Chris Hargreaves

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Chris Hargreaves
Chris Hargreaves, Brentford FC, February 2005.jpg
Hargreaves playing for Brentford in 2005.
Personal information
Full name Christian Hargreaves
Date of birth (1972-05-12) 12 May 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Cleethorpes, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Torquay United (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Grimsby Town 51 (5)
1993 Scarborough (loan) 3 (0)
1993–1995 Hull City 49 (0)
1995–1996 West Bromwich Albion 1 (0)
1996 Hereford United (loan) 17 (2)
1996–1998 Hereford United 82 (8)
1998–2000 Plymouth Argyle 76 (5)
2000–2004 Northampton Town 151 (6)
2004–2005 Brentford 30 (2)
2005–2007 Oxford United 73 (6)
2007–2010 Torquay United 105 (10)
2010 Oxford United 10 (0)
Teams managed
2014– Torquay United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christian "Chris" Hargreaves (born 12 May 1972) is an English former professional footballer who played as a forward and a midfielder from 1989 until 2010. He is the current manager of Torquay United.

Career[edit]

Hargreaves was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, and went to school at Lindsey School in Cleethorpes. He began as a youth team player at Everton[1] but came back to his home town club Grimsby Town as a trainee with June 1988, turning professional in December 1989.[2] He had a loan spell with Scarborough in March 1993, before leaving Grimsby to join Hull City in July 1993 for a fee of £50,000.[2]

He moved to West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in July 1995, but made just two first team appearances for the Baggies (both as a substitute). He joined Hereford United on loan in February 1996 until the end of the season when he moved to Hereford on a free transfer. His next move was in July 1998 when he joined Plymouth Argyle on a free transfer. He was a regular in the Argyle side, leaving to join Northampton Town on a free transfer in June 2000.[3] He was Northampton's player of the year in the 2001-02 season, signing a new two-year contract in July 2002.[4]

Hargreaves made over 150 league appearances for Northampton, leaving to join Brentford in June 2004.[5] Hargreaves joined Oxford United on free transfer in July 2005,[6] remaining with Oxford after their relegation to the Conference in 2006. He was released by Oxford in May 2007,[7] signing for newly relegated Torquay United the following month.[8] On 17 May 2009, he scored Torquay's first goal as he captained them in a 2–0 victory over Cambridge United in the Conference National play-off final at Wembley. The victory earned them promotion to The Football League.

In January 2010 Hargreaves completed a return to Oxford United,[9] where he won promotion out of the Conference for the second successive season.

Managerial career[edit]

On 6 January 2014, Chris was appointed as Torquay United manager. Hargreaves was unable to keep Torquay in the Football League despite an upturn in form and performances. But the positives from the end of the 2013/14 campaign allows Chris a good building block to build upon and allows an excellent opportunity to gain promotion back to League 2. [10]

Managerial Statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Torquay United England 6 January 2014 Present 41 16 5 20 39.02
Total 41 16 5 20 39.02
As of 13 November 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hargreaves, Chris (2011), Where’s Your Caravan? ISBN 978-0-00-736414-5
  2. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 105. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  3. ^ "Cobblers enjoy promotion party". BBC Sport. 2000-06-28. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Hargreaves commits to Cobblers". BBC Sport. 2002-08-01. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Bees seal triple deal". BBC Sport. 2004-06-11. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Hargreaves completes Oxford move". BBC Sport. 2005-07-05. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Seven players released by Oxford". BBC Sport. 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  8. ^ "Gulls boss Buckle brings in duo". BBC Sport. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Torquay veteran Chris Hargreaves clinches Oxford return". BBC Sport. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  10. ^ "Hargreaves Is The Man". Torquay United. 6 January 2014. 

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