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Nick Pope

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

19/04/1992

Height

191 cm

Signed

19/07/2016

Country

England

Nick Pope arrived at Turf Moor from Charlton Athletic on the same day as former Addicks teammate Johann Berg Gudmundsson in July 2016, signing a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Soham-born goalkeeper had started his career in the Academy of local club Ipswich Town.

At the age of 16, Pope joined non-league Bury Town and gained invaluable experience as the first-team goalkeeper under the stewardship of former Colchester United midfielder Richard Wilkins.

Wilkins predicted a bright future for the towering keeper and in the summer of 2011 he earned a move to Charlton following a successful tria spelll.

His first loan spell away from The Valley saw him join Harrow Borough, before gaining further experience at Welling United and National League side Cambridge United.

On the final day of the 2012/13 campaign, Pope made his Charlton debut when he replaced David Button in a 4-1 home victory over Bristol City, having helped the club’s U21 side win the national Professional Development League 2 title.

During the second half of the 2013/14 season he joined York City on a loan deal, where impressive performances saw him keep 16 clean sheets in 24 games as the Minstermen reached the League Two play-offs.

Pope conceded just once across both legs of the semi-finals but that was enough to deny York a trip to Wembley as Fleetwood Town progressed.

His final loan spell during his time at the Addicks proved another success as Bury secured his services during the 2014/15 season, with Pope making 22 appearances as the Shakers were promoted form League Two in third place.

A more prolonged spell in the first-team at Charlton followed during the 2015/16 campaign, with Pope making 24 Championship appearances, with his final game coming against Burnley as the Clarets clinched the title with victory at The Valley.

Continuing to learn his trade at Turf Moor behind Tom Heaton and Paul Robinson, Pope was used as the Clarets’ main ‘cup goalkeeper’ in 2016/17, keeping clean sheets against Sunderland Bristol City in the FA Cup.

And he was then promoted to the number-two slot in the closing weeks of the season, sitting on the bench for seven successive Premier League games.

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