Sunday, 31 August 2014


               BLACK                  SOCIAL              HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ryan Dominic Bertrand (born 5 August 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays for Southampton on loan from Chelsea as a left back.
Born in Southwark, London, Bertrand began his youth career at Gillingham, before signing for Chelsea in July 2005. Where he graduated from their youth system and was sent on-loan to various club between 2006 and 2010. He made his full debut for Chelsea on 20 April 2011, six years after joining them, in a fixture against Birmingham City. In the 2011–12 season, Bertrand signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea and was made understudy to Ashley Cole, whom he described a "fantastic role model." On 19 May 2012, Bertrand became the first player to make his Champions League debut in the final, starting in an unfamiliar left wing role in front of Cole; Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4–3 on penalties. He has honours with Chelsea, including an FA Cup and UEFA Champions League titles.
Bertrand is an England international, having represented 'the three Lions' at under-17under-18under-19under-20,under-21 and senior levels. On 15 August 2012, he made his debut for the England senior team in a friendly against Italy, ending in a 2–1 win.

Early life

Bertrand was born in Southwark, London.[1] He joined Gillingham aged nine, progressing through their youth system.[3]
Bertrand attended The Robert Napier School in Gillingham, Kent.[4]

Club career


Bertrand was signed by Chelsea in July 2005 from Gillingham for an initial £125,000, which was set by a tribunal and is subject to increase depending on progress.[5]

Loan spells

During the 2006–07 season, he was twice sent on loan to Bournemouth, at the same time as former Chelsea youngsterJack Cork. He suffered a ruptured spleen in a youth team game against Arsenal that ruled him out of the later part of that season.[6][7][8]
In August 2007, Bertrand joined Oldham Athletic on loan until January 2008.[9]
On 4 January 2008, a matter of days after his spell at Oldham came to an end, Bertrand joined Norwich City on loan for the rest of the 2007–08 season.[10] He put in a number of impressive displays playing at both left full back and on the left wing, and admitted he would welcome a longer stay with the club. Bertrand became popular with the Carrow Road crowd earning him the nickname 'Plastic' in reference to the Belgian singer Plastic Bertrand.[11] On 4 July 2008, he rejoined the club on loan until January 2009, with an option to extend to the end of the season.[12] On 17 July 2009, Bertrand joined Reading on a season-long loan.[13] He scored his first professional goal against Derby County on 10 March 2010. He came third in the voting for Reading's player of the season, behind Gylfi Sigurðsson and Jimmy Kébé.[14]
On 5 August 2010, Bertrand signed an on loan with Championship side Nottingham Forest in an initial six-month deal.[15] He made his debut for Forest as a substitute in the 1–0 away defeat against Burnley. He was a regular for Forest for whom he made a total of 19 appearances. Forest were interested in either extending Bertrand's loan spell for the rest of the season or sign him permanently[16] but when his loan period expired on 3 January 2011 he returned to his parent club Chelsea.

Return to Chelsea

2010–11 season

Bertrand playing for Chelsea against Leicester City in 2012.
Bertrand made his Premier League debut on 20 April 2011, when he came on as substitute to replace Ashley Cole in a 3–1 win againstBirmingham City.[17] Betrand also assisted a goal, provided a cross, which Florent Malouda headed past Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster. On 15 July 2011, Bertrand signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea.[18][19] He was used as a back-up to Cole by then Chelsea managerCarlo Ancelotti, as he remained with Chelsea and left back Patrick van Aanholt went out on loan. Six years after signing for Chelsea as a school-boy, Bertrand made his first starting appearance against Fulham in the League Cup. The match finished in favour of Chelsea, who won on penalties 4–3, as the match ended goalless.

2011–12 season

During the 2011–12 season, Bertrand played 90 minutes in Chelsea's 2–0 defeat against Liverpool in the League Cup.[20] He made his first league appearance of the season coming on as a late substitute for Ashley Cole against Everton, the game ended in a 2–0 defeat for Chelsea.[21] Bertrand was handed his first Premier League start against Wigan Athletic on 7 April, in which he produced an outstanding performance, as Chelsea won 2–1 and he was named fan's man of the match. He was again named man of the match in his third start, a 0–0 draw with Arsenal on 21 April.[22] On 5 May, Bertrand won the FA Cup with Chelsea, but he did not appear on the pitch in the win against Liverpool.[23]
Bertrand made his European debut in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich on 19 May 2012, playing on the left of midfield,[24] becoming the first player in the Champions League era to make his debut in the final.[3] He was substituted with a knock after 70 minutes and replaced by Florent Malouda as Chelsea edged out Bayern 4–3 on penalties.[25]

2012–13 season

Bertrand scored his first professional goal for Chelsea in the Community Shield match against Manchester City on 12 August 2012, which they went on to lose 3–2.[26] He started in the first league game of the season against Wigan Athletic playing as a winger. On 5 September 2012, Bertrand signed a new improved five-year contract with Chelsea.[27] On 25 September, he scored his second professional goal in a League Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 6–0.[28]
On 1 April 2013, he came on as a replacement for Ashley Cole in the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United, which Chelsea went on to win 1–0. It was revealed after the game that Cole would be sidelined for at least two weeks, leaving Bertrand as the clubs only recognised left-back. He started the next game, the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Rubin Kazan at Stamford Bridge, putting in a strong performance as Chelsea ran out 3–1 winners.[29] On 7 April, Bertrand made his 50th Chelsea appearance in a 2–1 win against Sunderland.[30] He started at left-back in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on 14 April, which ended in a 2–1 defeat for Chelsea. In the continued absence of Ashley Cole, Bertrand started and performed well in the next league game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on 17 April, which Chelsea comfortably won 3–0 thanks to a 30-yard strike from David Luiz and a brace from John Terry.

Aston Villa (loan)

On 17 January 2014, Bertrand joined Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[31] He made his debut the next day in a 2–2 draw with Liverpool.

Southampton (loan)

On 30 July 2014, Bertrand joined Southampton on loan for the 2014–15 season.[32] He made his competitive debut for the club on 17 August in their first game of the league season, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 defeat away to Liverpool.[33]

International career

England youth

Bertrand has represented England at under-17under-18under-19Under-20 and under-21 levels. He was part of the U19 squad at the 2008 European Championship. He was promoted to the U21s and called up for several 2009 European Championship qualifiers, but missed out of the final tournament squad. On 14 November, Stuart Pearce selected him at left back for U21 qualifier at Wembley against Portugal and helped the team keep first clean sheet since 29 June 2009. He was named in the England under-21 squad for the 2011 European Championship and played all matches.

Great Britain Olympic

On 2 July 2012, Bertrand was named in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[34] He played his first game for Great Britain on 20 July 2012 in a friendly match against Brazil.[35] Ryan played four games during the major tournament.

Senior team

On 10 August 2012, Bertrand was called up to the senior England team for the first time, for a friendly match against Italy.[36] He made his international debut coming on forLeighton Baines in the 78th minute and cleared a shot off the line minutes later from Manolo Gabbiadini which eventually led to England's winning goal as England won the game 2–1.[37]
Bertrand came on after 73 minutes against Ukraine and crossed the ball that led to the penalty that Frank Lampard converted.[38]
On 8 October 2012, Bertrand was called up to the England squad for two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification games against San Marino and Poland.[39] However he missed both games because of a virus.[40][41]

Style of play

Bertrand has been described as a modern-day full-back who gives assistance in attacking down the flanks, keeping and retaining possession as well as defending and reclaiming possession, making quick runs into the box and often does one-two's with his team-mates. Bertrand was described by Glenn Roeder, his manager at Norwich, as a defender who "likes to bomb forward and is tenacious in the tackle when defending."[42]

Career statistics


As of 30 January 2014.[43]
Bournemouth (loan)2006–07500200000700
Oldham Athletic (loan)2007–0821003000002400
Norwich City (loan)2007–0818022000002002
Norwich City (loan)2008–0938002000004000
Reading (loan)2009–1044137000005113
Nottingham Forest (loan)2010–1119010000001901
Aston Villa (loan)201410000000001000
Loan total15416160000017016
Chelsea total2801182110005623
Career total183173421100022739
  1. Jump up^ Also includes other competitive competitions, including the FA CupLeague Cup and FA Community Shield.
  2. Jump up^ Also includes other competitive competitions, including the 2012 UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Europa League.


As of 22 January 2013.
England national team