Cristian Montaño

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Montaño and the second or maternal family name is Castillo.
Cristian Montaño
Montaño at Bristol Rovers in 2015.jpeg
Montaño in 2015
Personal information
Full name Cristian Alexis Montaño Castillo[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-11) 11 December 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia[2]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Bristol Rovers
Number 21
Youth career
2002–2010 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 West Ham United 0 (0)
2011 Notts County (loan) 11 (4)
2011 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (1)
2011–2012 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 10 (3)
2012 Notts County (loan) 4 (0)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 9 (2)
2012–2013 Oldham Athletic 40 (3)
2014–2015 América de Cali 9 (1)
2015– Bristol Rovers 50 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:31, 18 March 2017 (UTC).

Cristian Alexis Montaño Castillo (born 11 December 1991) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or a forward for League One club Bristol Rovers. He formerly played for Oldham Athletic, América de Cali and West Ham United.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cali, Colombia, Montaño moved to London as a child and holds nationality of both Colombia and the United Kingdom.[4][5] He has pledged any future international career to Colombia and models himself on Faustino Asprilla.[6]

Football career[edit]

West Ham United[edit]

Montaño joined West Ham as an under-12 player, signing his first professional contract in June 2010.[4] Montano had several loan spells during the 2011–12 season but did not feature in the first team for West Ham.[7]

In August 2011, he signed a one-month loan deal with Notts County,[8] making his debut on 9 August in a League Cup game against Nottingham Forest, which Notts County lost on penalties after the game had finished 3–3.[9][10] He made his league debut and scored his first goal for Notts County on 13 August in a 2–1 home defeat to Charlton Athletic.[11] His loan with Notts County was extended until 9 October,[12] after which he returned to West Ham.[13]

Soon after leaving Notts County, Montaño signed a one-month loan deal with Swindon Town,[14] making his debut for Swindon on 15 October, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 away win against Accrington Stanley.[15] His loan was cut short in November and he returned to West Ham having scored one goal in four appearances.[16] Montaño then signed a one-month loan deal with Dagenham & Redbridge,[17] scoring on his debut on 19 November in a 3–2 home defeat to Southend United.[18] The Daggers extended Montaño's loan for a further month on 20 December.[19]

Montaño again joined Notts County on loan in February 2012.[20] His loan was not extended and he returned to West Ham in March.[21] On 16 March, Montaño joined Oxford United on loan as a replacement for ex-loanee Lee Holmes.[22] His first goal for Oxford came on 7 April in a 2–1 away defeat to Northampton Town.[23]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Montaño playing for Bristol Rovers in 2016

In August 2012, Montaño signed a two-year contract with Oldham Athletic, with the option of a third year, for an undisclosed fee.[24] He scored three goals in 40 league appearances for Oldham,[7] but was sacked by the club in December 2013 on the grounds of gross misconduct relating to alleged spot-fixing.[25] In November 2014, having been released from bail but with investigation still ongoing by the National Crime Agency, Montaño announced his intention to sue Oldham Athletic following his dismissal.[26] The charges were later dropped.[27][28]

América de Cali[edit]

Following his dismissal by Oldham Athletic, Montaño was playing for América de Cali in his homeland of Colombia.[29]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Montano joined Bristol Rovers in July 2015 with manager, Darrell Clarke, saying: "He comes with quite a lot of baggage. I know that he is desperate for another opportunity to play league football and I'm a firm believer in giving everyone a second chance".[30] Montano scored 2 goals for Rovers in this season as he helped the club to achieve automatic promotion to Football League One. Montano signed a contract extension for Rovers after a successful season for the Gas. [31]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2013, Montaño was charged with the rape of a woman in Romford, London.[32] He appeared in court in March 2014.[33] No verdict was returned by the jury and the case was dropped by the prosecution.[34][35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 40. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "MEET THE TEAMS WEST HAM UNITED" (PDF). West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 551. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  4. ^ a b "Cristian signs". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Youth – 2009/10". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Barlow, Matt (11 September 2010). "After Premier League 25-man squads announced, we introduce the top-flight kids from ... Fame!". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Cristian Montano : Career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Notts County sign West Ham forward Cristian Montaño". BBC Sport. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Nott'm Forest 3 – 3 Notts County". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Montano makes league bow". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Notts County 1 – 2 Charlton". BBC Sport. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cristian signs for longer". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Montano signs off in style". West Ham United F.C. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Swindon Town sign West Ham forward Montano on loan". BBC Sport. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Accrington 0–2 Swindon". BBC Sport. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "West Ham's Cristian Montano in early Swindon Town exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Dagenham & Redbridge sign Montano and Spillane". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Dag & Red 2 – 3 Southend". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Dagenham & Redbridge keep West Ham striker Montano". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Notts County sign Cristian Montaño for a second loan spell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Notts County boss Curle is in 'dreamland'". www.thisisnottingham.co.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Oxford United sign West Ham forward Cristian Montaño". BBC Sport. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Northampton 2–1 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Latics sign Montaño". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Montaño sacked". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Cristian Montano: Ex-Oldham star accused of spot-fixing to sue club". BBC Sport. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  27. ^ Chambers, Matthew (15 January 2015). "Case against Montano withdrawn". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "Football 'spot-fixing' case dropped". BBC News. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  29. ^ "C. Montaño – Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  30. ^ "Cristian Montano: Bristol Rovers give midfielder 'second chance'". BBC Sport. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  31. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36568510
  32. ^ "Sacked Montano on rape charge". Oldham Chronicle. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  33. ^ "Former West Ham player Cristian Montano and friends 'gang-raped' woman at Romford apartments, trial hears". Newham Recorder. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  34. ^ "Oldham Athletic star and his friends cleared of gang rape". Hackney Gazette. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  35. ^ "Gang rape case star is cleared". Oldham Evening Chronicle. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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