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Jon Parkin
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Parkin playing for Forest Green Rovers in 2016
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Parkin[1]
Date of birth (1981-12-30) 30 December 1981 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Newport County
Number 9
Youth career
0000–1998 Barnsley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Barnsley 10 (0)
2001–2002 Hartlepool United (loan) 1 (0)
2002 York City (loan) 5 (1)
2002–2004 York City 69 (13)
2004–2006 Macclesfield Town 65 (30)
2006–2007 Hull City 47 (11)
2007 Stoke City (loan) 6 (3)
2007–2008 Stoke City 29 (2)
2008 Preston North End (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2011 Preston North End 100 (28)
2011–2012 Cardiff City 11 (1)
2011 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2011–2012 Huddersfield Town (loan) 3 (0)
2012 Scunthorpe United (loan) 14 (6)
2012–2014 Fleetwood Town 53 (17)
2014–2016 Forest Green Rovers 84 (38)
2016– Newport County 3 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:56, 27 August 2016 (UTC).


Jonathan "Jon" Parkin (born 30 December 1981) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for League Two club Newport County.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire,[1] Parkin progressed through the youth system of his hometown club Barnsley as a defender.[citation needed] He made his first-team debut at the age of 17 against Hartlepool United.[citation needed] But after only 13 games for Barnsley, he moved to Hartlepool on loan before making a permanent move to Terry Dolan's York City.[citation needed]

Macclesfield Town[edit]

Parkin scored 15 goals in 87 appearances for York, despite sometimes playing in a central defensive role.[citation needed] After nearly two years with the club, he moved to Macclesfield Town in February 2004, after York told him they would not be able to offer him the same pay deal for the 2004–05 season.[2] In the 2004–05 season, he scored 26 goals in all competitions for the team, which was a new club record.[citation needed] By this time he was playing solely as a forward.[citation needed]

Hull City[edit]

At the start of the 2005–06 season, Parkin had an injury to his knee which stopped him from playing until October 2005.[citation needed] Macclesfield confirmed they had rejected two bids for Parkin by 5 January 2006,[3] but Championship side Hull City eventually signed him for an undisclosed fee on an 18-month contract on 12 January.[4] He marked his debut with a goal against Crystal Palace, in a match that Hull were defeated 2–1.[5] He finished the 2005–06 season with five goals in 18 games for Hull.[6] This, along with his towering position upfront, helped Hull City stay clear of the relegation zone, finishing in 18th place and avoiding relegation by 10 points.[citation needed] In the opening month of the 2006–07 season, he was the only Hull City player to score in the league, with three goals in their first five games.[citation needed]

Stoke City[edit]

Parkin was loaned out to Stoke City for the remainder of the 2006–07 season in March 2007.[7] He made his debut in a 2–1 victory over Southampton.[8] He was recalled by Hull on 10 April 2007 after making six appearances and scoring three goals for Stoke.[9][10] On 20 June 2007, Parkin signed for Stoke permanently for an initial fee of £275,000, which could have risen to £450,000, depending on his and Stoke's success.[11]

Preston North End[edit]

He joined Preston North End on an emergency loan on 30 August 2008, which would be turned into a permanent three-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 1 September.[12] He made his debut on the day he joined the club as the side beat Charlton Athletic 2–1.[13] His first goal came after heading in a Ross Wallace cross against Doncaster Rovers in the 82nd minute on 9 December, which sealed a 1–0 victory.[14] He followed this up with the winner against second-place Birmingham City, after Wallace set him up to score from six yards out.[15] He also went on to score in the Boxing Day win over Derby County following another cross from Wallace.[16] He scored Preston's first goal in a 2–1 victory over Queens Park Rangers with a 37th-minute goal, which saw Preston secure their place in the 2008–09 Championship play-offs.[17] On 2 January 2010, Parkin scored his first FA Cup hat-trick for Preston in their 7–0 win over Colchester United.[citation needed] On 28 September, Parkin scored his second hat-trick for the club, and his first at Championship level, in a 6–4 win at Leeds United.[citation needed]

Cardiff City[edit]

Parkin playing for Cardiff City in 2011

On 1 January 2011, Parkin signed for Welsh team Cardiff City on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[18] He missed three matches due to injury but scored on his debut with a volley against Norwich City in a match that ended 1–1.[19] After Jay Bothroyd's return to the side, Parkin was relegated to the bench for the majority of the remaining season.[citation needed] His next start came against Stoke City at Cardiff City Stadium on 18 January 2011 but he failed to make an impact.[citation needed]

Parkin managed to find himself on the bench at the start of the 2011–12 season, making his first appearance against Oxford United in the first round of the League Cup on 10 August 2011 and scored his first goal of the campaign in the second round against Huddersfield Town.[20] Parkin arrived at Coventry City for a medical and to discuss personal terms.[21] However, the move fell through on deadline day after Parkin was reported to have failed his medical at the club.[citation needed] There were also reports suggesting that the Sky Blues' were unwilling to meet his £9,000 per week wage demands, with Parkin refusing to take a pay-cut despite being told by Cardiff manager Malky Mackay that he was surplus to requirements at Cardiff.[citation needed] He was then made available for loan.[22]

Parkin joined Championship rivals Doncaster Rovers on loan on 21 September 2011.[23] He made his debut on 24 September, in Doncaster's first victory of the season against Crystal Palace.[24] Parkin returned to Cardiff on 24 October, after five appearances.[25] Doncaster twice tried to extend his loan deal, but Cardiff rejected the bids.[26][27] Instead, Parkin joined League One club Huddersfield Town on loan,[28] making his debut on 28 November against Charlton Athletic.[29] He returned to Cardiff on 23 January 2012 after making three appearances for Huddersfield and eight days later he joined Scunthorpe United, again on loan.[30] He made his debut on 14 February 2012 against Rochdale and scored his first goal in a 3–1 win over Leyton Orient four days later.[citation needed] His loan was extended until the end of the season in March 2012.[31] Parkin mutually agreed to terminate his contract with Cardiff on 7 June 2012, becoming a free agent.[32]

Fleetwood Town[edit]

Parkin moved to League Two team Fleetwood Town on a free transfer on 13 June 2012.[33] He made his first appearance for the club in a League Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest on 13 August 2012.[34] His first league appearance came on the opening day of the 2012–13 Football League season on 18 August 2012 in a home goalless draw against Torquay United.[35]

He scored his first goals for Fleetwood with a hat-trick in a 4–0 away victory over Morecambe on 8 September 2012.[36] He scored one other hat-trick that season in a 3–0 away success against Accrington Stanley on 12 March 2013.[37]

He signed a new one-year contract to stay at Fleetwood for the 2013–14 season.[38] He helped the club to the League Two play-offs.[citation needed] A win at Wembley Stadium against Burton Albion in the 2014 League Two play-off Final on 26 May 2014 secured promotion into League One.[39] Despite having helped Fleetwood to promotion, he was let go by the club in June 2014.[40][41]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 21 July 2014, Parkin signed a one-year contract with Conference Premier club Forest Green Rovers.[42] He made his debut for the club on 9 August 2014, starting and playing 75 minutes in a 1–0 away win at Southport.[43] He then scored his first goal for the club three days later with a second half strike in a 2–1 win over Chester.[44]

Parkin scored his first hat-trick for Forest Green in an FA Trophy first round replay win against Didcot Town on 16 December 2014.[45] And he then scored twice on 1 January 2015 in a New Year's Day 4–2 away win over Kidderminster Harriers.[46] He followed that brace with another three days later on 4 January 2015 in a 4–1 win over Welling United.[47]

On 6 February 2015, he was named the Conference Premier January Player of the Month after he scored seven times in just four games in the first month of 2015.[48] On 6 April 2015, he scored twice in a 4–1 away win over Chester.[49] Five days later, on 11 April 2015, he scored with a shot from the halfway line against his former club Macclesfield Town in a 3–1 win.[50][51]

On 18 April 2015, he scored twice in a 4–2 away win over Gateshead which saw him reach the 30 goal mark in all competitions for the season.[52] He was a part of the Forest Green side who reached the Conference Premier play-offs for the first time at the end of the 2014–15 season, however a 3–0 aggregate victory saw Bristol Rovers progress to the play-off final.[53] In June 2015, he was named in the Conference Premier Team of the Year for the 2014–15 season.[54]

On 8 August 2015, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win over Altrincham on the opening day of the 2015–16 National League season.[55] His goal in a 1–0 victory over Braintree Town on 23 January 2016 saw him become Forest Green's fourth highest goal scorer of all time at National League level.[56] He was a part of the Forest Green side that reached the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on 15 May 2016, coming on as a substitute at half time in a 3–1 loss to Grimsby Town that denied the club promotion to the Football League.[57]

On 6 July 2016, it was announced that Parkin and Forest Green had come to an agreement to terminate his contract by mutual consent.[58]

Newport County[edit]

Parkin signed a one-year contract with League Two club Newport County on 17 July 2016.[59] Parkin made his debut for Newport on 16 August 2016 in the League Two match versus Luton Town as a second half substitute. [60] He scored his first goal for Newport County on 27 August 2016 in the 2-2 draw against Hartlepool United.[61]

Style of play[edit]

Parkin has been referred to as "The Beast" and fans have chanted "Feed The Beast and he will score".[62]

Career statistics[edit]

Parkin playing for Cardiff City in 2011
As of match played 15 May 2016
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
Barnsley 1998–99[63] First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1999–2000[64] First Division 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01[65] First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2001–02[66] First Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 10 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
Hartlepool United (loan) 2001–02[66] Third Division 1 0 1 0
York City 2001–02[67] Third Division 18 2 18 2
2002–03[68] Third Division 41 10 2 0 0 0 1[a] 1 44 11
2003–04[69] Third Division 15 2 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 16 2
Total 74 14 2 0 0 0 2 1 78 15
Macclesfield Town 2003–04[70] Third Division 12 1 12 1
2004–05[71] League Two 42 22 3 1 1 1 5[b] 2 51 26
2005–06[6] League Two 11 7 2 0 0 0 2[a] 2 15 9
Total 65 30 5 1 1 1 7 4 78 36
Hull City 2005–06[6] Championship 18 5 18 5
2006–07[10] Championship 29 6 2 1 3 0 34 7
Total 47 11 2 1 3 0 52 12
Stoke City (loan) 2006–07[10] Championship 6 3 6 3
Stoke City 2007–08[72] Championship 29 2 2 0 1 0 32 2
2008–09[73] Premier League 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 35 5 2 0 2 1 39 6
Preston North End 2008–09[73] Championship 39 11 1 0 2[c] 0 42 11
2009–10[74] Championship 43 10 2 3 1 0 46 13
2010–11[75] Championship 19 7 1 0 20 7
Total 101 28 3 3 2 0 2 0 108 31
Cardiff City 2010–11[75] Championship 11 1 1 0 1[c] 0 13 1
2011–12[20] Championship 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Total 11 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 15 2
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2011–12[20] Championship 5 0 5 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2011–12[20] League One 3 0 3 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2011–12[20] League One 14 6 14 6
Fleetwood Town 2012–13[76] League Two 22 10 1 2 1 0 0 0 24 12
2013–14[77] League Two 31 7 2 1 0 0 5[a] 2 38 10
Total 53 17 3 3 1 0 5 2 62 22
Forest Green Rovers 2014–15[52] Conference Premier 45 25 2 1 5[d] 4 52 30
2015–16[52] National League 39 13 2 0 3[e] 0 44 13
Total 84 38 4 1 8 4 96 43
Newport County 2016–17[78] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 503 150 23 9 13 3 25 11 564 173
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Three appearances and two goals in Football League Trophy, two appearances in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Championship play-offs
  4. ^ Three appearances and four goals in FA Trophy, two appearances in Conference Premier play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in National League play-offs

Honours[edit]

Fleetwood Town

Individual

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