Julian Alsop

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Julian Alsop
Personal information
Full name Julian Mark Alsop
Date of birth (1973-05-28) 28 May 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Nuneaton, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Nuneaton Borough
1992–1995 VS Rugby
1995–1996 Racing Club Warwick
1996 Tamworth
1996–1997 Halesowen Town 22 (12)
1997–1998 Bristol Rovers 35 (4)
1998Swansea City (loan) 5 (2)
1998–2000 Swansea City 89 (14)
2000–2003 Cheltenham Town 120 (36)
2003–2004 Oxford United 34 (5)
2004 Northampton Town 7 (1)
2004–2005 Forest Green Rovers 3 (1)
2005–2006 Tamworth 9 (1)
2005–2006Forest Green Rovers (loan) 9 (2)
2006 Forest Green Rovers 14 (3)
2006–2008 Newport County
2008 Cirencester Town
2008–2009 Bishop's Cleeve
2009–2010 Cheltenham Town 41 (4)
2010–2011 Bishop's Cleeve 34 (8)
2012–2013 Carmarthen Town 12 (0)
2014 Monmouth Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Julian Mark Caruthers Alsop (born 28 May 1973) is an English[1] former professional footballer.

Career[edit]

A tall, strong striker, Alsop first came to prominence with Bristol Rovers before joining Swansea City in 1998 for £30,000 immediately following a loan deal.

He signed for Cheltenham Town from Swansea and was less than prolific in his first season, but his second year with the club proved to be a revelation. His partnership with Tony Naylor led to Alsop scoring 26 goals, including the second goal as Cheltenham beat Rushden and Diamonds 3–1 in the Division Three play-off final. His third and final season with the club was beset by injuries and he left Cheltenham for Oxford United at the end of 2002–03 season.

When the season was over he signed for Conference National side Forest Green Rovers. After a brief spell at fellow Conference team Tamworth he returned to Forest Green Rovers.

He signed for Conference South team Newport County in July 2006 after being released from his contract at Forest Green. 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. Alsop was released by Newport at the end of the 2007–08 season.

Other clubs include Halesowen and Northampton Town.

Alsop signed for Cirencester Town after being released from Newport County on a free transfer but left the side after several months to sign for Bishops Cleeve.[2]

On 20 July 2009, Alsop signed a non-contract, month-by month agreement with Cheltenham Town, after playing in the first three pre-season friendlies for the club.

He came off the bench on 18 August away at Rochdale to score a 90th minute winning goal in a 1–0 victory for Cheltenham Town.[3]

We went shopping for a big strong centre-forward at the start of the season, but couldn't afford the players we wanted. If you go shopping at Sainsbury's and ask for a fillet steak but can't afford it, you have to find something else and we've ended up with a gristly old fatty lump of lard up front – but it tasted good.

— Manager Martin Allen explains Alsop's return to Cheltenham.[4]

He was released by the club along with seven other players in May 2010.[5] In July 2010, he returned to Bishop's Cleeve.[6] Alsop announced that he was set to retire from football on 25 April 2011.[7] He had made 34 league appearances during his second spell at Bishop's Cleeve, scoring eight goals.[8]

In January 2012 he came out of retirement to play for Welsh club Carmarthen Town.[9] He made his début for Carmarthen Town as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 win over Aberystwyth Town on 2 January,[10] and remained with the club until December 2012, making twelve league appearances in total.[11]

In January 2014, Alsop joined Welsh League outfit Monmouth Town.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bananas, Banter and Blowtorches: The Julian Alsop Story Twohundredpercent.com Accessed 26–04–11
  2. ^ "Striker Julian Alsop in move to Bishops Cleeve". Western Daily Press. 31 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Alsop targets Cheltenham record". BBC News. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ Charles, Chris (9 September 2009). "Sport quotes of the week". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Cheltenham Town release eight players". BBC Sport. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Striker Julian Alsop makes Bishops Cleeve comeback". BBC Sport. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Cheltenham Town hero reflects on his memorable career". thisisgloucestershire. 23 April 2011. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  8. ^ Julian Alsop Profile | Aylesbury United FC
  9. ^ "Journeyman Alsop with the Old Gold". Welsh Premier League. 2 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  10. ^ Carmarthen Town vs. Aberystwyth Town - 2 January 2012 - Soccerway
  11. ^ England - J. Alsop - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway
  12. ^ "Former County hero Julian Alsop joins Monmouth Town". South Wales Argus. 6 January 2014.

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