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    Michael Chopra Signs 

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:16:01 PM
    Alloa Athletic today pulled off a fantastic signing coup in bringing Michael Chopra to the club, a player who has played at the highest level in the UEFA Champions League and the English Premiership. He is a product of the Newcastle United academy, the prolific striker who has an Indian father, was the first player of Indian parentage to play and score in the English Premier League. He has recently been playing in the Inaugural Hero Indian Super League for the newly formed Kerala Blasters who are managed by Ex England International goalkeeper, David James who is their player manager, their season ended on 20th December, 2014 when they were beaten in title decider by Athletico De Kolkata who won the title after scoring a last minute winner. Lee Ebden, Head of Player Recruitment & Chief Scout at Alloa Athletic, used his contacts to enable the club to sign Michael. Due to injury to top goalscorer Greig Spence on Saturday, Paddy Connolly and the club felt it necessary to provide cover in Greig’s absence, things needed to happen quickly, therefore Lee and the Administrative part of the club have worked together to bring the player to the club. On behalf of everyone at the club we would like to wish Michael Chopra a warm welcome. Now aged 31 Michael adds great experience to the Alloa Athletic squad for the final quarter of the season.

    In 2000, Chopra penned his first senior contract for ‘The Magpies’. However, the management decided to loan out the England junior international to Watford, where he netted five goals in five matches during six months. He then played for Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Cardiff City, Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Blackpool and kept knocking in the goals by the dozen. His stint on loan at the Welsh club was rather successful as the management decided to secure his services on a permanent basis and he scored 28 goals in 73 fixtures during two seasons from 2009-2011. He has represented England from the under-15s right up to the -21 levels. He made his UEFA Champions League debut in December 2002 for Newcastle United, as a substitute against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, and also played against Bayer Leverkusen. On April 17, 2006, Chopra scored his first Premier League goal, the fastest in Premier League history, against Sunderland in the 60th minute of the Tyne-Wear derby, which ended 4–1. Chopra had only been on the pitch for 15 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

     



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