Born in Leytonstone, east London, Andros Townsend was brought up in the north east of the capital, joining Tottenham Hotspur’s academy at the age of eight.
The winger progressed through the ranks in north London before embarking on a series of loan spells within the Football League, postponing his Tottenham debut whilst he turned out for Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town through 2009 and 2010.
Townsend’s Spurs debut would come in January 2009 in the FA Cup against Charlton Athletic – then a Championship side – with the Premier League outfit running out 3-0 winners. The winger opened the scoring on his first start and was named the Man of the Match, despite Jermain Defoe adding a second half brace at White Hart Lane.
Despite his impressive bow, Townsend spent the rest of the campaign on loan at Watford first and then Millwall, scoring twice in 11 appearances for the The Lions.
The start of the 2011-12 season saw Townsend return to his boyhood club and become a regular for their Europa League fixtures, making six appearances in the competition that term and netting his second goal for The Lilywhites in the final group game against Shamrock Rovers. Despite his outings in Europe, Townsend would only feature once more for Harry Redknapp’s side that season – in the League Cup – before finishing the campaign on loan at Championship sides Leeds United and then Birmingham City.
It would be the 2012-13 season when he would make his Premier League debut at Spurs, under the management of André Villas-Boas, appearing as a second half substitute in a 3-1 win away to Reading. He began to make appearances across the competitions Spurs were competing in, making four more in the league, one in the League Cup, four in the FA Cup and three in Europe. His third goal for Tottenham coming against Carlisle United in that League cup outing.
Townsend’s second half of the campaign was again spent out on loan, but this time in the Premier League, joining up with former boss Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers. He made 12 appearances during his time at Loftus Road, earning a Man of the Match award on his debut and netting two goals during the month of March as he began to truly prove himself as a top flight player.
Despite his efforts, Townsend could not prevent QPR from being relegated and he returned to Spurs in the summer of 2013 and would go on to play a big part in their coming season. The winger would play 33 times in all competitions for Spurs in 2013-14, netting his first goal on his first start of the campaign in the Europa League against Dinamo Tbilisi, before grabbing a first Premier League goal in October against Aston Villa.
It was during this campaign that Townsend would make his senior England debut, having previously represented the Three Lions at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. He started the game against Montenegro on 11th October 2013, aged 22 years and 87 days. He played a part in England’s first goal, scored the third and was named Man of the Match at Wembley.
To date, Townsend has 11 international caps and has scored three goals, with his most recent appearance coming against Australia in May.
Back at club level, Tim Sherwood replaced André Villas-Boas at the turn of the year and would continue to use Townsend before he was in turn replaced by Mauricio Pochettino. Townsend made 35 appearances in all competitions under the Argentine manager in 2014-15 and scored six goals, his most productive season to date.
Townsend found chances harder to come by the following campaign and eventually joined Newcastle United in January 2016 for a reported fee of £12 million. He immediately made himself popular with the Toon Army with a string of determined performances, eventually helping to steer the Magpies clear of the relegation zone – albeit briefly. His four goals in 13 appearances came against Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea, high-flying Southampton, Swansea City and finally: that stunning free-kick against Palace.