench in the 2–2 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall on 8 August 2009, where he scored Town's equaliser. He scored two goals on his home debut against Stockport County in the League Cup three days later. In his next game on 15 August he added a further two goals to his tally in a 3–1 win over Southampton. and then in Huddersfield's 4–3 away loss to Newcastle United in the League Cup second round.
On 10 October, he scored a hat-trick of headers within eight minutes in a 4–0 victory over Exeter City, which beat the previous record set by Dixie Dean in the 1930s. Rhodes finished the season as Huddersfield's top goal scorer with 23 goals in all competitions. He was again their top scorer in 2010–11, despite limited appearances, Rhodes scored 22 in total.
Rhodes began the 2011–12 season with 13 goals in his first 13 games in all competitions. He was also the first Huddersfield player to score back to back hat-tricks since the 1920s, the two coming against Exeter City on 15 October 2011 in a 4–0 away victory and then in the 3–1 home win over Preston North End on 22 October 2011. On 17 December, he scored all four of Huddersfield's goals in an away fixture which ended 4–4 against Sheffield Wednesday. He made his 100th league appearance against Chesterfield and scored.
Rhodes scored five times in a 6–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers, equalling the record for goals scored by a Huddersfield Town player in a match set by Dave Mangnall and Alf Lythgoe in the 1930s. After just two-and-a-half years at the club, he became the club's 8th highest goalscorer of all time.
On 11 March 2012, Rhodes was named League One Player of the Year at the Football League Awards, ahead of Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson and Sheffield United's Ched Evans. On 3 April 2012 in a game against Leyton Orient he surpassed Sammy Taylor and George Brown's jointly held goalscoring record for the club with his 36th league goal of the season, as part of his sixth hat-trick of the season.
Rhodes was listed at number 4 in FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players Poll for 2011, 42 places higher than the previous year. He finished the 2011–12 season as both the club's and the league's top scorer with 36 league goals during the campaign.
Rhodes joined Blackburn Rovers on 30 August 2012, for a fee of £8,000,000. After being unveiled as a Rovers player the following morning, Rhodes said of his move to the Lancashire club: "I'm delighted, it's great to be here and to be part of a prestigious club, it is fantastic."
Rhodes made his Blackburn Rovers debut on 1 September 2012 in a 3–3 draw with Leeds United. On 15 September, he scored twice in a 5–3 away win against Bristol City. On 6 November, he scored a goal on his return to Huddersfield Town in a 2–2 draw. On 17 November, he scored his first Blackburn Rovers hat-trick against Peterborough United in a 4–1 victory for Rovers.
Rhodes was named Blackburn's player of the season and he received his trophy at Ewood Park on 27 April 2013, before Blackburn's 1–1 draw at home to Crystal Palace. Rhodes celebrated this achievement with his 26th league goal of the season, a deft lob from an acute angle over Palace goalkeeper Julián Speroni.
Although born in England, Rhodes is eligible to play for Scotland because he attended school there for more than five years, while his English father Andy Rhodes played for Scottish clubs. In July 2010, it was reported by The Scotsman newspaper that Rhodes was being considered for selection by the Scotland national under-21 football team. He received his first call-up to the Scotland under-21 squad in November 2010, but was immediately withdrawn because Huddersfield were due to play an FA Cup replay against Cambridge United on the day before the under-21 match.
Rhodes eventually made his debut for Scotland under-21s on 24 March 2011, in a 1–0 loss to Belgium in Deinze. He made his home debut on 10 August 2011, in the 3–0 win over Norway at St. Mirren Park. He scored his first goals for Scotland with a hat-trick in a 5–1 win against Luxembourg at Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City on 6 October 2011. Four days later, Rhodes scored both of the Scotland goals in a 2–2 draw against Austria. He also scored in Scotland's 2–1 victory over Netherlands in an U21 qualifier for the 2013 U21 European Championships. After scoring 2 goals against Bulgaria in only his 8th game for the side, he became the all time leading scorer for the Scottish U21's.
Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
Rhodes was included in the full Scotland squad for their match against Cyprus at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca on 11 November 2011, as a reward for his October form for Huddersfield and the under-21's. He was an 87th minute substitute for Jamie Mackie and had a stinging shot parried by the Cyprus goalkeeper in injury time. Scotland won the match 2–1. Rhodes said to the press after the game, "It was never in doubt I would be sticking with Scotland. I'm Scottish through and through. I had all the jerseys as a kid and grew up watching Scotland."
Rhodes made his first start for the Scots in the friendly against Australia at Easter Road. He marked his first start for the national team with a goal, a superb header to draw Scotland level, after Mark Bresciano opened the scoring for the Australians. Scotland went on to win 3–1 with an own goal from Davidson and a 3rd from Ross McCormack.
Senior team goals
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1||15 August 2012||Easter Road, Edinburgh||Australia||1–1||3–1||Friendly|
|2||14 November 2012||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|3||14 November 2012||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
- As of 26 November 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Oxford United (loan)|
- Club records
- Huddersfield Town:
- Blackburn Rovers:
- International records
- Huddersfield Town
- Football League One Player of the Season 2011–12
- Football League One Topscorer 2011–12: 36 goals
- PFA Team of the Year League One 2011–12
- Huddersfield Town Player of the Season 2011–12
- Huddersfield Town Young Player of the Year: 2011
- Blackburn Rovers Player of the Season 2012–13
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 350. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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- Cryer, Andy (11 September 2012). "Mackay urges Rhodes to bide his time over Scot shot". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- "Ipswich 0 (0) – 0 (0) Burnley". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- "Ipswich 1–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- "Ipswich recall Rhodes from Oxford". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 7 November 2007.
- "Bees sign Ipswich striker on loan". BBC Sport. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
- "Macclesfield 2–0 Brentford". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
- "Shrewsbury 1–3 Brentford". BBC Sport. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- Thomson, Dougie. "Huddersfield Town star Jordan Rhodes' five career hat tricks". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
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- "Huddersfield 3–1 Stockport". BBC Sport. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
- "Huddersfield 3–1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
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- Thomson, Dougie (12 October 2009). "Team is most important thing: Huddersfield Town hat-trick hero Rhodes". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
- "Sheffield Wed 4–4 Huddersfield". BBC News. 17 December 2011.
- "BBC Sport – Wycombe 0–6 Huddersfield". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
- Hot Shot Rhodes in Record Transfer to Rovers
- "£8m Jordan Rhodes unveiled at Blackburn Rovers". Greenun24.co.uk. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
- "Leeds 3–3 Blackburn" BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Bristol City 3–5 Blackburn" BBC Sport. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "BBC Sport – Huddersfield 2–2 Blackburn". BBC.co.uk. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
- Wright, Angus (26 July 2010). "Scotland manager defends courting players from south of the Border". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). Retrieved 29 August 2010.
- Booth, Mel (9 November 2010). "Huddersfield Town boss on squad tactics v Rotherham Utd". Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 6 October 2011.
- "Rhodes grabs hat-trick in U21 romp". Scottish Football Association. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
- "Scotland U21 2–2 Austria U21". BBC Sport (BBC). 10 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- "Bulgaria U21 2–2 Scotland U21". BBC Sports. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Jordan Rhodes is most lethal striker in UK". Daily Record. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Jordan Rhodes: U21 Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- "Jordan Rhodes' honour at first senior Scotland call-up". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
- "Cyprus 1–2 Scotland". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
- "Jordan Rhodes: I'd settle for quarter of success of Huddersfield's last Scotland international."
- "Jordan Rhodes: A Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- "Jordan Rhodes: Career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- "Huddersfield 4–0 Exeter". BBC Sport (BBC). 10 October 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- "Huddersfield 3–1 Preston". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- "Wycombe 0–6 Huddersfield". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 October 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
- "Rovers 1–0 Ipswich Town". Blackburn Rovers (Rovers.co.uk). 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
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