Marc Albrighton

Marc Albrighton
Personal information
Full name Marc Kevin Albrighton[1]
Date of birth 18 November 1989 (1989-11-18) (age 22)
Place of birth Tamworth, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Aston Villa
Number 12[3]
Youth career
1998–2009 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Aston Villa 32 (5)
National team
2009 England U20 2 (0)
2010–2011 England U21 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:52, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

Marc Kevin Albrighton (born 18 November 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Premier League side Aston Villa as a winger. He is most comfortable playing on the right side of midfield or as a right-winger, but is sufficiently effective on the left.


Club career

Aston Villa

Early career

Albrighton started his career at hometown club Mile Oak Monarchs,[4] before he was offered a trial at Villa's local rivals West Bromwich Albion. He was rejected by Albion, then subsequently signed for Villa at the age of eight.[2]

After impressing in the under-18 squad and playing in the reserves,[5] Albrighton's first taste of senior action came on 10 July 2008, playing 17 minutes as a substitute in the 6–0 pre-season friendly victory over Wil.[6] He made his competitive debut in the UEFA Cup game away at CSKA Moscow on 26 February 2009.[2][7]

2009–10 season

During the 2009–10 pre-season, Albrighton was included in the squad which played in the pre-season friendly tournament, the 2009 Peace Cup, in which he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Atlante.[8] He played in the Peace Cup final in which Villa beat Italians Juventus 4–3 in a penalty shootout.[9]

Albrighton made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the 2009–10 season against Wigan Athletic at Villa Park, coming on as a second half substitute.[10] On 24 September 2009, Albrighton extended his contract with Villa, his boyhood club, by three years.[11] On 29 December 2009, he made his second top flight appearance for the Villa first team, coming on as a second half substitute against Liverpool. Shortly after the game, former Villa boss Martin O'Neill admitted that Albrighton along with fellow youngsters Nathan Delfouneso and Ciaran Clark were the subject of many loan offers from clubs throughout the season. However, he went on to state his belief that the trio were good enough to learn their trade in the fringes of the Aston Villa side.[12]

2010–11 season

After a good pre-season, Albrighton made his first Premier League start in the first game of the 2010–11 season against West Ham United on August 14, 2010. In this game he assisted two goals in Villa's 3–0 win. Albrighton also made a run which led to the assist of the goal by Barry Bannan in Villa's 1–1 draw against Rapid Vienna in the 1st leg of their UEFA Europa League qualification tie on 19 August. He scored his first Premier League goal for Villa against Tottenham Hotspur on 2 October 2010. He was sent off against Burnley in the League Cup on 27 October 2010 therefore missing a chance to play in the following game against local rivals Birmingham City. On 5 November 2010 Albrighton signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2014. On 6 November Albrighton scored his second goal of the season in a 1–1 draw away at Fulham. On 13 November 2010, Albrighton scored his third club goal for Aston Villa against Manchester United. He started the game alongside fellow academy products Barry Bannan, Jonathan Hogg and Gabriel Agbonlahor. After putting Aston Villa 2–0 up, the game ended 2–2. On 23 November, Albrighton was ruled out of action for three to four weeks after having his appendix removed, but made his return ahead of schedule in a 3–0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on 6 December, playing 65 minutes before being replaced by Robert Pires.[13] Albrighton then set up both goals for the home side in the 2–1 defeat of local rivals West Bromwich Albion in December 2010.

International career

On 2 April 2009, Albrighton made his debut for the England under 20s.[14] He made his debut for U21 team in September 2010 during their Euro 2011 qualifying play-offs and scored just fifteen minutes after coming on as a substitute.[15]

Personal life

Marc confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that his dreams have come true in playing for Aston Villa the team he has supported [16] since a young age. He has named former players Ryan Giggs and Steve Stone as two of his footballing role models,[17] along with England legend David Beckham who he has been compared to due to crossing ability and technique.[18]


Aston Villa

Career statistics

As of 30 May 2011[19]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts A yellow card A red card
2010–11 Aston Villa Premier League 29 5 7 3 1 1 2 0 0 3 0 1 37 6 6 3 1
2009–10 Premier League 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 1 0 0
2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Career Total 32 5 4 4 1 2 3 0 0 5 0 1 44 6 7 4 1


  1. ^ "Football / Aston Villa / Marc Kevin Albrighton". 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Player Profiles". Aston Villa F.C.. 24 September 2009.,,10265~46559,00.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Squad Numbers 2009–10". Aston Villa. 24 September 2009.,,10265~1750551,00.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "From Mile Oak to Moscow for Aston Villa star Marc". 27 February 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Marc Albrighton Bio". ESPN. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "FC Wil 1900 0–6 VILLA". Aston Villa. 10 July 2008.,,10265~1342074,00.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Albrighton grateful to MacDonald". BBC Sport. 8 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Aston Villa See Off Atlante To Progress In Peace Cup". 29 July 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Aston Villa win Peace Cup after beating Juventus". London: The Guardian. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Aston Villa 0–2 Wigan: Match Facts". Sky Sports. 15 August 2009.,19762,11065_3149182,00.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Albrighton signs new Villa deal". Sky Sports. 24 September 2009.,19528,11095_5580686,00.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  12. ^,,10265~1926771,00.html
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  14. ^ "Villa winger Albrighton stars in England victory over Italy". 2 April 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ "England U21 3–0 Lithuania U21". BBC Sport. 7 September 2010. 
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  17. ^ "Albrighton determined to keep thrilling the claret and blue faithful".,,10265~2154591,00.html. 
  18. ^,,10265~2248436,00.html
  19. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 

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