Julian Alsop

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Julian Alsop
Personal information
Full name Julian Mark Alsop
Date of birth (1973-05-28) 28 May 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Nuneaton, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Monmouth Town F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Nuneaton Borough 39 (23)
1992–1995 VS Rugby 32 (24)
1995–1996 Racing Club Warwick 38 (27)
1996 Tamworth 85 (40)
1996–1997 Halesowen Town 22 (12)
1997–1998 Bristol Rovers 35 (14)
1998 Swansea City (loan) 5 (5)
1998–2000 Swansea City 87 (29)
2000–2003 Cheltenham Town 179 (35)
2003–2004 Oxford United 34 (15)
2004 Northampton Town 17 (11)
2004–2005 Forest Green Rovers 3 (1)
2005–2006 Tamworth 19 (11)
2005–2006 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 29 (15)
2006 Forest Green Rovers 14 (3)
2006–2008 Newport County 50 (21)
2008 Cirencester Town 31 (13)
2008–2009 Bishops Cleeve 32 (14)
2009–2010 Cheltenham Town 41 (4)
2010–2011 Bishops Cleeve 30 (9)
2012–2013 Carmarthen Town 12 (0)
2014- Monmouth Town 1 (0)
Total 786 (327)
National team
1999–2005 England C 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:18, 1 May 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Julian Mark Caruthers Alsop (born 28 May 1973) is an English[1] footballer born in Nuneaton.

A tall, strong striker, Alsop first came to prominence with Bristol Rovers before joining Swansea City in 1998 for £30,000 immediately following a loan deal. He then had a short spell at Mingeater FC in Southern Spain.

He signed for Cheltenham Town from Swansea and was less than prolific in his first season, but his second year with the club proved to be a revelation. His partnership with Tony Naylor led to Alsop scoring 26 goals, including the second goal as Cheltenham beat Rushden and Diamonds 3–1 in the Division Three play-off final. His third and final season with the club was beset by injuries and he left Cheltenham for Oxford United at the end of 2002–03 and was involved in the Bananagate incident while at Oxford.

When the season was over he signed for Conference National side Forest Green Rovers. After a brief spell at fellow Conference team Tamworth he returned to Forest Green Rovers.

He signed for Conference South team Newport County in July 2006 after being released from his contract at Forest Green. During his time at Newport they twice narrowly missed out on the promotion play-offs and twice appeared in the FAW Premier Cup final, winning the 2008 final. Alsop was released by Newport at the end of the 2007–08 season.

Other clubs include Halesowen and Northampton Town.

Alsop signed for Cirencester Town after being released from Newport County on a free transfer but left the side after several months to sign for Bishops Cleeve.[2]

On 20 July 2009, Alsop signed a non-contract, month-by month agreement with Cheltenham Town, after playing in the first three pre-season friendlies for the club.

He came off the bench on 18 August away at Rochdale to score a 90th minute winning goal in a 1–0 victory for Cheltenham Town. He is now targeting the club's all time football league goal scorers record.[3]

"We went shopping for a big strong centre-forward at the start of the season, but couldn't afford the players we wanted. If you go shopping at Sainsbury's and ask for a fillet steak but can't afford it, you have to find something else and we've ended up with a gristly old fatty lump of lard up front – but it tasted good."

—Manager Martin Allen explains Alsop's return to Cheltenham.[4]

He is also famous for the quickest hat trick in history which occurred in 1995 for Tamworth while playing against Armitage. His three goals were timed at just over a minute.[citation needed]

He was released by the club along with seven other players in May 2010.[5] In July 2010, he returned to Bishops Cleeve.[6] Alsop announced that he was set to retire from football on 25 April 2011.[7]

In January 2012 he came out of retirement to play for Welsh club Carmarthen Town.[8]

In January 2014 Alsop joined Welsh League outfit Monmouth Town F.C.

International career[edit]

Alsop represented the England C national football team on five occasions between 1999 and 2005, starting all five of the matches in which he featured, playing against the amateur sides of Belgium, France, Norway, Croatia and Scotland. He failed to score, although he did provide seven assists in the process.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bananas, Banter and Blowtorches: The Julian Alsop Story Twohundredpercent.com Accessed 26–04–11
  2. ^ "Striker Julian Alsop in move to Bishops Cleeve". Western Daily Press. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Alsop targets Cheltenham record". BBC News. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Charles, Chris (9 September 2009). "Sport quotes of the week". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Cheltenham Town release eight players". BBC Sport. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Striker Julian Alsop makes Bishops Cleeve comeback". BBC Sport. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cheltenham Town hero reflects on his memorable career". thisisgloucestershire. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Journeyman Alsop with the Old Gold". Welsh Premier League. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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