Kyle Lafferty

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Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty 2012.jpg
Lafferty playing for Northern Ireland in 2012
Personal information
Full name Kyle Joseph George Lafferty[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-16) 16 September 1987 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Enniskillen, Northern Ireland[2]
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2005 Burnley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Burnley 83 (10)
2006 Darlington (loan) 9 (3)
2008–2012 Rangers 104 (31)
2012–2013 Sion 25 (5)
2013–2014 Palermo 34 (11)
2014– Norwich City 19 (1)
2015 Çaykur Rizespor (loan) 14 (2)
2016 Birmingham City (loan) 6 (1)
National team
Northern Ireland U17 5 (0)
Northern Ireland U19 6 (1)
2006 Northern Ireland U21 2 (0)
2006– Northern Ireland 52 (17)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:32, 12 June 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:32, 12 June 2016 (UTC)

Kyle Joseph George Lafferty (born 16 September 1987) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Norwich City and for the Northern Ireland national team.

Lafferty began his professional career with English side Burnley, where he made 89 appearances. He signed for Rangers in 2008 for £3.25 million, and won three Scottish Premier League titles, the Scottish Cup once and the Scottish League Cup twice with the club. In 2012 Lafferty chose not to transfer over to the new company which owns and runs Rangers, moving to Switzerland's FC Sion. He signed for Serie B club Palermo in 2013 and led them to promotion as champions in his only season before joining Norwich. He spent time on loan with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor and back in England with Birmingham City.

He made his first international appearance for Northern Ireland in 2006 and has more than 50 caps. With 17 goals he is the team's second highest scorer of all time, behind former strike partner David Healy on 36.

Club career[edit]

Burnley[edit]

In 2004 he signed a youth team apprenticeship with Championship club Burnley. The following season saw him begin to make an impression upon the Burnley first team. He made his debut during a 2–1 away league defeat to Crewe Alexandra on 6 August 2005, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Garreth O'Connor.[3]

In January 2006, Lafferty joined Darlington on loan. He went on to make nine appearances and net three goals for the club, including a scoring debut against Notts County on 7 January.[3] He returned to Burnley in January 2007.

He scored his first senior goal for Burnley against Luton Town, netting the equaliser for a 1–1 draw on 30 April 2006.[3] Lafferty played 89 times and scored 10 goals during his time at Burnley.

Rangers[edit]

On 16 June 2008, Burnley accepted a bid from Rangers of £3 million plus Alan Gow but talks with Gow over his move to Turf Moor broke down. Lafferty moved to Rangers on 19 June after the transfer offer was readjusted to write Gow out of the deal.[4] He made his Rangers debut as an 89th-minute substitute during a UEFA Champions League qualifier on 5 August 2008 against FBK Kaunas.[5] His first goal came in his second appearance, in a Scottish Premier League match against Heart of Midlothian on 16 August 2008.[6]

On 16 May 2009, during the penultimate league match of the 2008–09 season at home to Aberdeen, Lafferty was involved in an altercation with Aberdeen player Charlie Mulgrew. Both players were involved in an off-the-ball incident which resulted in Lafferty reacting as if he had been headbutted. The referee, Stuart Dougal, sent Mulgrew off for violent conduct; however, television pictures showed little contact between the two players. Rangers went on to win the match 2–1.[7] Upon reviewing the incident Rangers manager Walter Smith expressed his disappointment at Lafferty's conduct.[8] Two days later it was reported that Rangers had fined Lafferty for his reactions in relation to the incident.[9] The case was also referred to the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee, who rescinded Mulgrew's red card and gave Lafferty a two-match ban for simulation.[10]

Lafferty with Rangers in November 2010

On 25 April 2010, Lafferty scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road, securing the league title for Rangers with three matches left to play. On 22 August, Lafferty was sent off, along with opponent Kevin McBride, in a match at the same venue.[11] On 25 September, Lafferty scored his first hat-trick for the club in a 7–2 victory over Dunfermline Athletic in the League Cup.[12] Lafferty scored in Rangers' 4–0 win over Dundee United in April 2011,[13] before missing an opportunity in the final Old Firm game of the 2010–11 season at Ibrox in a 0–0 draw.[14] Lafferty then went on to score in three consecutive games in the title run in against Motherwell,[15] Hearts[16] and Dundee United.[17] Lafferty then scored a hat-trick in the final SPL game of the season as Rangers beat Kilmarnock 5–1 and won their third consecutive league title.[18]

On 18 September 2011, Lafferty scored his first Old Firm goal in a 4–2 win against Celtic. On 17 December, Lafferty scored an 83rd-minute winner for Rangers against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the game ending 2–1. On 24 April 2012, Ally McCoist announced that Lafferty had been banned for two weeks following a training ground bust up.[citation needed]

In June 2012, Lafferty lodged an objection against his contract being transferred from Rangers to the new company set up by Charles Green.[19] PFA Scotland had previously commented that players were entitled to become free agents if they objected to the transfer.[20]

Lafferty raised a constructive dismissal claim against Rangers.[21][22]

FC Sion[edit]

Lafferty signed a three-year contract with Swiss Super League club FC Sion on 30 June 2012.[23] He was unable to play in the league match against Grasshoppers on 15 July because the Scottish Football Association refused to provide clearance for the transfer, having received an objection from Rangers' owner Charles Green.[24] On 20 July, Lafferty received provisional international clearance from FIFA which allowed him to play while arbitration over his move from Rangers continued.[citation needed]

On 22 July 2012, Lafferty made his debut for Sion, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Servette. He scored his first goal a week later in a 3–0 win over Luzern. Lafferty played 90 minutes for the club in a 2–0 win over Lausanne-Sport on 11 August 2012 and setting up a goal for Arnaud Bühler.[citation needed]

Palermo[edit]

On 26 June 2013, Lafferty joined Serie B club Palermo on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He said "Palermo tried to sign me in January but unfortunately we couldn't close the deal. Now I can't wait to get started. When I was younger I watched a lot of Italian football and I know there's a very passionate fanbase here at Palermo".[25]

He scored 11 goals in 34 matches to help the club ascend to Serie A as champions in his only season, and won the Fans Player of the Season award. However, club president Maurizio Zamparini called him an "out-of-control womaniser" and claimed that this lifestyle resulted in him being sold.[26]

Norwich City[edit]

On 27 June 2014, Lafferty signed a three-year contract with Norwich City of the Football League Championship with an option for an extra year. The transfer fee was undisclosed and the transfer would be effective from 1 July. He said "Norwich is a team that wants to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first opportunity, so I'm excited to come here and start playing football for a team like this".[27] He was given squad number 9.[28]

Lafferty made his debut for the team on 10 August, as they began the season with a 1–0 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, replacing Steven Whittaker for the last 14 minutes of the game.[29] Six days later he made his first start in his first game at Carrow Road, lasting 67 minutes of a 3–0 win over Watford before being replaced by Elliott Bennett.[30] In 20 games – 18 of those in the league – he only scored once, in a 3–2 home win against Cardiff City on 17 January 2015.[31]

On 2 February 2015, Lafferty was loaned to Süper Lig club Çaykur Rizespor for the remainder of the campaign.[32] He scored 2 goals in 14 league games for the Turkish side.[33]

2015–16[edit]

Norwich had been promoted to the Premier League during Lafferty's absence. He scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season in a 3–0 League Cup victory against West Bromwich Albion,[34] but found regular games hard to come by. In November 2015, Leeds United head coach Steve Evans revealed he had inquired about the availability of Lafferty on loan.[35] However, Lafferty remained with Norwich until 24 March 2016, when he joined Championship club Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.[36]

He returned from international duty with a groin injury,[37] but was fit to start Birmingham's match against Brighton & Hove Albion on 5 April. He opened the scoring after 16 minutes with a tap-in following a goalkeeping error, but Brighton went on to win 2–1.[38] He made five more league appearances, without scoring, in what remained of the season.[34]

International career[edit]

In early 2006, Lafferty represented Northern Ireland under-19s at the Milk Cup. He impressed during the tournament, scoring in his first game against Paraguay, but Northern Ireland lost the match 3–1.

Later in 2006, he received his first senior Northern Ireland call-up on a post-season trip to the United States to play friendly games against Romania and Uruguay. Lafferty scored his first Northern Ireland goal in an away friendly against Finland the following year. He featured predominantly as the second striker alongside David Healy during Northern Ireland's Euro 2008 qualification group, and he scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–1 victory over group minnows Liechtenstein. He then secured a 1–1 draw away to Sweden, scoring Northern Ireland's equaliser in the second half.

On 26 March 2008, he scored twice in an international match for the first time, in a friendly against Georgia which Northern Ireland won 4–1.

Lafferty scored in all of Northern Ireland's first three matches in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, against Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Greece, the first time that the nation won the first three matches of any qualification campaign.[39] He added a brace on 29 March 2015 in a 2–1 home win over Finland.[40]

On 4 September, Lafferty scored once for Northern Ireland in a 3-1 win against the Faroe Islands. The result put Northern Ireland at the top of Group F and on the brink of qualifying for their first European Championship.[41] In the following game, against Hungary three days later, he scored a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1–1 draw to keep Northern Ireland top of their group.[42] Lafferty ended the qualifying phase with seven goals, which made him Northern Ireland's top scorer as the team qualified as group winners.[43] On 27 May 2016, Lafferty marked his 50th international appearance with a goal in a 3-0 win over Belarus in a friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast[44]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 27 May 2016. Northern Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lafferty goal.[45]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 August 2006 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 3  Finland 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2 22 August 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 11  Liechtenstein 3–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3 17 October 2007 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden 13  Sweden 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4 26 March 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 16  Georgia 1–0 4–1 Friendly
5 3–0
6 15 October 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 18  San Marino 3–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 5 September 2009 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland 22  Poland 1–0 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 12 October 2010 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands 28  Faroe Islands 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
9 15 August 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 31  Finland 2–0 3–3 Friendly
10 7 September 2014 Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary 38  Hungary 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
11 11 October 2014 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 39  Faroe Islands 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
12 14 October 2014 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 40  Greece 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
13 29 March 2015 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 42  Finland 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
14 2–0
15 4 September 2015 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands 44  Faroe Islands 3–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
16 7 September 2015 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 45  Hungary 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
17 27 May 2016 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 50  Belarus 1–0 3–0 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2016
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
Burnley 2005–06[3] Championship 11 1 1 0 12 1
2006–07[46] Championship 35 4 1 0 1 0 37 4
2007–08[47] Championship 37 5 1 0 2 0 40 5
Total 83 10 2 0 4 0 89 10
Darlington (loan) 2005–06[3] League Two 9 3 9 3
Rangers 2008–09[48][49] Scottish Premier League 25 6 3 2 3 1 1[a] 0 32 9
2009–10[50] Scottish Premier League 28 7 5 0 2 0 4[a] 0 39 7
2010–11[51] Scottish Premier League 31 11 2 1 3 3 8[b] 0 44 15
2011–12[52][53] Scottish Premier League 20 7 0 0 1 0 2[c] 0 23 7
Total 104 31 10 3 9 4 15 0 138 38
Sion 2012–13[33][54] Swiss Super League 25 5 3 3 28 8
Palermo 2013–14[33] Serie B 34 11 2 1 36 12
Norwich City 2014–15[31] Championship 18 1 1 0 1 0 20 1
2015–16[34] Premier League 1 0 1 0 1 1 3 1
Total 19 1 2 0 2 1 23 2
Çaykur Rizespor (loan) 2014–15[1][33] Süper Lig 14 2 1 0 15 2
Birmingham City (loan) 2015–16[34] Championship 6 1 6 1
Career total 294 64 20 7 15 5 15 0 344 76
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, four in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Rangers
Palermo

Personal life[edit]

Lafferty married former Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh at St Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, in June 2012. The couple had a son, born in 2011.[55] They later divorced. Lafferty married model and former Miss Scotland contestant Vanessa Chung at Gleneagles Hotel in May 2016.[56]

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