David Templeton

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David Templeton
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Templeton playing for Rangers in 2015
Personal information
Full name David Cooper Templeton[1]
Date of birth (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Hamilton Academical
Number 37
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Stenhousemuir 30 (11)
2007–2012 Heart of Midlothian 81 (11)
2008 Raith Rovers (loan) 15 (4)
2012–2016 Rangers 67 (21)
2017– Hamilton Academical 0 (0)
National team
2007 Scotland U19 2 (0)
2010 Scotland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2015.

David Cooper Templeton (born 7 January 1989) is a Scottish footballer, who is currently playing as a winger for Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical.

Templeton previously played for Stenhousemuir, Raith Rovers, Heart of Midlothian and Rangers. He represented Scotland at the under-19 and under-21 levels.

Club career[edit]

Stenhousemuir[edit]

Templeton started his senior career with Third Division side Stenhousemuir in 2005. He made 36 first team appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals all of which were in league fixtures.

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

He signed for Heart of Midlothian in January 2007.[2] During the second half of the 2007–08 season he was loaned out to Second Division side Raith Rovers.[3] Templeton made his first team debut as a substitute against Aberdeen in a goalless draw at Pittodrie. His first start came against Celtic at Parkhead on the final day of the 2008–09 season. Templeton then spent a period out of action due to foot injuries.[4] He made his first appearance of the 2009–10 season on 20 December 2009 against Celtic, setting up the winning goal in a 2–1 victory, crossing the ball for Ismael Bouzid to score.[5] On 21 February 2010, Templeton scored his first goal for Hearts, the second in a 2–0 defeat of Hamilton Academical. Since then, Templeton has frequently found himself on the scoresheet, scoring a number of memorable efforts, none more so than a spectacular dribble and finish in the first Edinburgh derby of the 2010–11 season.

Templeton received high praise from Terry Butcher after Hearts 1–1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[6] Templeton was also nominated for PFA Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season. He also won the Hearts Fans Player of the year.[7] Templeton's final goal for Hearts came in the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League play-off round second leg against Liverpool at Anfield on 28 August 2012.

Rangers[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Templeton signed a four-year contract for the then Third Division club Rangers for an undisclosed fee (reported to be approximately £700,000).[8] His first game for Rangers ended in a 5–1 victory against Elgin City with Templeton scoring two goals.[9] Templeton went on to score 15 goals in his first season at Rangers. In May 2016, Templeton was released after reaching the end of his contract, which had not been renewed after he made only three appearances in his final season with Rangers.[10]

Templeton spent the rest of 2016 without a club. He turned down a move to newly promoted Scottish League Two side Edinburgh City in November,[11] trained with Dundee United in February 2017[12] and had a trial spell with Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[13]

Hamilton Academical[edit]

On 24 March 2017, Templeton signed for Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical on a deal until the end of the season.[13][14]

International career[edit]

Templeton has made two appearances each for Scotland at under-19 level and under-21 level.

Personal life[edit]

His father, ex-professional footballer Henry Templeton, who at the time of David's birth was playing for ex-Scotland manager, Ally MacLeod, at Ayr United. Henry's hero was Rangers and Scotland winger Davie Cooper and named his son after his hero. Henry was a small, skilful, tricky attacking player.[15]

In an interview in 2010 with The Scotsman, Templeton said of his childhood, "My dad left and I went to my mum's side who were all Celtic fans so I ended up following them. I got a bit of stick when I was younger but I obviously don't bother about the Old Firm any more."[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 May 2016[17]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stenhousemuir 2005–06 Scottish Third Division 17 8 1 0 0 0 2 0 20 8
2006–07 Scottish Third Division 13 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 16 3
Total 30 11 2 0 2 0 2 0 36 11
Heart of Midlothian 2008–09 Scottish Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2009–10 Scottish Premier League 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
2010–11 Scottish Premier League 33 7 1 0 2 0 36 7
2011–12 Scottish Premier League 27 1 3 1 1 0 4 0 35 2
2012–13 Scottish Premier League 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 2
Total 78 11 5 1 3 0 6 1 95 13
Raith Rovers (loan) 2007–08 Scottish Second Division 15 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 4
Rangers 2012–13 Scottish Third Division 24 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 26 15
2013–14 Scottish League One 20 3 4 3 1 0 4 1 29 7
2014–15 Scottish Championship 22 3 0 0 2 0 4 0 28 3
2015–16 Scottish Championship 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 1
Total 67 21 6 3 4 1 9 1 86 26
Hamilton Academical 2016–17 Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0
Career total 194 47 14 4 9 1 6 1 12 1 235 54

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rangers

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2005.06. Cre8 Publishing. 2005. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-9548556-1-1. 
  2. ^ "Hearts agree deal for Templeton". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "Templeton moves to Kirkcaldy". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Further injury woes for Templeton". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hearts 2–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Jefferies feels Inverness were lucky". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 December 2010. 
  7. ^ JJ wants £15m for starlet, TeamTalk, 20 December 2010.
  8. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (1 September 2012). "Rangers beat deadline to sign Hearts winger David Templeton". BBC. BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Campbell, Andy (2 September 2012). "Rangers 5–1 Elgin". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  10. ^ "Rangers: Nicky Clark, Nicky Law and David Templeton leave club". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "David Templeton turns down Edinburgh City move". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. 2 November 2016. 
  12. ^ Duthie, Tom. "Former Rangers striker David Templeton could be offered Dundee United deal next season - Evening Telegraph". Evening Telegraph. Dundee. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Hamilton Academical: Winger David Templeton pens short term deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Former Rangers winger David Templeton signs for Hamilton Accies on short-term deal". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 24 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "My boy was named after Coop". The Scottish Sun. News UK. 
  16. ^ "Interview: David Cooper Templeton, Hearts winger". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. 
  17. ^ "Soccerway Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  18. ^ Wilson, Richard (12 March 2014). "Rangers 3-0 Airdrieonians". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  19. ^ "Rangers celebrate Scottish Third Division title win". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "November 2010 award". Archived from the original on 17 January 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "December 2010 award". Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

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