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Luke Freeman

Luke Anthony Freeman (born 22 March 1992) is an English people association football who plays for Football League One side Stevenage F.C. as a forward (association football).

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Luke Freeman biography


Luke Anthony Freeman (born 22 March 1992) is an English people association football who plays for Football League One side Stevenage F.C. as a forward (association football).

Freeman started Luke Freeman career at Charlton Athletic F.C., before joining subsequently joining Gillingham F.C. at the age of 11. Luke Freeman made Luke Freeman first-team debut for Gillingham at the age of 15, becoming the youngest ever player to appear in the FA Cup. In January 2008, Freeman signed for Arsenal F.C., featuring regularly for the club's under-18 and reserve teams respectively. Ahead of the 2010–11 in English football season, Freeman signed for Yeovil Town F.C. on loan until December 2010. Luke Freeman returned to Luke Freeman parent club when Luke Freeman loan ended, and signed a new contract in April 2011. Luke Freeman was loaned out once again in November 2011, this time to League One team Stevenage on a one-and-a-half month loan deal. Freeman impressed during Luke Freeman time at Stevenage, and signed for the club on a permanent basis in January 2012, signing for an undisclosed fee.

Club career

Early career

Born in Dartford, Kent, Freeman first played for local side White Oak Wanderers in Bexley before representing Gravesham and subsequently being signed by Charlton Athletic F.C.. Luke Freeman was released by Charlton and joined Gillingham F.C. at the age of 11. Luke Freeman debut set two records; Luke Freeman simultaneously became Gillingham's youngest ever first team player, and the youngest player ever to appear in the FA Cup, breaking records previously held by Billy Hughes (footballer born 1960) and Lee Holmes respectively. Three days after Luke Freeman FA Cup appearance, Freeman appeared in Gillingham's 4–0 home victory against Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. in the Football League Trophy, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute. Luke Freeman made Luke Freeman first league appearance on 24 November 2007, appearing as an 82nd minute substitute as Gillingham held on to beat Hartlepool United F.C. 2–1. Freeman subsequently became Gillingham's youngest ever player in the league. At the end of the same month, Luke Freeman had a trial period at West Ham United F.C.. Luke Freeman signed a two-year deal to become part of Arsenal's youth set-up on the club's scholar scheme. Freeman made Luke Freeman first appearance for Arsenal F.C. Academy side in a 3–2 defeat against Ipswich Town F.C. in the Premier Academy League. During the 2008–09 season, Freeman continued to progress at Arsenal, scoring seven goals from 15 appearances for the U18's, opening the season with a brace against Everton F.C., also making one substitute appearance for the reserve side during the campaign. In April 2009, Freeman signed professional terms with the club. During the 2009–10 campaign, Freeman scored 16 times in 24 games, including scoring two goals in the Academy League Final, a 5–3 victory over Nottingham Forest F.C.. The season also marked Freeman's first goal at Arsenal F.C. Reserves level against Chelsea F.C. in a 2–1 victory on 15 February 2010. Luke Freeman went on to make 11 appearances for Arsenal's second string, most of which came during the latter stages of the season.

Ahead of the 2010–11 in English football season, Freeman signed for Football League One side Yeovil Town F.C. on loan until 31 December 2010. On joining Yeovil Town, Freeman stated that Luke Freeman was now "getting to an age" where Luke Freeman wanted some first-team experience, and that ideally the loan move would put Luke Freeman in first-team contention come the end of the season. Luke Freeman scored on Luke Freeman debut against Leyton Orient F.C. on 7 August 2010, scoring the winning goal in first-half injury time in a 2–1 victory, ensuring Yeovil made a winning start to the season. Luke Freeman scored Luke Freeman second goal for the club in a 1–0 win against Rochdale A.F.C., coming on as a 62nd minute substitute and scoring the only goal of the game four minutes later, scoring on the rebound after Owain Tudur Jones' shot had initially been saved. Freeman appeared regularly for Yeovil during the first half of the 2010–11 season, making 15 appearance and scoring twice for the Somerset based club. However, Luke Freeman loan spell was ended early due to injury, and Freeman returned to Arsenal in November 2010. After regaining fitness, Freeman remained at Arsenal, "continuing to impress" regularly for the reserve side, scoring four goals during the season. Luke Freeman made Luke Freeman debut for Stevenage two days after signing for the club, playing 86 minutes in a 0–0 away draw against Leyton Orient F.C.. Freeman scored Luke Freeman first goal for the club in a 6–1 away victory over Colchester United F.C. on 26 December, coming on as a 57th minute substitute and scoring Stevenage's fifth goal of the match with a "powerful close-range strike". The last game of Freeman's loan spell with the club was a 1–0 victory at Football League Championship side Reading F.C. in the FA Cup Third Round, and Luke Freeman returned to Luke Freeman parent club on 8 January 2012, having played nine games and scored one goal during Luke Freeman loan spell. Two days later it was announced that Freeman had joined Stevenage on a permanent basis, signing for an undisclosed fee, and on a contract until 2014. On signing for Stevenage, Freeman stated — "It's good to be at Stevenage. There were a couple of bids elsewhere, but I really enjoyed my time on loan here, so I am delighted to stay. Now it's time to build a career for myself, it's good that I've had the opportunity to be taught by one of the best, but it's time to move on and try and make myself a better player". Freeman's first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis was a 5–1 away victory at Rochdale A.F.C.. Luke Freeman scored the opening goal of the match, before scoring later on in the second-half with a 25-yard strike.

International career

Freeman made Luke Freeman debut for the England national under-16 football team side in the 2008 Montaigu Tournament in France, scoring on Luke Freeman debut in a 3–1 victory against Japan U16. Luke Freeman also featured in the following two group matches, a 1–0 victory against Germany national youth football team, followed by a 1–0 defeat to USA, with Freeman coming on as a second-half substitute in both games. Having secured six points out of nine, England won their group, and subsequently beat France national under-16 football team's in the final on penalties, with Freeman playing 78 minutes of the match.

After impressing during the Montaigu Tournament, Freeman was called up to the England national under-17 football team squad ahead of the 2008 Nordic Tournament, held in Sweden. Luke Freeman featured in all three games during the tournament, with England failing to qualify for the Final of the tournament as a result of Norway national under-17 football team's superior goal scoring record. Luke Freeman played in all three of England's 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship qualifying round in October 2008, scoring in a 7–0 win against Estonia_national_under-17_football_team Estonia_National_Under-17_Squad. England narrowly qualified for 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship elite round, finishing in second place with five points. Ahead of the elite round fixtures, Freeman was called up to represent the U17 side in the 2009 Algarve Tournament, a three-day friendly tournament, which was played in February 2009. Luke Freeman started in all three games as England finished third in their group, and scored once in England's only victory, a 4–0 win over Israel national under-17 football team's U17 side.

Freeman was named in England's squad to play in the elite round, the final qualification stage for the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. All three of England's elite round matches were played in Hungary in March 2009, with Freeman scoring the only goal of the game in England's first group game on 25 March, a 1–0 victory against Portugal national under-17 football team. Luke Freeman also scored again two days later as England U17's beat their Serbia national under-17 football team 2–1 in Bük. Luke Freeman made a late substitute appearance in the final group match, a 2–0 victory against Hungary national under-17 football team, meaning England had secured a place in 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Freeman was named in the 2009_UEFA_European_Under-17_Football_Championship_squads .C2.A0England for the tournament. Luke Freeman played in two of England's three games, with England finishing bottom of their group with one point.

Honours

International
- Montaigu Tournament (1): 2008

Arsenal
- Premier Academy League (2): 2008–09 Premier Academy League, 2009–10 Premier Academy League
- FA Youth Cup (1): 2008–09 FA Youth Cup

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Freeman

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