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Hanley Town sign experienced former Crewe, Rotherham, Port Vale, Bury, Congleton, Witton player

Hanley Town have managed to sign experienced former Crewe, Rotherham, Port Vale, Bury, Congleton, Witton player that is Tom Pope.

He returns back to his old side, of whom is where he started his adult footballing career with around 20 years ago.

Aged 38, Pope signs for them once more, and exciting one for everyone at the club, who finished 13th in the Northern Premier League – West Division (8th tier), with 47 points from 38 games played.

They remain in that league for the 2024/25 season, and will play Atherton Collieries, Avro, Bootle, Chasetown, City of Liverpool, Clitheroe, Hednesford, Kidsgrove, Mossley, Nantwich, Newcastle Town, Runcorn, Stafford Rangers, Stalybridge, Trafford, Vauxhall, Widne, Witton Albion, Wythenshawe and Wythenshawe Town.


We are delighted to announce the signing of Tom Pope.

Tom becomes our first signing for 24/25 and a statement of the clubs intent.

Manager Ryan Shotton: “We are delighted to secure Tom so early, he was in our top target list and hope others will fall very quickly now. We know the areas we need to improve, goalscoring and hold up play was a major area we needed to focus upon”

Upon joining the club Tom Pope said: “Delighted to be back home in the potteries and at Hanley Town, the club I started my adult footballing career”

“The club has improved so much, in particular the past three years and I cannot wait to get a good pre season behind me and help them improve for the 4th season in the row.”

“After speaking to the management tean and the chairman, it could be a very exciting season at this football club and I am here to play my part”

Tom will also be head of our Youth Development Programme and more news to follow on that in due course.


Youth career
Crewe Alexandra
Hanley Town

Senior career
2004–2005 – Biddulph Victoria
2005–2009 – Crewe Alexandra – 64 games (17 goals)
2005 β†’ Lancaster City (loan)
2006 β†’ Stafford Rangers (loan)
2006 β†’ Barrow (loan)
2009–2011 – Rotherham United – 59 games (6 goals)
2011–2015 and 2021-2023 – Port Vale – 343 games (115 goals)
2015–2017 – Bury – 83 games (14 goals)
2021–2023 – Congleton Town – 105 games (48 goals)
2023–2024 – Witton Albion – 27 games (9 goals)
2024– Hanley Town

Appearances for Hanley Town in 2023/24
(per Football Web Pages)

1) Joshua Green – 39
2) James Askey – 38
3) Joel Stair – 36
4) Ethan Stanton – 36
5) Tyrone Ofori – 35
6) Kieran Brown – 34
7) Reece Jones – 33
8) Timothy Sanders – 33
9) Adam Whitehouse – 33
10) Alex Morris – 32
11) Kyle Blake – 30
12) Saul Shotton – 28
13) Lucas Baker – 26
14) Luke Walsh – 25
15) Jacob Twyford – 22
16) Ryan Shotton – 21
17) Jack Bostock – 15
18) Louis Dodds – 15
19) Matthew Bell – 14
20) Joe Mswalie – 13
21) Sam Turner – 12
22) Charlie Walford – 12
23) Adam Watson – 12
24) Jake Moult – 10
25) Tommy Jackson – 9
26) Kebba Bah – 6
27) Jeanny Leblanc-Akpo – 4
28) Dylan Scott – 4
29) Lennon Grimley – 3
30) Josh Bishop – 2
31) Charlie Grocott – 2
32) Jake Wood – 2
33) Ben Chapman – 1

This is how fans reacted as Hanley Town sign the experienced former Crewe, Rotherham, Port Vale, Bury, Congleton, Witton player…

@MichaelMinor360: Get in there popey great signing.

@Peterkay2k11: Can’t bloody wait to come and see a few games feed the pope feed the pope feed the pope and he will score feed the pope and he will score

@pvfc_zack: Great signing for Hanley Town this πŸ‘

@kidsgrovian: Good luck Tom πŸ‘

@Adamyates83: Best flickers ever. 🀣

@bigdirk008: Great signing guys πŸ‘πŸ‘

@johnansteyhotma: This was always gonna happen at some point πŸ‘

@valiantchicken: Yes @TomPope69507931 πŸ‘πŸ»βš½οΈ

@CiaranCoakley7: Belter signing πŸ‘

@PaulRoo6Times: Full Circle ⭕️ Brilliant that πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Enjoy fella ⚽️⚽️⚽️

@wayne26213307: Good luck tom mate great story that is starting there and finishing there. Love the kit mate going be a great league that is next season ❀️⚽️

@MxndaJay: You’re messing! 😍 absolutely love this. Definitely need to get down to some games now to cheer on this mush! @TomPope69507931 πŸ’›πŸ’™

@BesterSCFC: Restock the bar more like

@Squarepeg15: Some announcement video btw πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

@pvfc_zack: Feed the @TomPope69507931 and he will score

@Adam_PVFC: Feed the pope ⚫️βšͺ️

@tommywinklad: Feed the Veg, Feed the Veg, Feed the Veg and he will score! Good luck bullseye! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

@Dan240993: Feed the Pope !!!

@CBabington1: Not messing about this season πŸ”΅βšͺ️

@ValiantAJJ: Feed the pope

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