|Full name||Scott James Wootton|
|Date of birth||12 September 1991|
|Place of birth||Birkenhead, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Milton Keynes Dons|
|2010–2011||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||7||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Peterborough United (loan)||11||(0)|
|2012||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||13||(0)|
|2013||→ Peterborough United (loan)||2||(1)|
|2014–2015||→ Rotherham United (loan)||7||(0)|
|2016–||Milton Keynes Dons||1||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:31, 20 August 2016 (UTC).
Scott James Wootton (born 12 September 1991) is an English footballer who plays for League One side Milton Keynes Dons. Although primarily a centre-back, Wootton can play anywhere across the back line or as a defensive midfielder.
Born in Birkenhead, Wirral, Wootton began his career with Tranmere Rovers before joining Liverpool at the age of 13. In 2007, he joined Manchester United, making his way through the youth system there before finally making it to the first-team in 2010; however, he was unable to get regular first-team football there and went out on loan to Tranmere, Peterborough United (twice) and Nottingham Forest before signing for Leeds in 2013. He is also a former England U17 international.
Having started his career in Tranmere Rovers Centre of Excellence, at the age of 13 he moved to Liverpool. He played for the Liverpool Under-18 side at the age of 14, but joined Manchester United at the age of 16 after refusing a youth contract at Liverpool, when Manchester United offered him a contract in 2007. After captaining the United Academy team in 2009–10, he was promoted to the reserves side for the 2010–11 season, where he became a regular player in the early part of the season.
He made his debut on 2 October 2010, scoring a late equalising goal in the 1–1 draw with Brighton. He went on to make five appearances for the club while on his loan spell. He re-joined the club on 25 November on a second loan spell. His first confirmed league goal came on his second debut for Rovers on 11 December against Leyton Orient.
Wootton made his Manchester United debut in Gary Neville's testimonial game in May 2011. He came on to replace Neville in the 85th minute of the match. On 1 July 2011, Wootton joined teammate Ryan Tunnicliffe at Peterborough United, with a loan contract confirmed later in the month.
He made his first team debut for Manchester United on 26 September 2012, in a 2–1 win against Newcastle United in the League Cup at Old Trafford. On 2 October he made his UEFA Champions League debut, coming on as a second-half substitute for Jonny Evans in a 2–1 win against CFR Cluj. On 31 October 2012, Wootton started for Manchester United in a 5–4 loss against Chelsea, with Wootton conceding a penalty in injury time which was converted by Chelsea winger Eden Hazard to send the tie into extra time.
On 9 January 2013, Wootton joined Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season alongside his Manchester United teammate Davide Petrucci. Wootton scored on his debut on 12 January, in a 2–1 defeat to Nottingham Forest. However, his loan spell was cut short when he picked up a hamstring injury that ruled him out for a number of weeks, forcing a return to his parent club.
On 20 August 2013, Wootton joined Championship side Leeds United on a three-year contract. Wootton cost Leeds £1 Million pounds. Wootton was allocated the number 22 shirt for the 2013–14 season. Upon signing for Leeds Wootton revealed that it 'wasn't a difficult decision to join a club the size of Leeds'. On 27 August 2013, Wootton made his Leeds United debut in the League Cup, scoring in 3–1 victory over Donacster Rovers. Wootton made his league debut against Queens Park Rangers on 31 August, replacing Tom Lees.
Despite the summer sale of Tom Lees, Wootton found himself dropping down the pecking order after the summer signings of Giuseppe Bellusci, Liam Cooper and Dario Del Fabro, Wootton found himself as fifth-choice centre-back (also behind captain Jason Pearce), on 27 November 2014 Wootton joined Rotherham United on loan until 10 January 2015. After an impressive run of form for Rotherham United, a permanent transfer was blocked at the last minute on 15 January 2015 by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino. Wootton subsequently returned to Leeds from his successful loan spell. Wootton came immediately back into the Leeds starting line-up against Birmingham City on 17 January.
During 2015, Wootton became Leeds regular right-back in a 4–2–3–1 formation, with Sam Byram playing in a right wing role. On 23 February, Wootton signed a new one-year contract extension to his original deal.
On 31 July 2015, Wootton was given the number 4 shirt for the 2015–16 season. On 12 August 2015, Wootton started in a new role under Uwe Rösler as a defensive midfielder against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup; Leeds lost 4–2 on penalties after a 1–1 draw in regulation time, with Wootton giving away a penalty in the first half.
On 20 February 2016, Wootton scored a memorable own goal in a 1-0 defeat against Premier League side Watford F.C. in the FA Cup, to send Watford through to the Quarter Finals of the Competition. Wootton played his last game for Leeds in the final game of the 2015/16 season on 7 May 2016 against Preston North End in a 1-1 draw.
On 10 May 2016, Yorkshire Evening Post revealed that Wootton was set to be released by the club, amid confusion over a contract extension announced on 23 February 2015, believed to be until 2017, that paperwork was never actually finalised.
Milton Keynes Dons
On 5 August 2016, Wootton joined League One side Milton Keynes Dons on a two-year deal. Wootton made his debut for the club on 9 August 2016 in his more natural position of centre back, captaining a young Dons' side in a 2–3 EFL Cup first round away win against League Two side Newport County.
On 30 August 2016, during an EFL Trophy group stage tie against Barnet, Wootton suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). On 1 September 2016, Milton Keynes Dons announced that due to his injury it was anticipated that Wootton would be sidelined for up to nine months.
- As of 3 September 2016
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Manchester United||2010–11||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tranmere Rovers (loan)||2010–11||League One||7||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||9||1|
|Peterborough United (loan)||2011–12||Championship||11||0||1||0||2||0||—||14||0|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2011–12||Championship||13||0||0||0||0||0||—||13||0|
|Peterborough United (loan)||2012–13||Championship||2||1||0||0||0||0||—||2||1|
|Rotherham United (loan)||2014-15||Championship||7||0||0||0||0||0||—||7||0|
|Milton Keynes Dons||2016-17||League One||1||1||—||2||0||1||0||4||1|
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