Max Crocombe

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Max Crocombe
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Crocombe playing for Salford City in 2017
Personal information
Full nameMaxime Teremoana Crocombe [1]
Date of birth (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2009 Milton Keynes Dons
2010–2011 Oxford United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009–2010 Buckingham Town 33 (1)
2010–2016 Oxford United 4 (0)
2011–2012Banbury United (loan) 1 (0)
2015Nuneaton Town (loan) 10 (0)
2015Barnet (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016Southport (loan) 25 (0)
2016–2017 Carlisle United 0 (0)
2017–2019 Salford City 31 (0)
2019–2020 Brisbane Roar 6 (0)
2020– Melbourne Victory 8 (0)
National team
2013 New Zealand U20 4 (0)
2015 New Zealand U23 4 (0)
2018– New Zealand 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 25 February 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2018

Maxime Teremoana Crocombe (born 12 August 1993) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for club Melbourne Victory and the New Zealand national team. [2]

Contents

Early life

Crocombe was born in Auckland, New Zealand, before moving to England at a young age. He had spells with Milton Keynes Dons and Luton Town [2] before joining Buckingham Town. [3] Crocombe attended Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes along with Crystal Palace player Jeffrey Schlupp. [4]

Club career

Buckingham Town

In the summer of 2009, Crocombe signed for Buckingham Town at the age of 16. He made 33 senior first team appearances before being spotted by scouts of Oxford United. [3] Despite being a goalkeeper he scored one goal in his time at Buckingham Town after coming on as an outfield substitute in a 3–1 league defeat. [5]

Oxford United

Crocombe joined Oxford United as a scholar under youth-team coach Chris Allen and signed his first professional contract in April 2012. [6] He almost made his debut shortly afterwards after injuries to Ryan Clarke and Wayne Brown, and the termination of Connor Ripley's loan, [7] however Oxford eventually signed Arsenal's Emiliano Martínez on loan [8] and Crocombe had to wait for his debut. Whilst at the club, he has been coached by Alan Hodgkinson and Wayne Brown. [9]

Crocombe's Football League debut came in a 1–1 draw with Burton Albion on 29 January 2013. [10] He kept his first clean sheet for the club in his second league appearance, a 1–0 away win over Dagenham & Redbridge in April 2013, which ended a five-match winless run. [11] He remained in goal for the rest of the league season, keeping three consecutive clean sheets with 3–0 wins against both Rochdale and Accrington Stanley. [12] In total, Crocombe made six appearances for club and country in his debut professional season, conceding just one goal. In June 2013, he signed a long-term contract with the club. [13] By the 2013–14 season he had established himself as deputy to Oxford's long-standing number 1, Ryan Clarke.

Crocombe appeared twice in the 2014–15 season, both times in the Football League Cup. In his second appearance he held Premier League side West Bromwich Albion to one goal in 120 minutes and saved their first two spot kicks in the penalty shoot-out. [14] At the end of the season, which included a productive loan spell at Nuneaton Town, the club triggered a 2-year option in his contract to extend his stay until the end of 2017. [15]

Loan to Nuneaton Town

In February 2015, Crocombe signed on loan at Conference Premier side Nuneaton Town until the end of the season. [16] After impressing with a clean sheet on his debut, he was named in the Non-League Paper's Team of the Day. [17] [18] He did not concede a goal in any of his first 6 games and was named man of the match twice in his short spell for the club.

Loan to Barnet

Crocombe was loaned to Barnet on 18 September 2015, with the Bees without a senior keeper due to an injury and a suspension. [19]

Loan to Southport

In October 2015 Crocombe was recalled from Barnet and sent on a three-month loan to Southport of the National League. [20] After a series of impressive performances in his first 3 months for the club he was named Southport's Player of the Month for both November 2015 and January 2016.

Carlisle United

Crocombe left Oxford by mutual consent and signed a one-year deal with Carlisle United on 4 August 2016. [21]

Salford City

In May 2017 he joined Salford City. [22] In October 2017 Crocombe was sent off during a match against Bradford Park Avenue for urinating at the side of a stand [23] A spectator made a formal complaint and the incident was later reported to the police. Crocombe subsequently posted an apology on Twitter and explained "I was in a very uncomfortable position and made an error of judgement that spoiled a great win". [24]

Brisbane Roar

In July 2019, Crocombe joined Australian A-League side Brisbane Roar to challenge Jamie Young for the starting goalkeeper position. [25] In October 2020, Crocombe left Brisbane Roar. [26]

Melbourne Victory

After leaving Brisbane Roar, Crocombe joined Melbourne Victory in October 2020. [27]

International career

New Zealand Under-20s

On 22 January 2013, Crocombe was called up to the provisional New Zealand under-20s squad for the 2013 OFC U-20 Championship in Fiji, the regional qualifying tournament for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. [28] He was confirmed in the final squad of 20 on 20 February 2013 and made his debut in the 1–0 win over Vanuatu. [29] [30] Crocombe kept clean sheets in both his appearances and was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament, earning him the Golden Glove Award. [31]

He was confirmed in the New Zealand under-20 squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey [32] and was described as a key player for the team. [33] Crocombe played in two of New Zealand's games as the team exited the competition at the group stage.

New Zealand Under-23s

In June 2015, Crocombe was included in the New Zealand under-23s squad for the Pacific Games, which was used as a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics. [34] Crocombe kept 4 clean sheets in 4 games before New Zealand were disqualified from the tournament for fielding an ineligible player. [35]

Senior Team

In March 2015, Crocombe was called up to the full New Zealand squad for a friendly against South Korea. [36] A year later he was included in the senior squad for the 2016 OFC Nations Cup. [37] He made his full international debut for the All Whites in a friendly against Canada in March 2018. [38]

Career statistics

As of match played 2 October 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Buckingham Town 2009–10 [39] UCL Division One 3310000331
Oxford United 2011–12 [40] League Two 0000000000
2012–13 [40] League Two4000000040
2013–14 [40] League Two0000000000
2014–15 [40] League Two0000200020
2015–16 [40] League Two0000000000
Total4000200060
Banbury United (loan) 2011–12 [39] SFL Premier Division 10001 [lower-alpha 1] 020
Nuneaton Town (loan) 2014–15 [39] Conference Premier 1000000100
Barnet (loan) 2015–16 [40] League Two5000000050
Southport (loan) 2015–16 [40] National League 250103 [lower-alpha 2] 0290
Carlisle United 2016–17 [40] League Two0000004 [lower-alpha 3] 040
Salford City 2017–18 [40] National League North 3100000310
2018–19 [40] National League 00004 [lower-alpha 2] 040
Brisbane Roar 2019–20 [40] A-League 60000060
Career total115110201201301
  1. Appearance in the Southern League Cup
  2. 1 2 Appearances in the FA Trophy
  3. Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours

Salford City

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