|Full name||Kallum Michael Higginbotham|
|Date of birth||15 June 1989|
|Place of birth||Salford, England|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Accrington Stanley (loan)||12||(0)|
|2012||→ Barnsley (loan)||5||(0)|
|2012||→ Carlisle United (loan)||10||(0)|
|2013||→ Motherwell (loan)||10||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kallum Michael Higginbotham (born 15 June 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle, as a winger or striker. Higginbotham started his football career as a youth player at Salford City and then in Oldham Athletic's reserve squad. Having failed to break into the first team at Boundary Park, Higginbotham joined League One side Rochdale in 2007. He was later loaned to Accrington Stanley, having become out of favour. He joined Scottish First Division side Falkirk in June 2010, where he enjoyed two successful seasons with the club. Higginbotham left Falkirk in 2012 and joined Huddersfield Town, where he spent the majority of his time on loan at Barnsley, Carlisle and Motherwell. Higginbotham failed to establish himself at Huddersfield and subsequently joined newly promoted Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle in 2013.
Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, Higginbotham started his football career at Salford City before joining Oldham Athletic at 18 years of age. Despite a half-decent scoring record in the reserves at Oldham he never made it into the first team at Boundary Park. His most notable moment while at the Latics was his hattrick in the Lancs Youth Cup Final, ironically against his later employers Rochdale.
Higginbotham was released by Oldham one year into his youth trainee contract, and joined the Dale to complete the last year, hoping to persuade manager Keith Hill to offer him a professional contract. Higginbotham wore the number 18 shirt for the 2007–08 season. His debut came for Rochdale in a friendly against Rossendale United, in which he scored the winning goal.
During the 2007–08 season, Higginbotham became a regular in the first-team at Spotland, finding himself in favour over out-of-sorts winger Ben Muirhead. His first league goal came on 5 December when he scored against Accrington Stanley in a 2–1 win for Rochdale. The 2008–09 season saw Higginbotham displaced by the emergence of Will Buckley and he spent two spells on loan to Accrington Stanley. At the end of the season he was placed on the transfer list. In Rochdale's promotion season he scored the league's Goal of the Year with a beautiful volley from the halfway line at Accrington Stanley in a 4–2 victory.
In June 2010, he signed for Scottish First Division club Falkirk on a two-year deal. After a season where he did not find his best form, Higginbotham later formed a fruitful striking partnership with Moroccan striker Farid El Alagui. In January 2012, Higginbotham was awarded man of the match in the 2011–12 League Cup semi-final against Celtic, which turned out to be last game for the club.
2011–12 season & Play-off Final
On 31 January 2012, just as the transfer window closed, he headed back to England to join Football League One side Huddersfield Town on a two-and-a-half-year deal, despite interest from both Rangers and Celtic as well as Championship clubs Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town. He made his debut in the 1–1 draw against Milton Keynes Dons at the Galpharm Stadium on 4 February 2012, where he assisted Huddersfield's goal with a tantalising cross.
On 22 March, after being isolated by new Town boss Simon Grayson, Higginbotham went up a division to join Barnsley on loan for the remainder of the season. He was recalled on 26 April with Grayson saying he has a part to play in their current play-off campaign and the remainder of the season after getting form whilst on loan at Barnsley, as Huddersfield won promotion to the Championship via the League One Play-offs beating Sheffield United in the final.
Carlisle United loan
After returning to Huddersfield Town, Higginbotham failed to establish himself in the first team, and was subsequently released from his contract. He signed for Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle on a two year deal on 8 August 2013. Two days later he made his Partick Thistle debut in a 3–1 victory over Ross County where he had two goals controversially disallowed for
offside. He made his home debut for Thistle in a 1–1 draw against Hearts. Higginbotham scored his first goal for the Jags on 31 August 2013 in a 2–1 comeback win over St Mirren in Paisley. Higginbotham scored his first home goal for the Jags with an overhead kick against Kilmarnock after 3 minutes, the game finished 1–1 after Killie scored a 90th minute equaliser from a rebounded penalty which Paul Gallacher initially saved. Higginbotham scored two goals against his former club Motherwell at Fir Park in a thrilling 4–3 defeat for the Jags after leading 3–2 with 4 minutes left to play. He scored his seventh goal for the Jags with a free kick against Kilmarnock on 19 April 2014 at Rugby Park. His final goal of the season came in a 4-2 away win against hearts Higginbotham scoring the fourth for the jags to secure their safety in in the top flight. in the 2014-15 season Higginbotham got his first goal in a 2-1 defeat at home to Hamilton Accies, scoring the opener in the 85th minute with a strike from 28 yards. Higginbotham scored his second goal of the season in a 3-1 home victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who were at the time top of the table, with a 25 yard shot.
- As of 19 May 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup[A]||League Cup[B]||Other[C]||Total|
|Accrington Stanley (loan)||2008–09||League Two||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Accrington Stanley (loan)||2008–09||League Two||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|Falkirk||2010–11||Scottish First Division||30||2||2||0||2||0||0||0||34||2|
|2011–12||Scottish First Division||20||5||1||0||4||1||2||0||27||6|
|Huddersfield Town||2011–12||League One||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||7||0|
|Carlisle United (loan)||2012–13||League One||10||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||11||0|
- A. ^ The "FA Cup" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the FA Cup and Scottish Cup.
- B. ^ The "League Cup" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the League Cup and Scottish League Cup.
- C. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy and Scottish Challenge Cup.
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