Simon Eastwood

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Simon Eastwood
Personal information
Full name Simon Christopher Eastwood
Date of birth (1989-06-26) 26 June 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 13
Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Huddersfield Town 1 (0)
2008–2009 Woking (loan) 12 (0)
2009 Bradford City (loan) 22 (0)
2010–2011 Oxford United 0 (0)
2011–2012 FC Halifax Town 41 (0)
2012–2013 Portsmouth 27 (0)
2013– Blackburn Rovers 7 (0)
National team
2007 England U18 1 (0)
2007 England U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:24, 20 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Simon Christopher Eastwood (born 26 June 1989) is a professional footballer, who plays for Championship club Blackburn Rovers.

Club career[edit]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Born in Luton, Eastwood was a Huddersfield Town academy goalkeeper who made two appearances on the substitutes bench in the 2005–06 season at the age of just 16 years old. At the start of the 2006–07 season, he was the third choice goalkeeper behind Paul Rachubka and new signing Matt Glennon. After Paul Rachubka's departure to Blackpool, Eastwood had been made second choice goalkeeper behind Matt Glennon.

Eastwood signed his first professional contract at the end of the 2006–07 season for one year. On 16 January 2008, he and fellow Huddersfield youngster Shane Killock signed new one-year contract extensions.[1] This was after he fell behind goalkeeper Alex Smithies in the pecking order. On 27 November 2008, he joined Conference National side Woking. His first appearance for Woking was in their 1–1 draw with Rushden & Diamonds on 9 December 2008. Following Huddersfield's 3–1 defeat by Crewe Alexandra on 21 February 2009, he was recalled by manager Lee Clark following an injury to Matt Glennon. Clark gave Eastwood his full debut on the last day of the 2008–09 season. This was due to regular keeper Alex Smithies having a shoulder injury. The game was Huddersfield's 1–1 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on 2 May 2009.

Eastwood was contracted to the Club until the summer of 2011. He was officially made available for transfer along with seven other players by Town manager Lee Clark on 24 May 2010. He left the club after an agreement had been reached to join Oxford United for the 2010–11 season on 4 June 2010 after only making one first-team appearance for the club.

Bradford City[edit]

On 25 July, he joined Football League Two side Bradford City on loan until the end of the year. He made his debut in the 5–0 defeat by Notts County at Meadow Lane on 8 August 2009. He returned to the Galpharm on 31 December, after Bradford manager Stuart McCall said he needed a more experienced goalkeeper than Eastwood at the club.[2]

Oxford United[edit]

On 4 June 2010, Eastwood signed for newly promoted Oxford United, after an agreement had been reached between the Oxford and Huddersfield, in a two-year contract.[3] However, Eastwood failed to make an appearance in the club, and was a second-choice goalkeeper behind Ryan Clarke who made 46 appearances in the season. After one season at Oxford, Eastwood was released in May 2011 despite having one year left on his contract.[4]

FC Halifax Town[edit]

On 21 June, Eastwood signed a one-year contract with Conference North club FC Halifax Town.[5] On 13 August he made his debut, against Corby Town. He won the competition for first-team place against Phil Senior, making 43 appearances (41 in the league), only missing 3 league matches. However, at the end of the season his contract was not renewed and he was released.[6]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 8 July 2012, Eastwood agreed a contract with Conference North side Bradford Park Avenue.[7] However just five days later, after Eastwood chose to take a trial with Portsmouth, his contract with Bradford was rescinded, stating the club would not interfere his way.[8] After featuring in all Portsmouth's preseason matches, Eastwood joined Pompey on 13 August 2012, on non-contract terms, one day ahead of their League Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle, which he made his debut. On the eve of the new league season, Portsmouth signed their entire new squad, including signing Mikkel Andersen from Reading on loan. Andersen secured first place in the team meaning Eastwood was on the bench[9][10][11] Eastwood played his second game on 9 October, in a Football League Trophy 2nd round match against Wycombe Wanderers, which the club failed to progress in this match after losing 3–1. However, Eastwood managed to save a penalty although the rebound was scored by Wycombe's Dean Morgan.[12]

Due to limited playing time, Eastwood was the main goalkeeper for Portsmouth's Development Squad. He made his third appearance and in a 1st Round FA Cup match against Notts County, on 3 November.[13] In the following Tuesday, he made his league debut at Fratton Park against Brentford, Pompey lost 1–0 in that League One fixture.[14] On 20 November 2012, first-choice goalkeeper Andersen made his last appearance for Portsmouth in a 2–3 defeat to Leyton Orient before returning to Premier League club Reading making Eastwood the only goalkeeper at Portsmouth, this meant he was secured in the first team. Just after Andersen's departure former Swindon Town goalkeeper Phil Smith was signed, initially as back up for Eastwood.[15] Eastwood's performances were a little below par from when initially taking the number one spot up until February 2013,[16] when former Portsmouth goalkeepr Alan Knight (famous for the most appearances for a Portsmouth player) came in as goalkeeper coach (after the departure of John Keeley.[17] As soon as Knight came in, Eastwood performance vastly improved[18] and on 2 March 2013, Pompey won their first game in over 4 months (23 games), a 2–1 win at Crewe, this was Eastwood's first win whilst playing for Portsmouth. In the next month he went on to keep 3 clean sheets in 6 against Bury, Preston and Tranmere Rovers in a good run of games for Pompey. Following Portsmouth's relegation, Eastwood said he was determined to remain to stay at the club for the next season.[19] He was also offered a new deal with the club.[20]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 13 May 2013, Eastwood agreed a deal in principle to join Championship club Blackburn Rovers.[21] He made his debut for the club on 7 August 2013 in a first round League Cup tie against Carlisle United. In December he displaced Jake Kean as first-choice goalkeeper making his Championship debut for the club on 7 December 2013 in an away game against QPR putting in an impressive performance and keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. After seven games of being first-choice Eastwood then returned to being back-up as Paul Robinson returned from injury and reclaimed his number one spot. On 28 February 2014, Eastwood signed a new contract until the summer of 2016.[22]

International career[edit]

On 27 March 2007, he received his first call-up to the England U-18 team, where he played in their 4–1 win against Netherlands U-18's at Huish Park. On 30 August 2007, he received his first call-up for the England U-19s in a match against Belarus under-19s at Meadow Lane. He played the whole 90 minutes of the game on 11 September, and kept a clean sheet as England won 4–0.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 January 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huddersfield Town 2008–09 1 0 1 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 1 0 1 0
Woking (loan) 2008–09 12 0 1 0 13 0
Subtotal 12 0 1 0 13 0
Bradford City (loan) 2009–10 22 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 28 0
Subtotal 22 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 28 0
Oxford United 2010–11 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 0 0 0 0
FC Halifax Town 2011–12 41 0 2 0 43 0
Sbtotal 41 0 2 0 43 0
Portsmouth 2012–13 27 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 30 0
Subtotal 27 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 30 0
Blackburn 2013–14 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Subtotal 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Career Total 110 0 5 0 4 0 5 0 124 0

1 Including the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terriers youngsters sign on". Sky Sports. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bantams let Eastwood go". Sky Sports. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Oxford United sign Huddersfield keeper Simon Eastwood; BBC Sport, 4 June 2010
  4. ^ Oxford United release Midson, Sangare, Hanson, Eastwood; BBC Sport, 10 May 2011
  5. ^ Shaymen Sign New Keeper; Football Conference, 21 June 2011
  6. ^ Shaymen release Eastwood; Blue Square Bet Premier, 14 May 2012
  7. ^ Avenue Sign Baldry, Eastwood and Walker; Bradford Park Avenue's official website, 8 July 2012
  8. ^ We Won't Stand In Eastwood's Way; Telegraph and Argus, 13 July 2012
  9. ^ Pompey Sign Eastwood; Portsmouth F.C., 13 August 2012
  10. ^ "Eastwood arrival prevents old school rules for Blues". Portsmouth News. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Plymouth 3–0 Portsmouth; BBC Sport, 14 August 2012
  12. ^ Pompey 1 Wycombe 3; Portsmouth F.C., 9 October 2012
  13. ^ Portsmouth 0–2 Notts County; BBC Sport, 3 November 2012
  14. ^ Portsmouth 0–1 Brentford; BBC Sport, 6 November 2012
  15. ^ "Keeper eyes extended run". Portsmouth News. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gauntlet thrown down to Pompey keeper". Portsmouth News. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Knight to make Pompey return". Portsmouth News. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Legend's backing for Blues keeper". Portsmouth News. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Eastwood sets his targets". Portsmouth News. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Whittingham lines-up quadruple swoop". Portsmouth News. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Eastwood rejects Pompey deal to join Blackburn; Portsmouth News, 15 May 2013
  22. ^ "Keeper extends stay". Blackburn Rovers FC. 28 February 2014. 

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