Robert Snodgrass

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Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass Arsenal vs Leeds FA Cup 3rd round 2011.jpg
Snodgrass playing for Leeds United in 2011
Personal information
Full name Robert Snodgrass[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Hull City
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2004 Livingston
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Livingston 79 (15)
2007 Stirling Albion (loan) 12 (5)
2008–2012 Leeds United 168 (35)
2012–2014 Norwich City 67 (12)
2014– Hull City 1 (0)
National team
2007 Scotland U20 3 (0)
2008 Scotland U21 2 (0)
2011– Scotland 15 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:46, 16 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:26, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Robert Snodgrass (born 7 September 1987) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Hull City as a winger, comfortable playing on either side of the pitch. He can also play as a forward. After playing for Scotland at various youth levels including under-21s, Snodgrass received a call up to the Scotland national team side in 2009,[2] and won his first cap in February 2011.[3]

Snodgrass started his senior career with Livingston. He also had a loan spell at Stirling Albion before moving to England in 2008, joining Leeds United. He helped Leeds win promotion to the Championship in 2010. In February 2012, Snodgrass was appointed captain of Leeds, but he rejected a new contract offer and moved to Norwich City in July.

Early life[edit]

Born in Glasgow, Snodgrass grew up in the Gallowgate area, the youngest of three boys (Steven and Tony)[4] and two girls (Michelle and Tracey).[citation needed] His boyhood club, Celtic, offered him an apprenticeship, along with Clyde and Livingston. He felt that he had little chance of breaking through at Parkhead, so chose Livingston.[5]

Club career[edit]

Livingston[edit]

Snodgrass started his career at Livingston, where he scored 15 goals in 79 games. Snodgrass caught attention by turning down a trial with Spanish giants FC Barcelona.[6] Before he turned professional, he was offered a move to Blackburn Rovers, though he chose to stay with Livingston.[7] After recovering from a broken metatarsal, he moved to Stirling Albion on loan for the remainder of the 2006–07 season on 30 January 2007 to step up his recovery from injury.[6]

Snodgrass established himself as a regular first-team member during the 2005/06 season. This was a campaign of mixed fortunes, as he gained regular first-team football, yet his side were relegated to Division 1. During Livingston's first season in the second tier, he scored 10 goals for Livingston in the Scottish First Division during the 2007–08 season, he was offered a new contract at Livingston but turned it down. After failing to impress during a trial spell with Barnsley,[8] he joined League One team Leeds United in July 2008.[citation needed] He left the Lions scoring 15 goals in 79 games.

Leeds United[edit]

2008–09 season[edit]

After joining Leeds, Snodgrass came into the side for the first game of the season to make his debut against Scunthorpe United, gaining an assist after setting up Enoch Showunmi's headed goal.[9] He scored his first goal for Leeds in the 5–2 League Cup victory over Chester City.[citation needed] After initially struggling to hold a regular place in the starting line-up, Snodgrass established himself after a string of impressive performances throughout November and December, which saw the young winger score four goals in seven games during a poor run of form for the Yorkshire club, culminating in the sacking of manager Gary McAllister.[citation needed]

Leeds reached the playoffs but ultimately were knocked out of the competition after losing 2–1 on aggregate to Millwall.[10] He was the top assist maker in the division with 16, despite only playing regular first team football from December onwards.[citation needed] In his first season at Leeds he scored 11 goals and got 19 assists.[11]

2009–10 season[edit]

On the eve of the season, Snodgrass signed a new four-year contract with the club.[12] Snodgrass made a slow start to the season, but chipped in with two assists, one against Darlington in the League Cup, and the other against Wycombe Wanderers.[citation needed] He bagged his first goals of the season with two against Watford in the League Cup second round, sending Leeds through to the third round.[citation needed] In the next round, Snodgrass gave Liverpool left back Andrea Dossena "all sorts of problems" throughout the game.[13]

Snodgrass scored a late winner against Milton Keynes Dons in a 1–0 win for Leeds for his first league goal of the season.[11] He missed Leeds' top of the table clash against Charlton Athletic with ankle and knee injuries he sustained in the 1–1 draw with Carlisle United.[citation needed] Snodgrass' fourth goal of the season came against Brighton & Hove Albion with a long range left footed strike.[citation needed]

In the West Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town Snodgrass scored after just 90 seconds.[citation needed] He scored the winning goal from 18 yards with a right footed curling effort into the top right hand corner of the goal against Southampton in a 1–0 win for Leeds. The goal was Snodgrass' sixth of the campaign.[citation needed]

Snodgrass was dropped to the bench against Manchester United but it was later revealed he had a hamstring injury, and he came on in the second half and hit a direct free kick against the crossbar.[14] Snodgrass was fit enough to start the following game against Wycombe Wanderers with him coming into the side for Hughes, and Bradley Johnson dropping back to left back.[citation needed] Snodgrass replaced Luciano Becchio in the starting lineup up front for Leeds in the 2–2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup on 23 January 2010, playing in a different role just behind Beckford.[15] After playing up front again against Swindon Town Snodgrass reverted to his normal position on the wing against Colchester United.[citation needed]

Snodgrass scored his eighth goal of the season for Leeds in the Football League Trophy Northern Section Final second leg against Carlisle, but Leeds were knocked out of the tournament despite winning the game 3–2 after losing 6–5 on a penalty shootout, with Snodgrass converting his penalty for Leeds.[16] Snodgrass scored his ninth goal of the season in the 95th minute against Brighton to rescue Leeds a point.[citation needed] He scored his 10th of the season in a match with Tranmere Rovers after his long range free kick crept into the back of the net.[citation needed]

In May 2010 he was selected in the League One PFA Team of the Year for the 2009–10 season.[17] Snodgrass played an instrumental part as Leeds were promoted to The Championship after finishing in second place in League One and thus earning automatic promotion. In his second season Snodgrass scored 10 goals in total and gained 14 assists.[11]

2010–11 season[edit]

On 27 July 2010, Snodgrass was believed to have suffered a serious knee injury during the pre-season game away to Norwegian team Brann Bergen, after falling victim to a horrendous challenge by David Nielsen.[18][19] The knee injury ruled him out of the rest of the pre-season campaign, but after two scans on the injured knee the injury wasn't as serious as first feared, but kept Snodgrass out for several weeks. Manager Simon Grayson claimed that no exact timescale had been put on Snodgrass' recovery from injury.[20] Snodgrass returned to training at the start of September 2010.[21] 14 September to help gain match fitness after his injury, Snodgrass played 90 minutes in Leeds' 3–1 behind closed doors friendly win against Middlesbrough.[22] Snodgrass returned to Leeds' squad after injury when he was named on the bench the game against Doncaster Rovers, he came on as a second-half substitute replacing Ross McCormack.[23]

Snodgrass came on as a second-half substitute against Sheffield United and managed to assist Leeds' late winner for Bradley Johnson, however his game ended on a sour note when he was sent off for two yellow cards.[24] Snodgrass returned from suspension for Leeds against Ipswich Town replacing Luciano Becchio in the starting lineup and scored his first goal of the season.[25][26] He scored his second goal of the season with a curled effort against Coventry City.[27] His performance against Coventry City was welcomed as a return to form by Snodgrass.[28] His third goal of the season came against Leicester City with a long-range effort.[29]

On 1 January 2011, Snodgrass was injured in the 1–1 draw with Middlesbrough, where he was kicked once in the back as well as being stamped on the calf muscle.[30] He scored against Cardiff City with another long range goal.[31]

On 8 January 2011, Snodgrass scored with a second half penalty in a 1–1 FA Cup draw with Arsenal.[32] He scored his sixth goal of the season against Hull City[33] On 3 February it was announced that Snodgrass had won The January Championship Player Of The Month Award.[34] Snodgrass scored against Bristol City on 12 February.[35] He won the Championship Player of the month award for February 2011, which was his second player of the month award in a row.[36] Snodgrass missed Leeds' last few games of the season after suffering a back injury.[37]

2011–12 season[edit]

In June 2011, it was reported that Leeds had put an £8 million valuation on Snodgrass and that they were looking into offering him a new contract.[38] Snodgrass missed the League Cup match in August 2011 against Bradford City as he had been called up to the Scotland squad.[39] He started for Leeds on the opening day of the season as they lost 3–1 against Southampton, and was substituted early in the second half.[40] He scored his first goal of the season on 16 August when he scored a freekick against Hull City.[41] Snodgrass was ruled out of action when he had an emergency operation to have his appendix removed on 31 December 2011.[42] He returned to action for Leeds just two weeks later, scoring in a 1–1 draw against Crystal Palace on 14 January 2012.[43] On 21 January, he scored a goal in a 3–1 win over Ipswich Town.[44]

Snodgrass was appointed the new Leeds United club captain by new Leeds manager Neil Warnock in his first game in charge against Portsmouth on 25 February, replacing previous captain Andy Lonergan.[45] Warnock confirmed he had offered Snodgrass a new contract which would make him Leeds' highest paid player.[46]

Snodgrass finished the season with 13 goals and the second highest amount of assists in The Championship with 14 assists.[47] Snodgrass won both Leeds' Fans Player Of The Year and Players Player Of The Year awards during the clubs end of season awards on 28 April.[48]

Norwich City[edit]

Snodgrass signed for Norwich City on a three year contract in July 2012 "for an undisclosed fee".[49] He made his début in the opening game of the season on 18 August 2012, a 5–0 defeat away to Fulham. Two matches later, on 1 September 2012, Snodgrass scored his first goal for the club when he scored the equaliser which saw Norwich draw 1–1 with Tottenham Hotspur.[50] He scored his second goal on 28 November, scoring a free-kick in a 1–1 draw against Southampton.[51]

Snodgrass would go on to establish himself as a regular in the first team squad. After a successful campaign in which the club finished 11th in the table, he would be voted by Norwich fans as 2nd place in the Player of the Season that season. He narrowly missed out on the trophy, which was won by Sebastien Bassong instead.

He scored his first goal of the 2013–14 season with a "free-kick from around 20 yards that looped over the wall and into the bottom-left corner of the net" in a 3–1 win over West Ham United on 9 November.[52] He scored again on 23 February 2014 against Tottenham Hotspur after a cutting through ball from Bradley Johnson, holding off the defender and placing it past Hugo Lloris from just inside the box. That goal turned out to be the only goal, as Norwich won 1-0.

Hull City[edit]

On 30 June 2014, Hull City signed Snodgrass for an undisclosed fee, believed to exceed £6 million, on a three-year contract.[53] Snodgrass dislocated a kneecap during a 1–0 win at QPR in August 2014.[54] The injury, which required surgery to heal, is expected to keep Snodgrass out of action for six months.[54]

International career[edit]

Snodgrass playing for Scotland in 2011

Snodgrass is a former Scotland under-19, under-20 and under-21 international. With the under-19 team, he was part of the squad that reached the final of the 2006 European Championships in Poland. Snodgrass also impressed playing for Scotland under-20 in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada[55] It was his form in this tournament that led to Barcelona showing interest in Snodgrass.[56]

Leeds' involvement in the play-offs against Millwall in 2009 meant that Snodgrass was unavailable to play in a Scotland B international.[57]

Snodgrass was called up to the senior Scotland squad by George Burley for the first time for their friendly against Japan in October 2009.[2] He was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a knee injury.[58] Snodgrass made his full international debut on 9 February 2011, coming on as a substitute against Northern Ireland in a 2011 Nations Cup match.[3] Snodgrass was called up to the Scotland squad to face Brazil on 21 March 2011,[59] coming on as a second half substitute. Scotland lost the game 2–0.[60] Snodgrass was ruled out of Scotland's Nations Cup matches against Wales and Republic of Ireland with a back injury.[61]

On 2 August 2011 Snodgrass was called up to the squad for a friendly against Denmark.[39] He made his first start for Scotland against Denmark and also scored his first international goal in this game.[62][63] On 7 June 2013, during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Croatia, inflicting their first competitive defeat at home since they lost 4–1 to England in 2008.[64]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 August 2011 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Denmark 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 7 June 2013 Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia  Croatia 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 15 October 2013 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Croatia 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Snodgrass has a daughter, Sienna, with his girlfriend Denise.[65]

On 24 January 2011, an arrest warrant was issued for Snodgrass after he failed to turn up to court regarding an alleged driving offence.[66] A spokesman for Leeds United stated that the non-appearance was due to a misunderstanding and that Snodgrass was working with the judicial authorities to resolve the matter.[66]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Stirling Albion
Leeds United

Personal[edit]

Club Awards

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 August 2014
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Europe Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2004–05 Scotland Livingston Premier League 16 2 1 1 1 0 18 3 1 0
2005–06 Scotland 26 4 2 0 2 0 30 4 2 0
2006–07 Scotland First Division 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
2006–07 Scotland Stirling Albion (Loan) Second Division 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 15 7 3 0
2007–08 Scotland Livingston First Division 31 9 3 1 2 1 1 0 37 10 4 1
Livingston total 79 15 7 1 5 1 1 0 92 17 7 1
2008–09 England Leeds United League One 42 9 2 0 3 2 2 0 2 0 51 11 5 0
2009–10 England 44 7 6 0 3 2 4 1 57 10 8 0
2010–11 England Championship 39 6 2 1 0 0 41 7 4 1
2011–12 England 43 13 0 0 1 0 44 13 10 0
Leeds United total 168 35 10 1 7 4 6 1 2 0 193 41 27 1
2012–13 England Norwich City Premier League 37 6 1 1 2 0 40 7 8 0
2013–14 England 30 6 2 1 2 0 34 7 6 0
Norwich City total 67 12 3 2 4 0 74 14 14 0
2014–15 England Hull City Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
Hull City total 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
Career Total 327 67 20 4 16 5 7 1 2 0 5 2 377 79 51 2

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Lonergan
Leeds United captain
2012
Succeeded by
Lee Peltier