Martin Cranie

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Martin Cranie
Personal information
Full name Martin James Cranie
Date of birth (1986-09-23) 23 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Yeovil, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Barnsley
Number 6
Youth career
2003–2004 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Southampton 16 (0)
2004 Bournemouth (loan) 3 (0)
2006–2007 Yeovil Town (loan) 8 (0)
2007 Yeovil Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2009 Portsmouth 2 (0)
2007 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Charlton Athletic (loan) 19 (0)
2009–2012 Coventry City 114 (1)
2012– Barnsley 72 (1)
National team
2003 England U17 7 (0)
2004 England U18 2 (0)
2004–2005 England U19 12 (0)
2003–2005 England U20 2 (0)
2007–2009 England U21 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:19, 8 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Martin James Cranie (born 23 September 1986 in Yeovil, Somerset) is an English footballer currently playing for Barnsley. He began his career with the Southampton youth academy playing alongside Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale before moving to local rivals Portsmouth and later to Coventry City after several loan spells. He is a versatile defender who can play all across the back four, though his main position is usually centre back.

Club career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Cranie attended Buckler's Mead Community School in Yeovil, Somerset between the years 1998 and 2003 after completing his primary school education at Birchfield Community School.

He was a member of Southampton's youth team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2005, losing on aggregate to Ipswich Town.

In 2005, Cranie spent time on loan at Bournemouth, making three appearances for the club.

On 7 November 2006, he joined Yeovil Town on loan until January.[1] After spending 2 months back with Southampton, on 2 March 2007 he returned to Yeovil on loan until Easter.[2] He made his first and only 2006–07 appearance for Saints in the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Derby County where he acquitted himself well although his side were defeated on penalties.

Portsmouth[edit]

Cranie signed for Portsmouth on 26 June 2007, where he rejoined his former manager Harry Redknapp.[3]

He made his Portsmouth debut in the first home game of the 2007–08 season against Manchester United on 15 August 2007 where he had a solid performance at right back.

On 6 October, after three appearances for Portsmouth, Cranie agreed to join Queens Park Rangers on a three-month loan. QPR, bottom of the Championship, were interested in Cranie when he was with the Saints.[4] His loan was ended, however, due to suffering a broken leg after just six appearances for the London side.[5] In September 2008 he joined Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of the year.[6]

Cranie returned to Portsmouth in January 2009 and made appearances in two FA Cup matches.

On 12 August 2009, Portsmouth agreed to sell Cranie to Coventry City for an undisclosed fee.[7]

Coventry City[edit]

On 13 August 2009, Cranie completed his transfer to Coventry City for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract with the Championship club.[8]

Cranie scored his first career goal in Coventry's 3–2 home win against Sheffield United on 15 September 2009. The goal was a flicked header at the near post from a corner and turned out to be the match winner as he gave Coventry a 3–1 lead.[9] After turning down a new deal at Coventry City following the club's relegation, Cranie became a free agent.

On 12 July 2012, Cranie joined Leeds United on trial and started training with the team over pre season.[10] On 20 July, Cranie played for Leeds United for the first half in a 5–2 win at Farsley in a pre-season friendly.[11] Cranie also went on Leeds United's three game West Country Tour, playing in all three wins over Tavistock A.F.C., Bodmin Town and Torquay United. Following the tour Leeds manager Neil Warnock expressed an interest in offering Cranie a contract at Elland Road.[12]

Barnsley[edit]

On 20 August 2012, Cranie signed for Barnsley on a one-year contract.[13] He made his Tykes debut the following day, coming on as a substitute for Bobby Hassell in the 3–1 defeat at Wolves.

After staying up on the last day of the season, Cranie in July 2013 agreed to sign a new 2 year contract with the club.[14] After the club was relegated from the SkyBet Championship, Cranie has since been told he is free to look for another club in order to free up wages so the club could bring in new players[15]

International career[edit]

Cranie was called up to the U-20s for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship alongside James Milner, Andrew Taylor and Steven Taylor as the youngest players in the squad. He made only one appearance as England crashed out after finishing at the bottom of their group. On 16 August 2007 Cranie was called up for the England U-21 squad and made his debut against Romania.[16] During the 2009 European Championship qualifying he mostly played at right back as Nedum Onuoha and captain Steven Taylor were preferred in central defence. He scored his first U-21 international goal in a 3–3 draw against Sweden in the semi finals of the 2009 U21 European Championship, finishing off Milner's inswinging corner barely a minute after kick-off.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Loan deal for Cranie". saintsfc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Cranie returns to Yeovil". saintsfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Cranie joins Pompey". saintsfc.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  4. ^ "QPR agree loan signing of Cranie". bbc.co.uk. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Broken leg ends Cranie's QPR loan". bbc.co.uk. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Cranie joins until end of year". Charlton Athletic F.C. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "City agree fee for Cranie". Coventry City FC. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Coventry sign Cranie". Portsmouth FC. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Coventry 3–2 Sheff United". BBC. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Leeds look at Cranie". Sky Sports. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "United Kick-Off With Five at Farsley". Leeds United AFC. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Leeds to make Cranie offer". Sky Sports. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Barnsley sign defender Martin Cranie". BBC Sport. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Sky Sports http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11713/8792416/martin-cranie-signs-two-year-contract-to-stay-at-barnsley |url= missing title (help). 
  15. ^ BBC Sport http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28211529 |url= missing title (help). 
  16. ^ "Agbonlahor in England U21 squad". bbc.co.uk. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2007. 
  17. ^ Dawkes, Phil (26 June 2009). "England U21 3–3 Sweden U21 (aet)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 

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