Rowan Vine

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Rowan Vine
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Vine while on loan at Milton Keynes Dons in 2011
Personal information
Full name Rowan Lewis Vine
Date of birth (1982-09-21) 21 September 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Basingstoke, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Portsmouth 13 (0)
2002–2003 Brentford (loan) 42 (10)
2003–2004 Colchester United (loan) 35 (6)
2004–2005 Luton Town (loan) 45 (9)
2005–2007 Luton Town 57 (22)
2007–2008 Birmingham City 17 (1)
2007–2008 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 18 (4)
2008–2012 Queens Park Rangers 51 (5)
2010 Hull City (loan) 5 (0)
2010 Brentford (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 17 (1)
2011 Exeter City (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Gillingham (loan) 9 (1)
2012–2013 St. Johnstone 35 (7)
2013–2014 Hibernian 10 (0)
2014 Greenock Morton 12 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:34, 8 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Rowan Lewis Vine (born 21 September 1982) is an English footballer who last played for Greenock Morton. A striker, Vine has previously played for Portsmouth, Brentford, Colchester United, Luton Town, Birmingham City, QPR, Hull City, Milton Keynes Dons, Exeter City, Gillingham, St. Johnstone and Hibernian. He is extremely well known for his very well groomed beard.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Basingstoke, Vine began his career at Portsmouth, making his way through the club's youth scheme. He made his first-team debut at the age of 18, in a goalless draw with Sheffield United in December 2000.[2] However, he struggled to break into the side on a regular basis and was loaned out to Division Two side Brentford for the 2002–03 season.

Vine enjoyed a successful campaign at Griffin Park, netting his first ever goal on his debut in a 2–0 win at Huddersfield Town, and going on to score 13 further goals in 44 starts for the Bees.[2] Despite his impressive season, he was again loaned out, this time to Colchester United for the 2003–04 campaign where he scored 10 league goals in 30 starts.[2][3]

For the third year running, Vine spent an entire season away from Portsmouth on loan, this time at Luton Town for the 2004–05 season.[2][4] Vine's nine goals helped the Hatters clinch the League One title. Despite this relative lack of goals for a striker during a season, a section in the Luton News newspaper showed that Vine was the "King of Assists" – one of the main reasons for the Hatters' success.

Vine signed for Luton for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £250,000, on 4 July 2005.[5] In his first season after his permanent move to the club, he scored 10 goals in 30 games after missing the start of the season with a back injury.[2] Again, he was near the top of the assist charts, proving his worth further to Luton Town.

On 11 January 2007, a £2.5 million deal with Birmingham City saw Vine leave Luton, which later rose to £3 million when Birmingham gained promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.[6] Vine's only goal in his short stay at St Andrew's came in a 1–0 win over Derby County.[2][7]

On 2 October 2007, he joined Queens Park Rangers on loan until November 2007;[8] when this expired, it was extended until 1 January 2008.[9] Vine signed for Queens Park Rangers on a four-and-a-half-year contract on 8 January 2008 for a fee of £1 million.[10]

Vine suffered a serious fracture of his left tibia and fibula on 3 April 2008 during a training session.[11] He did not make another first-team appearance until April 2009, and since then was used mainly as a substitute. Vine was told by manager Neil Warnock in July 2010 that he had no future with the club,[12] and was not given a squad number come the new season. He was then consequently loaned out to Hull City on a month's loan on 1 October 2010.[13] He made his debut the following day at the KC Stadium in the 0–0 draw against Coventry City.[14]

On 25 November 2010 he started a loan period at Brentford until 4 January 2011,[15] but never played. He joined Milton Keynes Dons on an initial one-month loan on 15 January 2011.[16] He scored his only goal for the club in a 4–1 win at Rochdale.[17]

In July 2011 Vine joined Doncaster Rovers on trial,[18] but on 2 August, manager Sean O'Driscoll said he had not yet decided whether to offer him a contract.[19] At the start of the 2011–12 season, Vine spent time on loan at Exeter City. In March 2012, he had a trial with Southend United, but manager Paul Sturrock suggested he had concerns over Vine's fitness.[20] He then signed for Gillingham on loan until the end of the season.[21] He scored his only goal for Gillingham in a 2–1 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.[22]

On 31 July 2012, Vine signed for Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone where he had previously been on trial.[23] After making his debut on the opening game of the season, disaster struck when Vine was sent-off after a second bookable offence, in a 1–1 draw against Motherwell. After his sending off, Vine vowed never to earn a red-card again by tackling.[24] When scoring for St. Johnstone, Vine would celebrate by making a 'T' gesture.[25]

On 15 September 2012, Vine scored his first goal for St. Johnstone, against reigning SPL champions Celtic. His goal, struck 10 minutes from time, gave St Johnstone their first win of the season with a 2–1 victory. After the match, Vine described his goal as ‘right up there’ in his career highlights.[26] In his first season at St. Johnstone, Vine scored seven goals, finishing as the club's joint top-scorer along with Liam Craig, Nigel Hasselbaink and Murray Davidson. At the end of the season, Vine left St. Johnstone after it was revealed by new manager Tommy Wright that the club was unable to extend his contract because they didn't have the budget to keep him.[27] His release from St. Johnstone left him critical of the club, accusing them of a 'lack of respect'.[28]

On 12 July 2013, Vine signed for Hibernian on a one-year deal, joining up with former St. Johnstone team-mate Liam Craig.[29] His contract with Hibernian was cancelled by mutual consent in January 2014 after his failure to score in ten appearance and appeared to be out of favour by new manager Terry Butcher.[30][31] While at the club, Vine was charged by the SFA following his "making offensive comments on Twitter suggesting the use of violence" on Manager Neil Lennon after Lennon criticised the playing style in a 1–1 draw on 21 October 2013.[32][33] After being charged, Vine was luckily to escape serious punishment.[34]

As the January 2014 transfer window closed, Vine signed for Greenock Morton.[35] He left Morton in the summer of 2014 after being unable to prevent the club from being relegated.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 December 2013[36]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 2001–02 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2002–03 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Brentford (loan) 2002–03 42 10 3 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 50 13
Total 42 10 3 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 50 13
Colchester United (loan) 2003–04 35 6 7 4 1 0 0 0 6 2 49 12
Total 35 6 7 4 1 0 0 0 6 2 49 12
Luton Town (loan) 2004–05 45 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 49 9
Luton Town 2005–06 31 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 10
2006–07 26 12 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 30 14
Total 102 31 5 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 111 33
Birmingham City 2006–07 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Total 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
QPR (loan) 2007–08 18 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 4
QPR 2007–08 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
2008–09 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
2009–10 31 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
Total 69 9 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 74 9
Hull City (loan) 2010–11 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
MK Dons (loan) 2010–11 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Total 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Exeter City (loan) 2011–12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Gillingham (loan) 2011–12 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
St Johnstone 2012–13 35 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 7
Total 35 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 7
Hibernian 2013–14 10 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Total 10 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Career Total 359 66 16 7 15 2 2 0 10 0 402 77

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Luton Town[37]
Birmingham City[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-transfer-news/transfer-talk-july-16-latest-2057005
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rowan Vine career statistics". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Vine joins Colchester". BBC. 7 August 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Luton hold onto Vine". BBC. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hatters seal permanent Vine deal". BBC. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Birmingham complete Vine signing". BBC. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2007. 
  7. ^ "Birmingham 1–0 Derby". BBC. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Rowan's a Ranger". Queens Park Rangers F.C. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "Vine extends Rangers stay". Sporting Life. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2007. 
  10. ^ "Vine completes £1m switch to QPR". BBC. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Vine out for the rest of season". BBC. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Rowan Vine in talks to end stay at QPR". BBC. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hull City sign striker Rowan Vine from QPR". BBC. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Hull 0–0 Coventry". BBC Sport. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Brentford sign QPR striker Rowan Vine". BBC Sport. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Dons bring in striker Vine". MK Dons F.C. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Rochdale 1 – 4 MK Dons". BBC. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "QPR striker Rowan Vine gets trial at Doncaster". BBC Sport. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  19. ^ Howson, Dom (2 August 2011). "Up for the challenge". The Star (Sheffield). Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Rowan Vine fitness puts off Southend United boss". BBC Sport. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Gillingham sign QPR striker Rowan Vine on loan". BBC Sport. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Gillingham 1 – 2 Dag & Red". BBC. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "St Johnstone hand former QPR striker Rowan Vine a contract". BBC Sport. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Rowan Vine vows to stop tackling after debut red card". Daily Record. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "St Johnstone hitman Rowan Vine keeps fans guessing about his mysterious celebration messages". Daily Record. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Rangers fan Rowan Vine scores the winning goal to see off Celtic". Sport STV. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  27. ^ "St Johnstone had no budget to keep Rowan Vine". Scotsman. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Striker Rowan Vine accuses St Johnstone of a lack of respect as he looks forward to new career at Hibs". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 15 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Hibernian secure double signing of Kevin Thomson and Rowan Vine". STV. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  30. ^ "January Transfer Window Summary". www.hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Kevin Thomson and Rowan Vine’s Hibs future in doubt". The Scotsman. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "Rowan Vine issued with notice of complaint over Twitter comments". STV Sport. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  33. ^ "Celtic boss Neil Lennon criticised by Hibs duo over comments". BBC. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  34. ^ "Hibs' Vine censured over rant at Celtic boss Lennon on Twitter... but free to play in Cup". Daily Mail. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  35. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (31 January 2014). "Morton seal Rowan Vine signing". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  36. ^ Rowan Vine career stats at Soccerbase
  37. ^ "Tier Three (League One) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  38. ^ "Tier Two (Championship) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 

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