Whitehead playing for Stoke City in 2010
|Full name||Dean Whitehead|
|Date of birth||12 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Abingdon, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Centre midfield, Right back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:45, 7 May 2016 (UTC).
Whitehead joined his local non-league club Abingdon Town before he signed for Football League side Oxford United in 1999. He impressed in the lower divisions and was signed by Championship side Sunderland in 2004. He won promotion in his first season with the Black Cats however, Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League with a record low points tally of 15. He was made captain by Roy Keane as Sunderland claimed an instant return to the top flight. After two more seasons in the north-east Whitehead joined Stoke City for a fee of £5 million in August 2009. He helped Stoke reach the 2011 FA Cup Final where Stoke finished runners-up to Manchester City. After spending four seasons with the Potters, Whitehead moved to Middlesbrough in July 2013.
Born in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Whitehead started his career with Abingdon Town's youth team, before joining the youth scheme of his local league club, Oxford United. He progressed through the ranks there making his professional debut in a 2–0 win over Luton Town in the Football League Trophy on 7 December 1999. Whitehead played in 23 games in 2000–01 as Oxford suffered relegation to the Third Division. He scored his first goal in the Football League against Rushden & Diamonds in August 2001. He was a regular in 2001–02 playing in 43 fixtures as Oxford had a poor season finishing in 21st position. He was restricted to 22 appearances in 2002–03 as Oxford missed out on a play-off place by a single point. In 2003–04 Whitehead reclaimed his place in the side and made 47 appearances scoring seven goals which included a brace against Bury. After playing for the club for five seasons, making 136 appearances for Oxford, scoring nine goals his contract expired and he turned down the offer of a new one from the club.
In June 2004 he signed for Sunderland on a free transfer. Sunderland were ordered to pay £150,000 to Oxford at an FA tribunal, to compensate for the time and money put into his development. Oxford would also receive 25% of any fee should Sunderland sell Whitehead. Whitehead quickly became a key member of the first team as Sunderland won the Championship in 2004–05, and was chosen as Players' Player of the Year by his team-mates at the end of the season.
Whitehead was given a new three-year contract during the 2005–06 season, in which he scored a swerving 30-yard free kick past then England goalkeeper Paul Robinson in a 3–2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. During the 2005–06 campaign he had resigned the captaincy to concentrate on his football but he deputised for the frequently injured Steven Caldwell and was appointed on a permanent basis after Caldwell was sold to Burnley. Sunderland were relegated to the Championship for the 2006–07 season, during which Whitehead was given the captain's armband for the second time. Reading made a bid of £1.2m for Whitehead which was rejected by Sunderland.
Whitehead and team-mate Liam Lawrence both signed new contracts in August 2006. Sunderland finished first in the Championship in 2006–07 thus gaining an instant return to the Premier League. Whitehead had a good season and was included in the PFA Team of the Year. He also came second in the club's player of the year vote. Whitehead was injured early on in their 2007–08 Premiership campaign. He sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in a match against Wigan Athletic, which kept him out for six months. He made his comeback from injury in November 2007. After Sunderland returned to the Premiership Whitehead found himself playing as a right back, although this was ended when manager Roy Keane signed right backs Phil Bardsley and Pascal Chimbonda for Sunderland, allowing Whitehead to move back into central midfield. He left Sunderland in August 2009 after making 200 appearances for the Black Cats.
Whitehead signed a four-year deal for Stoke City on 24 July 2009 for £5 million. Whitehead stated that Stoke's team spirit was the main reason for his move to the Britannia Stadium. He made his Stoke City debut on 15 August 2009 in a 2–0 win over Burnley. Whitehead made a slow start to his Stoke career with a number of anonymous performances; however, following a 0–0 draw with Blackburn Rovers he has since become an influential player for City and has earned praise from manager Tony Pulis. Whitehead scored his first goal for Stoke City when he converted winger Matthew Etherington's cross in the 86th minute in a 3–1 FA Cup 4th-round win over Arsenal on 24 January 2010. Whitehead was controversially sent off by Mike Dean against Tottenham Hotspur in March 2010 a decision which drew heavy criticism from Tony Pulis and Matthew Etherington.
His first Premier League goal for Stoke came against Birmingham City on 9 November 2010 with Whitehead scoring the winning goal in a 3–2 win. He scored his second league goal for Stoke away at Manchester United on 4 January 2010, becoming the first Stoke player to score at Old Trafford since 1980. Towards the end of the 2010–11 season Whitehead lost his place in the starting eleven to a resurgent Glenn Whelan, making a number of cameo appearances from the bench. One of which came in the 2011 FA Cup Final against Manchester City.
Whitehead made his 100th appearance for Stoke on 3 November 2011 in a UEFA Europa League match against Maccabi Tev Aviv, Whitehead scoring the first goal in a 2–1 victory. He played in ten of Stoke's twelve European fixtures in 2011–12 and ended the season having played in 47 matches in total. He made a bad start to the 2012–13 campaign as on the opening day of the season way at Reading he conceded a 90th-minute penalty and was sent off after picking up a second yellow card. He scored a rare goal in a 1–0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on 1 December 2012. He remained back-up to Glenn Whelan for the remainder of the season being used mainly as a substitute. He was released by Stoke at the end of the 2012–13 season after making 160 appearances for Stoke in four seasons with the club.
Whitehead joined Championship side Middlesbrough on 2 July 2013. Boro manager Tony Mowbray revealed that Whitehead's experience of gaining promotion from the Championship twice was the key reason in signing him. Whitehead played 38 times for Boro in 2013–14 as they finished in 12th position. Whitehead scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for the club in a 2-1 loss at Derby County. In 2014–15 Boro reached the 2015 Football League Championship play-off Final where they lost 2–0 to Norwich City. At the end of the season Whitehead left Boro after manager Aitor Karanka admitted he could not guarantee him game time.
In June 2015 following his release from Middlesbrough, Whitehead joined Championship rivals Huddersfield Town on a two-year contract. He made his début for the Terriers in the 2–0 defeat against Hull City at the KC Stadium on 8 August 2015.
- As of match played 7 May 2016
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Oxford United||1999–2000||Second Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Stoke City||2009–10||Premier League||36||0||4||1||0||0||—||40||1|
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