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Gary Hooper

Gary Hooper (born 26 January 1988) is an English Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Scottish Premier League club Celtic F.C..

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Gary Hooper biography

Gary Hooper (born 26 January 1988) is an English Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Scottish Premier League club Celtic F.C..

Hooper started Gary Hooper career at non-League Grays Athletic F.C. in 2003. While there Gary Hooper won the 2004-05 Football Conference, as well as the FA Trophy twice in 2005 and 2006. After this Football League Championship club Southend United F.C. signed Gary Hooper on a free transfer in 2006. Gary Hooper was loaned out twice by the club, on a three month loan to Football League One club Leyton Orient F.C. in 2007 and a six month loan to Football League Two club Hereford United F.C. in 2008. Scunthorpe United F.C. signed Gary Hooper in 2008, for a fee of £175,000. After two years Gary Hooper was signed by Scottish Premier League side Celtic F.C. for £2.4 million. In Gary Hooper first season with the club Gary Hooper was the top scorer and also won the 2011 Scottish Cup Final.

Hooper was born in England but has not represented the England national football team at any level. In March 2011 it was thought that Gary Hooper may be eligible to represent Scotland national football team. However, this possibility was later closed off. Since Gary Hooper move to Celtic Gary Hooper has been considered for England duty and was called up to the England under-21 national football team squad for a friendly but had to pull out due to injury. Gary Hooper was then included in the provisional squad for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship but did not go to the tournament.

Club career

Early career

Hooper joined the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. youth team at the age of seven. When Gary Hooper was 14 Gary Hooper played 20 minutes of a trial game and was then released by the club. After this Gary Hooper had trials with teams Northampton Town F.C. and Luton Town F.C.. These proved unsuccessful and Gary Hooper started playing Sunday league football. Gary Hooper then had a short spell with Maldon Town F.C., before Gary Hooper was signed by Conference National side Grays Athletic F.C. at the start of the 2003-04 in English football season.

Gary Hooper debut was the following season when Grays were promoted into the newly formed Conference South, helping them to win the league, scoring 12 goals in 29 league appearances.

The 2005-06 in English football in the Conference National, Hooper scored eight times in 40 league appearances. At the end of the 2006 season Gary Hooper was released by Grays. Hooper stated that Gary Hooper was only getting substitute appearances for the last few minutes of games and that Gary Hooper wanted to move. where Gary Hooper was given a one-year contract by Southend manager Steve Tilson the following month. On 24 October, Hooper scored twice in a 3–1 Football League Cup win over Leeds United A.F.C.. Gary Hooper went on to make 18 appearances for Southend in the Championship, although only two were starts. On 15 March, Hooper joined Football League One side Leyton Orient F.C. on loan for the rest of the season. Tilson said that this loan would allow Gary Hooper to assess whether Hooper merited a new contract and would give the young striker experience. Hooper was recalled from loan on 1 May before, already relegated, Southend's last match of the season. A number of players were out injured for the match and,

Hooper made 18 appearances, in Football League One, for Southend during the first half of the 2007-08 in English football season, scoring twice. On 28 January 2008, Hooper signed a new 18-month contract to extend Gary Hooper stay with the club. Gary Hooper then moved on loan to League Two club Hereford United F.C..

At the start of the 2008-09 in English football season. Hooper, along with three other strikers, was listed for transfer. As Tilson looked to re-build Gary Hooper attack. Several other League One sides were interested in him. Cheltenham Town F.C. had a bid accepted but Hooper eventually decided to move to Scunthorpe United F.C.. Gary Hooper scored just four goals in 44 appearances during Gary Hooper time at Southend. Although Gary Hooper did have two successful loan spells. A week later, Gary Hooper scored against Football League One leaders Scunthorpe United F.C. in another 2–2 draw. Hooper made two more appearances for Orient. Before being recalled to Southend on 1 May, when the club activated a 24-hour return clause in Gary Hooper contract. Orient manager Martin Ling said that Gary Hooper thought Hooper had done well during Gary Hooper loan spell with the club and that Gary Hooper would monitor the progress of the young striker. Gary Hooper played five more times, scoring four goals, before Gary Hooper loan deal was due to expire on 28 February. However, manager Graham Turner agreed a deal to keep Gary Hooper until the end of the season. Southend manager Steve Tilson agreed to this despite having two strikers out injured at the time. Hooper's 11 goals in 19 appearances for Hereford helped them finish third in League Two and secure promotion.

Scunthorpe United

On 14 July 2008, Scunthorpe United F.C. signed Hooper for a fee of £125,000, rising to £175,000. Hooper signed a three-year contract with the Football League One club. In the first game of Scunthorpe's league campaign, Hooper scored in a 2–1 defeat at Glanford Park against . Gary Hooper scored Gary Hooper first ever hat-trick against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. on 6 September and netted seven goals in Gary Hooper first seven games to help Scunthorpe's promotion push. After this teammate Izzy Iriekpen paid tribute to Hooper saying that "As soon as Gary Hooper started training you could see there was something special there." On 28 October, league leaders, Scunthorpe suffered their first defeat in 12 games as they lost 3–0 to Oldham Athletic A.F.C.. Hooper came off with an injury in this match and it was feared Gary Hooper had broken Gary Hooper foot and may have been out injured for up to six months. However, scans later revealed that Gary Hooper foot was just badly bruised. Gary Hooper was labelled in the media as the latest from Scunthorpe's "production line for talented young forwards." Gary Hooper scored both goals in a win over promotion rivals Millwall F.C. on 31 January 2009. Scunthorpe reached the final of the Football League Trophy and faced, Football League Two, Luton Town F.C.. Hooper scored the opener but Luton pulled it back to win the match 3–2 in Extra time. At the end of the season, Hooper won Scunthorpe's Player of the Year award. Gary Hooper declared himself delighted with the team's performance during the season, in which Gary Hooper scored 30 goals and Scunthorpe gained promotion. Gary Hooper then set himself a target of 15 Football League Championship goals for the next season.

At the start of the 2009-10 Scunthorpe United F.C. season season, Queens Park Rangers F.C. had a £1 million rejected for Hooper. Coventry City F.C. were also rumoured to be interested in the striker. On 15 August, Hooper scored twice in a 3–2 win over Derby County F.C.. Manager Nigel Adkins said that Gary Hooper thought Hooper was a "massive threat" and that Gary Hooper was worried that other teams would try to sign Gary Hooper before the end of the transfer window. On 22 February, Captain (association football) Cliff Byrne, described Hooper as the kind of striker who could "create something out of nothing". Gary Hooper also stated that Gary Hooper hoped Hooper would stay at the club but if Gary Hooper did leave it would be for a lot of money. This was just after Hooper had scored in a 2–2 draw with Watford F.C., taking Gary Hooper seasonal tally to 13. Gary Hooper scored a hat-trick against Bristol City F.C. on Gary Hooper return from a groin injury on 17 April 2010, and added a further two goals at Doncaster Rovers F.C. a week later. Gary Hooper scored 20 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions in the 2009–10 season, including 19 in 35 in the league, where Gary Hooper finished as third-top goal scorer behind Peter Whittingham and Nicky Maynard who both scored 20.


On 26 July 2010, Scottish Premier League club Celtic signed Hooper for £2.4 million. This move completed Gary Hooper "meteoric rise" from non-league football to one of Europe's top clubs. Only six seasons before Gary Hooper was playing in the Conference South but Gary Hooper progressed upwards, playing in every lower league division in England before earning Gary Hooper dream move to Celtic. This has provided Gary Hooper with great experience, despite Gary Hooper young age and has kept Gary Hooper grounded. Gary Hooper opted to wear the Squad number (association football) Unusual or notable numbers 88 shirt, representing both 1988, the year Gary Hooper was born, and 1888, the year Celtic were founded. On 4 August, Gary Hooper scored on Gary Hooper debut for the club, against Braga in the Champions League UEFA Champions League 2010–11 Third qualifying round. Gary Hooper tore Gary Hooper calf muscle in a friendly against on 8 August, which kept Gary Hooper out of action for almost six weeks. On 22 September 2010, Hooper made Gary Hooper return from injury in the Scottish League Cup scoring in a 6–0 victory over . On 25 September, Gary Hooper made Gary Hooper SPL debut in a 2–1 victory over Hibernian F.C. at Celtic Park. Gary Hooper scored Gary Hooper first League goal on 2 October, in a 3–1 win over Hamilton Academical F.C., and then scored a double against Dundee United at Tannadice Park on 17 October. A week later, Gary Hooper scored the opening goal in a 3–1 defeat to Rangers F.C. at Celtic Park. On 6 November, Hooper and strike partner Anthony Stokes each scored hat-tricks in a league record Celtic v Aberdeen (6 November 2010) win over Aberdeen F.C.. The following week, Gary Hooper scored the winner against St. Mirren. After recovering from an injury that kept Gary Hooper out of action during the Christmas period, Hooper returned to the team against Hibernian on 15 January 2011 and scored the opening goal in a 3–0 win. On 1 February, Hooper scored the first goal in a 3–0 win against Aberdeen. Gary Hooper netted twice in Celtic's 3–0 victory over Rangers on 20 February. Gary Hooper grabbed another brace on 6 April 2011, in a 3–1 victory over Hibernian. Two weeks later, Gary Hooper had a man of the match performance against Kilmarnock F.C., scoring a goal and setting up another three in a 4–0 SPL victory. On 1 May 2011, Hooper scored in a 4–1 victory over Dundee United. Gary Hooper then scored a brace against Heart of Midlothian F.C., and the opener in a 4–0 win over Motherwell F.C., in the final league match of the season. Gary Hooper was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, but lost out to teammate Emilio Izaguirre. Hooper was also picked in the PFA Team of the Year. Gary Hooper picked up Gary Hooper first medal for Celtic in the 2010-11 Scottish Cup after a 3–0 win over Motherwell in the 2011 Scottish Cup Final on 21 May 2011. During the 2010–11 Celtic F.C. season, Hooper had the best strike rate of any player in Britain, scoring 20 goals in 26 games with a strike rate of 0.77 goals per game. This was also the fourth best strike rate in Europe, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antonio Di Natale.

International career

Hooper has not represented England national football team at any level. and this led to hopes that Hooper could be eligible to play for Scotland national football team. The possibility was closed off when it was confirmed that Gary Hooper grandfather was included in the English Births Index. However, Hooper was forced to pull out of the squad due to injury. On 3 May 2011, Gary Hooper was named in the 40-man provisional squad for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, but did not make the final selection. In February 2012, it was confirmed the Welsh Football Association were investigating Gary Hooper eligibility for Wales.

Hooper has declared Gary Hooper desire to play for the Great Britain Olympic football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


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