Tom Hitchcock

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Tom Hitchcock
Personal information
Full name Thomas Joseph Hitchock [1]
Date of birth (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 30)
Place of birth Hemel Hempstead, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Team information
Current team
Real Bedford F.C.
Youth career
2007–2011 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
2011–2012 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2011Plymouth Argyle (loan) 8 (0)
2012–2014 Queens Park Rangers 1 (1)
2012Bristol Rovers (loan) 17 (3)
2013–2014Crewe Alexandra (loan) 6 (3)
2014Rotherham United (loan) 11 (5)
2014–2016 Milton Keynes Dons 12 (0)
2014–2015Fleetwood Town (loan) 6 (1)
2015Stevenage (loan) 10 (2)
2016Crewe Alexandra (loan) 7 (0)
2017 Boreham Wood 11 (0)
2017–2018 Chelmsford City 11 (1)
2018 Biggleswade Town
2018 Chesham United 5 (0)
2018–2019 Harlow Town 24 (8)
2019 Cheshunt 7 (3)
2019–2021 Bedford Town 25 (11)
2020Cambridge City (loan) 2 (1)
2021–2022 Cambridge City 1 (1)
2022– Real Bedford 0 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:56, 14 August 2021 (UTC)

Thomas Joseph Hitchcock (born 1 October 1992) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Real Bedford F.C.


Club career

Blackburn Rovers

Hitchcock progressed through the youth system at Blackburn Rovers academy after officially joining in 2007, after being recommended by his father Kevin Hitchcock who was then goalkeeping coach at the club. He made his breakthrough into the Blackburn Rovers reserve team in 2009, scoring his first goal that year.

On 19 July 2011, following a successful pre-season trial, Hitchcock joined then League Two side Plymouth Argyle on an initial three-month loan, eventually making 10 appearances for the club before returning to his parent club. [2]

On 2 February 2012, Hitchcock became a free agent following the mutual cancellation of his contract with Blackburn. [3]

Queens Park Rangers

On 4 March 2012 Hitchcock signed a one-year deal with Queens Park Rangers. [4] On 17 August 2013, Hitchcock made his debut for the club as an 83rd-minute substitute for Bobby Zamora, scoring a 90th-minute winner in a 1–0 win over Ipswich Town. [5]

Following limited first team opportunities, Hitchcock signed on loan for League One side Crewe Alexandra. He went on to make 6 appearances for the club, scoring 3 goals. [6]

On 10 January 2014, Tom joined Rotherham United on a month-long loan. [7] He scored his first goal for the club on his second appearance, opening the scoring in a 3–0 win against Shrewsbury Town. [8] On 5 April, he scored his first professional career hat-trick in a 4–3 win against Gillingham. [9]

Milton Keynes Dons

On 1 July 2014, Hitchcock joined Milton Keynes Dons on a three-year contract following his release from Queens Park Rangers. [10]

On 31 October 2014, Hitchcock signed on loan for Fleetwood Town, [11] and scored just three minutes into his debut in a 1–0 win against Gillingham. He went on to make seven appearances for the club, before returning to Milton Keynes Dons in January 2015. [12] [13] [14]

On 7 August 2015, Hitchcock signed for League Two side Stevenage, initially on a one-month loan [15] which was later extended. [16] Hitchcock made his debut for Stevenage against Notts County but was sent off on his debut. Hitchcock scored his first goal for Stevenage in a 1–1 away draw to Dagenham & Redbridge. Hitchcock scored his second goal for the club on 19 September 2015 in a 3–2 away defeat to Barnet before returning to Milton Keynes Dons. [17] On 23 February 2016, Hitchcock returned to League One side Crewe Alexandra on loan for the rest of the 2015–16 season. [18]

On 9 August 2016, Hitchcock left Milton Keynes Dons, becoming a free agent following the mutual termination of his contract. [19] He joined Port Vale on trial in January 2017. [20]


On 11 September 2017, Hitchcock signed for Chelmsford City. [21]

Following departing Chelmsford in March 2018, Hitchcock joined Biggleswade Town on 31 August 2018. [22] He then joined Chesham United and Harlow Town in quick succession. [23] [24] Hitchcock joined Cheshunt at the start of the 2019–20 season, [25] before joining Bedford Town. [26] Hitchcock signed for Cambridge City for the 2021–22 season, having played for the Lilywhites on loan the previous year. [27]

Personal life

Hitchcock is the son of former Chelsea goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock. [28] While attending Kingshott School in Hitchin, he was a member of the Watford academy along with classmate Ben Nugent, combining his studies and appearances for the school's first XI with his Academy commitments. When his father was appointed as goalkeeping coach at Blackburn Rovers as part of Mark Hughes' coaching team in 2004, Hitchcock and his family moved north and Tom transferred to the Blackburn youth teams.

Career statistics

As of match played 9 December 2017 [29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
Blackburn Rovers 2011–12 Premier League 00000000
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2011–12 League Two 8000101 [lower-alpha 1] 0100
Queens Park Rangers 2012–13 Premier League00000000
2013–14 Championship 11001021
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2012–13 League Two173000000173
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2013–14 League One 6300000063
Rotherham United (loan) 2013–14 League One115000000115
Milton Keynes Dons 2014–15 League One12000101 [lower-alpha 1] 0140
2015–16 Championship00000000
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2014–15 League One6110000071
Stevenage (loan) 2015–16 League Two10200001 [lower-alpha 1] 0112
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2015–16 League One7000000070
Boreham Wood 2016–17 National League 110002 [lower-alpha 2] 0130
Chelmsford City 2017–18 National League South 802000100
Career total971530305010815
  1. 1 2 3 Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. Appearances in the FA Trophy

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