Kallum Higginbotham

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Kallum Higginbotham
Higgy @ FIR PARK.jpg
Personal information
Full name Kallum Michael Higginbotham[1]
Date of birth (1989-06-15) 15 June 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Salford, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker/Winger
Club information
Current team
Partick Thistle
Number 23
Youth career
Oldham Athletic
2007–2008 Rochdale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Rochdale 72 (7)
2008 Accrington Stanley (loan) 5 (0)
2009 Accrington Stanley (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2012 Falkirk 50 (7)
2012–2013 Huddersfield Town 4 (0)
2012 Barnsley (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Carlisle United (loan) 10 (0)
2013 Motherwell (loan) 10 (1)
2013– Partick Thistle 39 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 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. He has previously played for Rochdale, Falkirk and Huddersfield Town, with loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Falkirk, Barnsley, Carlisle United and Motherwell.

Career[edit]

Rochdale[edit]

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 but has since become part of the main squad again and was taken off the 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.

Falkirk[edit]

In June 2010, he signed for Scottish First Division club Falkirk on a two-year deal.[2] 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,[3] which turned out to be last game for the club.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

2011–12 season & Play-off Final[edit]

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.[4] 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.[4]

Carlisle United loan[edit]

On 20 September 2012, he joined Carlisle United on a 3-month loan deal. That loan was cancelled by the Cumbrian side on 7 December.

Motherwell loan[edit]

On 9 January 2013, after still not getting a chance to stake his claim at Huddersfield, Higginbotham went back up to Scotland to join Motherwell on loan for the rest of the season.[5]

Partick Thistle[edit]

Higginbotham against Hibs

After returning to Huddersfield Town, Higginbotham failed to establish himself in the first team, and was subsequently released from his contract.[6] He signed for Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle on a two year deal on 8 August 2013.[7] 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.[8] He made his home debut for Thistle in a 1–1 draw with Heart of Midlothian. Higginbotham scored his first goal for the Jags on 31 August 2013 in a 2–1 comeback win over St.Mirren in Paisley. Higginbotham is a very audacious player as he hit the crossbar straight from kick-off away to Aberdeen. Higginbotham scored his first home goal for the jags with an overhead kick wonder goal against Kilmarnock after 3 minutes, the game finished 1–1 after Killie scored a 90th minute equaliser from a rebounded penalty which Paul Gallacher saved. Higginbotham is renowned for having a great standing jump for such a small footballer. Higginbotham is a very skilful player with great flair. Higginbotham scored two goals against former team motherwell at Fir Park in a thrilling 4–3 defeat for the Jags after leading 3–2 with 4 minutes left to play. Higginbotham was statistically the best player in March and he continued his great form by assisting a goal for Lee Mair and scoring a goal by cutting inside, beating two players, going past the keeper before drinking the ball into the bottom corner vs Hibernian. He got his seventh goal for The Jags with a free kick against Kilmarnock on April 19 at Rugby Park.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 May 2013
Club Season League FA Cup[A] League Cup[B] Other[C] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rochdale 2007–08[9] League Two 36 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 38 3
2008–09[10] League Two 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 1
2009–10[11] League Two 29 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 3
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2008–09[10] League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2008–09[10] League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Rochdale Total 72 7 4 0 2 0 1 0 79 7
Falkirk 2010–11[12] Scottish First Division 30 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 34 2
2011–12[13] Scottish First Division 20 5 1 0 4 1 2 0 27 6
Total 50 7 3 0 6 1 2 0 61 8
Huddersfield Town 2011–12[13] League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
2012–13[14] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnsley (loan) 2011–12[13] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Carlisle United (loan) 2012–13[15] League One 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Motherwell (loan) 2012–13[15] SPL 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Huddersfield Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
Career totals 163 15 7 0 9 1 6 0 185 16
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.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 193. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.falkirkfc.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4739&Itemid=320
  3. ^ "Falkirk manager Steven Pressley fumes at referee display". BBC Sport (BBC). 29 January 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.htafc.com/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10312~41473,00.html
  5. ^ "Higginbotham joins on loan". motherwellfc.co.uk (Motherwell F.C.). 9 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.htafc.com/news/article/first-team-news-kallum-higginbotham-leaves-town-979377.aspx
  7. ^ "Thistle sign Kallum Higginbotham". Partick Thistle FC. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  8. ^ http://ptfc.co.uk/teams/senior/seasons/2013-2014/fixtures_results/1008_ross_county
  9. ^ "2007–08". Soccerbase. 
  10. ^ a b c "2008–09". Soccerbase. 
  11. ^ "2009–10". Soccerbase. 
  12. ^ "2010–11". Soccerbase. 
  13. ^ a b c "2011–12". Soccerbase. 
  14. ^ "2011–12". Soccerbase. 
  15. ^ a b "2012–13". Soccerbase. 

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