Nicholas David Pope is an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for various English clubs like Bury Town, Charlton Athletic, Harrow Borough, Wellington United and Cambridge United, Aldershot Town and York City. He currently plays with Lancashire based club, Burnley FC, and was included in England’s senior national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Born on 19 April 1992 in Soham in east Cambridgeshire in England, Pope started his youth career while playing for a local club, Ipswich Town, and spent his early days in their youth setup.
After being released by Ipswich in 2008, Pope was signed by non-league club, Bury Town, for a 3 year contract. Pope was also a member of the West Suffolk College squad and has represented an England Colleges squad.
In 2011, Pope joined League One club - Charlton Athletic on a 2 year deal which was further extended to 4 years. He made his professional debut on 4 May 2013, in the last game of the 2012–13 season, in a 4–1 home win against Bristol City. Pope played 33 games for Charlton and was mostly loaned during the course of his tenure.
In 2011, he was loaned to Isthmian League premier division club - Harrow Borough, for few months. He made 15 appearances for the club and saved 2 penalty kicks. At the end of 2011, he joined Wellington United for 3 months loan and made a total of 4 appearances.
In 2012, Nick joined Cambridge United in the Conference Premier on a one-month loan. Whilst at the club, he played 9 games, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
In 2013, he played for Aldershot Town and York City, making 5 and 24 appearances respectively. He kept 16 clean sheets while playing for York City.
In 2015, Pope joined Bury on loan for full season. He made his debut in a 1–1 home draw with Wycombe Wanderers on 17 January 2015. He made 22 appearances for the club.
In 2016, Pope joined the very popular club Burnley. He had played 28 games with Burnley and has been a prominent team member for them.
Rise to glory
His sharp skills against the tough teams like Liverpool and Crystal Palace earned him more popularity and hence Pope was offered a deal to keep him at Burnley until June 2020.
Nick was called for the much intense arena, international level, on 15 March 2018. The 25 years old young and naturally talented lad has been around the game for many years and has vast experience in professional football. These achievements makes him a long haul player in making.