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 26)
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)
2011Portsmouth (loan) 4 (0)
2012Portsmouth (loan) 10 (0)
2012Peterborough United (loan) 7 (1)
2013–2014Watford (loan) 8 (0)
2014Derby County (loan) 9 (1)
2014– Derby County 57 (2)
2019Luton Town (loan) 3 (0)
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 15:28, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

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

Thorne joined League One club Luton Town on 7 January 2019 on loan until the end of 2018–19.[25]

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.[26] He made his England U16 debut, coming on in the 58th minute and making an assist for England.[27] 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.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 March 2019
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
West Bromwich Albion 2009–10[29] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[30] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[31] Premier League 3 0 1 0 2 0 6 0
2012–13[32] Premier League 5 0 2 0 2 0 9 0
2013–14[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10 0 3 0 4 0 17 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2011–12[31] Championship 14 0 14 0
Peterborough United (loan) 2012–13[32] Championship 7 1 7 1
Watford (loan) 2013–14[33] Championship 8 0 8 0
Derby County (loan) 2013–14[33] Championship 9 1 3[a] 1 12 2
Derby County 2014–15[34] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2015–16[35] Championship 34 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 36 3
2016–17[36] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[37] Championship 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
2018–19[38] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 66 3 2 1 2 0 3 1 73 5
Luton Town (loan) 2018–19[38] League One 3 0 3 0
Career total 108 4 5 1 6 0 3 1 122 6
  1. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

England U17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2016. 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". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror Midlands. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  17. ^ "George Thorne wants to keep West Brom place". Express & Star. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Hornets Sign Thorne". Watford F.C. 6 November 2013. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014.
  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". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  25. ^ Simmonds, Mike (7 January 2019). "Luton sign Rams midfielder Thorne on loan". Luton Today. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Thorne earns England call-up". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 23 October 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  27. ^ "Thorne's England debut delight". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 1 November 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  28. ^ "Baggies duo are Euro champs", West Bromwich Albion F.C., 1 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  29. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  31. ^ a b "Games played by George Thorne in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by George Thorne in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  33. ^ a b c "Games played by George Thorne in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  34. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  35. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  36. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  37. ^ "Games played by George Thorne in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  38. ^ a b "Games played by George Thorne in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 May 2019.

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