Luke Chambers

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Luke Chambers
Luke Chambers 2.jpg
Chambers (in red) playing for Nottingham Forest
Personal information
Full name Luke Chambers
Date of birth (1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Kettering, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 4
Youth career
2001–2003 Northampton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Northampton Town 124 (1)
2007–2012 Nottingham Forest 205 (17)
2012– Ipswich Town 94 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:10, 20 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Luke Chambers (born 28 September 1985 in Kettering) is an English footballer currently playing for Ipswich Town. He is primarily a centre-back but has also played as a right-back. Chambers has previously played for Northampton Town for whom he made over 100 appearances in five years, and Nottingham Forest where he played over 200 times.

Career[edit]

Northampton Town[edit]

Chambers made his Northampton Town debut against Mansfield in 2003. He was named captain by then Northampton manager Colin Calderwood, who later signed him for Nottingham Forest. His only goal as a Northampton player came against Swansea City in October 2006.[1]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Chambers playing for Nottingham Forest

Chambers signed for Forest for an undisclosed fee on 30 January 2007, rejoining former Northampton manager Calderwood. His league debut came away against Bradford City. In his first season, he was mainly used as a substitute. During the 2007–08 season, Chambers was played regularly at right-back as part of a Forest defence that kept a record 24 clean sheets, eventually earning them promotion to the Championship. He scored eight goals in total, six of them in the league.

On 4 August 2008, Chambers signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the City Ground until 2011.[2] He began the 2008–09 season again selected at right-back. Criticism was expressed at his ability to fulfill that position at Championship level.[3] It wasn't until the arrival of new manager Billy Davies in January 2009 that Chambers was finally selected at centre-back. In the 2008–09 season he scored two goals:[4] the first was the decider in a 2–1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday[5] and the second came on the last game of the season in a 3–1 home win against relegated Southampton.[6]

Chambers started the 2009–10 season as he had ended the last and scoring two goals in the process. This was not enough to keep him in the team however, and the return of Kelvin Wilson from injury, combined with the presence of Chris Gunter at right-back, saw Chambers end the season with a limited number of appearances.

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Chambers signed a new two-year contract to keep him at the club until 2012.[7] Chambers started the 2010–11 season mainly as a substitute, however due to injuries and the poor form of Kelvin Wilson, he was given an opportunity at centre-back. He impressed with consistent performances, keeping Wilson out of the first team and becoming a first choice in the centre of Forest's defence. He made 45 league starts, scoring 6 goals including two in the 5–1 win over Scunthorpe United. He was voted Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season.[8][9]

Chambers' form in the 2010–11 season resulted in interest from the Republic of Ireland national team. Chambers qualifies through his grandfather.[citation needed] On 5 August 2011, just before the start of the 2011–12 season, he was appointed as Nottingham Forest captain by new manager Steve McClaren.[10] However, at the end of a difficult season for Forest, he turned down the offer of a new contract, and at midnight on 30 June 2012 Chambers became a free agent.

Ipswich Town[edit]

Having been linked with several clubs over the summer, Chambers undertook a medical at Portman Road on 3 July 2012,[11] and signed for Ipswich Town on a free transfer on 9 July 2012 on a three-year deal.[12] He made his debut on 14 August 2012, in a 3–1 home win against Bristol Rovers in the League Cup.[13] He made his league debut four days later, in a 1–1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers.[14] On 1 September, he scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw at home to Huddersfield Town.[15] He also captained the club for the first time during the game due to the absence of regular captain Carlos Edwards through injury.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2013.[17]
England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2012–13 Ipswich Town Championship 44 3 0 0 2 0 46 3 2 0
Ipswich Town Total 44 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 46 3 2 0
2011–12 Nottingham Forest Championship 43 0 1 0 2 0 46 0 4 1
2010–11 Championship 44 6 2 1 1 0 2 0 49 7 4 0
2009–10 Championship 23 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 26 4 2 1
2008–09 Championship 39 2 3 0 2 0 44 2 6 0
2007–08 League One 42 6 3 0 2 0 1 2 48 8 3 0
2006–07 League One 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 16 0 1 0
Nottingham Forest Total 205 17 11 1 8 1 1 2 4 0 229 21 20 2
2006–07 Northampton Town League One 29 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 34 1 3 0
2005–06 League Two 43 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 50 0 5 0
2004–05 League Two 27 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 35 0 5 0
2003–04 Division Three 24 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 29 0 3 0
2002–03 Division Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Northampton Town Total 124 1 11 0 7 0 5 0 2 0 149 1 16 0
Career Total 358 19 22 1 15 1 6 2 6 0 407 23 38 2

International career[edit]

Chambers is an Irish citizen, qualifying through his grandfather. He has yet to receive a call up to the Republic of Ireland squad.[18]

Honours[edit]

Northampton Town:

Nottingham Forest:

Individual:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northampton 1–0 Swansea". BBC Sport. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chambers commits future to Forest". BBC Sport. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chambers has faith in his ability". BBC Sport. 10 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Luke Chambers – 2008/09". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nott'm Forest 2–1 Sheff Wed". BBC Sport. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Leitch, Adam (6 May 2009). "Nottingham Forest 3 Southampton 1". Southern Daily Echo (Southampton: Newsquest). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nottingham Forest defender Luke Chambers extends deal". BBC Sport. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Star Man Luke". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). 30 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chambers happy with player award". BBC Sport. 4 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Luke Who's Captain". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). 4 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Gooderham, Dave (3 July 2012). "Luke Chambers to have medical at Ipswich Town today". East Anglian Daily Times (Archant). Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Luke Signs Three Year Deal". itfc.co.uk (Ipswich Town F.C.). 9 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ipswich 3–1 Bristol Rovers" BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  14. ^ "Ipswich 1–1 Blackburn" BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  15. ^ "Ipswich 2–2 Huddersfield" BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Match Report – Ipswich 2–2 Huddersfield" Ipswich Town F.C. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  17. ^ Luke Chambers career stats at Soccerbase
  18. ^ "Luke Chambers signing – new boy not given up on Republic of Ireland call-up". The Green 'Un. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul McKenna
Nottingham Forest captain
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Danny Collins