Paul Heckingbottom

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Paul Heckingbottom
Personal information
Full name Paul Heckingbottom[1]
Date of birth (1977-07-17) 17 July 1977 (age 39)[1]
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Barnsley (head coach)
Youth career
1993–1995 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Sunderland 0 (0)
1997–1998 Scarborough (loan) 29 (0)
1998–1999 Hartlepool United (loan) 5 (1)
1999 Darlington (loan) 10 (0)
1999–2002 Darlington 105 (5)
2002–2003 Norwich City 15 (0)
2003–2004 Bradford City 43 (0)
2004–2006 Sheffield Wednesday 42 (4)
2006–2008 Barnsley 49 (1)
2007–2008 Bradford City (loan) 23 (0)
2008–2009 Bradford City 30 (0)
2009–2010 Mansfield Town 11 (1)
2010 Gateshead (loan) 15 (0)
2010–2011 Gateshead 21 (0)
2011 Harrogate Town 20 (0)
Total 418 (12)
Teams managed
2015 Barnsley (caretaker)
2016 Barnsley (caretaker)
2016– Barnsley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:55, 3 March 2012 (UTC).

Paul Heckingbottom (born 17 July 1977 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire) is an English former footballer. He is currently the head coach at Barnsley, whom he represented as a player between 2006 and 2008. Prior to being appointed to this role, he was employed as the manager of the club's development squad.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Heckingbottom was born in Barnsley and grew up in nearby Royston. As a child, he was a season ticket holder at the town's football club, along with his grandfather.[2] He started his football career at Manchester United as a trainee, but joined Sunderland in 1996 after failing to gain a professional contract. He had loan spells at Scarborough, Hartlepool United and Darlington, without featuring for Sunderland, before joining Darlington permanently in 1999. He made 126 appearances, scoring 6 goals, before catching the attention of First Division side Norwich City, who signed him in 2002 on a three-year contract.[3]

Heckingbottom made just 16 appearances for Norwich, including only 7 starts, resulting in him cancelling his contract with the club by mutual consent after one year.[4] He subsequently signed for Bradford City in July 2003, where he was named their Player of the Year at the end of his first season.[5] Bradford, however, were relegated to League One at the end of the 2003–04 season, and Heckingbottom left to join Sheffield Wednesday during the close-season.[6]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Heckingbottom was well favoured under both Wednesday managers Chris Turner and Paul Sturrock, making a total of 41 appearances at left back in his first season – more than any other player that year. He also scored four goals, helping The Owls to promotion to the Championship via the League One play-off final at the end of the 2004–05 season. Due to an injury sustained in pre-season he was put out of contention for the first 16 games of the 2005–06 season. When he returned to fitness, new signing John Hills had begun to make the left back spot his own. An injury to Hills left Heckingbottom able to re-stake his claim on the team, but he only managed a 4-game streak before once again succumbing to injury, this time Peter Gilbert taking his place in the squad. Sturrock allowed Heckingbottom a chance to prove himself in an FA Cup Third Round game against Charlton Athletic. He scored both of Wednesday's goals in the 4–2 defeat at Hillsborough, though this was not enough to establish himself as the club's first choice left back.

Barnsley[edit]

On 13 January 2006, Heckingbottom was sent on loan, with a view to a permanent move, to his boyhood club Barnsley.[7] He played an important part in the club's promotion campaign and win over Swansea City in the League One play-off final, scoring in the 4–3 penalty shootout victory that secured their promotion to the Championship. Heckingbottom played in 31 games for Barnsley the next season, as they comfortably avoided relegation. He scored once during his spell at Barnsley, in a 1–0 win over Tranmere Rovers on 18 February 2006.[8]

Bradford City[edit]

In July 2007, Heckingbottom returned to Bradford City on loan until 1 January 2008.[9] He played in all 23 league games during his loan spell, missing only an FA Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers after he was suspended following a red card in a 1–1 draw with Stockport County.[5][10] A week after his loan deal expired, his contract at Barnsley was cancelled by mutual consent and he signed a permanent 18-month deal at Bradford.[11] He missed his first league game of the 2007–08 season with four games left, when an ankle injury prevented him for playing against Brentford on 12 April 2008. Heckingbottom's place was taken by Luke O'Brien, who made his Bradford debut, in a 2–2 draw.[12][13]

He played in the club's first nine league games of the 2008–09 season, but was sent off in a 1–1 draw with Luton Town for two bookable offences.[14] His place was again taken by youngster O'Brien, and although Heckingbottom returned for an FA Cup game against Milton Keynes Dons, he suffered a tendonitis injury, which kept him out for five months.[15][16]

Bradford opted against offering Heckingbottom a contract extension, and he left the club in May 2009.[17]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Heckingbottom signed for Conference National side Mansfield Town on 2 June 2009, marking his first foray into the game outside of The Football League.[18] He sustained a hamstring injury in pre-season and did not play until October, in a 1–0 win over Forest Green Rovers, 11 months from when he last played a game of football.[19][20] He has since become a regular in the Mansfield line-up.[15] He scored his first and only Mansfield goal against Crawley Town on 14 November 2009.[21] On 1 February 2010, Heckingbottom joined Gateshead on loan until the end of the season.[22] making his debut on 13 February away at Hayes & Yeading United.

Gateshead[edit]

Heckingbottom signed for Gateshead on a permanent basis on 26 May 2010.[23] He made 22 appearances in all competitions during the 2010–11 season before he was released on 4 May 2011.[24]

Coaching career[edit]

Barnsley[edit]

He previously took caretaker charge after Danny Wilson was sacked by the club in 2015 and after the departure of Lee Johnson to Bristol City in 2016. During the latter spell, he guided Barnsley to the Football League Trophy final, beating Oxford United 3–2 at Wembley to be crowned winners and later to beating Millwall 3–1 in the League One play-off final in the same season. His success as caretaker after leading Barnsley to winning the club's first cup final since 1912 as well promotion to the championship has led to him being tipped to be appointed permanent head coach.[25][26]

On 15 June 2016, Heckingbottom was confirmed as the club's permanent head coach, signing a 12-month rolling contract. [27] The good form and results continued for the first-half of the 2016/17 Championship season as the club ended 2016 in 9th position in the table as Heckingbottom was awarded Sports Hero of the Year by The Yorkshire Post.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 April 2011
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scarborough (loan) 1997–98[29] 29 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 30 0
Sunderland 1998–99 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hartlepool United (loan) 1998–99[30] 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Darlington (loan) 1998–99[31] 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Darlington 1999–2000[32] 45 1 3 1 2 0 4 0 54 2
2000–01[33] 18 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 23 1
2001–02[34] 42 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 48 3
Norwich City 2002–03[35] 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Bradford City 2003–04[36] 43 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 45 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2004–05[37] 38 4 0 0 1 0 3 0 42 4
2005–06[38] 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 2
Barnsley 2005–06[39] 18 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 21 1
2006–07[40] 31 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2007–08[41] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bradford City (loan) 2007–08[42] 23 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 26 0
Bradford City 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09[43] 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
Mansfield Town 2009–10[44] 11 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 15 1
Gateshead (loan) 2009–10[45] 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Gateshead 2010–11[46] 21 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 22 0
Sunderland total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scarborough total 29 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 30 0
Hartlepool United total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Darlington total 115 5 8 1 4 0 8 0 135 6
Norwich City total 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Bradford City total 96 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 104 0
Sheffield Wednesday total 42 4 1 2 1 0 3 0 47 6
Barnsley total 49 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 53 1
Mansfield Town total 11 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 15 1
Gateshead total 36 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 37 0
Career totals 398 12 16 3 9 0 19 0 442 15
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy, Football League Trophy, and play-offs.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 April 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Barnsley (Caretaker)[47] 12 February 2015 25 February 2015 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1 66.67
Barnsley (Caretaker)[48] 6 February 2016 15 June 2016 21 13 5 3 37 16 +21 61.90
Barnsley[49] 15 June 2016 Present 47 15 13 19 65 67 −2 31.91
Total 71 30 18 23 106 88 +18 42.25

Playing honours[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday

Barnsley

Managerial honours[edit]

Barnsley

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Heckingbottom, Paul (16 October 2008). "How can booing a player help your team?". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
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  5. ^ a b Parker, Simon (3 January 2008). "McCall awaiting defender's answer". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Double signing for Owls". BBC Sport. 21 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Heckingbottom seals Barnsley move". BBC Sport. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Tranmere 0–1 Barnsley". BBC. 18 February 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Heckingbottom seals Bradford move". BBC Sport. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Bradford 1–1 Stockport". BBC Sport. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Heckingbottom seals Bradford move". BBC Sport. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  12. ^ Parker, Simon (15 April 2008). "Hecky's helping hand for O'Brien". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Brentford 2–2 Bradford". BBC Sport. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Bradford 1–1 Luton". BBC Sport. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "Paul Heckingbottom". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  16. ^ Sobot, Lee (22 March 2009). "Bradford City: Injury giving Heck' the needle". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  17. ^ "Paul Heckingbottom determined to bounce back". Bradford City A.F.C. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Heckingbottom signs for Mansfield". BBC Sport. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
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  21. ^ "Crawley Town 0–2 Mansfield". BBC. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
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  30. ^ "Hartlepool 1998/1999 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  31. ^ "Darlington 1998/1999 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  32. ^ "Darlington 1999/2000 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  33. ^ "Darlington 2000/2001 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
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  43. ^ "Bradford 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  44. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Mansfield 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
    "Mansfield Town vs Altrincham". Mansfield Town FC. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
    "Stags 0–2 Tamworth". Mansfield Town FC. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
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  46. ^ Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Gateshead 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
    "Gateshead 2–2 Southport". Gateshead FC. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
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  48. ^ "2015–16 Barnsley Results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  49. ^ "2016–17 Barnsley Results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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