Shaun Maloney

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Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney - Nov2010.jpg
Maloney playing for Celtic in November 2010
Personal information
Full name Shaun Richard Maloney
Date of birth (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Miri, Malaysia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2000 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Celtic 104 (26)
2007–2008 Aston Villa 30 (5)
2008–2011 Celtic 55 (13)
2011– Wigan Athletic 55 (12)
National team
2002–2005 Scotland U21 20 (6)
2007 Scotland B 1 (1)
2005– Scotland 33 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 May 2014

Shaun Richard Maloney (born 24 January 1983) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for English Championship club Wigan Athletic and the Scotland national team.

He is the first player to claim both the SPFA Players' Player of the Year and the SPFA Young Player of the Year awards in the same season, doing so in 2006 during his first spell with Celtic.

Early life[edit]

Born in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, Maloney's family moved to his mother's home-town of Aberdeen, Scotland when he was 5 years old.

At a young age, Maloney found a love for sport, particularly football and tennis. By the age of 10, he had joined his first football club, Kincorth Boys' Club. He played regularly for his Primary School Team, St Joseph's. At 12, he moved to Culter Boys' Club then at 14, to Albion Boys' Club. He played a number of games for Cults Academy, where he was a student.

Club career[edit]

Celtic[edit]

After joining Celtic as a trainee in 1999,[2] Maloney made his first team debut on 29 April 2001 against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium, in a 3–0 win for Celtic.[3] He spent the next few years trying to break into the first team, spending most of his time as a substitute. Despite not playing regularly, Maloney acquired a reputation for being a free kick specialist.[4][5] Maloney did appear several times for Celtic during their run to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003, and scored in a 3–1 win over VfB Stuttgart at Parkhead in the quarter-finals.[6][7]

In February 2004, Maloney picked up a cruciate ligament injury.[8] He returned from the injury late in season 2004–05,[9] starting only one game in that season.[10]

Maloney was in lethal form for Celtic in the 2005–06 season, his annus mirabilis, after being moved from a striking position to the left of midfield by manager Gordon Strachan.[11][12] His displays received praise from players, fans and the media throughout the year,[13][14][15][16] and in recognition of his excellent season he was awarded both the SPFA Player of the Year[17] and Young Player of the Year awards,[2] the first time a player has won both plaudits in the same season.[2] He also won Celtic Fans' Player of the Year, and Players Player of the Year in a season which saw him score 16 goals and contribute 28 assists from midfield.

With his contract expiring at the end of the 2006–07 season, Celtic moved to offer Maloney a new deal.[18] However, contract negotiations continued for months, constantly breaking down due to differences between the two parties.[18] Chief Executive Peter Lawwell asserted that Celtic "cannot keep players at any cost"[19] while Maloney warned that "In situations like this one, both parties have to be completely happy with the outcome." He also promised that the prolonged contract talks would not affect his football and that he hoped he would not have to consider leaving the club in the future.[20] With the realisation that Maloney would be able to leave for free by signing a pre-contract with another club in January 2007, the Celtic support feared the worst, recalling Jackie McNamara's departure.[21]

No new contract was agreed with Celtic and eventually a £1 million transfer to Aston Villa was agreed, where Maloney would play under his old boss Martin O'Neill.[22]

In his first tenure, Maloney made a total of 139 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions, scoring 37 times.[23]

Aston Villa[edit]

Just before the transfer window closed on 31 January 2007, Maloney signed a pre-contract agreement with Aston Villa. Villa manager Martin O'Neill was keen to bring Maloney to Villa for the second half of the season however and moments before the deadline he signed for the Midlands club for a reported fee of £1m.[24] He made his debut in the 2–0 defeat at Reading on 10 February 2007[25] On 28 April 2007, Maloney scored his first Villa goal in a victory against Man City at the City of Manchester Stadium from a free kick which was curled around the wall into the bottom right of the goal.[26]

Maloney before an Aston Villa game in 2007

Maloney had trouble settling into the club but after a somewhat lacklustre start to his Villa career, he began to show his best form. Maloney has acknowledged that his football had been suffering but remained optimistic about his future at the club: "Homesickness has affected my form. I haven't played well enough to play in the team and I think that has shown, so hopefully now things can change."[27] Both O'Neill and teammate Stiliyan Petrov, who were both at Celtic during Maloney's time there, had expressed their desire for Maloney to stay at the club despite reports linking him with a move back to Scotland.[28][29]

Maloney scored a brace for Aston Villa in a 4–4 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day 2007.[30] However after that Maloney did not play a lot of games as half of his last season appearances were substitutions, and he also said that he would like to one day go back and play in Scotland.[31]

Return to Celtic[edit]

Maloney playing for Celtic in 2009

On 22 August 2008, Celtic announced the signing of Maloney on a four-year deal[32] for a fee of £3 million.[33] Maloney marked his return with a Man of the Match performance and two assists in his first match, after coming off the bench for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink in a 3–0 victory over Falkirk at Celtic Park.[34] Maloney scored his first goal after his return to Celtic in a 4–2 away win over Motherwell[35] and managed his second the following week in a 3–1 away win at Kilmarnock.[36] He finished the season with five goals, taking his total Celtic goals tally to 44.[37]

Maloney started the 2010/11 season in good form with goals against St Mirren,[38] Hearts[39] and a brace against Hamilton.[40] After this run of form, Maloney was given the short-term captaincy of Celtic in the absence of Scott Brown through injury.[41]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Maloney joined Wigan Athletic in the Premier League on 31 August 2011 for a fee of £850,000, signing a three-year deal.[42] He made his debut on 13 September 2011 in a 2–1 defeat against Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup.[43] He struggled to break into the first team, appearing three times as a substitute during the first half of the 2011–12 season.[44] Maloney admitted his fitness "was lacking a little bit" when he joined the club,[45] and manager Roberto Martínez felt that Maloney needed more time to settle-in.[44] On 11 March 2012, he made his first Premier League appearance in almost five months, coming on as a substitute against Norwich City.[46] His performance was described as "outstanding",[47] and he was rewarded with his first league start for the club in the following game against West Bromwich Albion.[48] On 24 March 2012, he scored a penalty against Liverpool at Anfield in a 1–2 win for Wigan – his first goal for the club.[49] Maloney topped this effort with a wonderful curling goal against Manchester United on 11 April, lifting his side out of the relegation zone for the first time since October with a 1–0 win.[50] Then, on 28 April 2012, Maloney scored Wigan's third goal in an emphatic 4–0 home win over fourth placed Newcastle.[51]

On 17 January 2013, it was announced that Maloney signed a new contract with Wigan Athletic, keeping him at the club until 2015.[52]

On 7 April 2013, Maloney scored a 94th minute free kick goal, seconds from the end of the QPR match at Loftus Road which earned Wigan Athletic a valuable point in their race to once again escape from English Premier League relegation. Six days later, on 13 April 2013, Maloney scored Wigan Athletic's first goal in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley against Millwall, with a volley on the 25th minute and was voted man of the match, guiding Wigan Athletic to their first ever FA Cup Final. On 11 May 2013 Maloney won the FA Cup with Wigan, playing the whole game and assisting the only goal of the match in a 1–0 upset win against Manchester City.[53] However, only three days later, Wigan were relegated from the Premier League following a 4–1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[54]

International career[edit]

Maloney made 20 appearances and netted six times for Scotland Under 21s.[2]

Maloney made his full international debut as a half-time substitute in Scotland's 1–0 defeat to Belarus at Hampden Park on 8 October 2005.[2] By 20 June 2014, he has gained 32 caps for Scotland[2][55] and scored his first goal for Scotland, a free-kick in the Svangaskard Stadium in a 2–0 victory over the Faroe Islands in June 2007.[56] Maloney was also eligible to play for Malaysia.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 June 2007 Svangaskard, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2 10 September 2013 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia  Macedonia 2–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 April 2014
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals Assists App Goals Assists App Goals Assists App Goals Assists App Goals Assists
Celtic 2000–01 4 0 2 - - - - - - - - - 4 0 2
2001–02 16 5 6 2 1 2 1 4 2 1 0 0 20 10 10
2002–03 20 3 6 3 0 2 3 1 2 4 1 2 30 5 12
2003–04 17 5 5 1 0 0 2 0 1 3 1 2 23 6 8
2004–05 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2
2005–06 36 13 10 1 0 1 4 3 4 2 0 1 43 16 16
2006–07 9 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 2 15 0 6
Total 104 26 34 8 1 6 11 8 9 15 2 7 138 37 56
Aston Villa 2006–07 8 1 2 - - - - - - - - - 8 1 2
2007–08 22 4 3 1 0 0 2 2 2 - - - 25 6 5
Total 30 5 5 1 0 0 2 2 2 - - - 33 7 7
Celtic 2008–09 21 4 5 1 0 0 2 0 2 6 1 0 30 5 7
2009–10 10 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 1 17 4 5
2010–11 21 5 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 26 6 5
2011–12 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 1
Total 55 13 15 2 1 0 4 0 2 16 1 1 77 15 18
Wigan Athletic 2011–12 13 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 - - - 15 3 3
2012–13 36 6 9 4 1 1 1 0 0 - - - 41 7 10
2013–14 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 3 1
Total 54 12 13 5 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 62 13 14
Celtic Total 159 39 49 11 2 6 15 8 11 32 3 8 216 52 74
Career Total 242 56 67 15 3 7 19 10 13 32 3 8 309 72 95

Major honours[edit]

Celtic

Wigan Athletic

Personal

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