john bostock - fact file

2008 - 2014        midfielder

MIDDLE NAME :  JOHN JOSEPH BOSTOCK

 

Born on 15th January 1992 in Camberwell, South London, England.

Height : - .m  (6' 1")

Weight : -  - kgs    (11st 0lbs)

 

 
A controversial signing by Spurs caused upset as he became the second player (following Wayne Routledge) to travel to North London from Crystal Palace courtesy of a tribunal decision.

Attended the Nautical School in Blackfriars, South London.

Began his football career at Crystal Palace as a seven year old and developed into a talented young player, who was linked with Barcelona and Chelsea, who made a bid of 900,000 for him when he was 14, but the Eagles rejected it.

Bostock made his Crystal Palace debut at 15 years and 287 days old and he made two first team starts and three from the bench in season 2007-08.  At the end of his contract at Selhurst Park in June 2008, he refused to sign a new contract with Palace, becoming disillusioned by the style of football being played there under Neil Warnock.  He felt that a move to Tottenham would be the best one to develop his career.  While Chairman Simon Jordan had put a price of 4.5 million on the young midfielder, Tottenham were asked to pay only 700,000 for Bostock when the fee was set by tribunal.  This could rise to 1.25 million under certain conditions in the deal.

Became the youngest Spurs player ever when he entered the UEFA Cup group game against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on 6th November 2008, aged 16 years and 295 days and although he fared well, he failed to win a regular squad place, being loaned out to Brentford for a three month period during 2009-10, but he returned with some questions raised about his attitude at the club. 

Selected for the England Under-19 squad that travelled to France in the summer of 2010 for the European Under-19 Championships, he played and scored a goal in the semi-final, but England lost out 1-3 to Spain.  On his return, he hit the headlines with a blast that big money foreign players were stalling his progress in the game and this coupled with the issues around his loan the previous season could have seen him make an exit from the club, but his contract was extended to 2013 on the same day he went on loan to Hull City for a year.

On his return to Spurs, he went missing from the first team scene at the start of 2011-12, playing only a few Spurs XI matches, but re-emerged in a few squads and came on as a substitute against Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup, before almost immediately leaving on loan for Sheffield Wednesday.  Bostock didn't stay at Hillsborough very long and was re-called, but then went on loan to Swindon Town until the end of the season, making a losing debut in the Johnstone's Trophy final at Wembley.  The cash strapped club were unable to afford to keep him on loan, so he was sent back to Tottenham, but only long enough to pack a case for Canada, where he went off on loan to Toronto FC from March to May 2013.  Shortly after his return to Spurs, he was placed on the released list issued on 7th June 2013. 

John surprisingly signed for Royal Antwerp - a Second Division Belgian side, managed by former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.  The midfielder seemed to thrive there, according to media reports, but at the end of the season it had been judged that he hadn't lived up to the Press, so he was on the move again, with a sideways move to RH Leuven in the summer of 2014.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Crystal Palace (trainee) 1st July 2007 - October 2007 v Watford (Championship) 2 (+ 3 as a sub) 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR ?? 700,000 6th November 2008  v  Dinamo Zagreb (UEFA Cup) (Home)  won 4-0 0 + 3 as a sub 0
Brentford ?? Loan ??  10 2
Hull City 6th August 2010 Loan 7th August 2010  v  Swansea City  (Championship)  (Home)  won 2-0  (scored one) ?? ??
Sheffield Wednesday 6th February 2012 Loan -th - 2012  v  ??  (League One)  (-)  ?? ??
Swindon Town 20th March 2012 Loan 25th March 2012  v  Chesterfield  (Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final)  (Wembley)  (as a sub) lost 0-2 ?? ??
Toronto FC (Canada) 8th March - 24th May 2013 Loan ??  ?? ??
Royal Antwerp (Belgium) July 2013 Free ??  ?? ??
RH Leuven (Belgium) July 2014 Free ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Crystal Palace
1 (plus 3 as a sub) League appearances; 0 goals
1 FA Cup appearance; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 other appearances; 0 goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- European appearances; goals
Brentford (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Hull City (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Sheffield Wednesda
y (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Swindon Town (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Toronto FC (Canada)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
- -
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
England international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
Under-20 caps; goals
Under-19 caps; goals
Under-18 caps; goals
Under-16 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

Milestones
- appearance

           

Youngest player to represent Crystal Palace

15 years and 287 days
v Watford
   29 October 2007 
(Championship)
at Selhurst Park

 

Youngest player to represent Tottenham Hotspur

16 years and 295 days
v Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) on 6th November 2008 (Europa League) at White Hart Lane

 

 

What they said about John Bostock
Simon Jordan - Crystal Palace Chairman ... on Spurs having to pay 700,000 for Bostock as decided by tribunal ... 11.07.2008 (BBC website)

"I use the word scandalous.  It's a panel of halfwits.  And while I wouldn't want to waste my breath giving advice to John, look at Wayne Routledge.  He took the chance to join Spurs, but where is he now ? 

When Spurs came knocking I told Wayne to stay and learn his trade at Palace, but he went, he grabbed the money, and now he's at Villa not getting in the first team, just like he didn't get in the Spurs team, just like he didn't get in the Portsmouth team and just like he didn't get in the Fulham team.

"We thought about a valuation (of 4.5 million) - a reasonable one in our eyes, having looked at the benchmarks - of 2m up front, 500,000 more when he signed his first professional contract, and another 2m when he had made 40 first-team appearances.  If you make 40 first-team appearances for Spurs in midfield, you are a 15m-20m player, not 4.5m so we were extremely reasonable and far from over-zealous.

"Look at Aaron Ramsey.  He is 17, played 17 games for Cardiff last season, and Arsenal have just paid 5m for him.  The tribunal valuation clearly doesn't reflect the transfer market.  Their reasoning was that their previous highest valuation was 400,000 for Jermain Defoe seven years ago so, in terms of inflation, this is a decent fee.  Well football doesn't run like inflation does it? The market now is 10-fold or 20-fold of what it was then.

"What this does is send out a message that academies and youth development policies are not worth investing in because perceived bigger clubs can come along at any time and do what the hell they like.  It really is making me consider my position in football because the one thing that kept me focused in my time at Palace is producing my own players - but what's the point ?"

Simon Jordan - Crystal Palace Chairman ... on intending to sell Crystal Palace because he is disillusioned with football ... 16.07.2008 (BBC website)

"Bostock was one of the best players my academy has produced in the last 10 years and he has been sold for a packet of crisps."

Neil McGregor - school PE teacher ...  31.10.2007 (Daily Mail)

"He has a lot of humility, he's very honest and there is no danger of him ever becoming a Big Time Charlie. His feet are firmly on the ground and we're very proud of him.

He is very good academically - an A star pupil without question and he has university potential if he decides to go down that route. He is gifted athletically and he could be an international sprinter - he holds the record for the Lambeth Schools 110metre hurdles."

Neil Warnock - Crystal Palace manager ...  31.10.2007 (Daily Mail)

"The lad is more concerned with his football than anything else and so is his dad. Mick is incredibly level headed and he has been wonderful to deal with. John is a smashing lad and we want to build a team around him.

He's a Palace nut and I want him to stay for two or three years. His position will be central midfield, where he can dictate things and decide when to get things going. He has a good touch and good vision but I will have to tell him to cut out the showboating."

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