Jack Hobbs (footballer)
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Hobbs playing for Leicester City in 2010
|Full name||Jack Hobbs|
|Date of birth||18 August 1988|
|Place of birth||Portsmouth, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2008||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||9||(1)|
|2008–2009||→ Leicester City (loan)||44||(1)|
|2011||→ Hull City (loan)||13||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||25||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:42, 2 September 2015 (UTC).
Hobbs was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, He progressed through the youth set-up and, at the age of 14, scored his first goal in his fourth appearance for the Lincoln City U19 side in a 1–1 draw with Bradford City U19 on 22 March 2003. In March 2004 he accepted a three-year scholarship with the Imps, commencing at the start of the 2004–05 season. He made his league debut on 15 August 2005 against Bristol Rovers, coming as a substitute for Matthew Bloomer. At 16 years and 149 days, he became the youngest ever debutant for the club.
At the end of the season, Hobbs was linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal. However the deal fell through because of the club demanding the removal of a sell-on clause from the transfer deal. Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers also expressed their desire to sign the defender. He finally signed for Liverpool on his 17th birthday in 18 August 2005. About the transfer he commented that he was "pinching himself and it is a real opportunity for" him to represent the club. He made his debut for the reserves in a 2–3 defeat at the hands of Everton. Praising his performance, coach Hughie McAuley said that he played "very well". He was also a part of the reserve squad which won the 2006 FA Youth Cup by defeating Manchester City 3–2 in the final. In a friendly match against German club 1.FC Kaiserslautern in June 2006, Hobbs did an "error", which allowed Ricardo Villar to score past goalie Jerzy Dudek. Hobbs was deployed in the back alongside Gabriel Paletta in the following friendly against Grasshopper Club Zurich. Liverpool Echo wrote that he "made a spirited recovery" and was "blameless on this occasion".
Hobbs made his debut against Reading in the Football League Cup on 25 September 2007, coming as a substitute in the 4–3 win. Hobbs later made his first full debut with Liverpool against Cardiff City in the League Cup on 31 October 2007, playing all 90 minutes and gaining praise from pundits and teammates for his composed performance. His first appearance in the Premier League came when he replaced Jamie Carragher after 51 minutes in the 4–0 win against Bolton on 2 December 2007. On 8 December he made his first League start in place of Sami Hyypiä against Reading in which Liverpool lost the game three goals to one. He joined Football League Championship side Scunthorpe United on 24 January 2008 on a season-long loan deal. He scored his first senior goal on 15 February against Stoke City. The following season he was unable to gain a first team place as Liverpool's central defence was well covered.
Looking to gain first team experience, Hobbs joined League One side Leicester City on another season-long loan. He scored his first goal (his second in his career) for Leicester in a 4–2 home win over Huddersfield Town on 24 January 2009. Hobbs proved an imposing presence in defence, helping Leicester secure their promotion as league champions.
Alongside Leicester's League One title, Hobbs was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year and was voted Leicester City supporters club young player of the season for the 2008–09 season. A day later Leicester signed Hobbs on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee on 24 April 2009, signing a four-year contract after a successful season with the club. His overall performance in the 2009–10 season earned him the club's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year (shared with teammate Andy King) awards on 27 April 2010.
Loan to Hull City
Hobbs joined Championship rivals Hull City on 15 February 2011 on loan until the end of the season, to play first team football after the arrival of several new defenders. Hobbs made his debut on 22 February 2011 after coming on as a substitute for Matty Fryatt in the away match against Derby County.
At the end of the 2010–11 season Hull City negotiated a permanent deal with Leicester City for Hobbs and he signed a three-year deal with Hull City on 30 June 2011 for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £800,000. He made his debut in the first game of the season on 5 August 2011 at the KC Stadium in the 0–1 defeat to Blackpool, where he was also made captain. He has since formed a strong centre-back partnership with James Chester. Hobbs opened the scoring in the 3–0 win against Bristol City on 11 February 2012 at the KC Stadium with his first goal for the club. On 31 March 2012, during a match against Coventry City, Hobbs suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury which at the time was set to keep him out of action for up to eight months.
Hobbs returned for Hull City on 8 December 2012 against Watford at Vicarage Road. He came on as a 29th-minute substitute for Paul McShane and helped The Tigers to a 2–1 victory.
On 16 July 2013 Hobbs signed for Nottingham Forest in a deal seeing the defender move on loan for the season with an option for a 2-year contract after this. He made his debut in a 1–0 win against Huddersfield Town. Hobbs scored his first Forest goal against Derby County on 28 September 2013. Hobbs was recalled by Hull City on 24 January 2014 to cover for an injury to James Chester. On transfer deadline day, 31 January, Hobbs signed a four-and-half-year deal with Forest for an undisclosed fee.
On 18 March 2010, it was announced that England U21 manager Stuart Pearce was looking to give him a call to the squad. He has been described by him and his coaches as a fantastic young prospect, who will be capable of Premier League Football in the future.
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- As of 29 August 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Lincoln City||2004–05||League Two||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Scunthorpe United (loan)||2007–08||Championship||9||1||0||0||0||0||–||9||1|
|Leicester City (loan)||2008–09||League One||44||1||2||0||1||0||2||0||49||1|
|Hull City (loan)||2010–11||Championship||13||0||0||0||0||0||–||13||0|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2013–14||Championship||25||1||1||0||1||0||–||27||1|
- Leicester City
- Football League One Team of the Year: 2008–09
- Leicester City Fan's Player of the Year: 2009–10
- Leicester City Players' Player of the Year: 2009–10
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 9781845966010.
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- "Hull 0–1 Blackpool". BBC Sport (BBC). 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- "Hull V Bristol City". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- "Jack Hobbs knee injury adds to Hull City's worries". BBC Sport (BBC). 2 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- "Hobbs Set For Long Spell Out". The Tigers Official Website (Hull City A.F.C.). 5 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "Jack Hobbs on Board". Nottingham Forest F.C. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Nottingham Forest 1 Huddersfield Town 0". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "Nottingham Forest 1–0 Derby County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "Jack Hobbs: Hull City recall Nottingham Forest's loan defender". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Transfer Deadline Day: Jack Hobbs joins Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport (BBC). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Jack Hobbs,Leicester City,defender,England,Nigel Pearson,Stuart Pearce - Leicester Mercury". Leicester Mercury.
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- Jack Hobbs profile at Hull City A.F.C.
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- Lincoln City F.C. Official Archive Profile
- LFChistory.net player profile
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|Leicester City Players' Player of the Season