Franck Queudrue

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Franck Queudrue
Queudrue in training with Lens in 2011
Personal information
Full name Franck Roger Queudrue
Date of birth (1978-08-27) 27 August 1978 (age 45)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Left back[2]
Youth career
Lens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Lens B 41 (7)
1999–2002 Lens 42 (2)
2001–2002Middlesbrough (loan) 28 (2)
2002–2006 Middlesbrough 122 (9)
2006–2007 Fulham 29 (1)
2007–2010 Birmingham City 47 (3)
2010Colchester United (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2012 Lens 32 (2)
2012–2013 Red Star 25 (2)
Total 369 (28)
International career
2000 France B 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Franck Roger Queudrue (born 27 August 1978) is a French former professional footballer who played as a left back. He began his career with Lens, for whom he played in Ligue 1, and went on to play in the Premier League for Middlesbrough, Fulham and Birmingham City, and in the Football League for Colchester United. He returned to Lens in 2010, and joined Red Star on a free transfer in 2012. Queudrue retired at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Queudrue played one match for France at B international level,[3][4] and considered playing for the Republic of Ireland until being deemed ineligible by FIFA to play for them.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Franck Roger Queudrue[5] was born on 27 August 1978 in Paris.[6]

Club career[edit]

Lens[edit]

Queudrue began his football career in the youth system of RC Lens. He made 41 appearances for the club's reserve team in the Championnat de France Amateur (CFA) from the 1997–98 season onwards, scoring seven goals,[7] and stepped up to the first team during the 1999–2000 season. His debut in Ligue 1 came as a second-half substitute against Montpellier on 16 October 1999, and during that first season he played 16 league games as well as 6 in the UEFA Cup.[8][9] His first league goal came in his third appearance, a 90th-minute winner away to Marseille.[10] He appeared frequently the following season,[11] but made only two substitute appearances in 2001–02[12] before leaving for England on loan.

Middlesbrough[edit]

Queudrue joined English Premier League club Middlesbrough on loan in October 2001,[13] and the deal was made permanent at the end of the season.[14] He stayed until the summer of 2006. His preferred position was left-back, though he was comfortable at centre-back and, on certain occasions, played for Middlesbrough as a left or central midfielder. He was also renowned for his free kick and penalty converting ability.[citation needed]

He became popular with fans when he scored in his second game for the club – against North East rivals Sunderland. Queudrue impressed enough to earn a permanent move in May 2002 for a fee of £2.5 million.[14] However, he was also recognised for his poor disciplinary record. His five yellow and three red cards in the 2002–03 season contributed hugely to Middlesbrough missing out on a place in the UEFA Cup through the fair play league – although, conversely, he was a major reason they were high enough up the league to be in contention. He was part of the Middlesbrough side, who beat Bolton Wanderers to win the 2004 League Cup final. He also started for Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final which they lost 4–0 to Sevilla in Eindhoven.[citation needed]

In 2006, Queudrue announced that he was considering switching his nationality to British, after becoming eligible for UK citizenship. He had previously hoped to claim Irish citizenship, before revealing "unfortunately I am one generation out" to be eligible.[4]

Fulham[edit]

Queudrue left for Fulham, signing a four-year contract in July 2006.[15] Queudrue was a regular for Fulham under Chris Coleman, but he was made available for transfer by new manager Lawrie Sanchez, as he did not agree with Sanchez's long-ball game. He scored once in the league for Fulham, an injury time equaliser against Charlton Athletic.[16]

Birmingham City[edit]

Queudrue playing for Birmingham City in 2009

On 3 August 2007, Queudrue signed a three-year contract with Birmingham City for a fee estimated at £2.5 million.[17] After Birmingham's relegation at the end of the 2007–08 season, co-owner David Sullivan claimed he should have intervened to stop manager Steve Bruce "buying a pile of rubbish"[18] and singled out Queudrue as "a major disappointment".[19] Sullivan's apology the next day was accepted,[20] but after Queudrue reported back late for pre-season training, he was told he could leave on a free transfer.[21][22] However, he returned to the team the following season, produced man-of-the-match performances, and in October Sullivan issued a public apology in the match programme.[23] Voted player of the season both by the fans and by the local newspaper, the Birmingham Mail,[24] Queudrue also received personal message of congratulation from Sullivan via the club website.[25]

In March 2010, Queudrue joined Colchester United of League One on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season,[26] but injury restricted him to just three appearances. On his return to Birmingham, the club announced that he would be released when his contract expired at the end of June 2010.[27]

Return to Lens[edit]

Queudrue had a trial at Peterborough United,[28] but was reported to have joined Greece Super League club Panionios instead.[29] However, he chose not to proceed with that move for family reasons, and after several weeks training with his first club, RC Lens, he rejoined them on 27 September until the end of the season.[30]

Red Star[edit]

On 1 August 2012, Queudrue signed a two-year contract with Red Star on a free transfer. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Cherbourg, and his second in a 1–1 draw with Quevilly.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

While a Lens player in 2000, Queudrue earned one cap for the France B national football team.[citation needed] He was hopeful of being able to represent Republic of Ireland as he believed he had an Irish grandfather,[3][4] but it was later discovered he in fact had an Irish great-grandfather,[3][4] thus making him ineligible.

Career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lens 1999–2000[31] Division 1 16 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 24 1
2000–01[31] Division 1 24 1 1 0 0 0 25 1
2001–02[31] Division 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 42 2 2 0 1 0 6 0 51 2
Middlesbrough (loan) 2001–02[32] Premier League 28 2 6 0 0 0 34 2
Middlesbrough 2002–03[33] Premier League 31 1 1 0 1 1 33 2
2003–04[34] Premier League 31 0 2 0 7 0 40 0
2004–05[35] Premier League 31 5 2 0 1 0 9 0 43 5
2005–06[36] Premier League 29 3 3 0 3 0 14 0 49 3
Total 122 9 8 0 12 1 23 0 165 10
Fulham 2006–07[37] Premier League 29 1 3 0 0 0 32 1
Birmingham City 2007–08[38] Premier League 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
2008–09[39] Championship 25 3 1 0 1 0 27 3
2009–10[40] Premier League 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 47 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 51 3
Colchester United (loan) 2007–08[40] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Lens 2010–11[31] Ligue 1 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2011–12[31] Ligue 2 23 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 25 2
Total 32 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 2
Red Star 2012–13[41] National 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 2
Career total 328 21 22 0 17 1 29 0 396 22

Honours[edit]

Middlesbrough

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Franck Queudrue". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
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  5. ^ "Entreprise Tactique à Arras (62000)" [Company Tactique in Arras (62000)]. Figaro Emploi (in French). 24 June 2021. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
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  8. ^ "Franck Queudrue: Temps de jeu: 1999/2000: Ligue 1". Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP). Retrieved 23 March 2012.
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  10. ^ "Ligue 1 : Olympique de Marseille / RC Lens – 20ème Journée – Feuille de match". LFP. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
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  12. ^ "Franck Queudrue: Temps de jeu: 2001/2002: Ligue 1". LFP. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Boro bag Queudrue". BBC Sport. 12 October 2001. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Queudrue signs for Boro". BBC Sport. 2 May 2002. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  15. ^ "Fulham complete Queudrue signing". BBC Sport. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  16. ^ Sinnott, John (27 December 2006). "Charlton 2–2 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
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  21. ^ Tattum, Colin (1 July 2020). "Franck Queudrue and Olivier Kapo miss pre-season training at Birmingham City". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  22. ^ Bailey, Graeme (15 July 2008). "Blues free Queudrue". Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  23. ^ Smith, Lisa (27 October 2008). "Franck Queudrue and David Sullivan bury the hatchet at Birmingham". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
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  25. ^ "Message from David Sullivan". Birmingham City F.C. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009.
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  27. ^ "Quintet Depart". Birmingham City F.C. 14 May 2010. Archived from the original on 17 May 2010.
  28. ^ "Peterborough United take Franck Queudrue on trial". BBC Sport. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  29. ^ "Peterborough boss Gary Johnson wants defensive options". BBC Sport. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  30. ^ "Franck Queudrue de retour au bercail" [Queudrue back in the fold] (in French). RC Lens. 27 September 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
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  38. ^ "Games played by Franck Queudrue in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
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