Bobby Olejnik

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Bobby Olejnik
Bobby Olejnik 2014-04-05 1.jpg
Olejnik playing for Peterborough United in 2014
Personal information
Full name Robert Olejnik[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
York City
(on loan from Peterborough United)
Number 31
Youth career
0000–2003 Austria Wien
2003–2006 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Aston Villa 0 (0)
2007 Lincoln City (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2011 Falkirk 102 (0)
2011–2012 Torquay United 46 (0)
2012– Peterborough United 88 (0)
2014–2015 Scunthorpe United (loan) 13 (0)
2015– York City (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Austria U21 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:29, 24 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert "Bobby" Olejnik (born 26 November 1986) is an Austrian professional footballer who plays for English club York City, on loan from Peterborough United, as a goalkeeper. Olejnik came through the youth teams of Austria Vienna and Aston Villa and has played professionally for Falkirk and Torquay United as well as the Austria U21 team.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Olejnik, born to Polish parents in Vienna, Austria, started playing football from a young age first playing for Rapid Vienna and then moved to Austria Vienna's youth system where he remained until 2003 when Olejnik move to England to join Aston Villa's youth system after impressing Eric Steele, then goalkeeping coach at Aston Villa, before landing his first professional contract.

Aston Villa[edit]

Olejnik is a product of Aston Villa's youth system. He joined League Two side Lincoln City on a loan deal until the end of the 2006–07 season, to help The Imps in their promotion push.[3] Whilst there, he helped their Reserve side to lift the Pontin's Reserves League Cup. They had beaten Premiership sides Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers on the way. After a 1–1 draw in 90 minutes against Hartlepool United, the match went to a penalty shoot-out. Olejnik saved two of the first five, making it 3–3 after each side having taken five. The scores made it to 6–6 before Olejnik saved a penalty, to then step up himself and score the winning goal.

Falkirk[edit]

However, on 30 May 2007, Olejnik was released by Villa manager Martin O'Neill and the following day joined Scottish club Falkirk.[4] At the start of the season, Olejnik became second choice to Tim Krul who made 22 appearances. Olejnik made his debut for the club in a 1–0 win over Kilmarnock on 2 January 2008, coming on a substitute for Russell Latapy after Krul got sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct. Krul would later return to his parent club after Krul suffered a shoulder injury[5] and Olejnik would later became a first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the season. Olejnik managed to keep his first clean sheet for the club in a 0–0 draw against Aberdeen on 5 January 2008.

The following season, Olejnik managed to get playing time as a first choice goalkeeper. Because of that, this led the club signing Scott Flinders from Crystal Palace and replacing Olejnik as a first choice goalkeeper until Olejnik made a return in goal in a 1–1 draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle At the end of the season on 11 June 2009, Olejnik signed a two-year extension with the club, keeping him at the club until 2011.[6]

The following season with Mallo left Falkrik, Olejnik resumed his first choice goalkeeper status, having played all 38 games in the league. However, the club was relegated after failing to beat Kilmarnock on 9 May 2010 in a 0–0 draw. During the season, Olejnik made his European debut in the UEFA Europa League in the second round against Vaduz. In the first leg, Falkirk won 1–0, giving Olejnik his first clean sheet in Europe competition on 16 July 2009. In the second leg on 23 July 2009, Vaduz strike back and won 2–0, eliminating Falkirk in the Europa League, in process. In a 0–0 draw against Aberdeen, Olejnik was in a confrontation with team-mate Scott Arfield, whom he believed had not properly defended a cross. As a result, referee Alan Muir booked the pair. After the match, Olejnik made an apology for an incident[7]

Falkirk manager, Steven Pressley confirmed Olejnik would be leaving the club after his contract ran out on 30 June 2011.[8] At the club, Oleknik made over 100 league appearances.

Torquay United[edit]

On 1 July 2011, Olejnik signed with League Two side Torquay United.[9] Olejnik made his debut in a 2–1 friendly win over Tiverton Town. He started his first League 2 match of the season with Torquay, at home to Burton Albion. Despite conceding two goals, he was man of the match after pulling off a string of fine saves.

Olejnik's impressive commanding form continued during his 2011–2012 season resulting in him leading Torquay into the club's record books by breaking United's previous record number of 19 clean sheets, set in the 1960s, with 20 shut outs. On 16 February 2012, Olejnik signed a contract extension, keeping him until 2014.[10]

In April 2012, Olejnik was named in the PFA Team of the Year of League Two along with teammate Kevin Nicholson, Eunan O'Kane and Lee Mansell.[11]

Peterborough United[edit]

On 18 June 2012, Olejnik signed a three-year contract with Championship side Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.[12][13] Olejnik was a replacement for both Joe Lewis and Paul Jones who left for Cardiff City and Crawley Town respectively. Olejnik made his debut on for Peterborough United on 14 August 2012 with a clean sheet in a 4–0 win over Southend in the cup. Olejnik made his Championship debut against Leicester City on 20 August 2012. Although having lost 2–0, Bobby pulled off a number if fine saves to keep Peterborough afloat. Manager Darren Ferguson was later quoted saying "Bobby's a really good goalkeeper. The save he made in the first-half was outstanding, but he also gives us something we haven't had from our goalkeepers in recent seasons and that's excellent communication skills."[14]

Olejnik was one of Posh’s most prominent players during the 2012-13 campaign, making 275 saves, the most by any goalkeeper in the Championship.[15]

At the end of the 2013/2014 season Bobby was awarded Player of the Year.[16]

During the first leg of the 2013/2014 League 1 play off semi final against Leyton Orient, Bobby was awarded Man of the Match for a fantastic performance which resulted in Peterborough drawing the game 1-1.[17]

At the end of the 2013/2014 campaign, to the surprise of the fans,[18] Bobby was told that he was not going to be offered a new contract and would be put on the transfer list. He kept 22 clean sheets during the campaign,[19] equalling the club record.

At the end of July 2014, Bobby was told he needed to leave Peterborough United because they could no longer afford his wage packet, Bobby has an appearance clause in his contract giving Torquay United £10,000 every time that he completes ten Football League appearances for Posh, up to 100.[20][21]

At the end of the 2013–14 season Bobby had 88 league appearances and over 100 total for Peterborough.[22][23]

On 19 July 2014 Bobby signed on a 28 day emergency loan with Scunthorpe United and made his debut against Fleetwood on the day he signed.[24] On 1 September Scunthorpe extended Bobby's loan until January 2015.[25]

Olejnik joined League Two York City on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season on 5 January 2015, being reunited with manager Russ Wilcox, who signed him for Scunthorpe.[26]

International career[edit]

Olejnik was also called up for the Austria U-21 squad to play Italy U-21 in late August 2006.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 January 2015.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2006–07[27] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lincoln City (loan) 2006–07[28] League Two 0 0 0 0
Falkirk 2007–08[29] Scottish Premier League 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2008–09[30] Scottish Premier League 15 0 1 0 2 0 18 0
2009–10[31] Scottish Premier League 38 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 42 0
2010–11[32] Scottish First Division 36 0 2 0 3 0 1[b] 0 42 0
Total 102 0 5 0 6 0 3 0 116 0
Torquay United 2011–12[33] League Two 46 0 2 0 1 0 2[c] 0 51 0
Peterborough United 2012–13[34] Championship 46 0 1 0 2 0 49 0
2013–14[35] League One 42 0 4 0 3 0 8[d] 0 57 0
2014–15[36] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 88 0 5 0 5 0 8 0 106 0
Scunthorpe United 2014–15[37] League One 13 0 0 0 1 0 2[e] 0 16 0
York City (loan) 2014–15[37] League Two 3 0 3 0
Career total 252 0 12 0 13 0 15 0 292 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in Scottish Challenge Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs
  4. ^ Six appearances in Football League Trophy, two in League One play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Peterborough United

Individual

  • Football League Two PFA Team of the Year: 2011–12
  • Peterborough United Player of the Year: 2013-14[16][38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 23. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert Olejnik". ESPN FC. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Villa keeper heads to Lincoln". Sky Sports. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "A saving grace". Falkirk Herald. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Krul faces long spell on sidelines". Falkirk Herald. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bairns keeper agrees new deal". Sky Sports. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bairns minder says sorry". Falkirk Herald. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bairns keepers will not be kept". Falkirk Herald. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gulls reel in young stopper". Sky Sports. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Olejnik pens new Gulls deal". Sky Sports. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "PFA Team of the Year: League Two". Team Talk. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Posh complete Olejnik deal". Sky Sports. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Posh have bid accepted". Sky Sports. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bobby revels in the atmosphere". Peterborough Today. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.theposh.com/team/player-profile/index.aspx#MS4ObpJqQsEy3cOQ.99
  16. ^ a b http://www.theposh.com/news/article/20140430-olejnik-scoops-player-of-the-year-1519152.aspx
  17. ^ http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/football/peterborough-united/posh-player-ratings-the-o-s-are-thwarted-by-bobby-o-1-6051592
  18. ^ http://m.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/football/peterborough-united/posh-retained-list-olejnik-available-for-transfer-alcock-to-leave-but-little-and-swanson-can-stay-1-6060068
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27422335
  20. ^ http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Torquay-United-keeper-Bobby-Olejnik-helping-old/story-17567702-detail/story.html
  21. ^ http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Gulls-set-miss-Olejnik-income-goalkeeper-goes/story-25808154-detail/story.html
  22. ^ http://www.theposh.com/team/player-profile/
  23. ^ http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/football/peterborough-united/posh-big-ben-s-arrival-means-either-bobby-or-day-will-be-on-their-way-1-6202809
  24. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28854266
  25. ^ http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/Peterborough-United-goalkeeper-Bobby-Olejnik/story-22859668-detail/story.html
  26. ^ "Bobby Olejnik: York City sign Peterborough goalkeeper on loan". BBC Sport. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  27. ^ "Squad stats: 2006/07". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "Squad stats: 2006/07". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  31. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
    "Falkirk 1–0 Vaduz". BBC Sport. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
    "Vaduz 2–0 Falkirk (agg 2–1)". BBC Sport. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  32. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
    "Stirling Albion 0 – 0 Falkirk". Scottish Professional Football League. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  36. ^ "Squad stats: 2014/15". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Bobby Olejnik in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  38. ^ http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/football/peterborough-united/posh-awards-bobby-and-britt-win-top-honours-1-6030780

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