Dominic Ball

Queens Park Rangers F.C. Aberdeen F.C. Cambridge United F.C.

Dominic Ball
Personal information
Full name Dominic Martin Ball[1]
Date of birth (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Welwyn Garden City, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.84 m)[2]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
Number 12
Youth career
Watford
2011–2013 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2015Cambridge United (loan) 11 (0)
2015–2016Rangers (loan) 21 (0)
2016–2019 Rotherham United 13 (0)
2017Peterborough United (loan) 6 (1)
2017–2018Aberdeen (loan) 16 (0)
2018–2019Aberdeen (loan) 31 (0)
2019– Queens Park Rangers 33 (1)
National team
2010 Northern Ireland U15 1 (0)
2010–2011 Northern Ireland U16 9 (1)
2011–2012 Northern Ireland U17 8 (2)
2012 Northern Ireland U19 4 (4)
2013 Northern Ireland U21 2 (0)
2014 England U19 1 (0)
2014–2015 England U20 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2020 (UTC)

Dominic Martin Ball (born 2 August 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers. He plays primarily as a centre back but can also play as a defensive midfielder or at full-back.

Club career

Tottenham and loan moves

A Tottenham Hotspur youth graduate, he joined the club's youth setup in 2011 from Watford[3] and appeared in 17 matches during his first campaign, scoring one goal.[4]

Ball appeared with the under-18s and with the under-21s in 2013–14, and was also named on the bench in a 2–2 UEFA Europa League away draw against Benfica on 20 March 2014.[5] He was also an unused substitute in two further matches for Spurs in 2014–15, a 1–0 home win against Partizan and a 2–1 away win against Hull City.

On 22 January 2015, Ball was loaned to League Two side Cambridge United until the end of the season.[6] He made his professional debut five days later, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Dagenham & Redbridge.[7] He was used mainly as a right-back, making two assists in his time at the club.[8][9]

On 14 August 2015, Ball signed a season-long loan deal with Scottish Championship club Rangers, reuniting with his Watford academy manager Mark Warburton.[3] At Rangers, he helped them return to the Scottish Premiership as they won the Championship and also picked up honours when they won the Scottish Challenge Cup.[10]

Rotherham United

On 12 August 2016, Ball signed for Championship side Rotherham United on a three-year deal.[11] He was released from his contract at the end of the 2018–19 season, having spent all but five months of his three-year deal out on loan.[12]

Peterborough United loan

On 3 January 2017, Ball joined Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season. He scored his first goal for Peterborough against Shrewsbury on the 14th of February.[13] The loan ended early on 2 March 2017, after Ball had a disagreement with staff at Peterborough United.[14]

Aberdeen loan

On 31 August 2017, Ball moved on loan to Aberdeen until the end of the season.[15][16] He joined again for a second season-long loan spell on 18 July 2018.[17]

Queens Park Rangers

Ball signed a two-year deal with Queens Park Rangers on 2 July 2019 upon expiry of his Rotherham United contract.[18]

International career

After being capped by Northern Ireland in the under-15, under-16, under-17, under-19, and under-21 levels, Ball switched his allegiance to England in 2013.[4] He has represented England up to U-20 level, making six appearances at that level.

Personal life

Ball was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Ball has an older brother, Matt, who is also a footballer, while his father Tim was academy business manager at Watford.[19]

Career statistics

As of match played 19 September 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2014–15[20] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[21] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2014–15[20] League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Rangers (loan) 2015–16[21] Scottish Championship 21 0 5 0 1 0 3 0 30 0
Rotherham United 2016–17[22] Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2017–18[23] League One 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
2018–19[24] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 15 0
Peterborough United (loan) 2016–17[22] League One 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Aberdeen (loan) 2017–18[23] Scottish Premiership 16 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
Aberdeen (loan) 2018–19[24] Scottish Premiership 31 0 3 0 4 0 2 0 40 0
Queens Park Rangers 2019–20[25] English Championship 31 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 35 1
2020-21 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 33 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 38 1
Career Total 121 2 12 0 9 0 6 0 157 2

Honours

Club

Rangers

References

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Queens Park Rangers" (PDF). English Football League. p. 58. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Dominic Ball". 11v11. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b McCarthy, David (15 August 2015). "Rangers boss Mark Warburton set to seal third loan signing as Ibrox men miss out on Scott Allan". Daily Record. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Dominic Ball". Tottenham Hotspur FC. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Benfica squeeze past valiant Spurs". UEFA.com. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Spurs youngster joins U's". Cambridge United FC. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Cambridge 1–1 Dagenham & Redbridge". BBC Sport. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Cambridge United vs. Mansfield Town - 18 April 2015 - Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Cheltenham Town vs. Cambridge United - 14 April 2015 - Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  10. ^ a b English, Tom (10 April 2016). "Rangers 4–0 Peterhead". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Ball rolls into Rotherham". Rotherham United F.C. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Rotherham United: Jon Taylor & Ryan Williams among five players in talks with Millers". BBC Sport. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Ball makes Peterborough Switch". Rotherham United F.C. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Dominic Ball: Rotherham United defender leaves Peterborough loan after 'disagreement'". BBC Sport. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Dominic Ball joins The Dons on loan". Aberdeen F.C. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  16. ^ Gilfeather, Frank (9 September 2017). "Aberdeen new boy Dominic Ball insists Scottish top flight is a step up from the English Championship". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Ball Rejoins On Season Long Loan". Aberdeen F.C. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  18. ^ "QPR complete signing of Dominic Ball". QPR Official Site. 2 July 2019.
  19. ^ Green, Chris (2009). Every Boy's Dream. Bloomsbury. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-4081-1216-8.
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Dominic Ball in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Dominic Ball in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Dominic Ball in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Dominic Ball in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Dominic Ball in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Games played by Dominic Ball in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 March 2020.