Will Puddy

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Will Puddy
Will Puddy 30-04-2016 1.jpg
Puddy training with Bristol Rovers in 2016
Personal information
Full name Willem John Stanley Puddy[1]
Date of birth (1987-10-04) 4 October 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Warminster, England[2]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sutton United
(on loan from Bristol Rovers)
Number 25
Youth career
0000–2004 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Bath City 10 (0)
2005–2010 Cheltenham Town 1 (0)
2006 Mangotsfield United (loan) 9 (0)
2007 Yate Town (loan) 7 (0)
2007 Stafford Rangers (loan) 1 (0)
2008 Tamworth (loan) 11 (0)
2009 Bath City (loan) 4 (0)
2009 Oxford City (loan)
2010 Salisbury City 1 (0)
2010–2011 Swindon Supermarine 13 (0)
2011–2012 Chippenham Town 24 (0)
2012–2014 Salisbury City 85 (0)
2014– Bristol Rovers 23 (0)
2016 Braintree Town (loan) 4 (0)
2017– Sutton United (loan) 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:10, 1 May 2017 (UTC).

Willem John Stanley "Will" Puddy (born 4 October 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Sutton United, on loan from Bristol Rovers.

His father is English and mother Dutch making him eligible to play internationally for both countries though Will has already represented England at Schoolboy level.

Career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Born in Warminster, Puddy began his career as a youth player with Bristol City, spending seven years with the side before being released.

Cheltenham Town[edit]

In 2006, he joined Cheltenham Town, spending time on loan at Mangotsfield United, Yate Town, Stafford Rangers and Tamworth to gain experience,[3] before being handed his professional debut for Cheltenham on 2 May 2009 in a 2–0 defeat to Southend United.[4]

At the start of the 2009–10 season, Puddy joined Conference South side Bath City on a three-month loan deal,[5] making four appearances before returning to Cheltenham after sustaining an injury.

He was released by the club along with 7 other players in May 2010,[6] and began training with Wolverhampton Wanderers as he recovered from an ankle operation.

Salisbury City[edit]

On 25 October 2010, he played a game on his return from his ankle operation Salisbury City.[7] Start in the Red Insure Cup against Wimborne Town.

On 5 November 2010, he joined Swindon Supermarine to be able to play in the 2nd round F.A. Cup game against Colchester United.

Chippenham Town[edit]

On 13 August 2011, Will joined Chippenham Town. He made his first appearance for the club later that day in a Southern Football League Premier Division game against Stourbridge. He left in January 2012 to play for Salisbury City.

Salisbury City[edit]

After leaving Chippenham, he returned to Salisbury City. He spent the rest of the 2011–12 season with The Whites, only losing one game in a Salisbury City Shirt helping secure a strong finish to the season.

He then committed to the club again signing for the 2012–13 season during the pre–season period. Will went on to play over 40 games in the 2012–13 season ending in The Whites winning promotion by the way of the playoffs.

During the pre–season period before the 2013–14 season, Mikey Harris signed Will on for the upcoming season stating that he had full faith in Will, and believed that he would continue to do well. Will played an integral role in pre-season, playing pretty much every minute. Will went on to play much of the 2013–14 season, again appearing over 40 times in the league with 14 clean sheets, ending in being awarded the player's player of the season award by his fellow professionals.

Bristol Rovers[edit]

On 11 August 2014, he joined Bristol Rovers on non-contract terms.[8] He started for Bristol Rovers in the 2015 Conference Premier play-off Final against Grimsby Town on 17 May 2015, and was substituted for Steve Mildenhall during the stoppage time of extra with the score at 1–1.[9] Rovers went on to win the penalty shoot-out 5–3.[9] Puddy made his return to the Bristol Rovers team in the EFL Trophy 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth. [10] Puddy proceeded to play in the league on 10 December 2016 in a 4-2 victory over Bury. [11]

Braintree Town[edit]

On 23 September 2016, Puddy joined Braintree Town on a one-month loan deal from Bristol Rovers.[12] Puddy made his debut for the club in a 1-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers. [13] Puddy injured himself in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round 4-2 victory over Bromley. [14]

Sutton United[edit]

On 27 February 2017, Puddy joined Sutton United on an initial one-month loan deal as a direct replacement for injured first choice goalkeeper Ross Worner.[15] He made his debut for the club on 28 February 2017, keeping a clean sheet during a 1–0 victory over Boreham Wood.[16] Puddy kept a second clean sheet in his next match, a 0–0 draw with Barrow,[17] Sutton's first away clean sheet back in the non-League top flight for 26 years since a 9–0 victory against Gateshead on 22 September 1990.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 4 March 2017.[19][20]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cheltenham Town 2008–09 League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mangotsfield United (loan) 2006–07 Southern League Premier Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Yate Town (loan) 2006–07 Southern League Premier Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Stafford Rangers (loan) 2007–08 Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tamworth (loan) 2008–09 Conference North 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Bath City (loan) 2009–10 Conference South 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Salisbury City 2010–11 Southern League Premier Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Swindon Supermarine 2010–11 Southern League Premier Division 13 0 1 0 1[a] 0 15 0
Chippenham Town 2011–12 Southern League Premier Division 24 0 1 0 8[b] 0 33 0
Salisbury City 2011–12 Conference South 12 0 0 0 12 0
2012–13 Conference South 33 0 2 0 5[c] 0 40 0
2013–14 Conference Premier 40 0 3 0 1[a] 0 44 0
Total 85 0 5 0 6 0 96 0
Bristol Rovers 2014–15 Conference Premier 15 0 0 0 3[d] 0 18 0
2015–16 League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17 League One 7 0 0 0 1[e] 0 8 0
Total 23 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 27 0
Braintree Town (loan) 2016–17 National League 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Sutton United (loan) 2016–17 National League 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Career total 198 0 8 0 0 0 19 0 218 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Seven appearances in FA Trophy, one in Southern League Cup
  3. ^ Two appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference South play-offs
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in Conference Premier play-offs
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Salisbury City

Bristol Rovers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2010 and 31/01/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2010). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2010–2011 (41st ed.). London: Headline. ISBN 978-0-7553-6107-6. 
  3. ^ "Puddy handed big chance". This Is Gloucestershire. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Southend 2–0 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bath City sign Cheltenham keeper Puddy". This Is Bristol. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cheltenham Town release eight players". BBC Sport. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  7. ^ TRANSFER NEWS
  8. ^ "Work to add strength and depth to the squad is continuing, says Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke". Bristol Post. bristolpost.co.uk. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Mitchell, Brendon (17 May 2015). "Bristol Rovers 1–1 Grimsby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Portsmouth 1 Bristol Rovers 0: Clarke's men crash out controversial EFL Trophy after Naismith winner". Bristol Post. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bristol Rovers 4 Bury 2: Step up Puddy, animated Darrell Clarke, Boateng shift, take your chances". Bristol Post. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Will Puddy: Bristol Rovers goalkeeper joins Braintree Town on loan". www.bbc.co.uk/sport. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Starting lineups - Braintree T vs Forest Grn 24 Sep 2016". Sky Sports. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Stunning fight back sees Braintree book their place in FA Cup first round draw". Braintree and Witham Times. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Sutton United sign keeper Will Puddy from Bristol Rovers & Kieron Cadogan". BBC Sport. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Sutton United 1–0 Boreham Wood". BBC Sport. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Barrow 0–0 Sutton United". BBC Sport. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Gateshead v Sutton United". Statto.com. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "W. Puddy". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "Will Puddy". Aylesbury United. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  21. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/23602330

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