David Pipe

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David Pipe
David Pipe 12-05-2012 1.jpg
Pipe after playing for Newport County in the 2012 FA Trophy Final
Personal information
Full name David Ronald Pipe
Date of birth (1983-11-05) 5 November 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Caerphilly, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder or Full-back
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Coventry City 21 (2)
2004–2007 Notts County 141 (4)
2007–2010 Bristol Rovers 86 (3)
2009–2010 Cheltenham Town (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2014 Newport County 100 (0)
2014– Forest Green Rovers 20 (0)
National team
2002–2005 Wales U21[1] 12 (0)
2003 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:02, 19 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Ronald Pipe (born 5 November 1983) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or full-back for Forest Green Rovers.

Career[edit]

David Pipe spent his early career with Coventry City, Notts County, Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town (on loan).[2][3] He was released by Bristol at the end of the 2009–10 season, alongside 14 other players.[4]

In June 2010, Pipe was jailed for 38 months for fracturing the skull of another man in an unprovoked attack in Bristol, in which Pipe smashed a champagne bottle over the man's skull.[5] After his release from prison Pipe signed for Conference National side Newport County in September 2011 on non-contract terms[6] and later a permanent contract. On 12 May 2012 Pipe played for Newport County in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium which Newport lost 2–0 to York City. In June 2012 Pipe was appointed captain of Newport County.

Pipe captained Newport to a 3rd place finish in the 2012–13 season, reaching the Conference National playoffs. Newport County won the playoff final versus Wrexham at Wembley Stadium 2–0 to return to the Football League after a 25-year absence with promotion to Football League Two.[7]

In June 2013 Pipe was named in the 2012–13 Conference Premier team of the year[8] He was released by Newport County in April 2014.[9]

On 7 May 2014, he joined Forest Green Rovers on a two-year deal.[10][11] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2014–15 Conference National season on 9 August 2014, providing an assist in a 1–0 away win at Southport.[12]

International[edit]

Pipe earned his one and only international cap for Wales in 2003 in a friendly international against the United States of America.[13][3] He had previously earned twelve caps at under-21 level.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 980. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ David Pipe career stats at Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "David Pipe". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Defender Aaron Lescott goes in Bristol Rovers clear-out". BBC Sport. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Footballer David Pipe jailed over club". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Newport County sign former Wales midfielder David Pipe". BBC Sport. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Dewi (5 May 2013). "Wrexham 0–2 Newport". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Newport duo named in Conference Premier team of the season". BBC Sport. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pipe leaves Newport". BBC Sport. 
  10. ^ "Forest Green Rovers sign ex-Newport defender". BBC Sport. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Forest Green boss Ady Pennock swoops for Newport County captain David Pipe". Stroud News & Journal. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Southport 0–1 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "USA sink poor Wales". BBC Sport. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "First Team: David Pipe". Bristol Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012.