Martyn Waghorn

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Martyn Waghorn
Martyn Waghorn 2015.jpg
Waghorn playing for Rangers in 2015
Personal information
Full name Martyn Thomas Waghorn[1]
Date of birth (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth South Shields, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 33
Youth career
1998–2007 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Sunderland 6 (0)
2008–2009 Charlton Athletic (loan) 7 (1)
2009–2010 Leicester City (loan) 43 (12)
2010–2014 Leicester City 59 (8)
2011 Hull City (loan) 5 (1)
2013 Millwall (loan) 14 (3)
2014 Wigan Athletic (loan) 9 (3)
2014–2015 Wigan Athletic 29 (5)
2015– Rangers 32 (21)
National team
2009 England U19 2 (0)
2011–2012 England U21 5 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:07, 29 October 2016 (UTC).


Martyn Thomas Waghorn (born 23 January 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premiership club Rangers. He is a former England U21 international.

Waghorn had been with Sunderland since the age of eight and made his first team debut for the club in December 2007 against Manchester United at the age of 17. He had loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Leicester City before joining Leicester on a permanent deal on 31 August 2010.

He played sparingly for Leicester, spending time out on loan at Hull City, Millwall and Wigan Athletic before signing permanently for the latter in 2014. After one season at the DW Stadium, he left England for the first time, joining Rangers.

Club career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Waghorn playing for Sunderland reserves.

Waghorn was born in South Shields.[1] From the age of eight Waghorn played for his local team Sunderland and he progressed through the youth system at the Academy of Light to reach the Under-18 team. Waghorn scored the first hat-trick of his career on 12 December 2007 in a 6–1 win against Norwich City in the FA Youth Cup third round.[2] He scored twice in a 4–2 win against local rivals Newcastle United a few days later at the Academy of Light, both of the goals being penalties.[3]

Waghorn made his first team debut against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on 26 December 2007; the match finished 4–0 to Manchester United.[4] The player, usually a striker, had to play in left midfield, and after the match manager Roy Keane heaped praise on the young player, predicting that he would have a "long and successful career".[5] Waghorn signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with Sunderland in February 2008, which Keane described as good for both Sunderland and the player.[6] His only appearance for the club in the 2008–09 season was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 1 November, a 5–0 loss.[7]

Loan to Charlton Athletic[edit]

Waghorn joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on a month's loan on 17 November 2008.[8] On 15 December, Waghorn scored his first goal, in a 2–2 draw at home against Derby County.[9] The loan deal was extended for a second month.[10] He made seven appearances for the club in a season that would end in relegation to League One.

Leicester City[edit]

Waghorn playing for Leicester City, March 2010

On 6 August 2009, Waghorn joined Leicester City on loan until 11 January 2010, having turned down interest from Carlisle United.[11][12] Waghorn made his competitive debut for Leicester as a substitute against Swansea City, scoring the equalising goal as Leicester won 2–1.[13] His first 11 games for Leicester were all as a substitute, but Waghorn expressed his satisfaction as an impact player.[14] He made his first league start for Leicester against Reading, scoring the winning goal.[15] Waghorn scored his first professional brace against Queens Park Rangers in a 4–0 win.[16] His overall performance earned him the club's young player of the year award on 28 April 2010.[17] Waghorn missed the last penalty kick in a 4–3 defeat on penalties to Cardiff City in the Championship play-offs semi-final second leg on 12 May 2010.[18] He scored 12 goals in 28 starts for the club during his loan period.[19]

Waghorn on the bench for Leicester City in 2011.

On 31 August 2010, Waghorn rejoined Leicester on a permanent deal for a fee rising to £3 million to help fund Sunderland's record signing Asamoah Gyan.[20] He was disappointed with the lack of opportunities at his former club,[21] and happily dropped down a division because the lure of playing regular football was too good to turn down.[22] Waghorn made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Coventry City on 11 September,[23] scoring his first goal in a 4–3 defeat to Norwich City on 28 September.[24] He failed to win a regular place when Sven-Göran Eriksson became manager on 3 October.[25] Nonetheless, injury concerns at the club prevented Waghorn from joining Derby County on loan during the January transfer window.[26] A hamstring injury suffered during training ruled Waghorn out for the rest of the 2011 season on 6 April.[27]

Loan to Hull City[edit]

Hull City completed the loan signing of Waghorn on 31 August 2011 which would have lasted until January 2012.[28] He made his debut on 10 September 2011 in a 1–0 win at Peterborough United.[29] On 27 September 2011 against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Matty Fryatt found himself with space to deliver a low cross along the six-yard box and although Neil Sullivan might have been disappointed not to cut it out, Waghorn was there to apply the finish from close range.[30] He returned to Leicester on 6 December 2011 after suffering a hamstring injury during his loan spell.[31]

Loan to Millwall[edit]

After making only two substitute appearances for Leicester, Waghorn joined Millwall on a three-month loan deal on 12 September.[32] He scored on his debut against Derby County on 14 September.[33] He scored his second goal for the club on 5 October, in a 5–2 defeat against AFC Bournemouth.[34]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Waghorn joined Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season. During his period on loan, Waghorn scored 3 goals in 9 appearances for the club.[35] After impressing at Wigan, his transfer was made permanent on 4 April joining on a free transfer.[36] During his permanent time at Wigan, Waghorn scored four goals in 17 appearances over the course of two seasons in the Championship, the latter ending with relegation.

Rangers[edit]

On 20 July 2015, Waghorn signed a three-year deal with Scottish Championship side Rangers along with Wigan teammate James Tavernier.[37] He continued using 33 as his squad number, as with previous clubs, due to superstition. Waghorn scored a double on his debut for Rangers in the Scottish Challenge Cup against Hibernian on 25 July.[38] He netted twice from the penalty-spot in a 5–1 defeat of Queen of the South on 30 August. He scored twice from the penalty spot again in a 5–0 win over Raith Rovers at Ibrox on 5 September.[39] His striking dominance continued when he scored two goals in a 2–1 win over Dumbarton on 21 September.[40]

He scored his first senior hat-trick in a 4–0 win over Greenock Morton on 27 September, taking his league goal tally to 11 and his overall tally to 14, making him the leading goal scorer in the league. He received the Scottish Championship Player of the Month Award for September due to his performances on the pitch.[41] He then scored two goals in a 4–0 victory against Alloa Athletic on 7 November, taking his overall tally to 17 goals. He another treble in a 5–1 victory over Cowdenbeath in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. On 16 February 2016, Waghorn sustained a knee ligament injury in Rangers's 2–1 over Kilmarnock after being tackled by former Rangers defender Steven Smith and was ruled out for 6–8 weeks.[42]

International career[edit]

Waghorn represented England under-19 twice, against Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina.[43]

Waghorn was included in the 27-man England under-21 squad to face both Azerbaijan and Israel in September 2011.[44][45] He made his debut in the game against Azerbaijan, a 6–0 victory, and scored a goal in the 79th minute, having come on as a substitute 12 minutes earlier.[46] In his second appearance for the under-21 team Waghorn was in the starting line-up. He scored a header against Israel from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross.[47]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13:14, 26 November 2016 (UTC)[48]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2007–08 Premier League 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Total 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2008–09 Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Leicester City (loan) 2009–10 Championship 43 12 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 47 12
Leicester City 2010–11 Championship 30 4 2 0 0 0 32 4
2011–12 Championship 4 1 0 0 1 0 5 1
2012–13 Championship 22 3 3 0 1 0 26 3
2013–14 Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 102 20 6 0 4 0 2 0 114 20
Hull City (loan) 2011–12 Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Millwall (loan) 2013–14 Championship 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
Wigan Athletic 2013–14 Championship 15 5 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 17 5
2014–15 Championship 23 3 0 0 1 0 24 3
Total 38 8 0 0 1 0 2 0 41 8
Rangers 2015–16 Scottish Championship 25 20 4 4 3 1 4[b] 3 36 28
2016–17 Scottish Premiership 9 1 0 0 5 7 14 8
Total 34 21 4 4 7 6 5 5 50 36
Career total 206 54 11 4 13 6 9 5 239 69
  1. ^ a b All appearances in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in Scottish Challenge Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rangers

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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