Murray Wallace (footballer)

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Murray Wallace
Personal information
Full name Murray Wallace
Date of birth (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Huddersfield Town
Number 15
Youth career
???? Rangers
2009–2011 Falkirk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Falkirk 19 (2)
2012– Huddersfield Town 23 (1)
2012 Falkirk (loan) 15 (0)
National team
2012 Scotland U20 1 (0)
2012– Scotland U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:10, 4 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:10, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Murray Wallace (born 10 January 1993 in Glasgow) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Football League Championship side Huddersfield Town and the Scotland under-20 and under-21 football teams, after beginning his career in his native Scotland playing for Falkirk in the Scottish First Division in the 2011–12 season.

Career[edit]

Falkirk[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

A product of the Falkirk youth system Glasgow born Wallace began his career as a trainee at home town club Rangers before joining the Falkirk academy aged 16,[1] Wallace made his first team debut on 6 August 2011 as a substitute in Falkirk's 1–0 defeat to Raith Rovers in the Scottish First Division.[2] He went on to make his first league start on 13 August 2011 against Partick Thistle at the Falkirk Stadium.[3] He scored his first goal for the club on 5 November 2011 in Falkirk's 4–3 win over Livingston.[4]

On the last day of the January 2012 transfer window Wallace was sold to Huddersfield Town, and loaned back to Falkirk for the remainder of the season, beginning with a start in the goal less 0–0 draw away at Greenock Morton on 11 February 2012.[5] Wallace went on to make 15 more appearances for Falkirk during the loan spell making it a total 34 appearances scoring twice for the club before returning to parent club Huddersfield Town at the end of the 2011–12 season to meet up with the squad ahead of their League One Play Off campaign with his final appearances coming in a 3–2 win over Ayr as Falkirk finished the season in third position.[6] He was also in the side as they won the 2011–12 Scottish Challenge Cup in April 2012 beating Hamilton Academical 1–0 in the final at Almondvale Stadium on 1 April 2012.[7]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

2011–12 Season[edit]

On 31 January, Wallace signed for Huddersfield Town on a two-year deal,[8] after rejecting moves to Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich Town.[9] As part of the deal he was immediately loaned back to Falkirk for the remainder of the season.[10]

Wallace returned to Huddersfield after the end of his loan at former club Falkirk in May 2012 after helping them beat Ayr 3–2 on 6 May 2012 and helping the side to a third place finish in the Scottish First Division.[11] He was set to train with Simon Grayson's squad throughout the Play-Off campaign until he joined up with the Scotland Under-20 side ahead of a tournament being held in the Netherlands as Huddersfield went on to win the Play Off final beating Sheffield United on penalties to win promotion to the Championship.[12]

2012–13 Season[edit]

Wallace was given the number 15 shirt by manager Simon Grayson on 12 July 2012 when the squad returned to training for the 2012–13 season.[13] Wallace has so far been a regular feature for Huddersfield during pre season receiving his first call up to the Scotland U21's in August 2012.[14] After patiently waiting for his chance, Wallace made his Terriers début as a substitute in the 1–1 draw against Blackpool at the John Smith's Stadium on 26 December 2012. He made his full début for the team 3 days later in their 0–0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. His first goal for the club came in the 2–2 draw against Peterborough United on 6 April 2013. Wallace capped the season off by winning Young Player of the Year.

International career[edit]

Scotland U20's[edit]

Wallace gained his first international call up in May 2012 receiving his first call up by the Scotland U20 side. He was named by head coach Ricky Sbragia in the Scotland Under-20 squad to compete in the 59th ADO Den Haag tournament in May 2012.[15] He made his debate playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 draw with Manchester City on 25 May 2012 the same weekend his club side Huddersfield Town secured promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs.[16] He went on to featured in all five of Scotland's matches and played the full 90 minutes in each including the 1–0 victory over the hosts ADO Den Haag on 26 May, sending them through to the semi-final were the Scot's lost 2–1 to Mexico, then losing to Cruzeiro 1–0 in the third place play-off match both played on 27 May 2012.[17]

Scotland U21's[edit]

On 1 August 2012, Wallace received his first call-up to the Scotland under-21 team, after being named in the under-21 squad for their match against Belgium under-21's on 14 August at East End Park, Dunfermline.[18] He made his début for the under 21's playing the full 90 minutes on 14 August 2012 in a 1–0 defeat in an international friendly against Belgium U21's.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

[20][21]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Falkirk Scottish First Division 19 2 2 0 3 0 - 26 2
2011–12 Falkirk 15 0 0 0 0 0 - 15 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Huddersfield Town Championship 6 1 1 0 0 0 - 7 1
2013–14 17 0 2 0 2 0 - 21 0
Total Scotland 34 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 41 2
England 23 1 3 0 2 0 - 28 1
Career total 57 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 69 3

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Communities League Cup: Falkirk starlet Murray Wallace insists boss Steven Pressley has developed his game". Daily Record. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Raith Rovers v Falkirk". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Falkirk V Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Falkirk 4–3 Livingston". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  5. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/150605/murray-wallace?cc=5739
  6. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10312~2764002,00.html
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17558271
  8. ^ "SCOTTISH PROSPECT WALLACE JOINS TOWN". Huddersfield Town F.C. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Huddersfield Town beat Brighton and Ipswich Town to signing of Falkirk defender Murray Wallace". The Examiner. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "FALKIRK SKIPPER DARREN DODS PREDICTS BIG FUTURE FOR MURRAY WALLACE". The Express. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10312~2764002,00.html
  12. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10312~2788552,00.html
  13. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10312~2846734,00.html
  14. ^ http://www.examiner.co.uk/huddersfield-town-fc/huddersfield-town-news/2012/08/01/86081-31525895/?
  15. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10312~2762316,00.html
  16. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10312~2788552,00.html
  17. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10312~2790452,00.html
  18. ^ http://www.examiner.co.uk/huddersfield-town-fc/huddersfield-town-news/2012/08/01/86081-31525895/?
  19. ^ http://www.htafc.com/news/article/first-team-news-wallace-and-scannell-international-312167.aspx
  20. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=58591
  21. ^ "Murray Wallace Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 

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