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Luke Young (footballer, born 1993)

Luke Young (born 22 February 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League club Wrexham. He was released by Plymouth Argyle in May 2014. Having progressed through the club's youth system, Young made his debut in the Football League in 2011.

Luke Young
Personal information
Full name Luke Young[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Ivybridge, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wrexham
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2011 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Plymouth Argyle 99 (8)
2014–2018 Torquay United 133 (16)
2018– Wrexham 41 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:42, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Young was born in Ivybridge, Devon.[1] He signed Centre of Excellence forms with Plymouth Argyle in May 2002, aged nine, and played schools football for Plymouth and Devon.[3] In the 2008–09 season, he made 23 appearances for the club's under-18 side,[3] including the full 90 minutes of the FA Youth Cup fifth round tie with Tottenham Hotspur.[4][5] Despite still being a schoolboy, he also played once for the reserve team.[4] He was a student at Ivybridge Community College before signing a full-time scholarship with the club.[4][6] Young made a further 22 appearances for the under-18's in the 2009–10 season, scoring one goal, along with seven appearances for the reserves.[3] Having played in 11 matches for the under-18 side the following season, where he scored two goals,[7][8] and three matches for the reserves, Young was promoted to the first-team squad in January 2011.[3]

Plymouth ArgyleEdit

He was an unused substitute in the club's league match at Charlton Athletic on 22 January 2011.[9] Young made his debut one week later against Bournemouth, replacing Northern Ireland international Rory Patterson in the 86th minute.[10] In doing so, he became the 29th player to represent the club in a competitive match during the 2010–11 season.[11] "Rory took a knock, but the boy Young has got good feet. He's a bit slight, but he's a good little footballer," said manager Peter Reid. "I knew Rory was struggling, so I just wanted to have a look at him."[11] He made his first start in a 4–0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on his 18th birthday.[12][13] Young signed his first professional contract in July, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2012.[14] "Considering that I've been at the club since I was nine, then to get the two-year scholarship and then at the end of that to get the first professional contract that I've been working towards for all these years, is really special," he said on the club's official website.[14] He scored his first goal for Argyle against Torquay United on 2 January 2012.[15][16]

Young signed a new undisclosed contract in April 2012, along with teammates Curtis Nelson and Jared Sims.[17][18] He finished the season by winning the club's Young Player of the Year award, having scored twice in 28 appearances.[19][20]

Torquay UnitedEdit

On 19 June 2014, Young signed for Devon neighbours Torquay United on a two-year deal.[21]

WrexhamEdit

Following Torquay United's relegation to National League South in the 2017–18 season, Young signed for Wrexham on a two year deal.[22] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2018–19 season during a 1–0 victory over Dover Athletic.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 2 May 2019
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
Plymouth Argyle 2010–11[24] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2011–12[25] League Two 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
2012–13[26] League Two 32 2 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 36 2
2013–14[27] League Two 34 4 3 0 1 0 1[a] 0 39 4
Total 99 8 4 0 3 0 2 0 108 8
Torquay United 2014–15[28] Conference Premier 39 6 0 0 5[b] 1 44 7
2015–16[28] National League 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
2016–17[28] National League 40 4 2 1 5[b] 1 47 6
2017–18[28] National League 46 5 1 0 1[b] 0 48 5
Total 133 16 3 1 11 2 147 19
Wrexham 2018–19 National League 41 3 5 1 2 0 48 4
2019-20 National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 273 27 12 2 3 0 15 2 303 31
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in FA Trophy


HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Plymouth Argyle

  • Young Player of the Year: 2011–12[29]

Torquay United

  • Player of the Year: 2014–15[30], 2016–17[31], 2017–18[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Luke Young". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Luke Young". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d "Young gun". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Who are Argyle's stars of the future?"[permanent dead link]. The Herald. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Tottenham prove too hot for young Pilgrims at Home Park". The Herald. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Nine given new apprenticeships by youth chiefs". The Herald. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Young star performer in Pilgrims' opening win". The Herald. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Young's on the mark to snatch win for Greens". The Herald. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Charlton 2–0 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Plymouth 1–2 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Plymouth Argyle boss stays upbeat despite spurned chances". The Herald. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Young starts". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Brighton 4–0 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Plymouth Argyle sign Luke Young and Jamie Richards". BBC Sport. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Luke Young sets sights on more goals for Plymouth Argyle". Western Morning News. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Plymouth Argyle boss Carl Fletcher pleased for scorer Young". BBC Sport. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  17. ^ "Signed On". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ "Curtis Nelson, Luke Young and Jared Sims sign Plymouth Argyle deals". BBC Sport. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  19. ^ "Young Young Young Player". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  20. ^ "Luke Young". GoS–DB. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  21. ^ "Torquay United sign former Plymouth midfielder Luke Young". BBC Sport. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Torquay United sign former Plymouth midfielder Luke Young". Leader Live. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Dover 0–1 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Games played by Luke Young in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Games played by Luke Young in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  26. ^ "Games played by Luke Young in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Games played by Luke Young in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  28. ^ a b c d "L. Young". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  29. ^ "Young Young Young Player". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  30. ^ "TORQUAY UNITED: Aaron Downes and Krystian Pearce are high profile casualties of clearout". Torquay Herald Express. Archived from the original on 29 April 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  31. ^ a b "Luke Young owes Torquay United nothing after four years of commitment". Devon Live. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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