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Jacob Luke Butterfield (born 10 June 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Luton Town.

Jacob Butterfield
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Butterfield at Carrow Road, August 2012
Personal information
Full name Jacob Luke Butterfield[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 29
Youth career
Bradford City
0000–2005 Manchester United
2005–2007 Barnsley[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Barnsley 89 (8)
2012–2013 Norwich City 0 (0)
2012–2013Bolton Wanderers (loan) 8 (0)
2013Crystal Palace (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2014 Middlesbrough 31 (3)
2014–2015 Huddersfield Town 50 (7)
2015–2019 Derby County 80 (8)
2017–2018Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 20 (0)
2019Bradford City (loan) 15 (1)
2019– Luton Town 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:24, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Bradford, Butterfield spent a brief spell with the youth team of hometown club Bradford City at the age of 7 or 8, before joining the Manchester United Academy.[3]

BarnsleyEdit

Butterfield was described as a star of the future by manager at the time, Simon Davey. He had worked with Butterfield in the Barnsley academy before being appointed as manager in 2006. He made his debut for Barnsley in a League Cup tie against Newcastle United in August 2007 coming on as a substitute for Martin Devaney during a 2–0 loss. Butterfield also made a substitute appearance in Barnsley's 2008 FA Cup semi-final against Cardiff City.[4]

Butterfield scored his first senior goal on 8 August 2009 with a 59th-minute goal at Hillsborough against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday. This goal proved to be vital as it spurred Barnsley on to claw back to 2–2 as Barnsley were 2–0 down at half time. He also made an appearance coming on as a substitute versus former club Manchester United in a League Cup tie in which Barnsley suffered a 2–0 defeat.

On 17 September 2011, he captained Barnsley for the first time. It was in their 1–1 draw at home to Watford. Many believed at the time that Butterfield, at just 21 years of age, had become Barnsley's youngest ever captain. But, in fact, Eric Winstanley had captained the Reds at aged 19 in the 1960s.[5] Butterfield was having an exceptional season and Premier League scouts were regularly in attendance at Oakwell. He was soon rewarded for his efforts with a call up to the England under 21 squad.[6]

Butterfield missed the rest of the 2011–12 season through injury following a shocking 'tackle' in the New Year's Eve derby encounter with Leeds United bringing his "amazing" form to an end. Scans taken after the match showed it to be torn anterior cruciate ligaments. He finished the season – albeit prematurely – with five goals to his name and a growing reputation in The Championship, described by his manager Keith Hill as the best midfielder in the league.

Norwich CityEdit

On 3 July 2012, Butterfield signed for Norwich City on a four-year contract.[7] Butterfield was out of contract, but Barnsley were entitled to compensation, due to his age. He made his debut for the club on 26 September in a 1–0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Football League Cup.[8] However, he failed to gain a first team place at the club, with his only other first team appearance being another League Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur,[9] and spent most of his time with Norwich out on loan.

On 8 November, Butterfield joined Bolton Wanderers on loan for a month, this becoming Dougie Freedman's first signing since taking over at the Reebok Stadium.[10] He made his debut on 17 November, in a 1–1 draw at home against his former club Barnsley.[11] The loan was extended outside the Window by another month on 1 December.[12] Butterfield left Bolton and went back to Norwich City on 3 January 2013.

On 16 January 2013, it was announced that Butterfield had signed on loan for Crystal Palace, where he was given the squad number six. He made his début on 19 January, where he was part of the starting eleven, in a goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers. His last appearance for Crystal Palace was on 5 March, when he started in the 4–2 victory over Hull City. He returned to Norwich before the end of that month.

MiddlesbroughEdit

On 2 September 2013, Butterfield signed a three-year contract, with a one-year option to extend, at Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee.[13] He made his debut in a 3–1 defeat at Ipswich Town on 14 September 2013. He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–1 win over Yeovil Town on 5 October 2013. He would go on to score a goal that was controversially disallowed at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday. He scored one of the goals of the season for the Boro against Birmingham City[14] and followed that up with the winning goal at eventual runners up, Burnley a week later to end the campaign in good form. He was also part of the Boro side whose victory on the 26 April 2014 relegated his former club, Barnsley to the third tier of English football.[15]

Huddersfield TownEdit

On 13 August 2014, Butterfield joined Huddersfield Town and signed a four-year deal, which was part of a swap deal that saw Adam Clayton join Middlesbrough.[16] He made his début for the Terriers in their 3–1 defeat to Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on 16 August 2014. His first goal for Huddersfield Town came in a 2–1 win against Reading at the Madejski Stadium in the 10th minute on 19 August 2014. His first home goal for the Terriers came in the 4–2 win over Blackpool on 18 October 2014. He repeated that trick just a few days later on 21 October 2014, scoring from close range in the 1–1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, prompting new manager Chris Powell to set Butterfield a target of reaching double figures for the season.[17] He scored his fourth for the club in a 2–1 home victory over former club, Bolton Wanderers, a cracking strike from the angle of the box and started 2015 in good form when playing a key role in the club's 3–1 win over high flying Watford, setting up the opening goal for Nahki Wells.[18] He went on to score another two goals, created many more and was voted the club's Player of the Season for the 2014–15 season.[19]

Derby CountyEdit

On 1 September 2015, Butterfield joined Derby County for around £5 million on a four-year deal.[20] He scored his first goal for The Rams in a 3–0 win over Rotherham United on 31 October 2015. He scored twice for Derby County away at Hull on his 200th appearance of his Football League career .[21]

Butterfield joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan on 31 August 2017, in a loan swap-deal involving Sam Winnall moving in the other direction from Wednesday to Derby for the duration of the 2017-18 season.[22]

In January 2019 he moved on loan to Bradford City.[23]

Luton TownEdit

On 30 July 2019, Butterfield joined Luton Town after Derby agreed to mutually terminate his deal. The length of his contract at Luton was not disclosed.[24] He made his debut on 2 August in a 3-3 draw with his former club Middlesbrough, coming on as a 60th minute substitute.[25]

International careerEdit

Butterfield was called up to represent England at under-21 level, though he never made an appearance.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 18 February 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnsley 2007–08[26] Championship 3 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
2008–09[27] Championship 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2009–10[28] Championship 20 1 1 0 4 0 25 1
2010–11[29] Championship 39 2 1 0 1 0 41 2
2011–12[30] Championship 24 5 0 0 1 0 25 5
Total 89 8 4 0 7 0 100 8
Norwich City 2012–13[31] Premier League 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2012–13[31] Championship 8 0 8 0
Crystal Palace (loan) 2012–13[31] Championship 9 0 9 0
Middlesbrough 2013–14[32] Championship 31 3 1 0 0 0 32 3
Huddersfield Town 2014–15[33] Championship 45 6 0 0 1 0 46 6
2015–16[34] Championship 5 1 0 0 1 0 6 1
Total 50 7 0 0 2 0 52 7
Derby County 2015–16[34] Championship 37 7 2 1 0 0 1[a] 0 40 8
2016–17[35] Championship 40 1 2 0 3 0 45 1
2017–18[36] Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 80 8 4 1 4 0 1 0 89 9
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2017–18[36] Championship 20 0 3 0 23 0
Career total 289 26 13 1 15 0 1 0 314 27
  1. ^ Appearance in the Championship play-offs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Derby County" (PDF). English Football League. p. 14. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 426. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  3. ^ "Twenty years on, Butterfield can't wait to come of age with Bantams". Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
  4. ^ "Barnsley 0–1 Cardiff". BBC. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Player Records". barnsleyfc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "England call for Butterfield".
  7. ^ "Barnsley midfielder Jacob Butterfield joins Norwich". BBC. 3 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Match Report". canaries.co.uk. 26 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Norwich 2–1 Tottenham". BBC. 31 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Butterfield Joins on Loan". Bolton Wanderers F.C.
  11. ^ "Bolton 1–1 Barnsley" BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Jacob Butterfield: Norwich man extends Bolton loan spell". BBC. 10 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Jacob is Boro bound". Middlesbrough F.C. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Butterfield screamer".
  15. ^ "Barnsley relegated at Boro".
  16. ^ "BBC Sport – Middlesbrough swap Jacob Butterfield for Adam Clayton". BBC Sport.
  17. ^ http://www.examiner.co.uk/sport/football/news/huddersfield-town-boss-wants-jacob-7990941
  18. ^ Tom Marshall-Bailey (10 January 2015). "Player Ratings: Huddersfield Town 3–1 Watford – now give us yours". Huddersfield Examiner.
  19. ^ Tom Marshall-Bailey (4 May 2015). "Recap: A full breakdown of Huddersfield Town's end-of-season awards as Jacob Butterfield is named Player of the Year". Huddersfield Examiner.
  20. ^ Callum Limb. "Jacob Butterfield joins Derby County". htafc.com.
  21. ^ "Derby 3–0 Rotherham". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  22. ^ "Butterfield joins Owls on loan". www.swfc.co.uk.
  23. ^ "Jacob Butterfield: Bradford City sign Derby midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Jacob Butterfield: Luton Town sign Derby County midfielder". BBC Sport. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  25. ^ "Luton Town 3-3 Middlesbrough: Championship season starts with thrilling draw". BBC Sport. 2 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  27. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  28. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  29. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  30. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  31. ^ a b c "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  32. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  33. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  34. ^ a b "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  35. ^ "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Jacob Butterfield in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 October 2017.

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