Matthew Bates

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Matthew Bates
Personal information
Full name Matthew David Bates
Date of birth (1986-12-10) 10 December 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Stockton, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Hartlepool United
Youth career
1998–2004 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2012 Middlesbrough 104 (6)
2005 Darlington (loan) 4 (0)
2006 Ipswich Town (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Norwich City (loan) 3 (0)
2012–2013 Bristol City 13 (0)
2013–2014 Bradford City 22 (0)
2014– Hartlepool United 0 (0)
National team
2004 England U18 2 (0)
2004–2005 England U19 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:19, 24 June 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:49, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

Matthew David Bates (born 10 December 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays for Hartlepool United as a defender.

Bates has previously played for Bradford City, Bristol City, Darlington, Ipswich Town, Norwich City and Middlesbrough.

Career[edit]

Born in Stockton-on-Tees and raised in Eaglescliffe, Bates began playing at Manchester United's centre of excellence in Birtley since the age of nine. Several years later, the centre was closed down and he was taken in by his hometown club Middlesbrough. After tasting FA Youth Cup success in 2003–04, he was promoted to the first team and made his debut on 6 December 2004, coming on as an injury time replacement for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in a 3–2 win over Manchester City. After a successful loan spell at Darlington, he made a breakthrough, making 28 appearances and played alongside former manager Gareth Southgate in central defence.[1]

Bates had been tipped by some to be Southgate's successor but an injury while on loan at Ipswich in November 2006 prematurely ended his 2006–07 season. He was seriously injured in his second game, tearing his cruciate ligament and partially tearing his medial collateral ligament, and returned to Boro.[2] After recovering in January 2008, Bates moved on loan to Norwich City for two months. He later returned to Middlesbrough after suffering from another knee injury which has resulted in him needing an operation for the third time in just 18 months.[3] He scored his first league goal for Middlesbrough in a crucial 3–1 win over relegation rivals Hull on 11 April 2009.[4]

Following Middlesbrough's relegation from the Premier League in the 2008–09 season, rumours arose regarding his future with them. However, despite a number of Premier League clubs being interested, he opted to stay at Middlesbrough signed a new three-year deal at the Riverside outfit.[5]

On 25 July, Bates suffered the fourth serious knee injury of his career and could be sidelined for the rest of the year.[6] He went for surgery in September and is confirmed to be out for the entire season.[7]

The 2010/11 season saw Bates as a regular in the Boro line-up. He got his first goal of the season against Portsmouth in a 2–2 draw. Under new Boro manager Tony Mowbray Bates was named new captain. He scored the only goal in a 1–1 draw with Preston North End. His third and final goal of the season came when he returned to the side after injury, playing in midfield, against Sheffield United. He was rewarded with a great start to the 2011/12 season by winning Player of the Month. On 27 March 2012, Bates suffered a fifth serious knee injury which ruled him out for a period of 6 months.

In November 2012, Bates signed for Championship side Bristol City on a short-term deal until January 2013.[8] He made his debut on 17 November in a 1-1 draw away to Blackpool, conceding a penalty in the 90th minute for handball, which Tom Ince converted.[9] On 8 May 2013, Bates was released by City.

On 13 October 2013, Bates signed a 3 month deal with Bradford City.[10] On 15 January 2014, Bates signed a new deal with Bradford City until the end of the season.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 March 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2004–05[12] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Darlington (loan) 2004–05[13] League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Middlesbrough 2005–06[14] Premier League 16 0 4 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 28 0
2006–07[15] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2006–07[16] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Norwich City (loan) 2007–08[17] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Middlesbrough 2008–09[18] Championship 17 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
2010–11[19] Championship 31 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 3
2011–12[20] Championship 37 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 42 2
Bristol City 2012–13[21] Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Bradford City 2013–14[22] League One 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Career total 148 6 12 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 171 6

Personal life[edit]

Bates hit the tabloid headlines in September 2006 when private photographs of him were posted on the internet, one of which showed him wearing a pair of skimpy briefs, another kneeling in front of a mirror, naked apart from a pair of socks, with his penis semi-erect. It is understood that he had taken the pictures himself over a period of months for the benefit of his then girlfriend.[23] Bates started dating Chanelle Hayes in 2009, though they split in 2010. She is the mother of his only child, Blakely Hayes-Bates, born July 2010.[24]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Middlesbrough

References[edit]

  1. ^ __Survival_would_complete_Bates____recovery/ "Saturday Spotlight Survival would complete Bates' recovery". Darlington & Stockton Times. 25 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Cruel blow for Matthew", Middlesbourgh Football Club (undated).
  3. ^ "City sign Bates on loan", Norwich City Football Club, 30 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Middlesbrough 3–1 Hull". BBC. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bates pens Boro deal: Middlesbrough ace signs on for three more years", Sky Sports, 22 June 2009.
  6. ^ Richardson, Andy (27 July 2009). "Bates knee injury is huge blow for Boro". The Northern Echo
  7. ^ "Bates heads to the USA in latest fightback". Darlington & Stockton Times. 24 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Matthew Bates signs short-term Bristol City contract". BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bristol City 1-1 Blackpool" BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sportbcfc/10735620.Bates_signs_for_Bradford_City/
  11. ^ http://www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk/news/article/bates-signs-new-deal-1296549.aspx
  12. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Matthew Bates in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  23. ^ Perrie, Robin (1 September 2006). "What a tackle". The Sun (London). p. 7. 
  24. ^ "Newly single Chanelle Hayes cradles her stomach as she looks forward to motherhood". Daily Mail. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 

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