Luke Chambers

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Luke Chambers
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Chambers playing for Ipswich Town in 2015
Personal information
Full name Luke Chambers[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Kettering, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 4
Youth career
2001–2003 Northampton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Northampton Town 125 (1)
2007–2012 Nottingham Forest 205 (17)
2012– Ipswich Town 315 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:28, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Luke Chambers (born 28 September 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender. He is the captain of Ipswich Town.

He is primarily a centre back but can also play as a right back. Chambers has previously played for Northampton Town for whom he made over 100 appearances in five years, and Nottingham Forest where he made over 200 appearances. He is well known for his fist-pump celebration which he often does with the supporters after full time whenever the team he plays for wins a game.[2]

Club career[edit]

Northampton Town[edit]

Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, Chambers made his debut for local side Northampton Town against Mansfield in 2003. He was named captain by then Northampton manager Colin Calderwood, who later signed him for Nottingham Forest.[3] His only goal as a Northampton player came against Swansea City in October 2006.[4]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Chambers playing for Nottingham Forest in 2011

Chambers signed for Forest for an undisclosed fee on 30 January 2007, rejoining former Northampton manager Calderwood.[3] His league debut came away against Bradford City. In his first season, he was mainly used as a substitute. During the 2007–08 season, Chambers was played regularly at right-back as part of a Forest defence that kept a record 24 clean sheets, eventually earning them promotion to the Championship. He scored eight goals in total, six of them in the league.

On 4 August 2008, Chambers signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the City Ground until 2011.[5] He began the 2008–09 season again selected at right-back. Criticism was expressed at his ability to fulfill that position at Championship level.[6] It wasn't until the arrival of new manager Billy Davies in January 2009 that Chambers was finally selected at centre-back. In the 2008–09 season he scored two goals:[7] the first was the decider in a 2–1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday[8] and the second came on the last game of the season in a 3–1 home win against relegated Southampton.[9]

Chambers started the 2009–10 season as he had ended the last and scoring two goals in the process. This was not enough to keep him in the team however, and the return of Kelvin Wilson from injury, combined with the presence of Chris Gunter at right-back, saw Chambers end the season with a limited number of appearances.[10]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Chambers signed a new two-year contract to keep him at the club until 2012.[11] Chambers started the 2010–11 season mainly as a substitute, however due to injuries and the poor form of Kelvin Wilson, he was given an opportunity at centre-back. On 18 December, Chambers scored his first goal of the season in a 3–0 home win against Crystal Palace.[12] He impressed with consistent performances, keeping Wilson out of the first team and becoming a first choice, alongside Wes Morgan, in the centre of Forest's defence.[10] He made 45 league starts, scoring 6 goals including two in the 5–1 win over Scunthorpe United. He was voted Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season.[13][14]

Chambers' form in the 2010–11 season resulted in interest from the Republic of Ireland national team that Chambers qualifies for through his grandfather.[15] On 5 August 2011, just before the start of the 2011–12 season, he was appointed as Nottingham Forest captain by new manager Steve McClaren,[16] and continued to skipper the side under the leadership of McClaren's replacement Steve Cotterill.[17] However, at the end of a difficult season for Forest, he turned down the offer of a new contract, and at midnight on 30 June 2012 Chambers became a free agent.

Ipswich Town[edit]

With his contract at Forest set to expire, Chambers was approached by several other Championship sides, before undertaking a medical at Portman Road on 3 July 2012.[18] Chambers signed a three-year deal at Ipswich Town on a free transfer on 9 July 2012.[19] He made his debut on 14 August 2012, in a 3–1 home win against Bristol Rovers in the League Cup.[20] He made his league debut four days later, in a 1–1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers.[21] On 1 September, he scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw at home to Huddersfield Town.[22] He also captained the club for the first time during the game due to the absence of regular captain Carlos Edwards through injury.[23] Playing as a central defender, Chambers was part of an Ipswich defence that kept 12 clean sheets in the last 22 games of the 2012–13 season.[24] Chambers impressed in his debut season at Portman Road, being named Town's Players' Player of the year.[25]

The 2013–14 season saw Chambers moved to right back, following the arrival of Christophe Berra. Chambers kept his starting place at right back for the entire 2013–14 season, making 48 appearances in all competitions, scoring 3 goals.[24] Chambers captained the Blues through the majority of the 2013–14 season, with the current club captain Carlos Edwards out of favour for most of the season.[26]

He continued to be a first team regular during the 2014–15 season. Chambers officially took over the role of club captain following the departure of Carlos Edwards. He made 50 appearances in all competitions across the 2014–15 season, scoring once, as Ipswich finished 6th in the Championship, qualifying for the Championship play-offs as a result.[27]

Chambers continued to play primarily as a right back during the 2015–16 season. He made 48 appearances across all competitions, scoring 3 goals, including a 90th-minute winner over QPR at Portman Road on Boxing Day 2015.[28]

He once again kept his place at right back for the 2016–17 season, making 48 appearances across the course of the season, scoring 4 goals, his highest goal return in a single season during his time at the club.[29] In May 2017 Chambers signed a new two-year deal with the club, keeping him at Portman Road until 2019. This was announced following speculation on his future at the club, with Chambers' former club Nottingham Forest offering him a new contract following the end of the 2016–17 season.[30]

The 2017–18 season saw Chambers return to the centre of defense, primarily playing alongside Adam Webster. He made a total of 39 appearances in all competitions during the season, including scoring in a 1–1 draw against local rivals Norwich City at Carrow Road on 18 February 2018.[31] He was forced to miss out on the final five games of the season due to suffering a cracked rib, following a collision with Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski during a 1–0 loss to Brentford at Griffin Park on 7 April 2018.[32] He worked alongside caretaker manager Bryan Klug following the departure of Mick McCarthy towards the end of the 2017–18 season, during this time he expressed his desire to manage Ipswich at some point in the future, he stated “I’d love to have that opportunity here one day. It’s a great club. I’d like to think I have given good service here as a player and I want that to continue. It’s also a great place to gain experience and progress as a coach."[33]

Chambers retained his captaincy following the arrival of Paul Hurst in 2018.[34] On 11 August 2018, in a match against Rotherham United at Portman Road, Chambers became Ipswich Town's highest appearance maker this century, having played 281 games for the club. Later that year on 30 November 2018, Chambers made his 300th appearance for the club in a 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.[35] He made 44 appearances during the 2018–19 season.[36] Despite rumors of a potential move to the MLS, in March 2019 Chambers committed his future to the club and signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2021. [37] He won the club's Player of the Year award for the 2018–19 season.[38]

He scored his first goal of the 2019–20 season on 17 August, netting a 94th minute equaliser in a 2–2 draw with Peterborough United at the London Road Stadium. He became the first Ipswich player since 1957 to have scored goals in the second and third tiers of English football for the club.[39]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 October 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
Northampton Town 2002–03[40] Division Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04[41] Division Three 24 0 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 29 0
2004–05[42] League Two 28 0 2 0 2 0 3[b] 0 35 0
2005–06[43] League Two 43 0 4 0 2 0 1[a] 0 50 0
2006–07[44] League One 29 1 3 0 1 0 1[a] 0 34 1
Total 125 1 11 0 7 0 6 0 149 1
Nottingham Forest 2006–07[44] League One 14 0 0 0 0 0 2[c] 0 16 0
2007–08[45] League One 42 6 3 0 2 0 1[a] 2 48 8
2008–09[46] Championship 39 2 3 0 2 0 44 2
2009–10[47] Championship 23 3 2 0 1 1 26 4
2010–11[48] Championship 44 6 2 1 1 0 2[d] 0 49 7
2011–12[49] Championship 43 0 1 0 2 0 46 0
Total 205 17 11 1 8 1 5 2 229 21
Ipswich Town 2012–13[50] Championship 44 3 0 0 2 0 46 3
2013–14[51] Championship 46 3 1 0 1 0 48 3
2014–15[52] Championship 45 1 2 0 1 0 2[d] 0 50 1
2015–16[28] Championship 45 3 1 0 2 0 48 3
2016–17[29] Championship 46 4 1 0 1 0 48 4
2017–18[31] Championship 37 1 1 0 1 0 39 1
2018–19[36] Championship 43 0 0 0 1 0 44 0
2019–20[53] League One 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 1
Total 315 16 6 0 10 0 2 0 333 16
Career total 645 34 28 1 25 1 13 2 711 38
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two Appearances in Football League Trophy, one appearance in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  4. ^ a b Appearances in Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Northampton Town

Nottingham Forest

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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