Liam Lindsay

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Liam Lindsay
Personal information
Full name Liam Lindsay[1]
Date of birth (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland[2]
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[3]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Number 5
Youth career
2011–2012 Partick Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Partick Thistle 64 (7)
2014Alloa Athletic (loan) 10 (0)
2015Airdrieonians (loan) 13 (1)
2017–2019 Barnsley 83 (2)
2019– Stoke City 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:48, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

Liam Lindsay (born 12 October 1995) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for EFL Championship club Stoke City.

Lindsay started his career with Partick Thistle breaking into the first team at Firhill after loan spells with Alloa Athletic and Airdrieonians. After a successful 2016–17 season with the Jags which saw him named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year, Lindsay joined English Championship side Barnsley. The Tykes were relegated from the Championship in 2017–18 but were able to gain an instant return in 2018–19 finishing 2nd in EFL League One. Lindsay joined Stoke City in June 2019 for an initial fee of £2 million.

Career[edit]

Partick Thistle[edit]

Lindsay was born in Glasgow and attended St Ninian's High School in Giffnock where he played in the school football team along with Andrew Robertson.[4][5] After joining the youth system at Partick Thistle in 2011, Lindsay signed his first professional contract with the club on 6 June 2012.[6] He made his debut for the club in their final match of the 2012–13 season, a 0–0 draw away to Dumbarton on 4 May 2013.[7] On 31 January 2014, Lindsay signed for Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic on loan for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[8] He made his debut on 1 February 2014, as Alloa drew 1–1 with Dundee.[9] He played 11 times for Alloa helping them to avoid a relegation play-off.[10]

After returning to Partick Thistle, Lindsay signed a new two-year contract with the club in June 2014.[11] Lindsay made his full Scottish Premiership debut, playing 90 minutes on 4 January 2015, in a 2–2 draw with high-flying Dundee United.[12] On 29 January 2015, Lindsay signed for Scottish League One side Airdrieonians on a loan deal until the end of the 2014–15 season.[13] Lindsay played 13 matches for Airdrieonians scoring once in a 1–0 away win against Peterhead on 25 April 2015.[14][15]

Lindsay broke into Partick's first team in the 2015–16 season after impressing manager Alan Archibald in pre-season.[16] He scored his first goal for Partick Thistle in a 1–1 draw with Dundee on 8 December 2015.[17] He was sent-off twice during the campaign firstly against Kilmarnock in August 2015 and then against Dundee in January 2016.[18][19] Lindsay played 27 times in 2015–16 as Partick finished in 9th position.[20] He became a main stay of the defence in 2016–17 which saw him make 42 appearances, scoring seven goals as the Jags finished in 6th position after.[21]

Lindsay was named in the Scottish Premiership 2016–17 Team of the Year; he was only player outside of Aberdeen and Celtic to be in the team.[22]

Barnsley[edit]

In June 2017 he turned down a prospective transfer to English club Oxford United.[23] Later that month Partick Thistle accepted an offer for Lindsay from Barnsley.[24] Lindsay signed a three-year contract with Barnsley on 22 June.[25] He made his Barnsley debut on 26 August 2017 in a 3–0 victory against Sunderland.[26] Lindsay settled into life at Barnsley well and by November 2017 there were calls for him to earn a Scotland call-up.[27] However Barnsley hit poor form around December and they ended up being relegated after losing 4–1 at Derby County in the final match of the 2017–18 season.[28] In 2018–19 under the management of Daniel Stendel, Lindsay formed a strong partnership with Ethan Pinnock as the Tykes held the best defensive record in the EFL with only 39 goals conceded and kept 21 clean sheets helping them secure second spot and a return to the Championship at the first time of asking.[29][30][31]

Stoke City[edit]

Lindsay joined Stoke City on 25 June 2019 for an initial fee of £2 million, rising to £2.5 million, along with Barnsley teammate Adam Davies.[32][33] He scored his first goal for Stoke against Birmingham City on 31 August 2019.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Lindsay's uncle Ricky Gillies is also a professional footballer, whilst his father, James, was once on the books at Celtic.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 September 2019
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
Partick Thistle 2012–13[7] Scottish First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14[10] Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[14] Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16[20] Scottish Premiership 25 1 2 0 0 0 27 1
2016–17[21] Scottish Premiership 35 6 2 0 4 1 42 7
Total 63 7 4 0 4 1 0 0 71 8
Alloa Athletic (loan) 2013–14[10] Scottish Championship 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Airdrieonians (loan) 2014–15[14] Scottish League One 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Barnsley 2017–18[36] Championship 42 1 1 0 1 0 44 1
2018–19[37] League One 41 1 3 0 0 0 2 1 46 2
Total 83 2 4 0 1 0 2 1 90 3
Stoke City 2019–20[38] Championship 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 1
Career total 176 11 9 0 6 1 2 1 193 13

Honours[edit]

Barnsley

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Liam Lindsay at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Liam Lindsay". Barnsley F.C. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Good luck to @stninianshigh former pupil Liam Lindsay who has started for @ThistleTweet v Dundee Utd #stniniansconveyorbelt". Twitter.
  5. ^ "From 'Cheeky Chappy' to Liverpool Star: The Early Years That Made Andy Robertson". Bleacher report. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  6. ^ "THREE NEW YOUNG JAGS SIGN". Partick Thistle F.C. 6 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ a b "DUMBARTON 0 PARTICK THISTLE 0". Partick Thistle F.C. 4 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Wasps add defender". Alloa Athletic F.C. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  9. ^ "New Alloa boy Liam Lindsay thrilled with Dundee debut draw". Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
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  11. ^ Jack, Chris (26 June 2014). "Banzo set to touch base for training". Evening Times. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  12. ^ Lindsay, Clive (4 January 2015). "Partick Thistle 2-2 Dundee United". BBC Sport.
  13. ^ "LIAM LINDSAY". Airdrieonians F.C. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ a b c "Games played by Liam Lindsay in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Peterhead 0–1 Airdrieonians". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Liam Lindsay is desperate to repay Alan Archibald's faith in him as teen hope to face up to boyhood heroes Celtic". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  17. ^ Brian McLauchlin (8 December 2015). "Dundee 1-1 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport.
  18. ^ "Partick Thistle 2–2 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Partick Thistle 2–4 Dundee". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
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  21. ^ a b "Games played by Liam Lindsay in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Liam Lindsay selected in PFA Scotland team of the year". PTFC. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  23. ^ Kenny Crawford (17 June 2017). "Liam Lindsay: Partick Thistle defender opts not to join Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  24. ^ Jonathan Sutherland (20 June 2017). "Liam Lindsay: Partick Thistle agree fee with Barnsley for central defender". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Liam Lindsay: Barnsley sign Partick Thistle defender for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Barnsley 3–0 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Liam Lindsay loving life at Barnsley as he attracts interest from English Premier League giants". Daily Record. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  28. ^ "Derby 4–1 Barnsley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  29. ^ "All's well at Oakwell: how Barnsley built Football League's tightest defence". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  30. ^ "New centre-back Mads hoping to improve EFL's best defence". Barnsley Chronicle. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  31. ^ "League One promotion: Luton Town and Barnsley return to Championship for 2019-20". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  32. ^ "Stoke City: Liam Lindsay, Adam Davies, Jordan Cousins, Nick Powell & Lee Gregory join Potters". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  33. ^ "Davies, Powell, Gregory, Cousins and Lindsay arrive…". Stoke City. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  34. ^ "Birmingham 2-1 Stoke". BBC. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  35. ^ "Partick defender Liam Lindsay keeps football in the family". Planet Radio. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  36. ^ "Games played by Liam Lindsay in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Liam Lindsay in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  38. ^ "Games played by Liam Lindsay in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  39. ^ "League One: 2018/19: Current table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
    "Barnsley: Squad details: 2018/19". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
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