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Boaz Myhill

Boaz Myhill

Welsh professional footballer
Boaz Myhill
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Intro Welsh professional footballer
A.K.A. Glyn Oliver Myhill
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From United States of America United Kingdom
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 November 1982, Modesto
Age 38 years
Star sign Scorpio
Peoplepill ID boaz-myhill
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Biography

Glyn Oliver "Boaz" Myhill (born 9 November 1982) /ˈboʊ.æz ˈmaɪhɪl/ is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion. He appeared for the Wales national team from 2008 to 2013.
Born in the United States to an American father and Welsh mother, Myhill grew up near the England–Wales border in Oswestry, England from the age of one. He came through the youth ranks of the English club Aston Villa, and made two appearances for the England under-20 team in 2002. In 2003 he moved to Hull City, where he established himself as first-choice goalkeeper and made 277 appearances over the next seven years. He has played for West Bromwich Albion since 2010, except for the 2011–12 season, which he spent on loan at Birmingham City.

Early life

Born in Modesto, California, the son of an American father and a Welsh mother from Llangollen, Myhill moved to England at the age of one. He attended the Marches School, Oswestry. He played his youth football invariably in midfield for Oswestry Boys Club.

Myhill's parents originally intended to name him Boaz, a Hebrew name which they encountered and liked while travelling in Israel, but were dissuaded from doing so by relatives. Nevertheless, Myhill has been called Boaz, rather than by his official name Glyn, throughout his life.

Club career

Aston Villa

Myhill joined Aston Villa at the age of 12, working at Villa Park with Mark Bosnich, David James, Peter Schmeichel and Peter Enckelman. He signed his first professional contract with Villa in November 2000.

In January 2002, a 19-year-old Myhill was signed on a one-month loan by Stoke City, to provide backup to their then first-choice keeper, Neil Cutler. Myhill was recalled by Aston Villa just a week into this loan period.

Following his spell at Stoke, Myhill spent a three-month period on loan at Bristol City, where he was an unused substitute for 18 of City's 19 matches during the loan period. He missed Bristol City's Football League Trophy match with Queens Park Rangers due to a call up to England's Under-20 international side.

Myhill's first-team debut arrived whilst he was on loan in November 2002, to then First Division side Bradford City. On a forgettable afternoon at Valley Parade, Sheffield United scored five goals past the young keeper.

After a brief trial period, Myhill joined Macclesfield Town for a three-month loan period at the start of the 2003–04 season.

Although Macclesfield boss David Moss was eager to extend Myhill's loan period after 16 impressive appearances by the keeper, Myhill was loaned by Aston Villa to Stockport County at the end of 2003.

Hull City

Hull City manager Peter Taylor moved quickly once it became apparent that Stockport were lining up a permanent deal for Myhill. Considering Hull to be a more appealing prospect, Myhill signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club on 13 December 2003 at the cost of £50,000 to the East Yorkshire club.

Myhill playing for Hull City in 2007

Since signing for Hull City, Myhill's progress won over the Hull fans as he quickly became their first-choice 'keeper and played a key part in two back-to-back promotion seasons, which took Hull up from the old Third Division to the Football League Championship, missing only one league match in the 2004–05 season.

In the 2005–06 season, Myhill was again in fine form and again missed only one league game, through suspension after a controversial sending off for handling the ball outside his area in a game against Queens Park Rangers. In one memorable match at Stoke City he saved two penalties, prompting chants of "Myhill for England" from the travelling fans. At the end of the season he was named as the club's Player of the Year, and was the highest-ranked goalkeeper in FourFourTwo magazine's list of the top 50 Football League players. He was rewarded with a new, improved contract running until June 2008. Myhill signed a new three-year contract with Hull in August 2007. He was part of the Hull City team which won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in May 2008, and along with teammates Ian Ashbee, Andy Dawson and Ryan France, joined an elite band of players to have taken their club up through four divisions. In 2009, he was briefly dropped from the team in favour of Matt Duke but regained his position for the final six games of the season.

After impressive performances at the start of the 2009–10 season, he was rewarded on 3 September 2009 with a new contract, taking him to June 2012. On 16 January 2010 Myhill was acclaimed for his performance in Hull's surprise 0–0 draw at top-four Tottenham Hotspur, which took the "Tigers" out of the relegation zone.

Myhill left Hull City having represented the club in all four divisions of the English Football League, a rare occurrence in English football.

West Bromwich Albion

Myhill signed for newly promoted Premier League team West Bromwich Albion on a three-year contract on 30 July 2010 for an officially undisclosed fee of £1.5 million.

On 24 July 2015 Myhill signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the club till the summer of 2017.

Birmingham City loan

Myhill joined Championship club Birmingham City on loan on 29 July 2011, changing places with Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster for the 2011–12 season. He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the season, playing the whole of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County. Myhill kept a clean sheet in the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, a match which marked his European debut and the first time his club had participated in major European competition for nearly 50 years. He remained the first-choice goalkeeper for League matches for most of the season, missing the last few matches because of an injured thumb, alternating in the Europa League with Colin Doyle, who played in the domestic cups.

International career

Myhill made international appearances for the England Youth and England U20 teams, but this did not affect his eligibility to play for the United States or any of the home nations. He was offered the chance to play for Wales in early 2006, but declined due to family reasons. He was eventually called up for the first time for Wales on 17 March 2008 due to Wayne Hennessey returning to the U21 side in order to help them qualify from their group. He made his debut on 26 March coming on as a halftime substitute for Lewis Price during a 2–0 win over Luxembourg. He has mostly been deputy to first-choice Hennessey. Myhill retired from international football in May 2014.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 21 January 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2001–02 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Premier League 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stoke City (loan) 2001–02 Division Two 0 0 0 0
Bristol City (loan) 2002–03 Division Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bradford City (loan) 2002–03 Division One 2 0 2 0
Macclesfield Town (loan) 2003–04 Division Three 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Stockport County (loan) 2003–04 Division Two 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Hull City 2003–04 Division Three 23 0 23 0
2004–05 League One 45 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 49 0
2005–06 Championship 45 0 1 0 0 0 46 0
2006–07 Championship 46 0 2 0 3 0 51 0
2007–08 Championship 43 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 49 0
2008–09 Premier League 28 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
2009–10 Premier League 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
Total 257 0 11 0 5 0 4 0 277 0
West Bromwich Albion 2010–11 Premier League 6 0 1 0 4 0 11 0
2011–12 Premier League
2012–13 Premier League 8 0 2 0 1 0 11 0
2013–14 Premier League 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2014–15 Premier League 11 0 3 0 3 0 17 0
2015–16 Premier League 23 0 1 0 1 0 25 0
2016-17 Premier League 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 62 0 8 0 10 0 80 0
Birmingham City (loan) 2011–12 Championship 42 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 47 0
Career total 380 0 19 0 16 0 10 0 425 0

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2008 3 0
2009 3 0
2010 3 0
2011 1 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 0
Total 19 0

Honours

Club

Hull City

  • Football League One runner-up: 2004–05
  • Football League Championship play-offs: 2007–08

Individual

  • Football League Golden Glove: October 2011

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