Steven Caldwell

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Steven Caldwell
Caldwell vs Antwerp.jpg
Caldwell in 2012 pre-season with Birmingham
Personal information
Full name Steven Caldwell[1]
Date of birth (1980-09-12) 12 September 1980 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 13
Youth career
000?–1997 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Newcastle United 28 (1)
2001 Blackpool (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2002 Bradford City (loan) 5 (0)
2002 Bradford City (loan) 4 (0)
2004 Leeds United (loan) 13 (1)
2004–2007 Sunderland 76 (4)
2007–2010 Burnley 104 (5)
2010–2011 Wigan Athletic 10 (0)
2011–2013 Birmingham City 77 (1)
2013 Toronto FC (loan) 6 (0)
2013– Toronto FC 38 (1)
National team
2001–2011 Scotland 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:49, 29 October 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Caldwell (born 12 September 1980) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Toronto FC and serves as their team captain. He plays as a defender, predominantly as a centre back. Caldwell has won 12 caps for the Scotland national team since 2001, and has played over 300 league matches in his career, all in the top three tiers of English football. Before joining Toronto FC, he represented seven English clubs: Newcastle United, Blackpool, Bradford City, Leeds United, Sunderland, Burnley, Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City.

His younger brother Gary is also a defender and Scotland international.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Born in Stirling, Caldwell began his career in England with Premier League club Newcastle United, along with his younger brother Gary. He was released by Newcastle in 2004, having previously been loaned out to Blackpool (where he scored his first career goal against Stoke City in the Football League Trophy),[2] and Bradford City. In 2004 he joined fellow Premier League club Leeds United on loan as part of a loan swap for Michael Bridges who went in the opposite direction, Caldwell was unable to prevent Leeds being relegated to The Championship. During his loan spell he scored once in the league against Blackburn Rovers which helped earn Leeds a 2–1 victory.[3] At Newcastle he made 28 league appearances, and scored twice against Bradford City in the League Cup[4] and Middlesbrough in the league.[5] Once released by Newcastle, he joined local rivals Sunderland.

Sunderland[edit]

Caldwell joined Sunderland from local rivals Newcastle United in 2004. During his time at Sunderland Caldwell was known for his whole hearted approach to the game and the solid partnership he formed with Gary Breen whilst they both played for Sunderland. On 23 April 2005, he scored Sunderland's winning goal against Leicester City to send his team back to the Premiership.

An injury-plagued season saw Caldwell fall out of favour at Sunderland and the centre half rarely featured in Roy Keane's first team when fit. He was linked with a move away from the club – with Sunderland accepting bids from Championship rivals Burnley and Coventry City.

Burnley[edit]

Burnley completed the signing of Steven Caldwell from Sunderland, minutes before the transfer deadline in January 2007. Caldwell signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor for an initial £200,000. A further £200,000 will be payable to Sunderland at a later date. He was shortly thereafter named club captain and endeared himself to the team's fans with his uncompromising tackling and commitment.

The 2008–09 season saw Caldwell play a major role, captaining his side to promotion to the Premier League. Making 57 starts throughout the season, the Scottish international was a virtual ever-present in the Clarets back-line.

His only two goals of the campaign came at home to local rivals Preston North End in September 2008 and away at Plymouth Argyle in March 2009.

The highlight of Caldwell's Burnley career was lifting the Football League Championship play-off trophy as captain in May 2009. He was released by Burnley at the end of his contract following the 2009–10 season.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 23 August 2010, he signed a one-year deal with Wigan Athletic, again joining up with his brother Gary.[6] He made his Wigan debut on 24 August, a day after signing, against Hartlepool in the League Cup second round match, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 victory. He made his League debut for Wigan on 16 October 2010 away against Newcastle (Caldwell's former club) at St James Park in a 2–2 draw as Newcastle came from 2–0 down to gain a point. Caldwell was released when his contract expired at the end of the season.[7]

Birmingham City[edit]

Caldwell training at St Andrew's, 2011

On 7 July 2011, Caldwell signed a two-year contract with Birmingham City, newly relegated to the Championship.[7] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2010–11 season, playing the whole of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County.[8] He came close to opening the scoring in the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, the first time that Birmingham had participated in major European competition for nearly 50 years, when his placed header struck the foot of the post.[9] He scored his first goal for Birmingham on 14 August 2012 in a 5–1 win over Barnet in the League Cup.[10]

Toronto[edit]

In May 2013, Birmingham confirmed that they would not be taking up their option to extend Caldwell's contract,[11] and he signed for Canadian club Toronto FC of Major League Soccer on loan for the remaining few weeks of that contract.[12] He made his debut on 18 May, in the starting eleven at home to the Columbus Crew, and was "bitterly disappointed" by the 1–0 defeat.[13] After his contract expired with Birmingham, Caldwell signed a two-and-a-half-season contract with Toronto, after helping improve the team's goals-against average from 1.5 to 1.0 goals a game.[14][15] Caldwell scored his first goal with Toronto on 3 July 2013 in a 3–3 home draw to Canadian rivals Montreal Impact.[16] On July 13, 2013, Caldwell became Toronto FC's sixth team captain in the franchise's history after incumbent captain Darren O'Dea was transferred to another club.[17]

In December 2013, readers of "Waking the Red", a Toronto FC news site, voted Caldwell the team's best player of the 2013 season.[18] He was given a similar honour by the Red Patch Boys.[19]

International career[edit]

Caldwell won twelve caps for Scotland at senior international level. He made his debut in a 1–1 draw away in Poland at the Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium on 25 April 2001. His home debut came on 12 February 2003 in a 2–0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park.[20]

He played twice in Scotland's qualification for the 2006 World Cup, in a 1–1 draw with Moldova at the Zimbru Stadium in Chişinău and a 3–0 away win over Slovenia at the Arena Petrol in Celje. He took part in Scotland's 2010 World Cup qualification, playing in a 4–0 defeat to Norway[20] as Scotland finished third, behind, Norway, in their qualifying group.[21] His twelfth and, as of March 2013, last full cap came against Northern Ireland in the 2011 Nations Cup.[20][22]

Honours[edit]

Sunderland
Burnley
Individual

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 March 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 1998–99[23] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999–2000[24] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000–01[25] Premier League 9 0 0 0 1 1 10 1
2001–02[26] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 3 0
2002–03[27] Premier League 14 1 0 0 1 0 2[b] 0 17 1
2003–04[28] Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 1[c] 0 7 0
Newcastle United total 28 1 0 0 3 1 6 0 37 2
Blackpool (loan) 2001–02[26] Division Two 6 0 1[d] 1 7 1
Bradford City (loan) 2001–02[26] Division One 9 0 9 0
Leeds United (loan) 2003–04[28] Premier League 13 1 13 1
Sunderland 2004–05[29] Championship 41 4 1 0 2 1 44 5
2005–06[30] Premier League 24 0 0 0 2 0 26 0
2006–07[31] Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Sunderland total 76 4 1 0 4 1 81 5
Burnley 2006–07[31] Championship 17 0 17 0
2007–08[32] Championship 29 2 1 0 2 0 32 2
2008–09[33] Championship 45 2 4 0 5 0 3[e] 0 57 2
2009–10[34] Premier League 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Burnley total 104 5 5 0 7 0 3 0 119 5
Wigan Athletic 2010–11[35] Premier League 10 0 2 0 3 0 15 0
Birmingham City 2011–12[36] Championship 43 0 3 0 0 0 6[f] 0 52 0
2012–13[37] Championship 34 1 2 0 2 1 38 2
Birmingham City total 77 1 5 0 2 1 6 0 90 2
Toronto FC (loan) 2013[38] Major League Soccer 6 0 6 0
Toronto FC 2013[38] Major League Soccer 17 1 17 1
2014[38] Major League Soccer 2 0 2 0
Toronto FC total 25 1 25 1
Career total 348 13 13 0 19 3 16 1 396 17
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Intertoto Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  5. ^ Appearances in the Football League Championship play-offs
  6. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Blackpool 3–2 Stoke". BBC Sport. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Blackburn 1–2 Leeds". BBC Sport. 10 April 2004. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Newcastle 4–3 Bradford". BBC Sport. 2 November 2000. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle outsmart Boro". BBC Sport. 4 November 2002. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Latics swoop for Caldwell". Sky Sports. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Defender Steven Caldwell moves to Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Derby 2–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Tattum, Colin (19 August 2011). "Nacional 0, Birmingham City 0". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Tattum, Colin (15 August 2012). "Birmingham City 5 Barnet 1". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Birmingham City: Steven Caldwell to go in St Andrew's shake-up". BBC Sport. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "New Defender Joins Reds On Loan". torontofc.ca. MLS. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Davidson, Neil (18 May 2013). "Columbus Crew continue mastery over Toronto FC with win at BMO Field". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). The Canadian Press. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Toronto FC sign defender Steven Caldwell, acquire midfielder Michael Thomas from Sporting KC". MLSsoccer.com. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Rowaan, Dave (2 July 2013). "Toronto FC extend Steven Caldwell's stay". Waking The Red. SB Nation. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Impact erase 2-goal deficit to salvage draw with Toronto FC". CBC. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Lalas, Greg (13 July 2013). "Toronto FC announce Darren O'Dea set to transfer as midseason changes to continue". MLSSoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.wakingthered.com/2013/12/9/5185442/toronto-fc-2013-top-36-countdown-number-1-steven-caldwell
  19. ^ http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/28/reds-caldwell-confident-team-is-on-upswing
  20. ^ a b c "Profiles: Steven Caldwell". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "2010 FIFA World Cup: Preliminaries: Europe: Groups and Standings". FIFA. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Scotland 3–0 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Newcastle Player Appearances 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Newcastle Player Appearances 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  26. ^ a b c "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Steven Caldwell in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  38. ^ a b c "S. Caldwell". Soccerway (Global Sports Media). Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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