Ian Armstrong (footballer)

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Ian Armstrong
Personal information
Full name Ian Armstrong[1]
Date of birth (1981-11-16) 16 November 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Kirkby, England[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2000–2001 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Port Vale 88 (14)
National team
1997–1998 England U16 4 (0)
1999 England U18 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Armstrong (born 16 November 1981) is an English former footballer who played mainly as a winger or an attacking midfielder. He played 101 league and cup games for Port Vale between 2002 and 2005, before injury forced his early retirement, at the age of 23. He also represented England at under-16 and under-18 levels.

Playing career[edit]

After coming through the ranks of the Liverpool academy, he signed for Port Vale in summer 2001.[3][4] He made his Second Division debut at Vale Park under Brian Horton, in a 4–2 win over Notts County on 11 August 2001. He scored his first goal on 5 October, in a 5–0 win over Cambridge United. He made a total of 34 appearances in his maiden season with the "Valiants", scoring five goals.

He scored eight goals in 34 games in the 2002–03 campaign, including a brace in a 5–1 over Huddersfield Town on 26 April. However a series of injuries dogged his career from the very start,[5] severely reduced his impact in 2003–04, and he was limited to 22 appearances. Injuries continued in the 2004–05 season, though he did find the net three times in his eight League One appearances. His injuries ultimately led to his retirement in 2005, at the age of 23,[6] following an unsuccessful trial with Brian Horton at Macclesfield Town.[7]

Statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 2001–02[8] Second Division 31 3 1 0 0 0 2[a] 2[a] 34 5
2002–03[9] Second Division 29 7 1 0 1 0 3[a] 1[a] 34 8
2003–04[10] Second Division 20 1 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 22 1
2004–05[11] League One 8 3 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 11 3
Total 88 14 4 0 2 0 7 3 101 17
Career total 88 14 4 0 2 0 7 3 101 17
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearance/s and goal/s in the EFL Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 27. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ "Profile". port-vale.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool primed for title assault". BBC Sport. 13 August 2001. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vale Sign Liverpool Youngster". port-vale.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Double boost for Horton". BBC Sport. 11 December 2001. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Vale boss Foyle releases quintet". BBC Sport. 9 May 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Chronnell, Liam (20 July 2005). "Silkmen rocked by Parkin blow". Macclesfield Express. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Games played by Ian Armstrong in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Games played by Ian Armstrong in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Ian Armstrong in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Games played by Ian Armstrong in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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