Tom Hitchcock

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Tom Hitchcock
Personal information
Full name Thomas Joseph Hitchock[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Hemel Hempstead, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2007–2011 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2011 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 8 (0)
2012–2014 Queens Park Rangers 1 (1)
2012 Bristol Rovers (loan) 17 (3)
2013–2014 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 6 (3)
2014 Rotherham United (loan) 7 (5)
2014–2016 Milton Keynes Dons 12 (0)
2014–2015 Fleetwood Town (loan) 6 (1)
2015 Stevenage (loan) 10 (2)
2016 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 7 (0)
2017 Boreham Wood 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2017.

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Hitchcock (born 1 October 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Hitchcock progressed through the youth system at Blackburn Rovers academy after officially joining in 2007, after being recommended by his father Kevin Hitchcock who was then goalkeeping coach at the club. He made his breakthrough into the Blackburn Rovers reserve team in 2009, scoring his first goal that year.

On 19 July 2011, following a successful pre-season trial, Hitchcock joined then League Two side Plymouth Argyle on an initial three-month loan, eventually making 10 appearances for the club before returning to his parent club.[2]

On 2 February 2012, Hitchcock became a free agent following the mutual cancellation of his contract with Blackburn.[3]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 4 March 2012 Hitchcock signed a one-year deal with Queens Park Rangers.[4] On 17 August 2012, Hitchcock made his debut for the club as an 83rd substitute for Bobby Zamora, scoring a 90th minute in a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town.[5]

Following limited first team opportunities, Hitchcock signed on loan for League One side Crewe Alexandra. He went on to make 6 appearances for the club, scoring 3 goals.[6]

On 10 January 2014, Tom joined Rotherham United on a month-long loan.[7] He scored his first goal for the club on his second appearance, opening the scoring in a 3–0 win against Shrewsbury Town.[8] On 5 April, he scored his first professional career hat-trick in a 4–3 win against Gillingham.[9]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 1 July 2014, Hitchcock joined Milton Keynes Dons on a three-year contract following his release from Queens Park Rangers.[10]

On 31 October 2014, Hitchcock signed on loan for Fleetwood Town,[11] and scored just three minutes into his debut in a 1–0 win against Gillingham. He went on to make seven appearances for the club, before returning to Milton Keynes Dons in January 2015.[12][13][14]

On 7 August 2015, Hitchcock signed for League Two side Stevenage, initially on a one-month loan[15] which was later extended.[16] Hitchcock made his debut for Stevenage against Notts County but was sent off on his debut. Hitchcock scored his first goal for Stevenage in a 1-1 away draw to Dagenham & Redbridge. Hitchcock scored his second goal for the club on 19 September 2015 in a 3-2 away defeat to Barnet before returning to Milton Keynes Dons.[17] On 23 February 2016, Hitchcock returned to League One side Crewe Alexandra on loan for the rest of the 2015–16 season.[18]

On 9 August 2016, Hitchcock left Milton Keynes Dons, becoming a free agent following the mutual termination of his contract.[19] He joined Port Vale on trial in January 2017.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Hitchcock is the son of former Chelsea goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock.[21] While attending Kingshott School in Hitchin, he was a member of the Watford academy along with classmate Ben Nugent, combining his studies and appearances for the school's first XI with his Academy commitments. When his father was appointed as goalkeeping coach at Blackburn Rovers as part of Mark Hughes' coaching team in 2004, Hitchcock and his family moved north and Tom transferred to the Blackburn youth teams.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 April 2017[22]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2011–12 League Two 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Total 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Queens Park Rangers 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 1
Total 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2012–13 League Two 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2013–14 League One 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Rotherham United (loan) 2013–14 League One 11 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 5
Total 34 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 11
Milton Keynes Dons 2014–15 League One 12 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 14 0
2015–16 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 12 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 14 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2014–15 League One 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Stevenage (loan) 2015–16 League Two 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 2
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2015–16 League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 23 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 25 3
Boreham Wood 2016–17 National League 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Career total 89 15 1 0 2 0 5 0 97 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 51. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/pilgrims-agree-loan-deal-hitchcock/story-12969894-detail/story.html
  3. ^ "Hitchcock leaves Blackburn – Number of League One clubs eyeing up a move for young striker". SkySports. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Tom Hitchcock wins QPR deal after Blackburn exit; Tribal Football, 4 March 2012
  5. ^ "QPR 1–0 Ipswich". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Crewe-Alex-QPR-striker-Tom-Hitchcock-moves-Gresty/story-20236945-detail/story.html
  7. ^ "Millers land striker Hitchcock". Rotherham United FC. 10 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 0–3 Rotherham United" BBC Sport. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Gillingham 3–4 Rotherham United" BBC Sport. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  10. ^ "MK Dons: Tom Hitchcock joins on three-year deal after leaving QPR". BBC Sport. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tom Hitchcock: Fleetwood sign MK Dons striker on loan" BBC Sport. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Fleetwood Town 1-0 Gillingham" BBC Sport. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Games played by Tom Hitchcock in 2014/2015" Soccerbase. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Hitchcock makes MK Dons return" Sky Sports. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/33826766
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/34223927
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/34230239
  18. ^ http://www.crewechronicle.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/crewe-alex-line-up-loan-10929795?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
  19. ^ http://www.mkdons.com/news/article/2016-17/hitchcock-departs-3236294.aspx
  20. ^ Baggaley, Mike (10 January 2017). "Trialists Eagles and Hitchcock help Port Vale reserves win 4-0". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Reid keen to add Rovers striker Hitchcock to his squad". The Herald. Plymouth. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Tom Hitchcock". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 

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