Scott Parker

Scott Parker

  Midfielder, West Ham United


United Kingdom

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Scott Parker, an English professional footballer, was born on October 13, 1980 in Lambeth-London. He went to the Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in New Cross Gate and graduated from the Football Association’s (FA), now defunct, national School of Excellence in Lilleshall. Nicknamed “Sparker”, this midfielder was a part of the England national football team at all levels and made his international debut on November 16, 2003 against Denmark as a substitute. Scott Parker made another appearance as a substitute on March 31, 2004 against Sweden and went on to make a total of three appearances for the senior team.

After graduation, Scott Parker began his club career with Charlton Athletic and made his first appearance on August 23, 1997, as a substitute against the Bury Football Club (F.C.) at the Football League First Division. After a couple of months, he signed his first professional contract with Charlton Athletic. He made a few appearances as a substitute in the next two years, and in October 2000, he was loaned out to Norwich City for two months. After Mark Kinsella, the then captain of Charlton, was injured, Scott Parker was recalled into Charlton Athletic’s first team and his exceptional performances prevented Mark Kinsella to regain his place in the starting line-up. His tenacious tackling, together with his ability to carry the ball quickly from defense to attack and send effective passes, created many goal scoring opportunities for his teammates. Scott Parker went on to become a prominent player in Charlton’s midfield and was voted as the Charlton Athletic F.C. Fans' ‘Player of the Year’ 2002–03.

Scott Parker joined Chelsea on January 30, 2004 and scored his only goal for Chelsea against Portsmouth at Fratton Park and went on to become the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Young Player of the Year at the close of the 2003-04 season. He was a part of the team that won the 2005 Premier League. Scott Parker was later transferred to Newcastle United in July 2005 and became a regular player in the club’s first team. His consistent performances made him the captain of Newcastle United, and his first goal as a captain came in August 2006, against Wigan Athletic.

In September 2006, Scott Parker scored his second goal for the season against Fulham. He went on to net another goal on November 7, 2006 against Watford in the Carling Cup, following which he scored in the penalty shoot-out, helping Newcastle to advance in the competition. His fourth goal for the season came in December 2006 in the 3–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur. He also led the team and helped it lift the Intertoto Cup. For his commendable performances for the club, Scott Parker was named the second best player in the country for December 2006, by Sky Sports and Opta Index. In March 2007, he was presented with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Intertoto Cup plaque.

Scott Parker signed with West Ham United in June 2007 and made his debut for the club in the 1-0 League Cup victory against Plymouth Argyle on September 26, 2007. On September 29, 2007, Scott Parker made his first league appearance in a match against Arsenal. His first goal for West Ham came in a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough in the 90th minute on December 22, 2007 to clinch the match for it.

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