John Hardiker

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John Hardiker
Personal information
Full name John David Hardiker
Date of birth (1982-07-07) 7 July 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Preston, England
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Morecambe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Morecambe 86 (0)
2002–2005 Stockport County 103 (3)
2005–2006 Bury 11 (0)
2005 Morecambe (loan) 9 (0)
2006 Morecambe 8 (0)
2006 Fleetwood Town 0 (0)
2006–2009 Forest Green Rovers 68 (5)
2009–2010 Stalybridge Celtic 40 (3)
2010–2012 Droylsden
2012 Radcliffe Borough 0 (0)
2012 Northwich Victoria
2012–2013 Warrington Town 0 (0)
2013 Connah's Quay Nomads
2013–2014 Ashton United
2014–2015 Lancaster City
2016– Kingdom Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:39, 25 August 2013 (UTC).

John David Hardiker (born 7 July 1982) is an English former professional footballer.

Hardiker was a product of the academy system at Morecambe where he made his first full appearance at the age of 16. He moved in 2002 for a fee of £150,000 to Stockport County where he famously scored two goals in a historic victory over Manchester City. After making over 100 appearances for Stockport he moved to Bury before returning to Morecambe.

Hardiker was then released by Morecambe and spent some time at Fleetwood Town before being snapped up by Jim Harvey by signing a contract at Forest Green Rovers.

He had a turbulent 2008–09 season with Forest Green. He was appointed club captain until being sidelined for 4 months with injury, after which he made a dramatic return scoring twice in a 3–0 win over Northwich. Shortly after this, in late February 2009 he was suspended by the club over a non-club related matter.[1] In March 2009 Hardiker resigned from his contract with Forest Green following his suspension.

On 19 March 2009 it was announced that Hardiker has signed a contract with Conference North side Stalybridge Celtic. In late 2010 he joined Droylsden after the two teams agreed an undisclosed fee.

In January 2012, Hardiker left Droylsden and signed for Radcliffe Borough.[2]

In May 2012 he signed for Northwich Victoria. He left Northwich in December 2012 however and he joined Warrington Town.[3] Because of postponements over the 2012 festive period, Hardiker failed to make a single appearance for Warrington and left the club to sign for Connah's Quay Nomads in January 2013.[4] He left the Welsh club at the end of the season and in August 2013 joined Ashton United.[5] After a season at Ashton, he moved to Lancaster City in June 2014.[6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Press Statement Regarding John Hardiker Forest Green Rovers, 6 March 2009
  2. ^ "Hardiker joins Radcliffe". Non League Daily. 30 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wire bring in Hardiker". Non League Daily. 21 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wire lose Hardiker". Non League Daily. 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Robins get clearance for duo". Non League Daily. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Lancaster sign former Morecambe defender Hardiker The Visitor, 26 June 2014

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