Nick Montgomery

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Nicholas Montgomery
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Montgomery playing for Sheffield United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Anthony Montgomery[1]
Date of birth (1981-10-28) 28 October 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Central Coast Mariners
Number 8
Youth career
Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2012 Sheffield United 352 (9)
2012 Millwall (loan) 2 (0)
2012– Central Coast Mariners 46 (1)
National team
2003 Scotland U21 2 (1)
2005 Scotland Futures 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:22, 16 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:31, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Nicholas Anthony "Nick" Montgomery (born 28 October 1981) is an English-born Scottish footballer currently playing for Australian side Central Coast Mariners in the A-League. Born in Leeds, England he started his career with Sheffield United where he spent twelve years as a professional, making 399 appearances. Towards the end of his time in England, Montgomery had a short spell on loan with Millwall and had earlier represented Scotland at under-21 level and as part of a Scotland 'Futures' side.

Club career[edit]

Sheffield United[edit]

Montgomery supported Leeds United as a child and started his professional career by coming through the youth ranks at Sheffield United. He made his début for the Blades at Carrow Road against Norwich City on 21 October 2000.[3] He subsequently established himself as a regular in the first-team where he became a mainstay of central midfield for the Blades. Montgomery had to wait until November 2001 before he scored his first goal for the club, coming in a 4–0 home victory over Birmingham City.[4]

Montgomery was an integral member of the 2005–06 squad that saw the Blades being promoted back to the Premier League. As a result of his hard work over the season, he was runner-up to Phil Jagielka in the club's Player of Year awards.

During the 2009–10 season Montgomery played a main role in an injury plagued Sheffield United squad eventually winning player of the season, including scoring his first league goal for four seasons in the Blades 3–0 home victory against Blackpoolin March 2010.[5] With the club looking to reduce their wage bill, a few months of speculation followed as to whether he would leave United but on he eventually signed a new 3-year deal in June that year after reportedly turning down an approach from Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, despite being a lifelong Leeds fan.[6]

For the 2011–2012 season the Blades found themselves themselves in the third tier of English football for the first time in over 20 years and Montgomery found himself out of the first team picture for the first time in his United career. Losing his place in midfield to Michael Doyle he was confined to occasional substitute appearances as the season progressed. With first team opportunities limited Montgomery joined Championship team Millwall on loan in March 2012, agreeing a deal to remain there until the end of the season.[7] However at the end of the month Montgomery's loan spell came to an end after he sustained a calf problem, forcing him to return to Bramall Lane for medical treatment. He only had twenty minutes of game time with Millwall as substitutions against Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United.[8] Montgomery still went on to make appearances as a Sheffield United player, including playing in the play-offs, in which the team lost to Huddersfield Town in the final at Wembley Stadium on penalties.

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

Montgomery ended his 12-year stay at Sheffield United by the cancellation of his contract through a mutual agreement on 31 August 2012. This allowed him to join United's sister club Central Coast Mariners in the Australian A-League.[9]

He was a key part to the side that reached the 2013 A-League Grand Final but missed the grand final due to suspension. The Mariners went on to win 2-0. Montgomery was elected as vice-captain for the 2013-14 season, and made his debut as captain in a 1-0 win against rivals Sydney FC on the 18th of January, 2014.

International career[edit]

Despite being born in Leeds, Montgomery is eligible to play for Scotland although turning down an opportunity to play for England after interest from Sven-Göran Eriksson. He then made his début for the Scotland U21 side in April 2003 in a 1–0 victory over Austria, scoring from 50 yards and his second and last appearance in another 1–0 victory, this time over Croatia in November of the same year. He subsequently appeared for a team of Scotland Futures in 2005, featuring in a 2–0 defeat of Poland in December.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

For the English league section 'Other' includes games played in the Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs.

As of 19 March 2014.[11]
Season Club Division League Cup Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
2000–01 Sheffield United First Division 27 0 1 0 1 0 29 0
2001–02 31 2 1 0 0 0 32 2
2002–03 23 0 3 0 6 1 0 0 32 1
2003–04 36 3 4 0 1 0 41 3
2004–05 Championship 25 1 5 0 3 0 33 1
2005–06 39 1 1 0 0 0 40 1
2006–07 Premier League 26 0 1 0 1 1 28 1
2007–08 Championship 20 0 1 0 2 0 23 0
2008–09 28 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 35 0
2009–10 39 1 3 0 1 0 43 1
2010–11 35 0 0 0 1 0 36 0
2011–12 League One 22 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 25 1
2011–12 Millwall (loan) Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Australia League Final series Other Continental Total
2012–13 Central Coast Mariners A-League 25 1 0 0 3 0 28 1
2013–14 A-League 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Career total 394 10 24 0 18 2 8 0 444 12

Honours[edit]

Sheffield United

Central Coast Mariners

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Official profile at SUFC". 
  3. ^ "Norwich 4–2 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 21 October 2000. Retrieved 3 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Sheff Utd 4–0 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 3 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Sheff Utd 3–0 Blackpool". Sheffield united FC Official Web Site. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Switch of shirts now has Lowry facing new challenge". The Yorkshire Post. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Monty the Lion". Sheffield United FC Official Web Site. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Montgomery Returns To Blades". Football 365. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Monty down under". Sheffield United FC Official Web Site. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Futures rosy as Scots sink Poland". The Scotsman. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "NIck Montgomery". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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