Tom Champion

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Tom Champion
Personal information
Full name Thomas Matthew Champion [1]
Date of birth (1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 (age 37) [2]
Place of birth Barnet, England
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) [2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Youth career
0000–2004 Watford
Senior career*
2004–2005 Barnet 7 (0)
2005Wealdstone (loan) 0 (0)
2005–2010 Bishop's Stortford 114 (4)
2010 Braintree Town 19 (0)
2010–2013 Dartford 114 (5)
2013–2015 Cambridge United 81 (1)
2015–2017 Barnet 52 (1)
2016Lincoln City (loan) 5 (0)
2017–2021 Boreham Wood 146 (4)
2021–2022 Woking 36 (0)
2022–2023 Lewes 39 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:45, 7 May 2022 (UTC)

Thomas Matthew Champion (born 15 May 1986) is an English former professional and semi-professional footballer who last played for Lewes.



Early years

Born in London, Champion began his professional career with Barnet, after playing for Watford's youth setup. In February 2005, he joined Wealdstone on loan for a month. [3] Champion subsequently returned to the Bees, and joined Bishop's Stortford in July.


In the 2010 summer, after appearing regularly with Bishop's Stortford (and with a short stint at Braintree Town), Champion joined Dartford. He featured regularly for the side, also being an ever-present figure during the promotion campaign to the Conference Premier, featuring in 39 matches.

Cambridge United

On 8 May 2013 Champion joined Cambridge United, alongside Dartford teammate Tom Bonner. [4] He appeared in all league matches during the season, helping the club return to League Two. On 8 August 2014 Champion played in Cambridge's first match back in League Two, starting in a 1–0 home win against Plymouth Argyle. [5]


Champion rejoined Barnet on a two-year deal in May 2015. [6] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win during an FA Cup first round tie against Blackpool. [7] Champion was made available for a free transfer at the end of the 2015–16 season, [8] and joined Lincoln City on a 93-day loan on 12 September 2016. [9] A month later his loan was cancelled early by mutual consent. [10] Champion was released by the Bees at the end of the 2016–17 season. In total, he played 57 times, scoring two goals. [11]

Boreham Wood

Champion joined Boreham Wood on a one-year deal in June 2017. [12]


On 8 June 2021, Champion joined fellow National League side, Woking on a one-year deal. [13] On 21 August 2021, Champion made his Woking debut during their 2–1 away victory over Wealdstone, replacing Max Kretzschmar in the 74th minute. [14] He went onto feature thirty-eight times in all competitions before leaving at the end of his contract in July 2022. [15]


On 8 August 2022, it was announced that Champion had joined Lewes ahead of the 2022–23 campaign. [16] He announced his retirement from football after the 22/23 season on April 6, 2023, and played his final game on April 22, in a 3-1 win against Canvey Island.

Career statistics

As of match played 7 May 2022
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
Dartford 2010–11 [17] Conference South 362402 [lower-alpha 1] 1423
2011–12 [17] Conference South362107 [lower-alpha 2] 0442
2012–13 [17] Conference Premier 421207 [lower-alpha 1] 0511
Cambridge United 2013–14 [17] Conference Premier431409 [lower-alpha 3] 0561
2014–15 [18] League Two 38060101 [lower-alpha 4] 0460
Barnet 2015–16 [19] League Two26011201 [lower-alpha 4] 0301
2016–17 [20] League Two261100000271
Lincoln City (loan) 2016–17 [20] National League 50000050
Boreham Wood 2017–18 [17] National League421307 [lower-alpha 5] 0521
2018–19 [17] National League441202 [lower-alpha 1] 0481
2019–20 [17] National League341103 [lower-alpha 6] 0381
2020–21 [17] National League2613000291
Woking 2021–22 [17] National League360101 [lower-alpha 1] 0380
Lewes 2022–23 [17] Isthmian League Premier Division00000000
Career total434112913040150613
  1. 1 2 3 4 Appearances in FA Trophy
  2. Four appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference South play-offs
  3. Six appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs
  4. 1 2 Appearances in Football League Trophy
  5. Four appearances in FA Trophy, three in National League play-offs
  6. One appearance in FA Trophy, two in National League play-offs


Cambridge United

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