Chris Hope

Chris Hope

Born 14 November 1972 (Age 33 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #236)

Total appearances 152 – 11 goals

(128 League, 7 FA Cup, 8 FA Trophy, 4 League Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup, 3 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

12 August 2006 (Away Crawley Town)

Final game:

26 April 2009 (Home Woking)

Chris began his career at Darlington as a trainee, before signing a professional contract prior to the 1989/90 season. After failing to make an appearance that season, he signed for Nottm Forest in July 1990 where he stayed for two years, again failing to break into the first team. It was during his time at Forest that he went on loan to Kettering Town during the 1992/93 season, scoring 3 times in 23 appearances. His form attracted the attention of Scunthorpe United, and he moved to Glanford Park in the summer of 1993 for a £50,000 transfer fee. He made some 336 appearances in seven seasons, including 177 successive games. In May 2000, he was lured away by Gillingham, who paid a £250,000 fee for his services. In five years with the Kent side, he notched up 264 appearances taking over the captaincy for the 2005/06 season. The following year was marred by injury, and he was released in May 2006, joining Diamonds on 7 July on a two year deal.

Described as a leader on and off the pitch, Hope played a major role in his first season at Nene Park, winning players player of the season, and continued as club captain in 2007/08, earning a place on the retained list for 2008/09 which will allow him to combine playing duties with a coaching role. In his career with the Diamonds prior to the 2008/09 season he had appeared in 101 games, scoring 6 times. During the 2008-09 season he started all 46 league games, the first player in Diamonds history to achieve that feat in a 46 game season, and completed the full 90 minutes in 45 of these games. His performances during that season, including 5 league goals, won him the Evening Telegraph Player of the Season award, the Press Box player of the Season award and the Internet Forum’s Player of the Season. He also remains on the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

 

Chris Hope

 

He was released in May 2009, and was going to join Dover Athletic before deciding to remain in the Northants area. He joined Conference North side Corby Town on 1 June 2009, but was released by the club on 1 March 2011. Although he planned to join Oxford City for the rest of the season, the move never took place. On 24 July 2011, he joined Southern League Division One Central side St.Neots Town after playing in a couple of pre-season friendlies for the Saints, helping them to promotion at the end of the season. On 21 July 2012, Chris joined the newly formed UCL Division One side AFC Rushden & Diamonds. After helping Diamonds to promotion into the UCL, Chris took a break from the game to concentrate on coaching, before joining UCL Division One side Thrapston Town on 28 February 2014, scoring twice on his debut the following day.

 

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 5

Conf

12.8.06

Crawley Town (A)

 

Conf

15.8.06

Grays Athletic (H)

 

Conf

19.8.06

Forest Green (H)

 

Conf

26.8.06

Southport (A)

 

Conf

28.8.06

York City (H)

 

Conf

1.9.06

Kidderminster (A)

 

Conf

9.9.06

Altrincham (H)

 

Conf

12.9.06

Tamworth (A)

 

Conf

16.9.06

Stafford Rgrs (A)

1 goal

Conf

19.9.06

Gravesend&Nflt H)

 

Conf

23.9.06

Woking (A)

 

Conf

30.9.06

Burton Albion (H)

 

Conf

3.10.06

Morecambe (A)

 

Conf

6.10.06

Stevenage B (H)

1 goal

Conf

10.10.06

Halifax Town (H)

 

Conf

14.10.06

Northwich Vic (A)

 

Conf

21.10.06

Weymouth (A)

 

FAC4q

28.10.06

Altrincham (H)

 

Conf

4.11.06

Dagenham&Red(H)

 

FAC1

11.11.06

Yeovil Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

18.11.06

St.Albans (A)

 

Conf

25.11.06

Aldershot Tn (H)

 

FAC2

2.12.06

Tamworth (H)

 

Conf

9.12.06

Oxford Utd (H)

 

FAT1

16.12.06

Scarborough (H)

 

Conf

26.12.06

Cambridge Utd (A)

 

Conf

30.12.06

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

 

Conf

1.1.07

Tamworth (H)

 

Conf

6.1.07

Altrincham (A)

 

FAT2

13.1.07

Witton Albion (A)

 

Conf

20.1.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

 

Conf

23.1.07

Cambridge Utd (H)

 

HSCSF

6.2.07

Rothwell Town (H)

 

Conf

10.2.07

Dagenham&Rdg (A)

1 goal

Conf

17.2.07

St.Albans (H)

 

Conf

20.2.07

Exeter City (A)

 

Conf

24.2.07

Aldershot Town (A)

 

Conf

3.3.07

Exeter City (H)

 

Conf

6.3.07

Morecambe (H)

 

Conf

13.3.07

Halifax Town (A)

 

Conf

23.3.07

Crawley Town (H)

 

Conf

27.3.07

Grays Athletic (A)

 

Conf

31.3.07

Forest Green (A)

 

Conf

3.4.07

Weymouth (H)

 

Conf

7.4.07

Southport (H)

 

Conf

10.4.07

York City (A)

 

Conf

14.4.07

Kidderminster (H)

 

Conf

17.4.07

Stevenage B (A)

 

Conf

21.4.07

Woking (H)

 

Conf

23.4.07

Northwich Vic (H)

 

Conf

28.4.07

Burton Albion (A)

 

2007/2008 – squad number 5

MCF

4.8.07

Northampton Tn(H)

 

Conf

11.8.07

Woking (A)

 

Conf

14.8.07

Farsley Celtic (H)

 

Conf

18.8.07

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

 

Conf

25.8.07

Torquay Utd (A)

 

Conf

27.8.07

Kidderminster (H)

 

Conf

30.8.07

York City (A)

 

Conf

4.9.07

Crawley Town(H)

 

Conf

8.9.07

Salisbury City (A)

 

Conf

15.9.07

Burton Albion (H)

 

Conf

21.9.07

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

Conf

25.9.07

Grays Athletic (H)

 

Conf

28.9.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

 

Conf

6.10.07

Altrincham (A)

 

Conf

9.10.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

 

Conf

12.10.07

Forest Green (H)

 

Conf

20.10.07

Exeter City (A)

 

FAC4q

27.10.07

Solihull Moors (H)

 

Conf

1.11.07

Oxford Utd (H)

 

FAC1

10.11.07

Macclesfield Tn(H)

 

Conf

17.11.07

Aldershot Tn (A)

 

Conf

24.11.07

Northwich Vic (A)

 

FAC2

1.12.07

Bristol Rvrs (A)

 

Conf

4.12.07

Histon (H)

1 goal

FAT1

15.12.07

Bamber Bdge (A)

 

Conf

19.1.08

Crawley Tn (A)

 

HSCSF

21.1.08

North’ton Spcr (H)

 

Conf

26.1.08

Weymouth (H)

 

Conf

29.1.08

BurtonAlbion (A)

 

FAT3

2.2.08

Halifax Town (A)

 

Conf

9.2.08

Halifax Town (H)

 

FAT4

23.2.08

York City (H)

as sub

SS5

26.2.08

Kidderminster (A)

 

Conf

1.3.08

Woking (H)

 

Conf

4.3.08

Farsley Celtic (A)

 

SSQF

8.3.08

Northwich Vic (A)

 

Conf

11.3.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

 

Conf

15.3.08

Histon (A)

 

Conf

22.3.08

York City (H)

1 goal

SSSF

27.3.08

Halifax Town (H)

 

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

 

SSF

3.4.08

Aldershot Tn (A)

 

Conf

8.4.08

Cambridge Utd (H)

 

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green (A)

 

Conf

17.4.08

Torquay Utd (H)

 

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

 

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford Utd (A)

 

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Ath (A)

 

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

 

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

 

2008/2009 – squad number 5

MCF

26.7.08

Peterborough U(H)

 

Conf

9.8.08

Eastbourne B (A)

 

Conf

12.8.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

 

Conf

17.8.08

Wrexham (H)

 

Conf

23.8.08

Kettering Tn (H)

 

Conf

25.8.08

Histon (H)

 

Conf

30.8.08

Kidderminster (A)

 

Conf

2.9.08

Barrow (A)

 

Conf

6.9.08

Crawley Town(H)

 

Conf

11.9.08

Lewes (A)

1 goal

Conf

20.9.08

Burton Albion (H)

 

Conf

23.9.08

Wrexham (A)

2 goals

Conf

29.9.08

Altricham (H)

 

Conf

4.10.08

Oxford Utd (A)

 

Conf

7.10.08

Grays Ath (H)

 

Conf

12.10.08

Torquay Utd (H)

 

Conf

18.10.08

York City (A)

 

FAC4q

25.10.08

Evesham Utd (A)

 

Conf

1.11.08

Cambridge Utd (A)

 

Conf

8.11.08

Weymouth (H)

 

Conf

15.11.08

Kidderminster (H)

 

Conf

22.11.08

Eastbourne B (H)

 

Conf

29.11.08

Altrincham (A)

 

Conf

6.12.08

Barrow (H)

 

Conf

9.12.08

Woking (A)

 

FAT1

13.12.08

Newport Co (A)

 

FAT1r

16.12.08

Newport Co (H)

 

Conf

20.12.08

Northwich Vic (H)

 

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

 

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

 

FAT2

10.1.09

Torquay Utd (A)

 

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

 

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

 

Conf

27.1.09

Mansfield Tn (A)

 

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

 

Conf

9.2.09

Burton Albion (A)

 

Conf

21.2.09

Weymouth (A)

1 goal

Conf

24.2.09

York City (H)

 

Conf

28.2.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

 

Conf

7.3.09

Torquay Utd (A)

 

Conf

10.3.09

Lewes (H)

 

Conf

14.3.09

Crawley Tn (A)

 

Conf

21.3.09

Salisbury City (A)

 

Conf

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

 

Conf

28.3.09

Northwich Vic (A)

 

Conf

31.3.09

Grays Ath (A)

 

Conf

4.4.09

Salisbury City (H)

1 goal

Conf

11.4.09

Kettering Tn (H)

 

Conf

13.4.09

Histon (A)

 

Conf

18.4.09

Forest Green (A)

 

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

 
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