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David Hopkin

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Position Right midfielder
Born 21 Aug 1970, Greenock (Scotland)
Height 175 cm
Weight 70 kg
International Caps Scotland: 7 full, 1 B

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Greenock Morton 07 Jul 1989 25 Sep 1992 52 7 £300000
Chelsea 25 Sep 1992 29 Jul 1995 46 1 £850000
Crystal Palace 29 Jul 1995 23 Jul 1997 96 29 £3250000
Leeds United 23 Jul 1997 07 Jul 2000 93 6 £2500000
Bradford City 07 Jul 2000 15 Mar 2001 16 0 £1500000
Crystal Palace 15 Mar 2001 27 Aug 2002 31 4 £0
Greenock Morton 27 Aug 2002        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1997 - 1998 22(3) 1 1   4   0   0  
1998 - 1999 32(2) 4 5   2   4   0  
1999 - 2000 10(4) 1 0   1   2(1)   0  
Total 64(9) 6 6   7   6(1)   0  

Jabba's Comments

He was probably the ugliest player in the Premier League before Luke Chadwick came on the scene (certainly the one with the largest ears - and I should know!), David Hopkin was a key part of Leeds hopes and plans for the future under George Graham. As he proved in the play-off final for Palace, he knows how to find the goal as well as being a dominating force in the middle of the park. We were expecting a lot from our latest ginger-haired Scots midfielder.

With strong competition for the midfield places (and with GG occasionally playing tactics that completely bypass the middle of the park), Hopkin did not figured as strongly as he would have hoped in 97-98 season, missing a couple of games through illness and suspension and being subbed before the end quite a bit.

In 98-99, he became a regular in the starting line-up, but there was still stiff competition for places and continued speculation about signings. His scoring record dropped off a bit: he had an excellent rate at Palace, but was a lot less prolific for Leeds.

Under David O'Leary, he was in and out of the midfield at the start of the 1999-2000 season before an operation which kept him out for nearly two months. The fact that he could barely make it onto the bench when he returned - even with no David Batty around - marked his card, and after talk about a move away from Elland Road in the summer he went to Bradford. Injury ravaged his time at Valley Parade, and he returned to London to help keep Palace in Division 1 where he has come back to something of his old self - albeit in a lower division. At the start of the 2002 season, he was released by Palace and returned to Morton on a free transfer.

Brian D says: When Hoppy was playing for the Mighty Morton at Clydebank, the keeper made a good diving save touching the ball onto the bar before he fell to the ground. As the keeper lay there Hoppy headed the rebound (as per the manual) down - straight to the grateful keeper. I then declared (or words to that effect ) he would never make it. I am glad I had to eat my words - the boy done good.

Anon says: Now owns the Gift Box Newsagents in Greenock and does a bit of Boys Club coaching.

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