|Full name||Thomas David Heaton|
|Date of birth||15 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Chester, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2005–2006||→ Swindon Town (loan)||14||(0)|
|2006||→ Royal Antwerp (loan)||0||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Cardiff City (loan)||21||(0)|
|2009||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||0||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Rochdale (loan)||12||(0)|
|2010||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||16||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:05, 21 March 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Thomas David "Tom" Heaton (born 15 April 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Burnley, having joined them from Bristol City in May 2013. Heaton began playing at a very young age at Chester School boys. He was managed by Darryl Pickering, a well established junior football manager. He said when interviewed "Darryl helped me a lot over the years." He began his professional career with Manchester United but was unable to break into the first team and spent time on loan with Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers, Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers, before joining Cardiff permanently after his release by Manchester United in July 2010. He then joined Bristol City on a one-year deal with an option of a second year but turned it down in May 2013 in favour of staying in the Championship with Burnley.
Born in Chester, Heaton began his football career with Wrexham, for whom he played both in goal and in midfield, but, after making 20 appearances for the Manchester United Under-17 side in the previous two seasons, he signed for the Red Devils as a trainee on 8 July 2002. He became a regular in the Under-17 side during the 2002–03 season, and picked up an FA Youth Cup winner's medal despite playing second fiddle to Luke Steele throughout the entire competition. He made his first appearance in the reserve team the following season, starting in a 3–1 home win over Birmingham City in the Premier Reserve League on 2 October 2003. At the end of the 2003–04 season, Heaton was named on the bench for the final of the Manchester Senior Cup against Manchester City, and won a winner's medal despite not taking the field.
By the 2004–05 season, Heaton had become the first-choice goalkeeper for the Manchester United reserve team, and was named on the bench for the first team for Stan Ternent's testimonial on 17 August 2004, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute for Luke Steele after Steele had earlier come on for Tim Howard. With Heaton in goal for 17 of the 28 Premier Reserve League North matches and 12 of the 22 Central League matches, the team went on to win both league titles by nine and five points respectively.
Heaton's form for the reserves resulted in him being loaned out to Swindon Town at the start of the 2005–06, initially until 1 January 2006. During his time at Swindon, he played over 20 games, saving a penalty on his debut, and was described as "one for the future" by manager Iffy Onuora. He returned to Manchester United, but, after the recall of Ritchie Jones from Royal Antwerp, Heaton was sent there for the rest of the season after United rebuffed an approach from Huddersfield Town.
Heaton made his second appearance for the Manchester United first team on 13 March 2007, coming on as a half-time substitute for Tomasz Kuszczak in the UEFA Celebration Match against Marcello Lippi's Europe XI. Heaton spent the 2007–08 season with the first team squad at Manchester United, appearing on the bench when Edwin van der Sar was out due to injury.
Cardiff City loan
At the end of the 2007–08 season, Heaton agreed to move to Cardiff City on loan for the duration of the 2008–09 season. He was chosen as the club's first choice goalkeeper, above Finland international Peter Enckelman, for the start of the season by manager Dave Jones, and played in every match until late November, with the exception of the Carling Cup third round tie against Swansea City, when he was replaced by Enckelman. However, late on in Cardiff's 2–1 away defeat to Plymouth Argyle on 22 November 2008, Heaton picked up an injury and was forced off. The injury would go on to cost Heaton his place in the side as the club went unbeaten with Enckelman in goal for over two months.
In February, Enckelman was forced to undergo knee surgery which saw Heaton return in goal on 16 February 2009, when he picked up the man of the match award in a 4–0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. However, he tore his thigh muscle during the match, ruling him out for up to five weeks. On his return, Heaton found himself on the bench behind loanee Stuart Taylor but, following a 6–0 defeat against Preston North End, he replaced Taylor for the final three matches of the season. However, he was unable to keep Cardiff in the play-off places and he returned to Manchester United at the end of the season.
Queens Park Rangers loan
On 15 August 2009, Heaton was signed by Queens Park Rangers on an emergency three-month loan deal, the terms of which will allow him to compete in the League Cup. Heaton's loan spell ended on 8 November 2009.
After returning from Queens Park Rangers, Heaton joined Rochdale on 13 November 2009 until the end of December 2009. He made his debut in a 3–2 loss against Chesterfield on 14 November 2009. The loan was then extended until 23 January 2010, before a further extension pushed the end date back to 31 January. In his 12 appearances for Rochdale, Heaton conceded only 10 goals – including four clean sheets – and finished on the losing side just once.
Wycombe Wanderers loan
Heaton spent less than two weeks back at Manchester United before going back out on loan to Wycombe Wanderers on 12 February 2010. He went straight into the Wycombe starting line-up for their away match against Brentford the following day, which they drew 1–1. Heaton made his second appearance for the Chairboys in their 0–0 draw against Southampton on Tuesday 23 February 2010. Where he made a great save from a volley to keep the Chairboys on even terms with the Saints.
Return to Cardiff City
Following his release by Manchester United, Heaton agreed a deal on 15 June 2010 to return to Cardiff City on 1 July 2010. He made his second debut in 4–1 win over Burton Albion in the League Cup on 11 August. After number 1, David Marshall suffered an elbow injury, Heaton established himself as Cardiff's new number 1. But in late February, he suffered a groin injury, so Jason Brown and Stephen Bywater were brought in as cover on loan. Upon his return, Heaton went into the side against Derby County, where they won 4–1, their first win in four games. Heaton's performances during the 2010–11 season, earned him the club's Young Player of the Year award.
Under new manager, Malky Mackay, Heaton found himself as cover for David Marshall, but he played a key part in the club's League Cup run in which they reached the final thanks to two saves from Heaton in a semi-final penalty shootout against Crystal Palace. He suffered an ankle injury just before the final, but he overcame the injury to start at Wembley. Heaton followed his penalty heroics against Crystal Palace when he started the penalty shootout by pushing Steven Gerrard's effort onto the bar, but he ultimately ended up on the losing side as Liverpool won the shootout 3–2. Despite the successful cup run, Heaton still found himself second string to Marshall and was released at the end of the season after rejecting a new contract in the Welsh capital.
In July 2012, Heaton held talks with Watford over a potential move; however, Watford's new owners decided to pull out of the move. Later that month, Heaton went on trial with Bristol City during their pre-season training camp in Spain and they opened contract talks soon after. On 27 July, Heaton signed a one-year deal with the club, with the option for a further 12 months. He made his debut on 18 August 2012, in a 1–0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest.
Heaton joined Burnley in May 2013, after turning down a further one-year deal at Bristol City, his decision was to stay in the Championship, when Burnley lost two of their keepers, they eyed a move for Heaton to which they offered Heaton a two-year deal attaching him to the club until June 2015, with an option of a third year. Heaton was Burnley's number one Goalkeeper throughout the campaign, putting in some very strong performances as the club were the surprise of the season and achieved promotion to the Premier League.
On 24 August 2013, he was the recipient of a rare technical second caution for handling the ball once releasing it in his own area whilst playing against Brighton, a game they lost 2-0.
Having played for England at various youth levels, Heaton was handed his England Under-21 debut in March 2008 by manager Stuart Pearce when he replaced Joe Hart as a substitute during a match against Poland. However, he did not make the final squad for the 2009 Euro U-21 Championships.
- As of match played 21 March 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Swindon Town (loan)||2005–06||League One||14||0||2||0||1||0||2[a]||0||19||0|
|Royal Antwerp (loan)||2005–06||Belgian Second Division||0||0||—||—||0||0||0||0|
|Manchester United||2006–07||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2008–09||Championship||21||0||1||0||2||0||—||24||0|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2009–10||Championship||0||0||—||2||0||—||2||0|
|Rochdale (loan)||2009–10||League Two||12||0||0||0||—||—||12||0|
|Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||2009–10||League One||16||0||—||—||—||16||0|
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