Russell Martin (footballer)

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Russell Martin
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Martin at Carrow Road, August 2012
Personal information
Full name Russell Kenneth Alexander Martin[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2004 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Lewes
2004–2008 Wycombe Wanderers 120 (5)
2008–2010 Peterborough United 56 (1)
2009–2010 Norwich City (loan) 6 (0)
2010– Norwich City 178 (12)
National team
2011– Scotland[2] 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 0:36, 23 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:39, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Russell Kenneth Alexander Martin (born 4 January 1986) is a professional footballer who is the captain of Norwich City and plays for the Scotland national team. He is a right-back but can also play as a central defender.

Starting his career with Brighton, for whom he did not feature in a league match, Martin established himself at Wycombe Wanderers, for whom he made over 100 appearances. Following a brief spell with Peterborough, Martin joined Norwich City in time to play an important part in the team's rise to the Premier League.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Brighton, East Sussex,[1] Martin was educated at Varndean Secondary School, Brighton.[3] He left Brighton & Hove Albion's youth team by mutual consent in early 2004, finishing the season at Isthmian League Division One South side Lewes.

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

Russell attended the Charlton Athletic Development Centre in East Grinstead, run by Academy Coach Aaron Jacob, for two seasons. Following a trial at Charlton, Martin joined Wycombe, initially on a non-contract basis. He made his début in a 2–1 home victory over Cambridge United on 7 August 2004. He went onto to make 10 more appearances during the 2004–05 season.

During the 2005–06 season he made appearances at left-back, right-back, centre-half and in midfield, as well as winning the goal of the season award.

In the summer of 2006 he signed a new two-year contract with the club,[4] and in 2006–07 season he was a regular starter at right-back. In the 2007-08 he played every game in Wycombe's League Two campaign as they reached the play-offs. He played in both legs of the semi-final against Stockport County which Wycombe lost 2–1 on aggregate.

Peterborough United[edit]

Martin was out of contract at the end of the 2008-09 season, and on 29 May 2008 he moved to Peterborough United, who had just been promoted to League One. He signed a three year contract.[5] On 28 September, Martin was announced as the new captain of Peterborough United, taking over from Craig Morgan. [6] He played every match in his first season with the club as they gained promotion to the Football League Championship.

Norwich City[edit]

Following Mark Cooper's appointment as a replacement for Darren Ferguson in November 2009, Martin joined Norwich City on loan.[7] On 4 January 2010 his transfer was made permanent and he joined Norwich on a two-and-a-half year contract.[8] Martin played in the majority of games for Norwich for the remainder of the season at right back. Martin scored his first goal for Norwich in the 3–1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers, with a diving header on 14 September 2010.[9] He scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Championship league leaders Queens Park Rangers on 1 January 2011,[10] and a last-minute equaliser against Cardiff City, leading fans to dub him "the Cafu of the Championship"[11] or "the Norfolk Cafu",[12] in honour of Cafu. Martin scored his 5th Norwich goal in the 5-1 victory over Ipswich Town on 21 April 2011. On 7 May 2011, he was the runner up for the Norwich City F.C. Player of the Year award to winner Grant Holt, in a season where he played every minute of each game. On 29 December 2012, Martin scored two goals against Manchester City in a 7 goal thriller than ended 3-4 to Manchester City.[13]

After an impressive first season in the Premier League with Norwich filling in well at centre back during some games, Martin signed a new three year deal in June 2012.[14]

In an interview with The Canary Magazine, published April 2013, Martin revealed his desire to take up management after the end of his playing career, stating that "I would eventually love to come and manage Norwich." [15]

On the 9 July 2013, Martin agreed a new three-year deal with the club. This contract will keep him at the club until 2016. When asked about the new deal he told the club's official website: "in extremely delighted, everybody knows how I feel about playing for this football club. Since I first arrived here its gone unbelievably well and I feel really settled in the area. I'm happy playing for this club and I've got a great relationship with the players, staff and the supporters, and I'm just delighted to be here for another 3 years." On the 10 August 2013, he was officially named the club captain.[citation needed]

On 23 November 2014, Martin made his 200th appearance for Norwich against his hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion. He scored Norwich's second goal in a 3-3 draw.

International career[edit]

Although he was born in England, Martin qualifies to play for Scotland through his Scottish father.[12] On 17 May 2011, Martin was named in the Scotland squad for the Nations Cup games against Wales and the Republic of Ireland,[16] making his debut as a late substitute against Wales. Martin remarked before a game against Croatia in June 2013 that he was not recognised by Scottish taxi drivers transporting him for Scotland matches.[17] Martin made his first competitive appearance for Scotland in that match against Croatia,[17] which Scotland won 1–0 with Norwich City teammate Robert Snodgrass scoring the only goal.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 04:58, 23 November 2014 (UTC)[19]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wycombe Wanderers 2004–05 League Two 7 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 11 0
2005–06 League Two 25 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 29 3
2006–07 League Two 42 2 2 0 7 0 2 0 53 2
2007–08 League Two 46 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 49 0
Total 120 5 5 0 8 0 9 0 142 5
Peterborough United 2008–09 League One 46 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 52 1
2009–10 Championship 10 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 14 0
Total 56 1 4 0 5 0 1 0 64 1
Norwich City 2009–10 League One 26 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 27 0
2010–11 Championship 46 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 49 5
2011–12 Premier League 33 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 37 2
2012–13 Premier League 31 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 34 3
2013–14 Premier League 30 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
2014–15 Championship 18 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 19 2
Total 184 12 8 0 7 0 1 0 200 12
Career Total 360 18 17 0 20 0 11 0 408 16
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Peterborough United
Norwich City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ Russell Martin at scottishfa.co.uk
  3. ^ http://www.varndean.co.uk/node/43
  4. ^ Martin pens new Wycombe contract
  5. ^ Posh snap up Wycombe right-back
  6. ^ Martin Named Posh Skipper
  7. ^ "Martin secures Norwich loan move". BBC Sport. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Martin Move To Canaries Sealed". Peterbrough United F.C. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Doncaster 3 - 1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Norwich 1 - 0 QPR". BBC Sport. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Norwich 1-1 Cardiff: Daily Mirror match report". Mirror Football. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Scots call for Russell Martin and James Forrest". BBC Sport. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Norwich 3 - Manchester City". BBC Sport. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Russell Martin signs new Contract
  15. ^ Armstrong, Mark, 'Could Russell Martin be the special one?', The Canary Magazine Issue 7, April 2013, Archant Publishing, Retrieved 1 May 2013
  16. ^ "James Forrest gets first Scotland call-up". STV. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Bailey, Michael (5 June 2013). "Russell Martin wants to be a recognised man north of the border". EDP 24 publisher=Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Bailey, Michael (8 June 2013). "Norwich City stars excel in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland victories". EDP 24 (Archant Community Media Ltd). Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Russell Martin". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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