Russell Martin (footballer)

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Russell Martin
RussellMartin.jpg
Martin at Carrow Road, August 2012
Personal information
Full name Russell Kenneth Alexander Martin[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2004 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Lewes
2004–2008 Wycombe Wanderers 116 (5)
2008–2010 Peterborough United 56 (1)
2009–2010 Norwich City (loan) 6 (0)
2010– Norwich City 236 (15)
National team
2011– Scotland 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:06, 27 August 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2016 (UTC)

Russell Kenneth Alexander Martin (born 4 January 1986) is a professional footballer who is the captain of Championship club Norwich City and plays for the Scotland national team. He is a right back but can also play as a centre half.

Starting his career with Brighton, for whom he did not feature in a league match, Martin established himself at Wycombe Wanderers, for whom he made over 100 appearances. Following a brief spell with Peterborough, Martin joined Norwich City in time to play an important part in the team's rise to the Premier League.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Brighton, East Sussex,[1] Martin was educated at Varndean School, Brighton.[2]He played for Woodingdean Youth FC (now known as Woodingdean Wanderers FC http://woodingdeanwanderersfc.com/news/)before joining Brighton and Hove youth set up <http://www.woodingdeanyfc.com/> He left Brighton & Hove Albion's youth team by mutual consent in early 2004, finishing the season at Isthmian League Division One South side Lewes.

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

Russell attended the Charlton Athletic Development Centre in East Grinstead, run by Academy Coach Aaron Jacob, for two seasons. Following a trial at Charlton Athletic, Martin joined Wycombe Wanderers, initially on a non-contract basis. He made his debut in a 2–1 home victory over Cambridge United on 7 August 2004, then went on to make ten more appearances during the 2004–05 season.

During the 2005–06 season, he made appearances at left-back, right-back, centre-half and in midfield, as well as winning the Goal of the Season award. In the summer of 2006, he signed a new two-year contract with the club,[3] and in 2006–07, he was a regular starter at right-back. In the 2007–08 season, he played every game in Wycombe's League Two campaign as they reached the play-offs. He played in both legs of the semi-final against Stockport County, which Wycombe lost 2–1 on aggregate.

Peterborough United[edit]

Martin was out of contract at the end of the 2008–09 season, and on 29 May 2008, he moved to Peterborough United, who had just been promoted to League One. He signed a three-year contract.[4] On 28 September, Martin was announced as the new captain of Peterborough United, taking over from Craig Morgan. [5] He played every match in his first season with the club as they gained promotion to the Football League Championship.

Norwich City[edit]

Following Mark Cooper's appointment as a replacement for Darren Ferguson in November 2009, Martin joined Norwich City on loan.[6] On 4 January 2010, his transfer was made permanent and he joined Norwich on a two-and-a-half year contract.[7] Martin played in the majority of games for Norwich for the remainder of the season at right back. He scored his first goal for Norwich in the 3–1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers, with a diving header on 14 September 2010.[8] He scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Championship league leaders Queens Park Rangers on 1 January 2011,[9] and a last-minute equaliser against Cardiff City, leading fans to dub him "the Cafu of the Championship"[10] or "the Norfolk Cafu",[11] in honour of Cafu. Martin scored his fifth Norwich goal in the 5–1 victory over Ipswich Town on 21 April 2011. On 7 May 2011, he was the runner up for the Norwich City Player of the Year award to winner Grant Holt, in a season where he played every minute of each game. On 29 December 2012, Martin scored two goals against Manchester City in a seven-goal thriller than ended 3–4 to City.[12]

After an impressive first season in the Premier League with Norwich, filling in well at centre back during some games, Martin signed a new three-year deal in June 2012.[13]

In an interview with The Canary Magazine, published April 2013, Martin revealed his desire to take up management after the end of his playing career, stating, "I would eventually love to come and manage Norwich."[14]

On the 9 July 2013, Martin agreed a new three-year deal with the club. This contract will keep him at the club until 2016. When asked about the new deal he told the club's official website: "in extremely delighted, everybody knows how I feel about playing for this football club. Since I first arrived here it's gone unbelievably well and I feel really settled in the area. I'm happy playing for this club and I've got a great relationship with the players, staff and the supporters, and I'm just delighted to be here for another 3 years." On 10 August 2013, he was officially named the club captain.[citation needed]

On 23 November 2014, Martin made his 200th appearance for Norwich against his hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion. He scored Norwich's second goal in a 3–3 draw.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Although he was born in England, Martin qualifies to play for Scotland through his Scottish father.[11] On 17 May 2011, he was named in the Scotland squad for the Nations Cup games against Wales and the Republic of Ireland,[15] making his debut as a late substitute against Wales. Martin remarked before a game against Croatia in June 2013 that he was not recognised by Scottish taxi drivers transporting him for Scotland matches.[16] Martin made his first competitive appearance for Scotland in that match against Croatia,[16] which Scotland won 1–0 with then Norwich City teammate Robert Snodgrass scoring the only goal.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 19 March 2016.
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
Wycombe Wanderers 2004–05[18] League Two 7 0 1 0 0 0 3[a] 0 11 0
2005–06[19] League Two 23 3 1 0 0 0 5[b] 0 29 3
2006–07[20] League Two 42 2 2 0 7 0 2[a] 0 53 2
2007–08[21] League Two 44 0 1 0 1 0 3[c] 0 49 0
Total 116 5 5 0 8 0 13 0 142 5
Peterborough United 2008–09[22] League One 46 1 4 0 1 0 1[a] 0 52 1
2009–10[23] Championship 10 0 4 0 14 0
Total 56 1 4 0 5 0 1 0 66 1
Norwich City 2009–10[23] League One 26 0 0 0 1[a] 0 27 0
2010–11[24] Championship 46 5 1 0 2 0 49 5
2011–12[25] Premier League 33 2 3 0 1 0 37 2
2012–13[26] Premier League 31 3 2 0 1 0 34 3
2013–14[27] Premier League 31 0 2 0 2 0 35 0
2014–15[28] Championship 45 2 0 0 1 0 3[d] 0 49 2
2015–16[29] Premier League 26 3 1 0 0 0 27 3
Total 238 15 9 0 7 0 4 0 258 15
Career total 410 21 17 0 20 0 18 0 465 21
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Three appearances in Football League Trophy, two in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in League Two play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 8 October 2015.[30]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2011 1 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 0
2014 6 0
2015 6 0
Total 22 0

Honours[edit]

Norwich City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.varndean.co.uk/node/43
  3. ^ Martin pens new Wycombe contract
  4. ^ Posh snap up Wycombe right-back
  5. ^ Martin Named Posh Skipper
  6. ^ "Martin secures Norwich loan move". BBC Sport. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Martin Move To Canaries Sealed". Peterborough United F.C. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Doncaster 3 - 1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Norwich 1 - 0 QPR". BBC Sport. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Norwich 1-1 Cardiff: Daily Mirror match report". Mirror Football. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Scots call for Russell Martin and James Forrest". BBC Sport. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Norwich 3 - Manchester City". BBC Sport. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Russell Martin signs new Contract
  14. ^ Armstrong, Mark, 'Could Russell Martin be the special one?', The Canary Magazine Issue 7, April 2013, Archant Publishing, Retrieved 1 May 2013
  15. ^ "James Forrest gets first Scotland call-up". STV. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Bailey, Michael (5 June 2013). "Russell Martin wants to be a recognised man north of the border". EDP 24. Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Bailey, Michael (8 June 2013). "Norwich City stars excel in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland victories". EDP 24. Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Russell Martin in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Russell Martin in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Russell Martin in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  30. ^ "Martin, Russell". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  31. ^ "R. Martin". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sébastien Bassong
Norwich City captain
2014–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent