Aden Flint

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Aden Flint
Personal information
Full name Aden Flint[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Pinxton, England[2]
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Middlesbrough
Number 24
Youth career
2007–2008 Pinxton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Alfreton Town 100 (45)
2008–2009Matlock Town (loan)
2011–2013 Swindon Town 64 (4)
2013–2018 Bristol City 209 (37)
2018– Middlesbrough 13 (1)
National team
2010 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Aden Flint (born 11 July 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Middlesbrough. He was signed by Middlesbrough for a fee in the region of £7 million from Bristol City. Flint was previously with Swindon Town and before that Alfreton Town and has represented the England C national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Flint began his career in the Central Midlands Football League with Pinxton before stepping up to the Conference North in the summer of 2008 when he joined Alfreton Town.[3]

Flint spent three months of his debut season at Alfreton on loan with Northern Premier League Premier Division side Matlock Town. The adverse weather prevented Flint from playing many games but the central defender scored in the 5–0 victory over Leigh Genesis in January 2009.[4] The following month saw Flint play in the 1–1 draw against Ilkeston Town,[5] and scored an own goal in the 2–0 loss at Whitby Town.[6] On 26 February 2009, Matlock manager Mark Atkins confirmed that Flint was among three players to have departed the club along with goalkeeper Andy Richmond and forward Simon Barraclough.[7]

Flint spent the rest of his Alfreton career within its first team set-up helping reach the Play-Offs during the 2009–10 season. He impressed many visiting scouts with bids being turned down from Derby County, Luton Town and ten other clubs according to Alfreton chairman, Wayne Bradley.[8]

Swindon Town[edit]

In January 2011, Colchester United manager John Ward confirmed that his club had been in talks with Flint over a move to the Essex club. Ward also announced that Flint was scheduled to travel to Wiltshire the next day to discuss a possible move with Swindon Town with Danny Wilson.[9]

Days later Swindon Town announced the signing of Flint on a two-and-a-half year contract and was issued the number 16 shirt which had been recently made available after the departure of on-loan Manchester City forward David Ball.[10]

Flint made his Swindon debut in the 1–1 draw with Rochdale and featured in the following fixture against Leyton Orient which resulted in a 3–0 loss for the Wiltshire club.

In March 2011, Flint returned to Alfreton Town on a loan until the end of the 2010–11 season. New Swindon manager Paul Hart was impressed with Flint's attitude in training but had decided to select more experienced players such as Andy Frampton instead.[11] Upon rejoining Alfreton, Flint was immediately handed the captaincy and led the club to promotion from the Conference North.

On 6 August 2011, Flint scored his first goal against Crewe Alexandra. He was a consistent performer in Town's 2011–12 title winning season. Flint scored twice in a 3–0 win against Stevenage at the County Ground on 20 April. The victory secured Swindon's place in the 2012–13 League One play-off.

Bristol City[edit]

Flint signed for Bristol City on 11 June 2013 for a fee of £300,000. Due to a sell on clause his previous club Alfreton Town received 20% of the fee (£60,000).[12] He made his debut on 3 August in a 2–2 draw against Bradford City at Ashton Gate.[13] He scored his first goal for the club on 21 September in a 3–2 defeat to former club Swindon Town.[14] On 8 February, he scored his second goal for the club in a 1–1 draw against Oldham Athletic.[15] He scored again in the following game three days later in a 3–1 win against Leyton Orient.[16]

Flint briefly sparked a hostile relationship with fans of his former team Swindon by stating in an interview that he did not wish for them to achieve promotion.

On 3 May 2015, in the final game of the 2014–15 season (during which City won the league), he scored his first ever hat-trick in an 8–2 victory over Walsall, bringing his total for the season to 15.[17]

Aden Flint was awarded Player of the Year for the 2015–16 season,[18] in which he helped Bristol City narrowly avoid relegation back to League One.

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 27 June 2018, Flint joined Championship club Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee, signing on a four-year contract.[19]

International career[edit]

Flint's form at Alfreton Town during the early 2010–11 campaign earned him his first international call-up when Paul Fairclough named his within his 16-man England C squad for the friendly with Wales national semi-professional football team. He played the first 45 minutes in the 2–2 draw at Latham Park in Newtown, Wales.[20]

Flint was capped for a second and final time in October 2010 when he played the entire 90 minutes of England C's 1–0 away win at the Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn against an Estonia U-23's in the International Challenge Trophy.[21]

When Flint signed for Swindon Town in January 2011, he became ineligible for selection for the England C squad so was unable to make the final squad for the International Challenge Trophy.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 May 2018.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swindon Town 2010–11[23] League One 3 0 3 0
2011–12[24] League Two 32 2 3 1 2 0 3[a] 1 40 4
2012–13[25] League One 29 2 1 0 3 1 3[b] 1 36 4
Total 64 4 4 1 5 1 6 2 79 8
Bristol City 2013–14[26] League One 34 3 4 0 3 0 2[a] 0 43 3
2014–15[27] League One 46 15 5 0 0 0 6[a] 1 57 16
2015–16[28] Championship 44 6 2 0 1 0 47 6
2016–17[29] Championship 46 5 3 0 4 0 53 5
2017–18[30] Championship 39 8 1 0 6 1 46 9
Total 209 37 15 0 14 1 8 1 246 39
Career totals 273 41 19 1 19 2 14 3 325 47
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances and one goal in League Two play-offs, one in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Swindon Town

Bristol City

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 41. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 540. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  3. ^ "Players Archive: Aden Flint". Alfreton Town. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Matlock Town v Leigh Genesis". Matlock Town. 24 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Matlock Town 1–1 Ilkeston Town". Matlock Town. 14 February 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  6. ^ "21st February 2009: Whitby Town 2–0 Matlock Town". Whitby Town. 21 February 2009. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Latest News – 26/02/09". Alfreton Town. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Flint set for County Ground". Swindon Advertiser. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Boss Eyes Defender Flint". Colchester United F.C. 25 January 2011. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Flint Completes Town Switch". Swindon Town F.C. 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 24 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Flint re-joins Alfreton on loan to bolster their title hopes". This is Nottingham. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Aden Flint: Bristol City sign Swindon Town defender". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Bristol City 2–2 Bradford City" BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Swindon Town 3–2 Bristol City" BBC Sport. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Oldham Athletic 1–1 Bristol City" BBC Sport. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Leyton Orient 1–3 Bristol City" BBC Sport. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Bristol City 8–2 Walsall" BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  18. ^ http://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/article/flint-lands-player-of-the-year-award-3085186.aspx
  19. ^ https://www.mfc.co.uk/news/aden-flint-becomes-boros-second-summer-signing
  20. ^ "Fairclough's food for thought". The FA. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  21. ^ "England C into ICT semis". The FA. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  22. ^ "England C". The FA. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  23. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  26. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Aden Flint in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  31. ^ "League One Team of the Year: Five Bristol City players selected". BBC Sport. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  32. ^ "September Award Winners Gallery". EFL. 6 October 2017.

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