Jordan Rhodes

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Jordan Rhodes
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Rhodes pictured in February 2013
Personal information
Full name Jordan Luke Rhodes[1]
Date of birth (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Oldham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
Number 11
Youth career
2003–2005 Barnsley
2005–2007 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Ipswich Town 10 (1)
2007 Oxford United (loan) 4 (0)
2008 Rochdale (loan) 5 (2)
2009 Brentford (loan) 14 (7)
2009–2012 Huddersfield Town 124 (73)
2012– Blackburn Rovers 107 (59)
National team
2011–2012 Scotland U21 8 (8)
2011– Scotland 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:23, 26 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jordan Luke Rhodes (born 5 February 1990) is a footballer who plays for Blackburn Rovers as a striker.

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

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.

Rhodes has represented Scotland at both U-21 level and as a full international.

Early life

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.

Andy Rhodes joined Ipswich Town as a coach in 2004. Jordan attended Kesgrave High School in Ipswich through his secondary school years where he was scouted and recruited by Ipswich Town in 2004.

Club career

Ipswich Town

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.[5]

On 9 April 2008, Rhodes scored his first league goal in the 73rd minute against Cardiff City and was the equalising goal in a 1–1 draw, after coming into the game as a half time substitute.[6]

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.[7]

Rochdale (loan)

On 12 September 2008, Rhodes joined League Two team Rochdale on a one month loan and scored twice in five league games.

Brentford (loan)

On 23 January 2009, he joined Brentford on a one month loan deal,[8] and made his debut the following day in a 2–0 defeat away at Macclesfield Town in a League Two fixture.[9] 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,[10] also making him the youngest Brentford player to score a hat-trick in the club's history, five days short of his 19th birthday.[11] His loan spell was cut short after he suffered a broken toe.

Huddersfield Town

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.[12][13] 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.[14] He scored two goals on his home debut against Stockport County in the League Cup three days later.[15] In his next game on 15 August he added a further two goals to his tally in a 3–1 win over Southampton.[16] 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,[17] which beat the previous record set by Dixie Dean in the 1930s.[18] 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 against Chesterfield

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.[19] On 17 December, he scored all four of Huddersfield's goals in an away fixture which ended 4–4 against Sheffield Wednesday.[20] 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.[21] After just two-and-a-half years at the club, he became the club's 8th highest goalscorer of all time.[22]

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.[3]

Rhodes finished the 2011–12 season as both the club's and the league's top scorer with 36 league goals during the campaign.[2][3]

Blackburn Rovers

Rhodes joined Blackburn Rovers on 30 August 2012, for a fee of £8,000,000.[23] 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."[24]

Rhodes made his Blackburn Rovers debut on 1 September 2012 in a 3–3 draw with Leeds United.[25] On 15 September, he scored twice in a 5–3 away win against Bristol City.[26] On 6 November, he scored a goal on his return to Huddersfield Town in a 2–2 draw.[27] 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.[28]

He began the 2013–14 season in fine form, scoring consecutive braces against Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers to take his tally to nine goals after seven games in the season. By the turn of the year Rhodes had 15 league goals in 24 games, and scored the opener in a 2–1 away win at Leeds United. On 15 March 2014, Rhodes scored a hat-trick against his former club Huddersfield Town in a 4–2 away win.[29]

On 10 July 2014, Rhodes extended his contract with Blackburn Rovers to 2019. He said of the contract extension: "I'm very happy. It is a fantastic football club and I'm very lucky to be here."[30]

International career

Under-21

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.[31] 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.[31] 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.[32]

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.[33] Four days later, Rhodes scored both of the Scotland goals in a 2–2 draw against Austria.[34] 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.[35][36]

Under-21 goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.[37]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 October 2011 Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 2–1 5–1 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
2 6 October 2011 Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 3–1 5–1 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
3 6 October 2011 Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 4–1 5–1 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
4 10 October 2011 Scotland St. Mirren Park, Paisley  Austria 1–1 2–2 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
5 10 October 2011 Scotland St. Mirren Park, Paisley  Austria 2–2 2–2 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
6 14 November 2011 Netherlands Stadion de Goffert, Nijmegen  Netherlands 1–0 2–1 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
7 31 May 2012 Bulgaria Lovech Stadium, Lovech  Bulgaria 1–1 2–2 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
8 31 May 2012 Bulgaria Lovech Stadium, Lovech  Bulgaria 2–1 2–2 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification

Senior team

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.[38] 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.[39] 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."[40]

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.[41]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 August 2012 Scotland Easter Road, Edinburgh  Australia
1–1
3–1
Friendly
2 14 November 2012 Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg
1–0
2–1
Friendly
3 14 November 2012 Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg
2–0
2–1
Friendly

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 25 October 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 2007–08[42] Championship 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
2008–09[43] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 10 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
Oxford United (loan) 2007–08[42] Conference Premier 4 0 1 2 0 0 5 2
Rochdale (loan) 2008–09[43] League Two 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Brentford (loan) 2008–09[43] League Two 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 7
Huddersfield Town 2009–10[44] League One 45 19 3 1 2 3 3[a] 0 53 23
2010–11[45] League One 37 16 4 1 1 1 6[b] 4 48 22
2011–12[46] League One 40 36 0 0 1 2 4[c] 2 45 40
2012–13[47] Championship 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
Total 124 73 7 2 4 6 13 6 148 87
Blackburn Rovers 2012–13[47] Championship 43 27 5 1 0 0 48 28
2013–14[48] Championship 46 25 1 0 1 0 48 25
2014–15[49] Championship 14 5 0 0 0 0 14 5
Total 103 57 6 1 1 0 110 58
Career total 260 140 14 5 5 6 13 6 292 157
  1. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in League One play-offs.
  2. ^ Four appearances and four goals in Football League Trophy, two in League One play-offs.
  3. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, three appearances and two goals in League One play-offs.

International

As of match played 6 September 2013.[50]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2011 1 0
2012 4 3
2013 6 0
Total 11 3

Records

Club records
International records

Honours

Brentford
Huddersfield Town
Individual

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