George Thorne (footballer)

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George Thorne
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Personal information
Full name George Louis Elliot Thorne[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-04) 4 January 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Chatham, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Derby County
Number 34
Youth career
2004–2009 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 West Bromwich Albion 10 (0)
2011–2012 Portsmouth (loan) 14 (0)
2012 Peterborough United (loan) 7 (1)
2013–2014 Watford (loan) 8 (0)
2014 Derby County (loan) 12 (1)
2014– Derby County 33 (2)
National team
2009 England U16 2 (0)
2009–2010 England U17 13 (0)
2011 England U18 1 (0)
2010–2012 England U19 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:47, 3 January 2016 (UTC).

George Louis Elliot Thorne (born 4 January 1993)[3] is an English professional footballer as a midfielder who plays for Derby County.

Club career[edit]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Born in Chatham, Thorne joined West Bromwich Albion's Academy in 2005, having been one of the many talented youngsters who were left without a club when Cambridge United's youth scheme closed. He made his debut in a 4–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 2009–10, coming off the bench for Simon Cox.[4] At 16 years, 328 days, this made him the youngest player to represent Albion in a senior competitive match since Bobby Hope in April 1960.[5] In January 2010, Thorne signed his first professional contract with Albion, doing so prior to the club's home game with Nottingham Forest.[6]

Portsmouth (loan)[edit]

On 24 November 2011, Thorne joined Championship team Portsmouth on loan until 2 January 2012, alongside Joe Mattock.[7] He made his début two days later, starting in a 1–1 draw against Leicester City at Fratton Park.[8] On 20 December 2011, he was recalled along with two other players also on loan at other clubs due to an injury crisis.[9] On 18 February 2012, he rejoined Portsmouth on loan.[10] He made his second debut in a 2–0 defeat against Barnsley the same day.[11] On 30 March, he suffered an ankle injury in the game against Burnley, being ruled out for the rest of the season, and returning to West Brom.[12]

Peterborough United (loan)[edit]

On 21 November 2012, he joined Peterborough United on loan until January.[13] He made his debut three days later, helping Peterborough secure a 1–1 draw away to Ipswich Town.[14] He scored his first goal on 22 December in a 5–4 win against Bolton Wanderers.[15]

Return to West Brom[edit]

On 28 December 2012, West Brom manager Steve Clarke recalled Thorne from Peterborough.[16] Two days later, Thorne started in central midfield in a Premier League clash with Manchester United.[17]

Watford (loan)[edit]

On 6 November 2013, Thorne went out on loan to Watford until 2 January 2014.[18]

Derby County (loan)[edit]

On 30 January 2014, Thorne went out on loan to Derby County for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[19] Thorne's first appearance for Derby County came in their 5–0 win against rivals Nottingham Forest in March 2014.[20] He scored his first goal for Derby against Doncaster on 18 April 2014.[21] He played his final game of the loan spell for the Rams in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley, where his side lost 1–0 to QPR.[22]

Derby County[edit]

On 18 July 2014, Derby County agreed a fee with West Bromwich Albion for Thorne.[23] The following day, after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, Thorne joined Derby on a four-year contract. It is predicted the fee was between £2.6 million and £3.2 million.

On 22 July 2014, Thorne suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during a friendly match against Zenit Saint Petersburg and was ruled out of football for up to nine months.[24]

International career[edit]

Thorne was called up to England Under-16 on 23 October 2008 for the Victory Shield, in which England had to face Wales U16.[25] He made his England U16 debut, coming on in the 58th minute and making an assist for England.[26] In May 2010, Thorne helped the under-17 team win their first ever European Championship, coming off the bench in the final as England triumphed 2–1 over Spain.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 April 2016.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2009–10[28] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[29] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[30] Premier League 3 0 1 0 2 0 6 0
2012–13[31] Premier League 5 0 2 0 2 0 9 0
2013–14[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10 0 3 0 4 0 17 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2011–12[30] Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Peterborough United (loan) 2012–13[31] Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Watford (loan) 2013–14[32] Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Derby County (loan) 2013–14[32] Championship 12 1 0 0 0 0 3[a] 1 12 2
Derby County 2014–15[33] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Derby County 2015–16[34] Championship 30 2 1 1 1 0 8 0
Career total 84 4 4 1 5 0 3 1 70 3
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

England U17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 21. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "BBC Sport, Football, Squad Profiles, George Thorne". BBC. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Academy Player Profiles 2009/10". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 23 November 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sheff Wed 0–4 West Brom". BBC Sport. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Boss gives Thorne early Christmas gift – update". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Thorne set to go pro". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 8 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Appleton makes his mark on Blues; Portsmouth.co.uk, 25 November 2011
  8. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Leicester" BBC Sport. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Depleted West Bromwich Albion recall three". BBC Sport. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Thorne rejoins Pompey on loan" Sky Sports. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Barnsley 2–0 Portsmouth" BBC Sport. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  12. ^ Thorne Returns To West Brom Archived 8 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; Portsmouth F.C., 5 April 2012
  13. ^ "George Thorne joins Peterborough on loan from West Brom until January" Sky Sports. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Ipswich 1–1 Peterborough" BBC Sport. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Peterborough 5–4 Bolton" BBC Sport. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  16. ^ "Baggies bring back George Thorne". http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/. Trinity Mirror Midlands. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ "George Thorne wants to keep West Brom place". http://www.expressandstar.com/. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  18. ^ "Hornets Sign Thorne". www.watfordfc.com. 6 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Derby Land Midfielder Thorne". Derby County FC. 30 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "George Thorne's Derby County debut is worth the wait". Derby County FC. 18 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Half-time: George Thorne gives Derby County 1–0 lead at Doncaster Rovers". Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Queens Park Rangers 1 Derby County 0, Championship play-off final: match report". Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Derby County Agree A Fee With West Bromwich Albion For George Thorne". Derby County Official Website. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "George Thorne: Derby midfielder out for up to nine months". http://www.bbc.co.uk/. BBC. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  25. ^ "Thorne earns England call-up". wba.co.uk. 23 October 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  26. ^ "Thorne's England debut delight". wba.co.uk. 1 November 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  27. ^ "Baggies duo are Euro champs", wba.co.uk, 1 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  28. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by George Thorne in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  31. ^ a b "Games played by George Thorne in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  32. ^ a b c "Games played by George Thorne in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2015/2016". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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