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Kris Commons

Kris Commons (born 30 August 1983 in Mansfield) is an English-born Scotland Association football who currently plays as a Midfielder Winger for Scottish Premier League club Celtic F.C. and the Scotland national football team. Kris Commons younger brother Spencer was also a footballer, but Kris Commons career was ended after Kris Commons suffered a horrific knee injury in 2002.

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Kris Commons biography

Kris Commons (born 30 August 1983 in Mansfield) is an English-born Scotland Association football who currently plays as a Midfielder Winger for Scottish Premier League club Celtic F.C. and the Scotland national football team. Kris Commons younger brother Spencer was also a footballer, but Kris Commons career was ended after Kris Commons suffered a horrific knee injury in 2002.

Early life

Commons was educated at Quarrydale School in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Club career

Stoke City

Commons signed a professional contract with Stoke City F.C. on Kris Commons 17th birthday and made Kris Commons debut in a 3–2 Football League Trophy defeat away to Blackpool F.C. on 16 October 2001. However, shortly after making Kris Commons first team debut, Kris Commons was out injured for a year due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Commons managed to come back from this and made a total of 46 appearances for the club in all competitions (22 of which were starts), scoring five goals, the first of which came in a 1–1 draw against Norwich City F.C. on 26 August 2002. Kris Commons good form and promise led to Kris Commons to being offered a new contract by Stoke, but Kris Commons rejected it and joined Nottingham Forest F.C. on 1 July 2004.

Nottingham Forest

Commons made Kris Commons Nottingham Forest debut as a substitute for Eoin Jess in a 2–0 Football League Cup victory over Scunthorpe United F.C. on 25 August 2004 and scored Kris Commons first goal for the club in a 3–0 away win at Queens Park Rangers F.C. in the 2004-05 FA Cup. The FA Cup proved to be a successful competition for Commons, as during Kris Commons time in Nottingham as Kris Commons was named the Football Association Player of the round for round one of the FA Cup, with over 60% of the votes, after Kris Commons Hat-trick Association football and match-winning display against Yeading F.C.. In doing so, Kris Commons became the first player to win the award twice in different seasons having also won it in 2005 after Kris Commons performance in the fifth round against Tottenham Hotspur F.C..

Commons endured an injury plagued 2006–07 season, but still managed to hit 14 goals in all competitions in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to keep the club's dream of promotion to Football League Championship alive, which including a vital goal against league leaders . Kris Commons had a particularly productive last six matches scoring six and chipping in with a further four assists, though Forest ultimately came unstuck in the playoff semi-finals against Yeovil Town F.C.. Despite rumours that Kris Commons was going elsewhere on a Bosman ruling, Commons signed a new one year deal with Forest on 2 July 2007 and made Kris Commons 100th league appearance for Forest in the opening game of the 2007-08 Football League which finished 0–0 at home to A.F.C. Bournemouth. Forest eventually won promotion back into the second tier as runners up to Swansea City A.F.C., following a 3–2 home victory against , the team who had denied them promotion 12 months earlier. Commons was named in the League One Team of the Year.

Derby County

In June 2008 it was announced that Commons had signed for Derby County F.C. on a free transfer, penning a three-year contract with the club. Kris Commons made Kris Commons full league debut against Doncaster Rovers F.C. on the opening day of the 2008–09 in English football, which Derby lost 1–0, and played in Derby's opening five league fixtures before injury forced Kris Commons to miss much of the next six weeks. Kris Commons made Kris Commons return at the end of October and scored Kris Commons first goal for the club from a free kick in a 3–2 defeat away to Blackpool F.C.. Under Paul Jewell's management, Commons played predominantly as a Midfielder Winger but, following Jewell's resignation on 28 December following a 1–0 home defeat to Ipswich Town F.C. Kris Commons was moved into a Forward_(association_football) Second_striker role by caretaker manager David Lowe (footballer) for the first leg of the 2008–09_Football_League_Cup First_leg against Manchester United F.C.. Commons scored the only goal of the game, a 25 yard strike, as Derby ran out surprising 1–0 winners and was awarded the Man of the Match Award. Jewell's permanent successor, Nigel Clough, kept Commons in Kris Commons new role and Kris Commons played alongside Rob Hulse in Derby's attack for the rest of the season. Commons enjoyed Kris Commons best form of the season in Clough's first few months in charge, scoring the winner against Coventry City F.C., and netting twice in a 4–1 rout of Blackpool F.C.. Kris Commons also scored the winner in a 3–2 win over Nottingham Forest F.C. in an 2008-09 FA Cup Fourth Round replay, as Derby came from 2–0 down to claim a first win at City Ground for over 30 years. Derby fans named the goal the seventh greatest in the club's history, behind Commons' goal against Manchester United in the League Cup in joint fifth, in a poll as part of the club's Derby_County_F.C. 125th_anniversary. Commons' rich vein of form was curtailed when injury ruled Kris Commons out for six weeks at the end of February before returning to the side for the final eight games of the season. Kris Commons ended Kris Commons first season at Derby with five goals from 30 league starts.

Commons began the 2009–10 season alongside Hulse as Derby beat Peterborough United F.C. 2–1. Commons grabbed Kris Commons first of the season in the following match, as Derby lost 3–2 away to Scunthorpe United F.C. but, once again, injury curtailed Commons productivity as Kris Commons appeared in just one match between 20 October and 2 January, a 0–0 draw away to eventual champions Newcastle United F.C., where Kris Commons came on as a 69th minute substitute. An extended run in the first team followed and Commons once again approached Kris Commons best from and helped revive Derby's stuttering campaign and dragged them away from the relegation zone, netting in a 3–0 home win over Newcastle and a 5–3 victory over Preston North End F.C., as well as providing the assist for Rob Hulse's winner as Derby beat Nottingham Forest 1–0 and ended their rivals' 19 match unbeaten streak. However, an injury sustained in the first half of a 1–0 home defeat to Swansea City A.F.C. on 20 February ruled Commons out until the final game of the season, against Cardiff City F.C. on 2 May, as Derby avoided relegation for the second time in two seasons. Commons completed a full 90 minutes on just one occasion and managed just 11 league starts and a further nine substitute appearances, scoring three times.

Commons started the 2010–11 season playing as one of the three advanced midfielders behind the main striker in Derby's new Formation (association football) 4.E2.80.932.E2.80.933.E2.80.931 and managed Kris Commons best run of games for almost 18 months when Kris Commons started seven of Derby's opening eight games, appearing as substitute in the other, and scored two goals, including the winner in a 2–1 opening day victory at Leeds United A.F.C.. Despite this, Nigel Clough voiced Kris Commons concerns over Commons' early season form, saying after a 1–1 draw with Barnsley F.C.; "For the amount of good possession we got to Kris Commons on Saturday, we didn’t get anything from it and I said that to Kris Commons after the game. We got the ball to Kris Commons in decent areas, running at the back four, 10 yards outside the box, and we didn’t get a cross, shot or save from the goalkeeper. If Kris Commons is going to play in there Kris Commons must start producing something." Commons responded with seven goals in Kris Commons next nine games, including braces in a 3–1 win over Middlesbrough F.C. (in which Kris Commons also missed a penalty), a 3–2 win at Doncaster Rovers F.C. and a 2–0 win at Ipswich Town F.C. to take Kris Commons goal tally to nine from 15 league starts.

In October 2010, the final year of Kris Commons contract, Commons expressed Kris Commons desire to stay at Derby, though the club stated Kris Commons would have to maintain Kris Commons form if Kris Commons hoped to earn a new deal. Kris Commons entered into contract negotiations with the club towards the end of October, stating Kris Commons desire that contract negotiations be concluded as swiftly as possible. Commons hit Kris Commons 10th goal of the season, the first time Kris Commons had reached double figures in league goals in a single campaign, with a first half penalty in a 3–2 win over Scunthorpe United F.C.. Kris Commons performance earned Kris Commons a place in the Championship Team of the Week.


On 28 January 2011, despite interest from Rangers F.C., Commons signed a three and a half-year deal with Celtic for a fee of around £300,000 and was given squad number 15. The following day, Kris Commons made an immediate impact, scoring the opening goal on Kris Commons debut in Celtic's 4–1 2010-11 Scottish League Cup semi-final win against Aberdeen F.C. with a lob from outside the box. On 6 February, Commons scored against Rangers in a 2010-11 Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox Stadium. The match ended 2–2. On Kris Commons home debut at Celtic Park, Kris Commons again scored against Rangers to add Celtic's third goal. In Kris Commons next home league game, Commons scored both goals, including a volley from 25 yards, as the Bhoys won 2–0 against Hamilton Academical F.C..

On 9 April, Commons came off the bench to score the winning goal in a 1–0 SPL win over St Mirren F.C.. On 17 April, Kris Commons scored from the penalty spot in Celtic's 4–0 victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, and then netted twice in a 4–0 league win against at Rugby Park three days later. On 4 May, Commons notched yet another brace as Celtic lost 3–2 away to . Five days later, Commons scored in a 2–0 victory against Kilmarnock with a 30-yard strike into the top right hand corner of the net. On 11 May, Commons scored the final goal of Celtic's 3–0 win against Heart of Midlothian F.C.. After scoring, Kris Commons was sent off for the first time in Kris Commons entire career after receiving a second yellow card for celebrating with the fans; resulting in Kris Commons missing the last game of the season through suspension.

In the Celtic's fourth league match of the 2011-12 season against St Johnstone, Commons missed an early penalty after slipping at the vital moment. On 2 October, in the second half of Celtic's 2-0 defeat against Heart of Midlothian F.C. Commons was shown a straight red card for a dangerous studs-up tackle. Manager Neil Lennon commented after the match, "Kris Commons has let himself down and he's let us down, so Kris Commons will be dealt with accordingly in house. One player lost Kris Commons discipline and let us down badly. Kris Commons has come in and held Kris Commons hand up but it's too late."

International career

Despite being born in England, Commons qualifies to play for Scotland national football team through Kris Commons Scottish grandparents. On 12 August 2008, Kris Commons was named in the Scotland squad for a friendly against Northern Ireland national football team on 20 August. Kris Commons made Kris Commons international debut in that game, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for James Morrison (footballer). Kris Commons made Kris Commons competitive debut for Scotland in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 9 against Republic of Macedonia national football team on 6 September, again coming on as a substitute, this time for Paul Hartley. Commons' first full 90 minutes in international football came in Scotland's 1–0 home defeat to Argentina national football team on 19 November 2008.

Kris Commons form for Derby in the 2010-11 in English football led to speculation of a Scotland national football team recall, with Commons stating "They're well aware that I can play for Scotland. All I can do is concentrate on playing well and scoring goals for Derby and hope that I grab their attention." The following month Kris Commons was recalled to the squad.

Kris Commons first international goal came in a 3–0 victory over the Faroe Islands national football team on 16 November 2010. Commons was also awarded the Sky Sports man of the match.

International goals

PLayer of the year for derby county 2010


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