Shaun Cummings

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Shaun Cummings
Shaun Cummings 2012.jpg
Cummings playing for Reading in 2012
Personal information
Full name Shaun Michael Cummings[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Hammersmith, London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 24
Youth career
2002–2008 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Chelsea 0 (0)
2008–2009 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 33 (0)
2009 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 3 (0)
2009– Reading 72 (0)
National team
2013– Jamaica 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:09, 4 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:17, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Shaun Michael Cummings (born 25 February 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for Reading as a defender. Born in England, Cummings represents Jamaica at international level.

Club career[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, London, Cummings joined Chelsea's academy as a 12-year-old in 2002 and was the Blues' leading appearance-maker at reserve team level in the 2007–08 season, playing 18 games and scoring once.[2] In August 2008, he joined League One team Milton Keynes Dons on an initial month's loan.[3] His loan was extended until the end of the 2008–09 season in December.[4] He made his debut for the Dons on 16 August 2008 against Northampton Town.[5] He joined Championship team West Bromwich Albion on a month's loan on 17 August 2009,[6] but remained at The Hawthorns for just two weeks before signing for Reading on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reuniting with his Academy manager at Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers.[7]

Cummings made his debut on 12 September against Doncaster Rovers[8] but was unable to hold down a regular starting place, making just seven further appearances under Rodgers. With Reading struggling in the league, Rodgers was sacked in December and under his successor, Brian McDermott, Cummings did not make another appearance for the rest of the season.[9] The 2010–11 season followed a similar pattern for Cummings with Andy Griffin preferred at right back. He made just 12 appearances during the season[10] but did play an important role in Reading's 3–0 play-off semi final second leg win over Cardiff City, filling in on the right wing and earning plaudits for his performance.[11] In August 2011 Cummings signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him with the club until June 2013.[12] Despite again starting the season as backup to Griffin, an injury to the experienced defender allowed Cummings into team and a series of impressive performances saw him cement his place in the side.[13] He made a total of 36 appearances[14] during Reading's title-winning season as they returned to the Premier League with the tightest defence in the league.[15]

With the signing of Chris Gunter in July 2012 Cummings again found himself out of the side for the start of the Premier League season. He returned to the team for the 3–2 League Cup win over Queens Park Rangers and played the next four games before Gunter reclaimed his place in the side. He signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract in December 2012,[16] and a further run of games in December and January followed, before he again dropped out of the side after Stephen Kelly joined during the January transfer window.[17] He did not appear again during the 2012–13 season under McDermott or his successor Nigel Adkins, with his last of eleven appearances coming on 5 January in the 3–1 FA Cup win over Crawley Town.[18]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Cummings was provisionally called up to the Jamaica squad in May 2013 for three 2014 World Cup qualifying matches.[19] He made his debut four months later on 6 September in a 0–0 draw away to Panama.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 March 2014.[21]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2008–09 League One 33 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2009–10 Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Reading 2009–10 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2010–11 10 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 12 0
2011–12 34 0 1 0 1 0 36 0
2012–13 Premier League 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
2013–14 Championship 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Total 72 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 79 0
Career total 107 0 4 0 4 0 1 0 116 0
  1. ^ Appearance in the Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

Reading

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Shaun Cummings". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "MK Dons seal Cummings loan deal". BBC Sport. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Di Matteo agrees Dons extension". BBC Sport. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "MK Dons 1–0 Northampton". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Albion snap up Chelsea youngster". BBC Sport. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Reading complete Cummings signing". BBC Sport. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Reading 0–0 Doncaster Rovers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Games played by Shaun Cummings in 2009–10". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Shaun Cummings in 2010–11". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Fordham, Jonny (18 May 2011). "Two-goal Long ends Reading FC's Wembley wait". Reading Post. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Fordham, Jonny (25 August 2011). "Shaun Cummings extends contract at Reading FC". Reading Post. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Fordham, Jonny (11 October 2011). "Shaun Cummings aims to cement his position in Reading FC team". Reading Post. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Shaun Cummings in 2011–12". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "2011–12 Championship table". ESPN FC. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Cummings signs new deal". Reading F.C. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Fordham, Jonny (19 January 2013). "Stephen Kelly: Don't underestimate Reading FC". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Shaun Cummings in 2012–13". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cummings joins Reggae Boyz". Reading F.C. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Boyz break four-match losing streak in Panama". The Gleaner (Kingston). Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Shaun Cummings career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

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