984 Tom Huddlestone

Biography

Tom Huddlestone was a tall, lavishly skillful midfielder whose mastery of the football was absolute, but whose end product at times did not match the effortless ability on display.  He joined City in August 2013 for a £5.25m fee, a club record fee paid at the time.  He slotted into the City midfield alongside ex-Spurs team-mate Jake Livermore, broke a lengthy goal scoring drought and had his hair cut, then piloted City to a successful Premier League return embellished by a run to the FA Cup Final – Tom contributing a fine semi final goal against Sheffield United. Two months later he played in City’s first ever European foray, seeing a penalty saved and blootering the rebound over the crossbar in the first match in Slovakia, then missing a fine short range chance in the final seconds of the last match at home to Lokeren.  Tom’s second season was largely ineffectual and City were relegated, back in the Championship Huddlestone struggled for form and was often used as substitute but came good towards the end of the season as the play-offs were won.  He showed better form on City’s brief return to the top flight in 2016/17, especially when given a pivotal midfield role by Marco Silva in the final months of the season.

Born in Nottingham, Thomas Andrew Huddlestone was not able to make an impact as a teenager at Nottingham Forest, but quickly rose to prominence once he came of footballing age at Derby County, making his first team debut three months prior to his 17th birthday.  After two seasons as a first team regular in which he took his Rams tally to 95 senior appearances, Huddlestone switched to Tottenham for the 2005/06 season (the deal had been struck the preceding January) but was soon loaned to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers to get more first team experience – he made 13 appearances and scored 1 goal for the Molineux side).  He then spent another seven seasons at Tottenham Hotspur, rarely becoming a permanent first team fixture but always impressing with his lavish yet seemingly effortless passing ability. In April 2010 he played in his first FA Cup Semi Final, which ended in defeat to Portsmouth, a negative that he was able to rectify four years later after he joined Hull City.

With one year remaining on his contract and a bargain basement release clause triggered by relegation, Huddlestone was tempted by an offer to return to his first club Derby County during July 2017 and he headed to the East Midlands in return for a £2 million fee. In three seasons at Derby he compiled 90 appearances and two goals before leaving the club in the 2020 close season.

After a season out of football, Huddlestone started training with Grant McCann’s Tigers squad in the summer of 2021 as the club prepared itself for a season back at Championship level. In mid-August 2021 Huddlestone signed a one year contract with the club, adding his range of passing and considerable experience to McCann’s young squad and making his second City debut against former club Derby. He made his last appearance for the Tigers in May 2022 against his boyhood team Nottingham Forest, stroking the ball around the pitch with aplomb for twenty minutes then giving away a soft penalty – that was a microcosm of Tom’s senior career.

In August 2022 Huddlestone commenced a second footballing career in coaching when he was appointed to coach the Manchester United under-21 team.

Huddlestone won the first of his four England senior caps in 2009, having also been a regular at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth28 December 1986, Nottingham
Hull City First Game: 18 August 2013, Chelsea A (Premier League), 26 years, 233 days old
Hull City Final Game7 May 2022, Nottingham Forest H (Championship), 35 years, 130 days old

Clubs

Derby County (2002-2005), Tottenham Hotspur (2005-2013), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2005-2006, loan), Hull City (2013-2017), Derby County (2017-2020), Hull City (2021-2022)

Hull City Record

Career: 173 apps, 8 goals

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2013/1435 (1)34 (0)1------
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2015/1624 (13)23 (1)02 (1)0--3 (0)0
2016/1723 (8)12 (0)03 (3)1----
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