Chris Pike

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Chris Pike
Personal information
Full name Christopher Pike
Date of birth (1961-10-19) 19 October 1961 (age 57)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Park Lawn
Maesteg Park
198?–1985 Barry Town
1985–1989 Fulham 42 (4)
1986Cardiff City (loan) 6 (2)
1989–1993 Cardiff City 148 (55)
1993–1994 Hereford United 38 (18)
1994–1995 Gillingham 27 (13)
1995–1998 Barry Town 82 (46)
1998–1999 Cwmbran Town 29 (6)
1999 Bridgend Town
1999–2000 Rhayader Town 14 (6)
2000 Llanelli 1 (0)
2000–2001 Rhayader Town 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christopher Pike (born 19 October 1961)[1] is a Welsh former professional footballer. His clubs included Fulham, Cardiff City and Gillingham. He made over 250 Football League appearances.


Pike began his career playing in the Cardiff Combination League with Park Lawn Football Club of Whitchurch, before moving up to the Welsh Football League with Maesteg Park and Barry Town. In 1985, he was given a chance in the Football League when he was signed by Fulham, managing to make an impact on the first team before an injury meant he lost his place in the side and, after finding himself unable to force his way back into the squad, was loaned out to his hometown side Cardiff City. He enjoyed a fairly successful spell at Cardiff but an injury crisis at Fulham saw him recalled.

In 1989, he returned to Cardiff City, this time on a permanent basis. At the club he established a striking partnership with Carl Dale and the two competed for the club's top scorer award at the club for several years, with Pike winning the award for three consecutive seasons between 1989 and 1992, the third season sharing it with Dale. He left the club in 1993 having played over 150 League games for the Bluebirds,[2] to sign for Hereford United.

While playing for Hereford United in 1993 he scored a hat-trick against Colchester United, in which each of the three goals was scored past a different goalkeeper, the only such hat-trick ever scored in the Football League.[3] He made 38 League appearances for Hereford and transferred to Gillingham in 1994-95, where he made his remaining 27 Football League appearances.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is the uncle of Gareth Bale of Real Madrid[4] and the father of Cardiff MCCU cricketer Oliver Pike.[5]


  1. ^ Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 255. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.
  2. ^ a b Chris Pike at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  3. ^ Barnes, Stuart (2007). News of the World Football Annual 2007–2008. HarperSport. p. 344. ISBN 0-00-725555-1.
  4. ^ "Bluebirds of a feather are flocking together". South Wales Echo. 8 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Oliver Pike". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.