Jordan Spence

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Jordan Spence
Jordan Spence (cropped).jpg
Spence with MK Dons
Personal information
Full name Jordan James Spence[1]
Date of birth (1990-05-24) 24 May 1990 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Woodford, London, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004–2007 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 West Ham United 7 (0)
2008–2009 Leyton Orient (loan) 20 (0)
2009 Scunthorpe United (loan) 9 (0)
2011 Bristol City (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2012 Bristol City (loan) 10 (0)
2013 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)
2013–2014 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 10 (1)
2014 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 19 (1)
2014–2016 Milton Keynes Dons 71 (0)
National team
2004–2006 England U16 8 (0)
2005–2007 England U17 30 (2)
2007–2008 England U18 2 (0)
2007–2009 England U19 9 (0)
2011 England U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:26, 12 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:59, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Jordan James Spence (born 24 May 1990) is an English footballer. Predominantly as a right-back, Spence can also operate as a centre-back. He has represented and captained England at various youth levels.

Club career[edit]

West Ham United and loans[edit]

Spence making his West Ham debut, May 2010

Spence joined West Ham United in 2004. In April 2006 he signed a contract as a full-time youth team academy player for season 2006–07 and made his reserve team debut that same month.[3] He has captained the England national team every youth level.[4]

On 9 May 2010, Spence made his first team debut for West Ham, coming on the 86th minute for Alessandro Diamanti, in a 1–1 home draw against Manchester City[5] with Spence making his first start for West Ham on 15 May 2011 in a 3–2 away defeat to Wigan Athletic, a game which saw West Ham relegated.[6] After their relegation, Spence signed a new contract with the club, keeping him until 2014.[7]

In the 2012-13 season, Spence appeared in the club's first team on seven occasions, though he spent most of the season, playing in the club's reserve team. Spence made his first appearance of the season, in the second round of League Cup, in a 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on 28 August 2012[8] and then made his first league appearance of the season, coming on as substitute for James Tomkins in the late second-half, in a 4-1 win over Southampton on 20 October 2012.[9] After nine years with the club, Spence was released at the end of the 2013–14 season.[10]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Before making his debut for West Ham, he made his professional club debut for Leyton Orient in their FA Cup second round match at Bradford City on 29 November 2008[11] having signed on loan on 25 November.[12] This looked to be his only match for Leyton Orient as he returned to Upton Park on 5 January 2009, but he returned to Orient on 23 January and stayed until the end of the season.[13] His Football League debut came in the 2–1 away defeat to Scunthorpe United on 24 January 2009.[14]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Spence signed for Scunthorpe United on a one month's loan on 17 August 2009[15] making his debut on 18 August in a 2–0 home defeat to Middlesbrough.[16] On 29 August Spence's loan at Scunthorpe was extended until 1 January 2010.[17] At the end of December 2009 his loan ended and he returned to West Ham having played eleven times for Scunthorpe.[18]

Bristol City[edit]

On 3 March 2011 Spence signed on a 28-day loan for Championship side Bristol City,[19] making his debut on 5 March in the 4–1 away victory over Coventry City.[20] On 30 March, this loan was extended until the end of the 2010–11 season.[21] On 4 May 2011, West Ham manager Avram Grant recalled Spence for him to provide back-up for defenders for the Premier League season run-in.[22]

On 3 August 2011, Spence rejoined Bristol City for a season-long loan, with the option for West Ham to recall him from January 2012.[23] Spence's first game after signing for the club on loan for the second time came in the opening game of the season, in a 3-0 loss against Ipswich Town.[24] However, Spenc's playing time was soon reduced under the management of Derek McInnes and was an un-used substitute bench for two matches before being left out of the squad for three months.[25] In April 2012 Spence returned to West Ham having played 10 games for Bristol City.[26]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 31 August 2013 Spence signed on an emergency loan for Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.[27] On the same day, Spence made his Sheffield Wednesday debut, where he made his first start, in a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough.[28]

Spence played four games for Sheffield Wednesday before returning to West Ham United at the end of September 2013.[29][30]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

Spence joined Milton Keynes Dons on a one-month loan on 24 October 2013.[31] He made his debut on 26 October in a 3–2 away defeat to Tranmere Rovers. Although Spence gave away a penalty, manager Karl Robinson described Spence's debut as "wonderful".[32] He scored his first career goal at club level on 26 November 2013 in a 3–1 away defeat to Colchester United. After playing 12 games for Milton Keynes Dons, Spence returned to West Ham in January 2014.[33] On 30 January 2014, Spence re-joined Milton Keynes Dons on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[34] Spence's first game after signing for the club on loan for the second time came on 1 February 2014, in a 1-0 loss against Tranmere Rovers, the same club he played against for the first time.[35] Spence scored for the club for the second time this season, in a 3-2 win over Stevenage on 22 March 2014.[36] Spence went on to finish the 2013-14 season, making twenty-nine appearance and scoring two times.

Despite interests from Championship clubs,[37] it was announced on 21 August 2014, Spence joined Milton Keynes Dons on a permanent deal, signing a one-year contact with a further option of extending for another year.[38] Spence's first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came on 31 August 2014, coming on as a substitute for Dean Bowditch in the 72nd minutes, in a 2-0 loss against Crawley Town.[39] During the season, Spence found himself, competing over a right-back position spot with Lee Hodson and George Baldock throughout the 2014-15 season. Despite this, Spence played 38 games for Milton Keynes Dons in the 2014-15 season as they won promotion to the Championship, as runners-up.[40][41] Milton Keynes opted to take up their option of a contract extension that would ensure Spence remained under contract for the 2015–16 season.[42]

In the 2015-16 season, Spence continued to be in the right-back position at the start of the season and continued to regain his first team place until he was suspended for a third round replay of FA Cup, in a 3-0 win over Northampton Town on 19 January 2016.[43] After this, Spence soon lost his first team place in the right-back position following the arrival of Baldock as the season progressed.[44] Despite this, Spence finished the 2015-16 season, making 33 appearance, as they were relegated back to League One after a season.On 12 May 2016, Spence was released from the club after it was announced his contract would not be renewed.[45]

International career[edit]

Spence captained the England U16s to the Victory Shield in November 2005,[46] then led England U17 to the Final of the Nordic Tournament, playing in the Faroe Islands in August 2006 and scoring in his second match. England finished at the top of their 4-team group, but lost the Final to Denmark in Tórshavn.[47]

In 2007, he was named in U17s coach John Peacock's squad for the Elite qualifying round of the Under-17 European Championships against Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Azerbaijan.[48]

In 2007, Spence captained England in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. This was the first time the country had reached the World Finals, at this age group. Against Brazil in injury time he scored a late winner, which put England through to the last 16, this was the first time England had beaten Brazil at a FIFA tournament.[49] On 20 November 2007 Spence captained the England U18 team in a 2–0 victory over Ghana.[50] He made his first appearance for the England U19 team in their 6–0 victory over Romania on 14 October 2007[51] The England U18 team finished the 2007–08 season unbeaten, under Spence's captaincy, with a 2–0 win over Austria on 16 April 2008.[52]

In the 2008–09 season, Spence continued to be involved with the England under-19 team, helping them to qualify for the UEFA U19 Championships in the summer of 2009, in which they finished runners up. In March 2011 Spence made his England U21 debut in a 2–1 defeat to Iceland.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 27 September 2016.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 2007–08[53] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[54] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[55] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[56] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12[57] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[58] Premier League 4 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
2013–14[59] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 0 1 0 2 0 10 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2008–09[54] League One 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2009–10[55] Championship 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
Bristol City (loan) 2010–11[56] Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2011–12[57] Championship 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2013–14[59] Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 54 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 58 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2013–14[59] League One 29 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 31 2
Milton Keynes Dons 2014–15[40] 38 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 44 0
2015–16[60] Championship 33 0 2 0 1 0 36 0
Total 100 2 7 0 3 0 1 0 111 2
Career total 161 2 9 0 8 0 1 0 179 2

Personal life[edit]

In June 2014, he married actress Naomi Scott after four years of dating.[61][62]

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