Chris Eagles

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Chris Eagles
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Eagles with Burnley in 2011
Personal information
Full name Christopher Mark Eagles[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-19) 19 November 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Winger
Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1998–2000 Watford
2000–2003 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Manchester United 6 (1)
2005 Watford (loan) 13 (1)
2005 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 25 (3)
2006 Watford (loan) 17 (3)
2006 N.E.C. (loan) 15 (1)
2008–2011 Burnley 120 (21)
2011–2014 Bolton Wanderers 93 (17)
2014–2015 Blackpool 7 (1)
2015 Charlton Athletic 8 (2)
2015–2016 Bury 4 (0)
2016–2017 Accrington Stanley 6 (0)
2017 Port Vale 20 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:31, 28 July 2017 (UTC).

Christopher Mark Eagles (born 19 November 1985) is an English footballer who last played for Port Vale. Primarily a winger, he can also play as an attacking midfielder.

After coming through the youth system at Watford, he began his professional career with Manchester United, but was unable to break into the first team. He had two loan spells back at Watford, as well as with Sheffield Wednesday and Dutch club N.E.C., before a permanent move to Burnley for a £1.2 million fee in July 2008. He spent three seasons with the club, helping them to win promotion out of the Championship in 2009. He was sold on to Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in July 2011, where he stayed for another three seasons. He went on to have brief spells with Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Bury, Accrington Stanley, and Port Vale.

Playing career[edit]

Eagles was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and was a season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur, whom he went to see with his family.[2] Originally coming through the youth system at Watford, Eagles left when he was 14 to join the Manchester United academy. The compensation owed to Watford for this move would later form part of the package which took Danny Webber in the opposite direction.[3]

Manchester United[edit]

Eagles made his first-team debut for Manchester United on 28 October 2003 as a second-half substitute for Kieran Richardson in an extra-time win away to Leeds United in the League Cup.[4] He played once more that season, this time as a substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo as United lost 2–0 away to West Bromwich Albion in the Fourth Round of the League Cup.[5] His performances saw him nominated for the new League Cup talent award, awarded to the young player judged to have made the best first-team breakthrough in the competition.[6] He played in the 2004 FA Community Shield, coming on as a 74th-minute substitute in a 3–1 defeat by Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium.[7]

Eagles was loaned out to Watford on 21 January 2005.[8] He scored his first goal in senior football in a 2–0 win over Gillingham at Vicarage Road on 5 February.[9] He made 13 Championship appearances for the "Hornets", and manager Ray Lewington said that: "he is an exciting player and has done very well".[10] He was also loaned to Sheffield Wednesday for the first half of the 2005–06 season.[11] Manager Paul Sturrock stated that: "Sir Alex said to me that he wants this player to play in front of big crowds and see how he handles it".[12] He scored his first goal for the "Owls" in a 1–0 victory over Leeds United at Hillsborough on 13 September.[13] He ended his loan spell at Wednesday with a total of three goals in 25 appearances. On 6 January 2006, Eagles returned on loan to Aidy Boothroyd's Watford.[14] He scored the only goal of the match against Stoke City in his first league appearance of his second loan spell at Watford.[15] He scored the winning goal in the 1–0 away win at Brighton & Hove Albion on 18 February from 50 yards (almost the halfway line),[16] which won him the club's goal of the season award. Watford reached the 2006 Championship play-off Final, and Eagles was an unused substitute as they secured promotion to the Premier League with a 3–0 win over Leeds United.[17]

On 31 August 2006, Eagles agreed to spend four months on loan at Dutch Eredivisie side N.E.C., in order to gain more experience.[18] He decided to take the option of returning to Old Trafford on 21 December after struggling to get many games at the Stadion de Goffert.[19] On 13 March, Eagles featured in the second half for United in the UEFA Celebration Match exhibition at Old Trafford against Marcello Lippi's Europe XI.[20] On 28 April, Eagles scored his first senior goal for United in a 4–2 Premier League win over Everton; after coming on as a second-half substitute, he scored a 93rd-minute goal to put the result beyond doubt as United went five points clear in their race for the Premier League title.[21] He was an unused substitute in the 2007 FA Community Shield, as United beat Chelsea on penalties following a 1–1 draw.[22]

Burnley[edit]

Eagles playing for Burnley in February 2011.

In July 2008, Eagles signed for Burnley on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[23] The London Evening Standard reported that the fee was £1.2 million, of which £200,000 would go to Watford as part of a sell-on clause.[24] Manager Owen Coyle said: "He can play as a striker, or behind the striker or wide or as a central midfielder. He gives you a host of variations, but outwith that he's a talented footballer and that's what we want – young exciting talents to complement the quality we already have."[23] Eagles made his league debut for Burnley on 9 August in a 4–1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.[25] On 27 September, he scored his first goal for Burnley in a 3–1 victory over rivals Preston North End.[26] He was nominated for the Championship Player of the Month award for November, losing out to Chris Iwelumo.[27] He ended the 2008–09 season with eight goals in 57 league and cup appearances, and came on as a 69th-minute substitute for Robbie Blake as Burnley beat Sheffield United 1–0 in the Championship play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.[28]

He scored two goals in 34 Premier League games in the 2009–10 campaign as Burnley were relegated in 18th-place. In July 2010, the "Clarets" accepted a bid from Scottish champions Rangers to buy Eagles,[29] but the player was unable to agree terms with the Scottish club and remained in England.[30] He agreed a new two-year contract with Burnley the following month.[31] In October 2010, manager Brian Laws said that Eagles was "unplayable" and in "absolutely magnificent form" after scoring five goals in the space of four games.[32] Eagles went on to score 15 goals in 48 appearances for Burnley in the 2010–11 season, and newly appointed manager Eddie Howe was reported to have planned to build his team around Eagles.[33]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

In July 2011, Eagles and his Burnley team-mate Tyrone Mears joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-year contract for a joint fee in the region of £3 million, linking up with their ex-manager Owen Coyle for the second time in their careers.[34] He made his debut in a 4–0 away win at Queens Park Rangers on 13 August, where he created an assist for the second goal put in his own net by Danny Gabbidon.[35] On 20 September, he scored his first goal for the "Trotters", from 25 yards, in the League Cup Third Round 2–0 away win against Aston Villa.[36] He also scored a brace in a 5–0 win over Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium on 6 November.[37] He found himself out of the starting line-up for a short time due to Tuncay Şanlı being in form, but he came back to the starting line-up on 21 April, where he scored in a 1–1 draw at home to Swansea City.[38] At the end of the season, Bolton were relegated into the Championship.

Eagles was named Player of the Month by the fans for August, September and October of the new season. He finished the 2012–13 season as Bolton's top goalscorer with twelve goals, and also created the most number of goals, with twelve assists.[39] His form in April earned him a nomination for the Championship Player of the Month award.[40]

He played just 18 games in the 2013–14 season, and was released by the club in May 2014.[41] Shortly after his release from Bolton, he explained that he was disappointed at aspects of his departure, but maintained an affection for both the club's supporters and the town.[42] In July 2014, Eagles was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bolton for his services to sport.[43] He later blamed manager Dougie Freedman for his exit, saying "I didn’t like him and I didn’t like the way he managed. He showed me no respect".[44]

Later career[edit]

On 18 November 2014, Eagles joined Blackpool on a short-term contract until January 2015.[45] He played seven games for the "Tangerines", but left Bloomfield Road at the expiry of his contract despite both he and manager Lee Clark reportedly being keen to extend his stay at the club.[46] Eagles signed for Charlton Athletic on 19 February 2015 on a free transfer until the end of the 2014–15 season.[47] He scored on his Charlton debut, as the "Addicks" won 3–0 away at Wigan Athletic; manager Guy Luzon said that "he played well for his first time".[48] He left The Valley at the expiry of his contract in May 2015.[49]

Eagles had trials with Preston North End, Wigan Athletic, and Coventry City, before joining League One club Bury in October 2015 on a contract until the end of the 2015–16 season.[50][51][52] However four months later he was sent to train with Ryan Kidd and the youth team by manager David Flitcroft, who deemed him not fit enough to train with the first team.[53] He was released in the summer and signed with John Coleman's League Two side Accrington Stanley in August 2016.[54] The following month he agreed to stay at the Crown Ground until January after settling in well at the club.[55] He joined League One side Port Vale on a short-term contract after impressing manager Michael Brown during a trial game in January 2017.[56] After initially being used out wide, he was moved to a number 10 role and scored in consecutive games against Southend United and Swindon Town to pick up important points for Vale's relegation battle.[57] He also scored the only goal of the penultimate game of the season against Walsall on 25 April to take the "Valiants" ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation to the last day of the 2016–17 season; the strike won him the club's Goal of the Season award.[58][59] He left the club at the end of the season, but returned to train at Vale Park in November 2017 after new manager Neil Aspin was appointed.[60] However he instead opted to try and impress his former manager Owen Coyle on trial at Scottish Premiership club Ross County.[61]

Style of play[edit]

Eagles is a winger, though can also play as an attacking midfielder. Writing for The Guardian in December 2008, Steve Claridge reported that Eagles "is a natural footballer who makes the difficult things look easy", boasting natural ability and composure, as well as good distribution skills; he did however criticize his tactical discipline and defensive work-rate.[62] Former Bury teammate Tom Pope said that: his "technique was frighteningly good – that was his ability on the ball, dribbling and his awareness of players around him".[63]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 November 2016
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2003–04[64] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004–05[65] Premier League 0 0 1 0 3 0 2[a] 0 1[b] 0 7 0
2005–06[66] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[67] Premier League 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2007–08[68] Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 1 1 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 17 1
Watford (loan) 2004–05[65] Championship 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2005–06[66] Championship 25 3 0 0 0 0 25 3
Watford (loan) 2005–06[66] Championship 17 3 1 0 0 0 1[c] 0 19 3
N.E.C. (loan) 2006–07[67] Eredivisie 15 1 2 1 17 2
Burnley 2008–09[69] Championship 43 7 4 0 7 0 3[c] 0 57 7
2009–10[70] Premier League 34 2 2 0 2 1 38 3
2010–11[71] Championship 43 11 3 3 2 1 48 15
Total 120 20 9 3 11 2 3 0 143 25
Bolton Wanderers 2011–12[72] Premier League 34 4 4 1 3 1 41 6
2012–13[73] Championship 43 12 3 0 1 0 47 12
2013–14[74] Championship 16 1 2 0 0 0 18 1
Total 93 17 9 1 4 1 106 19
Blackpool 2014–15[75] Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Charlton Athletic 2014–15[75] Championship 15 2 0 0 0 0 15 2
Bury 2015–16[76] League One 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Accrington Stanley 2016–17[77] EFL League Two 6 0 0 0 2 0 2[d] 0 10 0
Port Vale 2016–17[77] EFL League One 20 4 0 0 0 0 20 4
Career total 341 53 23 5 23 3 3 0 7 0 397 62
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  3. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Manchester United
Watford
Burnley

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