Paterson with Scunthorpe United in 2007
|Full name||Martin Andrew Paterson|
|Date of birth||10 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Tunstall, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2006–2007||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||15||(6)|
|2014||→ Bristol City (loan)||8||(1)|
|2014||→ Fleetwood Town (loan)||3||(0)|
|2007||Northern Ireland U21||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:50, 4 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He has previously played for Stoke City, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United and Burnley. Although he was born in England, he has chosen to represented Northern Ireland at international level and has been capped at U21 and senior level.
Born in Tunstall, Staffordshire, Paterson failed a trial at nearby Port Vale at the age of nine, but quickly joined the Stoke City academy. Paterson made his debut for Stoke as a late substitute for Chris Greenacre in the 2–0 win over Plymouth Argyle on 16 April 2005. His first start came in March 2006 against Leeds United and he hit his first goal six months later, against Sheffield Wednesday. He made a total of 12 league appearances (two starts) before moving to Grimsby on loan in November 2006, initially for a month.
On loan at Grimsby in League Two, he scored on his club debut – 25 November 2006 against Accrington Stanley. Grimsby extended his loan stay for an extra two months. In February 2007, Paterson returned to parent club Stoke City after serving the maximum stay at Grimsby.
On 29 January 2008, Norwich had a £850,000 bid for Paterson rejected by Scunthorpe.
In May 2008, Burnley had an offer of £400,000 rejected, which was then increased on 27 May 2008 to £550,000. This offer was also rejected on the same day. Paterson had a written transfer request rejected, and said the club had gone back on their word.
On 21 June 2008, it was revealed by Scunthorpe United that they had accepted a £1 million bid from Burnley, which would rise to £1.3 million depending on appearances. The deal included add ons and a 20% sell on fee.
On 23 June 2008 Paterson signed a four-year contract with Burnley. In his first season with the Clarets, he was the top scorer, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, helping the side to a League Cup semi-final and promotion to the Premier League after a play-off win over Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium.
On 22 September, in a League Cup game against Barnsley, Paterson tore his medial knee ligament and therefore missed three months of the season. This injury came just days after Burnley midfielder Chris McCann tore a similar ligament.
On 4 June 2010, Paterson signed a new 3-year contract at Burnley. Paterson was again hit by injuries and could only make 25 league appearances over the following 2 seasons but appeared in all bar 7 of Burnley's league fixtures in 2012–13, scoring 8 goals.
Despite ongoing reports that Paterson was about to sign a new contract at Burnley, Paterson rejected Burnley's contract offer and chose to leave the club. Burnley Manager, Sean Dyche, had mostly played Paterson as a winger during the 2012–2013 season and it was Paterson's desire to be deployed in his favoured position of centre forward that was his reason for leaving the club.
Now a free agent, on 25 June 2013 Paterson opted to join Burnley's Football League Championship rivals Huddersfield Town, signing a two-year contract and becoming the West Yorkshire club's third signing ahead of the 2013–14 season. Paterson made his début for the club in their 1–0 defeat by Nottingham Forest on 3 August. He scored his first goal for Huddersfield when he opened the scoring in a Yorkshire derby against rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough Stadium on 23 November 2013, which Town won 2–1.
After finding himself relegated to the bench in recent games, he joined Bristol City on loan for the rest of the 2013–14 season on 15 March 2014.
The following season, after being injured in pre-season, he found himself in the wilderness again, he joined Football League One side Fleetwood Town on loan until 3 January 2015.Unfortunately, an injury cut short his loan and he returned to Huddersfield on 4 December 2014.
Born in England, Paterson qualified for England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at international level due to his Northern Irish heritage. Paterson chose to represent Northern Ireland and has played for the nation at both Under 21 and Senior level, so far he holds 2 caps for the Under 21's and 15 caps scoring once for the senior side as of 2013.
Paterson made his senior team début in a 1–0 away loss to Spain coming on as a 72nd minute substitute in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group F on 17 November 2007. Paterson's first international goal came with an 84th-minute penalty to earn Northern Ireland in a 3–3 friendly draw against Finland national football team at Windsor Park on 15 August 2012. He scored his second international goal one year later, on 14 August 2013 in the World Cup 2014 qualification win against Russia.
- As of match played 26 April 2014
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Grimsby Town (loan)||2006–07||League Two||15||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||6|
|Bristol City (loan)||2013–14||League One||8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||1|
- Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs
- As of match played 5 March 2014.
- Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
|1.||15 August 2012||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Finland||3 – 3||3–3||Friendly|
|2.||14 August 2013||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Russia||1 – 0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||10 September 2013||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1 – 0||2–3||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 329. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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- Fans want Paterson to go Independent Scunthorpe United
- "MARTIN PATERSON SIGNS FOR TOWN". Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- Jackson, Lyle (21 November 2007). "Spain 1-0 Northern Ireland". BBC News.
- "Northern Ireland 3 Finland 3: Late penalty earns O'Neill fraught draw". Daily Mail (London).
- "Paterson stuns Capello as O'Neill claims first win". Daily Mail (London). 14 August 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Stoke 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
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- "Grimsby 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Scunthorpe 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Burnley 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Burnley 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Burnley 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Burnley 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Burnley 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Huddersfield 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Bristol City 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- "Martin Paterson". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Martin Paterson.|
- Martin Paterson player profile at burnleyfootballclub.com
- Martin Paterson career stats at Soccerbase
- Ireland stats at Irish FA