Tom Craddock

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Tom Craddock
Tom Craddock 11-09-2010 1.jpg
Craddock playing for Oxford United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Thomas Craddock[1]
Date of birth (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Darlington, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 10
Youth career
000?–2005 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Middlesbrough 4 (0)
2006 Wrexham (loan) 1 (1)
2008 Hartlepool United (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Luton Town (loan) 8 (4)
2009–2010 Luton Town 70 (31)
2010–2013 Oxford United 80 (26)
2013– Portsmouth 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:44, 26 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tom" Craddock (born 14 October 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays for Portsmouth as a striker.

Career[edit]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Born in Darlington, County Durham,[2] Craddock came through the youth system at Middlesbrough, and was a member of their FA Youth Cup winning side in 2003–04. He made his first team debut for the club as a substitute in the final game of the 2005–06 season against Fulham, having already scored 20 goals for the reserve team.

He joined Wrexham on a month's loan from 25 October 2006.[3] He scored the winning goal on his debut for the team; however, the next day it was discovered he had suffered a knee injury, ruling him out for six weeks.[4]

From 13 February 2008, Craddock joined League One side Hartlepool United on a month's loan.[5] In July 2008, he signed a one-year contract extension with Middlesbrough.[6]

Luton Town[edit]

On 17 October 2008, Craddock was sent on a one-month loan to Luton Town.[7] This loan was extended in November after Craddock scored three goals in four games,[8] then extended for a further month following more impressive performances, despite injury.[9] Craddock's loan period came to an end in mid-January and Luton sought his services once more, this time lodging a bid of £80,000, which Middlesbrough accepted. On 30 January 2009, Craddock signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Luton Town.[10]

He scored 12 goals in 30 games for Luton in the 2008–09 season, including a goal in the Hatters' Football League Trophy victory at Wembley Stadium. However, a 30-point deduction imposed upon the club at the start of the season led to Luton's eventual relegation from the Football League, despite Craddock scoring 10 league goals. British newspaper The Daily Mail named Craddock as the 46th best signing of the 2008–09 season.[11]

In the 2009–10 season, Craddock finished the season as Luton's top scorer with 24 goals, also finishing as third top scorer in the Conference Premier.

While at Luton, Craddock lived in the Marsh Farm area of the town and ran a youth football club there, helping children to improve their skills. He and his girlfriend have since moved to Milton Keynes.

Oxford United[edit]

On 31 August 2010, the day of the transfer deadline, Craddock signed for League Two side Oxford United for a fee of £50,000.[12] He wore the shirt number 29.

In his first season in the football league at Oxford, Craddock was the club's second top scorer with 15 goals,[13] including two against Port Vale, the winner being in the 94th minute.[14]

Before the start of the following season, Craddock sustained a knee injury in the first pre-season game against Didcot Town and was ruled out till November. His first game back was as a substitute in a Football League Trophy fixture against Southend, in which he was sent off seven minutes after coming on.[15] On his return from suspension and injury in December, Craddock scored the first in a 2–0 win over Northampton Town,[16] only to be ruled out through injury again three games later.[15] He did not play again till the final day of the 2011–12 season at Port Vale.[17]

On 20 October 2012, he scored four goals in a 5–0 victory over Accrington Stanley.[18]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 13 May 2013, Craddock signed a two-year deal for Portsmouth after being released by Oxford.[19] He made his debut in a 4–1 home defeat to Oxford United on 3 August 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 November 2013.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2005–06 1 0 1 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0
2007–08 3 0 1 0 4 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Wrexham (loan) 2006–07 1 1 1 1
Subtotal 1 1 1 1
Hartlepool (loan) 2007–08 4 0 4 0
Subtotal 4 0 4 0
Luton (loan) 2008–09 8 4 1 0 9 4
Subtotal 8 4 1 0 9 4
Luton 2008–09 19 6 2 2 21 8
2009–10 46 23 5 1 51 24
2010–11 4 2 4 2
Subtotal 69 31 5 1 2 2 76 34
Oxford 2010–11 39 15 1 0 40 15
2011–12 9 1 1 0 10 1
2012–13 32 10 2 0 1 0 3 2 38 12
Subtotal 80 26 3 0 1 0 4 2 88 28
Portsmouth 2013–14 8 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 11 1
Subtotal 8 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 11 1
Career total 175 63 8 1 3 0 9 4 195 68

1 Including Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Middlesbrough

Luton Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Mainstream. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3. 
  2. ^ "Tom Craddock Profile". Portsmouth FC. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wrexham sign Premiership striker". BBC Sport. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bittersweet Feeling For Tom". Middlesbrough F.C. 29 October 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pools complete double loan swoop". BBC Sport. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Academy due complete Boro deals". BBC Sport. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Luton sign Boro striker Craddock". BBC Sport. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Craddock signs for another month". Luton Town F.C. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Craddock loan extended". Luton Town F.C. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Striker Craddock signs for Luton". BBC Sport. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "The List: The best signings of the season". The Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers Ltd). 4 May 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "U's hero Tom is buzzing". Oxford Mail. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010. .
  13. ^ "Oxford United player guide 2011/12". BBC Sport. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Oxford Utd 2 – 1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Oxford United striker Tom Craddock out for a month". BBC Sport. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Oxford United 2–0 Northampton". BBC Sport. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Port Vale 3–0 Oxford Utd". BBC Sport. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Oxford United 5–0 Accrington Stanley". BBC Sport. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Craddock Signs For Blues". Portsmouth F.C. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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