Yan Klukowski

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Yan Klukowski
Yan Klukowski 13-08-2016 2.jpg
Klukowski playing for York City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Yan Klukowski[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 31)[2]
Place of birth Chippenham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Torquay United
Number 18
Youth career
Chippenham Town
0000–2003 Bath City
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Central Connecticut[4] 71[5][6][7][8] (24)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Bath City 14 (0)
2005 Chippenham Town 7 (0)
2006–2007 Chippenham Town 5 (0)
2007 Ottawa Fury 16 (1)
2008 Cape Cod Crusaders 14 (5)
2009 Western Mass Pioneers 12 (1)
2009 Chippenham Town 2 (0)
2010 Larkhall Athletic 8 (6)
2010–2014 Forest Green Rovers 159 (48)
2014–2016 Newport County 66 (5)
2016–2017 York City 25 (3)
2017– Torquay United 7 (0)
2017 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:25, 5 January 2018 (UTC).

Yan Klukowski (born 1 January 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League club Torquay United.

Club career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Born and raised in Chippenham, Wiltshire,[9] Klukowski was educated at Sheldon School.[10] His football education began at local club Chippenham Town before moving to Bath City.[11] At 18 years of age, he broke into the first team at Bath.[citation needed] Klukowski turned down a new contract with Bath in July 2005 to sign a four-year scholarship with Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, Connecticut, United States.[12][13] He had a brief stint with Chippenham Town at the start of the 2005–06 season before starting his scholarship.[14]

At CCSU, Klukowski was the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, playing for the All Conference first team.[citation needed] He was named to the All-NEC first team and received second team NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region honors as a sophomore in 2006.[citation needed] From December 2006 to January 2007, Klukowski played with Chippenham Town, while on holiday from the United States.[15] In 2007, he led the NEC in assists and was named to the All-NEC second team and the NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region first team.[citation needed]

During his college years, Klukowski also played with Ottawa Fury[16] and the Cape Cod Crusaders in the USL Premier Development League.[17]

Professional[edit]

Klukowski turned professional in 2009 and joined the Western Mass Pioneers of the USL Second Division, where he played 12 times, scoring once in a 2–1 win over Wilmington Hammerheads.[18] He was the joint seventh highest assist provider in the 2009 USL Second Division, with five.[19]

Following the conclusion of the season, Klukowski returned to England in an attempt to find a professional club to play for during 2009–10 and beyond.[citation needed] His first trial was provided by Carlisle United who were originally impressed and extended his trial period before deciding against offering him a contract.[20][21] Klukowski then went on trial with Swindon Town,[22] but was not offered a contract.[citation needed] In August 2009, Klukowski rejoined Chippenham Town.[citation needed] He later joined Larkhall Athletic until the end of 2009–10,[23] scoring six goals from eight league appearances.[14] In June 2010, he returned to Bath City on trial in an attempt to earn a contract following their promotion into the Conference Premier.[24]

Klukowski celebrates scoring for Forest Green Rovers in 2012

In July 2010, he went on trial with Forest Green Rovers, before joining the Conference Premier club on 13 August.[25] He scored his first goal for the club in August 2010 in only his second appearance against Wrexham.[26] On 21 January 2011, he was awarded a new contract until the end of 2011–12 by Forest Green, after a number of impressive appearances.[27] After suffering an injury in the latter months of 2010–11, Klukowski was required to have surgery and returned to first-team action at the start of 2011–12.[citation needed] He scored his first goal of the season in a 6–1 away win over Alfreton Town on 20 August 2011, after converting James Rowe's cross.[28][29] On 31 March 2012, in a home match against Barrow, Klukowski scored his first hat-trick for Forest Green.[30] Klukowski ended 2011–12 as Forest Green's top scorer with 18 goals from 45 appearances.[28]

On 12 June 2012, Klukowski signed a contract extension at Forest Green, keeping him at the club until 2014.[31] On 15 April 2014, two goals in a 2–1 away win over Macclesfield Town saw him overtake Alex Meechan as Forest Green's all-time leading Conference Premier goal scorer, a record that has since been beaten, with a total of 48 league goals for the club.[32][33] On 28 April 2014, it was revealed that he had turned down the offer of a new contract with Forest Green in the hope he could earn a deal with a Football League club.[34]

On 20 May 2014, Klukowski joined League Two club Newport County on a two-year contract.[35] He made his debut for Newport on the opening day of 2014–15 against Wycombe Wanderers on 9 August 2014 as a second-half substitute.[36] His first goal for Newport came in a 2–1 home defeat against Swindon Town on 23 September 2014 in the first round of the Football League Trophy, with a tap-in from Aaron O'Connor's pass.[36][37] He was released by Newport on 10 May 2016 at the end of his contract.[38]

On 28 June 2016, Klukowski joined newly relegated National League club York City on a two-year contract.[39] On 21 May 2017, he started as York beat Macclesfield Town 3–2 at Wembley Stadium in the 2017 FA Trophy Final.[40]

On 29 June 2017, Klukowski signed for National League club Torquay United on a contract of undisclosed length,[41] having been allowed to leave York despite having a year left on his contract.[42] He joined National League North club Kidderminster Harriers on 17 November 2017 on a one-month loan.[43]

International career[edit]

Klukowski scored with a 35-yard shot on his debut for England schools, in a 3–0 away win over Scotland on 25 February 2005.[44] He represented Great Britain at World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006.[citation needed] He was also selected to represent the Great Britain university football team at the 2007 Summer Universiade.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Klukowski is of Polish descent, through his grandfather.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Klukowski playing for Forest Green Rovers in 2012
As of match played 5 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bath City 2003–04[14] Southern League Premier Division 5 0 5 0
2004–05[14] Southern League Premier Division 9 0 9 0
Total 14 0 14 0
Chippenham Town 2005–06[14] Southern League Premier Division 7 0 7 0
2006–07[45] Southern League Premier Division 5 0 5 0
Total 12 0 12 0
Ottawa Fury 2007[14] USL Premier Development League 16 1 16 1
Cape Cod Crusaders 2008[14] USL Premier Development League 14 5 14 5
Western Mass Pioneers 2009[18][46] USL Second Division 12 1 2 0 14 1
Chippenham Town 2009–10[14] Southern League Premier Division 2 0 2 0
Larkhall Athletic 2009–10[14] Western League Premier Division 8 6 8 6
Forest Green Rovers 2010–11[47] Conference Premier 37 7 2 0 1[b] 1 40 8
2011–12[28] Conference Premier 46 18 1 0 2[b] 0 49 18
2012–13[18] Conference Premier 40 11 3 2 2[b] 0 45 13
2013–14[18] Conference Premier 36 12 1 0 3[b] 1 40 13
Total 159 48 7 2 8 2 174 52
Newport County 2014–15[36] League Two 38 4 1 1 1 0 1[c] 1 41 6
2015–16[48] League Two 28 1 2 1 1 0 1[c] 0 32 2
Total 66 5 3 2 2 0 2 1 73 8
York City 2016–17[18] National League 25 3 2 0 5[b] 0 32 3
Torquay United 2017–18[18] National League 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2017–18[18][49] National League North 4 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 339 69 14 4 2 0 15 3 370 76
  1. ^ Appearances in U.S. Open Cup and FA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

York City

References[edit]

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