Chris Iwelumo

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Chris Iwelumo
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Iwelumo playing for Watford in 2012
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Robert Iwelumo [1]
Date of birth (1978-08-01) 1 August 1978 (age 41) [1]
Place of birth Coatbridge, Scotland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) [1]
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
0000–1995 St Mirren
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1995–1998 St Mirren 31 (1)
1998–2000 Aarhus Fremad 27 (4)
2000–2004 Stoke City 84 (15)
2000York City (loan) 12 (2)
2001Cheltenham Town (loan) 4 (1)
2004Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 10 (4)
2004–2005 Alemannia Aachen 9 (0)
2005–2007 Colchester United 92 (35)
2007–2008 Charlton Athletic 46 (10)
2008–2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 (14)
2010Bristol City (loan) 7 (2)
2010–2011 Burnley 45 (11)
2011–2013 Watford 45 (3)
2012–2013Notts County (loan) 5 (0)
2013Oldham Athletic (loan) 7 (1)
2013–2014 Scunthorpe United 12 (2)
2014 St Johnstone 6 (0)
2014 Chester 10 (1)
Total498(106)
National team
2007 Scotland B 1 (0)
2008–2010 Scotland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christopher Robert Iwelumo ( /ɪˈwɛləm/ ; [2] born 1 August 1978) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who played as a striker.

Contents

Iwelumo started his career with St Mirren before moving to Danish club Aarhus Fremad for two years. A move to Stoke City in 2000 saw him sent out on loan to several teams before a short-lived spell with 2. Fußball-Bundesliga side Alemannia Aachen. After moving to the Football League Championship with Colchester United and then Charlton Athletic, he signed for Wolves in 2008 as they won promotion to the Premier League, winning Player of the Month in November 2008.

Iwelumo's father is Nigerian and his mother is Scottish. He won his first cap as a full Scottish international coming on as a substitute against Norway in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier in 2008, notable for his missing an open goal from only yards out as the match finished 0–0 an event which Iwelumo has said "tortured" him. He had his first international start in a friendly against Argentina in November the same year.

Club career

Early career

Born in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother, Iwelumo started his career with Scottish Football League club St Mirren as a junior in their youth system before signing a professional contract on 5 August 1996. [1] [3]

Iwelumo had only made nineteen appearances for St Mirren, scoring twice against Berwick in the Scottish League Cup [4] and Dundee in the Scottish Cup, [5] before his performances were being noticed and in early 1998, Aarhus Fremad of Denmark signed him up. Aarhus released him two years later in February 2000 and he had trials at Preston North End and Celtic – the team he supports – before signing a four-year deal with Stoke City. [6]

Stoke City

After two years in Denmark, Iwelumo returned to the UK to join third tier Stoke City. He played as a substitute as Stoke won the 2000 Football League Trophy Final. [7] Later that year he was sent out on loan to York City where he made eleven appearances before returning to Stoke. He remained there before being loaned out again to Cheltenham Town in February 2001. He played four times for Cheltenham Town, scoring once against Mansfield [8] before being recalled back from his loan by Stoke City where he managed to build on his appearances without actually gaining a regular place in the first team, his most notable contribution possibly being the equaliser in the Potteries derby on 21 October 2001. He signed a two-year contract extension with Stoke in March 2002. [9]

Barnsley revealed an interest in signing Iwelumo in January 2004. [10] He was subject of a loan move once more when he moved to Brighton & Hove Albion in March 2004. [11] He helped the "Seagulls" to the 2004 Second Division play-off final in Cardiff, winning the penalty that gave Albion promotion. [12] When he returned to Stoke at the end of the season he was released, after four years at the club.

Alemannia Aachen

2. Fußball-Bundesliga side Alemannia Aachen signed Iwelumo on a free transfer in July 2004, after rejecting the offer of a two-year contract from Brighton. [13] However his stay at Aachen was short-lived, and he was released after just six months and nine substitute appearances.

Colchester United

Iwelumo had his most successful period of his career at Colchester United, he signed for Colchester United in July 2005. [14] On 28 November 2006, the many highlights included, the four goals he scored as Colchester beat Hull City 5–1 in a Championship league match. [15] Iwelumo formed a formidable partnership with Jamie Cureton that season, with the U's eventually finishing 10th in The Championship. Whilst at Colchester, he helped them achieve promotion to the Championship in 2006 and finish in a club record 10th position the following season. Iwelumo rejected a new contract offer from Colchester on 21 May 2007, [16]

Charlton Athletic

On the same day signed for Charlton Athletic on a free transfer. [17] In the 2007–08 season he featured in every league game and was the Addicks' top goalscorer; he was also named the Championship's player of the month for November 2007 after scoring last minute winning goals in two consecutive games. [18]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

It was confirmed that Iwelumo could leave Charlton as part of cost-cutting measures and he eventually signed for fellow Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2008 on a two-year deal. [19] Iwelumo scored a hat-trick for Wolves against Preston North End in a 3–1 win, taking his goal tally to eight for the season, where he was also sent off for an apparent head-butt on defender Sean St Ledger. [20] Wolves made an appeal against this, which was turned down, despite St Ledger stating that the clash of heads was accidental and Iwelumo served a three-match ban. [21]

His early season form in front of goal earned him November's Championship Player of the Month Award. [22] However, after this run of form he entered a goalless drought of 16 games before netting against his former club Charlton.

His season was ended prematurely after a high tackle from Lee Carsley in the game against promotion rivals Birmingham City left him with medial ligament damage. [23] In his absence the team secured promotion to the Premier League as champions. [24]

He regained fitness over the summer break but suffered more injury woe as he broke his metatarsal in Wolves' opening pre-season game against Australian club Perth Glory. [25] He eventually returned to first team contention and made his Premier League debut in a 1–1 draw against Aston Villa in October 2009, though again suffered an injury setback which put him on the sidelines for a further month. [26]

When fit, his Premier League appearance were limited to fleeting substitute roles and he instead moved on a month's loan to Championship side Bristol City in February 2010 to gain more playing time. [27] He scored the first of two goals for Bristol City in a 2–1 win over West Bromwich Albion on 21 February 2010. [28] He returned to Wolves to battle for his place, making a handful of further substitute appearances as the club confirmed their Premier League survival, but failing to score, meaning he had scored just once for Wolves in 18 months.

Burnley

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Iwelumo playing for Burnley in 2010

He signed for Championship side Burnley on 1 June 2010 on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. [29] Iwelumo scored his first goal for Burnley on his debut on 7 August 2010, scoring the winner against Nottingham Forest in a 1–0 victory for Burnley. On 11 September 2010 Iwelumo scored a stunning hattrick against Preston North End in a 4–3 win for Burnley at home, with two fine headers and a volley. After a disappointing second half to the season, Iwelumo was subject to transfer speculation, with a failed move to Preston North End.

Watford

Iwelumo signed for Championship rivals Watford on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 19 July 2011. [30] Iwelumo made his debut for Watford against former club Burnley on the opening day of the season. The game finished 2–2. [31] Iwelumo scored his first goal for Watford against Hull City in October and had to wait another five months before scoring again in which he bagged a brace against Leeds United on 31 March 2012. [32]

Following an injury to John Eustace at the start of the 2012–13 season and the departure of Martin Taylor, Iwelumo captained Watford for the first time against Derby County on 1 September 2012.

Iwelumo joined Notts County on loan on 23 November. [33] He returned to Watford after failing to score for the "Magpies" in five matches. [34] On 31 January 2013, Iwelumo joined Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season. [35]

Later career

On 3 June 2013 Iwelumo joined League Two side Scunthorpe United on a one-year deal. [36] He spent six months at Scunthorpe before joining St Johnstone on 23 January 2014. [37] Iwelumo was an unused substitute as St Johnstone won the 2014 Scottish Cup Final. He joined Conference Premier side Chester on 30 June 2014, [38] but announced his retirement from football on 28 October 2014. [39] The next day Iwelumo began working in the media department at his former club Stoke City. [40] Iwelumo is currently studying for a Sports Journalism degree at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent and has appeared on Sky Sports News, TalkSport and Football League Tonight on Channel 5. In July 2015 Iwelumo was appointed head coach of the under-18 team at former club Wolverhampton Wanderers. [41] However, he quit the position less than a week later. [42]

International career

Iwelumo was called up for the Scotland squad to tour South Korea in 2002 but had to withdraw as his club Stoke City were involved in the Football League Championship play-offs. In November 2007, he was named in the Scotland B team for a friendly against Republic of Ireland B, [43] which he featured in as Scotland drew 1–1. [44]

He was called up to the full Scotland squad for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Norway at Hampden Park on 11 October 2008. [45] He came on as a 57th-minute substitute in that game to make his debut, but his performance was overshadowed by an open goal miss from three yards, in a match that finished 0–0. [46] For days after, Iwelumo constantly watched video replays of the incident but was determined not to be remembered for the miss, stated "I'm a proud Scot, I love my country and it's my dream to do well for them." [47] He was recalled for his first international start in a friendly against Argentina on 19 November 2008. [48]

Career statistics

Club

As of 29 October 2014
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season LeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
St Mirren 1995–96 [49] Scottish First Division 5110000061
1996–97 [50] 140102100171
1997–98 [51] 12021101 [lower-alpha 1] 0161
Total311413110393
Aarhus Fremad 1998–99 Danish Superliga 27400274
Stoke City 1999–2000 [52] Second Division 3000001 [lower-alpha 2] 040
2000–01 [53] 2100210042
2001–02 [54] 381041104 [lower-alpha 3] 14712
2002–03 [55] First Division 3243310367
2003–04 [56] 901021121
Total841584625110322
York City (loan) 2000–01 [53] Third Division 122410000163
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2000–01 [53] 4100000041
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2003–04 [56] Second Division 10400003 [lower-alpha 4] 0134
Alemannia Aachen 2004–05 2. Bundesliga 9010004 [lower-alpha 5] 0140
Colchester United 2005–06 [57] League One 461752103 [lower-alpha 6] 05519
2006–07 [58] Championship 461810104818
Total923562203010337
Charlton Athletic 2007–08 [59] Championship 461020205010
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2008–09 [60] 311420223516
2009–10 [61] Premier League 1502000170
Total461440225216
Bristol City (loan) 2009–10 [61] Championship 72000072
Burnley 2010–11 [62] 451130205011
Watford 2011–12 [63] 3831000393
2012–13 [64] 7000110081
Total453101100474
Notts County (loan) 2012–13 [64] League One 5000000050
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2012–13 [64] 7120000091
Scunthorpe United 2013–14 [65] League Two 122101000142
St Johnstone 2013–14 [65] Scottish Premiership 6010100080
Chester 2014–15 [66] Conference Premier 101000000101
Career total498106378206161571121
  1. Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. Appearances in Football League Trophy
  3. One appearance and one goal in Football League Trophy, three appearances in Second Division play-offs
  4. Appearances in Second Division play-offs
  5. Appearances in UEFA Cup
  6. Appearances in Football League Trophy

International

As of 17 November 2010. [67]
National teamSeasonAppsGoals
Scotland 200820
200900
201020
Total40

Personal life

Iwelumo graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 with a first-class bachelor's degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting. [68]

Honours

Individual

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