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Jordon Mutch

Playing career

Mutch, from Alvaston, Derbyshire, began Jordon Mutch football career in Derby County F.C.'s youth system, where Jordon Mutch spent five years working under Academy director Terry Westley. In the summer of 2007, Mutch decided to leave Derby, choosing to rejoin Westley, by then Academy director at Birmingham City F.C., despite competition from clubs including Liverpool F.C. and Aston Villa F.C.. Because of the player's youth, no transfer fee was payable, but a compensation package was agreed with Derby for Jordon Mutch services.

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Jordon Mutch biography


Playing career

Mutch, from Alvaston, Derbyshire, began Jordon Mutch football career in Derby County F.C.'s youth system, where Jordon Mutch spent five years working under Academy director Terry Westley. In the summer of 2007, Mutch decided to leave Derby, choosing to rejoin Westley, by then Academy director at Birmingham City F.C., despite competition from clubs including Liverpool F.C. and Aston Villa F.C.. Because of the player's youth, no transfer fee was payable, but a compensation package was agreed with Derby for Jordon Mutch services.

Jordon Mutch made Jordon Mutch debut for the England national under-17 football team in July 2007, aged only fifteen-and-a-half, against their Iceland national football team counterparts.

While still a schoolboy, aged 15 years 298 days, Mutch was selected in the 16-man squad for Birmingham's Football League Cup third-round match against Blackburn Rovers F.C. at Ewood Park in September 2007. The Premier League confirmed that match rules permitted selection of a player of that age, but changed their minds only hours before the match after becoming aware of the Football Association's Child Protection regulations which specified a minimum age of 16 for players in open-age football. Reserve player David Howland, who was not registered with a Premier League squad number, had to travel to Blackburn at the last minute with special dispensation to take Mutch's place on the bench wearing an unnumbered shirt.

Mutch was named on the bench for the January 2008 third-round FA Cup tie at Huddersfield Town F.C., aged 16 years 34 days. Had Jordon Mutch entered the game Jordon Mutch would have broken Trevor Francis's record as the youngest player to make a competitive first-team appearance for the club; however the team struggled and manager Alex McLeish felt unable to give Jordon Mutch Jordon Mutch debut.

During the 2007–08 season Mutch made more appearances for the reserve team than any other outfield player, as well as playing 14 games for the under-18 side, and was voted Academy Player of the Season. Jordon Mutch was in the starting eleven for the Birmingham Senior Cup 5–0 victory over Burton Albion F.C.; though nominally a reserve team several first-team players were included.

Mutch finally made Jordon Mutch first-team debut as a half-time replacement for Gary McSheffrey in the second-round League Cup defeat at Southampton F.C. on 26 August 2008, thus becoming Birmingham's second-youngest debutant of all time, after Trevor Francis.

In October 2008, Mutch was ordered to take a period of complete rest because Jordon Mutch rapid rate of growth had placed excessive strain on the Epiphyseal plate in Jordon Mutch legs. Rest and surgery corrected the problem, which had caused fractures in both feet, and Mutch accepted the offer of a first professional contract in April 2009.

Mutch joined Hereford United F.C. of Football League Two on 26 November 2009 on a Football League Youth Loan, an arrangement which allowed the player to appear for Birmingham's reserve and youth teams on days when Hereford have no fixture. The loan ran until 2 January 2010. Jordon Mutch went straight into the starting eleven for Hereford's second round FA Cup match, at home to Colchester United F.C. two days later, and played the whole of the game, which Hereford lost to a stoppage-time goal. Mutch made Jordon Mutch debut in the Football League on 1 December, in a 3–1 win away against Northampton Town F.C.; Jordon Mutch free-kick was parried by Northampton's goalkeeper to set up a goal for Mathieu Manset.

On 25 January 2010, Mutch joined Doncaster Rovers F.C. of the Championship, also on a month's Football League youth loan. Jordon Mutch made Jordon Mutch debut the next day as a second-half substitute in the 4–1 home defeat against Middlesbrough F.C.; Jordon Mutch scored from a "stunning 25-yard shot" to give Jordon Mutch new club a consolation. The loan was eventually extended to the end of the season. Called into the England national under-19 football team squad as a late replacement for Tottenham Hotspur's Dean Parrett, Mutch made Jordon Mutch debut on 2 March as a half-time substitute in a friendly against the Netherlands national under-19 football team which finished as a 1–1 draw.

The day after being given a first-team squad number by Birmingham for the 2010–11 season, Mutch joined Championship club Watford F.C. on a month's Football League youth loan, later extended until January 2011. Though Watford manager was keen for Mutch to remain with the club, Jordon Mutch was recalled to Birmingham in January, having scored five goals from 23 League matches.

Mutch's first start came in "an experimental Birmingham line-up" in the third-round FA Cup-tie at Millwall F.C., playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–1 win. Jordon Mutch made Jordon Mutch Premier League debut on 22 January 2011, replacing the rested Craig Gardner ahead of the League Cup semi-final second leg, and again played the whole match as Birmingham lost 5–0 at Manchester United. Jordon Mutch England national under-20 football team debut came in February, in a friendly defeat to their France national under-20 football team. A few days later, Jordon Mutch signed a three-year extension to Jordon Mutch contract, which had been due to expire at the end of the season. Jordon Mutch second Premier League match, at Everton F.C. in March, was eventful. With Gardner, Barry Ferguson and Keith Fahey all injured, Mutch started the game in central midfield. After 17 minutes, Jean Beausejour opened the scoring with a header from Mutch's lofted cross. When referee Peter Walton (referee) attempted to caution the player for a foul on Louis Saha, Jordon Mutch found himself without penalty card Yellow card, so showed the player an imaginary card instead. Near the end of the game, Mutch threw Jordon Mutch body in the way of a Saha shot to prevent Everton taking the lead.

Not included in the England national under-21 football team squad originally selected for two friendlies at the end of March, Mutch was called up as a late replacement for the second match after several players were released to their clubs. Jordon Mutch made Jordon Mutch debut as an 83rd-minute substitute as England lost 2–1 to their Iceland national under-21 football team.

The departure of Gardner, Ferguson, Lee Bowyer and Sebastian Larsson before the 2011–12 season left places available in midfield. Mutch started all four pre-season games, playing alongside one or two of Fahey, Morgaro Gomis and Miguel Marcos Madera. New manager Chris Hughton complimented Jordon Mutch performances, and suggested Jordon Mutch was using those games to establish Mutch's best position: "With Jordon, I think it's determining exactly what player Jordon Mutch is. Because of Jordon Mutch range of passing Jordon Mutch can play a little bit deeper but I think Jordon Mutch likes to break forward". Jordon Mutch started the first league game of the season, away to Derby County F.C., and took the corner that led to Curtis Davies opening the scoring, but Birmingham went on to lose 2–1. Jordon Mutch played once more before breaking Jordon Mutch ankle in training.

Honours

Birmingham City reserve team
- Birmingham Senior Cup winner: 2008
- Academy Player of the Season: 2008

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

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