Tom Hopper (footballer)

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Tom Hopper
Personal information
Full name Thomas Edward Hopper[1]
Date of birth (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Boston, England[2]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Leicester
Number 20
Youth career
20??–2010 Boston United
2010–2011 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Leicester City 0 (0)
2012–2013 Bury (loan) 22 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:33, 28 December 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Edward "Tom" Hopper (born 14 December 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Leicester City.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tom Hopper began his career with Boston United. Hopper became Boston's youngest ever player, when aged 15 he featured in the UniBond League Premier Division. In the summer of 2010, Hopper signed for Leicester City and immediately began impressing in the club's youth teams.

Leicester City[edit]

Hopper signed his first professional contract with Leicester City in October 2011. On 28 January 2012, Hopper was allocated the number 37 shirt and named on the substitutes bench for Leicester's FA Cup match against Swindon Town. He made his début as an 81st minute substitute for David Nugent. Leicester won the match 2-0.[3] Hopper said of his debut that "It all seems like a blur, but something I have really enjoyed".[4] Manager Nigel Pearson was said to be impressed by the youngster.[5] In May 2012, he was named as Leicester City's Academy Player of the Season.[6] Hopper was given the 21 number for the 2012/13 season.

Bury (loan)[edit]

On 14 September, Hopper joined Bury on a one month loan deal.[7] Hopper scored twice in his first six games during a month-long loan spell at Bury, including his first ever professional league goal. On 16 October Hopper extended his loan at Bury until 3 January 2013, which was then extended for the remaineder of the 2012–13 season on 4 January 2013.[8] Hopper's loan spell was cut short and he was sent back to Leicester City on 7 February 2013.

Return to Leicester[edit]

Tom finished the season with Leicester City Development Squad & Academy, helping them to win the 2012–13 Professional Development League 2 and the HKFC International Soccer Sevens cup tournament.[9][10] Hopper was allocated the number 20 shirt at the beginning of the 2013-14 season and was named as an unused substitute in Leicester's 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers on 6 August. He made his first appearance of the season in the next round of the Capital One Cup, replacing Chris Wood in the 66th minute of a 5-2 win at Carlisle United.[11] On 30 May 2014, Hopper signed a new two-year deal.[12]

Hopper was an unused substitute in Leicester's first two Premier League fixtures, against Everton & Chelsea in August 2014.

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[13] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011–12[14] Leicester City Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[15] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[16] 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Leicester City Total 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 Bury (loan) League One 22 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 24 3
Bury Total 22 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 24 3
Career Total 22 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 27 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1761 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 484. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Jermaine Beckford continued his superb scoring record in the FA Cup with both goals against a plucky Swindon side". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Leicester City academy striker Hopper straight back to earth – cleaning boots!". Leicester Mercury. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Academy prospect Tom Hopper making big impression with Leicester City". Leicester Mercury. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tom Hopper's season to savour with Leicester City ends with top Foxes award". Boston Standard. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bury loan for Hopper". www.LCFC.com. Leicester City F.C. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Young Pro extend loan spells". www.LCFC.co.uk. Leicester City F.C. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "U21s Seal Top Spot With 3–0 Win". lcfc.com. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Foxes Secure Hong Kong Sevens Crown". lcfc.com. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Carlisle 2-5 Leicester". BBC Sport. 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "New Deal for Hopper". Leicester City FC. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
  14. ^ "Games played by in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Games played by in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Games played by in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 

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