Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin
Personal information
Full nameCharles Austin[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birthHungerford, England
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubQueens Park Rangers
Number9
Youth career
1999–2004Reading
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2007Kintbury Rangers27(20)
2007–2008Hungerford Town30(5)
2008–2009Poole Town42(48)
2009–2011Swindon Town54(31)
2011–2013Burnley82(41)
2013–Queens Park Rangers13(6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:32, 2 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Charles "Charlie" Austin (born 5 July 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

Career

Non-League

Born in Hungerford, Austin trained with Reading's youth teams as a youngster but was released for being too small.[2] He subsequently played for local team Kintbury Rangers and his hometown side Hungerford Town.[3] Moving with his family to Bournemouth, he then switched to nearby semi-professional Wessex League Premier Division team Poole Town while also working as a bricklayer.[4] In the season of 2008–09, Austin scored 46 goals in 48 appearances for Poole in all competitions.[5]

Austin spent the pre-season of the 2009–10 season on trial with League Two club Bournemouth. Although Bournemouth's manager, Eddie Howe, was keen to sign the striker on a permanent deal, Bournemouth were unable to make a move for the striker due to a transfer embargo imposed on the club by the Football League.[6] Austin continued to play for Poole Town, scoring 18 goals in 11 games at the beginning of the season.[7]

Swindon Town

Austin was offered a trial at Swindon Town in September 2009 after Swindon Town's then chief scout Ken Ryder "stumbled across Charlie playing for Poole Town...and he scored four goals...and then the following week he scored three or four".[8] Austin was then after being watched for three games by the Swindon Town scouting team asked to go on a week long trial at Swindon Town.[8] Austin impressed in his first reserve game against Swansea and scored a hat trick,[8] immediately after he was signed by Danny Wilson for an undisclosed fee and given a contract until the end of the season.[9] He made his debut appearance for Swindon Town on 6 October in a 1–1 draw with Exeter in the 2009–10 Football League Trophy, replacing Ben Hutchinson as a substitute in the 88th minute.[10][11] Austin made his Football League debut coming on in the 70th minute in the league match away at Norwich City on 24 October 2009 and on 21 November 2009, he scored his first professional goal in only the third minute of his full debut away at Carlisle United.[12] He scored again on his full home debut three days later against Huddersfield Town, hitting the match-winner in the 59th minute for a 2–1 victory.[13]

After forming a successful strike partnership with Billy Paynter and scoring 10 goals in 11 starts, Austin was rewarded with an extended two-and-a-half-year contract with the club in February 2010.[14] On 14 May 2010, Austin scored the first goal as Swindon took a narrow 2–1 advantage in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final against Charlton Athletic. In the second leg at Charlton, Swindon progressed to the final at Wembley after a penalty shoot-out in which Austin scored. Swindon lost the final 1–0 against Millwall; Austin found himself through on goal with an opportunity to equalise in the 72nd minute but shot wide after the ball bobbled on the Wembley turf as he struck the ball.[15] At the end of his first season as a professional, Austin had scored 20 goals in 32 starts.[16]

Despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in September, Austin scored another 17 goals in 27 games at the start of the 2010–11 season.[17] His form prompted several Championship clubs to make offers for him during the January transfer window – all of which were rejected by Swindon.[18] Disappointed at Swindon's reluctance to sell, Austin subsequently stated he was eager to play at a higher level and handed in a transfer request.[18][19] Swindon accepted a bid from Ipswich Town just over a week later but they failed to agree personal terms with Austin and Burnley subsequently stepped in with an undisclosed fee which was also accepted.[20]

Burnley

On 28 January 2011, Austin signed for Burnley on a three-and-a-half-year contract.[20] He made his Burnley debut on 1 February in a 1–0 loss away to Doncaster Rovers.[21] In his first full season with Burnley, Austin scored 16 goals in the Championship and finished the campaign as the club's top goalscorer in the league.

On 23 October 2012, Austin scored two goals in a 3–4 win over Bristol City, and subsequently equalled Ray Pointer's club record of scoring in eight consecutive appearances, which was achieved back during the 1958–59 season.[22][23]

Two weeks later, on 6 November 2012, Austin broke another Burnley record as he became the quickest-ever player to reach 20 goals in a season after scoring in a 1–0 win over Leeds United — his 17th appearance of the season. The record was previously held by Bert Freeman, who scored 20 goals in his first 19 matches for the club during the 1911–12 season. He also became only the second-ever Burnley player to score 20 goals before the end of November after Andy Lochhead, who reached 20 goals in 25 games on 26 November 1966.[24][25] Austin managed to get his goal tally up to 23 goals by the end of the calendar year.

On 8 July 2013, a fee was agreed between Burnley and Premier League club Hull City for Austin.[26] However, on 9 July 2013, Austin failed his medical and Hull pulled out of the deal.[27]

Queens Park Rangers

Austin moved to Queens Park Rangers, on a three-year deal, on 1 August 2013. QPR paid Burnley an undisclosed fee,[28] believed to be £4 million.[29][30] He scored his first goal for QPR in a League Cup tie against Exeter City on 6 August 2013.[31] On 14 September 2013, Austin scored his first league goal for QPR in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City at Loftus Road.[32] On 28 September 2013, he scored a penalty in a 2-0 win at home to Middlesbrough. On 5 October 2013, he scored 2 goals including a penalty in a 2-0 win at home to Barnsley which increased his goal tally in the home and away season to 6. [33]

Career statistics

As of 2 November 2013
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kintbury Rangers
2006–07[34]
Hellenic Division One East 27 20 0 0 1[lower-alpha 1] 1 28 21
Hungerford Town
2007–08[35]
Hellenic Premier Division 30 5 0 0 7[lower-alpha 2] 6 37 11
Poole Town
2008–09[36]
Wessex Premier League 34 34 4 4 8[lower-alpha 3] 8 46 46
2009–10[37]
Wessex Premier League 8 14 3 4 0 0 11 18
Total 99 73 7 8 8 8 122 96
Swindon Town
2009–10[38]
League One 33 19 0 0 0 0 5[lower-alpha 4] 1 38 20
2010–11[39]
League One 21 12 3 3 1 0 2[lower-alpha 5] 2 27 17
Total 54 31 3 3 1 0 7 3 65 37
Burnley
2010–11[39]
Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12[40] Championship 41 16 1 0 4 1 46 17
2012–13[41] Championship 37 25 0 0 3 3 40 28
Total 82 41 1 0 7 4 90 45
Queens Park Rangers
2013–14[42]
Championship 12 6 0 0 2 1 14 7
Total 12 6 0 0 2 1 14 7
Career totals 244 148 11 11 10 5 23 18 288 182

References

External links

  • Burnley F.C. profile
  • Soccerbase
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