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Julian Alsop
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 33 (4)
Date of birth: 28 May 1973
Place of birth: Nuneaton
Height: 6 ft 4 in
Position: Forward
Date joined: 14 February 1997
Joined from: Halesowen Town
Date left: 13 March 1998
1 League appearances and goals only.

Julian Alsop is a forward who joined Rovers in 1997 from non-league side Halesowen Town, where prior to going full-time in football he was working as a hod carrier. He was one of a number of players that Rovers picked up from non-league teams around that time, alongside such players as Barry Hayles and Steve Foster.

Career[]

Julian started out playing non-league football in the Midlands for Racing Club Warwick, VS Rugby (now known as Rugby Town), Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth and Haleswowen before turning pro with Rovers in 1997. He made 33 league appearances for Rovers, before in 1998 joining Swansea City on loan for two months. In March 1998 Swansea decided to made the move permanent, signing him for a fee of £30,000. He made 90 league appearances in all for Swansea, five during his loan spell and a further 85 after signing for the club.

In 2000 Julian joined Cheltenham Town, where he stayed for three years, making 117 league appearances and scoring 35 goals, before joining Oxford United. He made headlines during a spell at Oxford when he was sacked from the club following a "lewd prank with a banana". After deciding not to contest his sacking from the Kassam Stadium he had brief spells at Northampton Town, Forest Green Rovers and Tamworth. While at Tamworth, he rejoined Forest Green on loan, before making the move back to Nailsworth full-time. In 2006 he signed for Newport County, which at the time was managed by his former Rovers teammate Peter Beadle. After two years in Newport he signed for Cirencester Town in the summer of 2008, where he played alongside Adam Mahdi, who was on loan from Rovers at the time. He joined Bishops Cleeve later that season before making a surprise return to the Football League, re-joining Cheltenham Town ahead of the 2009–10 season on a month-by-month contract. He won the player of the season award before being released at the end of the season and returning to Bishops Cleeve. He retired from football in 2011 citing physical wear and tear on his body as the reason for his decision.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1996–97 Bristol Rovers 16 3
1997–98 Bristol Rovers 17 1
1997–98 Swansea City (loan) 5 2
1997–98 Swansea City 7 1
1998–99 Swansea City 41 10
1999–00 Swansea City 37 3
2000–01 Cheltenham Town 39 5
2001–02 Cheltenham Town 41 20
2002–03 Cheltenham Town 37 10
2003–04 Oxford United 29 5
2004–05 Oxford United 5 0
2004–05 Northampton Town 7 1
2004–05 Forest Green Rovers 3 1
2005–06 Tamworth 9 1
2005–06 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 9 2
2005–06 Forest Green Rovers 14 3
2006–07 Newport County 34 11
2007–08 Newport County 34 5
2008–09 Cirencester Town 10 3
2008–09 Bishops Cleeve 32 4
2009–10 Cheltenham Town 41 4
2010–11 Bishops Cleeve 34 5
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