McNaughton while at Cardiff City in 2011
|Full name||Kevin Paul McNaughton|
|Date of birth||28 August 1982|
|Place of birth||Dundee, Scotland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2013||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||13||(1)|
|2014–2015||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||9||(0)|
|2016–2017||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Kevin Paul McNaughton (born 28 August 1982) is a Scottish former footballer, who played as a defender. McNaughton was a versatile player who could play anywhere on defence, including a more defensive minded midfield role.
He began his career in the Scottish Premier League playing for Aberdeen for six years. He joined Cardiff City in 2006, spending nine years at the Welsh side, making over 250 appearances. He had two loan spells at Bolton Wanderers before joining Wigan Athletic on a permanent basis in 2015. He retired from playing football in 2017, after a year with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Beginning his career in the Scottish Premier League with Aberdeen after coming through the club's youth programme, McNaughton was thrust into the first team at 18, making his debut on 5 October in a 2–1 win over St Mirren, and became a regular for the 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons in a team containing lots of young players brought through the youth system like Darren Mackie, Russell Anderson and Darren Young. A knee injury sustained in 2002 kept him out for 12 weeks and on his return McNaughton struggled to return to form. It wasn't until new Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood arrived, that he managed to recover his previous form.
On 26 May 2006, it was announced that he would be joining Football League Championship side Cardiff City on a free transfer. McNaughton quickly became an important part of manager Dave Jones's plans as he played in the left full-back position, and his form once again earned him a recall to the Scottish national team, although injury robbed him of the chance to take his place in the squad. During his second season at Cardiff, having switched to right-back, McNaughton played in all six matches of the club's run to the 2008 FA Cup Final, including scoring his first goal for the club on 27 January 2008 with a 20-yard volley in a 2–1 victory over Hereford United in the fourth round. His first league goal came just a few months later when he scored on the final day of the season against Barnsley in a 3–0 win.
The start of the 2008–09 season saw McNaughton his 100th appearance for the club when he played against Watford on 21 October.
During a pre-season friendly against Celtic on 22 July 2009 he suffered an ankle injury which kept him out for the opening two months of the season. After appearing for the club's reserve side, he returned to the first team on 17 October 2009 as an unused substitute during a 1–1 draw with Crystal Palace but suffered a recurrence of the injury kept him out until 17 November 2009 when he played 45 minutes of a reserve team game against Hereford United. He returned to the line-up on 21 November 2009 against Barnsley, but was taken off in the 21st minute for Paul Quinn with a back injury. On 23 November McNaughton was sent to have a scan on the back injury, which the club's medical staff believed to have caused the problem and resulted in him being out for two weeks. On 5 December 2009 McNaughton played his first 90 minutes of the season in a 1–0 win over Preston North End. The next season his injury worries ceded and he has played in every league up to and including the game against Barnsley. McNaughton was Cardiff's most consistent defender throughout the 2010–11 season, and won the Player of the Year award.
On 2 May 2011, McNaughton was involved in an incident where he collided with assistant referee Sian Massey. He was later cleared when the FA ruled the incident an accident though it attracted hits and comments on YouTube, with some suggesting the player had deliberately barged into the official. Also McNaughton had captained the side for the first time in their 3–0 loss to Reading in their play-off second leg, on 17 May.
In 2011–12, McNaughton was named as stand-in captain in Mark Hudson's absence starting on 22 November against Coventry City. He went on to make three further appearances as captain, during which time he made his two hundredth league appearance for Cardiff in a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest on 26 November 2011. He also played a part in the club's League Cup run to their first ever final, which they lost 3–2 on penalties to Liverpool.
McNaughton's 400th league appearance for Cardiff came in a goalless draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on 21 August 2012. McNaughton started over half of City's fixtures in 2012–13, as Cardiff finally achieved promotion to the Premier League. With his contract expiring during the close-season, the club has confirmed that McNaughton has been offered a new deal. On 5 July 2013 it was announced on the official Cardiff City website that McNaughton had signed a new one-year contract extension with the Bluebirds. On 7 March 2014, McNaughton signed a new one-year contract with the Bluebirds.
On 5 May 2015, it was announced after nine years for playing for Cardiff City, McNaughton was to be released at the end of the season upon his contract expiry.
Loans to Bolton Wanderers
On 27 September 2013, McNaughton joined Bolton on a 28-day emergency loan deal. He made his first appearance for Wanderers four days later in a goalless draw with local rivals Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. After becoming the club's first choice right-back during his stay with Bolton, he scored his first goal for the club in the 1–1 draw with Charlton Athletic on 21 December 2013, this was his first goal in the League since scoring for Cardiff against Barnsley in May 2008.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
McNaughton's first call-up for the Scotland squad came in 2002 when he was told by manager Berti Vogts that, at the age of 19, he would earn his first cap in a match against France. However, before the match Vogts told the media in a press conference that McNaughton would not be playing as Vogts deemed he was too nervous, despite not telling McNaughton himself. Instead his first cap came against Nigeria in Scotland's next match.
In his second appearance he was hauled off at half-time in a friendly against Denmark. In 2007 McNaughton claimed that Vogts had set his career back by two years with his actions during that time. His move to Cardiff reignited his international career, winning his fourth cap in a match against Czech Republic in May 2008 and being called-up several times.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Bolton Wanderers (loan)||2013–14||13||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||1|
- FA Cup Finalist: 2007–08
- Football League Championship play-offs Finalist: 2009–2010
- Football League Cup Finalist: 2011–12
- Football League Championship Winners: 2012–13
League Cup Finalist 1999 Scottish Cup Finalist 2000
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- Kevin McNaughton at the Scottish Football Association
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- "Naughts Signs New Bluebird Contract". Cardiff City Official Website. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
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- Mark Denham. "McNaughton joins Bolton on loan". www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk. Cardiff City F.C. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Blackpool 0 Bolton 0". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
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- Cardiff City: Kevin McNaughton joins Bolton Wanderers on loan, BBC Sport.
- Kevin McNaughton joins Wigan, Wigan Athletic.
- "Inverness CT defender Kevin McNaughton has an Achilles injury". Sky Sports. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- Skinner, Andy (7 July 2017). "Defender McNaughton announces retirement from football". Press and Journal. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
- "Berti Vogts blunder set my career back two years, admits Kevin McNaughton" Daily Record Retrieved on 10 December 2008
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- Kevin McNaughton at Soccerbase