Russell Hoult

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Russell Hoult
Personal information
Full name Russell Hoult
Date of birth (1972-11-22) 22 November 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Leicester City 10 (0)
1991 Lincoln City (loan) 2 (0)
1992 Blackpool (loan) 0 (0)
1992 Cheltenham Town (loan) 3 (0)
1993 Kettering Town (loan) 7 (0)
1993–1994 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
1994 Lincoln City (loan) 15 (0)
1995 Derby County (loan) 15 (0)
1995–2000 Derby County 108 (0)
2000 Portsmouth (loan) 10 (0)
2000–2001 Portsmouth 30 (0)
2001–2007 West Bromwich Albion 190 (0)
2005 Nottingham Forest (loan) 8 (0)
2007–2008 Stoke City 1 (0)
2008 Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Notts County (loan) 12 (0)
2008–2010 Notts County 20 (0)
2009 Darlington (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Hereford United 2 (0)
Total 445 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Russell Hoult (born 22 November 1972) is a former English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He notably spent time playing in the Premier League and played for Leicester City, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion. He also played in the Football League for Lincoln City, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Notts County and Darlington.

Playing career[edit]

Hoult began his career at Leicester City, where he was usually a reserve. During his time at the club he was sent on loan to Lincoln City twice, Kettering Town, Blackpool, where he did not make a first team appearance, Cheltenham Town, when they were playing non-league football, and Bolton Wanderers.

He signed for Derby County in the summer of 1995, joining for a fee of £200,000.[1] He went on to help them win promotion to the Premiership in 1996. Hoult remained with the club until January 2000, when he was loaned to Portsmouth. This transfer was made permanent two months later and he remained with the club until the following January, when he left to join West Bromwich Albion for £450,000.[2]

Hoult played a key role in helping West Brom win promotion to the Premiership in 2001–02, keeping a club record number of clean sheets and being named in the PFA Division One team of the year.[3] He was a regular for Albion in the Premiership and was watched by England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson,[4] but never made it into the national squad. Following Albion's relegation, Hoult remained a fixture in the side for the following season, as the club were promoted to the Premiership at the first attempt. In 2004 he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players, in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations. He played for the majority of the 2004–05 season, as West Bromwich Albion escaped relegation. However, after being a regular in goal for West Brom for several seasons, Hoult lost his place at the start of the 2005–06 season due to a groin injury. Second choice to Chris Kirkland, who manager Bryan Robson had signed on a 12 month loan from Liverpool, Hoult was loaned to Nottingham Forest in September 2005.[5] However, he was recalled during his second month with the club after Kirkland sustained a rib injury.[6]

Following the club's relegation and Kirkland's return to Liverpool goalkeeping duties for the 2006–07 season were shared between Hoult and Pascal Zuberbühler until reports about his personal life surfaced in national newspapers. On 31 January 2007, Hoult was transferred to Stoke City on a free transfer after being sacked by West Brom.[7] He made his Stoke City debut on 14 August 2007 in a League Cup match away at Rochdale that finished 2–2 after extra time. He was unable to prevent Rochdale from progressing 4–2 on penalties, despite saving one of the spot-kicks.[8] Hoult received a red card on his league debut for Stoke, in a match against Plymouth Argyle in December 2007.[9]

In February 2008 Hoult joined Notts County on loan until the end of the season, following an injury to regular keeper Kevin Pilkington.[10] He kept a clean sheet in the 0–0 draw away at Peterborough United in March, making the League Two Team of the Week.[11] He made 14 appearances for the club, keeping seven clean sheets and helping the club to avoid relegation.[12] He was released at the end of the 2007–08 season, following Stoke's promotion to the Premiership.[13] On 1 July 2008 Hoult returned to Notts County on a permanent basis, signing a two-year contract with the club.[12] He played the first 3 games of the 2009–10 season for Notts County, before being replaced by new signing Kasper Schmeichel for the home game against Dagenham & Redbridge. On 16 September 2009, Darlington manager Colin Todd signed Hoult on loan for a month as Todd felt that permanent Quakers keeper David Knight needed a break after a tough start to the season.[14] Todd was sacked during Hoult's loan and he was recalled by Notts County at the end of his month spell. He had played five games for Darlington. On 10 May 2010 it was announced that he had been released by Notts County along with 7 other players.[15]

Coaching career[edit]

Hoult signed on as goalkeeping coach at Hereford United on Thursday 26 August.[16] In October 2010 he became assistant manager to Jamie Pitman after the sacking of Simon Davey. On 25 February 2011 he registered as a player for Hereford United in order to provide goalkeeping back up.[17] [18] In March 2012, Hoult signed for Thringstone Miners Welfare as both player/manager and club president.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Hoult, a married man, has on a number of occasions been the subject of public revelations concerning his sexual conduct. In 2000 he was fined £300 for kerb crawling.[20] He was also cleared of sending indecent letters to a 15-year old girl after his lawyer told magistrates that they were no worse than "saucy seaside postcards".[21] In 2005 he was revealed to have sent 10 nude photographs of himself to his mistress and in January 2007 he was suspended by West Bromwich Albion after footage of him involved in an orgy was leaked onto the Internet allegedly with him wearing a club polo shirt.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 1991–92 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1992–93 First Division 10 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 14 0
1993–94 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 14 0
Lincoln City (loan) 1991–92 Fourth Division 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 1993–94 First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Lincoln City (loan) 1994–95 Third Division 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Total 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Derby County 1994–95 First Division 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
1995–96 First Division 41 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 44 0
1996–97 Premier League 32 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 37 0
1997–98 Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
1998–99 Premier League 23 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
1999–2000 Premier League 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 0
Total 123 0 7 0 8 0 0 0 138 0
Portsmouth 1999–2000 First Division 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2000–01 First Division 22 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 26 0
Total 40 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 44 0
West Bromwich Albion 2000–01 First Division 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
2001–02 First Division 45 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 52 0
2002–03 Premier League 37 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
2003–04 First Division 44 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 50 0
2004–05 Premier League 36 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
2005–06 Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2006–07 Championship 14 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Total 190 0 11 0 10 0 2 0 213 0
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2005–06 League One 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Stoke City 2007–08 Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Notts County 2007–08 League Two 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2008–09 League Two 16 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 21 0
2009–10 League Two 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 34 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 41 0
Darlington (loan) 2009–10 League Two 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Hereford United 2010–11 League Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 435 0 22 0 29 0 6 0 492 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malam, Colin (8 December 2002). "Hoult's vintage ripe for England". The Daily Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Albion bag their man". BBC Sport. 3 January 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Top three dominate". BBC Sport. 15 April 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  4. ^ Smith, Alan (9 December 2002). "Hoult remains quiet contender". The Daily Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Hoult joins Forest in loan move". BBC Sport. 15 September 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Baggies recall Hoult from Forest". BBC Sport. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "Stoke capture Hoult and Fortune". BBC Sport. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "Rochdale 2-2 Stoke (aet)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Plymouth 2-2 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Magpies Snap Up Goalkeeper". Notts County F.C. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  11. ^ "Coca-Cola League Two Team Of The Week (17/03/2008)" (pdf). The Football League. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Magpies Complete Hoult Capture". Notts County F.C. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  13. ^ "Captain Matteo released by Stoke". BBC. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  14. ^ "New keeper signs". Darlington F.C. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Notts County release eight out-of-contract players". BBC Sport. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Bulls bag goalkeeping coach". Hereford United F.C. Official Website. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "Hoult Registers As Reserve Goalkeeper". Hereford United F.C. Official Website. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Williams And Hoult Agree Deals". Hereford United F.C. Official Website. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Former Premiership Goalkeeper Russell Hoult". Thringstone Miners Welfare F.C. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Goalkeeper arrested in kerb-crawling blitz". BBC News. 29 March 2000. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  21. ^ "Letters were not indecent". thisishampshire.net. 8 December 2000. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  22. ^ Scott, John (24 January 2007). "Keeper's porn vid own goal". The Sun (London). Retrieved 25 April 2007. 

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