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George Ian Boyd (born 2 October 1985 in Chathammarker, England) is an Englishmarker born Scottishmarker footballer, currently playing for Peterborough United as a left winger.

Club career

Born in Chathammarker, Kentmarker, Boyd started his football career at Charlton Athletic at the age of 15. However, a year later he was released by Charlton, and opted to join Conference National side Stevenage Borough in 2001, combining a course at North Hertfordshire Collegemarker with playing football at the Hertfordshiremarker club. Boyd was handed his Stevenage debut at just 17 during the 2002-03 season, featuring in a 3-1 defeat against Margate at Broadhall Waymarker, although he was substituted at half-time. Despite appearing on the bench frequently, Boyd did not feature again in the first-team the same season.

The following season, Boyd featured 11 times during the second half of the season under new manager Graham Westley, after impressing him during Boyd's involvement in the FA Youth Cup. Boyd made a big impact despite appearing as a substitute in the majority of games, setting-up all three of Stevenage's goals in a 3-1 victory over Tamworth, and scoring his first Stevenage goal in a 2-1 win against Northwich Victoria in April 2004.

As a result of his fine form towards the latter stages of the 2003-04, Boyd was a regular in the first-team the following season, playing a total of 37 games and scoring three times as Stevenage made the play-offs. During the side's 2005-06 campaign, Boyd found his goalscoring feet, starting the season with 3 goals in 5 games, scoring a brace against Woking in a 3-2 defeat, and once against Tamworth. He also impressed in Stevenage's FA Cup run the same season, scoring a 30-yard effort away at Kettering Town in Paul Gascoigne's first game in-charge of Northamptonshiremarker outfit, and netted in the following round in a 2-2 draw against Northampton Town. He also signed a new three-year at the club in November 2005. Throughout the season, Boyd scored a total of 12 times in 47 games from midfield in all competitions.

Under the new management of Mark Stimson, Boyd was played as a striker for the first time in a 2-1 defeat away at Tamworth, a game in which he scored Borough's solitary goal. The following game, he scored his first competitive hat-trick in a 6-0 win against Stafford Rangers. His fine form continued, scoring four goals in a 7-0 victory over Merthyr Tydfil in the FA Trophy. In December 2006, Stevenage turned down an initial offer from Peterborough United for Boyd, but on 31 December both parties agreed a deal for the player and it was announced that Boyd would officially sign for Peterborough on 8 January 2007 for a record Football Conference transfer fee of £260,000. Subsequently, he played his last game for Stevenage a day later in a 3-2 win over Aldershot Town, scoring twice.

Boyd made his debut for the Cambridgeshire side in a 3-1 defeat away at Darlington in January 2007, and scored his first goal for the club a month later in a 3-0 win against Wrexham. He scored a further five times for the club that season, playing a total of 20 games. The following year, Boyd was instrumental in helping Peterborough to promotion to League One, scoring 15 times in 53 games. As a result, he was named in the League Two 2008 PFA Team of the Year. During the 2008-09 season, Boyd netted 10 times in 53 games for Posh, ensuring the club earned back-to-back promotions. Due to his impressive form, Boyd was named in the League One 2009 PFA Team of the Year for the second successive year. On 17 October 2009, Boyd made a club record-equalling 124th consecutive appearance, scoring a last minute equaliser against Bristol City at Ashton Gatemarker. He subsequently broke the record three days later in a match against Doncaster Rovers, before scoring twice in the following match against Scunthorpe United. He continued his fine form throughout October with a goal at Ewood Parkmarker, scoring his third goal in Peterborough's League Cup campaign in a 5-2 defeat against Blackburn Roversmarker.

International career

Boyd was named in the England C team, who represent England at non-League level, in February 2006, for a friendly against Italy. He scored his first goal for England in a 4-1 win against a Hollandmarker XI in November 2006. Boyd made a further four appearances for Paul Fairclough's side at the end of the 2006-07 campaign, before his subsequent move to Peterborough made him ineligible to appear in England C colours.

In April 2009, Boyd was called up for the Scotland B side, after obtaining proof his maternal grandfather was born in Glasgowmarker. Although this caused a degree of controversy, Boyd started and scored in a 3-0 victory against a Northern Ireland B side.

Honours

Peterborough United


Career statistics

As of 31 October 2009.


Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stevenage Borough
2002–03
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04
11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2004–05
31 2 3 1 0 0 3 0 37 3
2005–06
42 10 4 2 0 0 1 0 47 12
2006–07
24 10 2 1 0 0 1 4 27 15
Total 109 23 9 4 0 0 5 4 123 31
Peterborough United
2006–07
20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 6
2007–08
46 12 4 1 1 1 2 1 53 15
2008–09
46 9 5 0 1 1 1 0 53 10
2009–10
15 7 0 0 4 3 0 0 19 10
Total 127 34 9 1 6 5 3 1 145 41
Career totals 236 57 18 5 6 5 8 5 268 72


Footnotes



A.  The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B.  The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy and Football League Trophy.




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