Lee Frecklington

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Lee Frecklington
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Frecklington playing for Peterborough United
Personal information
Full name Lee Craig Frecklington[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-08) 8 September 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2003 Lincoln City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Lincoln City 126 (21)
2003–2004 Lincoln United (loan) ? (?)
2005–2006 Stamford (loan) 11 (1)
2009 Peterborough United (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2013 Peterborough United 86 (8)
2012–2013 Rotherham United (loan) 13 (2)
2013– Rotherham United 135 (22)
National team
2006 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:26, 8 May 2017 (UTC).

Lee Craig Frecklington (born 8 September 1985) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Rotherham United.

He has previously played for Lincoln City, Lincoln United, Stamford and Peterborough United. Although born and raised in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Frecklington played for the Republic of Ireland B team in 2006.

Club career[edit]

Lincoln City[edit]

Born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Frecklington made his way through Lincoln City's Centre of Excellence. He was rewarded with a scholarship place in the summer of 2002, where he was guided by former Lincoln Head Coach John Schofield. Frecklington's ability has long been noted and during his schooldays he undertook trials with both Norwich City and Leeds United.[2]

He made rapid progress in Lincoln's youth set-up and in the 2003–04 season, the second year of his scholarship, moved towards the first team first impressing against Manchester City in a friendly game and then making his debut in the Football League Trophy against Telford United in October 2003. To further his development he joined Lincoln United on work experience in January 2004. His debut for United, against Workington on 17 January, was memorable as it was abandoned due to injury to the referee.

He continued his progression in the final season of his scholarship, making his Football League debut as a substitute in the game at Rochdale on 12 February 2005 and it was no surprise that he was handed a one-year professional contract by then manager Keith Alexander.

In his first season as a professional, Frecklington did not initially make the first team squad and in September 2005 he was loaned to Stamford in the Southern League Division One East to gain further experience, remaining until Lincoln recalled him in December 2005. While at Stamford he played alongside his uncle David Frecklington who had been an apprentice at Lincoln City in the mid-1990s. Upon his return to Sincil Bank he became a regular presence on the substitutes bench and on 4 February 2006 stepped off the bench to score his first league goal in the game at Stockport. His reward was his first league start the following week at home to Torquay United. Always impressing, he made 18 league appearances in the second half of the season though only three of these were starts.

In the 2006–07 season, however, he featured heavily in a very pivotal role towards Lincoln's unsuccessful push for promotion to League One, already boasting a number of exceptional performances. Frecklington was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006–07 season.[3]

Peterborough United[edit]

Frecklington signed on an initial three-month loan deal with rivals Peterborough United on 6 February 2009. He made the move permanent on 15 May 2009.[4] Frecklington scored his first Peterborough goal in a League Cup tie at Wycombe on 11 August 2009. On 17 August 2011, he scored in the 72nd minute against Millwall, the game finished 2–2 to earn Peterborough a point after being 2–0 down at The Den. Frecklington came on as a triple substitution on 3 December, when Peterborough were losing 3–0 with half an hour left to play, at home to Barnsley. He made an impact on the game and scored to pull it back to 3–3. However, despite Peterborough's effort, Barnsley went on to win 4–3 with a late goal. On 19 October 2012 Frecklington joined Rotherham United on an initial one-month loan.[5]

Rotherham United[edit]

On 2 January 2013 following a successful loan spell, Frecklington signed for Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee on a two and half-year contract. Millers boss Steve Evans said "The competition to sign him has been fierce, but... Lee made it clear that his first choice was Rotherham."[6] He achieved back to back promotions with the club helping them from Football League Two to the Football League Championship. On 3 September 2015, Rotherham confirmed that Frecklington had been appointed new club captain, replacing former Millers skipper Greg Halford.[7]

International career[edit]

In November 2006, he was named in the Republic of Ireland B international squad for a friendly tie with Scotland. He qualified to play for Ireland due to fact that his maternal grandparents were born there.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lincoln City 2003–04[8] Third Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 2 0
2004–05[9] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2005–06[10] League Two 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
2006–07[11] League Two 42 8 1 1 1 1 3[b] 0 47 10
2007–08[12] League Two 34 4 2 0 1 0 1[c] 0 38 4
2008–09[13] League Two 27 7 2 0 1 0 1[d] 0 31 7
Total 126 21 5 1 3 1 7 0 141 23
Stamford 2004–05[14] Southern Premier League 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Peterborough United (loan) 2008–09[12] League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Peterborough United 2009–10[15] Championship 35 2 1 0 4 2 0 0 40 4
2010–11[16] League One 9 1 0 0 0 0 1[e] 0 10 1
2011–12[17] Championship 37 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 39 5
2012–13[18] Championship 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 86 8 1 0 7 2 1 0 95 10
Rotherham United (loan) 2012–13[18] League Two 13 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 16 4
Rotherham United 2012–13[18] League Two 18 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 19 4
2013–14[19] League One 39 10 2 1 2 1 6[f] 1 49 13
2014–15[20] Championship 29 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 31 2
2015–16[21] Championship 27 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 29 5
2016–17[22] Championship 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
Total 135 22 4 2 5 1 6 1 150 26
Career Total 378 54 13 5 15 4 14 1 420 64
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ 1 Appearance in Football League Trophy and 2 appearances in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  5. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  6. ^ 3 appearances in Football League Trophy and 3 appearances in League Two play-offs

Honours[edit]

Lincoln City
Peterborough united
Rotherham United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 70. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Scholarships Start To Bear Fruit". Lincoln City F.C. 20 March 2002. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC Sport. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Frecklington completes Posh move". BBC Sport. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Rotherham United sign Lee Frecklington on loan". BBC Sport. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lee Frecklington joins Rotherham United from Posh". BBC Sport. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Millers appoint new skipper". Rotherham United. Rotherham United F.C. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2003/04". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2004/05". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2005/06". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2006/07". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2007/08". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2008/09". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Player Details: Season 2005-06 Lee Frecklington". SoccerFactsUK. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2009/10". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2010/11". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2011/12". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  18. ^ a b c "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2012/13". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2013/14". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2014/15". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2015/16". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Lee Frecklington in 2016/17". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 

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