Karl Henry

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Karl Henry
Karl Henry.jpg
Henry playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2010
Personal information
Full name Karl Levi Daniel Henry
Date of birth (1982-11-26) 26 November 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
Number 20
Youth career
1998–2000 Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Stoke City 120 (1)
2004 Cheltenham Town (loan) 9 (1)
2006–2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers 250 (6)
2013– Queens Park Rangers 27 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Karl Levi Daniel Henry (born 26 November 1982) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Queens Park Rangers.

Henry was a product of the Stoke City academy who went on to make over 120 appearances for the club, whilst having a brief loan spell at Cheltenham Town in 2004. He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006 and went on to become captain of the side in the Premier League.

Club career[edit]

Stoke City[edit]

Born in Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton, Henry began his career as a youth player for Stoke City in 1998. He made his first team debut in the Football League Trophy match against Walsall on 7 February 2001. He didn't feature in the first team again until the 2001–02 season, where he went on to become a first team regular for Stoke, making 15 appearances and helping his side gain promotion to Division One via the play-offs. Henry went on again to feature regularly for Stoke in the 2002–03 season making 21 appearances. He scored his first and only goal for Stoke against Bradford City on 26 December 2002. This saw him selected for the England under 18, 20 and 21 squads.

During the 2003–04 season Henry was loaned out to League Two side Cheltenham Town on a five-month deal. He made his debut against Lincoln City on 13 January 2004 and totalled nine appearances for the club.

The 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons saw Henry play a bit part role for Stoke mainly being used as a substitute. He made 15 starts for Stoke in each season and overall made a total of 34 substitute appearances.

In the summer of the 2006–07 season Henry was out of contract, and although officially a free agent, was still training with Stoke City. The club allowed him to go on trial at Wolverhampton Wanderers, who he joined permanently in August 2006.

Wolves and Stoke City agreed a compensation package of £100,000, rising to £175,000 (dependent on appearances), with a 15 percent sell-on clause. This ended his eight-year stay with the club.

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Henry joined his hometown club on a three-year contract in August 2006 a week before the start of the 2006–07 season. He made his Wolverhampton Wanderers debut and his first start for his new club against Plymouth Arygle on the opening day of the season. Henry spent most of his first season filling in at right back and playing a few games in central midfield.

He was appointed captain for the first time in December 2006 as Jody Craddock was out injured. Henry's first season for Wolves came to an end when he suffered a serious injury in the game against Luton Town on 3 March 2007. Henry bruised his spleen and was forced to sit out the remainder of the 2006–07 season, which saw him miss out on the Championship Play-offs. He made a total of 34 appearances in his first season for Wolves, scoring three goals.

In the 2007–08 season, Henry again impressed for Wolves after holding down his position in the centre of midfield. He went on to make a total of 42 appearances for Wolves, scoring three goals again. These goals came against Preston North End and two against Charlton Athletic, both home and away. Henry also picked up an injury against Charlton on 29 March 2008, which saw him miss the last six games of the season.

The 2008–09 season saw Henry impress again for Wolves and he was also handed the captain's armband for the majority of the season as Jody Craddock was out injured. He was an integral part of the team which made an impressive start to the season as Wolves were at the top of the table for numerous months with Henry captaining them. He was in the starting 11 against Queens Park Rangers in which Wolves went onto win the game which resulted in them gaining promotion to the Premier League. On 3 May 2009, Henry and Craddock both lifted the Championship trophy at Molineux on the final day of the season after their 1–0 over Doncaster Rovers.

Henry was an ever present captain in the Wolves team in the 2009–10 season, his Premier League debut came against West Ham United on the opening day. He went onto make 34 appearances for Wolves during 2009–10, missing only four games, as Wolves stayed up at the end of their first season in the Premier League.

During the 2010–11 season, Henry made 31 Premier League appearances as captain. On the last day of the season, on 22 May 2011, Wolverhampton Wanderers stayed in the Premier League after finishing 17th.

A start of the new season, new signing Roger Johnson replaced Henry as club captain.[2] Henry started Wolves' first three games in the 2011–12 season, including the 0–0 draw away at local rivals Aston Villa. Before the match between QPR and Wolves, Henry threw down the gauntlet on Joey Barton as they prepared to go head-to-head at Molineux. The two (both Joey Barton and Karl Henry) were involved in a physical confrontation in August 2010 when Barton was still at Newcastle.[3] The confrontation occurred after Henry made a number of strong tackles on Barton. During the match between QPR and Wolves, which QPR won 3–0, Henry continued his strong challenges on Barton, [4] who hit back by making claims that Henry 'tries to hurt people'.[5] Henry says Barton was 'embarrassing' after recent comments.[6] Henry was taunted by a section of the Molineux crowd after being substituted,[7] when Wolves defeat to Newcastle United 2–1.[8] He was defended by current Wolves captain Roger Johnson.[9]

With the arrival of Kenny Jackett as manager, Henry was transfer listed,[10] despite his contract still having three more years to run.[11]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Henry signed for Championship side Queens Park Rangers on 23 July 2013 for an undisclosed fee.[12] He scored his first goal for the club against Bolton Wanderers on 28 January 2014.[13]

International career[edit]

On 8 October 2008, Henry was approached by manager John Barnes to play for Jamaica.

On 20 February 2011, Henry was named in the 40-man England provisional squad for the game against Denmark, but did not make the final cut of 26.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 December 2013[15]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2000–01 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2001–02 Second Division 24 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
2002–03 First Division 18 1 3 0 1 0 22 1
2003–04 First Division 20 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
2004–05 Championship 34 0 1 0 1 0 36 0
2005–06 Championship 24 0 3 0 1 0 28 0
Total 120 1 9 0 5 0 2 0 136 1
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2003–04 Third Division 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2006–07 Championship 34 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 38 3
2007–08 Championship 40 3 2 0 2 0 44 3
2008–09 Championship 43 0 2 0 2 0 47 0
2009–10 Premier League 34 0 3 1 1 0 38 1
2010–11 Premier League 29 0 2 0 0 0 31 0
2011–12 Premier League 31 0 1 0 1 0 33 0
2012–13 Championship 39 0 1 0 1 0 41 0
Total 250 6 14 1 8 0 0 0 272 7
Queens Park Rangers 2013–14 Championship 27 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 29 1
Total 27 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 29 1
Career Total 406 9 24 1 13 0 3 0 446 10
A. ^ constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy and play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Queens Park Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wolves make Roger Johnson captain". Express and Star. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Henry ready for Barton rematch". Sky Sports. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Joey Barton hits back at Karl Henry on Twitter after QPR win". The Guardian (London). 17 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "QPR's Joey Barton claims Karl Henry of Wolves 'tries to hurt people'". The Guardian (London). 18 September 2011. 
  6. ^ McCourt, Ian (19 September 2011). "Karl Henry says Joey Barton is 'embarrassing' after recent comments". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ "Henry abuse disgusting – Johnson". BBC News. 7 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Wolves 1–2 Newcastle". BBC News. 1 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Henry abuse disgusting – Johnson". BBC News. 7 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Four players transfer listed". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 24 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Karl Henry extends deal". BBC Sport. 15 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Karl Henry: Queens Park Rangers sign Wolves midfielder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "QPR 2-1 Bolton". BBC. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Karl Henry: England call will spur Wolves and me on". Sunday Mercury. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Karl Henry". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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