Lee Cattermole

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Lee Cattermole
Lee Cattermole.jpg
Cattermole playing for Sunderland in 2011
Personal information
Full name Lee Barry Cattermole
Date of birth (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2005 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Middlesbrough 69 (3)
2008–2009 Wigan Athletic 33 (1)
2009– Sunderland 140 (2)
National team
2003 England U16 1 (0)
2004 England U17 4 (0)
2005 England U18 1 (0)
2006 England U19 1 (0)
2007–2010 England U21 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:54, 13 September 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:27, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Lee Barry Cattermole (born 21 March 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Sunderland in the Premier League. His preferred position is in central midfield.[2] An England youth product, Cattermole has earned a reputation as a tough tackling midfielder due to his lengthy disciplinary record.

Cattermole began his professional career at Middlesbrough in 2005, having progressed through the club's academy. After making his debut for the club in January 2006, he became a regular player, and became the youngest man to captain Middlesbrough. After making 91 appearances in all competitions, he switched to Wigan Athletic in July 2008. He quickly became a regular for Wigan, making 35 appearances, but switched to Sunderland in August 2009. Despite a few injury problems early in his spell at the club, manager Steve Bruce selected him as the club's captain for the start of the 2010–11 season, a role he would hold for three seasons, until Paolo di Canio gave John O'Shea the role prior to the start of the 2013–14 season.

Internationally, Cattermole has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels, but is yet to make his debut for the full international side.

Club career[edit]


Cattermole made his debut in the Tyne-Tees derby against Newcastle United on 2 January 2006, playing the full 90 minutes in a bobmatch that finished 2–2 in which the England youth international received the Man of the Match award.[3] Former manager Steve McClaren later hailed his performance stating, "When we needed people to stand up and be counted, it took a 17-year-old to bring everyone together."[4]

After a 0–4 home defeat to Aston Villa he was captured on camera in tears and had to be consoled by captain Gareth Southgate.[5] However, after this game the team went on to win seven out of their next eight games, advancing to the quarter-finals of both the FA and UEFA cups and defeating Premier League champions Chelsea 3–0, only their second league defeat of the season.[6][7] Cattermole scored his first league goal for Middlesbrough on 2 April, in a 1–0 victory away at Manchester City,[8] and played for Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final.[9]

Cattermole became Middlesbrough's youngest ever captain when he skippered the side in their 1–0 defeat away against Fulham on 7 May. During the game, Middlesbrough's oldest ever player, Colin Cooper, came on as a substitute and Cattermole sportingly gave up the captain's role, without instruction, to Cooper, who was playing his last game before retirement.

On 20 October, Cattermole signed a new four-year deal to keep him at Middlesbrough until 2010.[10]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 29 July 2008, Cattermole signed for Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal in a transfer worth £3.5 million. He made his debut against West Ham United in a 2–1 defeat. Cattermole scored his first goal for Wigan in a 4–1 League Cup win over Ipswich Town on 24 September 2008.[11] He then scored his first league goal in a 3–0 home win over Blackburn Rovers on 13 December 2008.[12] On 4 March, he was given a straight red card, his second of the season, for a reckless challenge on Scott Parker in the home defeat by West Ham.[13] Despite being tied to a three-year deal, Cattermole's highly impressive season with Wigan resulted in constant speculation that he was a target for other clubs.


Cattermole (left) playing for Sunderland in 2011 alongside Craig Gardner (right)

On 12 August 2009, it was announced that Cattermole had completed a medical at Sunderland and signed for a fee of £6 million. The midfielder joined the club on a four-year contract, reuniting with former Wigan coach Steve Bruce.[14] He made his debut in a 1–0 win over Bolton Wanderers, in which he won Sunderland's man of the match award. He then in the next few games of the season became popular amongst the fans despite missing several games with a heel injury. On 17 October 2009, he injured his knee in the win over Liverpool and was ruled out for twelve weeks.[15] He returned as a second-half substitute for Jordan Henderson on 15 December in a 0–2 loss against Aston Villa. He then played the full match and captained the side in the 4–3 defeat by Manchester City.

On the eve of the 2010/11 season, Cattermole was selected by manager Steve Bruce as the replacement captain after Lorik Cana's departure. He was also handed the vacant number 6 shirt. He received a red card on the first game of the season against Birmingham City for a second bookable offence. Bruce later referred to referee Anthony Taylor as 'out of his depth.' Cattermole played most of the 90 minutes in Sunderland's spectacular 3–0 away win against Chelsea, coming off in added time in the second half and was pivotal in the victory. He then earned the man-of-the-match award for his performance at home to West Ham, a game which Sunderland won 1–0. Cattermole's tough tackling style has put him into troublesome situations with referees. Bruce, despite backing Cattermole as club captain said that his disciplinary record must improve. Again, Cattermole suffered an injury-hit season, making 24 appearances in total (one more than the previous season).

Cattermole remained captain at the start of the 2011–12 season and received yellow cards in the first two games, against Liverpool and Newcastle. He then fell out of favour, with his next full match not coming until 5 November, in a defeat at Manchester United. Following Steve Bruce's sacking and the appointment of Martin O'Neill as his successor, it was suggested Cattermole might lose the captaincy, especially after he and Nicklas Bendtner were arrested for allegedly damaging cars in Newcastle city centre. However, he led the team on his first appearance under O'Neill, a 3–2 win at QPR. Cattermole had arguably two of his best performances for the Black Cats in their 1–0 win over Manchester City on New Years Day 2012 and a 4–1 win at Wigan two days later. After the victory over Manchester City, O'Neill told his captain:"Well done, absolutely brilliant. You’ve got a heart like a lion".[16] The skipper also put in another excellent defensive performance in the FA Cup fifth round game with Arsenal on 18 February. Cattermole and his team mates constantly pressed the Arsenal players when they had possession, forcing mistakes and with counter-attacking football, the Black Cats won 2–0.

Cattermole (right) captaining Sunderland against Arsenal in August 2012

On 4 March 2012, Cattermole was booked in the first minute of the Tyne-Wear derby for a challenge on Newcastle's Cheick Tioté. He received a red card after the final whistle after confronting referee Mike Dean. After the match, O'Neill described Cattermole's sending off as "unfortunate" but that he had "upset the referee" and felt Cattermole should have left the talking to the referee to O'Neill.[17] Cattermole received a four match ban.[18] During his ban, reports claimed that O'Neill would strip Cattermole of the captaincy because of his behaviour at the Tyne-Wear Derby match but O'Neill denied the claims.[19] After serving his ban, Cattermole made his return for Sunderland against Everton in the replay quarter-final of the FA Cup on 27 March, a match Sunderland went on to lose 2–0. Through 73 games for Sunderland in all competitions, Cattermole had been booked 32 times and received four red cards.[20]

The start of the 2013–14 season saw Cattermole replaced as captain by John O'Shea and his number 6 shirt handed to new signing Cabral. Cattermole will now wear the number 33. Cattermole scored his first league goal for Sunderland against Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Cattermole regained his number 6 shirt at the start of the 2014–2015 season,[21] and scored Sunderland's first goal of the season, with a 25-yard incredible screamer; which he described as being 'the best goal he has ever scored',[22] in a 2–2 draw away to West Brom.[23] On 2 July 2015, Cattermole signed a five-year contract extension with Sunderland, committing his future to the club until 2021.[24]

Cattermole captaining Sunderland against Chelsea in May 2016

On the opening day of the 2015-16 Premier League season, Cattermole captained Sunderland against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, but was substituted by Dick Advocaat after 30 minutes, with his side 3-0 down and Cattermole having conceded a penalty.[25]

International career[edit]

Cattermole received his first call-up to the England under-21 squad for the October 2006 play-offs against Germany. Cattermole scored his first international goal and the first goal of the U-21 European Championships on 15 June 2009 against Finland. The goal was set up by Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.[citation needed] Cattermole went on to score his third in an England shirt when they came from behind to defeat Macedonia u21 in a 2–1 win with a goal in the 83rd minute sealing the victory after an impressive goal from Freddie Sears.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 June 2016[26]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2015–2016 Sunderland Premier League 31 0 1 0 2 0 34 0 8 0
2014–2015 28 1 0 0 0 0 28 1 14 0
2013–2014 24 1 3 0 5 0 32 1 7 1
2012–2013 10 0 1 0 3 0 14 0 3 1
2011–2012 23 0 3 0 1 0 27 0 13 1
2010–2011 23 0 0 0 1 0 24 0 10 2
2009–2010 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 8 1
Sunderland Total 161 2 8 0 12 0 0 0 181 2 63 6
2008–2009 Wigan Athletic Premier League 33 1 0 0 2 1 35 2 11 2
Wigan Athletic Total 33 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 35 2 11 2
2007–2008 Middlesbrough Premier League 24 1 2 0 2 0 28 1 7 0
2006–2007 31 1 7 1 1 0 39 2 12 0
2005–2006 14 1 5 0 0 0 5 0 24 1 7 0
Middlesbrough Total 69 3 14 1 3 0 5 0 91 4 26 0
Total 263 6 22 1 17 1 5 0 307 8 100 8


  • North East Football Writers' Association's player of the year 2014[27]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2008, Cattermole was given a three-year ban across the Stockton borough. He was added to the Pubwatch blacklist of troublemakers after being arrested for disorder during a night out in Yarm. Police were called by door staff at about 11:40 pm and Cattermole was subsequently arrested.[28] In March 2011, it was announced that Cattermole's ban would be extended to December 2012 after a unanimous vote by the members of Pubwatch. Cattermole declined to comment on these matters.[29][unreliable source?]

Following a night out with team mates, Cattermole was arrested on 6 December 2011 along with then teammate Nicklas Bendtner and charged with damaging five cars on Stowell Street in Newcastle, close to St James' Park. On 25 March 2012, the case at Newcastle Magistrates Court was adjourned to be brought back before the same court on 16 April 2012. Charges against Bendtner were subsequently dropped.[30] Cattermole accepted a conditional caution and paid over £4,000 in damages.[31]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lorik Cana
Sunderland captain
Succeeded by
John O'Shea