Mark Hudson (footballer born 1982)


Mark Hudson (footballer born 1982)
Mark Hudson
Mark Hudson.jpg
Hudson playing for Cardiff City
Personal information
Full name Mark Alexander Hudson
Date of birth 30 March 1982 (1982-03-30) (age 29)
Place of birth Guildford, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Cardiff City
Number 5
Youth career
1999–2000 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Fulham 0 (0)
2003 Oldham Athletic (loan) 11 (0)
2003 Oldham Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2004 Crystal Palace (loan) 14 (0)
2004–2008 Crystal Palace 106 (7)
2008–2009 Charlton Athletic 43 (3)
2009– Cardiff City 84 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:01, 19 November 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Alexander Hudson (born 30 March 1982) is an English footballer who is the current club captain of Football League Championship side Cardiff City. He plays as a centre half.

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Career

As a child, Hudson played for Farncombe boys football club. He began his professional career with Fulham but never managed to establish himself in the first team. He spent two months on loan at Oldham Athletic while Iain Dowie was manager there. After Dowie moved to Crystal Palace, Hudson moved back to Fulham where he began to get small amounts of first team football.

Crystal Palace

In the 2003–04 season he went on a three month long loan to Crystal Palace, helping them to secure a play-off victory and promotion to the Premiership at the Millennium Stadium, before being signed by Dowie for the start of the 2004–05 season.[1] Despite scoring on his full home debut, Hudson never managed to establish himself in the first team in his first two seasons, with Dowie preferring Fitz Hall and Gonzalo Sorondo, followed by a partnership of Hall and Darren Ward.

Dowie left in the summer of 2006, and was replaced by Peter Taylor. Under Taylor, Hudson became a first team regular, making 42 appearances in 2006–07, largely alongside Leon Cort. In 2007–08, under Neil Warnock, he played largely alongside José Fonte, and missed only one game all season. He was also appointed captain mid-way through that season as the Eagles made the play-offs.

Charlton Athletic

At the end of the season he was out of contract, and chose to move on a free transfer to local rival and fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic, signing a three-year contract.[2] Hudson's experience as captain at Palace earned him the same role at his new club, and he went on to make 45 appearances in all competitions for the club as they suffered relegation to League One, finishing bottom of the division.

Cardiff City

In July 2009, Hudson signed for Championship side Cardiff City for a fee of £1.075m with an extra £250,000 possible if the Bluebirds reach the Premier League.[3][4] An on-going contract dispute with midfielder Joe Ledley led manager Dave Jones to hand the captaincy to Hudson at the start of the season, the third successive club he had been appointed captain of.[5] Hudson scored an own goal in a 1–1 draw against his former club Crystal Palace on 17 October 2009 before scoring his first goal for the club three weeks later during a 3–2 defeat to Swansea City. He made his 200th league appearance on boxing day against Plymouth Argyle and added his second goal of the season on 9 January 2010 against Blackpool. However, his season was dealt a blow when he was ruled out for up to two months after being forced to undergo surgery on a split ankle tendon at the end of January.[6] However he did return in time for the play-offs where Cardiff lost 3-2 to Blackpool in the final.

At the start of the 2010-11 season, Hudson lost his captaincy to local boy, Craig Bellamy,[7] but however he did keep his place in the team. On 19 March, Hudson suffered a knee injury in a 3-3 draw with Millwall, three days later it was confirmed Hudson would be out for up to six weeks.[8] Despite reports, Hudson would be out for the season, he returned in Cardiff's 1-0 victory over Preston North End on 25 April.[9] He however missed on the following game against Middlesbrough which Cardiff lost 3-0 and was chosen to start in the final game of the season against Burnley but was taken off with another injury after 30 minutes.[10] Again reports of Hudson season being in doubt were proven wrong as he was proven fit for the first leg of Cardiff's second consecutive play-off campaign.[11] Cardiff drew the first match against Reading, 0-0 at the Madjeski Stadium but failed to beat them at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff lost the semi-finals 3-0.

Under new manager, Malky Mackay, Hudson regained team captaincy for the 2011-12 season and captained the team to a 1-0 win over West Ham United. His first goal of the season came in the Severnside derby on 14 August 2011 against Bristol City.[12] Hudson made his 250th league appearance on 27 August against Portsmouth. His second goal of the season came in a 2-1 win at Reading on 19 November.

Career statistics

As of 19 November 2011
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Fulham 2000–01 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2003–04 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
2003–04 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Crystal Palace (loan) 2003–04 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Crystal Palace 2004–05 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 1
2005–06 15 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 22 0
2006–07 39 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 42 4
2007–08 45 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 49 2
Total 120 7 6 0 8 0 2 0 136 7
Charlton Athletic 2008–09 43 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 45 3
Cardiff City 2009–10 27 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 33 2
2010-11 40 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 43 0
2011-12 17 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 2
Career Total 262 14 12 0 14 0 8 0 294 14

Honours

Crystal Palace
2003–04

References

  1. ^ "Hudson seals Palace switch". BBC Sport. 2004-07-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/crystal_palace/3883003.stm. Retrieved 2004-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Hudson leaves Palace for Charlton". BBC Sport. 2008-05-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/7417706.stm. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Bluebirds swoop for skipper". Charltonathletic.co.uk. 2009-07-02. http://www.charlton-athletic.co.uk/newsview.ink?nid=34384. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Triple boost for Cardiff City". Western Mail. 2009-07-02. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2009/07/02/triple-boost-for-cardiff-city-91466-24053427/. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Mark Hudson handed Cardiff City captaincy". South Wales Echo. 2009-08-07. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2009/08/07/mark-hudson-named-cardiff-city-captain-91466-24346744/. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Huds out for 10–12 weeks". Cardiff City F.C.. 2010-01-29. http://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10335~1949485,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Craig Bellamy to lead Cardiff City on debut". BBC Sport. 20 August 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/8926215.stm. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  8. ^ "Mark Hudson injury blow for Cardiff City". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 March 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/9432841.stm. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Preston 0 - 1 Cardiff". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 April 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13112165.stm. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Burnley 1 - 1 Cardiff". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 7 May 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13247282.stm. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mark Hudson clear for Cardiff City play-off at Reading". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 May 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13340777.stm. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cardiff City 3-1 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 14 August 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/14435063.stm. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Matt Holland
Charlton Athletic F.C. captain
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Nicky Bailey
Preceded by
Darren Purse
Cardiff City F.C.
captain

2009–
Incumbent

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