tom huddlestone - fact file

2005 - 2013            midfielder

Born on 28th December 1986 in Nottingham, England.

Position : - Midfielder/Defender

Height : -  1.96m (6' 2")

Weight : -  97.5 kgs (15st 6lb)

Tom Huddlestone is a big talent in more ways than one.  A strapping lad, who was 6' 1" at 11, he dominates the midfield or defence, where he can play equally as comfortably.

Started playing for Derby County as a 16 year old and gained extensive experience as they pushed to break out of the First Division/Championship.  When they failed to gain promotion in 2005, Tom was allowed to leave and the money used to strengthen the side, with Tottenham winning the race for the player who attracted a lot of interest from Premier League clubs.  His fee was constructed to reflect the progress he made and initially, he made his way in the reserves, before being called up to feature in the first team in January 2006.

Feeling that he needed first team experience, he was loaned out to Glenn Hoddle's Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he played a major part in their push for promotion, which fell just short.  Keen to buy him, there was no way Spurs were going to let a player like Tom out of their grips.

When he returned to White Hart Lane, he made a move up to the first team squad and played four games, in which Spurs were unbeaten.  Even though he was hit by niggling injuries, he played 35 times in 2006-07, including playing his part in the UEFA Cup campaign that took Spurs to the quarter finals and showed that his fantastic range of passing would be a great asset and that he has a defensive side to his game, which gives the team strength in front of the back four.  Against Manchester City at Eastlands, he scored his first goal for the club - a scorching half-volley that ripped into the net and a brace against Port Vale in the League Cup showed that he may be a useful source of goals from midfield.

Tom had been a regular in the England Under-21 set-up and went to the U21 European Championships in the summer of 2007 and played the first game against the Czech Republic and then the third game against Serbia, when he was dismissed two minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Was called into the England senior squad for two friendlies at the end of the 2008-09 season, in which he featured notably for Spurs (especially his performance after coming on as a substitute in the League Cup Final), although he was an unused sub in the games against USA and Trinidad and Tobago.

On June 30th it was announced Tom had signed a new five year deal with Tottenham taking him through until the summer of 2013.  His place in the Spurs side during the 2009-10 season was more consistent and he played well, either at the back or in midfield, making his England debut as a late substitute against Brazil in November 2009.  Was included in the initial 30 man squad for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, but did not make the squad that travelled to the tournament.

Despite his good form in pre-season in 2011, Huddlestone suffered an ankle injury early in the season that required a couple of operations on it and he missed virtually the whole of the 2011-12 season.  The following season, under new Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas, Tom played quite a few games, but few were of 90 minutes duration.  His passing came into it's own in the closing games, with a few useful assists, but his lack of mobility did not fit in with AVB's plans and new, athletic, box-to-box midfielders were brought in, leading to Tom's sale to Hull City for a fresh start with the newly promoted side.

Enjoying a fresh start and having a team built around him, Tom thrived in his first season at the KC stadium and helped the side reach the FA Cup final, where they lost to an extra time goal.  Things didn't go to plan as Hull were relegated and Tom moved back to his first club - Derby County, where he developed into a deep midfielder, allowing him the space in front of him to spray passes to his team-mates ahead of him.




Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Derby County (Academy) July 2003 - ??  ?? ??
Derby County (professional) February 2004 - 9th August 2003 v Stoke City (home)  lost 0-3 89 (+ 4 as a sub) 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR July 2005 2,000,000 (cond.) 31st January 2006 v Fulham (away) Lost 0-1 ?? ??
Wolverhampton Wanderers October 2005-January 2006 Loan ??  12 (+ 1 as a sub) 1
Hull City 14th August 2013 5,525,000 18th August 2013 v Chelsea (Premier League) (away) (as a sub)  lost 0-2 ?? ??
Derby County - 2017 - ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Derby County
84 (+ 4 as a sub) League appearances; 0 goals
3 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
2 League Cup appearances; 0goals
?? Other appearances;  ?? goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)
12 (+ 1 as a sub) League appearances; 1 goal
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Hull City Tigers
- League appearances; - goal
- FA Cup appearances; - goals
- League Cup appearances; - goals
Other appearances; goals
- -
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

England international
2 full cap;  0 goals
Debut : -  v Brazil (Doha)  18 November 2009

Under-21; 33 caps; - goals  (correct at 12.11.18)
Under-20; 4 caps; - goals
Under-19; 4 caps; - goals
Under-17; 10 caps; - goals
Under-16; 6 caps; - goals
Selected in the PFA Championship Team of the Year 2004-05
League Cup Winners medal 2008-2008  (THFC)
FA Cup runners-up medal 2014  (Hull City)





Enjoy travelling ? :  When going on holiday
Favourite country :  USA
Do you bring anything home with you ? :  Just lots of photos
Favourite journey :  Driving home to Nottingham, as long as the A1 traffic isn't too bad
Favourite car :  My current Bentley
Favourite magazine :  Nuts/Zoo
Favourite book :  Roy Keane's and David Beckham's autobiographies, but not a big reader
How big is your CD collection ? :  Not that big, as most songs are on my i-Pod, as Darren Bent downloaded about 10,000 onto it.
Most played CD at the moment :  Lil Wayne or "Graduation" by Kanye West
Favourite track :  Something by Eminen
Most embarrassing CD :  One by Elvis Presley
What do you do on the coach to away games ? : A couple of player splay Mario Kart on the DS
Who would be your ideal flight companion ? :  Muhammed Ali
Players idolised as a child :  Eric Cantona and Marcel Desailly
Firs football memory :  Watching my uncle play with my Granddad.  He played semi-professionally in Nottingham.
Your favourite trick as a boy :  The drag back with the inside of your foot as done by Kanu and Dwight Yorke
School sports played  :  Cricket, athletics and tennis.  Joined Notts AC to do athletics.
Childhood pet :  My grandparents had a sausage dog called Ben, which was like having a pet
What do you wish you could do : Fly
What makes a home ? :  Your own furniture and decor, with being able to do what you want when you want
What possessions would you save in the event of a fire ? : A few framed shirts and my mobile
What is your prized possession ?  :  A watch my grandfather had for a special birthday
Do you have a collection ? :  Just football shirts swapped when playing.  Has ones from Teddy Sheringham, Dennis Wise, Paul Ince, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes and Michael Ballack
What is your morning routine ? : Shower. breakfast, go to training ... although it depends if alarm wakes him up, as if not breakfast will be at the training ground
Would single item could you not live without :  Mobile phone or the Internet
What are you most proud of ? : Becoming a footballer as it was all he wanted to achieve since he was five years old
What do you wish had not been invented ? : Speed cameras, although he understands why


What they said about Tom Huddlestone
Robbie Keane ... on his team-mate 28.12.2007 (TeamTalk)

"He's an exceptional player.  For a striker to play with a midfielder like that is brilliant because every time he gets the ball he looks forward and his range of passing is second to none."

Fabio Capello (England manager) ... on talented Under-21s ... 10.2009 (Sunday Times magazine)

" ... he names only three : Walcott of Arsenal, who has already made the full squad; Joe Hart, the young Manchester City goalkeeper; and, surprisingly, Tom Huddlestone, or as Capello calls him, "the Tottenham midfielder, the big one ..."

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What Tom Huddlestone said about ...
... Tottenham's poor start to the 2008-09 season ... 01.09.2008 (THFC programme)

"Maybe we've been drawn into playing the same game as the opposition at times this season, but on Sunday (against Bolton Wanderers) we played our own game, kept the ball on the ground, moved it around quickly and got the three points we deserved."

... his size ...  (Hotspur  January 2010)

"I've tried to use my size to my advantage, but it's more about positive aggression.  I'm not just going to go around clattering people."

... being made captain for the Champions League match against Internazionale in the San Siro ...  23.10.2010 (THFC programme)

"It was a great honour for me to have the armband at such a fantastic club, especially on an important night.  I enjoy being captain, although not when we are 4-0 down at half-time.  but I can take great pride in being named captain, even though I know it has only come to me because a few lads weren't playing. 
On a personal level, it was extra special to lead the team against Inter because Javier Zanetti is one of my all-time favourite players and he was their captain, so to walk out alongside a player of his calibre was a great moment."

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