“He is the Indian Super Leauge’s highest scorer of all time with 27 goals.”
30 October 1983
Place of birth
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
170 cm / 5′ 7″
72 kg / 159 lb
Married to Christine Hume
Iain Hume Family and Education
Keira Hume & Alyssa Fay Hume
Highlights From Iain Hume’s Career
From being a supporter of Liverpool and Hearts, from idealising Ian Rush, John Barnes and John Robertson as a child, from cherishes autographed jerseys of his two favourite sportsmen, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Canadian ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, to being himself an all-time highest scorer of Indian Super Leauge. It was a great journey, with some up and downs of his life, every true fan of him should know about.
It all started when Iain Hume progressed through the youth ranks at Tranmere Rovers, making his professional debut on 15 April 2000 as a 76th-minute substitute for Nick Henry in a 3–1 First Division loss at Swindon Town.
Later, he felt that first football profession goal of his life, going in the net from his foot on 29 October 2002, when he scored even after two minutes of substitution. It was a header on the free kick of Gareth Robert and scored equaliser to finish the match with the score of 1-1 at Prenton Park.
In that second division session, Iain Hume scored six goals in 23 games. because he didn’t get too much time to play. it was only four or five games,
where he made his name in the team’s first sheet.
While his best season with Tranmere was during the 2004-05 campaign, in which he was the highest scorer among his team with some damn, beautiful 16 goals.
In August 2005, at the deadline of transfer day, Iain Hume left the team from which he played 176 games and scored 37 memorable goals for his fans in Tranmere.
Hume was the most expensive player of Leicester manager’s in that year, where he was allowed to make his debut in the Championship match on 10 September in the last thirteen minutes in the replacement of Elvis Hammond, which game went goalless for him as their side finished with 2-0 win over Sheffield.
Later, Iain Hume succeeded to score his first goal for his new team in the 86th minute and stopped all the plans of rivals who were in the lead of one goal.
He finished that season with 9 goals in 37 games which includes his three best goals in three consecutive appearances in Feb. 2006.
Manager knew that he has a golden boy in his team, so he made a plan to extended his contract and Iain Hume also agreed to stay in the team for next three years.
He scored his first goal of the 2007-08 season again Watford, which was voted as the Goal of the season later on 28 April 2008. After scoring this goal,
Iain Hume got placed on the Championship Team of the Week.
Yet again, he finished the season in his own style, with 11 league goals which were the highest from his side. But unfortunately, Hume couldn’t help Leicester City from being out of the playoffs at the end of the season.
Despite being interested in staying in Leicester, Barnsley secured the signing of Iain Hume for £1.2 million in June 2008, where also he didn’t take too long to score the first ever goal from his quick feet. He scored on the opening day of Championship season just after five minutes of coming on the field.
But his team lost the game by 2-1.
This is what you see, the raising of Iain Hume’s career. Believe us, folks, he would go higher and higher, and we could see him playing from the top clubs of the world, maybe Liverpool also, whom he was following from his childhood. But everything turned worst in a moment, his well-going career went in the deep well of tragedy, when he sustained a fractured skull and internal bleeding following an elbow to the head, prior to challenging for the ball, from Chris Morgan against Sheffield United on 8 Nov 2008.
Later, He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and underwent some damn surgery which played an important role to save his life, including lots and lots of prays his fan did to the God to save their champ. Even the opposing club, Sheffield United issued a statement that they are saddened and concerned about Iain Hume and they also wished him a speedy and full recovery. A famous goal-keeper, Petr Cech, who had also suffered from the same injury before, offered some financial help to Iain Hume.
But no action was taken on Morgan, and that match referee Andy D’Urso. Although Barnsley manager Simon Davey was not happy with Football Association and in a media interview, he told that if the injured player would be Cristiano Ronaldo, then different actions would be taken.
Here is the full video of how Hume got injured. And you can see in it, how players leave the humanity at the bench, and play without any sportsmanship:-
Later, in November, Hume left the hospital with an 18-inch horseshoe-shaped scar on his head,
After missing the remaining season, Iain Hume’s passion and dedication made everything possible, he returned to the team with a 50th-minute substitute appearance against Gainsborough on 21 July 2009, almost a year later he got injured, and you know what was special in that fresh debut, he was almost going to score a goal with the header.
Later, in that season of 35 playing matches, he scored five goals.
Obivosuly, Iain Hume needed some time, some more matches to get back in the form, So he was sent for a three-month loan to Preston North End, where he made his debut on the next day but couldn’t score a goal which results in a loss from the score 1-0.
Then, he scored his goal for the team in the same week and helped his team to make a comeback and win the game by 6-4.
It was announced that Hume will return and join Barnsley back, but then his loan was extended because of not so good form he displayed.
He was also put in the transfer window for an undisclosed fee, where he was contracted by Preston in January 2011.
And for god sake, he returned back in the form, with 12 stunning goals in the Championship, and set a record of becoming the first player who publicly committed himself to the team, while in his second season at the same club, Iain Hume played 28 matches and scored 9 goals to complete a milestone of 100 goals in his career.
Later, he was sent on loan to Doncaster Rovers, where his seven goals in 33 league games helped Rovers to claim their 2012-12 Football League One title which was his first ever professional honour.
While in March 2014, Iain Hume joining Fleetwood Town from league 2 for a season, where he only made eight appearances and scored one goal. But even that one was which was scored in the 85th minute was a key goal to remember. That was the equaliser who secure a 2-2 draw.
Then in the mid of August, Iain Hume was contracted by the Kerala Blasters club for the first even season of newly formed Indian Super League, where he got the company of Michael Chopra and David James (Manager). And there, in the first ever away game against Chennaiyin FC, he scored the first ISL goal and equalise the score 1-1, still, they lost from 2-1.
It was a dream league for Iain Hume, he scored whenever his team needed him the most, whether it was the equaliser again at Atlético de Kolkata for a 1–1 draw after five days later, or his semi-final goal, gave a 3–0 win over regular season winners Chennaiyin, and played the full 90 minutes of the inaugural final, a 1–0 loss to Kolkata at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Hume earned the nickname “(Humettan)”, meaning “elder brother Hume” in Malayalam, and was voted the best player in the league’s first season.
After the first season of Hero ISL, which went too good for Hume, he was signed by his first professional team, Tranmere Rovers, where he didn’t even score a single goal in 12 matches so, the management put his name on the sheet of those players which club was released in the next transfer window.
He returned back for the second season of Indian Super League, but this time he was signed by Atletico de Kolkata and scored his first goal including a hat-trick on 1st November, which results in a 4-1 win over Mumbai City FC.
Overall, he was the second highest goal scorer after Steven Mendoza who was only two goals ahead from Iain Hume.
Then, in the next season of Hero ISL, Iain Hume was retained by Atlético de Kolkata where he was the league’s second top scorer with 7 goals as the team won the title, behind Delhi Dynamos’ Marcelinho.
Later, in Feb. 2016, Iain Hume returned to Spain for playing in Division B from Segunda club.
If we talk about his international career, Iain Hume refused to play for Scotland at under-16 level at the age of 15, saying that he is more devoted to Canada.
After 2001, Iain Hume represented Canada at 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship where he scored three most needed goals including the game-winner versus the Czech Republic which sent Canada into the round of 16, from where they also reached to quarterfinals with the help of Josh Simpson’s goal.
While in the quarterfinals, Hume scored equaliser goal and sent their match to extra time, but Spanish attack was much stronger than them, so they finished with the loss from 2-1.
This performance was the best ever show by Canada in any FIFA event.
At the time, he also made his debut from Canadain senior team, in a friendly match against Libya.
If you want to know about Iain Hume’s best ever international performance, then it was his remarkable goal with some damn tough tackles he made against the United States at 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal. His marvellous performance booked his place for next two upcoming CONCACAF Cups in his international team, where also he left some signs for his amazing performance in the newspaper’s headlines.
On 24 July 2017, Iain Hume re-signed for Kerala Blasters ahead of the 2017–18 Indian Super League season. here also he is showing the real magic in those ninety minutes he always gets on the football field.
Achievements and Awards
Career Statics – He scored overall 125 goals in 520 appearances before ISL season 2017-18
Doncaster Rovers – League One Champions: 2012–13
Fleetwood Town – League Two Play-offs: 2014
Kerala Blasters – Indian Super League Runners-up: 2014
Atletico de Kolkata – Indian Super League Champions: 2016