Luke Hubbins

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Luke Hubbins
Personal information
Full name Luke Anthony Hubbins[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 25)[A]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Tamworth
Youth career
000?–2003 Cadbury Athletic Juniors
2003–2010 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2010–2011 Notts County (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Tamworth (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2013 AFC Telford United 32 (2)
2013 Worcester City 5 (0)
2014–2015 Leamington 0 (0)
2015– Tamworth 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:04, 9 February 2016 (UTC).

Luke Anthony Hubbins (born 11 September 1991[A]) is an English footballer. He began his career with Birmingham City, but made his professional debut in August 2010 in the Football League Cup while on loan to Notts County, and also spent a brief spell on loan to Conference National club Tamworth. He never played for Birmingham's first team, and was released at the end of the 2011–12 season, when he signed for AFC Telford United of the Conference. He plays either as a winger or at right back. On 2 May 2013 he left A.F.C. Telford United.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hubbins, from the Weoley Castle district of Birmingham, played for junior club Cadbury Athletic from under-9s to under-13s before joining Birmingham City's Academy in 2003. As a 16-year-old he appeared for the club's reserve team,[3][4] and in 2009 he scored the late goal which took the academy team through to the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 1985. According to the Birmingham Mail, he "won a 50–50 and broke down the inside-right channel and placed a shot high into the net, making light of the difficulty caused by the ball bobbling up as he went through."[5][6]

Described as "a pacey, tricky winger who is not afraid of taking on a full-back while still having an eye for goal",[7] Hubbins was included in the first-team squad for friendly matches before the 2009–10 season.[8] In July 2010, Hubbins signed his first one-year professional contract.[9]

Notts County (loan)[edit]

Prior to the 2010–11 season, Hubbins joined Notts County, newly promoted to League One, on trial. He was recommended by Birmingham Academy coach, and former player for both clubs, Phil Robinson. The trial was successful and the player joined on loan until 18 January 2011, linking up with Birmingham teammate Jake Jervis, also on loan at County.[10][11] Hubbins made his debut for the club on 24 August 2010 in the starting eleven for the Football League Cup second-round tie away against Watford. He played 59 minutes as his club won 2–1.[12] He started in the Football League Trophy defeat to Sheffield Wednesday the following week,[13] but made no more first-team appearances before the loan expired.[14]

Return to Birmingham[edit]

At the end of the 2010–11 season, Hubbins signed a six-month contract extension.[15] He was named among the substitutes for four first-team matches in the early part of the campaign in the UEFA Europa League and the Championship, never taking the field.[16] His performances for the reserves earned him a further contract extension for the remainder of the season.[17]

On 24 January 2012, Hubbins joined Conference National club Tamworth on loan until 19 February.[18] He made his debut the same day in a 3–0 league defeat to Ebbsfleet United, and was the Tamworth Herald's "star man" despite having to leave the field after an hour with a hamstring injury predicted to keep him out for a month.[19]

He made no further first-team appearances, and was released by Birmingham when his contract expired at the end of the 2011–12 season.[20]

AFC Telford United[edit]

Hubbins signed for Conference National club AFC Telford United on 18 May 2012.[21] He left the club on 2 May 2013.

Worcester City[edit]

Hubbins signed for another Conference National club, Worcester City, on 31 July 2013,[22] but in mid-September he decided to leave and take a break from the game.[23]

Leamington[edit]

On 11 August 2014, Hubbins made a return to football, and signed for Conference North side Leamington[24] Hubbins left the club at the end of that season following the expiry of his contract.

Notes[edit]

A. a b Several different published dates of birth exist for Mr Hubbins. Soccerbase[14] and UEFA[25] list 17 December 1992. ESPN[26] lists 12 May 1992, and the Birmingham City F.C. website also used to list that date,[27] but they later changed it to 11 September 1991.[28] Soccerway[16] also lists 11 September 1991.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists". Premier League. 1 September 2010. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "First Team – Players & Coaches – Luke Hubbins". AFC Telford. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Clarke, Andy (2008). "Chairman's Season Review 2007/08" (PDF). Cadbury Athletic Juniors F.C. Retrieved 6 August 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Youngsters net pro deals". Birmingham City F.C. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Blues seal Semi spot". The Football Association. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Tattum, Colin (17 March 2009). "Luke Hubbins leaves it late to set up Liverpool semi-final". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Walker, Andy (29 March 2009). "Birmingham City's Luke Hubbins is hot on the heels of Sinclair". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nottingham Forest 2 v 1 Birmingham City". Nottingham Forest F.C. 5 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Birmingham City make further local signings for the future". Birmingham Mail. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Magpies' striker sidelined until September". Nottingham Post. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Hubbins Loan Confirmed". Notts County F.C. 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Watford 1–2 Notts County". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Match report: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Notts County 1". Nottingham Post. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Games played by Luke Hubbins in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Academy product nets deal". Birmingham City F.C. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "L. Hubbins". Soccerway. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hubbins pens contract extension". Birmingham City F.C. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "Luke joins the Lambs". Birmingham City F.C. 24 January 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Match analysis: Ebbsfleet 3 Tamworth FC 0". Tamworth Herald. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
    "Law: 'This is my toughest spell as a football manager'". Tamworth Herald. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Murphy's deal extended". Birmingham City F.C. 16 May 2012. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Bucks sign Hubbins". AFC Telford United. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Carley, Steve (31 July 2013). "Worcester City make double signing". Worcester News. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  23. ^ Carley, Steve (16 September 2013). "City are left stunned as Hubbins quits the club". Worcester News. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  24. ^ Luke Hubbins signs | Leamington FC
  25. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2011/12 season Matchweek stats pack Matchweek 6" (PDF). UEFA. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Luke Hubbins". ESPNFC. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Player Profiles: Luke Hubbins". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. 
  28. ^ "Player Profiles: Luke Hubbins". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. 

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