Christian Doidge

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Christian Doidge
Personal information
Full name Christian Rhys Doidge[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2006 Southampton
2006–2008 Bristol Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Cwmbran Celtic 1 (0)
2010–2011 Croesyceiliog 30 (21)
2011–2013 Barry Town 30 (26)
2013–2014 Carmarthen Town 43 (19)
2014–2016 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 (10)
2015 Dartford (loan) 7 (0)
2016– Forest Green Rovers 41 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:19, 16 May 2017 (UTC).

Christian Rhys Doidge (born 25 August 1992) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for Forest Green Rovers as a striker.

Career[edit]

Doidge started his career in the youth system at Southampton where he spent three years before he was released after the club thought he would not be tall enough as a centre forward.[3] He then joined Bristol Rovers for two years, but failed to earn a youth scholarship and was released in 2008 at the age of fifteen.[3][4]

He then give up football to play basketball with his friends and played county level for Gwent ABC. Shortly after he represented Wales in the European Championship in Malta.

He then moved on to Welsh Football League Division Two side Cwmbran Celtic for the 2009–10 season, before signing for divisional rivals Croesyceiliog in 2010.[3] In November 2011 he joined Welsh Football League First Division side Barry Town, going on to score sixteen goals in sixteen games in his maiden season for the club.[5] In his second season for the club he netted ten times in fourteen appearances, including a hat-trick against Goytre United which propelled Barry to the top of the table.[5] In November 2012, he hit the winner over Penrhyncoch which helped Town to their first Welsh Cup semi-final appearance in a decade.[5]

In January 2013, he signed for Welsh Premier League side Carmarthen Town.[6] In just his second game for the club he came on as a substitute to help Carmarthen win the Welsh League Cup, the sides first trophy in five years.[6] During his time with Carmarthen, he scored nineteen goals in forty-three appearances.[7] In April 2014, he joined Football League Two side Newport County on a week trial, however no move materialised.[8]

In July 2014, he joined League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on trial, scoring in pre-season friendlies against Tottenham Hotspur and Billericay Town.[7][9] Dagenham then pulled out of a deal to sign Doidge after discovering they would have to pay a fee to Carmarthen, having believed the striker would be available on a free transfer.[10] A deal was eventually agreed in August for an undisclosed fee, with Doidge signing a two-year contract, having also turned down an offer to sign for Conference Premier side and former club Bristol Rovers.[11] Shortly after signing for the Daggers, he suffered an ankle injury during the warm-up against Hartlepool United, which kept him out of action for a month.[12] In September 2014, he made his professional debut in a 1–1 draw with Cheltenham Town, replacing Jamie Cureton as a late substitute.[13] His first professional goal came in a 3–1 defeat to Luton Town, scoring a consolation after coming on as a substitute.[14] He struggled to retain a place in the first team and in January 2015 he was sent on loan to Conference Premier side Dartford on a one-month loan, to regain his fitness.[15] He made his debut in the 6–1 away defeat to Dover Athletic.[16] In his second season at Dagenham & Redbridge he managed to play a lot more games and ended the season top scorer.

In June 2016, Doidge left Dagenham & Redbridge after winning player of the year and supporters player of the year and signed a two-year contract with National League side Forest Green Rovers.[17] His first goal for Forest Green came in a 4–1 away win over Maidstone United on 27 August 2016.[18]

On 14 May 2017, he scored in a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers at Wembley Stadium in the 2016-17 National League play-off final to help Forest Green claim a place in the Football League for the first time in their history.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Whilst playing semi-professional football for Carmarthen Town he worked for South Wales Police.[4]

Doidge has also represented the Welsh national basketball side and has appeared in the European Championships.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Carmarthen Town 2012–13[21] Welsh Premier League 12 2 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 14 2
2013–14[22] Welsh Premier League 31 17 2 0 2 1 1[a] 0 36 18
Total 43 19 2 0 3 1 2 0 50 20
Dagenham & Redbridge 2014–15[16] League Two 11 2 1 0 0 0 1[b] 0 13 2
2015–16[23] League Two 35 8 3 0 1 1 3[b] 0 42 9
Total 46 10 4 0 1 1 4 0 55 11
Dartford (loan) 2014–15[16] Conference Premier 7 0 2[c] 0 9 0
Forest Green Rovers 2016–17[24] National League 41 21 1 0 7[d] 2 49 23
Career total 137 50 7 0 4 2 15 2 163 54
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Welsh Premier League UEFA Europa League play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy
  4. ^ 3 appearances and 2 goals in National League play-offs, 4 in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

Carmarthen Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English National Football Archive". English National Football Archive. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Christian Doidge". 11v11. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Doidge joins Daggers in Football League". Welsh Premier League. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Focus on: Christian Doidge". S4C. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Ex-Barry forward Doidge signs for Dagenham". Barry Town F.C. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Christian Doidge – Welsh Premier League profile". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Dagenham & Redbridge sign Carmarthen's Christian Doidge". BBC Football. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "County trial for Carmarthen duo". South Wales Argus. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Daggers keen on Doidge". Barking & Dagenham Post. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Daggers pull plug on Doidge deal". Barking & Dagenham Post. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Striker Doidge joins Dagenham & Redbridge". Barking & Dagenham Post. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Early blow for new Daggers striker Doidge?". Barking & Dagenham Post. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Cheltenham 1–1 Dag & Red". BBC Football. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Doidge: "I Just Wish I Could've Celebrated."". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dartford FC sign Dagenham & Redbridge striker Christian Doidge on a month-long loan". Kent Online. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c "Games played by Christian Doidge in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dagenham's Christian Doidge and Nantwich's Jon Moran sign". BBC Sport. 2 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Maidstone United 1–4 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 27 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Tranmere Rovers 1-3 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 14 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Focus on: Christian Doidge". Sgorio. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Christian Doidge in 2012/2013". Carmarthen Town A.F.C. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Christian Doidge in 2013/2014". Carmarthen Town A.F.C. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Christian Doidge in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "C. Doidge - Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 

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