Guttridge playing for Aldershot Town in 2010
|Full name||Luke Horace Guttridge|
|Date of birth||27 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Barnstaple, England|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|2006–2007||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||7||(1)|
|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.
Born in Barnstaple, Devon,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.
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.However, a move failed to materialise and he returned to Cambridge. Ahead of the 2004–05 season, Guttridge was selected as club captain.
Guttridge signed a three-year contract with Southend United in March 2005 for an undisclosed fee plus add-ons. [ 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.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.
Guttridge lost his place in the Southend first-team following their promotion and subsequently joined Leyton Orient on loan until 1 January 2007.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. 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. After rejecting a new contract offer from Leyton Orient, he left the club in May 2007.
On 5 July 2007, Guttridge joined Championship club Colchester United on a free transfer.After playing in only 14 league games during the 2007–08 season, Guttridge was released by the club following their relegation to League One.
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.His first goal for the club came during a 4–0 win over Stockport County on 21 March 2009. He was released by the club on 12 May 2010 along with five other players.
In July 2010, Guttridge signed a two-year contract with Aldershot Town.He was voted Supporters Player of the Season after an impressive first year with the Shots. 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.
On 27 January 2012, Guttridge rejoined Northampton Town on an 18-month contract until the end of the 2012–13 season."Luke is a very experienced player and is just the sort of character we need," said Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd. Guttridge made 44 league appearances, but was not offered a new contract and left the club in June 2013.
Guttridge signed for Conference Premier club Luton Town on a two-year contract on 5 July 2013.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. Guttridge's performances led his teammates to name him as the Players' Player of the Year. Guttridge played in 30 games for Luton during the 2014–15 season upon his return to the Football League, scoring four goals, and triggered a contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2016. Guttridge made 11 appearances, scoring two goals in 2015–16, but he was released by new manager Nathan Jones on 19 January 2016 after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
Guttridge signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge two days after his release by Luton.He was restricted to just three appearances, scoring once in 2015–16 due to injury, as the club were relegated to the National League after finishing in 23rd place in League Two. Guttridge scored Dagenham's second goal on the opening day of 2016–17 in a 3–0 win at home to Southport. 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, and finished the season with 30 appearances and eight goals. Guttridge was released by Dagenham & Redbridge when his contract expired at the end of 2016–17.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Torquay United||1999–2000||Third Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Cambridge United||2000–01||Second Division||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||1|
|Southend United||2004–05||League Two||5||0||—||—||3||0||8||0|
|Leyton Orient||2006–07||League One||17||1||—||—||—||17||1|
|Northampton Town||2008–09||League One||25||2||1||0||2||1||1||0||29||3|
|Aldershot Town||2010–11||League Two||41||8||3||0||1||0||2||0||47||8|
|Northampton Town||2011–12||League Two||19||3||—||—||—||19||3|
|Luton Town||2013–14||Conference Premier||32||13||1||0||—||0||0||33||13|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||2015–16||League Two||3||1||—||—||—||3||1|
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