Tom Thorpe

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Tom Thorpe
Thomas Thorpe (cropped).jpg
Thorpe playing for England U19 in 2012
Personal information
Full name Thomas Joseph Thorpe[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 32
Youth career
2009–2014 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Manchester United 1 (0)
2014 Birmingham City (loan) 6 (0)
2015– Rotherham United 8 (2)
2016 Bradford City (loan) 3 (0)
2016– Bolton Wanderers (loan) 19 (1)
National team
2008–2009 England U16 6 (0)
2009–2010 England U17 7 (0)
2010 England U18 1 (0)
2011–2012 England U19 9 (1)
2013 England U20 2 (0)
2013 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:50, 20 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:03, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Thorpe (born 13 January 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Bolton Wanderers on loan from Rotherham United.

A product of the youth academy of Manchester United, Thorpe was loaned out to Championship club Birmingham City in 2014. He was called into the Manchester United first team in September 2014 and made his Premier League debut shortly after. He has represented England at all youth levels from England U16 to England U21, winning the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Born in Manchester, Thorpe joined Manchester United as a first-year academy scholar in July 2009 at the age of 16, after playing six times for the club's under-18 team during the 2008–09 season.[3] His debut came against Liverpool on 13 December 2008 and he played the whole game as Manchester United won 3–1.[4] He began the 2009–10 season as part of the under-17s team that won the Milk Cup for the second consecutive year, conceding just two goals in their five games in the tournament.[5] He became a regular for the under-18s during the season, playing in 24 of the team's 28 league matches on the way to winning Group C of the Premier Academy League;[6] however, they lost to Arsenal on penalties in the play-off semi-finals.[7] He scored his only goal of the season – his first for the under-18s – in a 4–1 away win over Middlesbrough on 17 April 2010,[8] just four days after getting his first taste of reserve team action; he was named as an unused substitute for a Premier Reserve League game against Liverpool on 13 April.[9]

After signing his first professional contract over the summer, Thorpe was again included in the Manchester United squad for the Milk Cup in 2010,[10] but defeat to the ASPIRE Academy from Qatar in their second game meant they were unable to defend their title;[11] however, they were able to win the second-tier Slemish Trophy competition with victories over County Down, Shamrock Rovers and Hartlepool United.[12] The under-18s began the Premier Academy League season with an eight-game unbeaten run,[13] during which Thorpe scored once against Huddersfield Town,[14] and on 27 September 2010, he made his first appearance for the reserves, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute for Reece Brown in a 2–2 away draw with Blackburn Rovers.[15]

He had a three-game run in the reserves in November 2010, and scored his first goal for the team against Bolton Wanderers on 2 November.[16] Because of his increased involvement with the reserves, Thorpe made only 17 league appearances for the under-18s in 2010–11, but that was made up for by a successful run as captain in the FA Youth Cup; after beating Portsmouth, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the earlier rounds,[17] the team beat Sheffield United 6–3 on aggregate in the two-legged final.[18][19]

Thorpe made the step up to the reserves on a permanent basis in 2011–12, but injuries kept him from securing a regular place in the team for the first month of the season.[citation needed] Nevertheless, he impressed enough in his two Manchester Senior Cup appearances in September 2011 to earn himself a place on the bench for the first team's League Cup third round match against Leeds United on 20 September; he was given the number 39 jersey for the match, but did not take the field.[20] Thorpe only made 12 league appearances for the reserves during their title-winning season, most of them in an unfamiliar central midfield role, but he was an integral part of the team that went on to win the Manchester Senior Cup,[21] coming on as a substitute in their 2–0 victory over Manchester City in the final.[22] After the summer break, he also played in the final of the 2011–12 Lancashire Senior Cup, and helped Manchester United keep a clean sheet as they beat Accrington Stanley 4–0.[23]

With his injury woes behind him, Thorpe took over as captain of the reserve team (now the under-21s) for the 2012–13 season and was almost ever-present in the league as Manchester United claimed the inaugural Under-21 Premier League title; after finishing second to Tottenham Hotspur in both group phases of the competition,[citation needed] Manchester United got their revenge in the final of the competition, beating Tottenham 3–2 at Old Trafford.[24] Thorpe scored twice during the season, first with a header from an Adnan Januzaj corner away to Newcastle United on 12 November,[25] then a rising shot from 20 yards against Tottenham on 15 February.[26] From the end of February, the team went on a run of 10 games that included eight clean sheets, and Thorpe's performances earned him a nomination for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year Award;[27] however, he ultimately finished in third behind Januzaj and fellow defender Marnick Vermijl.[28]

Birmingham City (loan)[edit]

Thorpe was ever-present for the under-21s in the first half of the 2013–14 season, and his performances in helping Manchester United to the best defensive record in the league[citation needed] attracted the attention of Birmingham City, who signed him on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season on 31 January 2014,[29] along with fellow defender Tyler Blackett and forward Federico Macheda.[30][when?] He made his professional debut the following day, starting a Football League Championship match against Derby County, but was stretchered off after only 14 minutes after injuring an ankle.[31] He returned to Manchester United for treatment after suffering ligament damage,[32] and the loan was terminated on 3 March.[33] Thorpe rejoined Birmingham City until the end of the season on 27 March[34] but returned to Manchester United again with two games of the season remaining to undergo treatment, having suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in April 2014.[35]

First team[edit]

On 25 September 2014, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed in his weekly press conference that youngsters would be drafted in to the first team to help ease the club's injury crisis at the centre-back position.[36] Ahead of a Premier League match against West Ham United at Old Trafford two days later, Thorpe and Paddy McNair were named in the squad,[37] with McNair starting the game and Thorpe on the bench; he came on as a substitute for Ángel Di María in injury time at the end of the game to make his top-flight debut.[38]

Rotherham United[edit]

Thorpe was released by Manchester United at the end of his contract in July 2015.[39] He then joined Rotherham United on a two-year deal on 3 July.[40] He made his debut for the club on 8 August 2015, the opening day of the 2015–16 Football League Championship season, playing at centre-back in a 4–1 home defeat to Milton Keynes Dons; after Rotherham went 3–1 down in the first half, Thorpe missed a header in the second half that would have made the score 3–2.[41] After being named as an unused substitute for the League Cup win over Cambridge United the following Tuesday (11 August),[42] Thorpe returned to the side for the 2–1 league defeat away to Nottingham Forest on 15 August, coming on as a substitute for Smallwood in the 81st minute.[43]

Bradford City (loan)[edit]

On 21 March 2016, Thorpe joined Bradford City on an emergency loan deal until 8 May 2016.[44] He started his first match five days later, playing in midfield against Millwall F.C. on 26 March 2016.[45] He played the full 90 minutes.

Bolton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2016, he joined Bolton Wanderers on a season long loan deal, linking up again with Phil Parkinson who had signed him the previous season for Bradford City.[46] He made his Wanderers debut as a late substitute for Josh Vela in the 1–1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons at the Macron Stadium on 10 September 2016.[47] Thorpe scored his first goal for Bolton against Millwall on 19 November 2016.[48]

International career[edit]

Thorpe has represented England at all levels from under-16 to under-21.[49] He was included in the England under-17 squad that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[50] He was named as England under-19 captain in 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[51] He was also included in England under-20 squad for 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[52] Thorpe made his England under-21 debut against Scotland in 2013.[53]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 27 August 2016
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2013–14[54] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[55] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Birmingham City (loan) 2013–14[54] Championship 6 0 6 0
Rotherham United 2015–16[56] Championship 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
2016–17[57] Championship 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Total 9 2 0 0 1 0 10 2
Bradford City (loan) 2015–16[56] League One 3 0 1[a] 0 4 0
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2016–17[57] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career totals 20 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 22 2

Honours[edit]

England Under-17

References[edit]

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