Robert Cornthwaite (footballer)

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Robert Cornthwaite
Robert Cornthwaite.jpg
Cornthwaite playing for Adelaide United in 2009
Personal information
Full name Robert Richard Cornthwaite
Date of birth (1985-10-24) 24 October 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Blackburn, England
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 18
Youth career
Adelaide City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Adelaide City 21 (0)
2004 Enfield City Falcons 19 (1)
2005 White City Woodville 3 (2)
2005–2011 Adelaide United 103 (4)
2006 Adelaide Olympic (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2014 Jeonnam Dragons 91 (7)
2015–2016 Selangor FA 32 (4)
2016– Western Sydney Wanderers 11 (0)
National team
2007 Australia U-23 6 (1)
2009– Australia 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 May 2016

Robert Richard Cornthwaite (born 24 October 1985 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England) is an English-born Australian footballer who plays for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League.

Club career[edit]

Adelaide United[edit]

Cornthwaite warming up in 2008.

Cornthwaite signed for United for the inaugural A-League season and spent the majority of his first two seasons starting on the bench. In the 2007–08 he started all of his 19 league appearances; he scored the opening goal in just the third minute against Pohang Steelers in Adelaide United's opening game of the 2008 Asian Champion League.[2]

As of half time of Adelaide United's away game against J League 5 time champions Kashima Antlers in the quarter finals of the 2008 AFC Champions League, Robert scored an accidental own goal to put Kashima level with Adelaide 1–1 after a spectacular goal from Adelaide captain Travis Dodd which came after a cross from vice-captain Lucas Pantelis in the 38th minute. The match being the first leg of the 2 teams Quarter finals match dated on Wednesday 17 September in Japan. He redeemed himself though in the second leg where he scored the winner in the 73rd minute with the game locked at 0–0. Adelaide went on to win 2–1 on aggregate and advance to the semi-finals.[3]

Robert Cornthwaite made his 50th A-League appearance in the 1–0 win over Perth Glory on 27 December 2008.[4][5] Cornthwaite signed a new three-year contract with Adelaide United in October 2009.[6]

Jeonnam Dragons[edit]

On 8 March 2011, Cornthwaite announced that he had signed for Jeonnam Dragons in the Korean K-League on a 2-year contract.[7][8]

Selangor[edit]

Robert joined the Malaysian Super League outfit Selangor in early 2015 and scored a few goals for the club. He was selected to play for Malaysian XI in a friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur in July 2015.

In January 2016 his contract with Selangor was continued after Selangor fans forced the Football Association of Selangor to continue his contract by using the social media.

On 9 July 2016, Cornthwaite was released by Selangor.[9]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On 14 July, Cornthwaite joined Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal.[10]

International career[edit]

Cornthwaite made his first senior international debut for the Socceroos on 4 March 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Kuwait. He scored his first international goal in against South Korea in a 2012 friendly.[11]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2012 Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong, South Korea  South Korea
1–2
1–2
International Friendly
2. 9 December 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong, Hong Kong  Chinese Taipei
2–0
8–0
2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
3. 6 February 2013 Estadio Municipal de Marbella, Marbella, Spain  Romania
2–1
2–3
Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Cornthwaite has a wife, Nel, and an 18 month old daughter, Sahara.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 22 March 2010)

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Adelaide United 2005–06 12 12
2006–07 8 1 6 14 1
2007–08 19 5 1 25
2008–09 20 2 3 13 2 36 4
2009–10 19 19
2010–11 25 1 6 2 31 3
Total 103 4 14 0 20 4 137 8
2015 Selangor FA 20 2 12 0 0 0 34 2
2016 - - - - - - - -

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. 2008 ACL in 2008–09 A-League season etc.)

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Adelaide United

Selangor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Cornthwaite". Selangor FA. Selangor FA. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Parry, Martin (13 March 2008). "Australia, China, Japan all winners". Fox Sports. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Earle, Richard (24 September 2008). "Adelaide United beat Kashima Antlers". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Adelaide in search of Boxing day Glory". Adelaide United FC. 24 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Reds take glory in tough Boxing Day clash". Adelaide United FC. 27 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Cornthwaite signs new Adelaide deal". Ontheminute.com, 30 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=39263
  8. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/198275,cornthwaite-flies-out-to-korea.aspx
  9. ^ Zainal, Zulhilmi (9 July 2016). "Aussie defenders released, Turtles sign towering striker". Goal.com. 
  10. ^ "Wanderers sign former Socceroos defender". Football Federation Australia. 14 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Robert Cornthwaite strikes late to lift Socceroos to 2-1 win against South Korea". The Australian, 14th November 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Prichard, Greg. "Wanderers the right choice for Cornthwaite". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 

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