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Stevenage Player Chris Whelpdale

Chris Whelpdale


Chris Whelpdale
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Place Of Birth:

Harold Wood

Previous Club(s):

AFC Wimbledon
Peterborough United
Billericay Town
Maldon Town

Later Club(s):

Chelmsford City (2018)

Apps: 84 (17) - Goals: 17

Debut: Hartlepool United (H, 1-0), 09/08/2014  

A man with considerable Football League experience, Chris Whelpdale was first among a number of new additions to the Stevenage squad in 2014. At that time, Boro' had dropped out of League One and then-manager Graham Westley was plotting the team's return. It was little surprise, therefore, that he turned to a player with the skills and expertise to aid that cause.

In the end, it wasn't to be; Boro' falling just short of promotion. After the departure of Graham Westley, in came Teddy Sheringham and then Darren Sarll. At the end of the 2015-6 season, however, Whelpdale left the Lamex for AFC Wimbledon and a personal return to League One. Few could argue, given his contributions (notably in the scoring department), that he was not worthy of the chance.

Whelps' stay at the Dons was a brief one, strangely enough. After one solitary campaign with the south London outfit, he was let go. That was music to the ears of Boro' gaffer Darren Sarll, snapping up the talented midfielder on a one-year deal and adding his name to the long list of multi-spell men (Seriously, there should be a t-shirt. Ed.). No-one at the club was disappointed to hear of Whelpdale's return.

His time at Peterborough United and Gillingham worth more than 200 games meant there was no shortage of know-how when he took to the pitch for the first time in a Stevenage shirt. After learning his trade in Essex non-league circles with Maldon Town and Billericay Town, Whelpdale was given his first break with Posh in 2007 and stayed at London Road for four years.

During that time, he won three promotions; first from League Two into League One and then twice from League One into the Championship. After a brief loan spell at Gillingham in 2010, the player made the permanent switch to Kent in July 2011 and was to win yet another promotion as the Gills stormed to the League Two title.

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