Nathan Pond

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Nathan Pond
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Pond playing for Fleetwood Town in 2012
Personal information
Full name Nathan Louis Pond
Date of birth (1985-05-01) 1 May 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Preston, England
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Fleetwood Town
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Lancaster City 0 (0)
2003– Fleetwood Town 429 (52)
2010 Kendal Town (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 26 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:37 30 August 2016 (UTC).

Nathan Louis Pond (born 5 January 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender and defensive midfielder for Fleetwood Town.

He has previously played for Lancaster City, Kendal Town and Grimsby Town.

Having played in seven divisions for Fleetwood through the course of six promotions, Pond was recognised by Guinness as holding the world record for appearing in the most different divisions with a single football club. [1]


Pond began his career with Northern Premier League side Lancaster City in 2003, later that year he transferred to Fleetwood Town.[2]

Pond is the club's current longest serving player having played a club record of 423 matches since 2003.[3] including six promotions, most notably the club's promotion to the Football League in 2012.

He joined Kendal Town on a month's loan in December 2010,[4] making two appearances for the club. The loan was part of an agreement, due to the sale of Danny Rowe to Fleetwood.[5]

On 10 August 2012 Pond joined Grimsby Town on an initial one-month loan.[6]

Having made his first appearance on 11 August 2012 against Southport at Centre back,[7] the following game on 14 August 2012 he scored a 69th minute opening goal in the 1–2 home defeat against Stockport, a superb right footed over head kick in off the cross bar.[8]

After playing three times for Grimsby, Pond extended his loan stay until January 2013.[9] On 8 September 2012 he scored his second goal for Grimsby in a 1–0 victory against Forest Green Rovers, a free-kick by Frankie Artus was met by Pond, glancing his header home.[10]

Following a successful loan spell, Grimsby looked into extending Pond's loan beyond January or possibly securing him on a permanent deal but on 1 January 2013 they admitted it was unlikely because Fleetwood were interested in taking the player back to look at him.[11] Pond's final appearance for Grimsby in his loan spell brought his fifth goal of the season against Hereford United, scoring two minutes into the game. Pond commented before his final game that the loan spell had been successful for both himself and the club and that he would relish the prospect of returning to Grimsby on a permanent deal in the January transfer window if he was unable to win back his place in the Fleetwood team.[12]

He passed Jack Ainscough's record of 421 appearances for Fleetwood in the penultimate game of the 2015-2016 season, ending the season on 423 appearances.[3]


Fleetwood Town


  1. ^ "Pondy the world record breaker!". Fleetwood Town Football Club. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Football statistics and history". 11v11. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Captain will beat Jack Ainscough's record of 421 appearances". Fleetwood Town F.C. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Introducing Kendal Town's Latest Loan Signing". Kendal Town Football Club. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Danny Rowe Signs for Fleetwood Town". Kendal Town Football Club. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pond Joins Town". Grimsby Town Football Club. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Southport 1–1 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grimsby 1–2 Stockport". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nathan Pond's satisfaction at another Grimsby Town shut-out". Grimsby Telegraph. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Grimsby 1–0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
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