Aaron Clapham

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Aaron Clapham
New Zealand All Whites midfielder Aaron Clapham warming up during their 2014 World Cup Qualification match against Mexico in November 2013.
Personal information
Full name Aaron Daniel Clapham[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-15) 15 January 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Christchurch, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Canterbury United
Number 8
Youth career
2005–2006 Saint Francis Red Flash
2007–2008 Louisville Cardinals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Dandenong Thunder 10 (0)
2009– Canterbury United 113 (60)
2011 Wellington Phoenix (loan) 0 (0)
2013 APIA Leichhardt Tigers (loan) 10 (2)
National team
2007 New Zealand U-20 8 (0)
2010– New Zealand 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Aaron Daniel Clapham (born 15 January 1987) is a New Zealand footballer who plays for Canterbury United FC and the New Zealand national football team having been selected in their squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[2]

Club career[edit]

In 2005 Clapham accepted a football scholarship at Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania before joining University of Louisville where he spent 2 seasons, scoring 8 times in 37 appearances. He then moved to Australia, joining Dandenong Thunder in the Victorian Premier League. Clapham has played 79 times for Canterbury United having scored 43 goals from the centre of midfield. His first goal came in his club's 2–0 victory over Waikato on 8 November 2009. Having helped his side to 4th in the New Zealand Football Championship and progressing to the final of the knock-out stages, he was awarded 'New Zealand Football Championship Player of the Year' for the 2009–10 season. Clapham has been consistently one of the top players in the New Zealand Football Championship being named to the league wide team of the month for 2009/10 in November, December, January, February. 2010/11 for the months December, February. And for 2011/12 he has been in every team of the month from November, December, January, February. Clapham has captained Canterbury United to their highest league position of 2nd place in 2011/12.

On 7 February 2011 he signed a one-game loan deal from Canterbury United to play for Wellington Phoenix in the Hyundai A-League.[3]

International career[edit]

Clapham has earned national representation at Under-20 level, where he represented New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.[4]

After impressing for NZFC franchise Canterbury United during the 2009–10 season, Clapham was selected as a part of a 15-man World Cup training camp for Australian and New Zealand-based players.[5] Following a strong performance for New Zealand 'A' against a NZFC Select XI at the conclusion of the camp on 8 May 2010, Clapham was named as a surprise call-up by All Whites coach Ricki Herbert for New Zealand's 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign.[6]

Clapham made his official international debut on 10 October 2010 when he came on as a late substitute in his country's 1–1 draw with Honduras.[7]

International goals and caps[edit]

New Zealand's goal tally first.

International career statistics[edit]


New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 2 0
2011 3 0
2012 4 0
2013 4 0
Total 13 0

Personal life[edit]

His sister Sara Clapham also represented New Zealand internationally, making 3 appearances for the New Zealand senior women's team.[9]


  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 15. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ World Cup 2010: Canterbury midfielder Aaron Clapham named in New Zealand squad Telegraph.co.uk
  3. ^ Phoenix Make Changes www.a-league.com.au
  4. ^ 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand Profile www.fifa.com
  5. ^ Smith, Tony (15 April 2010). "Clapham delighted to join NZ training squad". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Johnstone, Duncan (10 May 2010). "All Whites World Cup squad named". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Woodzee nets as All Whites thrill
  8. ^ Aaron Clapham at National-Football-Teams.com
  9. ^ Tony Smith (11 May 2010). "Clapham's off to the cup". Press.co.nz. 

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