Marley Watkins

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Marley Watkins
Personal information
Full name Marley Joseph Watkins[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Lewisham, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bristol City
Number 15
Youth career
1999–2007 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Cheltenham Town 26 (1)
2010–2011Bath City (loan) 22 (3)
2011–2012 Bath City 37 (5)
2012–2013 Hereford United 34 (5)
2013–2015 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 59 (8)
2015–2017 Barnsley 76 (15)
2017–2018 Norwich City 24 (0)
2018– Bristol City 15 (2)
National team
2017– Wales 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:15, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Marley Joseph Watkins (born 17 October 1990) is a Wales international footballer who plays for Championship club Bristol City as a midfielder. He previously played for Cheltenham Town, Bath City, Hereford United, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Barnsley. He was called up the Wales national team squad for the first time in 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Lewisham in London, Watkins grew up in Swansea in Wales. Through his parents, he qualifies to play for Wales and France.[2] He is the grandson of Welsh poet Vernon Watkins (1906–1967).[3]

Career[edit]

Watkins started his career as a youth player at Swansea City but was released and he joined Cheltenham Town in 2008. On 9 August 2008, he made his first senior appearance for the club, playing in the last ten minutes of the 4–2 defeat at Northampton Town. In doing so, he became Cheltenham Town's youngest ever league player. He scored his first professional goal after coming on as a substitute against Northampton in the 2009–10 season.

In September 2010, Watkins joined Conference National side Bath City on loan.[4] He subsequently signed for Bath on a permanent basis in January 2011 after his successful loan spell.

At the start of the 2012–13 season, Watkins signed a one-year deal at Hereford United. Watkins enjoyed a successful start to his Hereford career by winning a 'Player of the Month' award in his first month at the club. He ultimately played 34 league games and scored five goals in his season at Hereford.

In June 2013 it was announced that Watkins would be joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the 2013–2014 season. He made his Scottish Premiership debut at Celtic Park on 24 August, coming on as a substitute in a 2–2 draw with Celtic.[5] On 30 May 2015, he opened the scoring for Inverness in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, as the club secured a 2–1 victory against Falkirk.[6] During Marley's time at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the club finished in the top 3 to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, got to the final of the Scottish League Cup and won football's oldest cup competition, the Scottish Cup. Marley scored and assisted one other in the final to help Inverness lift the cup.

Watkins was recently named on standby for the Wales squad to play against Belgium in a Euro 2016 Qualifier.

On 5 June 2015, Watkins signed for League One club Barnsley. In his first season with Barnsley, the club won the Johnstone Paint Trophy against Oxford, and won promotion via the play offs to gain promotion to the Championship. Marley scored 8 and got 9 assists in 42 games during his debut season with Barnsley. Additionally, Watkins scored in his Championship debut against Ipswich and assisted another with Barnsley losing the game, 4–2.

On 1 June 2017, Watkins signed for Championship club Norwich City on a free transfer. He joined the club on 1 July. He scored his first goal for Norwich in an EFL Cup tie against Charlton Athletic on 22 August 2017.[7]

On 15 June 2018, after one season at Norwich City, Watkins signed for fellow Championship side Bristol City for a fee of £1 million. The move reunited him with Lee Johnson, his manager at Barnsley.[8]

International career[edit]

Watkins was born in England, and is of Welsh and French descent.[9] Watkins was called up to the Wales national football team on 25 May 2017 for a match against Serbia on 11 June 2017.[10] He made his debut for the side on 14 November 2017 as a substitute during a 1–1 draw with Panama.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 December 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cheltenham Town 2008–09[12] League One 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2009–10[13] League Two 13 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 14 1
2010–11[14] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cheltenham total 26 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 28 1
Bath City (loan) 2010–11[14] Conference Premier 22 3 0 0 2[b] 0 24 3
Bath City 2011–12[15] Conference Premier 37 5 3 0 1[b] 0 41 5
Hereford United 2012–13[16] Conference Premier 34 5 1 0 1[b] 0 36 5
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2013–14[17] Scottish Premiership 26 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 33 1
2014–15[18] 33 7 5 2 1 0 0 0 39 9
Inverness total 59 8 9 2 4 0 0 0 72 10
Barnsley 2015–16[19] League One 34 5 1 0 2 1 5[c] 1 42 7
2016–17[20] Championship 42 10 2 0 1 0 45 10
Barnsley total 76 15 3 0 3 1 5 1 87 17
Norwich City 2017–18[21] Championship 24 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 27 1
Bristol City 2018–19[22] Championship 15 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 2
Career total 293 39 17 2 11 2 10 1 331 44
  1. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in the FA Trophy
  3. ^ Four appearances and two goals in the Football League Trophy and an appearance in the League One play-offs

Honours[edit]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Barnsley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marley Watkins". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Marley Watkins signs contract at Robins". Cheltenham Town F.C. 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40041499
  4. ^ "One in, one out at Bath City". The Bath Chronicle. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  5. ^ Celtic 2–2 Inverness CT. BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013
  6. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (30 May 2015). "Inverness CT 2–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Norwich 4-1 Charlton". BBC. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Marley Watkins: Bristol City sign Norwich and Wales forward for £1m". BBC Sport. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Could Cardiff City sign this wantaway Barnsley star this summer?". 10 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Ethan Ampadu: Exeter City youngster included in Wales squad". 25 May 2017 – via www.bbc.com.
  11. ^ "Wales 1–1 Panama". BBC Sport. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Marley Watkins in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  23. ^ name = "cup win"
  24. ^ Cartwright, Phil (3 April 2016). "Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  25. ^ Stevens, Rob (29 May 2016). "Barnsley 3–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2018.

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