Hope Akpan

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Hope Akpan
Hope Akpan (cropped).png
Akpan warming up for Reading in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-08-14) 14 August 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Childwall, Liverpool, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 16
Youth career
000?–2009 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Everton 0 (0)
2011 Hull City (loan) 2 (0)
2011–2013 Crawley Town 47 (5)
2013– Reading 38 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:36, 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Hope Akpan (born 14 August 1991) is a professional footballer who plays for Reading as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Childwall, Liverpool, Akpan made his competitive debut for Everton against BATE on 17 December 2009 in the UEFA Europa League.[1][2]

On 17 March 2011, Akpan moved on loan to Championship side Hull City for the remainder of the 2010–11 season.[3] He made his debut on 25 April 2011, coming on as a substitute for Corry Evans, against Queens Park Rangers.[4]

He signed for newly promoted League Two club Crawley Town on a free transfer on 14 June 2011.[5]

Akpan was charged with misconduct by the FA in November 2011, after homophobic comments were posted on his Twitter account.[6] Despite insisting that someone else had posted the comments, he admitted the charge after no one came forward to claim responsibility, and he was fined £1,200 by the Football Association.[7] On 14 April 2012 Akpan was sent off in a game against AFC Wimbledon due to a challenge that broke Jason Prior's leg in two places.[8]

Akpan signed for Premier League side Reading on a three-and-a-half-year contract on 8 January 2013.[9][10] He stated his desire to help his new club avoid relegation.[11] He scored his first goal for the club in a 7-1 win over Bolton Wanderers on 18 January 2014.[12]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Akpan has declared his intention to represent Nigeria – the country of his parents – at international level.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[14]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Hull City (loan) 2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Crawley Town 2011–12 26 1 4 0 2 1 1 0 33 2
2012–13 21 4 2 0 3 2 1 0 27 6
Total 47 5 6 0 5 3 2 0 60 8
Reading 2012–13 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2013–14 29 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 30 1
Total 38 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 39 1
Career total 87 6 6 0 6 3 3 0 102 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (17 December 2009). "Everton 0 – 1 BATE". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Hope AkpanUEFA competition record
  3. ^ "Everton midfielder Hope Akpan joins Hull City on loan". BBC Sport. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "QPR 1 – 1 Hull". BBC Sport. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Crawley Town are delighted to confirm the signing of youngster Hope Akpan from Premiership giants Everton". Crawley Town F.C. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Crawley Town's Hope Akpan charged with misconduct by FA". BBC Sport. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Footballer fined £1,200 for "fully homophobic" tweet". Pinknews.co.uk. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Crawley Town 1 AFC Wimbledon 1". BBC Sport. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Royals sign Akpan". Reading F.C. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Reading sign Hope Akpan from Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 9 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Reading: Hope Akpan ready for relegation battle". BBC Sport. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Reading 7 - 1 Bolton". BBC. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Akpan makes Nigeria commitment". Kick Off. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  14. ^ Hope Akpan career stats at Soccerbase

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