Chris Cargo

Christopher "Chris" Cargo (born 18 February 1986) is an Irish field hockey player who plays as a forward or midfielder for English club Hampstead & Westminster. He scored 28 goals in 195 matches from 2009 to 2019 for the Irish national team. He competed for Ireland at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1]

Chris Cargo
Personal information
Full name Christopher Cargo
Born (1986-02-18) 18 February 1986 (age 34)
Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Hampstead & Westminster
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2009 Team Bath Buccaneers
2009–2015 Reading
2015–2017 Racing Bruxelles
2017– Hampstead & Westminster
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2019 Ireland 195 (28)
Last updated on: 19 December 2019

International careerEdit

He came to Irish international attention with a fine performance in the 2009 interprovincial tournament as a last-minute call-up for Ulster. He impressed enough to make his Irish debut just three months later – on the same day as Paul Gleghorne – and never looked back, becoming a central panel member in 2010. His debut came at the age of 23, the second oldest debut of this current group after Jonathan Bell.[2] He played in all of the side’s big tournaments in the past eight years including winning European bronze in 2015, achieving Olympic qualification and then playing in Rio 2016. He was also involved in the World Cup qualifying campaign in Johannesburg in 2017.[2]

Cargo took part in the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. He scored against England before having the opportunity to equalise late on but could only blast over. Ireland ended up losing 4-2 and crashed out of the tournament. [3] He announced his retirement from the national team in December 2019.[4]


  1. ^ "Christopher Cargo". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Get To Know The Green Machine". Hockey Ireland. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Hockey World Cup".
  4. ^ Flack, John (19 December 2019). "Ulster's Cargo calls time on his international commitments". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 19 December 2019.

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