Phil Picken

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Phil Picken
Personal information
Full name Philip James Picken
Date of birth (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Droylsden, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2002–2004 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2005–2006 Chesterfield (loan) 32 (1)
2006–2010 Chesterfield 108 (1)
2009 Notts County (loan) 22 (0)
2010–2014 Bury 77 (0)
Total 239 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Philip James "Phil" Picken (born 12 November 1985) is an English former footballer who played as a defender and midfielder, having played for Manchester United, Chesterfield, Notts County and Bury during ten–year of his professional career.

He joined Manchester United as a junior and was a member of the club's reserve team that won the quadruple in 2005. Picken retired from football on 30 April 2014 after failing to recover from two serious knee injuries.

Career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Born in Droylsden, England, Picken started his football career at Manchester United as a junior after being spotted playing in a small six-a-side tournament in Radcliffe.[1] At first, Picken rejected to join Manchester United, due to a boyhood Manchester City supporter but an intervention from his mother persuaded him to do so.[1]

Picken went on to spent ten years at the club’s academy and was a member of the club's reserve team that won the quadruple in 2005.[1] Shortly after, Picken signed his first professional contract with the club.[1] After returning from a loan spell at Chesterfield, Picken was among four players to be released by the club at the end of the 2005–06 season.[2]

Chesterfield[edit]

Picken played for Chesterfield on a loan basis from 18 August 2005 until the end of December.[3]

Two days later, on 20 August 2005, Picken made his Chesterfield debut, where he made his first start for the club and played 90 minutes, in a 4–1 loss against Oldham Athletic.[4] Subsequently, Picken’s loan spell with Chesterfield was extended until the end of the season despite playing nine matches.[5] After extending his loan spell at Chesterfield, Picken then established himself in the first team and scored his first Chesterfield goal on 1 April 2006, in a 3–1 loss against Nottingham Forest.[6] Picken later finished the 2005–06 season, making thirty–two appearance and scoring once.

On 25 May 2006, Picken later joined the club on a permanent basis, signing a two–year contract.[7] Picken's first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came in the opening game of the season, where he made his first start, in a 3–0 win over Bournemouth.[8] Picken began playing from a left–back position to right–back position, as the season progresses[9] and then scored his first Chesterfield goal on 17 February 2007, in a 3–0 win over Port Vale.[10] Despite suspension[11][12] and injury,[13] Picken made 39 appearance and scoring once in his first full season at Chesterfield.

In the 2007–08 season saw Picken found himself competing over a right–back position with Jamie Lowry.[14] However, during the season, Picken suffered ankle injury and hand injury that required operation.[15][16] Despite the injury, Picken made 37 appearances for Chesterfield in the 2007–08 season and was offered a new contract by the club.[17] It was announced on 4 June 2008 that Picken signed a contract with the club, keeping until 2010.[18]

However, in the 2008–09 season, Picken soon fell out favour by Manager Lee Richardson[19] and was told by the Manager to fight for the first team place.[20] Picken was frozen out of the first team at the start of the season until being recalled to the first team against Gillingham on 6 December 2008.[21]

When the January transfer window opened, Picken was consequently loaned out to Notts County on a one month deal.[22] Picken made his Notts County debut two days on 10 January 2009, where he made his first start and playing 90 minutes, in a 2–1 win over Exeter City.[23] Three weeks later on 31 January 2009, Picken played against his parent club, Chesterfield, having been given permission to play against them[24] and lost 1–0.[25] Shortly after, Picken’s loan spell with Notts County was extended until the end of the season.[26] Picken established himself in the first team at Notts County and went on to make twenty–two appearance for the club. At the end of the season, the club[27] and Picken, himself, keen to sign for the club on a permanent basis.[28] However, Picken didn’t sign for the club on a permanent basis, as the club signed Brendan Moloney on loan instead.[29]

However, the Spireites' manager was sacked at the end of the season and new manager, John Sheridan gave the whole squad a clean slate and Picken soon became the first choice right back at Saltergate again.[29] However, Picken suffered injuries once again throughout the 2009–10 season.[30][31] Despite this, Picken went on to make twenty–one appearance for the club.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, Picken was released by the club.[32]

Bury[edit]

After leaving the club, Picken went on trial at Bury[33] and after impressing at the trial, Picken signed for on a free transfer on 4 August 2010, signing a one–year contract.[34]

Picken made his Bury debut, making his first start and playing 90 minutes, in a 1–0 loss against Port Vale in the opening game of the season on 7 August 2010.[35] Three weeks later on 28 August 2010, Picken then provided an assist for Ryan Lowe to score Bury’s only goal in the game, in a 1–1 draw against Barnet.[36] Though he became a first team regular at Bury, making thirty–eight appearance for the club, Picken suffered suspension[37] and injuries[38] including suffering a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the season.[39] Despite Picken achieved promotion from League 2 with Bury as Runners up in the league in May 2011.[40] At the end of the 2010–11 season, Picken’s contract with Bury was extended for another year.[41]

The 2011–12 season saw Picken returning to the first team from injury and made his first appearance for the club since April, in a 1–1 draw against Huddersfield Town in the opening game of the season on 6 August 2011.[42] Picken managed to regain his first team place and was awarded a contract, keeping him until 2014.[43] Picken continued to do so, as the season progressed until being dropped from the first team in mid-March, due to a mistake against Carlisle United that saw Bury lost 4–1.[44][45] Despite this, Picken made thirty–seven appearance for the club in the 2011–12 season.

However, in the 2012–13 season, Picken suffered a knee injury in a game against Preston North End in September 2012 and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season, with Bury suffering relegation in his absence.[46] On 28 May 2013 it was announced that Picken would miss the entire 2013–14 season following further setbacks with his injury.[47] Because of this, he was not allocated a squad number ahead of the 2013–14 season.[48] After failing to recover from his injury, Picken announced his retirement from professional football in May 2014.[49]

References[edit]

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