|Full name||Justin Raymond Hoyte|
|Date of birth||20 November 1984|
|Place of birth||Leytonstone, England|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
(on loan from Middlesbrough)
|2005–2006||→ Sunderland (loan)||27||(1)|
|2013–||→ Millwall (loan)||0||(0)|
|2013–||Trinidad and Tobago||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:03, 30 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Justin Raymond Hoyte (born 20 November 1984 in Leytonstone, England) is an English-born Trinidadian footballer who plays for Millwall on loan from Middlesbrough. His younger brother, Gavin Hoyte, plays for Dagenham & Redbridge. His mother is Wendy Hoyte, who was a former British sprinter. He is known for his speed.
Hoyte was with Arsenal from the age of nine years old. Making his way up through the academy, youth and reserve teams, he signed professional terms with Arsenal in May 2003. He is primarily a right back, but has also been used at left back for Sunderland, Arsenal and Middlesbrough.
He made his debut as an 89th minute substitute in Arsenal's 6–1 Premiership victory over Southampton in May 2003. He made one league appearance as Arsenal won the 2003-04 FA Premier League, however this was not enough to qualify for a winners' medal. Being down the pecking order, his first few appearances for Arsenal were mostly restricted to League Cup matches, though in 2004–05 he made five league appearances, with four of them being starts. The first of which was at Norwich City, where he played centre back as a last minute replacement for Pascal Cygan, who was injured in the warm up.
During the summer of 2005, Hoyte was linked with a loan move to Ipswich Town, but Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger made clear he wanted the defender to play Premiership football. Therefore Hoyte instead joined Sunderland, on 31 August 2005 and played for the Black Cats for the entire 2005–06 season, making 31 appearances and scoring 1 goal against Newcastle United in April 2006. He returned to Arsenal at the end of the season.
With Ashley Cole absent from the Arsenal team due to his protracted transfer to Chelsea and Gaël Clichy's injury, Hoyte started the 2006–07 season as Arsenal's left back, starting against both Dinamo Zagreb and Aston Villa. However, he was widely seen as a temporary measure. When Gaël Clichy came back from injury Hoyte moved back to his preferred right side of defence to cover for the injured Emmanuel Eboué.
His first goal for Arsenal came on 2 January 2007 at home against Charlton Athletic. He created history when, slotting the ball past Scott Carson, he became the first Englishman to score for Arsenal in the new Emirates Stadium.
On 19 July 2007, the Daily Mirror published that Aston Villa were set to make a £4.5 million offer to Arsenal for Hoyte; after manager Martin O'Neill prioritised bringing in someone to fill the right back position. However Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger publicly announced "Hoyte is going nowhere" and with Eboue now slotting onto the right wing, it left him competing with Bacary Sagna for the right back place. He played 68 times for Arsenal in all competitions.
Middlesbrough confirmed that they were interested in signing the defender after the departure of Luke Young to Aston Villa. On 14 August 2008, Middlesbrough CEO Keith Lamb confirmed that a £3 million bid for Hoyte had been accepted by Arsenal and that he was expected to travel to Middlesbrough the same day to finalise the deal, followed by a medical. On 16 August, the player was unveiled to a 33,000 crowd, at the Riverside Stadium as his signature was confirmed. On 28 December 2009, Hoyte scored his first goal for Middlesbrough with a cross-shot against Barnsley. Under Tony Mowbray, Hoyte became a regular for the team.
On 8 February 2012, Hoyte was assaulted by a pitch invader during a live televised (via ITV1) FA Cup tie between Middlesbrough and Sunderland. His attacker slid into him from behind, injuring Hoyte who was visibly seen limping during extra time. Middlesbrough then lost.
Hoyte left Middlesbrough on a free transfer in July 2012, but agreed to sign a new two-year contract later to become Tony Mowbray's 8th summer signing for the 2012–2013 Championship campaign.
On 9 November 2012, Hoyte scored his second league goal for Middlesbrough, with an outside-foot screamer from just inside the area in a 3–1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday putting Middlesbrough top of the table.
In August 2013 after Middlesbrough had signed Frazer Richardson, Tony Mowbray said he would listen to offers for Hoyte.
Hoyte is eligible to play for England and the Trinidad and Tobago national football team. In February 2006 he rejected a call-up from Trinidad and Tobago as he wanted to play for England. Trinidad had wanted to call the player into their 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. Hoyte said: "It's flattering, of course, and the chance of playing in a World Cup would be great. But for the moment I plan to concentrate purely on my England career and I'm hoping that one day I'll be playing for England in a World Cup."
Hoyte was capped 18 times for the England U-21 team, and played all four matches at the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship. He took part in the epic semi-final shootout against hosts Netherlands, missing his first but scoring his second penalty as England lost 13–12. His sole goal for the team also came against the Netherlands, in November 2006. In March 2013, Hoyte made himself available for selection to the Trinidad and Tobago national football team.
Club career statistics
- As of 9 November 2012
|2005–06 Sunderland (loan)||27||1||3||0||0||0||30||1|
- Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.
- "Player Profile". Middlesbrough FC. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "Games played by Justin Hoyte in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- "Sunderland 1–4 Newcastle". BBC. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- Stevenson, Jonathan (2 January 2007). "Arsenal 4–0 Charlton". BBC. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- "Barnsley 2 – 1 Middlesbrough". BBC. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
- "Boro full back Justin Hoyte joins Millwall on loan". Gazette Live. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- Hunter, James (22 February 2006). "Hoyte turns down Trinidad". Sunday Sun. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- Gordon Tynan (15 November 2006). "Netherlands U21 0 England U21 1: Hoyte gives England's senior team an example to follow". The Independent (London). Retrieved 21 June 2007.
- "Soca Warriors get March 22nd date with Belize". Trinidad Express (Port of Spain). 6 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.