Alex Whittle

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Alex Whittle
Alex Whittle 13-08-2016 1.jpg
Whittle playing for York City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Alex Whittle[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
York City
Youth career
1999–2011 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Dunfermline Athletic 78 (1)
2015–2016 AFC Fylde 12 (0)
2016 Southport 7 (0)
2016– York City 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:01, 22 May 2017 (UTC).

Alex Whittle (born 15 March 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for National League North club York City.

Club career[edit]

Whittle was born in Liverpool, Merseyside[2] and attended Maricourt Catholic School in Maghull, Merseyside.[3] He started his career at Liverpool where he joined as a six-year-old, and spent 11 years at the club before being released in early 2011. He then joined the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain in February 2011[4] and the Nike Academy for the 2011–12 season, where he went on trial to Brighton & Hove Albion, Heart of Midlothian and Dunfermline Athletic.[5]

He joined Dunfermline Athletic on a pre-contract in April 2012 ahead of signing a three-year contract.[6] He made his debut on 28 July in a Scottish Challenge Cup match against Forfar Athletic and his Scottish Football League debut on 11 August in a 4–0 victory against Cowdenbeath.[7] Whittle was signed as a winger and made sporadic appearances, often as a substitute, but got his break in the first team at left back following the redundancy of Stephen Jordan amid Dunfermline's entry into administration.[8] He scored his first goal for Dunfermline against Ayr United on 28 September 2013.[9] After being released by Dunfermline at the end of 2014–15,[10] Whittle appeared as a trialist for Hartlepool United in a friendly match against Spennymoor Town. Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore commented that he was "pleased" with Whittle's performance, adding that he had asked Whittle to stay with the club for an extra week in order to assess him.[11]

In September 2015, Whittle signed for National League North club AFC Fylde,[12] making his debut as a substitute in a 2–2 draw with Tamworth.[13] On 23 March 2016, Whittle signed for National League club Southport,[14] debuting three days later as a 33rd-minute substitute in a 2–0 home win over Guiseley.[15] He made seven appearances for Southport over the remainder of 2015–16.[15]

On 23 May 2016, Whittle signed for newly relegated National League club York City on a one-year contract, with the option of a further year.[16]

International career[edit]

Whittle was capped by the England schools team over 2008–09.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dunfermline Athletic 2012–13[7] Scottish First Division 24 0 1 0 1 0 5[a] 0 31 0
2013–14[17] Scottish League One 30 1 4 1 2 0 4[b] 0 40 2
2014–15[18] Scottish League One 24 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 28 1
Total 78 1 8 1 4 1 9 0 99 3
AFC Fylde 2015–16[15][19] National League North 12 0 4 1 2[c] 0 18 1
Southport 2015–16[15] National League 7 0 7 0
York City 2016–17[15] National League 41 0 2 0 5[c] 0 48 0
Career total 138 1 14 2 4 1 16 0 172 4
  1. ^ One appearance in Scottish Challenge Cup, four in Scottish First Division play-offs
  2. ^ One appearance in Scottish Challenge Cup, three in Scottish League One play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of players under written contract registered between 01/07/2016 and 31/07/2016" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 33. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Alex Whittle". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "At Maricourt our pupils have represented the following international teams..." (PDF). Maricourt Catholic School. p. 8. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Paul, Hassall (20 February 2011). "Ex-Red enjoying life in Spain". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Graduate". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Blood red ex-Liverpool FC youngster Alex Whittle signs for Dunfermline". Liverpool Echo. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Games played by Alex Whittle in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Alex Whittle". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Debut goal for Whittle". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. 29 September 2013. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "18 Pars players released". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Mennear, Richard (24 November 2016). "Ronnie Moore keen for extended look at ex-Dunfermline wing-back Alex Whittle". Hartlepool Mail. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Former England youth joins the Coasters". AFC Fylde. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Match report: AFC Fylde 2–2 Tamworth". AFC Fylde. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Whitney, Steve (23 March 2016). "Whittle makes Port switch". Pitchero. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "A. Whittle". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  16. ^ Flett, Dave (23 May 2016). "York City sign Southport left-back Alex Whittle". The Press. York. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Alex Whittle in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Alex Whittle in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "AFC Fylde vs Stockport County". AFC Fylde. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
    "AFC Fylde vs Coleshill Town". AFC Fylde. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
    "Warrington Town vs AFC Fylde". AFC Fylde. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
    "AFC Fylde vs Skelmersdale United". AFC Fylde. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 

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