Shaun Newton

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Shaun Newton
Personal information
Full name Shaun O'Neill Newton
Date of birth (1975-08-20) 20 August 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Camberwell, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Right midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2001 Charlton Athletic 240 (20)
2001–2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers 130 (12)
2005–2007 West Ham United 40 (1)
2007 Leicester City (loan) 9 (1)
2007–2008 Leicester City 10 (0)
Total 429 (34)
National team
1996 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).

Shaun O'Neill Newton (born 20 August 1975 in Camberwell, London) is an English former footballer whose favoured position was that of attacking right-sided midfielder. He played for Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United and Leicester City before ending his professional football career in 2008.

Club career[edit]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Newton started his career at second-tier Charlton Athletic and worked his way up to the first team, making his debut as a 17-year-old on 14 August 1993 as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City. He quickly became a first-team regular and was a virtual ever-present between 1995 and 1998. This era also saw him recognised by his country as he won three England Under-21 caps during 1996. His debut came in a 2-0 win over Moldova U-21 on 31 August 1996.

He won promotion to the Premier League in 1998 after a momentous play-off final victory over Sunderland, winning on penalties after an astonishing 4-4 draw, with Newton scoring Charlton's seventh penalty. Newton had earlier scored in the semi-final success over Ipswich Town to take them to Wembley.

The midfielder's first season in the top flight was interrupted by a knee ligament injury, but, although he recovered, the club's fortunes did not and they were swiftly relegated. He regained his spot in the side in the 1999-2000 season as the club won promotion again at the first attempt as champions. He found him often on the sidelines in the Premier League though, as Claus Jensen was signed and youngster Scott Parker emerged.

Frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities in the 2000-01 season as the team remained in Premier League, he requested a transfer in February 2001 and was placed on the transfer list.[1] Although he remained at the club for a further six months, he finally left The Valley in August 2001, joining First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers for £850,000, rising to £1 million if Wolves were promoted with him registered at the club.[2] In total, he had made 285 appearances for Charlton, scoring 26 goals.[3]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Newton made a bright start at Wolves, scoring on his debut against Portsmouth and producing a career-best seasonal goal tally of 8. Despite this, a late slump saw the club fall away from the top into the play-offs, where they lost to Norwich City. However, the following season saw the midfielder win a third promotion to the top flight as the club won the play-offs, beating Sheffield United 3-0 in the final.

He was a first choice for the West Midlands club in the Premier League, something that had evaded him in his Charlton days, but Wolves only managed one season at this level. He retained his place as the 2004–05 season began, but the arrival of Glenn Hoddle as manager saw his opportunities diminish and he left the club in March 2005. In total, he made 130 appearances for Wolves, scoring 12 times.

West Ham United[edit]

Newton moved to West Ham United in March 2005 for an initial fee of £10,000.[4] He was nicknamed "10K" by West Ham fans, a reference to his fee, which later rose to £125,000 after the club gained promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in May 2005.[4] This marked Newton's fourth promotion from the division and he was rewarded with a new two-year contract in July 2005.[5] He appeared regularly for West Ham in their return to the top flight, albeit mostly as a substitute, and he was not selected for their FA Cup Final squad to face Liverpool at the season's end. His only goal for West Ham came during this season, the winner in a victory over Manchester City on 15 April 2006.[6]

Drugs ban[edit]

In July 2006, Newton's career was derailed when he was banned for seven months, backdated to 20 May 2006, after testing positive for cocaine following West Ham's FA Cup semi-final victory over Middlesbrough in April 2006.[7] He remained with the club during his ban, but only made five further appearances under his recently arrived former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley upon his return.[3] Instead, he joined Leicester City on loan in March 2007 until the end of the season,[8] a move made permanent in the close season. He made a total of 49 league and cup appearances for West Ham, scoring once.[3]

Leicester City[edit]

Newton scored his first goal for Leicester against Birmingham on 17 April 2007.[9] He was given the number 16 shirt, the third player to wear the number that season after Josh Low and Luigi Glombard. He signed a permanent one-year deal with the Championship club on 6 July 2007 after the appointment of Martin Allen.[10] However his time at the club came to an end in January 2008, with Leicester now onto their third manager of the season in Ian Holloway, when his contract was terminated by mutual consent.[11]

Later career[edit]

Newton spent a spell on trial at Yeovil Town in the spring of 2008[12] but was not offered a contract.

Criminal record[edit]

In 2008 he was convicted of nine charges connected with a scam to dodge speeding tickets involving his former West Ham teammate Teddy Sheringham, for which he received a 28-week suspended prison sentence and a 12-month driving ban, with an order to do 180 hours of unpaid community service.[13]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

West Ham United

Club[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newton seeks transfer". BBC Sport. 19 February 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Wolves seal Newton deal". BBC Sport. 7 August 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b c "Shaun Newton". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Hammers complete Newton capture". BBC Sport. 10 March 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Newton agrees new West Ham deal". BBC Sport. 6 July 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  6. ^ "West Ham 1-0 Man City". BBC. 15 April 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Newton banned for taking cocaine". BBC Sport. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  8. ^ "Leicester sign midfielder Newton". BBC Sport. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Leicester 1-2 Birmingham". BBC. 17 April 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Leicester swoop for winger Newton". BBC Sport. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Leicester allow Newton to move on". BBC Sport. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  12. ^ "Winger Newton on trial at Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Former West Ham star guilty of speeding ticket scam". 24dash.com. 14 July 2008. 

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