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Jamie Redknapp Wikipedia

Jamie Redknapp
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Personal information
Full nameJamie Frank Redknapp
Date of birth(1973-06-25) 25 June 1973 (age 41)
Place of birthBarton on Sea, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Youth career
Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
2002–2005Tottenham Hotspur48(4)
National team
1993–1994England U2118(5)
1994England B1(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).
Jamie Frank Redknapp (born 25 June 1973) is an English retired professional footballer who was active from 1989 until 2005. He is now a pundit at Sky Sports and an editorial sports columnist at the Daily Mail. A midfielder, Redknapp played for Bournemouth, Southampton, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur, captaining the latter two. He also gained 17 England caps between 1995 and 1999. He won seven honours during his time at Liverpool.

In a career that was blighted by a succession of injuries, Redknapp was as famous for his media profile off the field as much as on it. He married the pop singer Louise in 1998. Redknapp comes from a well-known footballing family. His father is the football manager Harry Redknapp. He is also a cousin of the Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, and a nephew of former West Ham United coach Frank Lampard Senior.


    Club career


    Redknapp was born in Barton on Sea, Hampshire and started his career at Tottenham Hotspur as a youth player but turned down their offer of a contract to play for Bournemouth under his father, manager Harry Redknapp. He went on to play for Liverpool where Redknapp will be remembered for his best performances. After that Redknapp returned and played two and a half seasons for Tottenham Hotspur then finally joined Southampton, where he played under his father for a second time. Redknapp was also capped 17 times by England, scoring one goal.


    Redknapp started out on the road to professional football as a schoolboy at Tottenham Hotspur but began his professional career, at the age of 16, in 1989 at Bournemouth, then managed by his father, Harry. He made 13 appearances for the club before attracting the attention of Liverpool, who signed him on 15 January 1991. Kenny Dalglish had paid £350,000 for Redknapp, who was still only 17 at the time. He was one of the most expensively signed teenagers in English football around this time.


    Redknapp during Hillsborough Memorial Match (2009)
    Redknapp was the last player to be signed by manager Kenny Dalglish before his surprising resignation on 22 February 1991 and later became the youngest Liverpool player[citation needed] to appear in European competition, at 18 years 120 days when making his Liverpool debut against Auxerre in the UEFA Cup on 23 October 1991, by which time Liverpool were being managed by Graeme Souness.

    Redknapp's first goal for Liverpool came in his league debut on 7 December 1991 when he featured as a 63rd minute substitute for Jan Mølby in a 1–1 draw with Southampton at the Dell.

    Following Dalglish's departure, Redknapp was part of a transitional Liverpool team under Graeme Souness. He spent most of his first two-and-a-half years as a substitute or in the reserves, missing the 1992 FA Cup Final triumph and only becoming a regular first-team player in the 1993–94 season, at the expense of Mark Walters. At this time, Redknapp had also become one of the mass-marketed poster boy icons of the newly developing FA Premier League where, alongside other photogenic young players like Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe, he was used ceaselessly in commercials, advertising spots and for the league's promotional purposes in merchandising and sales, with the result being that football stars had become idols on par with rock stars and pop stars, by and around the mid to late 1990s.

    On the pitch, Redknapp established himself as a key midfielder during the time Roy Evans managed at Anfield.[citation needed] He was one of a number of young players coming through the team, such as Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler, but was criticised together with them and others like Stan Collymore and Jason McAteer as "Spice Boys" – a derogatory term that implied that the team were epitomising the lad culture in the game.[citation needed] Redknapp, in particular, came to be the face of the team and was singled out because of his off-field lifestyle; often being described along with David James as a player more concerned with the catwalk and modelling shoots for fashion labels like Top Man and Armani than his football prowess.[citation needed] Many[who?] felt he was failing to achieve, considering his talents – his sole career winners' medal was from the 1995 League Cup Final.

    Redknapp's game revolved around being a central midfielder with a high level of ability to create space in tight situations and accurately pass his way out of them, a player who distributed the ball around the pitch with a dazzling range of passing skills, as well as having a keen eye for set pieces and long-range shooting abilities.[citation needed] Redknapp scored several spectacular goals in his time at Anfield[citation needed] and his contributions peaked during the 1998–99 season as he created numerous chances and scored 10 goals under new boss Gérard Houllier. Redknapp became vice- and then full club captain by 1999–2000 following the departures of John Barnes, Steve McManaman and Paul Ince.

    His contributions helped the club back into the top three of the FA Premiership but a knee injury curtailed his involvement in the 2000–01 season and in a bid to cure long-standing injury troubles he underwent knee surgery under renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman in the United States. As a result, Redknapp was unable to participate in the whole of the club's cup treble campaign which yielded the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. Although injured, as the club captain he was called up by his team-mates to receive the FA Cup with vice-captain Robbie Fowler at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He made his comeback from injury during the pre-season tour before the 2001–02 season.

    Redknapp's return did not last long as he was again struck by injury. On 27 October 2001 he played and scored in a 2–0 win over Charlton Athletic at The Valley, and then 3 days later he played what would prove to be his last game for the Merseyside club against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. He had played 308 times for the Reds and scored 41 goals, becoming a favourite amongst Liverpool fans, who included him at number 40 in the 2006 poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop.

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Redknapp was allowed to join Glenn Hoddle's Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer on 18 April 2002 with just a couple of fixtures remaining of the 2001–02 season. He made his debut at the beginning of the following campaign when he played on 17 August 2002 in the 2–2 league draw with his former club Liverpool's rival Everton at Goodison Park. Redknapp's pass into the path of Matthew Etherington allowed Etherington to score his first ever Premiership goal.

    Redknapp scored his first goal for the club a week later on 26 August 2002 in the 1–0 league win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane. Redknapp played 49 times for Spurs scoring 4 goals in his two-and-a-half years with the club before becoming his father, Harry's, first signing for Southampton on 4 January 2005.


    The 31-year-old joined Southampton's fight against relegation on a free transfer and made his debut on 5 January 2005 in the 3–3 league draw with Fulham at St Mary's. Redknapp's only goal for the club came three days later in the 3–1 FA Cup 3rd round victory over Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium.

    Redknapp was rarely fully fit during his brief spell at the Saints and was not able to prevent them from being relegated to the Championship after 27 successive seasons of top flight football.

    At the end of the season, on 19 June 2005, the 31-year-old Redknapp decided to retire from the game due to his constant injury problems and on the advice of his medical specialists.

    International career

    Terry Venables gave Redknapp his international debut on 6 September 1995 in the 0–0 international friendly with Colombia at Wembley. The game is probably best remembered for his cross that produced René Higuita's famous 'scorpion kick' save.

    His only international goal came on 10 October 1999 in the 2–1 friendly victory against Belgium at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

    Redknapp was capped 17 times for England but played just 39 minutes at a major tournament – during England's Euro 96 campaign. Injury later ruled him out of contention for both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA European Championship.[citation needed]


    On 21 September 2007, Chelsea reportedly approached Redknapp to become Avram Grant's assistant, as Chelsea's owner billionaire Roman Abramovich looked to shake up Stamford Bridge's coaching staff, though no appointment was forthcoming .

    On 11 December 2008 it was announced Jamie Redknapp would become coach of Chelsea reserves two days a week whilst studying for his UEFA coaching badges. The vacancy arose after former Chelsea reserves coach Brendan Rodgers was hired by Championship outfit Watford.

    Media career

    Redknapp began his career in 2004 as a pundit studio-based pundit on BBC during the European Championships. Since retiring he had gone into punditry full-time and is a regular studio pundit on Sky Sports alongside former England teammate Gary Neville. He is also a regular columnist on the Sky Sports website.

    In 2005, Redknapp launched a bi-monthly magazine with his wife Louise and former team-mate Tim Sherwood named Icon Magazine, aimed at professional footballers and their families.

    In 2010 he was made host and mentor on the Sky1 show Football's Next Star.[citation needed] In January 2011, a video was leaked of an off-camera conversation with Richard Keys discussing past sexual escapades with woman named "Louise". Keys was filmed asking Redknapp if he had "smashed it".

    Redknapp is a team captain in the Sky1 sports game show A League of Their Own.

    In June 2013, Sky Sports announced a brand new show for the 2013-14 season called Saturday Night Football, for their coverage of 5.30pm Saturday evening Premier League fixtures. The show is presented by Redknapp alongside David Jones with an audience of football fans debating current football issues.

    Personal life

    Redknapp's father is football manager Harry Redknapp, and his mother is Sandra Harris. He has one older brother, Mark, who is a model. He is the maternal cousin of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, whose father is former West Ham United player and Harry's former managerial assistant Frank Lampard, Sr.

    Redknapp grew up on the south coast as his father was coaching Bournemouth at that time. He attended Twynham School and started playing in the Sunday league youth teams with his brother.

    On 29 June 1998, Redknapp married the pop singer Louise Nurding, a member of the girl group Eternal from 1992 to 1995 before embarking on a solo singing career. They have two sons, Charley and Beau.

    On 27 July 2004 at 9.10 am BST, Louise gave birth to a boy named Charles William "Charley" Redknapp at London's Portland Hospital. Charley was named after Louise's grandfather, who died on the day that he found out she was pregnant.

    On 10 November 2008, Louise gave birth to their second son, Beau Henry Redknapp. Louise revealed the name was a tribute to Jamie's father, Harry, who was born in Bow, London.

    Career statistics

    Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
    EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
    1989–90BournemouthSecond Division40????0071
    1990–91Third Division90????00132
    1990–91LiverpoolFirst Division0000000000
    1992–93Premier League292106140403
    2002–03Tottenham Hotspur173000000173
    Career total3143422331526439547



    • FA Cup winners: 1992
    • League Cup winners: 1995
    • FA Charity Shield winners: 2001
    • UEFA Super Cup winners: 2001

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