Mat Sadler

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Mat Sadler
Personal information
Full name Mathew John Sadler[1]
Date of birth (1985-02-26) 26 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Number 19
Youth career
000?–2002 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Birmingham City 51 (0)
2003–2004 Northampton Town (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2011 Watford 30 (0)
2010 Stockport County (loan) 20 (0)
2010–2011 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 46 (0)
2011–2012 Walsall 46 (1)
2012–2014 Crawley Town 92 (2)
2014– Rotherham United 0 (0)
2014 Crawley Town (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2001–2002 England U17 9 (0)
2003 England U18 1 (0)
2003 England U19 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:23, 11 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mathew John "Mat" Sadler (born 26 February 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for Rotherham United. He is a left back who also played in the Premier League and the Football League for Birmingham City, and in the Football League for Northampton Town, Watford, Stockport County, Shrewsbury Town and Walsall.

Club career[edit]

Born in Solihull, Sadler began his career as a junior with Birmingham City. He made his first team debut on 2 October 2002 in a League Cup tie away at Leyton Orient. On 2 November 2002 he made his FA Premier League debut in a 3–2 home win over Bolton Wanderers. He played a second League Cup three days later, a 2–0 loss to Preston North End. His final appearance of the 2002–03 season came on 28 December 2002 away at Manchester United, in which he was up against David Beckham, who played on the right wing directly against him.

In November 2003 Sadler went on a two-month loan to Northampton Town, playing eight games, and in May 2004, signed a new contract to keep him at Birmingham.

In the 2005–06 season, Sadler returned as a substitute for the Birmingham first team in a home FA Cup replay against Reading. This was his only appearance until April when he was in the first team to play Chelsea at home. His return coincided with the Blues starting to pick up points and make the club's relegation seem less likely. He stayed in the starting line-up for the remaining games.

Sadler joined Watford on 24 January 2008 for an initial fee of £750,000, rising to £900,000 depending on appearances. He signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.[2]

Sadler eventually fell from grace at Vicarage Road and made his final appearance for Watford in December 2008 in a 4–2 defeat to Bristol City at home. He joined Stockport County on loan in January 2010 and remained at Edgeley Park until the end of the season. His debut for the club took place on 30 January against Southampton.[3]

Sadler joined Football League Two club Shrewsbury Town on 7 July 2010 on loan for six months. According to manager Graham Turner, the player seemed reluctant initially to play in the fourth tier of English football but was won over by the club's ambition.[4]

Sadler joined Walsall on 27 June 2011 after being released by Watford.

On 8 June 2012, Sadler joined newly promoted League One side Crawley Town on a free transfer.[5]

Sadler joined Rotherham United on a free transfer from Crawley Town on 17 June 2014.[6] However, he returned on a one month loan on 11 September 2014.[7]

International career[edit]

Sadler played nine times for England under-17, including at the 2002 European Under-17 championships,[8] appeared once for the under-18s, and played four times at under-19 level.[9]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 December 2013.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2002–03[10] Premier League 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2003–04[11] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05[12] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06[13] Premier League 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2006–07[14] Championship 36 0 3 0 2 0 41 0
2007–08[15] Premier League 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Birmingham City total 51 0 4 0 6 0 61 0
Northampton Town 2003–04[11] Division Three 7 0 0 0 1[a] 0 8 0
Watford 2007–08[15] Championship 15 0 1 0 2[b] 0 18 0
2008–09[16] Championship 15 0 0 0 2 0 17 0
2009–10[3] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[17] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Watford total 30 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 35 0
Stockport County (loan) 2009–10[3] League One 20 0 20 4
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2010–11[17] League Two 46 0 1 0 2 0 4[c] 0 53 0
Walsall 2011–12[18] League One 46 1 3 0 1 0 2[a] 0 52 1
Crawley Town 2012–13[19] League One 46 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 52 1
2013–14[20] League One 46 1 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 27 1
Crawley Town total 92 2 5 0 4 0 1 0 79 2
Career total 294 3 14 0 15 0 10 0 308 3
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, two in Football League play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sadler joins Watford". Birmingham City F.C. 24 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Defender Joins". Shrewsbury Town F.C. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Crawley Town sign Mat Sadler and Nicky Adams". BBC Sport. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rotherham sign Crawley Town defender Mat Sadler". BBC Sport. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mat Sadler: Crawley re-sign Rotherham defender on loan". BBC Sport. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "UEFA Under 17 European Championship: England 1–0 Yugoslavia". UEFA. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Matthew Sadler". The Football Association. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Matt Sadler in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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