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Scott Parker
Scott Parker 2012-06-11.jpg
Parker with England at UEFA Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Scott Matthew Parker[1]
Date of birth (1980-10-13) 13 October 1980 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Lambeth, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Fulham
Number 8
Youth career
1990–1997 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Charlton Athletic 128 (9)
2000 Norwich City (loan) 6 (1)
2004–2005 Chelsea 15 (1)
2005–2007 Newcastle United 55 (4)
2007–2011 West Ham United 113 (10)
2011–2013 Tottenham Hotspur 50 (0)
2013– Fulham 98 (6)
National team
1996–1997 England U16 5 (0)
1998–1999 England U18 4 (0)
2000–2002 England U21 9 (0)
2003–2013 England 18 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:24, 26 September 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:24, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Scott Matthew Parker (born 13 October 1980) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Fulham.

Parker began his career at Charlton Athletic, and was loaned to Norwich City, before joining Chelsea for a £10 million fee in January 2004. He did not play regularly at Chelsea, and moved to Newcastle United the following year, where he was made captain. Parker joined West Ham United in 2007, and was the FWA Footballer of the Year for the 2010–11 season despite the club being relegated. He was then signed by Tottenham Hotspur and joined Fulham in 2013.

He has represented England at every level from under-16 to senior, making his full debut in 2003. Uniquely, he won his first four England caps while playing for four different clubs.[2] Parker was a member of the England team which reached the quarter-finals at UEFA Euro 2012.

Early life[edit]

Parker was born in Lambeth, London, and attended Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in New Cross Gate.[3] As a 13-year-old, he appeared in a well-known English advert for McDonald's, in which he played keepie uppie, during the 1994 FIFA World Cup campaign.[4] Parker is a graduate of The Football Association's now-defunct national School of Excellence at Lilleshall.[3]

Club career[edit]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

After graduating from Lilleshall, Parker signed for Charlton Athletic as a trainee and made his first team debut as a substitute against Bury in the First Division on 23 August 1997, a match which ended 0–0.[3] He signed his first professional contract with the club two months later.[3] Over the next couple of years he made only a few sporadic substitute appearances for Charlton, although he was one of the brightest prospects in English football.[citation needed] In October 2000, Charlton, then in the Premier League, loaned Parker to First Division club Norwich City[5] for two months to give the England under-21 international some first team experience. At Norwich he scored once against Sheffield Wednesday.[6] On his return to The Valley, Parker was immediately called into the first team to replace injured captain Mark Kinsella.[citation needed] Parker played so well for Charlton that, upon his return from injury, Kinsella could not regain his place in the starting line-up.[citation needed] Parker soon became the linchpin of Charlton's midfield, combining tenacious tackling with an ability to carry the ball quickly from defence to attack and play telling passes, creating many chances for his teammates.[citation needed]

Chelsea[edit]

Parker, who had been consistently linked with moves away from Charlton for several years, finally left the Valley on 30 January 2004 to join Chelsea on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a £10 million fee.[7] Alan Curbishley, the Charlton manager, criticised his attitude following news of Chelsea's interest, accusing him of bad behaviour and saying that "...his conduct in training has not been what it should have been."[8] Parker was initially signed as cover for Claude Makélélé and Frank Lampard, but did not get too many chances to play in his preferred position.[citation needed] He scored his only goal for Chelsea in a 2–0 win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on 11 February.[9] At the end of the 2003–04 season, Parker was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year.[10]

Following the summer signings of Arjen Robben and Tiago Mendes, Parker's first-team opportunities were limited during 2004–05.[citation needed] Although he found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Chelsea, he was a regular starter in Chelsea's League Cup matches, a competition where he played in three consecutive victories against West Ham,[11] Newcastle[12] and Fulham.[13] His problems were compounded when he broke a metatarsal bone in a match against his former club, Norwich City.[14] Due to this injury, Parker missed both legs of the League Cup semi-final against Manchester United and the final against Liverpool, although he took part in the celebrations.[citation needed] Having made only four league appearances for Chelsea during the season, he did not receive a Premier League winner's medal as the club won the English title for the first time in 50 years, as he did not make the required 10 appearances to be eligible, though Chelsea did have a replica medal made.[15]

Newcastle United[edit]

Parker was sold the following summer, moving to Newcastle United in July 2005 for a £6.5 million fee.[16] He became a regular in the Newcastle first team and was one of the few players at the club to show any consistency during an often difficult season in which Newcastle finished in seventh place, despite having a very poor start under Graeme Souness.[citation needed] His first Newcastle goal came against his former club Charlton in a 3–1 defeat on 25 March 2006.[17] Later that month he was diagnosed with glandular fever, putting an end to his season.[18] The timing was especially unfortunate for Parker, who had been playing well for Newcastle, as it ended any hopes he may have had of forcing his way into the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[citation needed]

In July 2006, he was named Newcastle United's new captain by manager Glenn Roeder, succeeding the retired Alan Shearer.[19] His first goal as captain came against Wigan Athletic on 19 August 2006, in a 2–1 win on the first day of the season.[20] Parker scored his second goal of the season against Fulham in September 2006, but after he was substituted Newcastle conceded 2 goals and subsequently lost the match.[21] Despite Newcastle's poor form, his performances earned him a recall to the England squad in September after an absence of more than two years.[citation needed] In November, Parker scored a goal in the 116th minute against Watford in the League Cup and then scored in the penalty shoot-out to allow Newcastle to progress in the competition.[22] He scored his fourth goal of 2006–07 against Tottenham Hotspur in December 2006.[23]

Scott Parker was found to be the second best player in the country for December 2006 by Sky Sports and Opta Index.[citation needed] He led Newcastle on their way to UEFA Intertoto Cup victory and was presented with the Intertoto Cup plaque in March 2007 before the UEFA Cup first leg tie with AZ, which Newcastle won after a thrilling finish.[citation needed]

West Ham United[edit]

Parker playing for West Ham United in 2011

In June 2007, West Ham United signed Scott Parker for a £7 million fee.[24] Due to injury, he did not make his first team debut until 26 September 2007 in the 1–0 League Cup victory against Plymouth Argyle.[25] His full Premier League debut came on 29 September 2007 in the 1–0 home defeat to Arsenal, a match which saw Parker sustaining another injury and being substituted for Hayden Mullins at half-time.[26] Parker scored his first goal for West Ham, a last-minute winner in the 2–1 win at Middlesbrough on 22 December 2007.[27]

In 2008–09, Parker played a major part of West Ham's season and on 24 May 2009 was voted Hammer of the Year, by the club's supporters.[28] and became the first player since Julian Dicks in 1997 to retain the award after winning again on 4 May 2010.[29]

He was again one of West Ham's key players in 2009–10, scoring the winning goal in a vital 3–2 win against Wigan Athletic, which ensured another season of Premier League football for West Ham.[30]

In July 2010, West Ham chairman David Sullivan stated that Parker was not for sale to another club at any price. This came after a bid from Tottenham Hotspur[31] and also public interest from Aston Villa.[32] In September 2010 Parker signed a new, five-year, contract with West Ham which also made him the highest paid player in the club's history.[33]

Parker scored three goals in his first six appearances in 2010–11. His goals came in matches against Oxford United,[34] Chelsea,[35] and Stoke City.[36] He is widely regarded[37][38] as one of the most consistent English midfielders over the last few years. There were calls from England supporters and Avram Grant[37][39] for the midfielder to be included in England's squad and feature on a regular basis.

On 12 February Carlton Cole praised Scott Parker's "inspirational" pep talk at half time after, being 3–0 down, West Ham earned a 3–3 draw against West Bromwich Albion. Cole was quoted as saying of the talk "If you were there you would have had a tear in your eye".[40] Parker was named Premier League Player of the Month for February 2011 following his performances in West Ham's 3–1 wins over Blackpool and Liverpool.[41] Following his performances for West Ham despite their relegation, and his England recall, Parker was placed on the six-strong shortlist for the prestigious PFA Players' Player of the Year Award. He missed out on the PFA award but was named the FWA Footballer of the Year.[42]

Parker started the first four matches of 2011–12 for West Ham United in the Championship and scored his first goal of the season, and tenth league goal for the club against Watford on 16 August 2011.[43]

Amid speculation that Tottenham Hotspur would sign the player, Parker handed West Ham co-owner David Gold a hand written transfer request, saying "I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club." "The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England." "I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season."[44]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 31 August 2011, Tottenham and West Ham both announced the transfer of Parker to Spurs, with the fee believed to be £5.5 million.[45] Tottenham said "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with West Ham United for the permanent transfer of Scott Parker."[46][47] Later, Redknapp revealed that he was stunned that Tottenham could capture Parker ahead of rival clubs.[48] With Scott Parker playing for Tottenham Hotspur, it meant that he was the only player to represent clubs in North, East, South and West London in the Premier League.[49] On 10 September 2011 Parker made his Spurs' debut, providing an assist for fellow debutant Emmanuel Adebayor.[50] He made his home debut the following week in a 4–0 win over Liverpool.[51] Parker finished his first four matches for Tottenham on the winning team.[citation needed] He captained them in a 2–1 away win over Blackburn on 23 October.[citation needed] Parker finished his first season at Tottenham being named as their Player of the Year.[citation needed] Parker was injured on international duty before the start of 2012–13 and did not make his first appearance of the season until 16 December as a 90th-minute substitute.[citation needed]

American journalist William Saletan had high praise for Parker's defensive skills after seeing the QPR match in person at White Hart Lane. "Parker doesn't score or get credited with assists. He leaves that to the guys up front," he wrote.

What Parker does instead is win games. He does this not by punctuating the match but by controlling it. He smothers oncoming attacks. He forces opponents off the ball. He orchestrates distribution out of the back, setting in motion a Spurs onslaught that will culminate 60 yards downfield ... You can't watch the game up close without noticing Parker.[52]

Fulham[edit]

On 19 August 2013, Parker signed a three-year deal with Fulham, for an undisclosed fee.[53] On 23 November 2013, Parker was made temporary captain for the match against Swansea City in the absence of Brede Hangeland, and scored his first goal for them in the 1–2 loss at Craven Cottage.[54] Fulham were relegated at the end of the season.[55]

International career[edit]

Parker (left) playing for England at UEFA Euro 2012

Parker has represented England at every level from under-16 to the senior team.[3] He earned nine caps for the England under-21 team.[56]

Parker's international debut for the senior England team came on 16 November 2003 when he came on in the 66th minute as a substitute replacing Wayne Rooney in a 3–2 defeat against Denmark.[57]

His form earned him a place in the starting line-up for England's European Championships qualifier away to Croatia on 11 October 2006. In a 3-5-2 formation Parker was restricted to tracking back and covering due to the attacking players in the team like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. England boss Steve McClaren specifically told Parker to chase the wingers and assist the two wing backs, Gary Neville and Ashley Cole. England lost 2–0 and Parker would not feature again for England for four-and-a-half years.[58]

On 11 May 2010, Parker was revealed to be among manager Fabio Capello's 30-man preliminary squad list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[59] However, he was not included in the final 23-man squad.[citation needed]

On 9 February 2011, he came on as a second-half substitute for Frank Lampard in a friendly against Denmark to become the first player to receive his first four full caps whilst playing for four different teams.[2]

On 26 March 2011, Parker played in the Millennium Stadium against Wales in the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2012 and was recognised as one of England's top players in the victory, acting as a holding midfielder in Capello's newly adopted 4–3–3 formation.[60]

On 12 November 2011, Parker was named man of the match in a friendly against UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain in the 1–0 win.[61] Parker captained England on 29 February 2012 in their 2–3 defeat by the Netherlands at Wembley.[62]

Following Roy Hodgson's appointment as England manager, Parker was selected as part of England's UEFA Euro 2012 preliminary squad and was kept in for the final 23-man squad.[citation needed] He started all four of England's matches, helping the team top their group with wins against Sweden and Ukraine and a draw with France before they were knocked out in the quarter finals by Italy.[citation needed]

Style of play[edit]

Parker warming up for Fulham in 2014

He is known as a tough tackling central midfielder.[63]

On the international stage, Parker has been among the notable England players to have been criticised and panned for their hard-working but less technical style of play.[64] Overlooked for major tournaments such as UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Parker was during 2012 a regular presence in the line-up, being partnered with Steven Gerrard. Although England had a relatively disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, some viewed the partnership of Parker and Gerrard as one of the positives.[65]

Personal life[edit]

Parker is the brother-in-law of Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, having been in a relationship with the latter's sister, Carly, for over 15 years.[66] He has four sons.[67]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 September 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
Charlton Athletic 1997–98[68] First Division 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1998–99[69] Premier League 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
1999–2000[70] First Division 15 1 1 0 2 0 18 1
2000–01[71] Premier League 20 1 3 0 2 0 25 1
2001–02[72] Premier League 38 1 0 0 3 0 41 1
2002–03[73] Premier League 28 4 1 0 0 0 29 4
2003–04[74] Premier League 20 2 0 0 2 1 22 3
Total 128 9 7 0 10 1 0 0 145 10
Norwich City (loan) 2000–01[71] First Division 6 1 6 1
Chelsea 2003–04[74] Premier League 11 1 1 0 5[a] 0 17 1
2004–05[75] Premier League 4 0 0 0 3 0 4[a] 0 11 0
Total 15 1 1 0 3 0 9 0 28 1
Newcastle United 2005–06[76] Premier League 26 1 3 1 2 0 1[b] 0 32 2
2006–07[77] Premier League 29 3 0 0 2 1 10[c] 0 41 4
Total 55 4 3 1 4 1 11 0 73 6
West Ham United 2007–08[78] Premier League 18 1 0 0 2 0 20 1
2008–09[79] Premier League 28 1 3 0 1 0 32 1
2009–10[80] Premier League 31 2 0 0 2 0 33 2
2010–11[81] Premier League 32 5 3 0 5 2 40 7
2011–12[82] Championship 4 1 0 0 4 1
Total 113 10 6 0 10 2 129 12
Tottenham Hotspur 2011–12[82] Premier League 29 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2012–13[83] Premier League 21 0 2 0 0 0 6[d] 0 29 0
Total 50 0 7 0 0 0 6 0 63 0
Fulham 2013–14[84] Premier League 29 2 1 0 2 0 32 2
2014–15[85] Championship 37 3 2 0 2 0 41 3
2015–16[86] Championship 24 1 0 0 0 0 24 1
2016–17[87] Championship 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Total 98 6 3 0 5 0 106 6
Career total 465 31 27 1 32 4 26 0 550 36
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  3. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup, eight in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 22 March 2013[88]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2003 1 0
2004 1 0
2006 1 0
2011 7 0
2012 7 0
2013 1 0
Total 18 0

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Charlton Athletic
Chelsea
Newcastle United

Individual[edit]

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