Cyrus Christie

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Cyrus Christie
Cyrus Christie, Fulham Fc (42386429892).jpg
Christie warming up for Fulham in 2018
Personal information
Full name Cyrus Sylvester Frederick Christie[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Fulham
Number 22
Youth career
0000–2010 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Coventry City 102 (3)
2011Nuneaton Town (loan) 5 (0)
2011Hinckley United (loan) 8 (0)
2014–2017 Derby County 107 (2)
2017–2018 Middlesbrough 25 (1)
2018– Fulham 10 (0)
National team
2014– Republic of Ireland 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:52, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:12, 7 September 2018 (UTC)

Cyrus Sylvester Frederick Christie (born 30 September 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Fulham and the Republic of Ireland national team.

Early and personal life[edit]

Christie was born in Coventry, West Midlands.[4] He is a nephew of the late boxer Errol Christie.[5]

Career[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

Christie made his first-team debut for Coventry City against Morecambe on 10 August 2010, in a 2–0 away defeat in the League Cup.[6]

He joined Conference North club Nuneaton Town on loan in January 2011,[7] but was recalled by Coventry after two starts and three substitute appearances.[8] He then went on a 'work experience' loan to another Conference North club Hinckley United, in February 2011,[9] where he made eight appearances.[10]

After Coventry's first league win of the 2011–12 season, a 2–0 home win against Derby County, Christie made it into the Championship Team of the Week.[citation needed] The following season, he was in the League One side of the week after putting a man of the match performance against Leyton Orient.[citation needed] The following game on 3 November, in the first round of the FA Cup, he scored his first goal in a 3–0 win against Arlesey Town and was praised by manager Mark Robins.[11] On 8 December he scored his first league goal in a 5–1 home win over Walsall.[12]

Derby County[edit]

On 10 July 2014, Christie signed a three-year contract at Championship club Derby County. He was out of contract at Coventry, but the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the player since he came through Coventry's academy and was under 23 years old.[13]

Christie made his debut against Rotherham United on 9 August, where he provided an assist for goalscorer Jeff Hendrick in a 1–0 home victory.[14] On 20 February 2016, he scored his first Rams goal in his 74th appearance, a 3–1 win at Brentford. His short-range strike with seven minutes remaining was his first club goal since March 2013 and ended an eight-game winless run at the start of the year.[15]

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 7 July 2017, Christie and Jonny Howson moved for undisclosed fees to newly relegated Championship club Middlesbrough.[16] He made his debut on 5 August as the season began with a 1–0 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers,[17] and scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw away to Fulham on 23 September.[18]

Fulham[edit]

On 31 January 2018, Christie joined Championship side Fulham for an undisclosed fee.[19] He made his debut for Fulham in a 1–1 draw at Bristol City on 21 February 2018.[20] He scored his first goal for Fulham in an EFL Cup tie against Millwall on 25 September 2018.[21]

International career[edit]

Born in England, Christie was eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland through his grandmother from Dublin.[22] In October 2014, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill reached out to Christie over representing the Republic of Ireland having been impressed with his performances for Derby at the beginning of the 2013–14 season following his move from Coventry.[23] On 10 November, Christie was called into the Ireland squad for a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Scotland, and a friendly against the United States.[24]

On 18 November 2014, Christie made his international debut for Ireland against the United States, in a 4–1 win at the Aviva Stadium, with O'Neill praising his performance.[25][26] He scored his first international goal on his next cap, a 4–0 away win over Gibraltar on 4 September 2015 which was his competitive debut in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[27] That 8 October, he played in a victory over world champions Germany in another qualifier, and was praised for his contributions.[28][29]

Christie scored an own goal on 14 November 2017 as the Irish lost 5–1 at home to Denmark in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off. He was subsequently the target of online racist abuse, which the Football Association of Ireland reported to the police.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 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
Coventry City 2010–11[31] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2011–12[32] Championship 37 0 1 0 1 0 39 0
2012–13[33] League One 31 2 2 1 1 0 5[a] 0 39 3
2013–14[34] League One 34 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 40 1
Total 102 3 8 1 4 0 5 0 119 4
Nuneaton Town (loan) 2010–11[8] Conference North 5 0 5 0
Hinckley United (loan) 2010–11[10] Conference North 8 0 8 0
Derby County 2014–15[35] Championship 38 0 0 0 4 0 42 0
2015–16[36] Championship 42 1 1 0 0 0 2[b] 0 45 1
2016–17[37] Championship 27 1 1 0 2 0 30 1
Total 107 2 2 0 6 0 2 0 117 2
Middlesbrough 2017–18[38] Championship 25 1 1 0 0 0 26 1
Fulham 2017–18[38] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 6 0
Career total 252 6 11 1 10 0 8 0 281 7
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 6 September 2018[39]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland 2014 1 0
2015 2 1
2016 3 0
2017 11 1
2018 1 0
Total 18 2

International goals[edit]

As of match played 14 November 2017. Republic of Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Christie goal.[39]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2015 Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal 2  Gibraltar 1–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
2 4 June 2017 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland 10  Uruguay 2–1 3–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Fulham

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Club retained and released lists published". English Football League. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Cyrus Christie". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline Publishing Group. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  4. ^ "Cyrus Christie". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ Dutton, Tom (12 June 2017). "Nephew Cyrus Christie 'heatbroken' after former British boxer Errol Christie dies aged 53". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Morecambe 2–0 Coventry City". Coventry City F.C. 10 August 2010. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Christie Joins Boro". Nuneaton Town F.C. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011 – via Pitchero.
  8. ^ a b Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 232–233. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1.
  9. ^ "Hinckley loan Christie". Hinckley United F.C. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  10. ^ a b Williams; Williams (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2012. pp. 220–221.
  11. ^ Crowley, Kieran (3 November 2012). "Robins lauds Christie effect". Coventry City F.C. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  12. ^ Poole, Alan (15 December 2012). "Cyrus Christie set for advanced role in trip to Doncaster". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Derby County Sign Coventry City's Cyrus Christie". Derby County F.C. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Derby 1 – 0 Rotherham". BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  15. ^ Watson, Chris (22 February 2016). "Derby County: Cyrus Christie targets more goals after opening Rams account at Brentford". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 15 June 2017.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie join Middlesbrough for undisclosed fees". BBC Sport. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  17. ^ MacInnes, Paul (5 August 2017). "Leo Bonatini pounces as Wolves beat Middlesbrough in battle of big spenders". The Observer. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Fulham 1–1 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Transfer Deals – January 2018". BBC Sport. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Bristol City 1–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Fulham ease past Millwall and introduce teenage prospect". belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Derby County: Rams defender Cyrus Christie receives first Republic of Ireland call-up". Derby Telegraph. 10 November 2014. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014.
  23. ^ "Derby defender Cyrus Christie on verge of Ireland call-up following talks with Martin O'Neill". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  24. ^ "David McGoldrick and Cyrus Christie named in Ireland squad to face Scotland". Goal.com. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  25. ^ McDonnell, Daniel (18 November 2014). "Ireland's new blood lifts the mood for happy O'Neill". Irish Independent. Ireland. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  26. ^ "Martin O'Neill praises 'brilliant' debutant Cyrus Christie". The Score.ie. 18 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014.
  27. ^ "Cyrus Christie marks competitive debut with first Republic of Ireland goal against Gibraltar". Sky Sports. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  28. ^ "Cyrus Christie savours scalp of world champions". RTÉ Sport. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  29. ^ "Cyrus Christie & Republic of Ireland beat Germany". Areté. 9 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  30. ^ "FAI report alleged racist abuse of Cyrus Christie to police". BBC Sport. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  31. ^ "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  32. ^ "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  33. ^ "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  34. ^ "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  35. ^ "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  36. ^ "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Cyrus Christie in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  39. ^ a b "Christie, Cyrus". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  40. ^ Cartwright, Phil (26 May 2018). "Aston Villa 0–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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