Tommy Fraser

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Tommy Fraser
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Fraser as Port Vale captain (September 2010).
Personal information
Full name Thomas Francis Peter Fraser[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ebbsfleet United
Youth career
2004–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Brighton & Hove Albion 78 (2)
2006 Bognor Regis Town (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2011 Port Vale 50 (2)
2011 Barnet 20 (0)
2011–2013 Whitehawk 26 (2)
2013 Melbourne Knights FC 8 (5)
2013–2014 Whitehawk 38 (3)
2014– Ebbsfleet United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 29 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Francis Peter "Tommy" Fraser (born 5 December 1987) is a professional footballer, who plays for Ebbsfleet United in the Conference South. A central midfielder, he can also play on the right wing.[2]

Starting his career with hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion, he was a semi-regular in the first team for three seasons. In June 2009, he signed with Port Vale, where he was quickly made captain. He left the club in January 2011, and immediately joined Barnet. He remained with the club London club for ten months, before leaving and joining Whitehawk in December 2011. He emigrated to Australia in February 2013, before returning to Whitehawk in the summer. He signed with Ebbsfleet United in May 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Fraser was born in Brighton and progressed through the youth ranks at League One side Brighton & Hove Albion, where he was awarded a professional contract in the summer of 2006. In March 2006, Fraser was sent on loan to Conference South side Bognor Regis Town, where he made only one appearance.[3] On 9 September 2006, Fraser made his debut for Brighton at The New Den, coming off the bench; later in the game Fraser cleared off the line as Millwall looked to have scored, but Fraser's actions saved the club's clean sheet as Brighton won the match 1–0.[4]

Fraser started life on the wing,[5] before later taking up a position in the centre of midfield, where the youngster was keen to transform himself into a goalscorer.[6] At times he was also used as a defender, a role in which he earned praise off his teammate Matt Richards in February 2008,[7] before he was offered a one year contract two months later.[8]

After 102 appearances and 3 goals for the "Seagulls", it was announced on 12 May 2009 that Fraser would be leaving Brighton after the expiration of his contract at the end of June 2009.[9][10] He found a new club before this fate however, leaving for Port Vale on a free transfer on 15 June 2009,[11] linking up with former manager Micky Adams for the 2009–10 season.[12][13] He was appointed as club captain, after impressing in the pre-season.[14][15] At twenty one years of age, and new to the club, his appointment came as a surprise to some, especially with more senior options in Sam Stockley, Marc Richards and Gareth Owen.[16] However, Adams had faith in the young midfielder's vocal abilities and general leadership qualities.[17] Putting in solid performances in Vale's unbeaten start to the season, he took to the field despite still suffering with an ankle injury.[18] His first goal for the club seemed to come in a 4–0 home win over Grimsby Town on 5 September.[19][20] However after the match Marc Richards claimed the last touch and therefore took the credit for the goal.[21] Fraser seemed to attract violence; on 25 August, Sheffield Wednesday's Francis Jeffers was sent off for head-butting Fraser,[22] two weeks later Fraser and Aldershot Town captain John Halls almost came to blows before the match had even begun.[23] He was transfer listed in late September, along with the entire Port Vale squad, after manager Micky Adams saw his team slip to a third consecutive defeat.[24] He remained club captain and a first team regular though, striking up a midfield pairing with Anthony Griffith, who he also shared a house with.[25] His performances as captain earned him public praise from assistant manager Geoff Horsfield,[26] though the fans were critical at times of his inconsistency.[27] He found himself the new focus of disgruntled supporters in early 2010, following Danny Glover's demotion to the reserves, and Marc Richards' rising goal tally. Fraser vowed to ignore the booing.[28] He also retained the captain's armband for the next season,[29] and vowed "to be more mature both on and off the pitch" in order to be a better captain.[30]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Fraser set the club a goal of promotion, saying that "I won't be happy until I've achieved promotion with Port Vale".[31] The strong performances of Anthony Griffith and Gary Roberts left only an unfamiliar wide role for Fraser, and a minority of fans became dissatisfied with his performances on the wing and again began booing the young captain.[32] Micky Adams left the club in December 2010, and was replaced by Jim Gannon. Two weeks into Gannon's reign Fraser left the club by mutual consent so as to find first team football, preferring this option to a loan deal.[33] He then signed with Barnet on a deal lasting two and a half years.[34][35] Signed by caretaker manager Paul Fairclough, he played under Martin Allen and then another caretaker manager, Giuliano Grazioli, within the space of a few months. He played a total of fifteen games for the "Bees" in what remained of the 2010–11 campaign, as the club retained their Football League status with a final day 1–0 win over former club Port Vale at Underhill; Fraser was a stoppage time substitute in the game.[36]

New manager Lawrie Sanchez picked Fraser for just six games in 2011–12, the last of which was a 4–0 defeat to Swindon Town on 24 September. Two months later Fraser left the club by mutual consent.[37] He returned to Vale Park to train under Micky Adams, though was not expected to be offered a contract at Port Vale.[38] He instead joined Whitehawk of the Isthmian League, where he played alongside his younger brother James.[39] Whitehawk won the Isthmian League Division One South title in 2011–12. He made 31 appearances in the 2012–13 season for Darren Freeman's "Hawks", and was sent off in his final game in a 3–1 defeat to Harrow Borough at the Earlsmead Stadium on 23 February.[40]

He left England to live in Australia in March 2013,[41] signing for Victorian Premier League outfit Melbourne Knights FC.[42] He soon returned to England however, and re-signed with Whitehawk in July 2013.[43] He played 38 Conference South games in the 2013–14 season, helping the club to finish one point above the relegation zone.

Fraser joined Steve Brown's Ebbsfleet United, also of the Conference South, in May 2014.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Fraser at Vale Park as Port Vale captain.

Fraser is the grandson of former Richardson Gang member "Mad" Frankie Fraser.[45] He has said: "I couldn't tell you anything he's done and I've never read a book about it. I'm not really interested – he's just my grandad as far as I'm concerned."[46] Tabloid paper The Sun reported that when asked by a local Brighton-based journalist if his granddad ever attended his games, Fraser replied: "No, but he reads your reports and he was unhappy you only gave me six out of 10 last week." It was said that Fraser was never rated less than 7/10 by the local paper again.[47]

Growing up in Brighton, he attended Varndean School and Varndean College. He is an Arsenal fan.[31]

Statistics[edit]

As of 27 April 2014.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[48] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07[49] Brighton & Hove Albion League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Bognor Regis Town (loan) Conference South 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07[50] Brighton & Hove Albion League One 27 1 3 0 1 0 4 0 35 1
2007–08[51] 24 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 32 0
2008–09[52] 27 1 2 1 2 0 4 0 35 2
Total 78 2 9 1 4 0 11 0 102 3
2009–10[53] Port Vale League Two 38 2 1 0 3 0 2 0 44 2
2010–11[54] 12 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 20 0
Total 50 2 5 0 5 0 4 0 64 2
2010–11[54] Barnet League Two 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2011–12[55] 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
2013–14[56] Whitehawk Conference South 38 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 40 3
Total 38 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 40 3
2014–15[56] Ebbsfleet United Conference South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 186 7 14 1 10 0 17 0 227 8
Notes
  • Complete statistics for Whitehawk & Melbourne Knights unavailable.

Honours[edit]

Whitehawk

References[edit]

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  48. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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