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David Button
David Button, Brentford FC, November 2014.jpg
Button playing for Brentford in 2014
Personal information
Full name David Robert Edmund Button[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-27) 27 February 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Stevenage, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 27
Youth career
0000–2003 Stevenage Borough
2003–2008 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2008Grays Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2008Rochdale (loan) 0 (0)
2008Grays Athletic (loan) 13 (0)
2009Bournemouth (loan) 4 (0)
2009Luton Town (loan) 0 (0)
2009Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (0)
2009Crewe Alexandra (loan) 3 (0)
2009Crewe Alexandra (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2010Shrewsbury Town (loan) 26 (0)
2010–2011Plymouth Argyle (loan) 30 (0)
2011Leyton Orient (loan) 1 (0)
2012Doncaster Rovers (loan) 7 (0)
2012Barnsley (loan) 9 (0)
2012–2013 Charlton Athletic 5 (0)
2013–2016 Brentford 134 (0)
2016–2018 Fulham 60 (0)
2018– Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (0)
National team
2003–2004 England U16 3 (0)
2004–2006 England U17 17 (0)
2006–2008 England U19 10 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:34, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

David Robert Edmund Button (born 27 February 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

A product of the Tottenham Hotspur academy, Button came to prominence at Brentford in 2013. He earned 31 caps for England from U16 to U20 level.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Growing up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Button joined hometown club Stevenage Borough at a young age and attended the club's Centre of Excellence.[2]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Button training with Tottenham Hotspur in 2010

Button joined Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur's youth academy in 2003 and signed a scholarship deal in July 2005.[3][4] After completing his scholarship, he signed his first professional contract on 28 December 2007, running until the summer of 2011.[5] An injury to second-choice goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saw Button receive his first call-up to senior team substitutes' bench early in the 2009–10 season for a 2–1 Premier League win over West Ham United on 23 August 2009.[5][6] Button made his debut in the following game, replacing Carlo Cudicini after 81 minutes of a 5–1 League Cup victory over Championship side Doncaster Rovers.[7] He was an unused substitute on a further two occasions during the 2009–10 season and signed a new contract after the season,[8] running until 2013.[9] Button spent most of his time as a Tottenham player on loan to other clubs and proclaimed himself a "journeyman", having played for 12 different clubs by the age of 23.[10] In August 2012, despite having not been called into the first team squad in nearly three years,Tottenham goalkeeping coach Tony Parks said he held Button in "high regard" and that Button was a late developer in terms of increasing his strength.[11] Button departed Tottenham in late August 2012, having just played eight minutes in one first team appearance for the club.[12]

2007–08 – Grays Athletic and Rochdale loans[edit]

Button moved on loan to Conference Premier side Grays Athletic on a one-month loan on 10 January 2008.[13] He made three appearances during his spell.[14] Button returned to Tottenham on 10 February and moved to League Two side Rochdale on a one-month loan on 27 March.[15] He made no appearances for the club and was an unused substitute on seven occasions.[16]

2008–09 – Grays Athletic, Bournemouth, Luton Town and Dagenham & Redbridge loans[edit]

Button rejoined Grays Athletic on a three-month loan on 19 September 2008.[17] He made 17 appearances during his spell and kept four clean sheets.[14] On 16 January 2009 he moved to League Two side Bournemouth on a one-month loan.[18] Button made his Football League debut away at Rotherham United, in a game which the Cherries lost 1–0.[19] He made four appearances for the club and returned to Tottenham on 28 February.[20] Button joined fellow League Two side Luton Town on a one-month loan deal on 6 March,[21] and was an unused substitute on seven occasions.[22] He was on the bench for Luton's 3–2 2009 Football League Trophy Final victory over Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium, which was his last involvement for Luton before his return to Tottenham.[22] Button joined League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on an emergency loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[23] Button was, unusually for a goalkeeper, handed the squad number 6 and made his debut for the club in the 3–0 home victory against Bradford City on 18 April.[20] He made two more appearances before returning to Tottenham.[20]

2009–10 – Crewe Alexandra and Shrewsbury Town loans[edit]

Button joined League Two side Crewe Alexandra on a one-month loan on 22 July 2009 and he played in the first three games of the season,[24] keeping two clean sheets.[25] Button was recalled by Tottenham after his loan finished, but he re-joined Crewe on a three-month loan on 1 September.[26] He made his second debut for Crewe 5 September against Macclesfield Town and was credited with an assist for Joel Grant's winning goal in the 2–1 victory.[27] After a further six appearances,[25] Tottenham recalled Button on 27 October.[28] On 20 November 2009, Button joined League Two side Shrewsbury Town on loan until January 2010.[29] His loan was extended by a further month in January and then until the end of the season in February.[30][31] He had a successful spell, making 26 appearances and keeping 9 clean sheets.[25]

2010–11 – Plymouth Argyle loan[edit]

On 3 August 2010, Button joined League One side Plymouth Argyle on a season-long loan.[32] Playing for the first time at League One level, injuries from September though to November disrupted his spell and he was dropped on 22 February 2010 after an eight-game losing run.[5] Button managed to oust Romain Larrieu as number-one and regain his place in early April,[33] though his efforts were in vain as Plymouth finished 23rd and suffered relegation to League Two.[34] Button made 30 appearances during the season.[35]

2011–12 – Leyton Orient, Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley loans[edit]

Button joined League One side Leyton Orient on 26 August 2011, on a loan running until 7 January 2012.[36] He made only two appearances before suffering a shoulder injury which kept him out until Boxing Day.[37] On 1 January 2012, Button left Leyton Orient and joined Championship side Doncaster Rovers on a one-month loan,[37] which was later extended by another month.[38] He made eight appearances during his stint.[39] On 19 March 2012, Button joined fellow Championship side Barnsley on an emergency loan deal, to cover for the injured David Preece.[40] He made 9 appearances.[39]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 28 August 2012,Tottenham Hotspur reached an agreement with Championship side Charlton Athletic for the permanent transfer of Button for a £500,000 fee.[12][41] He served as backup to Ben Hamer and had to wait until January 2013 for his debut, in a 1–0 FA Cup third round defeat to Huddersfield Town.[42] Hamer was dropped by manager Chris Powell in March and the first of four consecutive appearances came on 2 March in a 1–0 league defeat at home to Burnley.[42][43] After Button's fourth appearance against Huddersfield in the league on 9 March, Powell said "David has now got the shirt",[43] but Hamer soon regained his place and Button made only two further appearances.[42] He made just six appearances for Charlton and departed The Valley in July 2013.[44][45] Button revealed the following year that though Chris Powell wanted him to stay, he had a difficult year with the Addicks and forced his departure from the club.[46]

Brentford[edit]

On 30 July 2013, League One club Brentford signed Button on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[45] The departure of Simon Moore to Cardiff City and injury to Richard Lee saw Button begin the season as manager Uwe Rösler's first-choice goalkeeper.[47] Button started each of Brentford's opening six league games, but disaster struck on 7 September against Bradford City when with the score at 0–0, Button received a straight red card for a challenge on Bradford player Nahki Wells just outside the penalty box after 26 minutes.[48] During his three-match suspension, Jack Bonham and then the fit-again Richard Lee took over the goalkeeping position. Button made his next appearance in a 1–0 defeat to Rotherham United on 5 October and regained his position as first-choice goalkeeper.[49] An open forum between players and management in the dressing room after a 2–1 defeat to Stevenage on 12 October saw a turnaround in the team's fortunes and the beginning of a run of nine consecutive wins in the league,[50] with Button appearing in eight of those matches and keeping seven clean sheets.[51] With Button as a virtual ever-present, the Bees secured automatic promotion to the Championship after a 1–0 win over Preston North End on 18 April 2014.[52] Button made 45 appearances and kept 20 clean sheets in league matches during the 2013–14 season.[49] He signed a new three-year contract on 27 June 2014, which would keep him at Griffin Park until the end of the 2016–17 season.[53]

With Richard Lee frequently injured, Button was undisputed first choice during the 2014–15 season.[54] His performances against Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town in March 2015 saw him selected in the Football League Team of the Week.[55] A successful second season at Griffin Park for Button ended after Brentford's 5–1 playoff semi-final aggregate defeat to Middlesbrough.[56] He made 49 appearances,[57] keeping 11 clean sheets in league matches.[58] Button was again first choice during the 2015–16 season, featuring as an ever-present in league matches and talks began over a new contract in May 2016.[59][60] The talks broke down and he departed Brentford on 19 July 2016, having made 141 appearances during three seasons with the club.[44][61]

Fulham[edit]

On 19 July 2016, Button joined Championship club Fulham on a three-year contract, with an option for a further year, for an undisclosed fee.[62] He was the first-choice goalkeeper during the 2016–17 season, until he lost his place to Marcus Bettinelli in early April 2017.[63] A 6th-place finish saw the Cottagers qualify for the playoffs,[64] but Button could only look on as an unused substitute during the 2–1 aggregate defeat to Reading in the semi-finals.[65]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

Button signed for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion on 16 July 2018 on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[66]

International career[edit]

Button made regular appearances for England at U16, U17, U19 and U20 level between 2003 and 2009.[67] He appeared in England's group games at the 2005 European U17 Championship and 2008 European U19 Championship, making three appearances in each tournament as England failed to get past the group stage.[68]

Personal life[edit]

Button attended Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.[69]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 July 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2009–10[25] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Grays Athletic (loan) 2007–08[70] Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 3 0
Rochdale (loan) 2007–08[71] League Two 0 0 0 0
Grays Athletic (loan) 2008–09[14] Conference Premier 13 0 3 0 1[a] 0 17 0
Grays Athletic total 14 0 3 0 2 0 19 0
Bournemouth (loan) 2008–09[20] League Two 4 0 4 0
Luton Town (loan) 2008–09[20] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 2008–09[20] League Two 3 0 3 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2009–10[25] League Two 10 0 0 0 10 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2009–10[25] League Two 26 0 26 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2010–11[35] League One 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2011–12[39] League One 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2011–12[39] Championship 7 0 1 0 8 0
Barnsley (loan) 2011–12[39] Championship 9 0 9 0
Charlton Athletic 2012–13[72] Championship 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Brentford 2013–14[49] League One 42 0 1 0 0 0 2[b] 0 45 0
2014–15[57] Championship 46 0 0 0 1 0 2[c] 0 49 0
2015–16[59] Championship 46 0 1 0 0 0 47 0
Total 134 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 141 0
Fulham 2016–17[63] Championship 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
2017–18[73] Championship 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Total 60 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 61 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2018–19[74] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 303 0 8 0 3 0 7 0 322 0
  1. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in EFL play-offs

Honours[edit]

Luton Town

Brentford

Fulham

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