Karl Broadhurst

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Karl Broadhurst
Personal information
Full name Karl Matthew Broadhurst
Date of birth (1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Hayling Island, England
Playing position(s) Centre back
Youth career
1993–1998 Bournemouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2007 Bournemouth 192 (3)
2007–2009 Hereford United 48 (1)
2009–2010 Crawley Town 33 (0)
2010 AFC Telford United ? (?)
2011–2012 Solihull Moors ? (?)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Solihull Moors (Assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Karl Matthew Broadhurst (born 26 April 1980) is an English retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Biography[edit]

Broadhurst was born in Hayling Island and joined Bournemouth at the age of 12. He progressed through the youth system and made his first team debut in the Worthington Cup against Charlton Athletic in the 1999-00 season where he won man of the match. His league debut came four days later, and he quickly established himself in the first team squad. Despite being hampered by a persistent ankle injury which kept him out until October 2000, he made 32 appearances during the 2000-01 season. He was an ever-present the following season until February 2002 when he lost his place in the team, thanks to a broken nose sustained in training and the fine form of Shaun Maher. He regained his place in the team for the first half of 2002-03, and scored his first goal for the club in November 2002. However, he then suffered first a broken ankle, and then a dislocated shoulder, which ended his season.

The 2003-04 season saw Broadhurst make 44 appearances as captain of the first team, and the first half of the following season was also trouble-free. In February 2005 he was sidelined with a recurring back problem which meant he missed an entire year of first team football, not playing for the first team again until February 2006. After making 30 appearances during the 2006-07 season, his contract was not renewed and he left Bournemouth on 8 May 2007, after a fourteen-year association with the club.[1]

On 4 July 2007 he signed for Hereford United.[2] He was also made captain for the 2007-08 season.

After a good start to the 2007-08 season at the heart of the Hereford defence, Broadhurst suffered an ankle injury in the FA Cup against Leeds United. He returned for the run-in as Hereford gained promotion to Football League One. Despite missing the opening matches of the following season with a dislocated shoulder, he re-established himself as first choice centre back. At the end of the season he was released by Hereford after two seasons at the club. After a trial at his former club Bournemouth he joined Crawley Town at the start of the 2009-10 season.

Broadhurst featured regularly at the heart of the Crawley defence throughout the season, whilst he failed to get on the scoresheet, he was sent-off on two occasions. At the culmination of the season, it was reported that he would not be offered a further contract at Crawley and was free to leave.[3]

In the 2010 close season Karl signed for Conference North side AFC Telford United however left without making any senior appearances due to work commitments.[4] In July 2011, he made a shock return to football signing up with Solihull Moors. In July 2013 he finally retired but has continued in his role as assistant manager. Broadhurst left by mutual consent just before the end of the 2013-14 season.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Division Season League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bournemouth Division Two 1999–00 16 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 21 0
Division Two 2000–01 30 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 33 0
Division Two 2001–02 23 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 27 0
Division Three 2002–03 21 1 3 1 1 0 3 0 28 2
Division Two 2003–04 39 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 44 1
League One 2004–05 29 1 5 0 3 1 1 0 38 2
League One 2005–06 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
League One 2006–07 27 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
Hereford United League Two 2007–08 23 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 26 0
League One 2008–09 25 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 28 1
Crawley Town Conference National 2009–10 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
AFC Telford United Conference North 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 273 4 21 1 12 1 9 0 315 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bournemouth release nine players". BBC Sport. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2007.
  2. ^ Three New Players And Beckwith Re-signs Archived 1 August 2012 at Archive.today Hereford United official site, 4 July 2007.
  3. ^ Broadhurst released by Crawley Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Crawleytownfc.com, 28 April 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.shropshirestar.com/sport/2010/08/30/defender-karl-broadhurst-leaves-afc-telford-united/ Shropshire Star, 30 August 2010.

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