Chris Humphrey

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Chris Humphrey
Chris Humphrey.JPG
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Charles Humphrey
Date of birth(1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthSaint Catherine,[1] Jamaica
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current clubPreston North End
Number7
Youth career
200?–2004Walsall
2004–2006West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2009Shrewsbury Town74(2)
2007–2008Stafford Rangers (loan)4(0)
2009–2013Motherwell132(8)
2013–Preston North End19(2)
National team
2012–Jamaica3(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2013
 
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Chris Humphrey
Chris Humphrey.JPG
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Charles Humphrey
Date of birth(1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthSaint Catherine,[1] Jamaica
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current clubPreston North End
Number7
Youth career
200?–2004Walsall
2004–2006West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2009Shrewsbury Town74(2)
2007–2008Stafford Rangers (loan)4(0)
2009–2013Motherwell132(8)
2013–Preston North End19(2)
National team
2012–Jamaica3(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2013

Christopher Charles Humphrey (born 19 September 1987 in Saint Catherine, Jamaica) is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a winger for Football League One side Preston North End and the Jamaica national team.[2]

Career[edit]

Born in Jamaica before moving to Walsall[3] at the age of 5, Humphrey was at Walsall's Centre of Excellence until he joined West Bromwich Albion.

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

After playing in a reserve team match against Shrewsbury Town on 4 September 2006, Shrews manager Gary Peters was impressed by Humphrey's performance and inquired about his availability, discovering that he was out of contract. Two days later Humphrey had signed for Shrewsbury on a free transfer until the end of the 2006–07 season, with Peters joking that he had kidnapped Humphrey.[3][4]

Three days after signing, on 9 September, Humphrey made his debut as a 79th minute substitute for Shrewsbury in a 1–0 home defeat to Lincoln City. On 8 February 2007, and having made nine substitute appearances, Humphrey's progress had pleased Peters sufficiently to earn him a one year contract extension until summer 2008.[5]

In his first season he made a total of 14 league appearances for Salop, all but one as a substitute. Humphrey played for Shrewsbury, as a late second half substitute, in the 2007 Football League Two play-off Final. Shrewsbury lost 3–1 to Bristol Rovers at Wembley. A mistake was made on his shirt, spelling his surname as "Humphery".

After making three league and three cup appearances in the early part of the 2007–08 season Humphrey joined Conference National side Stafford Rangers on 2 November 2007 on loan for a month, playing four games. On 25 January 2008, his contract was extended by another year, until the end of the 2008–09 season.[6]

He scored his first goal on 25 October 2008, two minutes after coming on as a 78th minute substitute to earn the Shrews a 1–1 draw with Brentford at Griffin Park. Late in the January 2009 transfer window, and with Humphrey about to be out of contract in summer, it was claimed that he had attracted the interest of various clubs, including Aston Villa, following a number of eye-catching performances that season.[7] On 2 May, Humphrey set up one goal and scored another as Shrewsbury beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2–1 at to ensure the Shrews finished in seventh place in League Two, the fourth and final play-off spot.[8]

On 23 May 2009, Humphrey played for Shrewsbury in the League Two play-off Final at Wembley, which they lost 1–0 to Gillingham.[5] Shortly after the play-off, Humphrey was offered a new contract by the club.[9] On 25 June 2009, Sky Sports claimed that Shrewsbury had turned down a bid for Humphrey by Championship side Blackpool.[10] On 3 July, Shrews manager Paul Simpson confirmed the Blackpool approach.[11][12] The contract was soon stalled, as Humphrey was in favour of joining Scottish Premier League club Motherwell.[13]

Motherwell[edit]

On 15 July 2009, Scottish Premier League club Motherwell announced Humphrey as new manager Jim Gannon's second signing of the summer.[14] After the move, Humphrey expressed "happy" of joining the club and hopes the move makes him a better player.[15]

In the 2009–10 season, Humphrey made his debut for the club, making his first starts in the second round of the Europa League; second leg in a 8–1 win over Flamurtari Vlorë; having loss 1–0 in the first leg.[16] Humphrey says playing in Europe was another reason he joined Motherwell.[17] He made his league debut for the club after coming on as a substitute, on the opening game of the season, in a 2–2 draw against St. Johnstone. Following a family tragedy, Humphrey was given several weeks' compassionate leave in September 2009.[18] Soon after the family tragedy, Humphrey says his loss of the family tragedy was hard, in addition, he stated facing Celtic will be the biggest game of his life ahead of the match, which both side drew 0–0.[19] A few month later, tragedy went even worse when Humphrey injured his ankle, resulting him out for six weeks, following undergoing a scan.[20] In the January transfer window, Skysports.com understands a number of English sides are making their loan move to sign Humphrey.[21] He spent most of his first season with the club on the bench, due to the form of Jim O'Brien.[22]

After O'Brien moved to Barnsley in 2010, Humphrey began playing regularly for the first team.[22] In the third round against Aalesunds FK, Humphrey played the role in both legs by providing a double assist in separate legs, which Well went through to the next round of the Europa League.[23][24] On 25 September 2010, in a match against Hearts, Humphrey made an impressive display during the match by setting up both goals in a 2–0 win; the next game, on 2 October 2010, Humphrey scored from a long distance free kick, just three minutes start of the match, as Well would win 3–1 against St. Mirren.[25] During the season, Manager Craig Brown took up the Aberdeen job and was succeed by Stuart McCall. On 28 January 2011, Humphrey signed a one-year extension to his current contract.[26] After signing a new deal, Humphrey told skysports.com that he expressed "delight", having attracted the interest of a number of clubs in England and Scotland.[27] A few month later, on 30 March 2011, He then his second goal of the season, in the quarter-final replay in the Scottish Cup, in a 3–0 win over Dundee United, to send the club through to the semi-final. Days later, he scored his second goal of the season, in a 2–1 win over Aberdeen, ending his twenty games without scoring in the league, followed up his third goal, a few day later, in a 2–1 win over Dundee United. In the final of the Scottish Cup, Humphrey started in the match, as Motherwell lose 3–0 against Celtic. After the match, Humphrey gave his thoughts on the final and was gutted to lose, along with the team.[28]

In the 2011–12 season, Humphrey continued to retain his first team place. Humphrey scored his first goal of the season, in a 4–2 win over Dunfermline Athletic on 27 August 2011. During the season, Humphrey soon became attracted interests once again from Premier League and Championship sides.[29] Then on 24 January 2012, He scored against Dunfermline Athletic – for the second time of the season, as Motherwell win once again. In a match between Motherwell and St. Johnstone, on 28 April 2012, He make hat-trick of assists, in a 5–1 win. At the end of the season, Motherwell finished third place, in addition of qualify the Champions League, following Rangers unexpected administration, which Rangers cannot qualify by the UEFA.

In the 2012–13 season, Humphrey made his Champions League, in a 2–0 loss against Greek side Panathinaikos in the first leg in the third round.[30] After Motherwell elimination in the Champions League, the club would enter Europa League. He would play in both legs, as Well lose in both legs against Spanish side Levante, eliminating the club in Europe. In the summer transfer window, He was linked with a move to Scottish giant Celtic.[31] The move never materialised.[32] On 27 November 2012, He scored his first goal of the season from a stunner, in a 2–1 win over Dundee United. Towards the end of the season, Humphrey contract with the club is about coming to an end as his contract is about to expire. He stated he would want to stay at the club.[33] On 27 February 2013, Humphery scored again, but this time against Celtic, to earn the club a 2–1 win.[34] Later in the season, Motherwell would earn second place in the league, thus qualifying for Europe. On 12 May 2013, Humphrey scored and set up a goal for James McFadden, to score the opener, as Motherwell win 2–1 against Ross County.[35] At the end of the season, Humphrey was offered a new contract with the club.[36]

Preston North End[edit]

On 4 June 2013, it was announced that Humphrey would be leaving Motherwell to join Preston North End on a three-year contract. This was a surprising move considering Rangers had shown a major interest.[37]

International career[edit]

Impressive performances early in the 2010–11 season saw him linked with selection for the Scotland national football team.[22] Humphrey would be eligible to play for Scotland because his mother was born in Kilmarnock.[22] However, on 17 May 2011, Humphrey was given a call-up to the Jamaica squad.[2] He was given another call-up a year later and made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Panama. Humphrey made a second appearance against Panama, but was then dropped from the squad for breaking a curfew.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 May 2013
ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupOther[39]Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Shrewsbury Town
2006–07120000050170
Total120000050170
2007–08250002010280
Stafford Rangers
2007–084000000040
Total290002010320
Shrewsbury Town
2008–09392101020432
Total392101020432
Motherwell
2009–10280101030330
2010–11363613060514
2011–12352302000402
2012–13333201030393
Total1328121701201639
Shrewsbury Town Total762103080882
Career Total2121013110020025411

Honour[edit]

Shrewsbury Town

Play-off runner-up (1): 2008–09

Motherwell

Personal life[edit]

Humphrey was to become a father for the first time. However tragedy struck and the child died during birth.[18] Following the club's qualification in the Champions League, Humphrey became a father again after his partner gave birth to a boy.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Humphrey profile". Motherwell F.C. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Humphrey wins Jamaica call". Sky Sports. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Chris Humphrey". Daily Record. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chris Humphrey". Shrewsbury Town F.C. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Humphrey extension boosts shrews". bbc.co.uk. 8 February 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "Youngster Signs New Contract". Shrewsbury Town F.C. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Villa keen on Shrews winger". Sky Sports. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Shrews secure seventh". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Seven players released by Shrews". BBC Sport. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Langmead signs new deal". Sky Sports. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Shrews reject Humphrey bid". Sky Sports. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Paul Simpson". Shrewsbury Town F.C. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Humphrey set for Shrews exit". Sky Sports. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Motherwell sign Shrews' Humphrey". BBC Sport. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Humphrey happy with move". Sky Sports. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "New Motherwell signing Chris Humphrey could make Europa League bow". Daily Record. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Chance to play Old Firm and in Europe convinced me to move, says Motherwell signing Chris Humphrey". Daily Record. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Motherwell star Chris Humphrey aiming to get back on track after family tragedy". Daily Record. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "I'm ready to play football after family tragedy, says Motherwell star Chris Humphrey". Daily Record. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Humphrey blow for Well". Sky Sports. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Humphrey in loan link". Sky Sports. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c d Berry, John (11 October 2010). "Motherwell's Chris Humphrey keen on Scotland call-up". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  23. ^ "Aalesunds FK 1–1 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Motherwell 3–0 Aalesunds FK (4–1)". BBC Sport. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Motherwell 3–1 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Motherwell sign Gunning and extend Humphrey contract". BBC Sport. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  27. ^ "Humphrey delight at new deal". Sky Sports. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "Motherwell ace Chris Humphrey vows to steer clear of Scottish Cup Final re-run". Daily Record. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  29. ^ "Chase on for Humphrey". Sky Sports. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  30. ^ "Motherwell 0–2 Panathinaikos". BBC Sport. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "Celtic set to make surprise swoop for Well winger Humphrey". Daily Record. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "Chris Humphrey: Motherwell mates gave me stick for being linked with Celtic". Daily Record. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  33. ^ "Motherwell ace Chris Humphrey would jump at chance to sign new deal". Daily Record. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  34. ^ "Motherwell 2 Celtic 1". The Scottish Sun. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "Motherwell 2 Ross County 0". The Scottish Sun. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  36. ^ "Motherwell: Paul Lawson signs from Ross County as seven exit". BBC Sport. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  37. ^ "Preston North End to sign Motherwell winger". BBC Sport. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  38. ^ Haggerty, Anthony (5 June 2012). "Motherwell ace Chris Humphrey axed by Jamaica ahead of World Cup qualifiers after breaking curfew". Daily Record (Johnston Press). Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  39. ^ Appearances are in the Football League Trophy or Europe.
  40. ^ "Humphrey's double joy". Sky Sport. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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