Name: Charlie Austin

D.O.B: 5th July 1989

Place of Birth:Hungerford

Position: Striker

Previous Clubs: Thatcham Town, Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town, Poole Town, Swindon Town, Burnley, QPR

Signed by Eddie Howe.

Burnley Fee:(rumoured to be in the region of £1.2 million)

Claret Debut:1st February 2011, Doncaster Rovers (A). L 1-0

Last Game For Burnley: 27th July 2013, Sparta Rotterdam (H) W 4-1 (Friendly) Scored 2

Career Stats: Soccerbase

Claret stat:Burnley beat off stiff competition to sign Charlie Austin, teams such as Ipswich Town and Southampton were also believed to be interested in the front man.

Austin started life at Reading, but left without making a first team bow, he dropped into non-league after his release form the Royals, playing and scoring for fun with Thatcham Town, Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town and finally Poole town where he had a ratio of a goal a game.

Eddie Howe knew all about Charlie, after having the striker on trial at Bournemouth, but the Dean Court clubs transfer embargo ment he was unable to get his man, Eddies loss was Swindon Towns gain, and he paid them back in goals, 37 in 65 for the 'Robins' before Burnley fought off opposition to sign Austin three days before the transfer deadline in January 2011. 

Charlie Austin became the first signing of Eddie Howe's reign, and possibly his best, although it took time, Charlie made just 4 appearance's(3 as substitute) after his move from Swindon, and never really showed what he was capable of or soon to show, after a dislocated shoulder hampered his debut season.

The following season a return of 17 goals as Charlie for most of his first full season in the Claret and Blue played second fiddle to Jay Rodriguez, but the sale at the end of Burnley's home-grown hit man, made Charlie Austin Burnley's main goal threat, and in 2012/13 he didn't disappoint

He opened his account against Port Vale in the League Cup, followed that up with a league with a goal against Owen Coyles relegated Bolton Wanderers, he became a gambling-mans sure thing!

Record swere broken!

On 23 October 2012, Austin scored two goals in a 3–4 win over Bristol City, and subsequently equalled Ray Pointer's club record of scoring in eight consecutive appearances, which was achieved back during the 1958–59 season.

Two weeks later, on 6 November 2012, Austin broke another Burnley record as he became the quickest-ever player to reach 20 goals in a season after scoring in a 1–0 win over Leeds United — his 17th appearance of the season. The record was previously held by Bert Freeman, who scored 20 goals in his first 19 matches for the club during the 1911–12 season.

He also became only the second-ever Burnley player to score 20 goals before the end of November after Andy Lochhead, who reached 20 goals in 25 games on 26 November 1966.

Austin managed to get his goal tally up to 23 goals by the end of the calendar year, but with Eddie Howes Gung-ho style football replaced with Sean Dyche's more conservative style made Austin more a team player with the goals being spread more around the squad, Austin only managed 5 more ending the campaign on 28 from 40 Appearance's.

On 8 July 2013, a fee of £4.5 Million was agreed between Burnley and Premier League club Hull City for Austin. However, on 9 July 2013 Austin failed his medical and Hull and Steve Bruce pulled out of the deal, stating a knee injury was the reason.

Charlie joined Burnley's pre-season and in the 'International Challenge Match' against Sparta Rotterdam on July 27th promply scored two goals having a third rulled out for off-side. before the end of the week on 1 August 2013, Austin left Burnley signing for Queens Park Rangers on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The fee depending which web-site you read is believed to be between £1.5 million and £4 million? one thing for sure, QPR and Harry Redknapp have a goalscorer who should score the goals what will give them a very quick return to the Premiership.

A scorer of one-in-two at Burnley, a tallisman, a breaker of records, one of a long list of truly great Clarets.

 

 

 

 

 

Team Season Div League Gls FAC Gms Gls LC Games Gls Total Games Gls
Burnley 2012-13  C/Ship  37 25 0 0 3 3 40 28
Burnley 2011/12 C/Ship 31(11) 16  2(2)  1 34(13) 17
Burnley 2010/11 C/Ship 2(2) 0 0 0 0 0 2(2) 0
Swindon T 2010/11 Leag 1 20(1) 12 3 3 1 0 24(1) 15
Swindon T 2009/10 Leag 1 32(4) 20 0 0 0 0 32(4) 20