Charlie Griffin

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Charlie Griffin
Charlie Griffin York City v. Newport County 09-04-11.png
Griffin playing for Newport County in 2011
Personal information
Full name Charles John Griffin
Date of birth (1979-06-25) 25 June 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Bath, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Cirencester Town (manager)
Youth career
1996–1998 Bristol Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Chippenham Town 30 (21)
1999–2000 Swindon Town 28 (2)
1999 Yeovil Town (loan) 3 (1)
2000 Woking (loan) 3 (2)
2001–2003 Woking 55 (23)
2001–2002 Havant & Waterlooville (loan) 5 (1)
2003–2004 Chippenham Town 32 (23)
2004–2005 Forest Green Rovers 38 (16)
2005–2007 Wycombe Wanderers 21 (3)
2006–2007 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 12 (1)
2007–2008 Newport County 49 (26)
2008–2009 Salisbury City 45 (21)
2009–2011 Stevenage 41 (16)
2011 Newport County (loan) 15 (3)
2011–2012 Forest Green Rovers 28 (7)
2012 Salisbury City (loan) 14 (3)
2012–2013 Bath City 35 (15)
2013–2014 Brackley Town 16 (5)
2014–2015 Gloucester City 41 (17)
2015 Chippenham Town 10 (6)
2015–2016 Cirencester Town 46 (22)
Total 567 (234)
Teams managed
2016– Cirencester Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:55, 6 October 2016 (UTC).

Charles John "Charlie" Griffin (born 25 June 1979) is an English former semi-professional footballer who is now Manager at Cirencester Town.

Griffin started his career with Bristol Rovers, spending two years at the club and progressing through the club's youth system. He was released at the age of 18 and played part-time football with Chippenham Town for a season. He attracted the attention of Swindon Town in February 1999, signing for the club for a transfer fee of £10,000. He made the majority of his appearances for the club off the bench, and was loaned out to both Yeovil Town and Woking respectively the following season. He joined Woking permanently in 2001, and spent one and a half years with the club – although he had a short loan spell at Havant & Waterlooville in December 2001.

He was released by Woking in 2003, and rejoined Chippenham Town ahead of the 2003–04 season. He impressed during his second tenure at the club, and earned a move back into the highest tier of non-league football in the summer of 2004; signing for Forest Green Rovers. His impressive form for a struggling side earned him a move back into the Football League; this time with Wycombe Wanderers, although he was loaned back out to Forest Green in July 2006 on a season long loan. His loan spell was cut short, and he signed for Newport County in February 2007; spending a season and a half with the Welsh side. He rejected a contract offer from the club in July 2008, and instead joined Salisbury City after a successful trial period with the Wiltshire outfit. His successful spell at Salisbury during the club's 2008–09 campaign earned him a move to Stevenage on a free transfer in May 2009. Griffin helped the club earn promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club's history in his first season at the club.

Career[edit]

Griffin began his league career with Swindon Town in February 1999, having signed from non-league neighbours Chippenham Town for £10,000. After only starting eight games for the Robins though he stepped down to the Conference with Woking having enjoyed a fruitful loan spell there whilst still at the County Ground. He then joined Chippenham Town on loan before making the move permanent in 2002.[2]

In the summer of 2004 Griffin moved to Forest Green Rovers.[3] Since then an impressive scoring record has seen his name touted around various league clubs but it was not until his 20 league and cup goals for Forest Green Rovers during the 2004–05 season that a serious move was made for the talisman. Griffin was given another shot at League football with Wycombe Wanderers when he became John Gorman's first summer signing for the 2005–06 season.

In early July 2006, Griffin turned down Woking to rejoin Forest Green Rovers on a season-long loan with an option for recall to Wycombe in the January transfer window.[4] This did not materialise and he signed for Newport County on 14 February 2007.[5] 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. Griffin was top scorer for Newport County in the 2007–08 season but in July 2008 he left Newport after turning down the offer of a new contract.

In the same month he joined Salisbury City on trial but was let go after not being needed. However, Nick Holmes soon went back on his decision and signed him just in time to be in the squad for Salisbury's first game of the season.[6] He made his debut for Salisbury in a game against his former employers, Forest Green Rovers, which ended 2–1 to Salisbury.[7] In the following game, Griffin scored his first goals for the club; scoring a brace in a 4–1 victory against Lewes.[8] In total, he scored 23 goals in 48 appearances throughout the 2008–09 season.[9]

In May 2009, Griffin signed for Stevenage on a free transfer.[10] He made his Stevenage debut in a 1–1 draw against Tamworth on the first game of the 2009–10 season.[11] Following a brief spell out of the first team, Griffin scored his first goal for the Hertfordshire side in a 3–2 victory away at Mansfield Town; slamming the ball into the back of the net to score Stevenage's third, a goal that ultimately ended Mansfield's nine-month unbeaten home record.[12] Griffin followed the goal up with a hat-trick against Hayes & Yeading, and goals against Salisbury City, Chelmsford City, and Port Vale, the latter two coming in the FA Cup.[13][14][15][16] The following week, he scored his second hat-trick of the season against Gateshead at Broadhall Way.[17] Griffin scored a vital goal for Stevenage in a 1–0 victory against Altrincham in April 2010, coming on a substitute in the 78th minute and scoring the only goal of the game five minutes later.[18] He scored yet another important goal just three days later, scoring the first goal in a 2–0 win against Kidderminster Harriers in a game that witnessed Stevenage secure promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history.[19] Griffin played a total of 32 times in his debut season with the Hertfordshire side, scoring an instrumental 15 times.[20]

Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Griffin scored in pre-season friendlies against both Chelmsford City and Hitchin Town respectively.[21][22] He subsequently started in the club's first ever Football League fixture against Macclesfield Town, assisting Peter Vincenti's goal before scoring the equalising goal for Stevenage in the 89th minute.[23] In Stevenage's next home league fixture, Griffin scored twice as Stevenage secured their first three points of the season after beating Stockport County 3–1.[24] In September 2010, Griffin signed an extended contract with the club that keeps him at Stevenage until 2012.[25] In January 2011, Griffin signed for Conference National side Newport County on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season.[26]

After being released by Stevenage at the end of the season, Griffin re-joined former club, Forest Green Rovers.[27] [28] Griffin made his third 'debut' for Forest Green on 12 August 2011 in a 1–1 draw with Stockport County in a match that was televised live on Premier Sports.[29] Four days later, he scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season in a 1–1 draw at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town, giving Forest Green the lead just after half-time.[30]

On 20 February 2012, Griffin re-joined Salisbury City on loan from Forest Green until the end of the season.[31] On his return to Forest Green at the end of the season Griffin was released by the club and in July 2012 it was announced that he had signed for Bath City.

Grffin has made a promising start for Bath City, with 9 goals in 14 games for the Conference South side and would go on to finish the season as the club's top goal scorer. Despite this he was released by the club in May 2013.[32]

Following his release from Bath, Griffin joined Conference North side Brackley Town in June 2013.[33] Griffin then joined Conference North club Gloucester City until the end of the 2013/2014 season.[34]

On Thursday 26 February 2015, it was announced that Charlie Griffin had signed for Chippenham Town. He joined fellow Southern Football League Premier Division members Cirencester Town during the summer of 2015.[35]

Honours[edit]

Newport County
Stevenage

Career statistics[edit]

As of 21 August 2016
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chippenham Town
1998–99
30 21 2 1 0 0 0 0 32 22
Total 30 21 2 1 0 0 0 0 32 22
Swindon Town
1998–99[36]
5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
1999–2000[37]
21 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 1
2000–01[38]
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 28 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 2
Yeovil Town (loan)
1999–2000[39]
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Woking
2000–01[40]
28 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 13
2001–02[41]
30 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 10
2002–03[42]
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 58 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 61 23
Havant & Waterlooville (loan)
2001–02[43]
5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Chippenham Town
2003–04
32 23 2 2 0 0 0 0 34 25
Total 32 23 2 2 0 0 0 0 34 25
Forest Green Rovers
2004–05[44]
38 17 2 0 0 0 3 3 43 20
Total 38 17 2 0 0 0 3 3 43 20
Wycombe Wanderers
2005–06[45]
21 3 1 0 0 0 4 4 26 7
Total 21 3 1 0 0 0 4 4 26 7
Forest Green Rovers (loan)
2006–07[46]
12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Newport County
2006–07[47]
14 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 8
2007–08[48]
35 18 0 0 0 0 2 1 37 19
Total 49 26 0 0 0 0 2 1 51 27
Salisbury City
2008–09[9]
45 21 1 0 0 0 2 2 48 23
Total 45 21 1 0 0 0 2 2 48 23
Stevenage
2009–10[20]
26 13 3 2 0 0 3 0 32 15
2010–11[49] 15 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 3
Total 41 16 4 2 1 0 3 0 49 18
Newport County (loan)
2010–11[50]
15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Total 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Forest Green Rovers
2011–12[51]
28 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 7
Total 28 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 7
Salisbury City (loan)
2011–12[52]
14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Total 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Bath City
2012–13[52][53]
33 15 2 1 0 0 3 1 38 17
Total 33 15 2 1 0 0 3 1 38 17
Gloucester City
2013–14
14 8 0 0 0 0 1 1 15 9
2014–15
27 9 4 1 0 0 2 0 34 10
Total 41 17 4 1 0 0 3 1 49 19
Cirencester Town
2015–16
42 21 0 0 7 5 0 0 49 26
2016–17
4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 46 22 0 0 7 5 0 0 53 27
Career totals 539 222 23 7 9 5 20 12 592 246
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League, Football Conference and Southern Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy and Football League Trophy.

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