Jonathan Grounds

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Jonathan Grounds
Jonathan Grounds.jpg
Grounds in Birmingham City kit, 2016
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Martin Grounds[1]
Date of birth (1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Thornaby-on-Tees,[3] England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 3
Youth career
Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Middlesbrough 33 (1)
2008 Norwich City (loan) 5 (0)
2009 Norwich City (loan) 11 (3)
2010–2011 Hibernian (loan) 13 (0)
2011 Chesterfield (loan) 13 (0)
2012 Yeovil Town (loan) 14 (0)
2012–2014 Oldham Athletic 89 (3)
2014– Birmingham City 132 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:53, 7 May 2017 (UTC).

Jonathan Martin Grounds (born 27 February 1988) is an English footballer who plays for Birmingham City.

Grounds began his career with Middlesbrough, making 33 league appearances spread across five years. He also spent time on loan to Norwich City (two spells), Hibernian, Chesterfield and Yeovil Town. He left Middlesbrough in 2012 and signed for Oldham Athletic on a free transfer. After two seasons with Oldham, he signed for Birmingham City.

He plays primarily at left back, but can also play as a centre half.[3]

Career[edit]

Middlesbrough and loans[edit]

Grounds graduated from the Middlesbrough Academy system prior to the 2007–08 season. The club had considered releasing him, but instead gave him a one-year professional contract.[4] With regular left backs Andrew Taylor and Emanuel Pogatetz injured, he made his debut on 12 January 2008 in a 1–1 Premier League draw at home to Liverpool.[5][6] After impressing in several further appearances he was rewarded with a new two-year contract in March of that year.[4]

On 1 September 2008, Grounds joined Championship club Norwich City on loan for three months.[7] He was recalled by Middlesbrough after just 31 days and five appearances because of a player shortage at his parent club.[8] On 7 January 2009, Grounds rejoined Norwich, this time for two months.[9] During this stint at Norwich, manager Gordon Strachan asked him to play in central defence,[10] and he made a further 11 appearances for City, scoring 3 goals, before returning to Middlesbrough.[11]

In June 2010, Grounds extended his Boro contract for a further two years.[12] He made one League Cup appearance early in the 2010–11 season, then joined Scottish Premier League club Hibernian on loan until the end of January 2011.[13] He played 15 times for Hibernian,[14] and another 6 for Middlesbrough after his return, including a 4–3 defeat at home to Swansea City in which he scored a headed goal.[15]

Gould spent the first half of the 2011–12 season on loan to Football League One club Chesterfield,[16] and in February 2012, he and teammate Jonathan Franks joined League One side Yeovil Town on an initial month's loan,[17] which was later extended to the end of the season.[18]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Grounds playing for Oldham Athletic in 2012

Grounds left Middlesbrough when his contract expired at the end of the 2011–12 season. He turned down an offer of a permanent move to Yeovil,[19] before signing a two-year contract with League One club Oldham Athletic.[20] He was nearly ever-present over his two years with the club, making 106 appearances in all competitions and scoring 3 goals.[21] Although Oldham wanted to retain his services, he told them he intended to leave and had already had talks with other clubs.[22]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 2 June 2014, Grounds signed a two-year contract with Championship club Birmingham City, to take effect on 1 July after his Oldham contract expired.[23] He made his debut in the starting eleven for the opening-day defeat at Middlesbrough, and settled into the side as regular first choice at left back.[24] With Birmingham 2–0 down against West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup, Grounds steered Lloyd Dyer's low centre past the goalkeeper in first-half stoppage time for his first goal for the club; the game finished as a 2–1 defeat.[25] His first league goal for Birmingham, a header from a corner to draw level with Blackburn Rovers on 14 April 2015,[26] came three days after it should have done: against Wolverhampton Wanderers, his shot had crossed the line unnoticed by the officials, was pushed back into play, and returned into goal by Rob Kiernan.[27] He started every league match but one in the 2014–15 season, more than any other Birmingham outfielder.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2007–08[6] Premier League 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
2008–09[11] Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2009–10[29] Championship 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2010–11[30] Championship 6 1 1 0 7 0
2011–12[16] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 33 1 2 0 2 0 37 1
Norwich City (loan) 2008–09[11] Championship 16 3 16 3
Hibernian (loan) 2010–11[30] Scottish Premier League 13 0 1 0 1 1 15 1
Chesterfield (loan) 2011–12[16] League One 13 0 1 0 2[a] 0 16 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2011–12[16] League One 14 0 14 0
Oldham Athletic 2012–13[31] League One 44 1 6 0 1 0 1[a] 0 52 1
2013–14[21] League One 45 2 4 0 1 0 4[a] 0 54 2
Total 89 3 10 0 2 0 5 0 106 3
Birmingham City 2014–15[24] Championship 45 1 1 1 1 0 47 2
2015–16[32] Championship 45 1 1 0 2 0 48 1
2016–17[33] Championship 42 2 2 0 1 0 45 2
2017–18[34] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 132 4 4 1 4 0 140 5
Career total 311 10 18 1 9 1 7 0 344 13
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 40. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Birmingham City FC Player Profiles: Jonathan Grounds". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Smedley, Simon (4 October 2013). "Grounds in control anywhere". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Jonathan Earns New Deal". Middlesbrough F.C. 28 March 2008. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2008. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Graeme (16 January 2008). "Taylor blow for Boro". Sky Sports. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Norwich land Boro youngster". Sky Sports. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Grounds ends Canaries loan spell". BBC Sport. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Norwich secure Grounds loan deal". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  10. ^ Cuffley, David (28 February 2009). "It's Grounds for divorce for City defender". Pink Un. Norwich. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jonathan Grounds signs contract extension". Evening Gazette. Middlesbrough. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Scott (31 August 2010). "Boro defender joins Hibs on loan". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "Jonathan Grounds returns to Middlesbrough from Hibs". BBC Sport. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  15. ^ Vickers, Anthony (14 February 2011). "Boro 3 Swansea 4". Evening Gazette. Middlesbrough. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Yeovil sign Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks on loan". BBC Sport. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "This group of players can drag us out of a hole, says Johnson". Western Morning News. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Four set to make Glovers exit". Sky Sports. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Grounds lands with Latics". Sky Sports. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Oldham Athletic retained list". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jonathan Grounds: Birmingham City sign Oldham Athletic defender". BBC Sport. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  25. ^ Rae, Richard (24 January 2015). "West Brom end Birmingham Cup dream after Victor Anichebe's strikes". The Observer. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  26. ^ Dick, Brian (14 April 2015). "Updated: Birmingham City 2 Blackburn Rovers 2". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  27. ^ Rae, Richard (11 April 2015). "Birmingham's Demarai Gray's stunning winner dents Wolves playoff hopes". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  28. ^ "Birmingham 2014/15 Player Appearances". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Grounds in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 

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