Reuben Noble-Lazarus

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Reuben Noble-Lazarus
Reuben Noble-Lazarus.jpg
Noble-Lazarus playing for Rochdale in 2015
Personal information
Full name Reuben Courtney Noble-Lazarus[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 21)[1]
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Rochdale
Number 11
Youth career
0000–2008 Barnsley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2015 Barnsley 46 (3)
2013–2014 Scunthorpe United (loan) 4 (0)
2014–2015 Rochdale (loan) 5 (1)
2015– Rochdale 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:50, 4 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Reuben Courtney Noble-Lazarus (born 16 August 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker or winger for Rochdale.[2]

Club career[edit]

Barnsley[edit]

Noble-Lazarus was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.[1] At 15 years and 45 days old, he became the youngest player ever to feature in a Football League match when he came on as a substitute during Barnsley's 3–0 Championship defeat by Ipswich Town on 30 September 2008.[2]

The previous weekend, Noble-Lazarus had scored a hat-trick for the Barnsley under-18 team,[3] for whom he had played since he was 12 years old,[4] and was selected as a substitute for the senior team's visit to Portman Road. Coming on in the 84th minute of the match to replace Martin Devaney, Noble-Lazarus surpassed the record set by Bradford Park Avenue's Albert Geldard in September 1929, and equalled by Welshman Ken Roberts for Wrexham F.C. in 1951, by 113 days.[2] He was too young to be paid for his appearance – Barnsley manager Simon Davey joked he would be given pizza and a ham sandwich for his efforts – [5] and was due to return to Newsome High School[6] in Huddersfield the following day.[7][8]

Davey had wanted to play Noble-Lazarus in the League Cup earlier in the season but was prevented from doing so by the competition's rules, which prohibit the selection of players under the age of 15.[8] The club has made an agreement with Noble-Lazarus' school to allow him to train with the club for two days each week.[2] Davey has said that the club will "nurture" Noble-Lazarus by ensuring that he is "...dipped in and dipped back out..." of the team.[9] Noble-Lazarus was included in Barnsley's squad to face Doncaster Rovers the weekend after his debut, making another substitute appearance when he came on for Iain Hume in the 87th minute.[10]

Under new boss Mark Robins, Noble-Lazarus was used twice as a substitute towards the end of the 2009/10 season.[11] He made his first senior start against Doncaster in a 2–2 draw on 25 April 2011, and scored his first senior goal as a substitute against Millwall on the last day of the 2010/11 season.

On 12 November 2013, Reuben signed on loan at League Two side Scunthorpe United until 1 January 2014.[12]

Rochdale[edit]

On 27 October 2014, Reuben joined Rochdale on loan until January 2015.[13]

On 13 January 2015, Reuben completed a permanent switch to Rochdale signing an 18-month deal.[14]

International career[edit]

Noble-Lazarus who is of Grenadian descent, expressed his desire to play for Grenada and hopes to be part of the team starting with the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Puerto Rico in June 2015.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 May 2013.[16]
England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-Offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2013–14 Barnsley Championship 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1 0 0
2012–13 Championship 14 1 1 0 0 0 15 1 1 0
2011–12 Championship 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
2010–11 Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0
2009–10 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2008–09 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Career Total 45 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 47 3 1 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 309. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Barnsley schoolboy makes history". BBC Sport. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Full time from The Oakwell Academy". Barnsley F.C. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Starlet poised for first-team spot". Eurosport (Yahoo!). 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-10-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Back to school for the 15-year-old who has become the Football League's youngest ever player". Daily Mail (London). 1 October 2008. 
  6. ^ Peal, Janet (2010-04-27). "Newsome High School". 
  7. ^ Bulstrode, Mark (2008-09-30). "Davey won't rush Noble-Lazarus". Sporting Life. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  8. ^ a b Henderson, Mel (2008-10-01). "Ipswich 3 Barnsley 0". The Sun (London: News Group Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  9. ^ "Ipswich 3–0 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  10. ^ "Barnsley 4–1 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  11. ^ "Ipswich Town vs Barnsley". Barnsley FC. 2010-03-20. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  12. ^ "Noble-Lazarus Joins On Loan". www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk. 12 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Reuben Noble-Lazarus Joins On Loan". Rochdale A.F.C. 27 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Reuben Noble-Lazarus Signs Permanent Deal". Rochdale A.F.C. 13 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Grenada Football: Noble-Lazarus eager to represent Spice Boyz". Sports Max. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 

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