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Stephen Hunt (footballer, born 1981)


Stephen Patrick Hunt born 1 August 1981 is a retired Irish international footballer who played as a left midfielder or left back

He played for Brentford, Crystal Palace, Reading, Hull City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City His younger brother, Noel, is also a footballer

Contents

  • 1 Career
    • 11 Club
      • 111 Early years
      • 112 Reading
      • 113 Hull City
      • 114 Wolverhampton Wanderers
      • 115 Ipswich Town
      • 116 Coventry City
    • 12 International
  • 2 Career statistics
    • 21 Club
    • 22 International
    • 23 International goals
  • 3 Honours
    • 31 Individual
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Careeredit

Clubedit

Early yearsedit

Hunt became known for his creative and skilful play as well as his work rate as a winger Although born in Laois, Hunt grew up in Clonea-Power, Waterford He was a talented under-age hurler and soccer player He played for Waterford hurlers at under-15 and under-16 levels3 Hurling was his first love4

Hunt's first introduction to organised football was when he moved to the Christian Brothers' Secondary School in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary at the age of 11 During his time at secondary school he also began playing for Waterford soccer side Johnville FC and won a Munster Schools Junior Cup with Carrick CBS This gained Hunt a degree of recognition and he played in the Kennedy Cup with Waterford County He later excelled for Carrick United at various age levels, before going to England starting his career as a trainee with Crystal Palace Failing to make an impact on the first team, Hunt had trials with clubs including Dundee United5 before leaving to join Brentford In his four years at the West London club, he became an integral part of the team

In 2005 Hunt rejected a new contract and decided to leave Brentford After agreeing to join Bradford City, late interest from Reading, then in the Football League Championship, made him change his mind

Readingedit

Hunt with Reading

Hunt was denied more starting appearances in his first Reading season by the form of Bobby Convey He still made a good contribution, appearing from the bench, as Reading won the Championship title and promotion to the Premiership during the 2005–06 season

On 14 October 2006, Hunt's knee collided with Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Čech when the Reading player was lunging at the ball, resulting in Čech undergoing surgery for a depressed fracture of the skull6 Since the injury, Petr Čech has had to wear head protection during every game Following the incident, Premier League officials, players, pundits, player's representatives and even MPs expressed views either condemning7 or supporting8 Hunt and the others involved in the aftermath of the incident The FA eventually confirmed that no action would be taken against Hunt9 but, in the mean time, both Hunt and teammate Ibrahima Sonko, involved in a collision in the same match with Čech's replacement Carlo Cudicini, had allegedly received death threats from Chelsea fans101112 Hunt scored his first Premier League goal in the 6-0 home win over West Ham

During the January 2008 transfer window, Reading rejected a series of bids peaking at £55 million1314151617 from Sunderland for Hunt, but Reading confirmed that they had no intention of selling players at that time1314 On 1 February 2008, Hunt signed a new deal with Reading keeping him at the club until the summer of 201118 In 2007–08, Hunt scored 6 goals in 39 appearances for Reading's first team but could not prevent the club being relegated on goal difference

On 4 February 2009, Reading confirmed that Hunt had signed a new three-and-a-half year contract, that would keep him at the club until the summer of 201219 However, after the club failed in their attempt to win an instant return to the Premier League, losing in the playoff semi finals to Burnley, Hunt announced his intention to leave Reading in the hope securing a move back to the Premier League20

Hull Cityedit

On 13 August 2009 it was confirmed that Hunt had signed for Hull City for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around the region of £35 million2122 He scored his first goal for the club 28 minutes into his debut against Chelsea on 15 August 200923 This was also the first goal of the 2009–10 Premier League season However, he was taunted by Chelsea fans throughout the game, due to the incident with Cech Hunt also scored in his next match, his home debut for Hull City, but they were beaten 5–1 by Tottenham24

In the January transfer window, Hunt was the subject of a £5 million bid from Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the Tigers rejected it25 Shortly after, Hunt suffered a foot injury that ruled him out of the run-in26 In his absence, the club were relegated amid growing financial worries27

Wolverhampton Wanderersedit

On 21 June 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers signed Hunt on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £3 million28 Hunt, still recovering from his foot injury from his time with Hull, did not return to action until several months into the season,29 making his Wolves debut as a substitute against Chelsea on 23 October 201030 He scored his first goal for the club on 27 November, a 3–2 win against Sunderland31

In the early part of 2011, Hunt suffered calf and hernia injuries which kept him out of action for up to three months3233 He returned from injury for the final five fixtures of the season and scored three minutes from time on the final day of the season against Blackburn Rovers to guarantee Wolves their Premier League safety34

Although undergoing a groin operation,35 Hunt was largely a regular player for Wolves throughout the 2011–12 season as the club suffered relegation His campaign back in the Championship was hampered by a persistent hip injury but he played regularly throughout the final months as the team was once again relegated At the conclusion of the season it was announced that Hunt would be free to leave as his contract had expired36 In total he made 66 appearances for the club, scoring eight times37

Ipswich Townedit

On 8 November 2013 Hunt signed a short-term deal with Ipswich Town38

On 30 June 2014 Hunt signed a further 1-year deal with Ipswich39

Coventry Cityedit

On 8 January 2016 Hunt signed a short term deal with League 1 promotion chasing side Coventry City FC after a short spell as a free agent

He retired from playing football at the end of the 2015–16 season40

Internationaledit

Hunt far right during a "welcome ceremony" for the Irish squad in Sopot before UEFA Euro 2012

Hunt earned his first cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 2–1 win away to San Marino on 7 February 2007, coming on as a substitute41 Later that year he was sent off following a challenge on Jan Polák in a match against the Czech Republic on 12 September 200742

The midfielder became a regular member of Giovanni Trapattoni's team that narrowly failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup Hunt scored his first, and to date only, international goal through a late penalty in a 2–3 friendly defeat to Poland at Croke Park on 19 November 200843 He was subsequently selected as part of Ireland's squad for the Euro 2012 tournament but did not play in any of their games44

Career statisticsedit

Clubedit

As of 8 May 2016 Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 1999–200045 Division One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Brentford 2001–0246 Division Two 35 4 1 0 1 0 4ab 0 41 4
2002–0347 Division Two 42 7 4 2 2 0 2a 1 50 10
2003–0448 Division Two 40 11 2 0 1 0 2a 1 45 12
2004–0549 League One 19 3 4 0 0 0 1a 0 24 3
Total 135 25 11 2 4 0 9 2 160 29
Reading 2005–0650 Championship 38 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 46 3
2006–0751 Premier League 35 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 38 4
2007–0852 Premier League 37 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 40 7
2008–0953 Championship 46 6 0 0 2 1 1c 0 49 7
Total 155 17 7 3 9 1 1 0 172 21
Hull City 2009–1054 Premier League 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 6
Total 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 6
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010–1155 Premier League 20 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 24 4
2011–1256 Premier League 24 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 28 3
2012–1357 Championship 12 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 14 1
Total 56 7 5 1 5 0 0 0 66 8
Ipswich Town 2013–1458 Championship 23 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2014–1559 Championship 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 40 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 43 0
Coventry City 2015–1660 League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 421 55 26 6 18 1 10 2 476 64
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in 2002 Football League play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in 2009 Football League play-offs

Internationaledit

Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 9 0
2008 6 1
2009 10 0
2010 1 0
2011 11 0
2012 2 0
Total 39 1

Statistics accurate as of match played 4 June 201261

International goalsedit

1–2
2–3 Friendly

Honoursedit

Reading
  • Football League Championship 1: 2005–06
Republic of Ireland
  • Nations Cup: 2011

Individualedit

  • Reading Player of the Year: 2007–0863
  • Hull City Player of the Year: 2009–10
  • Football League Championship Team of the Year: 2008–09

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J, ed 2009 The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10 Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile" Premier League Retrieved 18 March 2011 
  3. ^ "Stephen Hunt signs for Club Déise" Munster Express 16 June 2008 Retrieved 27 January 2009 
  4. ^ Crawford, Caroline 31 July 2012 "'I'll never give up on the hurling dream, it was my first love' -- Stephen Hunt" Irish Independent Retrieved 31 July 2012 
  5. ^ "Decision Time fpr Trial Trio" Dundee United FC 22 January 2001 Archived from the original on 5 February 2008 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  6. ^ "Keeper Cech has surgery on skull" BBC Sport BBC 15 October 2006 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  7. ^ "Mourinho angry as keepers injured" BBC Sport BBC 14 October 2006 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  8. ^ "Coppell gives his views on Chelsea game, Hunt collision, ref Riley and more" readingfccouk 14 October 2006 Archived from the original on 5 August 2012 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  9. ^ "Reading/Chelsea statement" thefacom 19 October 2006 Archived from the original on 3 December 2008 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  10. ^ "Reading duo receive death threats" BBC Sport BBC 16 November 2006 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  11. ^ Kempson, Russell 17 November 2006 "Reading pair get death threats as Chelsea row turns sinister" London: The Times Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  12. ^ "Statement on Reading Threats" wwwchelseafccom 16 November 2006 Retrieved 23 January 2009 dead link
  13. ^ a b "Reading rule out Hunt departure" BBC Sport BBC 31 December 2007 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  14. ^ a b "Reading hoping to hang on to Stephen Hunt" London: The Times 31 December 2007 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  15. ^ "Blacks Cats fail in second bid for Royals ace" Sky Sports 7 January 2008 Archived from the original on 14 August 2009 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  16. ^ "Sunderland raise Hunt bid to £45m" The Daily Mail London 10 January 2008 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  17. ^ Jacob, Gary; Caulkin, George 24 January 2008 "Tottenham step up bid to clinch deal for Tiago" The Times London Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  18. ^ "Hunt signs a new contract" readingfccouk 1 February 2008 Archived from the original on 5 August 2012 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  19. ^ "Hunt to extend contract" readingfccouk 4 February 2009 Archived from the original on 7 February 2009 Retrieved 4 February 2009 
  20. ^ "Hunt seeks 'fresh start'" msnsportskysportscom 9 June 2009 Retrieved 9 June 2009 
  21. ^ "Duo Complete City Moves" Hull City AFC 13 August 2009 Archived from the original on 1 March 2012 Retrieved 8 June 2013 
  22. ^ "Hull complete Hunt & Ghilas deals" BBC Sport BBC 13 August 2009 Retrieved 13 August 2009 
  23. ^ "Chelsea 2 – 1 Hull" BBC Sport BBC 15 August 2009 Retrieved 9 January 2010 
  24. ^ Lyon, Sam 18 August 2009 "Hull 1 – 5 Tottenham" BBC Sport BBC Retrieved 18 August 2009 
  25. ^ "Hull reject Wolves transfer bid for Stephen Hunt" BBC Sport BBC 1 February 2010 
  26. ^ "Stephen Hunt injury hits Hull survival hopes" BBC Sport 13 April 2010 
  27. ^ "Hull reshuffle board to deal with financial issues" BBC Sport 11 May 2010 
  28. ^ "Wolves sign winger Stephen Hunt from Hull" BBC Sport 21 June 2010 
  29. ^ "Stephen Hunt hoping to make impact for Wolves" BBC Sport 13 October 2010 
  30. ^ "Chelsea 2–0 Wolves" BBC Sport 23 October 2010 
  31. ^ "Wolves 3–2 Sunderland" BBC Sport 27 November 2010 
  32. ^ "Injured Wolves midfielder Hunt eyes comeback date" BBC Sport 10 March 2011 
  33. ^ "Wolves winger Stephen Hunt to undergo hernia surgery" BBC Sport 7 April 2011 
  34. ^ "Wolverhampton 2–3 Blackburn" BBC Sport 22 May 2011 
  35. ^ "Wolves' Stephen Hunt has successful groin operation" BBC Sport 5 April 2012 
  36. ^ "Wolves: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Stephen Hunt released" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 17 May 2013 
  37. ^ "Stephen Hunt" Soccerbase 
  38. ^ "Town Confirm Hunt Deal" TWTDcouk 8 November 2013 
  39. ^ McCarthy Confirms Hunt Signing New Deal - Ipswich Town News | TWTDcouk
  40. ^ Delaney, Miguel 29 May 2016 "'There was nothing else after football, I was making it and that was it' - Stephen Hunt" Irish Independent Retrieved 8 June 2016 
  41. ^ "San Marino 1–2 Rep of Ireland" BBC Sport 7 February 2007 
  42. ^ "Czech Republic 1–0 Rep of Ireland" BBC Sport BBC 12 September 2007 Retrieved 23 January 2009 
  43. ^ "Ireland suffer defeat against clinical Poland side" FAI 18 June 2009 Retrieved 18 June 2009 
  44. ^ "Euro 2012: Defender Kevin Foley left out of Republic squad" BBC Sport 29 May 2012 
  45. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 1999/2000" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  46. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2001/2002" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  47. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2002/2003" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  48. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2003/2004" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  49. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2004/2005" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  50. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2005/2006" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  51. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2006/2007" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  52. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2007/2008" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  53. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2008/2009" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  54. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2009/2010" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  55. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2010/2011" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  56. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2011/2012" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  57. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2012/2013" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  58. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2013/2014" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  59. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2014/2015" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  60. ^ "Games played by Stephen Hunt in 2015/2016" Soccerbase Centurycomm Retrieved 14 January 2016 
  61. ^ "Steve Hunt" National Football Teams Retrieved 2 November 2015 
  62. ^ "Republic of Ireland 2-3 Poland" BBC Sport 19 November 2008 Retrieved 2 November 2015 
  63. ^ "Hunt voted the official readingfccouk / Courage player of the month" readingfccouk Archived from the original on 9 May 2008 Retrieved 23 January 2009 

External linksedit

  • Stephen Hunt at Soccerbase
  • ESPN Profile


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