Richard Smallwood (footballer)

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Richard Smallwood
Richard Smallwood.jpg
Smallwood playing for Middlesbrough in 2011
Personal information
Full name Richard Smallwood[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Redcar, England[2]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Number 33
Youth career
000?–2010 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Middlesbrough 60 (3)
2014 Rotherham United (loan) 19 (0)
2014– Rotherham United 87 (2)
2016–2017 Scunthorpe United (loan) 16 (1)
National team
2008 England U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:13, 9 January 2017 (UTC).

Richard Smallwood (born 29 December 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Rotherham United.

Club career[edit]

Smallwood's natural position is the holding role in the centre of midfield; he has also been known to play centre back. He is a product of the Middlesbrough Academy and later became captain of the reserve team. At the start of the 2009–10 season, Smallwood signed his first professional contract with the club.[3] Smallwood made his debut for Middlesbrough on 19 October 2010 in a 1–0 away defeat to Nottingham Forest.[4] In January 2011, Smallwood signed a 18-month contract with the club.[5] On 2 May 2011, Smallwood scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win against Cardiff City.[6] He scored his second goal for the club on 25 September 2012, completing the scoring in a 3–1 win away to Preston North End in the third round of the League Cup.[7] On 3 November, he scored his second league goal in a 4–1 win away to Charlton Athletic.[8] However, in the 2013–14 season, Smallwood soon lost his first team place following new arrivals.[9] Under the management of Aitor Karanka, Smallwood was among the players to be offloaded as part of Karanka's reducing the squad size.[10]

On 23 January 2014, Smallwood joined Rotherham United on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[11] Shortly after arriving at Rotherham United, Smallwood quickly went straight into the first team; he was sent-off for a late challenge on Billy Knott, as Rotherham United beat Port Vale 1–0 on 21 August 2014.[12] As a result of the challenge, Smallwood had to serve a three-match suspension, missing the last two games of the season and one match in the play-offs.[13]

Smallwood scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out after taking the fifth penalty to win it as Rotherham secured promotion with a penalty shoot-out victory against Leyton Orient.[14] After the match, Smallwood said it was the first time he had taken a penalty in his professional career.[15] As a result of his good performance at Rotherham United, the club made a bid to sign Smallwood in early July, only to be rejected by Middlesbrough.[16]

Initially signed in an emergency loan deal,[17] Smallwood signed for Rotherham United on a permanent basis after Middlesbrough accepted a £175,000 bid for him.[18][19]

Smallwood scored his first ever goal for Rotherham United in their 3–3 home draw with Derby County with a sublime free-kick from the edge of the area.

On 31 August 2016, new Rotherham United manager Alan Stubbs sent Smallwood out on a season long loan to Scunthorpe United for the last year of his contract. With Stubbs no longer at the club, agreement was reached to terminate the loan on 9 January 2017. Smallwood score one goal for Scunthorpe during his loan, the final goal in a 4–0 home defeat of Southend United on 10 September 2016.[20][21]

International career[edit]

He was a member of the England under-18 squad which defeated Austria 2–0 at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park on 16 April 2008.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 January 2017.[23]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2010–11 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
2011–12 13 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 18 0
2012–13 22 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 28 3
2013–14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2013–14 18 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 20 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Rotherham United 2014–15 40 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 1
2015–16 43 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 45 1
2016–17 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2016–17 16 1 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 19 1
Career total 182 6 7 0 10 1 4 0 203 7
  1. ^ Games in the 2016–17 EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Boro extend scholarships of four academy players". Gazette Live. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Macaskill, Sandy (20 October 2010). "Nottingham Forest 1 Middlesbrough 0: match report". The Daily Telegraph. 
  5. ^ "Duo pen Boro deals". Sky Sports. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cardiff 0–3 Middlesbrough" BBC Sport. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Preston 1–3 Middlesbrough" BBC Sport. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Charlton 1–4 Middlesbrough" BBC Sport. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  9. ^ "I know he is a good player with a lot of potential': Richard Smallwood still on Aitor Karanka radar". Gazette Live. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Middlesbrough: Aitor Karanka wants squad size reduced". BBC Sport. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rotherham United land Richard Smallwood". Rotherham United FC. 23 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rotherham United 1 – 0 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Boro midfielder Richard Smallwood aiming for Wembley glory with Rotherham United". Gazette Live. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Maiden, Phil (28 August 2014). "Leyton Orient 2 – 2 Rotherham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Richard Smallwood: 'I'd never taken a senior-level penalty before play-off final shootout winner'". Gazette Live. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Transfer news: Middlesbrough turn down bid for Richie Smallwood". Sky Sports. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ritchie's Back". Rotherham United FC. 19 August 2014. Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Smallwood seals permanent switch". Rotherham United FC. 22 August 2014. Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Richie Smallwood set for Rotherham return as Boro accept £175,000 bid". Gazette Live. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Smallwood joins Scunthorpe". Rotherham United Official Site. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Smallwood recalled from Scunthorpe loan". Rotherham United F.C. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Richard Smallwood". The Football Association. 
  23. ^ Richard Smallwood at Soccerbase

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