Liam Rosenior

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Liam Rosenior
Liam Rosenior Lewes 0 BHA 0 18 July 2015.jpg
Rosenior in 2015
Personal information
Full name Liam James Rosenior
Date of birth (1984-07-09) 9 July 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Wandsworth, London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 23
Youth career
2001–2002 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Bristol City 23 (2)
2003–2007 Fulham 79 (0)
2004 Torquay United (loan) 10 (0)
2007–2010 Reading 64 (1)
2009–2010 Ipswich Town (loan) 29 (1)
2010–2015 Hull City 144 (1)
2015– Brighton & Hove Albion 30 (0)
National team
2005 England U20 4 (1)
2005–2007 England U21 7 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:55, 21 April 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Liam James Rosenior (born 9 July 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Brighton & Hove Albion. He is the son of former player and manager Leroy Rosenior, and spent time on loan at Torquay United, where his father was manager, during their promotion season (2003–04). He has also played for Bristol City, Fulham, Reading, Ipswich Town and Hull City.

Club career[edit]

Born in London, Rosenior started his career with Bristol City as a promising midfielder. Arguably his best moment came when he scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory for Bristol City against Carlisle United in the 2003 Football League Trophy Final at the Millennium Stadium. This would prove to be his last appearance for City as Fulham soon snapped him up.[1]

Rosenior was sent off against Blackburn for trying to start a fight with one of the Rovers players in the 70th minute on 7 May 2005.[citation needed] Rosenior soon became popular amongst Fulham fans due to his Afro hairstyle.[citation needed] During a match against Manchester City Rosenior made a seemingly impossible goal line clearance while the score was at 1–1, Fulham going on to win the game 2–1 with Steed Malbranque scoring in the last minute. Rosenior later told reporters that he was able to clear the ball in that manner due to his Afro hairstyle.[2] He scored once for Fulham, in a League Cup tie against Lincoln City on 21 September 2005.[3]

Rosenior (right) playing for Hull City alongside Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in 2014.

He signed a four-year extension to his Fulham contract in July 2006, but left Fulham for Reading on 31 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, with Seol Ki-Hyeon going the other way.[4] His debut for Reading came in a 2–1 defeat to Sunderland on 15 September 2007,[5] and he scored his first goal for Reading in a 7–4 defeat to Portsmouth on 29 September 2007, although it was initially awarded to Stephen Hunt.[6]

On 2 September 2009 Rosenior joined Ipswich Town on loan for the remainder of 2009–10 season. He scored his first goal for Ipswich against Barnsley on 3 October 2009.[7]

Hull City[edit]

On 29 October 2010 Rosenior joined Hull City on a short-term agreement until 1 January 2011.[8] He made his debut the following day in the away match at Barnsley.[9] He signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Hull on 21 December 2010. Saying "I'm delighted, It's something that we kind of half agreed when I first came here, but it relied on the takeover being completed for me to stay".[10]

2013–14 season[edit]

On 18 August 2013, Rosenior was an unused substitute as Hull lost 2–0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the season. On 22 March 2014, Rosenior scored his only goal for Hull City when heading the rebound in from a Nikica Jelavić penalty that was saved by West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.[11] On 17 May 2014 he started in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Arsenal.[12]

On 28 May 2015 Hull City released Rosenior and five other players who were out of contract at the end of the 2014–15 season.[13]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 23 June 2015, Rosenior signed for Brighton & Hove Albion on a three-year deal following his release from Hull City.[14]

International career[edit]

Rosenior was called up to the England U21 squad in March 2005, and made his début in a 2–2 draw with Germany U21 on 25 March 2005,[15] closely followed by a second cap in a 2–0 win over Azerbaijan U21 on 29 March 2005[16] His performances earned him a call up to the England U20 squad for the Toulon Tournament in June 2005, where he played three times and scored one goal.[17]

However, it would be over a year and a half before he would add to his England U21 caps, with the next one coming against Netherlands U21 on 14 November 2006.[18] Rosenior made it into the squad for the 2007 European U21 Championship, but only made one appearance, as a substitute in the semi final against Holland U21.[19] He took part in the epic shootout in this game, scoring his penalty as England lost 13–12. Due to his age, this would prove to be his seventh and last appearance for the England U21 team.


  1. ^ "Rosenior joins FFC". Fulham Official Website. 12 November 2003. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Williams, Richard (2 May 2006). "McClaren is an average coach and should get an average wage". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Fulham 5–4 Lincoln (aet)". BBC Sport. 21 September 2005. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rosenior signs as Seol departs". Reading F.C. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (15 September 2007). "Sunderland 2–1 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Rosenior is given Pompey goal". Reading F.C. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Barnsley 2–1 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 3 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Tigers Bring In Rosenior". Tigers Official Website (Hull City A.F.C.). 29 October 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Barnsley 1–1 Hull". BBC Sport (BBC). 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Place To Be For Liam". Hull City A.F.C. 22 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hull 2 – 0 West Brom". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Arsenal 3-2 Hull". BBC. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hull City: Paul McShane and Steve Harper among six released". BBC Sport (BBC). 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Albion Sign Experienced Defender". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 23 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Late leveller foils U21s". 25 March 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2007. [dead link]
  16. ^ "U21s back to winning ways". 29 March 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2007. [dead link]
  17. ^ "England U20s, Results 2004/05". Retrieved 22 September 2007. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Hoyte halts Holland". 14 November 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2007. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Unlucky 13 for England". 20 June 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2007. [dead link]

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