Terence Vancooten

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Terence Vancooten
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Vancooten with Guyana at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Personal information
Full name Terence Owen Vancooten[1]
Date of birth (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Stevenage
Number 15
Youth career
2013 Hampton & Richmond Borough
2013–2014 Leatherhead
2014 Brentford
2014–2015 Staines Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Staines Town 9 (0)
2016–2017 Reading 0 (0)
2016Billericay Town (loan) 5 (0)
2017Basingstoke Town (loan) 9 (0)
2017– Stevenage 117 (0)
National team
2017– Guyana 16 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:02, 7 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 00:32, 9 July 2021 (UTC)

Terence Owen Vancooten (born 29 December 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League Two club Stevenage.

Following spells at various youth academies, Vancooten joined Staines Town in 2014 and established himself in the first-team during the 2015–16 season. He joined Championship club Reading in the summer of 2016, and was also loaned out to Billericay Town and Basingstoke Town during his time there. He signed for Stevenage in July 2017. Vancooten has also been capped for Guyana, representing his country at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kingston upon Thames, England, Vancooten is of Guyanese descent.[2] He attended Christ's School in Richmond, London.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vancooten began his career at Hampton & Richmond Borough, before joining Leatherhead's youth system, competing in the West Surrey under-16 league.[4] It was at Leatherhead where Vancooten was scouted by Brentford, joining the west London club in 2014 after a successful trial period.[5] After a brief spell at Brentford, he then joined Staines Town at academy level in early 2014, where he also represented the Middlesex FA.[6] He impressed in the club's academy and subsequently began to play for the first-team during the 2015–16 season, making ten appearances in all competitions.[7]

He signed for Championship club Reading ahead of the 2016–17 season, and was placed in their under-23 development squad for the season.[7] After making three appearances for the under-23 team,[7] Vancooten was loaned out to Billericay Town in November 2016 for the remainder of the year.[8] He made five appearances during his time at Billericay before returning to his parent club.[9] Vancooten was loaned out once again on 25 February 2017, this time joining Southern League Premier Division club Basingstoke Town for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[6] He made nine appearances for Basingstoke.[9] At the end of the season, Vancooten was released by Reading.[10]

Stevenage[edit]

Following his release from Reading, Vancooten spent several weeks on trial at League Two club Stevenage, playing in all of the Hertfordshire club's early pre-season fixtures.[11] The trial period was successful, and he signed a one-year contract, with the option of a further year, on 18 July 2017.[11][12] On joining the club, Vancooten stated "I can't wait to learn off everyone and improve myself as a player. I have already taken in so much. Both the players and management have been brilliant for me so I am confident I am at the right place".[13] He made his professional Football League debut on 26 August 2017, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute as 10-man Stevenage held on to secure a 1–0 away victory at local rivals Barnet.[14] After establishing himself in the first-team over the next two months, Vancooten signed an "improved and extended" deal with Stevenage in October 2017.[15] He made 24 appearances during the 2017–18 season.[16]

Vancooten played just nine times during the first half of the 2018–19 season.[17] Having not played for over three months,[17] he returned to the first-team when he played the whole match in Stevenage's 2–0 away win at Grimsby Town on 6 April 2019.[17][18] He went on to play every minute of the club's last six matches of the season,[17] of which they won five and drew one,[17] as Stevenage missed out on a play-off place after finishing in 10th position in League Two.[19] He made 15 appearances during his second season with the club.[17] Vancooten received a PFA Community award in April 2019 for his contribution in the local community in Stevenage.[20] He signed a "new and improved" contract with Stevenage on 13 August 2019, with the new agreement running until 2022.[21] He went on to make 20 appearances during the 2019–20 season, which was curtailed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[22] Vancooten played a further 33 times throughout the 2020–21 season as Stevenage finished the League Two season in 14th position.[23][24] He signed a new two-year contract extension with Stevenage on 5 August 2021.[25]

International career[edit]

In October 2017, Vancooten was called up to play for Guyana in a friendly away at Grenada.[2] He started the match, on 7 October 2017, which ended in a 1–0 defeat.[26] Vancooten was named in Guyana's 23-man squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[27] the country's first appearance at a major international tournament.[27] He played in all three of Guyana's matches in the tournament as they finished in third place in their group.[7] Vancooten scored his first goal for Guyana in a 4–0 home victory over Bahamas during a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 30 March 2021.[7][28] The goal was also Vancooten's first in senior football.[7]

Style of play[edit]

Vancooten has played in every position across the defence.[7][29][30] Initially deployed as a defensive midfielder in the early stages of his career, he has then been utilised as a defender.[30] This firstly involved playing as a full-back, before playing regularly as a centre-back for Stevenage.[30] Vancooten's speed and composure on the ball have been highlighted as his main strengths, having a tendency to bring the ball out from defence.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Staines Town 2015–16[7] IL Premier Division 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Reading 2016–17[9] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Billericay Town (loan) 2016–17[9] IL Premier Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Basingstoke Town (loan) 2016–17[9] SL Premier Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Stevenage 2017–18[16] League Two 22 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 24 0
2018–19[17] League Two 12 0 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 15 0
2019–20[22] League Two 16 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 20 0
2020–21[23] League Two 29 0 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 33 0
2021–22[31] League Two 38 0 3 0 2 0 3[a] 0 46 0
Total 117 0 6 0 3 0 12 0 138 0
Career total 140 0 7 0 3 0 12 0 162 0
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in EFL Trophy

International[edit]

Source:[7]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Guyana 2017 2 0
2018 1 0
2019 8 0
2021 5 1
Total 16 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players" (PDF). English Football League. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Trio called up for International Duty". Stevenage F.C. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Christ's Chronicles Newsletter Issue Number 84". Christ's Chronicles Newsletter. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Leatherhead youth midfielder Terence Vancooten". Tony's Soccer School. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Brentford's College Partnership an 'opportunity' for teenagers". Brentford F.C. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Basingstoke agree deal for Reading youngster". Basingstoke Town F.C. 25 February 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Soccerway – Terence Vancooten". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Injury-Hit Blues Add to Squad". Billericay Town F.C. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Aylesbury United – Terence Vancooten". Aylesbury United F.C. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Reading FC transfers: Moore, Kuhl and Tanner let go by Royals as summer clear-out starts". Get Reading. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Terence Vancooten joins Stevenage FC". Stevenage F.C. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Terence Vancooten: Stevenage bring in former Reading full-back". BBC Sport. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Vancooten excited for the future". Stevenage F.C. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Barnet 0–1 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Terence Vancooten pens new deal". Stevenage F.C. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Terence Vancooten in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Games played by Terence Vancooten in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Grimsby Town 0–2 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  19. ^ "League Two Table – 2018/19". Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Terence Vancooten wins Stevenage FC's PFA Community Champion award". The Comet. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Stevenage FC – Terence Vancooten pens new deal". Stevenage F.C. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Terence Vancooten in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Terence Vancooten in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  24. ^ "League Two – 2020–21 – League Table". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  25. ^ "Terence Vancooten: Stevenage centre-back signs new two-year deal". BBC Sport. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  26. ^ "Grenada humble Golden Jaguars 1–0 in St George's". Guyana Chronicle. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Vancooten & Golden Jaguars ready for Gold Cup adventure". Stevenage F.C. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  28. ^ "Guyana 4–0 Bahamas". Soccerway. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  29. ^ a b "Stevenage FC: Three players that have boosted Alex Revell's Boro". Hitchin News. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  30. ^ a b c "Wallace's big hopes for Van". The League Paper. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  31. ^ "Games played by Terence Vancooten in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 May 2021.

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