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Julian Alsop

Personal information
Full nameJulian Mark Alsop
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubRetired

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Julian Mark Alsop (born 28 May 1973) is an English retired footballer born in Nuneaton. A tall, strong striker, Alsop first came to prominence with Bristol Rovers before joining Swansea City in 1998 for £30,000 immediately following a loan deal.

He signed for Cheltenham Town from Swansea and was less than prolific in his first season, but his second year with the club proved to be a revelation. His partnership with Tony Naylor led to Alsop scoring 26 goals, including the second goal as Cheltenham beat Rushden and Diamonds 3 1 in the Division Three play-off final. His third and final season with the club was beset by injuries and he left Cheltenham for Oxford United at the end of 2002-03.

Alsop was sacked by Oxford in October 2004 after an incident involving a banana, half a bottle of spiced rum and a naive youth team player, and in January 2005, by which time he had spent time at Northampton Town and Forest Green Rovers, he was banned by the Football Association until the end of the season.

When the ban was over he signed for Nationwide Conference side Forest Green Rovers. After a brief spell at fellow Conference team Tamworth he returned to Forest Green Rovers.

He signed for Conference South team Newport County in July 2006 after being released from his contract at Forest Green. During his time at Newport they twice narrowly missed out on the promotion play-offs and twice appeared in the FAW Premier Cup final, winning the 2008 final. Alsop was released by Newport at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Other clubs include Halesowen and Northampton Town.

Alsop signed for Cirencester Town after being released from Newport County on a free transfer but left the side after several months to sign for Bishops Cleeve.

On 20 July 2009, Alsop signed a non-contract, month-by month agreement with Cheltenham Town, after playing in the first three pre-season friendlies for the club.

He came off the bench on 18 August away at Rochdale to score a 90th minute winning goal in a 1 0 victory for Cheltenham Town. He is now targeting the club's all time football league goal scorers record.Alsop also has one of the best known and funniest football chants sung about him. It refers to an incident that took place while he was at Oxford invloving a banana and a youth team player.

He is also famous for the quickest hat trick in history which occurred in 1995 for Tamworth while playing against Armitage. His three goals were timed at just over a minute.

He was released by the club along with seven other players in May 2010. In July 2010, he returned to Bishops Cleeve. Alsop announced that he was set to retire from football on the 25 April 2011.

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