Chris Hope (footballer)

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Chris Hope
Personal information
Full name Christopher Jonathan Hope
Date of birth (1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Darlington 0 (0)
1990–1993 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
1993–2000 Scunthorpe United 288 (19)
2000–2006 Gillingham 236 (13)
2006–2009 Rushden & Diamonds 128 (10)
2009–2011 Corby Town ? (?)
2011–2012 St Neots Town ? (?)
2012– AFC Rushden & Diamonds 30 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:40, 23 January 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher Jonathan Hope (born 14 November 1972) is an English footballer who plays for AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Hope made over 500 appearances in the Football League for Scunthorpe United and Gillingham between 1993 and 2006.

Career[edit]

Born in Sheffield, Hope began his career as a trainee with Darlington in 1989 and then joined Nottingham Forest at the beginning of the 1990–91 season.[1] He did not make a first team appearance for either club and joined Scunthorpe United for £50,000 at the beginning of the 1993–94 season.[1] Hope was an integral part of the side at Glanford Park and made 333 appearances (288 in the league) for Scunthorpe in seven seasons.[1] A steady influence at the back, Hope made 177 successive appearances without missing a game.

In July 2000, Hope joined Gillingham for a transfer fee of £250,000, signing a four year contract.[2] Hope made his debut in the club's first ever game in the First Division, a 3–1 home defeat to Stockport County, in August 2000,[3] made 145 consecutive appearances and was rewarded with a new three-year contract in March 2003.[4][5] He went on to play in 176 successive games before finally missing a game through suspension. Following the departure of ex-club captain Paul Smith, Hope was appointed the club captain for the Gills for their first season back in League One in the 2005–06 season.[6] He missed much of the 2005–06 season due to injury,[7][8] and was released by manager Ronnie Jepson at the end of the season having made over 250 league and cup appearances for Gillingham since joining from Scunthorpe.[1][9][10]

Hope signed a two-year deal with Conference National club Rushden & Diamonds in July 2006.[11][12] Rushden manager Paul Hart described him as "... a gutsy battler who shows great leadership, his integrity and honesty is a terrific example, and he is the perfect role model for our younger players. His experience will be of great benefit",[12] and named him team captain for the 2006–07 season.[13] He was released by Rushden & Diamonds at the end of the 2007–08 season owing to financial constraints,[14] and turned down a move to Dover Athletic, managed by former Gillingham team-mate Andy Hessenthaler, as he was unable to relocate to Kent.[15] He joined Conference North club Corby Town in June 2009 for the 2009–10 season.[16]

Hope joined Southern Football League Division One Central side St Neots Town in Summer 2011.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

On 21 July 2012, Hope joined AFC Rushden & Diamonds.[17] During the 2012-2013 league campaign, he made 30 appearances for the club, scoring four goals.[18]

Playing statistics[edit]

(to end of 2008–09 season[19])

Club Seasons League
Apps (goals)
FA Cup
Apps (goals)
League Cup
Apps (goals)
Other
Apps (goals)
Total
Apps (goals)
Darlington 1989–90 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Nottingham Forest 1990–93 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Scunthorpe United 1993–00 288 (19) 18 (1) 14 (0) 13 (0) 333 (20)
Gillingham 2000–06 236 (13) 12 (2) 16 (0) 0 (0) 264 (15)
Rushden & Diamonds 2006–09 128 (10) 4 (1) 0 (0) 3 (0) 135 (11)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Chris Hope". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Gills splash out again". BBC Sport. 5 July 2000. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Gillingham 1–3 Stockport". BBC Sport. 12 August 2000. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Hope welcomes Gills deal". BBC Sport. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Graeme (12 March 2003). "Gills pair pen new deals". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Hope dumbfounded by Gills defeat". BBC Sport. 14 September 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  7. ^ "Injured Hope has contract concern". BBC Sport. 8 December 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  8. ^ "Chris hopes for a new deal". Your Shepway News (KOS Media Ltd). 28 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-14. "Gillingham captain Chris Hope says he hopes to snare a new contract for next season – despite finding himself out of action for much of it with injuries." 
  9. ^ "Hope among five Gills departures". BBC Sport. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  10. ^ Bailey, Graeme (9 May 2006). "No Hope for Gills". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  11. ^ Bailey, Graeme (11 July 2006). "Hope for Rushden". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  12. ^ a b "Diamonds swoop for ex-Gills star". BBC Sport. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  13. ^ "Hope awarded Diamonds captaincy". BBC Sport. 3 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  14. ^ "Burgess set to leave Nene Park". BBC Sport. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-14. "Rushden and Diamonds have revealed that club captain Andy Burgess, player-coach Chris Hope and midfielder Marcus Kelly are all set to leave Nene Park." 
  15. ^ Howard, Tom (1 June 2009). "Former Gills star turns down Dover move". Your Dover News. KOS Media. Retrieved 2 June 2009. "Dover Athletic have missed out on signing former Gillingham defender Chris Hope. ... Hessenthaler had been in talks with the Rushden & Diamonds defender for a number of weeks, but it appears the move is off, with Hope unable to move from his Northampton home to Kent." 
  16. ^ White, Andy (2 June 2009). "Drury Brings Hope To Corby". The Non-League Paper. Retrieved 2009-06-14. "CORBY TOWN have signed centre-back Chris Hope following his departure from Rushden & Diamonds. The 36-year-old's contract at Nene Park expired at the end of the 2008/09 season and he rejected the offer of a new deal on reduced terms." 
  17. ^ http://www.afcdiamonds.com/afc-rushden-diamonds-capture-chris-hope
  18. ^ http://www.afcdiamonds.com/player_profiles?pid=52&team=senior
  19. ^ "Chris Hope playing statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 

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