Liam Fontaine

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Liam Fontaine
Liam Fontaine.jpg
Fontaine playing for Bristol City
Personal information
Full name Liam Vaughan Henry Fontaine
Date of birth (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Beckenham, London, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hibernian
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Fulham 1 (0)
2004 Yeovil Town (loan) 15 (0)
2005 Kilmarnock (loan) 3 (0)
2005 Yeovil Town (loan) 10 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 15 (0)
2006–2014 Bristol City 247 (6)
2013–2014 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2014– Hibernian 70 (2)
National team
2001–2002 England U16 7 (0)
2002 England U17 2 (0)
2005 England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:47, 23 September 2017 (UTC).

Liam Vaughan Henry Fontaine[1] (born 7 January 1986) is an English footballer, who plays for Hibernian as a defender. He previously played in the Premier League for Fulham, in the Football League for Yeovil Town and Bristol City and in the Scottish Premier League for Kilmarnock.

Career[edit]

Fontaine, who was a youth player at Fulham, represented England at under-16 and under-17 level. Fontaine spent some time at Yeovil Town in the first part of the 2004–05 season. His loan move was initially for a single month, but was later extended by a further two months. He made a couple of first team appearances for Fulham in January 2005. His debut came in a Premier League game against Southampton at St. Mary's on 5 January, which was drawn 3–3.[2] He enjoyed a further loan spell in the latter part of the 2004–05 season with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.[3]

After being brought to Yeovil by then manager Gary Johnson, Fontaine then went back to Fulham until he was brought to Bristol City on loan by his former Yeovil manager Johnson.[4] The loan spell was made permanent at the end of that season with Fontaine signing a two-year contract, with City having to pay Fulham an undisclosed fee through tribunal.[5] A key member of the 2006–07 promotion team and flourished once more at Championship level, he became centre stage when his goal against Wolves in November left his manager Gary Johnson red-faced – having previously told his defender he would "bare my backside in Burton's window" if he found the net.[citation needed] Fontaine signed a new deal with Bristol City on 12 January 2012 to keep him at the club until the end of 2014 season, stating his ambition is to be the clubs captain on a permanent basis.

On 2 September 2013, Fontaine joined Championship side Yeovil Town, for a third spell, on loan until January 2014.[6] At the end of the 2013–14 season, Fontaine was released by Bristol City.

On 26 August 2014, Fontaine joined Scottish Championship side Hibernian.[7] He made his debut the same day, in Hibernian's 3–2 victory against Dumbarton in the Scottish League Cup.[8] Fontaine made 38 appearances and scored two goals in the 2014–15 season.[9] In June 2015, he signed a two-year contract with Hibernian.[9] He scored a goal in the March 2016 Scottish League Cup Final, which Hibs lost 2–1 to Ross County.[10] Fontaine played the first 70 minutes of the 2016 Scottish Cup Final, which Hibs won 3–2 against Rangers.[11]

In June 2017, Fontaine signed a contract with Hibs for the 2017–18 season.[12] He suffered an ankle injury playing for the Hibs under-20 side in September 2017, which head coach Neil Lennon said would prevent Fontaine from playing for at least 10 weeks.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20:47, 23 September 2017 (UTC)[14]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fulham 2004–05 Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2004–05 Football League Two 15 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 18 0
Kilmarnock (loan) 2004–05 Scottish Premier League 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2005–06 Football League One 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Bristol City 2005–06 Football League One 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2006–07 Football League One 30 0 4 0 1 0 5 0 40 0
2007–08 Football League Championship 38 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 44 2
2008–09 Football League Championship 42 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 46 2
2009–10 Football League Championship 36 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 40 2
2010–11 Football League Championship 31 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2011–12 Football League Championship 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
2012–13 Football League Championship 41 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 43 1
2013–14 Football League One 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Total 262 6 13 1 11 0 8 0 294 7
Yeovil Town (loan) 2013–14 Football League Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Hibernian 2014–15 Scottish Championship 29 1 4 1 3 0 2 0 38 2
2015–16 Scottish Championship 26 1 4 0 6 1 3 0 39 2
2016–17[note 1] Scottish Championship 15 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 21 0
2017–18 Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 70 2 11 1 12 1 7 0 100 4
Career total 366 8 28 2 26 1 16 0 436 11

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Hibernian

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Soccerbase did not record two appearances made by Fontaine against Brondby IF on 14 July and 21 July 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3. 
  2. ^ "Southampton 3-3 Fulham". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fontaine goes to Killie on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 January 2005. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bristol City seal Fontaine deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pair seal moves to Bristol City". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Liam Fontaine: Yeovil Town sign Bristol City defender on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "DEFENDER FONTAINE JOINS". Hibernian F.C. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "HIBERNIAN 3 DUMBARTON 2". Hibernian F.C. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "FONTAINE SIGNS NEW CONTRACT". www.hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Wilson, Richard (13 March 2016). "Scottish League Cup Final: Hibernian 1 Ross County 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Scottish Cup final: Rangers 2-3 Hibernian - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Hibernian: New contracts for Martin Boyle and Liam Fontaine". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  13. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (15 September 2017). "Hibernian defenders Liam Fontaine and Darren McGregor face spell on the sidelines". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  14. ^ Liam Fontaine at Soccerbase
  15. ^ "Hibernian 3–0 Queen of the South". BBC. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 

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