Thursday, August 23, 2012

David Button

27th February 1989 (23)


19th March 2012
to 28th April 2012
9 Appearances

13 Conceded
2 Clean Sheets



1st January 2012
to 29th February 2012
8 Appearances

11 Conceded
3 Clean Sheets


League One

25th August 2011
to 1st January 2012
2 Appearances
1 Unused Sub
21 Not In Squad

3 Conceded
0 Clean Sheets


League One

3rd August 2010
to 7th May 2011
30 Appearances
1 Subbed Off
1 Subbed On
7 Unused Sub

50 Conceded
6 Clean Sheets
1 Assist


League Two

20th November 2009
to 1st May 2010
26 Appearances
3 Unused Sub

27 Conceded
9 Clean Sheets


Premier League

23rd August 2009
to 31st October 2009
1 Appearance
1 Subbed On
4 Unused Sub

0 Conceded
1 Clean Sheet


League Two

22nd July 2009
to 27th October 2009
10 Appearances

16 Conceded
2 Clean Sheets


League Two

17th April 2009
to 25th April 2009
3 Appearances

1 Conceded
2 Clean Sheets


31st March 2009
to 31st March 2009
1 Appearance

0 Conceded
1 Clean Sheet

League Two

6th March 2009
to 5th April 2009
0 Appearances
7 Unused Sub


League Two

16th January 2009
to 14th February 2009
4 Appearances
2 Unused Sub

6 Conceded
0 Clean Sheets


19th September 2008
to 20th December 2008
15 Appearances

16 Conceded
4 Clean Sheets
1 Assist


7th October 2006
to 20th July 2008
11 Appearances
2 Subbed Off
1 Subbed On
3 Unused Sub

6 Conceded
6 Clean Sheets

League Two

27th March 2008
to 19th April 2008
0 Appearances
7 Unused Sub


10th January 2008
to 26th January 2008
1 Appearance
1 Unused Sub

1 Conceded
0 Clean Sheets
Promising, highly rated young keeper and childhood Spurs supporter who joined the Spurs academy as a full-time scholar in the 2005/2006 season at the age of 16 and has been out on loan 13 times.

Having signed a new contract until 2011 on 28 Dec 2007, he made his competitive debut in the 2007/08 season at the age of 18 with Grays Athletic in the Conference, having joined the club on a one-month loan deal on 10 Jan 2008. Although he made an impressive debut he was on the bench for the next game and there were no more games played over his loan spell. On 27 Mar 2008 he joined Rochdale in League Two however did not make an appearance, being on the subs bench seven times.

He joined four different clubs on loan in the 2008/09 season, firstly re-joining Grays Athletic, who were still in the Conference, initially for one month on 29 Sep 2008 but this was extended twice until the end of December, playing 15 games. Grays fans really rated him, calling him an excellent player with exactly the right attitude. He even wrote a letter to the Club Secretary thanking the club for giving him the opportunity to play first-team football.

On 16 Jan 2009 he joined AFC Bournemouth on a month's loan in League Two, making four appearances and two on the bench. Unfortunately the loan spell was not successful, with the Bournemouth fans happy to see the back of him as he made some bad mistakes, which lead to goals being conceded, including failing to control a backpass, conceding a looped header and diving over a shot. His loan was not extended but he joined League Two side Luton Town on 06 Mar 2009 on a month's loan as cover, being on the bench for all seven games, including a Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final victory. During this time he represented the England U-20 team, for the one and only time on 31 Mar 2009, in a friendly against Italy. His final loan spell of the season was an emergency one-month loan with Dagenham & Redbridge on 17 Apr 2009 where he played three of the four remaining games of the season, performing well and conceding just the one goal as Dagenham's first-choice keeper made a return for the final game. Daggers fans considered him a very promising young keeper, a decent shot stopper and the only part of his game that worried them was his ability at claiming a cross. Once again he wrote a letter to the club to thank everyone at Dagenham for his time there.

Having turned 20 he was ready for the 2009/10 campaign and it was announced on 22 Jul 2009 that he would join League Two club Crewe Alexandra until January, however he was recalled three games into the loan spell on 20 Aug 2009, to cover for the injured Heurelho Gomes who was out for two weeks. He was on the bench three times during this period and made his senior Spurs debut and only appearance so far, coming off the bench in the 81st minute of a Carling Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers on 26 Aug 2009 for Carlo Cudicini. He returned to Crewe on 01 Sep 2009 and played a further seven games for them before once again being recalled on 27 Oct 2009 to cover for the now injured Cudicini, making two appearances on the bench. Crewe boss Dario Gradi was not happy about this, stating he did not want a situation anymore where the man they are relying on in goal can be recalled at a moment's notice and declined to take the young stopper back again. Not much information is available on his peformances for Crewe but it seems to have been much more successful than his Bournemouth loan the season before.

On 20 Nov 2009 he joined League Two side Shrewsbury Town on a one-month loan spell which got extended twice to the end of the season. This was one of his most successful loan spells to date, playing 26 games and only being on the bench on three occasions and was only recalled a game before the end of the season due to an injury scare to Heurelho Gomes. Shrews fans were very impressed with him, saying how he was the best keeper they had since Joe Hart, possessing all-round talent, how communication was a big part of his game and that he was of at least Championship quality. Off the back of this, with only one year remaining on his contract, he was rewarded with a new contract at Spurs on 28 May 2010 until 2013.

As the 2010/11 season came along so did recently relegated League One side Plymouth Argyle on 03 Aug 2010 with a season-long loan. This spell was again mostly a success, even though Plymouth were relegated again, and has been the first and only season so far where he has spent time on loan at only one club. He made 30 appearances and a further seven on the bench with his spell being disrupted a couple of times by injuries (six weeks during Sep/Oct and five weeks during Nov/Dec) but everytime he was back from injury he was straight into the first XI. He did lose his place to Romain Larrieu on 26 Feb 2011 due to uncharacteristic errors behind a leaky and ever changing Plymouth defence during a series of defeats, until he won it back on 05 Apr 2011. During this time there was mutual respect between him and Larrieu, with the latter being full of praise about him for the way he performed during a difficult season for the Pilgrims, calling him positive and clued up and not reacting negatively at being dropped. Plymouth fans were delighted with him, saying how his goalkeeping skills and off the field personality had been top notch and that he really cared about the club.

In 2011/12 he joined a League One side again in Leyton Orient for half a season until 07 Jan 2012 but unfortunately suffered a shoulder injury in his second game which kept him out for the next 20 and didn't get back into the first XI when he finally recovered. He was however recalled 6 days early from his loan spell for a step up in division with Doncaster Rovers on 01 Jan 2012, initially for an emergency one month loan spell, which was extended for one more month. Although his loan spell was well-received with the fans, making 8 appearances in total, it did not get extended further as Rovers re-signed Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme on loan and veteran keeper Neil Sullivan was back to fitness. It turned out Rovers were reluctant to offer him an extension because emergency loan rules dictate that he could only have stayed at Doncaster for another month. On 19 Mar 2012 he joined Barnsley in an emergency one-month loan deal, to stand-in for second choice keeper David Preece however it turned out that first choice keeper Luke Steele had also suffered an injury and so he got to play in the last 9 games of the season, mainly to positive reviews.

Having last played for a Spurs XI side against Middlesbrough on 27 Jul 2012 he remained hopeful of having a long-term future at Tottenham. Having been quoted as saying that if Spurs still have plans for him he would be delighted to stay, but if not, he will have to look elsewhere. He has known over the last couple of years that he hasn't been ready to play in the Tottenham first team, but feels he is gradually getting there. With Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini only having until 2013 on their contracts and getting older, he sees there will be an opportunity there for somebody.

On 03 Aug 2012 the Spurs goalkeeping coach Tony Parks had tipped Button to challenge for the 1st team jersey in the next few years. He said he was held in high regard having made steady progress from League Two into the Championship. He felt he was a very good footballing goalkeeper who was decent with the ball at his feet, was able to deal with crosses and he works really hard in the gym to become stronger.

"Some kids develop earlier and develop their strength earlier. David's very tall – he’s 6ft 4ins. He was a big, tall, skinny lad with not a lot of muscle power as a young kid, and sometimes you have to wait for that to come. Whereas Joe (Hart) was a man when he was about 20 years old, David's probably had to wait until he was 22. People think 'oh he's 23', but physically he was about 20 or 21. Hopefully we can get him out and playing in the Championship again next season and look forward to him hopefully moving on to become a Premier League goalie for Tottenham."

Following this interview, rather surprisingly on 28 Aug 2012 it was annnounced that Spurs had sold Button to recently promoted Championship club Charlton Athletic for a reported £500,000 with rumours that the club's coaching staff were not happy about this. A few days later Spurs brought in 25 year old French international keeper Hugo Lloris and registered four first team keepers in Lloris, Brad Friedel, Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini for the upcoming season.


27.08.2011 vs Carlisle United (H) 1-2 (L)
League One (Round 5)

Made his debut two days after signing for the club, taking over from O's keeper and ex-Spur Lee Butcher.
Button had to react quickly as Miller stretched his legs to reach the loose ball.

He nicked the ball away from a hesitant Button, but Ben Chorley was covering round to make a superb saving tackle.

His shot was destined for the roof of the net until Button put his fingertips in the way.

And with just three minutes of normal time remaining, Carlisle won a free-kick and debutant goalkeeper David Button tipped a 35-yard free-kick onto the crossbar. The ball fell to Liam Noble whose shot was also parried by Button before Miller applied the clinical finish.

Craig Curran brought a world class reaction save out of Button but the stranded keeper was undone when the big striker crept in to score his second of the day from close range.
30.08.2011 vs Bristol Rovers (H) 3-2 (W)
Carling Cup (2nd Round)

Made his cup debut but suffered a shoulder injury in this game.
O's keeper David Button got an important touch on Craig Stanley's low, skidding drive.

Lee Brown made a superb twisting run and arced a shot goalwards from 18 yards, but Button pulled off a super save to tip the ball onto the post.

Zebroski jinked past three defenders to send an unstoppable drive past O's keeper David Button from 15 yards.
03.09.2011 vs Chesterfield
to 17.12.2011 vs Notts County

Not In Squad

Out injured with a shoulder injury for 3 months.
Ex-Spur Lee Butcher takes his place until fellow Spur Ben Alnwick was brought in on an emergency loan on 10.09.2011 with Lee Butcher relegated to the bench.

On 20.09.2011 Ben Alnwick also gets injured with Lee Butcher taking over again and Tom Lovelock on the bench.

On 05.11.2011 Ben Alnwick returns from injury, after 8 games out, with Lee Butcher and Tom Lovelock rotating on the bench.

Alnwick's loan comes to an end on 03.12.2011 with Lee Butcher back in the first XI and no goalkeeper on the bench.
26.12.2011 vs MK Dons (H) 0-3 (L)
League One (Round 22)

Unused Sub

Back on the bench after his long injury with Butcher first choice.
31.12.2011 vs Charlton Athletic (H) 1-0 (W)
League One (Round 23)

Not In Squad

No goalkeeper on the bench once more and his loan spell has been cut short by a week so he can join Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.


02.01.2012 vs Barnsley (H) 2-0 (W)
Championship (Round 25)

Straight into the first team, replacing Gary Wood, having joined the day before and got his first clean sheet for the club. Rovers will need permission from Spurs to play him in the next game which is an FA Cup tie.
Made a solid debut against Barnsley.

The impressive Button produced an excellent save to keep his side in front, getting down low to tip wide when Scott Wiseman fired on goal from just inside the area.

Button again came to their rescue, stretching to claim Davies’ touch, and it proved vital as Rovers sealed the match with a minute to go.

There was still time for Button to produce a couple of saves from Bobby Hassell and Vaz Te.

Saunders praised on-loan Tottenham Hotspur keeper David Button who produced a strong performance. He said: “He did well, he didn’t drop anything and his kicking was good. He’s come here for a month and we don’t have to pay anything towards his wages. I think Tottenham see it as an investment because they need to see if he can play at this level. So we both get the benefit.”

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