Updated: Jul 2, 2020
Stockport is large town in Greater Manchester, seven miles East of the Manchester City centre. Within this article, we will look at the top ten footballers currently plying their trade within the English Premier League or Football League who were born in Stockport.
Unfortunately for fans of Stockport County, Stockport's main football club, they are situated in close proximity to many of the biggest football clubs in England. Out of the top 10 players within this list, none of these players play for Stockport County- despite being born in Stockport.
Phil Foden, at twenty years of age is highly regarded as one of the best prospects within English football. A boyhood fan of Manchester City, Foden has been with the Premier League giants since the age of 8. Since making his debut in the 2017/18 season, Foden has gone on to make 45 appearances for Pep Guardiola's side, scoring 4 goals in the process. The attacking midfielder is regarded by many as the heir to Manchester City legend David Silva who is leaving the club at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Micheal Keane, 27, was born in Stockport on the 27th January 1993. At the age of 16, Keane went on to join Manchester United before moving to then Championship side Burnley for a fee of £2.5 million. After two successful seasons at the club, Keane joined Everton for a fee of £25 million. At the time of writing this article, Keane has made 10 appearances for the England national side, scoring once with his goal coming in a 5-1 victory against Montenegro.
Tom Ince, 28, son of former England legend Paul Ince, has had a successful within the English Football League and was at one point touted as 'England's next star'. In 2014, it was rumoured that Inter Milan were looking to sign the winger, however this deal did not materialise. Ince started his career at Premier League giants Liverpool but did not manage to make an appearance.
After a loan deal at Notts County, Ince moved on a permanent deal to Blackpool. After two and a half successful seasons with The Tangerines, Ince moved on loan to Premier League side Crystal Palace. After a permanent move to The Eagles did not come into fruition, Ince moved to recently promoted Hull City. Again, Ince did not manage to make a significant impact in the Premier League and moved on loan to Nottingham Forest. Ince then went on to play in two and a half successful seasons at Championship side Derby County before a £10 million move to Premier League side Huddersfield materialised. After only one season at Huddersfield, Ince left to join recently relegated Stoke City, dropping back down to the Championship. Ince has gone on to make 70 appearances, scoring 8 goals for Michael O'Neil's side.
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Josh Harrop, 24, started off his career at Manchester United. In Harrop's only appearance for the Red Devils, he managed to get on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on the last day of the 2016-17 season. In a surprising move, Harrop left the club soon after, joining Championship side Preston North End. Harrop has gone on to make 71 appearances, getting on the scoresheet on 7 occasions.
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Tyrese Campbell, 20, started off his career at Manchester City. At the age of 17, Campbell moved to fellow Premier League side Stoke City for a fee of £1.75 million. Campbell broke into the Stoke City first team squad after a successful loan spell with League One side Shrewsbury, bagging 7 goals in 16 matches. Premier League side Crystal Palace are rumoured to be interested in signing the striker.
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George Evans started his career at Manchester City, joining the side at the age of 6. After loan spells at Crewe Alexandra, Walsall and Scunthorpe, Evans left Manchester City without making a first team appearance. Evans went on to join Championship side Reading. After two and a half successful seasons at the club, Evans went on to join fellow Championship side Derby County.
While at Reading, playing against Manchester United in the FA Cup, Evans' encounter with now Derby County teammate Wayne Rooney after the match went viral.
Will Keane, twin brother of Michael, who has already mentioned in his article, started off his career at Manchester United. At the age of 27, Keane has recently departed from League One side Ipswich Town. Keane has been capped at all youth levels for England but as of yet, he hasn't managed a full call up. Due to the trajectory of Keane's career over recent years, it is highly doubtful Keane will ever get that full international call up. Keane had stints at Hull, Queens Park Rangers, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday but failed to make a significant impact. Keane's time at Ipswich was disrupted by injuries before his release.
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Callum Camps, 24, despite being born in Stockport has been capped at youth levels for Northern Ireland. Camps signed his first professional contract with Rochdale in 2013. Since then, Camps has gone on to gain a number of plaudits for his performances for the League One side. In the 2019/20, Callum Camps unfortunately produced a contender for 'Miss Of The Season' against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
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Taylor Harwood-Bellis, 18, joined Manchester City at the age of six and has gone on to make three appearances for the Premier League side. Harwood-Bellis, at one point captained the England under 17 team. Harwood-Bellis, scored his first goal for Manchester City in their 4-1 win in the FA Cup against Port Vale.
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Hallum Hope, 26, started his career at Manchester City before joining fellow Premier League side Everton. After loan spells at Sheffield Wendnesday and Bury, Hope joined Bury on a permanent deal midway through the 2014/15 season. After an unsuccessful spell, Hope joined League Two side Carlisle. After 25 goals in over 100 appearances for the Cumbrians, Swindon Town swooped for the front man for an undisclosed fee.
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