Scott Arfield

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Scott Arfield
Scott Arfield - Schottland U-21 (2).jpg
Personal information
Full name Scott Arfield[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-01) 1 November 1988 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Livingston, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 37
Youth career
000?–2007 Falkirk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Falkirk 108 (13)
2010–2013 Huddersfield Town 96 (7)
2013– Burnley 56 (9)
National team
2007 Scotland U19 2 (0)
2007–2010 Scotland U21 17 (3)
2009 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:28, 8 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 May 2012

Scott Arfield (born 1 November 1988) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Burnley. He plays as a midfielder. Arfield was a regular in the Scotland under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Falkirk[edit]

Arfield came up through the Falkirk Academy and when he graduated he earned promotion to the first team. He made his Falkirk debut on 4 August 2007, in their 4–0 win away at Gretna on the opening day of the 2007–08 season.[3] His first goal came in Falkirk's 4–2 defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[4] He then scored twice in a 4–0 win over St Mirren. He won the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month award for December 2007.[5] Arfield signed a new five-year contract with Falkirk in February 2008.[6] He finished the season with three goals in 35 SPL appearances.

During the 2008–09 season Arfield won his second Young Player of the Month award, this time winning for September 2008.[7] He was in the Falkirk side that were Scottish Cup runners-up, losing 1–0 to Rangers in the Hampden Park Final. Arfield scored 10 goals in the 2008–09 season, seven of them coming in the league.

He was given the number 10 jersey, previously worn by Steven Pressley, for the 2009–10 season. Hamilton Academical offered £100,000 for Arfield in August 2009, but this was rejected by Falkirk, who commented that they "thought they had missed out a zero in the figure they offered".[8]

Arfield's first appearance of the 2009–10 season came in a 1–0 home win over FC Vaduz in the UEFA Europa League, the club's first ever match in European competition.[9] He finished the season with three goals from 36 appearances as the club were relegated from the SPL.

Arfield in the Scotland U21 Squad

Speculation began to grow that Arfield was to leave Falkirk following their relegation from the SPL. On 17 May 2010, it was confirmed that Arfield was having talks with Huddersfield Town and was to have a medical at the club. Falkirk had already turned down offers from Hamilton Academical, Hibernian,[10] Hearts and Southampton.

Arfield left Falkirk after playing 108 games, scoring 13 times between 2007–2010. He made his last appearance for Falkirk in the 0–0 draw with Kilmarnock that confirmed relegation on the last day of the season.[11]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

2010–11 season[edit]

On 21 May 2010, it was reported that Arfield had signed for Huddersfield Town for a reported fee initially in the region of £400,000 but potentially rising to over £600,000 after a certain number of appearances.[12] The move was confirmed three days later, after the club had agreed personal terms with Arfield.

He made his Huddersfield debut in the 3–0 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane on 7 August 2010.[13] On 11 September 2010, he scored his first goal for the Terriers at Brisbane Road against Leyton Orient, where Town won 2–1 in the end. A week later, he scored his first goal at the Galpharm Stadium against Yeovil Town, in a 4–2 win for the home side.

2011–12 season & promotion[edit]

Arfield was a regular in the Huddersfield side making 38 appearances scoring twice in all competitions as Huddersfield finished the season as Play-off champions winning promotion to the Championship after beating Sheffield United on penalties in the Wembley final with Arfield scoring his penalty to make it 2–1 as Huddersfield won by 8–7.[14]

2012–13 season[edit]

Arfield made fewer appearances in Town's first season in the Championship and at the end of the season was released along with Tom Clarke and Alan Lee.[15]

Burnley[edit]

After leaving Huddersfield, Arfield went on trial with Burnley and scored in the 3–0 win over Cork City on 15 July 2013,[16] before signing a two-year deal 4 days later with the Clarets.[17] He scored his first professional goal for Burnley on 6 August 2013, in a 4–0 win against York City in the League Cup.[18] Arfield scored 9 goals in 49 competitive appearances for Burnley during the 2013–14 season.[19] Burnley won promotion to the Premier League and Arfield signed a three year contract with the club in July 2014.[19]

Arfield playing for the Scotland Under 21s

Arfield scored on his Premier League debut for Burnley against Chelsea in the 14th minute of their opening game of the season.

International career[edit]

Arfield has represented Scotland at the under-19, under-21 and B international levels.[20][21][22] He made his début for Scotland under-19 in a 3–1 away friendly victory over Austria.[20] His second and last outing for the under-19s came just four day later in the 2–1 home win over Norway,[20] coming on as a substitute for Alex Pearce in the 65th minute of the game.

Arfield was then a member of the Scotland under-21 squad, having been called up for the first time in October 2007. His debut came in a 4–0 defeat against Netherlands on 16 October 2007.[21] He was a regular in Billy Stark's squad throughout the 2009 and 2011 European qualifying campaigns.[21] Arfield's first goal for the under-21s came in a 2–2 draw with Ukraine on 6 February 2008.[21]

Arfield received his first cap for Scotland B against Northern Ireland at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie on 6 May 2009.[22] Scotland won the game 3–0.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 November 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Falkirk 2007–08[23] Scottish Premier League 35 3 2 0 2 0 39 3
2008–09[24] Scottish Premier League 37 7 4 3 4 0 45 10
2009–10[25] Scottish Premier League 36 3 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 40 3
Total 108 13 7 3 7 0 2 0 124 16
Huddersfield Town 2010–11[26] League One 40 4 5 1 2 0 6[b] 1 53 6
2011–12[27] League One 35 2 1 0 1 0 3[c] 0 40 2
2012–13[28] Championship 21 1 4 0 1 0 26 1
Total 96 7 10 1 4 0 9 1 119 9
Burnley 2013–14[29] Championship 45 8 1 0 3 1 49 9
2014–15[30] Premier League 11 1 0 0 1 0 12 1
Total 56 9 1 0 4 1 61 10
Career total 260 29 18 4 15 1 2 0 9 1 304 35
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Four appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, two in Football League One play-offs
  3. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in Football League One play-offs

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 78. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 476. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Gretna 0-4 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 4 August 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Inverness CT 4-2 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Arfield wins monthly player prize". BBC Sport. 20 January 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Arfield pens new Bairns contract". BBC Sport. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Arfield wins young player award". BBC Sport. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Falkirk reject Arfield bid". Sky Sports. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Falkirk 1-0 Vaduz". BBC Sport. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Arfield happy at Falkirk". Sky Sports. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Lindsay, Clive (8 May 2010). "Kilmarnock 0-0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Arfield joins Huddersfield Town". BBC News. 24 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Notts County 0-3 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.htafc.com/page/PostMatchComments/0,,10312,00.html
  15. ^ Sykes, Dave (6 May 2013). "TOWN'S RETAINED LIST CONFIRMED". htafc.com (Huddersfield Town F.C.). Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "David Jones appears in Burnley friendly win at Cork City". BBC Sport. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Burnley complete move for Huddersfield midfielder Scott Arfield". Sky Sports. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "York 0-4 Burnley". BBC Sport. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Burnley extend contract for midfielder Scott Arfield, BBC Sport.
  20. ^ a b c "Scott Arfield – U19 Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Scott Arfield – U21 Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  22. ^ a b c "Scott Arfield – U21 Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Scott Arfield in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 

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