|Full name||Scott James Loach|
|Date of birth||27 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Nottingham, England|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|2007||→ Stafford Rangers (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007||→ Morecambe (loan)||2||(0)|
|2008||→ Bradford City (loan)||20||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:18, 5 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Scott James Loach (born 27 May 1988) is an English footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper for Rotherham United, in the Football League Championship, having previously played for Ipswich Town and Watford. He has also spent loan spells with non-league Stafford Rangers and League Two sides Morecambe and Bradford City. He has played for England at under-21 level and in August 2010 was called up to the senior squad for the first time.
Loach was born in Nottingham, and his family moved to Ipswich when he was four. He was a member of the academy at Ipswich Town from 1997 to 2000. Loach was allowed to train with Nottingham Forest for three months until his contract was up with Ipswich, after his family moved back to Nottingham. He then trained and joined Chesterfield for a season; he left when they went into administration. Loach then signed for ex-Forest player Colin Barret who was manager of Southwell United. Keith Wort, Lincoln scout spotted Loach playing for Southwell and took him to Lincoln City F.C. as a goalkeeper on an eight-week trial. Loach was a 14-year-old schoolboy in April 2003, becoming an apprentice in summer 2004. During his time at Sincil Bank, he spent a number of periods on work experience with non-league sides. In August 2004 he played several games for Bourne Town, and two months later played twice for Radcliffe Olympic. He went to Boston Town in January 2005, a spell that was subsequently extended until the end of the 2004–05 season. In August 2005, Loach was briefly loaned to Spalding United, and later that month played two games for Stamford. In November 2005 he had a one game spell with Lincoln United. He then made a brief return to Boston Town, Loach also played one game for Gedling Miners Welfare in Nottingham which then followed by a period at Grantham Town in March 2006.
Despite not being offered professional terms at Lincoln City, Loach joined Watford in April 2006. He signed professional terms for Watford in June, with Lincoln City receiving a transfer fee of £50,000. In pre-season 2007 he was on trial at Leeds United with a view to a loan move. Although he played in several pre-season friendlies, the move did not come to fruition due to a transfer embargo as a result of Leeds entering administration.
In September 2007 Loach joined Conference side Stafford Rangers on an initial one-month loan. It was later extended to three months, and Loach played a total of league 11 games for Stafford. He joined Morecambe on loan in January 2008, making his debut on 1 January in a 2–1 defeat to Stockport County. He made only one more league appearance for Morecambe, during which he saved a penalty from Macclesfield Town's Martin Gritton, before he returning to Watford after just two weeks. At the end of the month he joined Bradford City, another League Two club, on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season as replacement for Donovan Ricketts, who was expected to move to Queens Park Rangers until he was refused a work permit. Loach made his debut a day after joining Bradford, conceding twice in their 4–2 victory over Shrewsbury Town. He followed it up five days later with a clean sheet against Macclesfield Town after he saved a second penalty at Moss Rose in as many months. Loach played the remainder of the season with Bradford, making 20 appearances for the club, who finished in 10th place in League Two.
Loach returned to Watford and made his debut in the 1–0 League Cup win over Bristol Rovers. He made his league debut as a substitute on 20 September 2008 when he came on to replace Mart Poom in the fourth minute of a game against Reading. Loach conceded his first Watford goal when the referee and linesman gave a goal instead of a corner, an incident described as a ghost goal. The game finished in a 2–2 draw. Loach remained a regular in the Watford team for the rest of the 2008–09 season, under the management of Aidy Boothroyd, Malky Mackay and later Brendan Rodgers.
In August 2009, Four Four Two Magazine said Loach was the 'Key Player' in Watford's season and that fans should expect a good season from the young goalkeeper. Newspaper reports linked Loach to Tottenham Hotspur as backup to Heurelho Gomes, however as Carlo Cudicini's alleged move to Portsmouth did not go through, no deal was ever made. Loach made a good start to the 2009–10 season including a match winning performance against Plymouth where Watford won 1–0. Loach featured in all 46 Watford league games that season, and on 5 March 2010 extended his contract with Watford until 2013.
Loach retained his place in the team for the 2010–11 season, and once again played all 46 league fixtures. However, he subsequently admitted that his form had dipped towards the end of that season. After 130 consecutive league appearances, Loach missed a Championship match for the first time since 2008 on 27 September 2011. He regained the place from Rene Gilmartin a few weeks later. Loach remained in the team until 18 February 2012, when he was replaced by loan player Tomasz Kuszczak. Loach returned to the Watford team on their final day of the 2011–12 season, in their 2–1 win against Middlesbrough.
Loach completed what he called his "dream move" by returning to his boyhood club for an undisclosed fee on 19 July 2012. He made his debut on 14 August in a 3–1 win against Bristol Rovers in the League Cup. He kept his first clean sheet in a 1–0 win against former club Watford on 21 August.
In February 2009, Loach's good form at club level earned him his first England under-21 international call-up by manager Stuart Pearce for a friendly match against Ecuador's senior team in Malaga. Loach made his international debut when he came on as a late replacement for Tom Heaton, as England lost 3–2.
In May 2009, Loach was named in the England Under-21 squad for the Under-21 Championships that take place in Sweden in June 2009. He only played in one match as Joe Hart was first choice. He started in goal for England in the 4–0 defeat to Germany in the final of the Under-21 Championships in place of the suspended Hart and was highly culpable for the second German goal. With Hart and Joe Lewis ineligible for the U21's, Loach began to play regularly thereafter.
On 10 August 2010, after Ben Foster and Paul Robinson withdrew from the squad, Loach received his first call up to the full England squad for the friendly against Hungary. The following month, after Scott Carson withdrew from the England squad due to a bereavement, he received a second call up to the full England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
- As of 12 August 2014.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Stafford Rangers (loan)||2007–08||Conference Premier||11||0||0||0||—||0||0||11||0|
|Morecambe (loan)||2007–08||League Two||2||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||3||0|
|Bradford City (loan)||2007–08||League Two||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||20||0|
- Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
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- "Eagle Bitter United Counties League Newsletter No 186" (PDF). St Neots Town official website. March 2005. pp. 3. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
- "Gingerbreads fail to defend Shield". Grantham Town Football Club. 6 August 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
- "Wakes will get it right". Stamford Mercury. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
- "Wakes hoping for cup joy". Stamford Mercury. 2 September 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
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- "Second-half collapse a familiar tale of woe". Boston Standard. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
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- "Morecambe secure Watford keeper". BBC Sport. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
- "Macclesfield 1–2 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
- "Loach replaces QPR-bound Ricketts". BBC Sport. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
- Crowther, Mike (30 January 2008). "Ricketts returns to City". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
- "Bradford 4–2 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
- "Macclesfield 0–1 Bradford". BBC Sport. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
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- Leach, Conrad (24 September 2008). "Watford 1 West Ham United 0". The Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Watford 2–2 Reading". BBC Sport. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- "Reading goal error to be examined". BBC Sport. 21 September 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- Smith, Frank (15 September 2009). "Scott Loach the hero as Watford FC win 1–0 at Plymouth Argyle". Watford Observer. Newsquest. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Spurs target signs new Watford deal". Ontheminute.com. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
- Smith, Frank (16 September 2011). "Watford goalkeeper keen to bounce back into Fabio Capello's England plans". Watford Observer. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "Watford's Scott Loach needed 'time out', says Sean Dyche". BBC Sport. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- Smith, Frank (15 October 2011). "Watford limp to poor Palace defeat". Watford Observer. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- Smith, Frank (28 April 2012). "Good to send the fans home with a smile on their faces". Watford Observer. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Watford 2–1 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Loach Joins Blues". Ipswich Town Football Club. 19 July 2012.
- "Dream Move For Scott". Ipswich Town Football Club. 19 July 2012.
- "Ipswich 3–1 Bristol Rovers" BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Watford 0–1 Ipswich" BBC Sport. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- Watson, Stuart (5 June 2014). "Scott Loach signs for Rotherham United after reaching an agreement to end his contract at Ipswich Town". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- Smith, Frank (3 February 2009). "Scott Loach may make international debut next week". Watford Observer. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
- "Ecuador 3–2 England U21". BBC Sport. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
- "Watford's Ex-Imp Named In Under-21 Squad". The Forgotten Imp. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
- McIntyre, David (29 June 2009). "Germany U21 4–0 England U21". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Scott Loach". The Football Association. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Injured keeper Ben Foster withdraws from England squad". BBC Sport. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "Carson out of England Euro 2012 qualifier with Bulgaria". BBC Sport. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
- Scott Loach career stats at Soccerbase
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