Scott Griffiths

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Scott Griffiths
Personal information
Full name Scott Robert Griffiths[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-27) 27 November 1985 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Westminster, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 12
Youth career
1999–2001 Southend United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Aveley 37 (8)
2004–2010 Dagenham & Redbridge 203 (4)
2009–2010 Peterborough United (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2013 Peterborough United 11 (0)
2010–2011 Chesterfield (loan) 29 (0)
2011 Crawley Town (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Chesterfield (loan) 3 (0)
2012 Rotherham United (loan) 8 (0)
2012 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 4 (0)
2013– Luton Town 66 (2)
National team
2006–2007 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:59, 6 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Scott Robert Griffiths (born 27 November 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a full back for Luton Town. Born in Westminster, he has played in the Football League for Dagenham & Redbridge, Peterborough United, Chesterfield, Crawley Town, Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle. Griffiths has won three titles in his career; the Conference Premier with both Dagenham and Luton, and League Two with Chesterfield. He has been capped twice by the England C team.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Griffiths started his career playing for Basildon-based team Beech United in 1998, before signing for Southend United's youth system in 1999.[2] He left in 2001 and joined the football academy at Thurrock and Basildon College, where he played for one year.[2] Whilst playing for the academy team, they won their league and two cup competitions. He was also capped for Essex county football team, and missed out on a place in the England Under-19 team when he was injured before the final trial.

After college, aged 17, he signed for Isthmian League Division One North side Aveley, before signing for Dagenham & Redbridge in the Football Conference in 2004, signing a three-year contract.[3]

Dagenham & Redbridge[edit]

He made his debut as a substitute in the 90th minute against Forest Green Rovers, in a 4–1 away victory in the Conference National on 17 August 2004.[4] He was played at left back, and went on to make 18 league appearances in the 2004–05 season.

Griffiths' performances for Dagenham led to him being called up by the England National Game XI team. He played against the Netherlands in the last of England's European Challenge Trophy group games on 29 November 2006,[5] which saw them finish top of their group with maximum points. He also played in the 3–1 away defeat to Northern Ireland on 14 February 2007.[6]

In the 2006–07 season, Dagenham & Redbridge gained promotion to League Two as Conference champions, with Griffiths playing in 45 of the club's 46 league games. He continued to be used as a regular player in the squad following Dagenham's promotion, playing in almost all league games in both the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons. He played in 15 games of the 2009–10 season for Dagenham before signing on loan, with a permanent transfer planned for January 2010, for Championship club Peterborough United on 23 October 2009.[7] Griffiths left Dagenham having played in 232 games in all competitions, scoring four goals.

Peterborough United[edit]

Griffiths signed a permanent three-and-a-half-year deal with Peterborough United on 22 January 2010.[8] He played in 20 league games, but the club was relegated to League One at the end of the season.

Griffiths was not seen to have future in the squad by new manager Gary Johnson, who loaned him to Chesterfield at the beginning of the 2010–11 season, initially on a three-month deal.[9] After returning to Peterborough, Griffiths rejoined Chesterfield until the end of the season and played a total of 33 games as the Spireites won the League Two title.[9]

Griffiths' next two seasons were characterised by short-term loan deals, as he failed to make another appearance for Peterborough. He joined League Two side Crawley Town on a one-month loan in September 2011, making six appearances.[10] Griffiths returned to Chesterfield on 25 November 2011, signing a loan deal until 2 January 2012 and playing in three matches.[11] He then joined League Two club Rotherham United on loan on 10 January 2012 for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.[12]

He featured in a behind closed doors game for Forest Green Rovers in September 2012 against Bournemouth, and later joined Plymouth Argyle in League Two on loan for one month.[13][14]

Having returned to Peterborough in November 2012, Griffiths left the club at the end of January 2013 after his contract was cancelled six months early by mutual consent.[15][16][17]

Luton Town[edit]

Griffiths signed for Conference Premier side Luton Town on 25 March 2013, linking back up with his former Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still. He signed a short-term contract until the end of the 2012–13 season.[18] After impressing in the six games he played for the club, Luton tied Griffiths to a one-year contract extension.[19] He played in every league game of Luton's successful 2013–14 season as the club were crowned Conference Premier champions, with Griffiths a part of the defence that kept a club-record 23 clean sheets.[20] Griffiths played enough games throughout the season to trigger an extension clause in his contract, keeping him at Luton until June 2015.[21]

Honours[edit]

Dagenham & Redbridge
Chesterfield
Luton Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ a b "Career History". UpThePosh!. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Daggers bring in Griffiths". BBC Sport. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Forest Green 1–4 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "England take the trophy". The Football Association. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Benson's debut consolation". The Football Association. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Posh snap up Dagenham defender". BBC Sport. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Trio pen permanent Posh deals". Sky Sports. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Peterborough defender Griffiths rejoins Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Peterborough's Scott Griffiths joins Crawley Town on loan". BBC Sport. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Chesterfield bring in Scott Griffiths on loan". BBC Sport. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Scott Griffiths makes Rotherham United loan switch". BBC Sport. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Parsons, Chris (9 October 2012). "Scott To Be There". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Peterborough's Scott Griffiths joins Plymouth Argyle on loan". BBC Sport. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Griffiths will return to Peterborough United". The Herald (Plymouth). 3 November 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Scott gone, after being out in the cold too long". Peterborough Telegraph (Peterborough). 29 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Griffiths seeks fresh start as free agent". Western Morning News (Plymouth). 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Luton Town sign full-back Scott Griffiths until May". BBC Sport. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Town tie up deals for Wall and Griffiths". Luton Today (Johnston Publishing Ltd.). 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Football: 'The most remarkable season ever' - Luton Town boss John Still hails his record breakers". Luton on Sunday (LD Express Newspaper Ltd). 27 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Griffiths sets his sights on lengthy Town stay". Luton Today (Johnston Publishing Ltd). 30 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 

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