Nick Pope (footballer)

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Nick Pope
Nick Pope 23-04-2016 1.jpg
Pope playing for Charlton Athletic in 2016
Personal information
Full name Nicholas David Pope[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Soham, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 1
Youth career
0000–2008 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Bury Town
2011–2016 Charlton Athletic 33 (0)
2011Harrow Borough (loan) 15 (0)
2011–2012Welling United (loan) 2 (0)
2012Welling United (loan) 2 (0)
2013Cambridge United (loan) 9 (0)
2013Aldershot Town (loan) 5 (0)
2013York City (loan) 2 (0)
2014York City (loan) 20 (0)
2015Bury (loan) 22 (0)
2016– Burnley 43 (0)
National team
2018– England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:11, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:11, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Nicholas David Pope (born 19 April 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Burnley and the England national team.

Pope started his career in Ipswich Town's youth teams and after being released aged 16, he joined Bury Town. He signed for League One club Charlton Athletic in May 2011, before having loan spells with Harrow Borough, Welling United, Cambridge United, Aldershot Town, York City, and Bury. Pope joined Burnley of the Premier League in July 2016.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Soham, Cambridgeshire,[4] Pope attended King's School in nearby Ely.[5] An Ipswich Town season ticket holder, he began his career at the club's youth set-up and remained with Ipswich until being released aged 16.[5] Following his release by Ipswich,[5] he joined non-League club Bury Town in 2008.[6] Having challenged and temporarily replaced Marcus Garnham, Pope proved he was capable at that level when he wore the number one shirt for Bury Town for a number of first-team matches after initially debuting for the team at just 16 years of age.[citation needed] Manager Richard Wilkins described Pope as "the most naturally-talented player to progress through the ranks at the West Suffolk Sports Academy and Bury Town" and said "I honestly think Nick Pope can go all the way to the top."[7] Pope was also a member of the West Suffolk College squad and has represented an England Colleges squad.[citation needed]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 24 May 2011, League One club Charlton Athletic signed Pope after he was spotted by scouts during a 2–1 win over Billericay Town.[8][9] He was then invited to a trial at Charlton.[9] After impressing staff during a trial, he was signed on a two-year contract after the two clubs agreed a compensation package, which included Charlton taking on the Suffolk outfit in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2012–13 season.[citation needed] Charlton also paid for Pope to take a degree in sports science at the University of Roehampton alongside other courses which he had planned to take at the University of Nottingham before being signed by Charlton.[9] On 7 February 2012, Pope signed a new two-year contract with Charlton.[10] He made his Charlton and professional debut on 4 May 2013, in the last match of the 2012–13 season, as a 71st minute substitute for David Button in a 4–1 home win for Charlton against already relegated Bristol City in the Championship.[11][12]

Pope signed a new three-year contract with Charlton in September 2013, and commented that "It's a big club so to have a long-term future secure, for me, as a player developing, it's something you look for".[13]

On 5 June 2014, Pope signed a new four-year contract, securing his future to Charlton until June 2018.[14]

Loan spells[edit]

Pope playing for York City in 2014

In August 2011, Pope joined Isthmian League Premier Division club Harrow Borough on a loan deal lasting until 17 September 2011.[15] Whilst there Pope kept three clean sheets and saved two penalty kicks in 19 appearances.[16] Pope was then meant to join Conference Premier club Kettering Town in December 2011, but the deal could not be concluded due to Kettering being placed under a transfer embargo.[17] As a result, he joined Conference South club Welling United on 21 December 2011 on a 28-day loan instead.[17] On 7 March 2013, Pope joined Cambridge United in the Conference Premier on a one-month loan.[4] Whilst at the club, he made nine appearances, keeping four clean sheets in the process.[18]

On 26 September 2013, Pope joined Conference Premier club Aldershot Town on a one-month loan.[19] He joined League Two club York City on 21 November 2013 on a one-month loan,[20] but was recalled after only two matches by Charlton.[21] On 16 January 2014, Pope rejoined York on loan for the rest of the 2013–14 season,[22] keeping 16 clean sheets in 24 appearances.[14]

On 6 January 2015, Pope joined Bury on loan for the rest of the 2014–15 season.[23] He made his debut in a 1–1 home draw with Wycombe Wanderers on 17 January 2015.[24] He made 22 appearances as Bury won promotion after finishing in third place in League Two.[25]

Burnley[edit]

On 19 July 2016, Pope joined newly promoted Premier League club Burnley on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[26] Pope made his Premier League debut on 10 September 2017, replacing the injured Tom Heaton in the first half of a 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace.[27] He made his first Premier League start the following week, on 16 September 2017, in a 1–1 draw against Liverpool away from home.[28] On 9 October, Pope signed a new contract to keep him at Burnley until June 2020.[29] He suffered a dislocated shoulder on 26 July 2018 after colliding with Sam Cosgrove during Burnley's 1–1 draw away to Aberdeen in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round first leg.[30][31][32]

In May 2019 he signed a new contract with Burnley, initially running until 2023.[33]

International career[edit]

Pope was called up to the England national team for the first time on 15 March 2018.[34] He was named in the 23-man England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[35] Pope made his debut on 7 June 2018 as a 65th-minute substitute as England beat Costa Rica 2–0 in a pre-tournament friendly.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 5 October 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Charlton Athletic 2011–12[37] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[11] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14[38] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[24] Championship 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
2015–16[39] Championship 24 0 1 0 3 0 28 0
Total 33 0 1 0 4 0 38 0
Harrow Borough (loan) 2011–12[16] Isthmian League Premier Division 15 0 0 0 4[a] 0 19 0
Welling United (loan) 2011–12[40] Conference South 4 0 4 0
Cambridge United (loan) 2012–13[18] Conference Premier 9 0 9 0
Aldershot Town (loan) 2013–14[18] Conference Premier 5 0 5 0
York City (loan) 2013–14[38] League Two 22 0 2[b] 0 24 0
Bury (loan) 2014–15[24] League Two 22 0 22 0
Burnley 2016–17[41] Premier League 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 0
2017–18[42] Premier League 35 0 1 0 2 0 38 0
2018–19[43] Premier League 0 0 2 0 0 0 1[c] 0 3 0
2019–20[44] Premier League 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 43 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 53 0
Career total 153 0 7 0 7 0 7 0 174 0
  1. ^ One appearance in Isthmian League Cup, three in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 7 June 2018[45]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2018 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Bury

Individual

References[edit]

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