Matt Tootle

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Matt Tootle
Personal information
Full name Matthew James Anthony Tootle[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-11) 11 October 1990 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Knowsley, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Notts County
Number 2
Youth career
1998–2009 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Crewe Alexandra 199 (2)
2015–2016 Shrewsbury Town 16 (0)
2016– Notts County 33 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:38, 18 April 2017 (UTC).

Matthew James Anthony Tootle (born 11 October 1990) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Notts County.

Career[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Joining Crewe as an eight-year old,[3] Tootle signed his first professional contract after making an impression on Crewe manager Gudjon Thordarsson in July 2009.

He made his full debut on 21 November for Crewe Alexandra in a 2–2 draw, away at Northampton Town in League Two, playing the full 90 minutes.[4] Tootle became a regular in the first team after Dario Gradi took over for his third spell as Crewe manager. His first goal in senior football came in Crewe's 2–2 draw with Rochdale on Boxing Day 2009.[5]

Tootle appeared in the 2012 Football League Two play-off Final at Wembley, as Crewe beat Cheltenham Town 2–0 to win promotion to League One after three seasons in League Two.[6] Less than a year later, Tootle became a winner at Wembley for the second time, playing the whole match as Crewe defeated Southend 2–0 in the 2013 Football League Trophy Final.[7]

As Crewe battled against relegation in the 2013–14 season, Tootle replaced teammate Abdul Osman as captain of the side in March 2014. Crewe stayed up following a final-day win over Preston North End, and following Osman's departure it was decided he would continue in this role for the 2014–15 season.[8]

Despite not featuring since October 2014 due to injury and illness, Crewe offered Tootle a contract extension at the end of the season.[9]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Tootle moved to Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract on 16 June 2015.[10] He made his debut on the opening day of the 2015–16 season against Millwall,[11] and scored his first goal for the club in a League Cup second-round tie against Crystal Palace,[12] but he did not feature again at first-team level following a defeat at Port Vale on 31 October.[13] He was released from his contract one year early by mutual consent in June 2016.[14]

Notts County[edit]

On the same day that he left Shrewsbury Town, Tootle joined League Two side Notts County on a two-year contract.[13]

Style of play[edit]

Matt Tootle is a tenacious full back being comfortable on either the left or right back positions. He can also play as a winger. He's often praised for his work rate, athleticism, pace, stamina and adaptability which all make him an integral part for most teams.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 April 2017.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 2009–10[16] League Two 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 1
2010–11[17] 39 0 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 44 0
2011–12[18] 37 0 1 0 1 0 5[b] 0 44 0
2012–13[19] League One 37 1 2 0 0 0 5[a] 0 44 1
2013–14[20] 43 0 0 0 1 0 2[a] 0 46 0
2014–15[21] 15 0 0 0 2 1 1[a] 0 18 1
Total 199 2 4 0 6 1 15 0 224 3
Shrewsbury Town 2015–16[22] League One 16 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 18 1
Notts County 2016–17[23] League Two 33 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 38 2
Career total 248 4 7 0 9 3 16 0 280 7
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, three in Football League Two play-offs

Honours[edit]

with Crewe Alexandra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2013 and 28/02/2013" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2010). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2010–2011 (41st ed.). London: Headline. ISBN 978-0-7553-6107-6. 
  3. ^ "Matt Tootle leaves Crewe Alex for League One rivals Shrewsbury Town". Crewe Chronicle. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Northampton 2 – 2 Crewe". BBC Sport. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Crewe 2–2 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cheltenham Town 0–2 Crewe Alexandra". BBC Sport. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Johnstone's Paint Trophy final: Crewe 2–0 Southend". BBC Sport. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Crewe Alexandra: Matt Tootle delighted to be named club captain". Stoke Sentinel. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Captain Matt Tootle 'wants to stay' at Crewe Alex". Crewe Chronicle. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Matt Tootle: Shrewsbury Town sign Crewe Alexandra captain". BBC Sport. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 1–2 Millwall". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Crystal Palace 4–1 Shrewsbury Town (AET)". BBC Sport. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Matt Tootle: Former Shrewsbury Town defender joins Notts County". BBC Sport. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Tootle moves on". Shrewsweb. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Shrewsbury swoop for Crewe's Matt Tootle". Shropshire Star. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Matt Tootle in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 

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