Luke Guttridge

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Luke Guttridge
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Guttridge playing for Aldershot Town in 2010
Personal information
Full nameLuke Horace Guttridge [1]
Date of birth (1982-03-27) 27 March 1982 (age 38) [1]
Place of birth Barnstaple, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) [1]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1998–1999 Torquay United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2000 Torquay United 1 (0)
2000–2005 Cambridge United 136 (17)
2005–2007 Southend United 63 (5)
2006–2007Leyton Orient (loan) 7 (1)
2007 Leyton Orient 10 (0)
2007–2008 Colchester United 14 (0)
2008–2010 Northampton Town 56 (6)
2010–2012 Aldershot Town 66 (12)
2012–2013 Northampton Town 44 (4)
2013–2016 Luton Town 67 (18)
2016–2017 Dagenham & Redbridge 30 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 00:30, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Luke Horace Guttridge (born 27 March 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. He previously played for Torquay United, Cambridge United, Southend United, Leyton Orient, Colchester United, Northampton Town, Aldershot Town, Luton Town and Dagenham & Redbridge. He has amassed more than 400 appearances in the Football League.

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Career

Torquay United

Born in Barnstaple, Devon, [1] Guttridge began his career as a trainee with Torquay United after playing junior football for Paignton Pilgrims. He made his league debut whilst still a trainee as a late substitute, replacing Alex Watson in the 4–0 win against Mansfield Town on 10 April 2000. In May 2000, against the advice for a longer contract offer given by youth coaches Paul Compton and Richard Hancox, Guttridge was only offered a three-month professional contract by Torquay manager Wes Saunders, even though Cambridge United had offered him a one-year deal and the chance to play Second Division football.

Cambridge United

Unsurprisingly, Guttridge left for Cambridge, managed by Roy McFarland, on a free transfer. He had to wait until the following spring for his Cambridge league debut, after playing twice in the Football League Trophy, but when it came he scored within two minutes in a vital 2–0 home win against Oldham Athletic. In August 2001, McFarland, by now manager of Torquay, made a bid to bring Guttridge back to Plainmoor, but this was rejected and he remained at the Abbey Stadium. In April 2004, Guttridge went on trial with Premier League club Charlton Athletic and trained with them during this time. [2] However, a move failed to materialise and he returned to Cambridge. [2] Ahead of the 2004–05 season, Guttridge was selected as club captain. [3]

Southend United

Guttridge signed a three-year contract with Southend United in March 2005 for an undisclosed fee plus add-ons. [4] After a slow start, he firmly established himself in the first-team and was given the opportunity to move into the role of a central midfielder from his usual wide midfielder role following a meeting with manager Steve Tilson.[ citation needed ] This proved to be a turning point and Guttridge was a major factor in helping Southend secure the 2005–06 League One title after a 1–0 home win over Bristol City on the final day of the season. [5]

Leyton Orient

Guttridge lost his place in the Southend first-team following their promotion and subsequently joined Leyton Orient on loan until 1 January 2007. [6] He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for the club in a 3–1 away win over Nottingham Forest on 16 December 2006. [7] On 30 January 2007, Guttridge left Southend to sign a permanent contract at Leyton Orient for an undisclosed fee until the end of the 2006–07 season. [8] After rejecting a new contract offer from Leyton Orient, he left the club in May 2007. [9]

Colchester United

On 5 July 2007, Guttridge joined Championship club Colchester United on a free transfer. [10] After playing in only 14 league games during the 2007–08 season, [11] Guttridge was released by the club following their relegation to League One. [12]

Northampton Town

Guttridge impressed during a trial period at Northampton Town, and on 4 August 2008, after two commanding performances in pre-season friendlies, he signed a two-year contract with the club until the summer of 2010. [13] His first goal for the club came during a 4–0 win over Stockport County on 21 March 2009. [14] He was released by the club on 12 May 2010 along with five other players. [15]

Aldershot Town

In July 2010, Guttridge signed a two-year contract with Aldershot Town. [16] He was voted Supporters Player of the Season after an impressive first year with the Shots. [17] Having made 80 appearances for Aldershot in all competitions, scoring 14 goals, Guttridge was released in January 2012 after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent. [18]

Return to Northampton

On 27 January 2012, Guttridge rejoined Northampton Town on an 18-month contract until the end of the 2012–13 season. [19] "Luke is a very experienced player and is just the sort of character we need," said Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd. [20] Guttridge made 44 league appearances, but was not offered a new contract and left the club in June 2013. [21]

Luton Town

Guttridge signed for Conference Premier club Luton Town on a two-year contract on 5 July 2013. [22] He was played in an advanced creative midfielder role for much of the 2013–14 season, scoring 13 goals and assisting 9 others in 32 league games, making him one of the most effective performers as Luton won the Conference Premier title and with it promotion to League Two. [23] [24] Guttridge's performances led his teammates to name him as the Players' Player of the Year. [25] Guttridge played in 30 games for Luton during the 2014–15 season upon his return to the Football League, scoring four goals, [26] and triggered a contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2016. [27] Guttridge made 11 appearances, scoring two goals in 2015–16, [28] but he was released by new manager Nathan Jones on 19 January 2016 after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent. [29]

Dagenham & Redbridge

Guttridge signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge two days after his release by Luton. [30] He was restricted to just three appearances, scoring once in 2015–16 due to injury, [28] [31] as the club were relegated to the National League after finishing in 23rd place in League Two. [32] Guttridge scored Dagenham's second goal on the opening day of 2016–17 in a 3–0 win at home to Southport. [33] He was introduced as a half-time substitute in the second leg of the play-off semi-final defeat to Forest Green Rovers, losing 3–1 on aggregate, [34] and finished the season with 30 appearances and eight goals. [35] Guttridge was released by Dagenham & Redbridge when his contract expired at the end of 2016–17. [36]

Career statistics

As of match played 7 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Torquay United 1999–2000 [37] Third Division 1000000010
Cambridge United 2000–01 [38] Second Division 1100002 [lower-alpha 1] 031
2001–02 [39] Second Division29210104 [lower-alpha 1] 1353
2002–03 [40] Third Division43330105 [lower-alpha 1] 1524
2003–04 [41] Third Division461131101 [lower-alpha 1] 05112
2004–05 [42] League Two 1700010180
Total13617714012215920
Southend United 2004–05 [42] League Two503 [lower-alpha 2] 080
2005–06 [43] League One 415100000425
2006–07 [44] Championship 1703020220
Total635402030725
Leyton Orient 2006–07 [44] League One171171
Colchester United 2007–08 [11] Championship1401010160
Northampton Town 2008–09 [45] League One25210211 [lower-alpha 1] 0293
2009–10 [46] League Two31422001 [lower-alpha 1] 0346
Total566322120639
Aldershot Town 2010–11 [47] League Two41830102 [lower-alpha 1] 0478
2011–12 [48] League Two25431411 [lower-alpha 1] 0336
Total66126151308014
Northampton Town 2011–12 [48] League Two193193
2012–13 [49] League Two25100203 [lower-alpha 3] 1302
Total444002031495
Luton Town 2013–14 [35] Conference Premier 321310003313
2014–15 [26] League Two27311101 [lower-alpha 1] 0304
2015–16 [28] League Two8210002 [lower-alpha 1] 0112
Total67183110307419
Dagenham & Redbridge 2015–16 [28] League Two3131
2016–17 [35] National League 278201 [lower-alpha 4] 0308
Total3092010339
Career total4947226517227356482

Honours

Cambridge United

Southend United

Luton Town

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