Russell Hoult

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Russell Hoult
Personal information
Full nameRussell Hoult [1]
Date of birth (1972-11-22) 22 November 1972 (age 47) [1]
Place of birth Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) [1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
0000–1991 Leicester City
Senior career*
1991–1995 Leicester City 10 (0)
1991Lincoln City (loan) 2 (0)
1992Blackpool (loan) 0 (0)
1992Cheltenham Town (loan) 3 (0)
1993Kettering Town (loan) 7 (0)
1993–1994Bolton Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
1994Lincoln City (loan) 15 (0)
1995Derby County (loan) 15 (0)
1995–2000 Derby County 108 (0)
2000Portsmouth (loan) 10 (0)
2000–2001 Portsmouth 30 (0)
2001–2007 West Bromwich Albion 190 (0)
2005Nottingham Forest (loan) 8 (0)
2007–2008 Stoke City 1 (0)
2008Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
2008Notts County (loan) 12 (0)
2008–2010 Notts County 20 (0)
2009Darlington (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Hereford United 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Russell Hoult (born 22 November 1972) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.


He notably spent time playing in the Premier League and played for Leicester City, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion. He also played in the Football League for Lincoln City, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Notts County and Darlington.

Playing career

Hoult began his career at Leicester City, where he was usually a reserve. During his time at the club he was sent on loan to Lincoln City twice, Kettering Town, Blackpool, where he did not make a first team appearance, Cheltenham Town, when they were playing non-league football, and Bolton Wanderers.

He signed for Derby County in the summer of 1995, joining for a fee of £200,000. [2] He went on to help them win promotion to the Premiership in 1996. Hoult remained with the club until January 2000, when he was loaned to Portsmouth. This transfer was made permanent two months later and he remained with the club until the following January, when he left to join West Bromwich Albion for £450,000. [3]

Hoult played a key role in helping West Brom win promotion to the Premiership in 2001–02, keeping a club record number of clean sheets and being named in the PFA Division One team of the year. [4] On 15 September 2001 in a game against Watford he saved a last minute Marcus Gayle penalty to preserve West Brom's 2–1 lead. [5] He was a regular for Albion in the Premiership and was watched by England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, [6] but never made it into the national squad. A highlight of Hoult's 2002–03 season was saving a Dion Dublin penalty to help his side secure a 0–0 draw away at Aston Villa. [7] Following Albion's relegation, Hoult remained a fixture in the side for the following season, as the club were promoted to the Premiership at the first attempt. In 2004, he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players, in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations. He played for the majority of the 2004–05 season, as West Bromwich Albion escaped relegation. However, after being a regular in goal for West Brom for several seasons, Hoult lost his place at the start of the 2005–06 season due to a groin injury. Second choice to Chris Kirkland, who manager Bryan Robson had signed on a 12-month loan from Liverpool, Hoult was loaned to Nottingham Forest in September 2005. [8] However, he was recalled during his second month with the club after Kirkland sustained a rib injury. [9]

Following the club's relegation and Kirkland's return to Liverpool goalkeeping duties for the 2006–07 season were shared between Hoult and Pascal Zuberbühler until reports about his personal life surfaced in national newspapers. On 31 January 2007, Hoult was transferred to Stoke City on a free transfer after being sacked by West Brom. [10] He made his Stoke City debut on 14 August 2007 in a League Cup match away at Rochdale that finished 2–2 after extra time. He was unable to prevent Rochdale from progressing 4–2 on penalties, despite saving one of the spot-kicks. [11] Hoult received a red card on his league debut for Stoke, in a match against Plymouth Argyle in December 2007. [12]

In February 2008 Hoult joined Notts County on loan until the end of the season, following an injury to regular keeper Kevin Pilkington. [13] He kept a clean sheet in the 0–0 draw away at Peterborough United in March, making the League Two Team of the Week. [14] He made 14 appearances for the club, keeping seven clean sheets and helping the club to avoid relegation. [15] He was released at the end of the 2007–08 season, following Stoke's promotion to the Premiership. [16] On 1 July 2008 Hoult returned to Notts County on a permanent basis, signing a two-year contract with the club. [15] He played the first 3 games of the 2009–10 season for Notts County, before being replaced by new signing Kasper Schmeichel for the home game against Dagenham & Redbridge. On 16 September 2009, Darlington manager Colin Todd signed Hoult on loan for a month as Todd felt that permanent Quakers keeper David Knight needed a break after a tough start to the season. [17] Todd was sacked during Hoult's loan and he was recalled by Notts County at the end of his month spell. He had played five games for Darlington. On 10 May 2010 it was announced that he had been released by Notts County along with 7 other players. [18]

Coaching career

Hoult signed on as goalkeeping coach at Hereford United on Thursday 26 August. [19] In October 2010 he became assistant manager to Jamie Pitman after the sacking of Simon Davey. On 25 February 2011 he registered as a player for Hereford United in order to provide goalkeeping back up. [20] [21] In March 2012, Hoult signed for Thringstone Miners Welfare as both player/manager and club president. [22]

Personal life

Hoult, a married man, has on a number of occasions been the subject of public revelations concerning his sexual conduct. In 2000, he was fined £300 for kerb crawling. [23] He was also cleared of sending indecent letters to a 15-year-old girl after his lawyer told magistrates that they were no worse than "saucy seaside postcards". [24] In January 2007 he was suspended by West Bromwich Albion after footage of him involved in an orgy was leaked onto the Internet allegedly with him wearing a club polo shirt. [25]

Career statistics

Source: [26]

ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOther [A] Total
Leicester City 1991–92 Second Division 0000001010
1992–93 First Division 100003010140
1993–94 First Division0000000000
Lincoln City (loan) 1991–92 Fourth Division 2000100030
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 1993–94 First Division4000001050
Lincoln City (loan) 1994–95 Third Division 150000010160
Derby County 1994–95 First Division150000000150
1995–96 First Division410102000440
1996–97 Premier League 320302000370
1997–98 Premier League2000100030
1998–99 Premier League230300000260
1999–2000 Premier League100003000130
Portsmouth 1999–2000 First Division180000000180
2000–01 First Division220004000260
West Bromwich Albion 2000–01 First Division130000020150
2001–02 First Division450403000520
2002–03 Premier League370200000390
2003–04 First Division440105000500
2004–05 Premier League360300000390
2005–06 Premier League1000100020
2006–07 Championship 140101000160
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2005–06 League One 8000000080
Stoke City 2007–08 Championship1000100020
Notts County 2007–08 League Two 140000000140
2008–09 League Two160301010210
2009–10 League Two4010100060
Darlington (loan) 2009–10 League Two6000000060
Hereford United 2010–11 League Two2000000020
Career Total4350220290604920
A.  ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs.

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