Curtis Main

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Curtis Main
CurtisMain.jpg
Main pictured in 2012
Personal information
Full name Curtis Lee Main[1]
Date of birth (1992-06-20) 20 June 1992 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth South Shields, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 14
Youth career
2005–2007 Darlington
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Darlington 61 (5)
2011–2014 Middlesbrough 48 (6)
2013 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 5 (0)
2014–2016 Doncaster Rovers 48 (9)
2016 Oldham Athletic (loan) 18 (4)
2016– Portsmouth 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:59, 22 October 2016 (UTC).

Curtis Lee Main (born 20 June 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for League Two club Portsmouth.

Main previously played in the Football League and the Football Conference for Darlington, and spent three seasons with Middlesbrough, from where he had a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town in 2013. He then joined Doncaster Rovers, and after a loan spell at Oldham Athletic in 2016, he signed for Portsmouth.

Career[edit]

Darlington[edit]

Main was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.[3] He attended St Mary's Church of England school in Tyne Dock, South Shields.[citation needed] He began his football career as a youngster at Sunderland before being released to League Two club Darlington, for whom he made his senior debut as a substitute in the last seven minutes of the game against Peterborough United on 3 May 2008. At 15 years 318 days, he became the youngest player to play for Darlington.[4][5] In February 2009, he scored his first goal, the 86th-minute winner in a match against Grimsby Town, only two minutes after entering the game as a substitute.[6] In May 2009, Main spent a week on trial with Premier League club Fulham, but the club preferred to monitor the player's progress rather than make an offer. Other clubs reported to be interested included Middlesbrough and Newcastle United.[3][7] In September 2009, Main scored an 81st-minute equaliser against Grimsby Town, in a match that ended 1–1 and saw Darlington manager Colin Todd leave his post shortly after the final whistle.[8]

In the early part of the 2010–11 season, Main had trials with Bury.[9] In April 2011, after his contract was paid up by Darlington and he left the club, he joined Hartlepool United on trial.[10]

Middlesbrough[edit]

After a trial with Middlesbrough, Main joined the Championship club on 12 May 2011, signing a one-year contract with an option for a second year. Manager Tony Mowbray described him as "a powerful lad", and said they intended to "mould him into a first-team player over the next couple of years".[11] He made his debut on 4 February 2012, replacing Marvin Emnes in the 50th minute of a 0–0 draw with Crystal Palace,[12] and his first start four days later, in a 2–1 defeat to Sunderland in the fourth round of the FA Cup.[13] He scored his first goal for the club on 21 February, coming off the bench to score in a 3–1 win away to Millwall.[14] On 14 April, he scored a late goal in a 1–0 win against Derby County.[15] On 9 February 2013, he scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season on his third appearance, in a 3–2 loss to Barnsley.[16] Three days later, he scored in the 81st minute of a 1–0 win over Leeds United, but within minutes was sent off after receiving two yellow cards for kicking the ball away and deliberate handball.[17]

According to Mowbray, Main "came here on trial and trained with the youth team and you could see the power and speed he's got. His finishing with both feet is breathtaking at times. Whether the ball drops to his right foot or left foot, he doesn't hesitate. ... Physicality isn't going to be an issue for Curtis throughout his career. He's a boy who spends a lot of time looking after his physique and he's very, very strong."[18]

Loan to Shrewsbury Town[edit]

On 30 August 2013, Main joined League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan for an initial month.[19] He made his Shrewsbury debut the following day as a substitute against Coventry City and provided the assist for Tom Bradshaw in a 1–1 draw.[20] His loan period was not extended, and he returned to Middlesbrough on 3 October having made six appearances for Shrewsbury in all competitions.[21]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

On 30 July 2014, Main signed a three-year contract with League One club Doncaster Rovers. The transfer was part of the deal by which James Husband joined Middlesbrough from Doncaster for an undisclosed fee.[22]

Loan to Oldham[edit]

Main joined Oldham Athletic of League One on 15 February 2016 on loan until the end of the season.[23] In March, Doncaster attempted to recall Main, but all parties had to agree on his return, and Main refused.[24] With Oldham and Doncaster both trying to avoid relegation to League Two, Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson considered Main's decision "unfortunate".[25] After Main helped Oldham stay up while his parent club did not, he was transfer-listed at the end of the season.[26]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 4 July, Main signed a two-year contract with League Two club Portsmouth. The fee was undisclosed.[27] He scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 3-2 EFL Cup loss against Coventry City on 9 August 2016.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 October 2016
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
Darlington 2007–08[29] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09[30] League Two 18 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 19 2
2009–10[31] League Two 26 3 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 29 3
2010–11[32] Conference Premier 16 0 1 0 3[b] 2 20 2
Total 61 5 2 0 2 0 4 2 69 7
Middlesbrough 2011–12[33] Championship 12 2 1 0 0 0 13 2
2012–13[34] Championship 13 3 1 0 0 0 14 3
2013–14[35] Championship 23 1 1 0 1 0 25 1
Total 48 6 3 0 1 0 52 6
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2013–14[35] League One 5 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Doncaster Rovers 2014–15[36] League One 38 8 4 2 1 0 1[a] 0 44 10
2015–16[37] League One 10 1 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 14 1
Total 48 9 5 2 3 0 2 0 58 11
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2015–16[37] League One 18 4 18 4
Portsmouth 2016–17[38] League Two 12 2 0 0 1 1 1[c] 2 14 5
Career total 192 26 10 2 7 1 8 4 217 33
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Curtis Main". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Profile: Curtis Main". Darlington F.C. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Curtis Main remaining with Quakers". Darlington F.C. 18 May 2009. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Peterborough 0–2 Darlington". BBC Sport. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Rollin, Glenda & Rollin, Jack, eds. (2010). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2010–2011. Headline. pp. 166–67. ISBN 978-0-7553-6107-6. 
  6. ^ Stoddart, Craig (21 February 2009). "Curtis the Main man". The Northern Echo. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cottagers consider Main". Sky Sports. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mariners denied by Main man". Sky Sports. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hatch back for Quakers". The Northern Echo. Newsquest Media Group. 4 September 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Loughlin, Nick (19 April 2009). "Striker Main on trial at Pools". The Northern Echo. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Middlesbrough sign teenage striker Curtis Main". BBC Sport. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Middlesbrough 0–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Middlesbrough 1–2 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Millwall 1–3 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Derby 0–1 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–3 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Taylor, Louise (12 February 2013). "Middlesbrough take Main chance to get back on track against Leeds". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  18. ^ Tallentire, Philip (14 February 2013). "Main and Carayol put new life into Boro campaign". The Gazette. Middlesbrough. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Middlesbrough's Curtis Main loaned to Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Shrewsbury 1–1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Loans ended for Curtis Main and Graham Burke". BBC Sport. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Middlesbrough: James Husband signs as Main moves to Doncaster". BBC Sport. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "Signing: Main joins from Doncaster Rovers on loan". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  24. ^ Hoden, Liam (17 March 2016). "Doncaster Rovers: Curtis Main to decide on return from Oldham Athletic". The Star. Sheffield. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  25. ^ Chambers, Matthew (21 March 2016). "Striker pins his colours to Latics' mast". Oldham Chronicle. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  26. ^ Wobschall, Leon (5 July 2016). "Curtis Main heads south from Doncaster Rovers to Portsmouth". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "Curtis Main: Portsmouth sign Doncaster striker on two-year deal". BBC Sport. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  28. ^ "Coventry 3-2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Curtis Main in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Curtis Main in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Curtis Main in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  32. ^ "C. Main". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Curtis Main in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Curtis Main in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Curtis Main in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Curtis Main in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Curtis Main in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Curtis Main in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 

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