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 21)
Place of birth Boston, England[2]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United (on loan from Leicester City)
Number 34
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)
2015– Scunthorpe United (loan) 6 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:35, 14 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Edward "Tom" Hopper (born 14 December 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Football League One side Scunthorpe United, on loan from 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Hopper said of his debut that "It all seems like a blur, but something I have really enjoyed".[6]

Manager Nigel Pearson was said to be impressed by the youngster.[7] In May 2012, he was named as Leicester City's Academy Player of the Season.[8] Hopper was given the 21 number for the 2012/13 season.[9]

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.[10][11] Hopper was allocated the number 20 shirt at the beginning of the 2013–14 season[12] and was named as an unused substitute in Leicester's 2–1 Football League Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers on 6 August. He made his first appearance of the season in the next round of the League Cup, replacing Chris Wood in the 66th minute of a 5–2 win at Carlisle United.[13] On 30 May 2014, Hopper signed a new two-year deal.[14]

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

Loan Spells[edit]

On 14 September, Hopper joined Bury on a one month loan deal.[15] Hopper scored twice in his first six games during a month-long loan spell at Bury, including his first ever professional league goal against Stevenage[16] and Crawley Town.[17] 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.[18] Hopper's loan spell was cut short and he was sent back to Leicester City on 7 February 2013.[19]

On 8 January 2015, Hopper joined League One outfit Scunthorpe United on a one month loan.[20] Hopper made his debut on 10 January 2015, scoring in the 4–1 victory against Walsall.[21] After scoring 4 goals in 4 games, Hopper's loan was extended until the end on the season on 2 February 2015.[22] Hopper was nominated for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award for January, missing out to Dele Alli of MK Dons.[23]

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[24] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011–12[25] Leicester City Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[26] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[27] 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
2014–15 Scunthorpe United (loan) League One 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Scunthorpe United Total 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Career Total 28 7 1 0 4 0 0 0 33 7

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. ^ "Hopper makes Boston United history". The Boston Standard. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tom Hopper Signs Pro Contract". Leicester City F.C. 7 October 2011. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Leicester City academy striker Hopper straight back to earth – cleaning boots!". Leicester Mercury. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Academy prospect Tom Hopper making big impression with Leicester City". Leicester Mercury. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tom Hopper's season to savour with Leicester City ends with top Foxes award". Boston Standard. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Leicester City First Team Squad Numbers Confirmed". Leicester City F.C. 3 August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "U21s Seal Top Spot With 3–0 Win". lcfc.com. 8 April 2013. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Foxes Secure Hong Kong Sevens Crown". lcfc.com. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Leicester City announce squad numbers for 2013-14 season". Leicester Mercury. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Carlisle 2–5 Leicester". BBC Sport. 27 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "New Deal for Hopper". Leicester City FC. 30 May 2014. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bury loan for Hopper". www.LCFC.com. Leicester City F.C. 14 September 2012. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Stevenage 2-2 Bury". BBC Sport. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Crawley Town 3-2 Bury". BBC Sport. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Young Pro extend loan spells". www.LCFC.co.uk. Leicester City F.C. 4 January 2013. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Hopper returns to Leicester". Bury F.C. 7 February 2013. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Hopper Heads To Scunthorpe On Loan". Leicester City. 8 January 2015. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "REPORT: WALSALL 1–4 IRON". Scunthorpe United. 10 January 2015. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Hopper Extends Scunthorpe Loan". Leicester City. 2 February 2015. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month nominations". Football League. 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. 
  24. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
  25. ^ "Games played by in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  26. ^ "Games played by in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  27. ^ "Games played by in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  28. ^ "Games played by in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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