Leon Hapgood

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Leon Hapgood
Personal information
Full name Leon Duane Hapgood
Date of birth (1979-08-07) 7 August 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Torquay, Devon, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1996–1998 Torquay United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Torquay United 70 (7)
1999–2000 Plymouth Argyle 0 (0)
1999 Bideford (loan)
2000 Yeovil Town
2000–2001 Taunton Town
2001–2002 Merthyr Tydfil
2002–2003 Taunton Town
2003–2004 Bideford
2004–2007 Clevedon Town
2007 Torquay United 1 (0)
2007 Liskeard Athletic
2007–2008 Bideford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leon Duane Hapgood (born 7 August 1979) is an English amateur footballer. He has represented England Schoolboys.

Hapgood was born in Torquay and began his career as an apprentice with Torquay United, scoring on his league debut in September 1997 while still an apprentice, coming on as a 38th-minute substitute for the injured Steve McCall in the 3-0 win at Plainmoor against Brighton & Hove Albion.

He turned professional in May 1998, but played only a peripheral role in Wes Saunders' side the following season. In June 1999 he was offered a three-month contract by Torquay, but was released in August, almost immediately teaming up with his former manager Kevin Hodges on trial at Plymouth Argyle. He signed non-contract terms with the Pilgrims, but was allowed to join former Torquay player Sean William Joyce's Bideford on loan in November 1999. On 7 February 2000 he joined Conference side Yeovil Town after failing to break into the Plymouth first team.

In June 2000 he moved to Taunton Town, managed by former Torquay player Russell Musker, playing as a substitute in Taunton's 2-1 FA Vase Final win over Berkhamsted Town on 6 May 2001 at Villa Park.

He subsequently moved to Merthyr Tydfil in December 2001.[1] At the end of that season he moved to the United States to work as a coach, returning to the UK to play for Taunton in October 2002.[2] He moved to Bideford in February 2003, initially on loan as he recovered from injury, and left Bideford to join Clevedon Town in June 2004.[3]

On 10 January 2007 he rejoined Torquay United on an initial one-month contract,[4] which was later extended for a second month. However, he was released by Torquay on 11 March 2007 when his contract expired. After starting the 2007–2008 season with Liskeard Athletic, he subsequently re-joined Bideford.

He is the great nephew of former Arsenal and England left back Eddie Hapgood. Leon Hapgood resumed his North American coaching career in August 2008 with Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, where he serves as Academy Manager.


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