Nicky Hunt

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Nicky Hunt
Nicky Hunt CAFC.jpg
Hunt celebrates Crewe win at Crawley Town, August 2019.
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Brett Hunt[1]
Date of birth (1983-09-03) 3 September 1983 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Westhoughton,[2] England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Crewe Alexandra
Number 15
Youth career
0000–2001 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2010 Bolton Wanderers 128 (1)
2008Birmingham City (loan) 11 (0)
2010Derby County (loan) 21 (0)
2010–2012 Bristol City 7 (0)
2012 Preston North End 17 (1)
2012–2013 Rotherham United 9 (0)
2013Accrington Stanley (loan) 11 (0)
2013–2015 Accrington Stanley 66 (0)
2015–2016 Mansfield Town 19 (0)
2016–2017 Leyton Orient 50 (1)
2017–2018 Notts County 13 (0)
2018– Crewe Alexandra 31 (1)
National team
2004–2005 England U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:34, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Nicholas Brett Hunt (born 3 September 1983) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right back for Crewe Alexandra. He made 127 Premier League appearances for Bolton Wanderers and more than 250 in the Football League for a variety of clubs, and represented England at under-21 level.

Club career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Hunt made his professional debut as a substitute for Colin Hendry in the First Division match against Sheffield United on the final day of the 2000–01 regular season, shortly before Bolton Wanderers won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs. He had to wait some time for further first-team opportunities, only playing in two FA Cup ties (against Sunderland in January 2003) before making his breakthrough at the start of the 2003–04 season when he became a key part of the defence and a first-team regular for Bolton. His Premier League debut came in the 4–0 defeat at Manchester United on 16 August 2003. He made over a century of appearances for the club, scoring once, against Liverpool in February 2004.[3] His form earned him a four-year contract at Bolton, taking him until the end of the 2010–11 season, which he signed on 30 August 2007.

Birmingham City loan[edit]

The departure of Sam Allardyce to Newcastle United and his eventual replacement by Gary Megson saw Hunt fall out of favour at the Reebok Stadium[citation needed] and he joined Championship club Birmingham City on an emergency one-month loan deal as cover for the injured Stuart Parnaby and Stephen Kelly on 3 November 2008.[4] He made his debut the same day, in a 1–0 defeat to Coventry City at St Andrew's.[5] The loan was extended for a further month,[6] but on 30 December, a 24-hour recall clause in the loan agreement was invoked and the player returned to Bolton.[7]

Derby County loan[edit]

Despite being recalled Hunt played no further role for Bolton in the ensuing year and was again loaned out to a Championship club, this time Derby County, on 7 January 2010 as competition for the club's sole available rightback, Paul Connolly.[8] Initially a month's loan, it was extended until the end of the season.[9]

Bristol City[edit]

On 30 July 2010, Hunt signed a two-year deal with Championship club Bristol City.[10] He made his debut in a 3–0 loss to Millwall. Hunt made seven appearances in the first two months of the season, and an eighth in a 3–1 loss against Leeds United on 13 November, but that was his last for the club.[11] Under Steve Coppell, Hunt was put in the first team which gave Hunt his debut for the club until Coppell's unexpected resignation over his lack of passion for the job. Under Coppell's assistant manager Keith Millen, Hunt was given more playing time until Hunt fell out favour with Millen. Things came to a head when Hunt replaced an injured Louis Carey in a game against Leeds. At the time City were drawing 1–1 in a hard-fought game but went on to lose 3–1. Millen favoured Carey and Jordan Spence at right back until he was sacked.[citation needed] At the start of the 2011–12 season, Millen was keen to offload him but received no offers for the player.[12] On 31 January 2012, Hunt's contract was terminated.[13]

Preston North End[edit]

A few days later, Hunt signed a short-term deal with Preston North End as a free agent.[14] He played regularly over the next few months,[15] and was released when his contract expired.[16]

Rotherham United[edit]

Hunt signed for Rotherham United on 22 May 2012.[17] A hamstring tear during a pre-season friendly delayed his competitive debut, he played just a few matches before falling out of favour, and he joined Accrington Stanley on loan in January 2013.[18][19]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

On his third appearance, Hunt collided with Plymouth Argyle's Ronan Murray, lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital after ten minutes of treatment on the pitch. Once his recovery was well on the way, the loan was extended to the end of the season.[20][21]

He signed for Stanley on a two-year deal in June 2013 after Rotherham released him from his contract.[22]

Hunt chose to leave Stanley at the end of his contract.[23]

Mansfield Town[edit]

In June 2015 he signed for Mansfield Town.[23]

Leyton Orient[edit]

In the January 2016 transfer window, Hunt joined Leyton Orient until the end of the season with an option for a further year.[24] He scored his first goal for Orient in a 3–0 win at Colchester United on 12 November 2016.[25]

Notts County[edit]

On 1 August 2017, Hunt signed for Notts County.[26] He was released at the end of the season.[27]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

On 31 July 2018, Hunt joined Crewe Alexandra on a one-year deal after a successful trial,[28] making his first team debut on 4 August 2018, coming on as a 29th minute substitute for George Ray in a 6-0 win over Morecambe.[29] He signed a new one-year deal in May 2019.[30] On 12 October 2019, he scored his first Crewe goal (and fourth professional goal) in a 4-2 Crewe win at Carlisle United.[31]

International career[edit]

Hunt won ten England U21 caps, the first in February 2004 against the Netherlands.[2][32]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 November 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
Bolton Wanderers 2000–01[33] First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02[34] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03[35] Premier League 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2003–04[36] Premier League 31 1 1 0 6 0 38 1
2004–05[37] Premier League 29 0 4 0 1 0 34 0
2005–06[38] Premier League 20 0 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 25 0
2006–07[39] Premier League 33 0 2 0 2 0 37 0
2007–08[40] Premier League 14 0 1 0 1 0 8[a] 0 24 0
2008–09[41] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[42] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 128 1 12 0 11 0 10 0 161 1
Birmingham City (loan) 2008–09[41] Championship 11 0 11 0
Derby County (loan) 2009–10[42] Championship 21 0 2 0 23 0
Bristol City 2010–11[11] Championship 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Preston North End 2011–12[15] League One 17 1 17 1
Rotherham United 2012–13[43] League Two 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2012–13[43] League Two 11 0 11 0
Accrington Stanley 2013–14[44] League Two 37 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
2014–15[45] League Two 29 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
Total 77 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 80 0
Mansfield Town 2015–16[46] League Two 19 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
Leyton Orient 2015–16[46] League Two 16 0 16 0
2016–17[47] League Two 34 1 1 0 1 0 2[b] 0 38 1
Total 50 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 54 1
Notts County 2017–18[48] League Two 13 0 2 0 1 0 3[b] 0 19 0
Crewe Alexandra 2018–19[49] League Two 22 0 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 25 0
2019–20[50] League Two 12 1 1 0 0 0 1[b] 0 14 1
Total 34 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 39 1
Career total 386 4 21 0 18 0 17 0 442 4
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Bolton 2–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Birmingham sign Hunt in loan deal". BBC Sport. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Birmingham 0–1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Hunt extends Birmingham loan deal". BBC Sport. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Hunt back to Bolton". Birmingham City F.C. 30 December 2008. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Rams sign Hunt on loan". Derby County F.C. 7 January 2010. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010.
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  10. ^ "Robins land Hunt and Stewart". Sky Sports. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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  12. ^ "Millen – No Hunt interest". Sky Sports. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Duo released by Robins". Sky Sports. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Preston North End sign Nicky Hunt & Aaron Brown". BBC Sport. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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  18. ^ "Nicky's on the Hunt for form". The Star. Sheffield. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  19. ^ Robson, Dany (3 January 2013). "Nicky Hunt looking to kick-start career at Accrington Stanley". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Richardson is on the Hunt for Nicky". Accrington Observer. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Accrington Stanley extend Hunt deal". Lancashire Telegraph. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Accrington Stanley: James Beattie signs up Nicky Hunt". BBC Sport. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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  24. ^ "Hunt checks in at Orient". Leyton Orient F.C. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Colchester United 0–3 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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  29. ^ "Crewe Alexandra 6-0 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Crewe Alexandra: Nicky Hunt signs new deal, but George Ray rejects contract offer". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Carlisle United 2-4 Crewe Alexandra". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  32. ^ "England U21 3–2 Holland U21". BBC Sport. 17 February 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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  44. ^ "Games played by Nicky Hunt in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  45. ^ "Games played by Nicky Hunt in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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  50. ^ "Games played by Nicky Hunt in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 October 2019.