Ian Bishop (footballer)
Bishop at the Boleyn Ground, April 2014
|Full name||Ian William Bishop|
|Date of birth||29 May 1965|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1984||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||4||(0)|
|1989–1998||West Ham United||255||(12)|
|2004||New Orleans Shell Shockers||16||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He was born on the Cantril Farm housing estate in Liverpool and on leaving school in July 1981 he joined Everton, turning professional for the 1983–84 season under the management of Howard Kendall – who had taken over during the same summer that Bishop had first joined the club.
However, he failed to break into the first team at Goodison Park. After spells at Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United and Bournemouth he signed for Manchester City in 1989 for £465,000 in a deal involving Paul Moulden. Bishop was a good passer of the ball and in his 24 appearances for Manchester City in his first spell helped the team demolish their local rivals Manchester United 5–1 scoring City's third goal, on 23 September 1989. Despite being popular with the Manchester City supporters he was sold by then manager Howard Kendall to West Ham United.
Bishop joined in the same week as Trevor Morley and Colin Foster, as manager Lou Macari continued to rebuild the West Ham squad. He spent the majority of his career at West Ham, playing 284 times between 1989 and 1998, scoring 16 goals and becoming something of a cult figure. In 1998, having become surplus to requirements at the Boleyn Ground, he returned to Manchester City. His second spell at the club saw the team relegated to what was then Division Two, but then promoted to Division One and in the following season to the Premiership. Bishop was an integral player in the team which earned promotion to the premiership but only played ten times for the club in the top flight. He transferred to Miami Fusion in March 2001 and played Major League Soccer (23 apps 0 goals), before finishing his playing career with a stint at the New Orleans Shell Shockers in the USL Premier Development League.