Tom Parkes

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Tom Parkes
Tom Parkes 2014-01-18 1.jpg
Parkes playing for Bristol Rovers in 2014
Personal information
Full name Thomas Peter Wilson Parkes[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leyton Orient
Number 6
Youth career
2006–2010 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Leicester City 0 (0)
2010 Burton Albion (loan) 22 (1)
2010–2011 Yeovil Town (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Burton Albion (loan) 5 (0)
2011–2012 Burton Albion (loan) 4 (0)
2012 Bristol Rovers (loan) 14 (0)
2012–2016 Bristol Rovers 164 (6)
2016– Leyton Orient 38 (1)
National team
2008–2009 England U17 18 (1)
2014–2015 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:59, 25 March 2017 (UTC).

Thomas Peter Wilson "Tom" Parkes (born 15 January 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for League Two club Leyton Orient.

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Parkes with Leicester City in 2010

Born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire,[1] Parkes started his career at Leicester City where he is a product of their youth academy. Parkes first involvement with Leicester's first team came when he was named as an unused substitute as Leicester beat Swansea City 2–1 at the Walkers Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup.[2]

Loan to Burton Albion[edit]

On 22 January 2010 Parkes joined Burton Albion on a one-month loan deal to help ease their injury crisis,[3] making his debut the following day, playing the full 90 minutes of Burton's 2–3 come back win away at Torquay United.[4] On 30 January Parkes agreed to extend his loan at Burton until the end of the 2009–10 season.[5]

Loan to Yeovil Town[edit]

On 1 December 2010, Parkes secured a loan move to League One side Yeovil Town until January 2011[6] Parkes made two appearances for the club the first being a 0–0 draw against Colchester United in a Football League One match. The second was a 4–2 defeat to Hartlepool United in the FA Cup.

Second loan to Burton Albion[edit]

On 24 March 2011, Parkes joined Burton Albion on loan for a second time until the end of the 2010/11 season.[7]

Third loan to Burton Albion[edit]

Parkes joined Burton Albion on a sixth month loan deal at the start of the 2011–12 season. However this came to a premature end after only three league games after Parkes suffered a broken ankle.[8] He made his return by being named on the bench on 14 January 2012 in a match against Plymouth Argyle.

Loan To Bristol Rovers[edit]

Following the end of his loan at Burton Albion, Parkes was an unused substitute for Leicester's 2–0 victory over Swindon Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup. A few days later, Parkes joined up with fellow Leicester loanee Cian Bolger, at Bristol Rovers on an initial month-long loan deal. Parkes made his debut against Morecambe on 11 February, re-uniting his academy defensive partnership with Bolger. On 21 April, he was sent off for a dangerous two footed challenge on Port Vale's Chris Shuker; opposition manager Micky Adams defended Parkes, saying that in his experience "the boy is not that type of player".[9]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Tom Parkes joined Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee on 20 August 2012.[10] He made his debut on 21 August 2012 in a 1–1 draw against Barnet, playing the full 90 minutes.[11] On 18 September 2012, he scored his first goal for in a Rovers shirt in away match against west country rivals Plymouth Argyle.[12]

On 20 November 2012, he suffered a fractured ankle in a 4–0 loss away at Port Vale at Vale Park and returned to action on 1 December 2012 in the 2–0 loss to Wycombe

When John Ward was appointed manager in December 2012, Tom was awarded the captain's armband and has gone from strength to strength, picking up npower League 2 Player of the Month in February 2013.[13]

In September 2013, Parkes agreed a contract extension at Rovers to keep him at the club until 2016.[14] That season would end in disappointment for Parks and Rovers as the club were relegated out of the Football League for the first time since their election in 1920.[15]

Parkes remained with Rovers for their first campaign in the Conference Premier as Darrell Clarke guided the side to a second place finish in the league, missing out on automatic promotion by just one point. They would however go on to seal promotion at Wembley Stadium, beating Grimsby Town in the 2015 Conference Premier play-off Final.[16] Parkes made 51 appearances in all competitions during the season, the most of any player at the club.

The 2015–16 season saw Parkes struggle to hold down a regular place in the side as Mark McChrystal and Tom Lockyer were generally favoured in the centre back positions. Rovers went on to secure back-to-back promotions to League One following a 92nd minute winning goal from Lee Brown/[17] Parkes, along with the rest of Rovers' senior players, was offered a new deal at the club.[18] He elected to bring his time at Rovers to an end though, deciding to join Leyton Orient[19]

International career[edit]

At international level, Parkes has represented England at under-17 level 18 times, scoring once. Parkes was a member of the unsuccessful England Under-17 squad for the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.

Personal life[edit]

Parkes was prosecuted in July 2016, for drink driving after crashing his step-father's car in the Leamington area of Sutton-in-Ashfield.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 328. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Leicester 2–1 Swansea". Leicester City F.C. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Burton sign Atkins and Parkes to ease injury worries". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Torquay 2–3 Burton". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Parkes extends loan deal". Burton Albion F.C. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Parkes secures loan move". Leicester City F.C. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Parkes Loaned Back To Burton LCFC.COM, 24 March 2011
  8. ^ "Defender Parkes fracture Ankle". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Shaw, Steve (23 April 2012). "Match analysis: Port Vale 1, Bristol Rovers 0". The Sentinel. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Leicester City's Tom Parkes agrees Bristol Rovers switch". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT – Barnet 1–1 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "BBC SPORT – Plymouth 1–1 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tom Parkes Wins Player of the Month". Football League. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "PARKES AGREES CONTRACT EXTENSION". Bristol Rovers Official Website. 11 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "ROVERS RELEGATED". Bristol Rovers Official Website. 3 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Rovers return after penalties". BT Sport. 17 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2-1 Dagenham: Lee Brown goal sends Rovers up". Sky Sports. 7 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "NEW DEALS IN THE POST". Bristol Rovers F.C. 12 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "NEWS: O's complete Parkes deal". Leyton Orient F.C. 15 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Former Leicester footballer crashed borrowed car while drunk in Sutton". Chad. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 

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